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NEW Courses for Spring 2020
ACCT-UB 28: Financial Statement Analytics Using Python
Prerequisites: ACCT-UB 1 and STAT-UB 103
The course teaches you how to manipulate and analyze financial data in Python using professional coding tools such as VSCode. While no prior programming/Python experience is assumed, it does involve coding and is not a managerial overview of data analytics. The course covers the following skills: (1) Structured thinking about financial analysis tasks so that you can automate them using organized and maintainable code. (2) Automating financial data input and output by interacting with financial statement data in Excel, SQL, and XBRL formats. (3) Financial data analytics for an exposure to data analytics packages.
ACCT-UB 44: Modeling COrporate Transaction: Advanced Modeling
Prerequisite: ACCT-UB 23
You will learn to model salient corporate events such as acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, public offerings, projects, and securitizations. The course also covers the necessary accounting details. It assumes that you have taken a course in Modeling Financial Statements. This course is highly relevant for bankers, private and public equity investors, lenders, corporate finance professionals, project financiers, and consultants. The conceptual, practical, and technical knowledge gained in this course can give you a significant competitive edge during your interviews, summer internships, and jobs.
ACCT-UB 64: Taxes & Business Strategy
Prerequisite: ACCT-UB 1
This course explains the salient conceptual and practical aspects of taxes and how they affect mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuation, capital structure, employee compensation, foreign operations, alternative investment vehicles, and disclosures of current and deferred taxes including net operating losses. The course also covers the key provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The course is highly relevant to those pursuing careers in investment banking, corporate finance, research, private and public equity, and corporate tax law.
BSPA-UB 46: Understanding the Clean Energy Transition
This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with a rich understanding of the overall U.S. energy system and energy use by sector, and then discuss options and challenges for transitioning to clean energy, in the context of global climate change. To cover key concepts, the course will draw on the instructor’s diverse experiences, appropriate readings and reference material, select case studies, classroom discussions, guest speakers, and an innovative interactive learning platform (i.e., energy game).
BSPA-UB 47: Global Business & Human Rights
Prerequisites: Junior and Senior standing
One of the only classes of its kind at the undergraduate level, this is an advanced class for juniors and seniors that will focus on human rights law and practice, and how the human rights framework applies to business in industries such as fashion, investing, social media, and artificial intelligence, among others. Classes will be comprised of interactive lectures, stakeholder roleplay exercises, topical debates, and off-campus excursions. The class will have the unique opportunity to partner with the UN Global Compact (UNGC) to tackle research questions that identify the company actions that have the most profound impact. The results will form part of the decision-making process on what the UNGC should do to advance their agenda to guide and support the global business community to advance UN goals.
BSPA-UB 48: Theory & Practice of Sustainable Investing
Prerequisites: FINC-UB 2 and sophomore standing and above
1st century investors face a broadening and deepening array of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. Climate change, water scarcity, community conflict, resource depletion, supply chain breakdowns, worker well-being and economic inequality pose material challenges that make sustainability an imperative for successful investors and the companies they choose to invest in. This course will couple theory with the practice of Sustainable Investing (SI).
BSPA-UB 50: Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Protein
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and above
This undergraduate course -- the first of its kind -- explores business opportunities in sustainable protein. Numerous industry analysts identified alternative proteins and ‘flexitarian’ diets as major food trends in 2017 and 2018. As meatless meat has gone mainstream, many new companies have experienced rapid growth. This course provides an overview of the current risks associated with animal agriculture including environmental impacts (waste, water, greenhouse gas emissions, and land use), human health impacts, and issues of global food security. The course then moves quickly into opportunities in sustainable protein. The course also features several prominent guest speakers and features the many start-ups and business opportunities in the New York City area and beyond.
ECON-UB 217: The Making of Economic Policy in the White House
Prerequisite: ECON-UB 1 and ECON-UB 11
This course shows students how economic policy gets made, and should get made, at the highest levels of federal government. It draws upon almost fifty years of economic policy-making, and the challenges that have confronted the men and women who have sat in positions of power in Washington, D.C. Students will learn how to analyze policy problems and design solutions, taking into account the multi-dimensional aspects of making federal policy and the many constraints upon those decisions. As part of the learning process, students will also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers who have worked at the very top of economic policy-making in the executive branch of government.
FINC-UB 32: Private Equity Finance
Prerequisite: FINC-UB 7
This course will use the case method to provide a comprehensive overview of private equity finance. The objective of this course is to survey the private equity industry and to provide an understanding of the origination, valuation, execution, monitoring, and realization of private equity transactions and of the process of investing in private equity funds. The course will include a series of lectures designed to teach specific skills and concepts used in the practice of private equity and in the M&A business more broadly and case discussions through which those skills and concepts will be illustrated and utilized.
MGMT-UB 43: NYC Entrepreneurship Lab
Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above
The NYC Entrepreneurship Lab is your chance to learn entrepreneurship by working directly with the founders of early stage startups. In the classroom you will learn the leading approaches to navigating uncertainty—grounded in the latest entrepreneurship theoretical frameworks. Outside of the classroom you will apply these practices by working directly with startups alongside your classmates on strategically important projects. A core aspect of this experience is gaining from analysis, action, and reflection cycles which will help you develop insights and judgment you can apply to your own future ventures or other entrepreneurial environments. This course counts towards the Management and Entrepreneurship concentrations.
MULT-UB 32: Fintech Risk Management
Prerequisite: MULT-UB 80
This class explores how FinTech addresses their risk management and regulatory challenges, particularly those unique to payment systems, cybersecurity, operational and lending credit risks and advanced techniques such as data mining and blockchain. Numerous examples and cases are used to enhance the understanding of these hazards. We will discuss specific opportunities and challenges created by the use of new technologies in finance. Here are some examples: 1) FinTech customers expect real-time responses to their requests (for a loan, etc.) which means risk management must be able to assess risks automatically in real time; 2) Cyber security risks are more important in a connected world; 3) New algorithms can be used for underwriting, monitoring and fraud detection