Economics (ECON) 300
Financial Economics (Revision 1)
Revision 1 is closed for registrations, see current revision
Area of Study: Social Science
ECON 300 can be used as Applied Studies (Business and Administrative Studies) by credential students only.
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.
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
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
To receive credit in ECON 300, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least a D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite course grade is as follows:
In response to COVID-19 containment directives, temporary online exam(s) are available for this course.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
The original course textbook is no longer in print. Students will access the text in PDF format on their course website.
Bodie, Z., Merton, R. C., & Cleeton, D. L. (2009). Financial economics (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
A Texas Instruments financial calculator is included in your course materials package. All other materials will be available online.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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.