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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - FIN6595
Tracking Number - 2653

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-02-27
Campus: Sarasota
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: USF-SM approved. To USF Sys 1/10/12. to SCNS 1/18/12. Appd eff 3/1/12. Was 6445; appd as 6595. posted in banner

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-02
  2. Department: Finance
  3. College: BM
  4. Budget Account Number: 52140411000
  5. Contact Person: Richard Borghesi
  6. Phone: 9413594524
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: FIN
  9. Number: 6595
  10. Full Title: The Efficiency of Financial Markets
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Efficiency of Financial Mkts
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: FIN 6406
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Students develop an understanding of the data and computer

    technology resources available for use in analyzing financial markets. Traditional financial models and theories are examined and evaluated via statistical and regression analysis.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Course was taught in spring 2011. Enrollment was 18.

    Expected enrollment in future semesters is 30.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) None
  29. Objectives: Students will develop proficiency in Excel spreadsheets, the ability to apply statistical and regression analysis to financial variables, and the skills required to download, examine and interpret macro- and micro economic data.
  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students should have a clear understanding of market efficiency and be able to evaluate the merits of stock trading strategies.
  31. Major Topics: Capital asset pricing model, determinants of bond yields, portfolio theory, pure expectations hypothesis, behavioral finance.
  32. Textbooks: Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Quicksteps, Cronan, McGraw,

    Hill, 2010.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Students will be assigned to read a survey of research papers available at
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Two mid-term exams (15% each), a final exam (35%), and a final project (35%).
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Two mid-term exams, a final exam and a final project.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: All make-up work must be completed in accordance with USF Regulation 3.027 regarding academic integrity of students. Students are expected to complete all make-up work by the end of the semester unless prevented by exceptional circumstances.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MBA
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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