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General Course Information for FIN440: Financial Institutions

Course: FIN440 - Financial Institutions
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: An examination of the nature and role of financial institutions in the economy, topics include money markets and capital markets, the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy, the commercial banking system, thrift institutions, insurance companies, pension funds, investment companies, and other major financial institutions.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify all types of financial institutions in the marketplace.
  • Analyze all components of the Federal Reserve System and each of their roles in the banking and monetary policy of this nation.
  • Formulate the four various ways the Federal Reserve system can effect the money supply and the consequences of each of the policies, when employed.
  • Evaluate the capital markets available in our economy and their effects on industry.
  • Compare and contrast all aspects of mortgage lending and its importance in the financial community.
  • Compare and contrast the many types of products mixes for banks, thrifts, insurance companies, and investment companies.
  • Evaluate the various credit markets and how they provide capital to all segments of the marketplace.
  • Compare economic policy and its effects on the business community.
  • Evaluate the effects of interest rate changes on each of these industries.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills needed by financial managers.
    • Describe ethical, legal, and global issues that impact an organization's financial position.
    • Discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate finance.
    • Evaluate financial products and services offered by the financial institutions.
    • Examine the financial position of an organization and make financial decisions.
    • Explain the financial objectives of an organization and apply quantitative, qualitative and problem-solving skills in order to achieve those objectives.
    • Explain the structure and operation of financial markets domestically and internationally.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures