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Course Description

This course introduces financial decision-making. Why it is that future cash flows need to be discounted using present value analysis? What are the best methods to calculate the fluctuating values of payments made at different times? Gain experience selecting the appropriate financial tools to determine the optimal interest rate to apply in various cash flow scenarios. Other topics include the valuation of bonds and stocks, the relationship between risk and the expected return on an asset, analysis of different types of risk, and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Understand why future cash flows are less valuable than the same cash flow made today.
• Use tools to convert future cash flows into present value amounts.
• Recognize the difference between stated and effective annual interest rates.
• Determine willingness to pay for bonds and stocks, given assumed future expected payments of these assets.
• Understand the role of risk reduction through investment diversification.
• Calculate the expected return on an asset as a function of the amount of undiversifiable risk.

Prerequisites

Must have completed ECON 1 - Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 2 - Principles of Macroeconomics, and ECON 3A - Financial Accounting (or equivalent courses) with a C grade or higher in each course. 

This Application for Candidacy must be completed and approved in order to enroll in this course and others within the Strategic Investments Program. 

 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Application

Name
Strategic Investments Application
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Type
Online
Days
M, W
Time
12:30PM to 2:30PM
Dates
Jun 28, 2021 to Jun 30, 2021
Campus
Web-based Instruction
Type
Online
Days
F
Time
12:30PM to 2:30PM
Dates
Jul 02, 2021
Campus
Web-based Instruction
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
12:30PM to 1:30PM
Dates
Jul 14, 2021
Campus
Web-based Instruction
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
19.0
Location
  • Web-based Instruction
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course fee credit (2 units) $300.00 Click here to get more information
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
2 units
Instructors
Section Notes

Late Registrations Notice: 

Self enrollment will be available until 11:59PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59pm).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu


How to Access Your Online Course:

 

One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.
 


Required Textbook(s):
N/A
 

No refunds after 6/30/21