Finance (FNCE) 300

Financial Economics (Revision 1)

FNCE 300

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study**

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: Either ACCT 250 or ACCT 253 as well as either MGSC 301 or MATH 215 or equivalents or with professor's approval.

Precluded Courses: FNCE 234 and/or ECON300. FNCE 300 is cross-listed—listed under two different disciplines—with ECON 300. FNCE 300 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ECON 300 or FNCE 234.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

FNCE 300 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international 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.


FNCE 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 FNCE 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:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 20%
Final Exam 40%
Total 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


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.

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, and 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 FNCE 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 April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services