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Finance Concentration Module

It All Adds Up

The popular expression, "Money makes the world go-round" is a universal truth of economics. This concentration module will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to make an impact in finance.

Econometrics
This course provides students the fundamentals principles of corporate finance. Students will learn major financial issues commonly faced by corporate decision-makers. The first part of the course will discuss the financial statements fundamentals, time value of money, valuation and capital budgeting decision. The second part of the course will cover the capital market, risk and return analysis, theories of capital structure and dividend policy as well as the short term financial management implementation.
Corporate Finance
This course provides students the fundamentals principles of corporate finance. Students will learn major financial issues commonly faced by corporate decision-makers. The first part of the course will discuss the financial statements fundamentals, time value of money, valuation and capital budgeting decision. The second part of the course will cover the capital market, risk and return analysis, theories of capital structure and dividend policy as well as the short term financial management implementation.
Finance
Finance is not about making money, though, in some sense, it is. In general, finance is applied in practice towards a better society. Accordingly, this course gives a sense of the financial theory which conveys what wonderful things can happen, and how people can let their creativity and goals become reality. Topics include risk, diversification, behavioral finance, innovation, debt, stocks, futures, options, asset pricing models and etc. We follow primarily the textbook, and partly Robert Shiller's (the winner of 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics) Coursera course. 
Financial Accounting
This course provides the accounting fundamentals governing preparation of financial statements. It discusses the accrual accounting concepts, transactions analysis and the recording process. The first part of specific topics includes cash, receivables, inventories and long-term assets. The second part covers liabilities and equities. The statement of cash flow and financial statement analysis topics are also covered in the third part. Overall, the whole accounting cycle is discussed so that students will acquire knowledge of the preparation, proper reporting and analysis of financial statements.
International Finance
This is an advanced international finance class for graduate students. We cover advanced theory as well as empirical frameworks to analyze various important policy-relevant issues in International Finance. The aim is to be able to read, reproduce, and finally write an original academic paper (theoretical and/or empirical) for a deep understanding- of the subject.
Investments
This course provides students the fundamentals of investment analysis and management. Students will learn how to analyze and manage investments. The first part of the course will discuss various financial assets, asset pricing models, efficient market and technical analysis. The second part of the course will cover bond and equity valuations, fundamental analysis, financial statement analysis, and the financial derivatives. The third part of the course will discuss portfolio performance analysis and investments policy.
Macroeconomics
This course examines the determination of the macroeconomic variables such as national income, unemployment, inflation, investment and interest rates. After a brief introduction to macroeconomic data, the course is divided into three sections. The first studies the long-run behavior of aggregate measures of the economy. The second section focuses on the determinants of economic growth. In the third section, a model is developed to characterize short-run economic fluctuations. Throughout the course, we consider macroeconomic policies and particular economic issues of current interest.
Managerial Accounting
For many organizations, a proper cost management depends on the accurate of cost information. Therefore, a well-designed cost accounting system can avoid costly mistakes in the decision-making process. This course provides students the principles of managerial accounting. The first part of the course will discuss the fundamentals of management accounting, job order costing, process costing, activity based costing and cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis. The second part of the course will cover the incremental analysis, pricing decisions, budget analysis, standard costing, balanced scorecard and capital investments. 
Mathematics for Business and Economics I
This course aims to provide learning of fundamental concepts of mathematics which are essential for mathematical thinking. The purpose of this course is to help you master the mathematics with confidence. It also aims to develop your academic proficiency in expression of mathematical solutions, mathematical reasoning and mathematical understanding. 
Microeconomics
This course introduces students to some of the fundamental ideas and tools of standard microeconomic theory and their applications to various business and policy issues. The topics include: demand and supply, consumer behavior, theory of the firm, markets and welfare, general equilibrium, strategic behavior, information economics, and market failures. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the concepts and models of microeconomics to real world problems.
Principles of Economics
his course provides the basics of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The first half of the lecture is devoted to an introduction to microeconomics. The latter half is devoted to an introduction to macroeconomics. The contents covered in the course are: The role of markets (supply and demand analysis, elasticity, etc. ) theory of the firm, theory of individual behavior, competition and monopoly, welfare economics (Microeconomics), determinants of the overall levels of economic activity, distributional effects of macroeconomic policies, inflation and unemployment (Macroeconomics). 
Principles of Management
Effective organizational management is essential in order to establish, operate and lead business activities. But what is 'management', and how can we 'manage' organizations? This course is designed as an introduction to the principles and processes of management, including definitions and functions of management, management theories, planning, organizing, leading and controlling organizations. People and team management, and strategic management are also major components of this course. In this course, students are expected to acquire useful business skills, and actively participate in the class discussions.

The objective of this course is to provide students with fundamental concepts and frameworks of business management. Students are also expected to gain various study/management skills such as good analytical skills and effective communication skills.
Statistics I
This course is a first course in applied statistics. It will familiarize you with the basics of statistical thinking, language, and techniques, thus providing you with the needed skills to address questions that have real life consequences and effects. By the end of the course, you will able to organize and summarize empirical data. This course will also teach you how to compute probabilities, making you skillful in the uses of theoretical probability distributions.
Statistics II
Applied Statistics in Business and Economics covers the following topics: Simple Regression, Multiple Regression, and Time Series Analysis.