RSM 4310 – Foundations of Finance
This course is the foundation for the future specialized MFin finance courses. It introduces the field of finance, provides an overview of its components, examines connections between different areas of finance, and most importantly it provides the analytical, conceptual, and empirical foundations of modern business finance. In addition to the fundamental introduction, the course will develop the tools and skills students need for their future finance classes. These include: (i) advanced time-value of money computations; (ii) valuation methodologies for projects, firms, and financial securities; (iii) risk-return theory and portfolio theory; and (iv) foundations for corporate financing decisions.