Analysis of current topics, issues and practices in various areas of finance.
On occasion, students will have demand for a particular topic that is not covered in our normal curriculum. Provided there is a faculty member with expertise in the topic area, then we might be able to accommodate student demand using FINA 790 - Special Topics in Finance. Below is a sample syllabus of the type of class we would be able to offer.
As a template, there are a few additions warranted.
The grading scale must go from A to F; you provide a scale only for the CFA Mock Exam.
Learning outcomes must be stated with action (measurable) verbs. Please omit "understand" and "become aware." Consider instead, something like:
As a result of successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Identify, define and describe the ethical and professional standards associated with being a Certified Financial Analyst.
Identify, define and differentiate among time-series, simulation, and technical analysis.
Describe how derivative securities (options, futures, swaps) are used to hedge risk.
And so on.
Please explain how the course will be graded. That is, what tasks/assignments will be used to determine a grade? You identify two items: (1) meeting with the Professor; and (2) a Mock exam. How will these be evauluated and how will they contribute to the final grade in the course?
Meeting Professor (50%?) Students are required to meet with the professor X times through the semester for ?? minutes per meeting. Students will describe their progress in studying by ??? and this discussion will be evaluated [in this way].
Mock Exam (50%). Students will have one opportunity to complete the Mock CFA exam. Student scores will be translated in this way:
CFA Score Course Grade
(% on Exam) (50% = Max available)