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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Principles of Finance BUS 216


Varies; self-study. 

Various; distance learning format.

September 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: explain what finance entails and why everyone should understand basic financial concepts; explain financial markets in the United States and how they differ from financial markets in other parts of the world; describe how changes in interest rates (returns) affect the values of stocks and bonds; discuss the role of ethics in successful businesses; explain what it means to take risks when investing; describe the relevant cash flows that must be forecast to make informed capital budgeting decisions; and explain what working capital is and why proper management of working capital is critical to the survival of a firm.


This course includes 15 weekly lessons. The course introduces key concepts of finance and covers three general areas: financial markets and institutions, managerial finance, and investments. Topics include the time value of money, risk and return, investment analysis and strategy, budgeting, forecasting, and future considerations of the field of finance. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Finance, Principles of Finances, or Financial Management (8/18) (9/23 revalidation).