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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

UPI Study, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Finance 201: Principles of Finance

Course Category: 

Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: master core financial principles, such as time value of money, risk and return, and financial statement analysis, and apply these to various financial contexts; evaluate investment opportunities using tools like Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR), understand the impact of risk on investment decisions; analyze financial markets and instruments, including stocks, bonds, and derivatives, to make informed investment choices; make strategic corporate financial management decisions regarding capital budgeting, structure, and cost of capital; identify and mitigate financial risks, employing derivatives and risk management strategies in domestic and international contexts; create and utilize financial models for decision-making; and communicate financial analyses effectively through various formats.


The course is self-paced. Instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes, assignments and a proctored final exam. Major topics include understanding Corporate Finance; Financial Statements, Taxation, and Cash Flow; Fundamentals of Financial Statements; Long-Term Financial Planning and Growth; Introduction to Valuation Techniques; Valuation with Discounted Cash Flows; Interest Rates and Bond Evaluation; Assessing Stock Valuation; Net Present Value and Investment Fundamentals; Investment Decisions; Accounting for Risk and Return; Return, Risk, and the Security Market Line; Options and Corporate Finance; Cost of Capital; Financial Leverage and Capital Structure; Dividends and Dividend Policy; Short-Term Financing and Planning; Managing Cash and Liquidity; Credit and Inventory Management; and International Aspects of Corporate Finance. Prerequisite: Principles of Accounting.

Credit recommendation: 

In the associate/certificate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, Management, or Economics (1/24).