(FIR) FINANCE, INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
Christine X. Jiang, Ph.D.,Interim Chair
Room 402, Fogelman College of Business and Economics
Students must have earned a minimum of 45 credit hours and have met specific course
prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” to be eligible for all 3000 and 4000 level
courses. In addition to these requirements, students seeking a degree in the Fogelman
College of Business and Economics must have (1) completed all required lower division
business courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each; (2) minimum of 2.25 GPA (2.5
for accounting majors) in all required lower division business courses and MATH 1830 or
1910, and (3) 45 hours of course work including MATH 1830 or 1910, COMM 2381 and 9
hours of English (See B.B.A. Degree Requirements-General Requirements).
A surcharge of $30 per credit hour for 3000 and 4000 level courses and $30 per credit
hour for 6000-9000 level courses has been approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The purpose of the surcharge on these business courses is to guarantee the continuous
improvement of the college and compliance with the standards of the Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International).
In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics
FIR 4110-19. Special Topics. (3). Current topics in one of following areas: Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, or Business
Law. Topics are varied and in online class listings. May be repeated once with change
in topic area. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.
FIR 1510 - Basics of Personal Finance (3)
Analysis of personal financial decisions; evaluation of costs and benefits of decisions; rights and responsibilities as consumers; application to financial situations encountered in life.
FIR 2220 - Personal Financial Mgmt (3)
Non-technical dealing with broad areas of budgeting, insurance, borrowing and credit purchases, home ownership, investment, taxes, and family financial planning. NOTE: If taken after student has received credit for FIR 3710 or 3810, credit will not count for B.B.A. degree.
FIR 3220 - Personal Investing (3)
To assist individual investors of all backgrounds in development and monitoring of an investment portfolio by explaining possible investment alternatives including terminology and analysis techniques to fulfill future financial goals. NOTE: Open to all University students. NOTE: this course may not be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for the Finance major.
FIR 3310 - Real Estate Principles (3)
Basic terminology, principles and issues; market analysis, real estate law, instruments, legal descriptions, appraisal, investment, finance, brokerage, property management. Designed for non-real estate majors as well as a foundation for further study.
FIR 3410 - Business Finance (3)
Fundamentals of business finance; time value of money, capital budgeting techniques, securities valuation, and cost of capital. PREREQUISITE: ACCT 2020, ECON 2020, SCMS 2710 or MATH 1530.
FIR 3710 - Investments (3)
Principles of investment in stocks and bonds. Includes fundamental, economic, and technical analysis; measurable and unmeasurable aspects of risk; portfolio management; psychological aspects of the market. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 3720 - Financial Markets (3)
Survey of important funds markets, institutions and characteristics peculiar to them; sources of supply of and demand for funds in each market, and complex interrelations among several markets analyzed. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 3810 - Principles of Risk/Insurance (3)
Nature and handling of risk in personal and business situations; emphasis on property, liability and life exposures to loss. Designed for non-insurance major as well as a basis for advanced study.
FIR 4011 - Estate Planning and Law Tax (3)
Survey of law of taxation as applied to transmission of property by gift or death and its impact upon accumulations of wealth; estate planning from individual viewpoint designed to create, maintain, and distribute maximum estate possible.
FIR 4310 - Real Estate Law (3)
Law and legal instruments as applied to real estate; needs of property owners and those engaged in real estate business.
FIR 4320 - Real Estate Finance (3)
Terminology, legislation, principles, and analytical techniques pertaining to financing of real estate; perspective of lender, residential borrower, and income property borrower. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 4331 - Stock Portfolio Mgmt (3)
(Same as FIR 6331). Development and monitoring of investment portfolio by explaining possible investment alternatives; terminology and analysis techniques necessary to fulfill future financial goals. Undergraduate students will assist graduate students in managing a real equity portfolio of $500,000.
FIR 4340 - Real Estate Appraisal (3)
Basic terminology, principles, procedures, and issues; nature of value, principles of value, appraisal process, market approach, cost approach, capitalization of income approach, gross rent multiplier approach, and appraisal reports.
FIR 4350 - Real Estate Investment (3)
Principles and practices reviewed and evaluated; investment strategy, ownership forms, tax implications, cash flow analysis, measures of return, risk management, and property selection.
FIR 4440 - Intermediate Managerial Fin (3)
Analytical approaches to firm's financial decisions; current asset management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure determination, and dividend policy. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 4550 - International Finance (3)
Financing international trade and investments; foreign exchange markets and exchange rates; balance of payments; current developments in international financial cooperation. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 4610 - Cases Managerial Finance (3)
Application of tools and principles introduced in previous courses to develop up-to-date problem solving techniques; cases approached from standpoint of top level management and utilize both quantitative and qualitative analysis. PREREQUISITE: FIR 4440.
FIR 4710 - Commercial Banking (3)
Study of bank management and bank regulation; examination of conditions that lead to bank regulation and conditions that caused deregulation; exploration of current theories of profitable bank operations. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 4720 - Mgmt of Financial Institutns (3)
Exposure to financial policies and decision-making that are peculiar to financial institutions in United States; management of institutions consistent with adequate standards of liquidity and solvency. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410, 3720.
FIR 4721 - Financial Derivative Markets (3)
(3770). Introduction to futures, options, forwards, and swaps (widely used by investment firms and corporations to manage financial risks), with primary emphasis on their practical application in financial and commodity markets. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3710.
FIR 4730 - Financial Anlys/Certification (3)
Preparation for careers in financial markets; development of investment skills for personal financial planning such as savings and retirement; certifications. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 4770 - Security Analysis/Port Mgmt (3)
Development of techniques for finding actual worth of securities, primarily stocks and bonds; selection, timing, diversification, and other aspects of supervising investment funds. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3710.
FIR 4810 - Prop & Liability Insurance I (3)
Forms and functions of fire, marine, automobile, general liability and other types of property and liability insurance; emphasis on business and industrial applications.
FIR 4820 - Life and Health Insurance (3)
Functions of life and health insurance; emphasis on economic security needs, human behavior and the problems related to death and dying; individual life, health and annuity contracts and social insurance; concepts in risk selections and regulation.
FIR 4870 - Risk Management (3)
Adresses problems faced by risk managers encompassing traditional aspects of risk management and insurance including insurance, reinsurance, hedging and capital markets as tools to manage or mitigate risk. PREREQUISITE: FIR 3410.
FIR 4910 - Problems in FIR (1-3)
Student will carry on approved research projects in the major area under supervision of staff members. PREREQUISITE: senior standing and permission of department chair.
FIR 4911 - Internship in FIR (1-6)
Internship in business organization to gain on-the-job experience in real-life environment. Project to be approved and supervised by department faculty. Credit allowed only after acceptance of report. PREREQUISITE: 2.75 overall GPA and completed 15 hours in Upper Division core.
FIR 4996 - Senior Honors Thesis (3)
Independent research open only to those students enrolled in the honors program. Thesis supervised by area faculty member. PREREQUISITE: senior standing and permission of the Director of the College Honors Program.