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SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY FIN 353 - FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Fall 2011 Instructor: Deniz K. Tudor Instructor Info: Office: SCI 340 Office Hours: Mon: 12:00-14:00 or by appointment Office Extension: 338 1457 E-mail: [email protected] Course Info: Time: Mon: 16:10-18:55 (Section 1) Mon: 19:00-21:45 (Section 2) Place: BUS 110 Suggested Textbooks: Financial Markets and Institutions: An Introduction to the Risk Management Approach, by A. Saunders and M. M. Cornett, McGraw Hill (Irwin). (Any edition is acceptable, but 3 rd Edition is preferred. This syllabus is designed according to the 3 rd Edition. Please check iLearn for the file that shows equivalent chapters in the 6 th edition.) Risk Management and Financial Institutions, by John C. Hull, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 1 st Edition. Prerequisites: FIN 350 (C- or better); enrollment priority for finance majors and minors. Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion. Course Description: This course will examine the role financial institutions play in financial markets and the overall economy. The course will focus on current issues faced by financial institutions (e.g., the impact of the financial crisis, the impact of regulation/deregulation) and the risk management of these financial institutions. Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are: 1) To open the students’ eyes to the finance world; 2) To promote critical, independent thinking about financial issues; 3) To inspire the students to obtain the necessary, up-to-date knowledge so that they can carry out solution-oriented, intellectual debates on different financial issues; 4) To motivate the students to analyze current finance articles, national and world financial news so they can develop the skills necessary to come to conclusions with well-thought reasons and arguments; 5) To inspire the students to be ethical, responsible members of society, particularly within the finance sector; 6) To encourage the students to acquire life-long learning skills that will help them function effectively in an always updating information economy; 7) To challenge the students to develop problem solving skills which are useful in life. 1
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Tentative Course Outline: The following list includes suggested reading. I will also post lecture notes for each week and supplementary materials as they come due on iLearn. I would strongly suggest the students to print, read, and bring the lecture notes to class each week. I also suggest taking notes in class and reviewing the material after class. Week 1: Aug 29: Introduction to class Week 2: Sept 5: Labor Day: No Class! Week 3: Sep 12: What is the main role of financial institutions? An introduction to different types of financial institutions and markets An introduction to money and capital market instruments Saunders and Cornett: Chapter 1 Week 4: Sep 19: What’s the importance of fixed income securities? Fixed income security prices and yields
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