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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Finance 101: Principles of Finance


30 hours (10 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

December 2015 - April 2022.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize and explain types and goals of financial management, business organizations, and agency relationships; examine types of financial documents, including balance sheets and financial statements, and determine changes in cash flow; diagram the financial planning process, growth rates, and planning models; calculate valuation of money, investments, and compounding interest compute returns and distributions using various formulas; explain the financial life cycle in regards to selling procedures, underwriting, and dilution of stock ownership; describe cash and stock dividends and how stocks can be repurchased or split; decide how to manage cash disbursements by considering cash float, cash collection, and investment model; and analyze the foreign currency exchange, purchasing power, forward rates, and international budgeting and finance.


Methods of instruction include audiovisual materials. Major topics include: introduction to corporate finance; financial statements, taxes and cash flow; financial statement basics; long-term financial planning and growth; introduction to valuation methods; discounted cash flow valuation; interest rates and bond valuation; stock valuation; net present value and investment basics; capital investment decisions; project evaluation and analysis; accounting risk and return; return, risk, and the security market line; options and corporate finance; cost of capital; raising capital for business; financial leverage and capital structure; dividends and dividend policy; short-term financing and planning; cash and liquidity management; credit and inventory management; and international corporate finance.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Finance, Basic Finance, Principles of Finance, or Financial Management (12/16).