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Courses Typically Available to Finance APC Students

Here is a list of courses that are typically available to students pursuing the Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in Finance. Please note:
  • This sample is from a larger list of courses that may be available. Space and availability can change semester to semester. 
  • You must meet the pre-requisites or co-requisites for a course to be eligible to enroll in that course. 

Bankruptcy and Reorganization

The practical and theoretical implications of bankruptcy and distressed restructuring are examined in this course. Focus is primarily on corporate form organizations ranging from banks to retail firms to manufacturers. Topics include valuation effects of bankruptcy; workout strategies; the bankruptcy-reorganization process from the viewpoint of different participants; and the implications of bankruptcy for banks, workers, and state and national industrial policy.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
Co-requisite: Corporate Finance
 

Corporate Finance

This course helps students develop an analytical framework for understanding how organizations make investment and financing decisions. Students also learn the theory and practice of various valuation techniques. There is an emphasis on understanding the theory and its applications to the real world as well as appreciating the limitations of the tools in practical settings. Specific topics include capital budgeting, investment decision rules, discounted cash flow valuation, real options, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, and valuation methods such as WACC and APV.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

Debt Instruments and Markets

This course covers the valuation of fixed income securities and investment strategies utilizing them. Topics include the mathematics of bond valuation, immunization, history of interest rate structures, varieties of debt instruments, default, and country risk considerations. The role of financial futures and options on bond portfolio strategies is analyzed, as well as more traditional approaches to debt portfolio strategies.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

Emerging Financial Markets

The perspective in this course is that of an investment manager who may be responsible for investment portfolios at a bank; an insurance company; a pension or endowment fund or personal trust; or a mutual fund. Emerging financial markets around the world are examined. Problems considered include political risk; currency risk; excess speculation or market manipulation; differing accounting rules and standards; and performance measure comparison standards. Financial investments considered range from stocks to bonds to derivatives to real estate. Class discussion and reading focus on both the theoretical background and the practical knowledge necessary to deal effectively with the risks and opportunities that are a part of emerging financial markets.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

Foundations of Finance

This is a quantitative course introducing the fundamental principles of asset valuation within the framework of modern portfolio theory. The key analytical concepts are present value, option value, risk/diversification and arbitrage. These tools are used to value stocks, bonds, options, and other derivatives, with applications to the structure of financial markets, portfolio selection, and risk management.

Futures and Options

Covers derivative securities and markets. The primary focus is on financial futures and options, but there is also reference to the extensive markets in commodity market instruments. Topics include market institutions and trading practices; valuation models; hedging and risk management techniques; and the application of contingent claims analysis to contracts with option-type characteristics. The material is inherently more quantitative than in some other courses.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

Global Banking and Capital Markets

This course is an analysis of the competitive performance and strategic positioning of financial institutions in multinational capital markets. Market segmentation theories are applied to markets for syndicated lending, trade finance, and project financing. Considers international aspects of raising capital in multinational, multiregulatory settings. Examples may include mergers and acquisitions, joint venture capital projects, and government or private partnership projects.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

Mergers and Acquisitions

This course examines selected topics in mergers and acquisitions from the viewpoint of finance. Basic theory and empirical findings form the base for discussing such issues as merger strategy; defensive measures in merger; the valuation of firms as a whole under differing management strategies; and the impact of financing considerations on various stakeholders.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

Restructuring Firms and Industries

This course presents a comprehensive analysis of asset and liability restructuring. Topics include industrial organization economics; mergers and acquisitions; divestitures; corporate recapitalization; bankruptcy and reorganization in and out of court workouts; legal, political, and tax impacts on industries; and multinational competition. Agency theory issues and corporate governance are also considered.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

Venture Capital Financing

This course provides institutional background and details necessary to deal with the venture capital and new issues markets. Examines basic valuation issues, appropriate capital structure, the value of liquidity, and the value of control. Also considers the intangible aspects of entrepreneurship and venture capital forms of financing.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
Co-requisite: Corporate Finance
 

Volatility

The most fascinating aspect of financial market prices is their volatility. Students will learn how to measure and forecast financial volatility. They will become proficient with ARCH/GARCH models, exponential smoothing and historical volatilities. These tools will be used to measure risk and analyze alternative approaches to calculating Value at Risk. Implied volatilities from options will be introduced and compared statistically and economically. Then the course will turn to the multiasset problem and discuss traditional and new approaches to measuring and forecasting correlations. These tools will be applied to the problem of dynamic portfolio selection and risk control.

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Finance
 

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