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INVESTMENTS SYLLABUS FALL, 1999 Always check your e-mail and the Announcements page for any messages or announcements relevant to the course. Use the "Discussion Zone" and the "Chat Room" for discussions and the Bulletin Board to post messages that you feel important. Alternative Format/Disability Services: To obtain this document (or any other documents in courses) in alternative format, contact Dr. Jane Thompson, who will be handling the responsibilities of the Disability Services/504 Coordinator on an interim basis, at 770-961-3730 or e-mail her at JaneThompson@mail.clayton.edu . Course FINA 4101 Number: Course Title: Investments Prerequisites: Fina 301 Professor: Dr. Zuobao Wei Course Clayton College and State University Location: Room C28 Meeting 7:30 p.m. - 8:50 p.m., TTH Times: Office: C-19 (B), main campus, CCSU Office Hours: By appointment and as shown in "Office Hours" Phone: (770) 961-???? (office) (will be known as of 8/23/99) (770) 961-3410 (secretary) Home Page: Home page: http://www.clayton.edu/schools/business E-mail: ZuobaoWei@mail.clayton.edu Required Fundamentals of Investing, Gitman, L.J. and Joehnk, M.D., 7th ed., Text: Harper and Row, 1998. Study Guide to accompany Gitman and Joehnk Resources: Investment Management Disk (IMD) to accompany Fundamentals of Finance by Gitman and Joehnk.Investors Resource Manual to accompany Gitman and Joehnk. Various Internal Sources (see attached) Stock-Trak Portfolio Management Simulation Game Wall Street Journal and financial periodicals Important Dates: Aug. 23, 1999 Classes Begin Sept. 6, 1999 Labor Day Holiday September 7, Faculty Planning Day - No Classes 1999 October 15, Last day to withdraw without academic accountability 1999 November 24, No classes 1999 Thanksgiving Holidays - No Classes Nov. 25- Last day of class 28,1999 December 10, 1999 Dec. 11 - 16, Finals 1999 COURSE OBJECTIVES The purpose of the course is to provide an understanding of various investment opportunities and alternatives in money and capital markets and development of techniques and strategies for implementing goals in a portfolio context. Upon completion of this course, the student should: 1. be able to effectively analyze financial statements and to utilize such information in the process of investment selections. 2. be able to demonstrate a knowledge of investment instruments and transactions. 3. have developed a basic knowledge of how financial markets function and the respective roles of equity and credit markets as well as non-financial markets. 4. complete the course with a knowledge of specific areas such as: stocks, bonds, derivative instruments, mutual funds, tax sheltered investments, and real estate. 5. have developed an understanding of investment strategies, analysis, and portfolio management. The goal of accomplishing each objective will be met through the student course requirements. STUDENT COURSE REQUIREMENTS Grading: Grades will be assigned using the following scale: A: Average of 90 - 100% B: Average of 80 - 89% C: Average of 70 - 79% D: Average of 60 - 69% F: Average of 0 - 59% W: Withdrawal from the course on or before October 15, 1999 WF: Withdrawal from the course after October 15, 1999 Examinations: Examinations will cover material presented in class, in the textbook, and in the additional resources (such as the Study Guide). Unless announced otherwise, there will be four exams, including the final examination. Examination dates will be announced. If a scheduled exam is missed, see the professor personally with a written reason for the absence. Make-up examinations will be given only in cases of serious illness; the professor reserves the right to exercise her personal judgment in other cases. Failure to take a scheduled exam, without prior permission for an excused absence, will result in a "0" grade for that exam. Course Changes: The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course. The professor reserves the right to make periodic changes to the syllabus, including: assignments, time table, examinations, etc., in order to accommodate the needs of the class as a whole and fulfill the goals of the course. Outside Assignments: To be assigned. Two term research projects relating to mutual funds and stock selection are required. Details will be distributed. Several Annual Reports will be distributed. Appropriate assignments will be made. Stock Track - Students are expected to participate in a market simulation service. Up to 60 trades may be executed between ???, 1999 and ???, 1999. (Dates will be determined by the professor.) Incompletes: An incomplete will only be given in rare non-academic situations - to be determined by the instructor. Withdrawals: To withdraw passing, passing work is required. Failure to officially withdraw will result in a grade of "F". The college has specific policies regarding withdrawals. Consult the current academic catalog for specific policies. Attendance and Punctuality: Regular attendance and punctuality are expected and necessary to attain maximum success in your studies and course grade. Regular class attendance is the obligation of each student, and, due to the lecture/discussion format of the class, attendance is strongly encouraged. An absence does not relieve the student of responsibility for knowledge of classroom materials, examinations, cases, assignments and/or the submission of any report(s), etc., nor the consequences of a late submission. Students are responsible for obtaining notes, from other students or from the network if available, for any class missed and for all assignments made or due during absence. Students are required to take all exams and complete all assignments by the specified date. Students who miss class due to work, illness, or other valid reasons must notify the professor prior to the missed sessions. Absence from class when an assignment is announced is not an acceptable excuse. Class Participation and Homework: Students are encouraged to ask questions to clarify understanding and to discuss and debate the subject matter in class. Assistance: Please seek individual assistance from the professor if extra help is needed in understanding some course material. College Policies: In accordance with college policies, no eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed in the classroom. Students are to abide by all policies covered in the CCSU Student Handbook. COURSE OUTLINE Note: The schedule in this course is very flexible. The professor reserves the right to make changes in assignments and examination dates in order to accommodate the needs of the class as a whole. Date Topic Aug. 24, 1999 Syllabus overview, instructor introduction Chapter 1 - The Role and Scope of Investments Aug. 26, 1999 Aug. 31, 1999 Chapter 2 - Investment Markets and Transactions Sept. 2, 1999 Sept. 9, 1999 Chapter 3 - Investment Planning and Information Sept. 14, 1999 Sept, 16, 1999 Chapter 4 - Investment Return and Risk Sept. 21, 1999 Sept. 23, 1999 Chapter 5 - Common Stock Investments Sept. 28, 1999 Sept. 30, 1999 Chapter 6 - Analytical Dimensions of Stock Selection Oct. 5, 1999 Oct. 7, 1999 Chapter 7 - Stock Valuation and Investment Decisions Oct. 12, 1999 Oct. 14, 1999 Chapter 8 - Bond Investments Oct. 19, 1999 Oct. 21, 1999 Chapter 9 - Bond Valuation and Analysis Oct. 26, 1999 Oct. 28, 1999 Chapter 10 - Preferred Stock and Convertible Securities Nov. 2, 1999 Nov. 4, 1999 Chapter 11 - Options: Puts, Calls, and Warrants Nov. 9, 1999 Nov. 11, 1999 Chapter 12 - Commodities and Financial Futures Nov. 16, 1999 Chapter 13 - Mutual Funds: An Indirect Route to the Market Nov. 18, 1999 Chapter 14 - Real Estate and Other Tangible Investments: Nov. 23, 1999 Chapter 15 - Tax-Advantaged Investments Nov. 25, 1999 Nov. 30, 1999 Chapter 16 - Portfolio Construction Dec. 2, 1999 Dec. 7, 1999 Chapter 17 - Portfolio Management and Control Dec. 9, 1999 Dec. 11 - 16 Finals
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