Economics (ECON) 300

Financial Economics (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study**

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science
ECON 300 can be used as Applied Studies (Business and Administrative Studies) by credential students only.

Prerequisite: Either ACCT250 or ACCT253 as well as either MGSC301 or MATH215 or equivalents or with professor's approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Precluded Courses: FNCE 234 and/or FNCE 300. ECON 300 is cross-listed—listed under two different disciplines—with FNCE 300. ECON 300 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for FNCE 300 or FNCE 234.

ECON 300 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.

Overview

ECON 300: Financial Economics is a three-credit course that introduces basic principles of finance. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of the finance world, which will build a base for pursuing a career in the financial services industry

Outline

Lessons 1 to 3:

  • finance as a scientific discipline, basic building blocks of a financial system, accounting information used for financial decision making

Lessons 4 to 6:

  • time value of money, capital budgeting

Lessons 7 to 9:

  • the Law of One Price as applied to bonds and common stocks evaluation

Lessons 10 to 11:

  • overview of risk management, risk management methods

Evaluation

To receive credit in ECON 300, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least a “D” (50 per cent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite course grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final exam Total
20% 20% 20% 40% 100%

The examination(s) for this course will be written in the traditional pen and paper format.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbook

Bodie, Z., Merton, R. C., & Cleeton, D. L. (2009). Financial economics (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0-13-185615-8

Other Materials

A Texas Instruments financial calculator is included in your course materials package. All other materials will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ECON 300 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Paper Exam (3 hours)

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, January 9, 2014.

Updated May 31 2017 by Student & Academic Services