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Kelley School of Business—Indianapolis
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Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F.) Courses

F710 Quantitative Analysis (3 cr.) The first part of the course generates an understanding of the quantitative tools used in management decision making, including probability, statistical analysis, and optimization techniques. Focus is on the application of the techniques to managerial decision situations. The second part of the course covers the application of these tools to functional business problems to enhance the student's modeling skills by developing solution models using simulation with @ RISK, modeling with the Excel Solver, and using neural networks to improve forecasting.

F711 Information Technology (1.5 cr.) Study of information systems management, including computer and communications concepts, IT investment decisions, business applications, systems acquisition and implementation, end-user support structures, e-commerce applications, and strategic capabilities. Readings and case analysis are used to address practical issues in the application of information technology.

F722 Managerial Accounting (3 cr.) Concepts and issues associated with the accounting of and management of business; particular emphasis is given to understanding the role of accounting in product costing, costing for quality, cost-justifying investment decisions, and performance evaluation and control of human behavior. Enables the student to prepare, use, and critically evaluate management accounting information for purposes of planning and control, product costing, and performance measurement and evaluation. Analyzes the role of accounting information in making effective managerial decisions, both at the level of a particular department and of the enterprise as a whole.

F741 Asset Pricing and Security Valuation (3 cr.) A key focus of managers in public corporations is the creation of enterprise value and the way that value is shared between various suppliers of capital. This course provides an understanding of how financial markets function and how investors value financial securities. This knowledge will assist the manager in understanding how various decisions may impact firm and shareholder value. Topics covered include the demand for and pricing of debt and equity securities, portfolio theory, and the pricing and expanding role of derivative securities.

F742 International Financial Management (1.5 cr.) This course provides an extension of the major finance topics a manager faces in a global setting. Investing across national boundaries presents unique opportunities and unique risks; thus domestic financial theory must be extended to incorporate these additional factors. Topics include measurement and management of exchange rate, international parity relationships, translation and transaction exposure, international investment diversification, international capital budgeting, and multinational cash management.

F743 Financial Risk Management (3 cr.) This course provides a detailed analysis of derivative contracts and their use in risk management strategies. As technology improves and corporations become more innovative, they will be able to isolate and break out more and different kinds of risk that then can be controlled and managed. At this time, risk management is a new area in financial management but is developing very rapidly. This course will consist of two main parts. The first part of the course focuses on the building blocks of derivatives (namely futures, forwards, swaps, and options) and the factors that determine the value of these securities. The second part focuses on the importance and implementation of risk management strategies. We will spend considerable time understanding the dimensions of risk management issues. We will also use cutting-edge software for analyzing risk management problems, such as Riskmetrics and Creditmetrics, and examine actual company cases.

F744 Financial Strategy and Corporate Restructuring (3 cr.) The course provides an examination of how corporate and financial strategies can lead to the creation, maintenance, transfer, and destruction of shareholder value. Topics covered include valuing alternative strategies, effectively communicating strategies to the financial markets, and aligning the incentives of managers with those of shareholders. A framework for valuing mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures and other joint financing arrangements is developed and applied.

F745 Valuation and Capital Investments (3 cr.) A key focus of most publicly owned companies is enhancement of shareholder value. The value of a firm is determined through investors' assessment of the efficacy of managerial actions. Three key finance decisions that affect investors' assessments are the form in which capital is raised, how the capital is employed, and how returns are distributed to providers of capital. Managers and investors have differential access to information on the actions and impact of decisions. Investors try to compensate for this differential information by establishing governance structures to monitor and control management actions and by trying to read intent from management decisions. In turn, management attempts to create a structure for analyzing decisions that is consistent with investor valuation if management action could be freely observed. This course investigates how agency relationships and financial contracting affect financial decisions such as capital structure, dividends, share repurchases, and managerial incentives. A capital investment process will be developed that includes the application of analytical tools to assess the economic value created by capital investments, adjustments for project risk using external market information and simulation techniques, and the use of real options analysis to value management flexibility and strategic investments.

F746 Finance Valuation (1.5 cr.) This course is a 1.5 credit hour, three day, in-residence course that is the initial course in the Master of Science in Finance program. The course will run from Sunday afternoon through noon on Wednesday. It is the only in-residence component in the program, with the remainder of the program being conducted online. The course is designed to give the new students in the program an introduction to the program, an overview of the various finance topics that will be covered in the program, and some learning tools that can be used throughout the course work.

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