General Course Information for FIN444: Risk Management & Insurance

Course: FIN444 - Risk Management & Insurance
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

An analysis of the risk management problems in the business enterprise, the course emphasizes methodology for risk analysis, insurance principles and practices, techniques for risk and loss control, insurance underwriting, and rating. It also includes product liability, property damage, and bodily injury in business situations.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the role of insurance differs between gambling and bonding.
  • Evaluate different types of risk and distinguish differences that exist between them.
  • Evaluate the various methods used to identify risk.
  • Analyze insurable risks versus those that are not insurable.
  • Formulate why the study of risk management is important and how to manage risk.
  • Develop and implement a risk management program.
  • Evaluate the major responsibilities of risk managers and how their departments should be organized.
  • Compare and contrast risk management and other management functions.
  • Develop a plan that a business might be able to use to transfer through some non-insurance device.
  • Apply the insurance method to design a risk management program for a business.
  • Analyze the fundamentals of insurance contracts.
  • Formulate how an insured might lose his/her coverage because of concealment, misrepresentation, or breach of warranty.
  • Appraise the extent to which insurance contracts are standardized and the ways in which this standardization is accomplished.
  • Compare and contrast the types of property that are exposed to losses.
  • Compare and contrast direct property losses and indirect property losses.
  • Evaluate the benefits and costs of loss control.
  • Compare and contrast risk management and capital budgeting.

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:

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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