HLC: BBA FIN Learning Outcomes

Updated: March 5, 2010
Modified Fall 2008 | Adopted Jan. 2006

Academic Program Goal

The Finance program will facilitate learning to insure that finance students have a solid understanding in fundamental concepts and tools of finance used by financial managers in a variety of organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

As part of our commitment to quality, continuous improvement and accountability, the Finance Department adopted specific key learning outcomes that should be achieved by every Finance Major. We are engaged in a continuous process of assessing student learning outcomes as they relate to those learning goals. From the assessment results, we identify and implement improvements in our curriculum and pedagogy.

Finance Department Assessment Reports

Finance Department Assessment Outcomes Data

Key Learning Outcomes for Students in the Finance Major

Students majoring in finance should have the following knowledge & skills: Assessed
1. Calculate time value of money problems.

  • EXAMPLE: Use the net present value method to determine profitability and decide whether to accept or reject a proposed project.
FIN 341
2. Distinguish between various types of risk and calculate returns given appropriate risk measures. FIN 341

FIN 355

3. Identify bond risk characteristics and calculate the value of a bond. FIN 341
4. Calculate the value of common stock and determine whether the stock is over-valued or under-valued

  • EXAMPLE: Calculate the expected value of a stock based on the Gordon’s constant growth dividend model and determine whether the stock is over-valued or under-valued.
FIN 341

FIN 355

5. Calculate the costs of capital and solve capital budgeting problems using the cost of capital. FIN 341

FIN 406

6. Calculate financial ratios using data from a firm’s financial statements and explain their significance.
7. Describe how fundamental analysis is different from technical analysis.
8. Describe the tradeoff model to determining a company’s optimal capital structure. FIN 406
9. Explain how a firm might set its dividend payout. FIN 406
10. Demonstrate knowledge of the financial services provided by financial institutions. FIN 385
11. Demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory environment of financial institutions. FIN 385
12. Demonstrate knowledge of financial instruments and their markets

  • EXAMPLE: Explain the basic differences in stock market indices such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500.
  • EXAMPLE: Describe how the NYSE and NASDAQ are different.
  • EXAMPLE: Explain how interest rates are determined.
FIN 385