Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Accounting, Economics, and Finance

Contact Info
ChairSecretaryLocationDepartment Phone
Dr. Melanie AndersonMichele Orr110 Eisenberg Classroom Building724-738-4865

Department Web Site URL

Accounting Fact Sheet URL
Economics Fact Sheet URL
Finance Fact Sheet URL

The Rock Difference

The Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with  majors in Accounting, Economics and Finance. 

The Department offers a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree.  Students can complete this graduate degree in one year, or can select the  4 + 1 option as an accounting undergraduate to complete the BSBA/MAcc in 5 years. 

Our Vision

We will provide transformational education experiences that equip students to be lifelong learners who engage the world as knowledgeable, principle centered and responsible global citizens. 

Our Mission

The School of Business at Slippery Rock University prepares students to be career ready emerging leaders by developing competencies for success professionally and personally.  Our academic programs are student centered with high levels of engagement in an environment where faculty scholarship enhances student learning.  The School of Business also serves as a catalyst for regional economic development through outreach and partnerships.

Accreditation

The BSBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs - ACBSP and is a candidate for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business  - AACSB accreditation.

Faculty

Melanie Anderson
Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.B.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Clarion University

Thuy Bui
Associate Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
M.B.A., Ohio University
B.B.A., Ohio University

Baizhou Chen
Instructor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
M.B.A., St. John's University
B.S., University of Minnesota

Jeffrey Forrest
Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., Auburn University
M.S., Northwestern University (China)
B.S., Northwestern University (China)

George Howley
Instructor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
M.S., Carnegie Mellon University
B.A., Westminster College

Benjamas Jirasakuldech
Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.S., Texas Tech University
B.A., Assumption University (Thailand)

Yi Li
Assistant Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
B.A., Renim University of China
B.S., Renim University of China

Larry McCarthy
Assistant Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh
C.P.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.S., Slippery Rock University

Sunita Mondal
Associate Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Jadavpur University (India)
B.A., Jadavpur University (India)

Young Park
Instructor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.B.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Korea University

Theresa Phipps
Associate Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
M.B.A., Wheeling Jesuit University
B.S., Wheeling Jesuit University

Edward Scott
Associate Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
M.B.A., Texas Christian University
B.S., Point Park University

Pavani Tallapally
Associate Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., Louisiana Tech University
M.B.A., Indiana University
B.A., Osmania University

Yanbin Tu
Instructor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
M.A., Simon Fraser University
M.A., East China Normal University

Jesus Valencia
Associate Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Xintong Wang
Assistant Professor
Accounting,Economics & Finance
Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton
M.A., SUNY at Binghamton
B.A., Nankai University

Courses

ACCT Courses 

ACCT 101 -  Taxes in America  

In America, our income is taxed when we earn it and when we spend it. Our property is taxed when we own it and sometimes even when we give it away! We pay taxes to our local, state, and federal governments. Learn where you tax dollars go, how they are used, and how you influence tax legislation. Evaluate how our taxes affect diverse populations in American society.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Summer & Winter Terms

ACCT 139 -  University Seminar  

University Seminar serves as the entry point to the Slippery Rock University general education program. With its strong faculty-student interaction, the course promotes intellectual inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and academic excellence. Through varied content, the course introduces students to academic discourse and information literacy while exploring topics such as diversity and inclusion and global awareness. This course will set students along the path to becoming engaged with issues and scholarship important to a 21st century education while they learn about themselves and their place in the world.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Freshman 1 or Freshman 2.
Enrollment limited to students with the ROCK STUDIES STUDENT attribute.

ACCT 190 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ACCT 195 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ACCT 198 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ACCT 209 -  Financial Accounting  

A study of accounting concepts and principles that govern the recording, processing, and reporting of accounting information. The significance of the financial statements and the analysis of accounting information for investors, creditors, and other external users in the decision making process is emphasized.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

Thematic Thread(s): International Business, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Positive Change, Leadership Development, Transfer Thread Completion Course

ACCT 210 -  Managerial Accounting  

A study of accounting concepts and procedures used for cost analysis, cost allocation , planning, and reporting accounting information with an internal perspective. The significance of accounting information and the financial statements for management''s decision-making process is emphasized.

Prerequisite: ACCT 209D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

ACCT 230 -  Accounting Information Systems  

Designing effective accounting information systems to generate reliable accounting information is the focus of the course. The significance of accounting information, transaction cycles, systems controls, document flowcharts, and accounting software are emphasized.

Prerequisites: ACCT 209C and (CPSC 210D or MIS 210D)
C Requires minimum grade of C.
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

ACCT 290 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ACCT 295 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ACCT 298 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ACCT 308 -  Federal Individual Income Tax  

Study of the federal income tax system, individual returns, rates, income exclusions and inclusions, gains and losses, deductions, alternate tax methods, and withholding of taxes. Prerequisite: Advanced business standing.

Prerequisite: ACCT 209D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 310 -  Cost Accounting  

A study of control concepts and costing methods including systems for management control, inventory valuation, cost-volume-profit analysis, standard variance analysis, budgeting, decision models, product cost accumulation, and quantitative methods in cost analysis.

Prerequisites: ACCT 209C and (ECON 219D or MGMT 219D)
C Requires minimum grade of C.
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 311 -  Federal Corporate and Transfer Taxes  

Corporate, partnership, estate and trust taxation are covered along with topics such as depletion, net operating losses, and installment and deferred payment sale.

Prerequisite: ACCT 308D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 313 -  Intermediate Accounting I  

An examination of accounting principles and the study of the foundations of accounting theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the conceptual framework of accounting and the development of generally accepted accounting principles including the FASB Codification, SEC, IASB, and other standards setting bodies; time value of money concepts, accounting for stockholders' equity and the presentation of the balance sheet and income statement. Ethical issues and concerns are stressed throughout the course.

Prerequisites: ACCT 209C and ACCT 230C and ECON 202D and (ECON 219D or MGMT 219D)
C Requires minimum grade of C.
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 314 -  Intermediate Accounting II  

A continuation of ACCT 313 covering the detailed examination and application of generally accepted accounting procedures in accounting for stockholders' equity: contributed capital and retained earnings; revenue and expense determination, recognition, and measurement with particular emphasis on pensions, leases, and deferred taxes. Ethical issues and concerns are stressed throughout the course.

Prerequisite: ACCT 313D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 315 -  Intermediate Accounting III  

A continuation of ACCT 313 covering the detailed examination and application of generally accepted accounting principles in accounting for stockholders' equity issues: revenue recognition, pensions, leases, deferred taxes, share based compensation, EPS, accounting changes and error corrections; and the cash flow statement. Ethical issues and concerns are stressed throughout the course.

Prerequisite: ACCT 314C
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 320 -  Forensic Accounting  

Forensic Accounting as an accounting field of study has surged with the high profile corporate misappropriation of assets/financial statement manipulation and fraud situations over the last 20 years. White collar fraud and the resulting increased legislation has heightened awareness of fraud and increased the need for accountants with forensic accounting skills. Certifications such as the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) now increasingly sought after by practitioners and students.

Prerequisites: ACCT 209C and ACCT 313C
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 322 -  Business Analysis and Decision Making  

This course acquaints students with the process used to construct and understand the financial reports of organizations. An important objective is to understand the decisions that must be made in the financial reporting process and to develop the ability to evaluate and use accounting data. Included in the content are a study of accounting concepts and procedures used for financial statement analysis, cost analysis, cost allocation, planning and reporting accounting information. The significance of accounting information and the financial statements for management's decision-making process is emphasized.

Prerequisite: ACCT 209D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 324 -  Cost Accounting II  

This course is a continuation of Cost Accounting, ACCT 310. This course covers breakeven analysis, activity based costing, inventory management, differential analysis, transfer pricing, product pricing, capital planning, cost centers, the balanced scorecard, and decision making under uncertainty.

Prerequisite: ACCT 310D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 341 -  Legal Environment of Business II  

An analysis of complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions, antitrust law, financial instruments, intellectual property, bankruptcy, environmental, estate and international law.

Prerequisite: ACCT 340D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 390 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 395 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 398 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 411 -  Auditing Theory and Practice  

Objective examination of financial statements with emphasis on internal control, review and evaluation, sampling theory and application, and procedural testing.

Prerequisite: ACCT 315C
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 412 -  Accounting Seminar  

Analysis of current accounting theory and application in practice. Additional focus on ethics, written and oral communication, organization skills, professionalism, and current topics.

Prerequisite: ACCT 314D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 413 -  Advanced Accounting  

In this course, advanced accounting concepts and procedures affecting partnerships, governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations, estates, and trusts are presented. Diverse global accounting issues, diversity in application of generally accepted accounting standards (GAAP), and the harmonization of GAAP in the development of international financial reporting standards (IRFS) as it applies to business combinations, consolidations, and transactions between international entities are highlighted.

Prerequisite: ACCT 315C
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 419 -  Auditing Systems  

Continuation of ACCT 411 with emphasis on computerized accounting systems and auditing procedures.

Prerequisite: ACCT 411D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 423 -  Advanced Accounting II  

This course is a continuation of Advanced Accounting, ACCT 413. Covers various topics, with emphasis on not-for-profit accounting (government, education, hospitals, and volunteer organizations), fiduciary accounting (estates, trusts, and insolvent companies), and advanced financial statement presentations (interim reporting, foreign currency, and segment reporting). Related pronouncements from the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board will also be introduced.

Prerequisite: ACCT 413D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Senior 1 or Senior 2.

ACCT 429 -  Accounting Data Analytics  

Analysis of data for accounting and finance applications. Focus on accounting data analysis concepts and techniques for decisions making and the use of large data sets involving accounting information. Development of analysis and problem solving skills using current software tools available to accounting professionals.

Prerequisite: ACCT 230C
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Senior 1 or Senior 2.

ACCT 450 -  Internship  

Supervised placement in selected public and private agencies at appropriate institutions. Prerequisites: Application and permission of the instructor.

Credits: 1-12

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 490 -  Independent Study  

In-depth reading and/or research in an area of particular interest to the student, done with the guidance of a faculty member. Prerequisites: 12 credits of accounting courses, application, and permission of the instructor, departmental chairperson, and dean of the college where the study will be conducted. Independent Study courses give students the opportunity to pursue research and/or studies that are not part of the university's traditional course offerings. Students work one on one or in small groups with faculty guidance and are typically required to submit a final paper or project as determined by the supervising professor.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 495 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ACCT 498 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON Courses

ECON 105 -  Economics of Social Issues  

As an introductory course, it is intended to provide an understanding of how our economic system works. It examines the forces that determine what, how much and who obtains the outputs of the economy, and explains the issues behind current economic problems. A framework of building blocks from micro, macro, and international economics is developed to enable students to comprehend the differences among alternative solutions and to understand the implications of policy issues constantly confronting a mixed dynamic economy.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Summer & Winter Terms

ECON 139 -  University Seminar  

University Seminar serves as the entry point to the Slippery Rock University general education program. With its strong faculty-student interaction, the course promotes intellectual inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and academic excellence. Through varied content, the course introduces students to academic discourse and information literacy while exploring topics such as diversity and inclusion and global awareness. This course will set students along the path to becoming engaged with issues and scholarship important to a 21st century education while they learn about themselves and their place in the world.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Freshman 1 or Freshman 2.
Enrollment limited to students with the ROCK STUDIES STUDENT attribute.

ECON 190 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ECON 195 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ECON 198 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ECON 201 -  Principles of Macroeconomics  

Definition of economics; concepts and institutions; demand, supply and the price system; national income; employment and fiscal policy; monetary policy; economic stability and growth.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

ECON 202 -  Principles of Microeconomics  

Economics of the firm; resource allocation; price and output determination; market structure; current economic problems; international economics.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

ECON 211 -  Real Estate Finance  

The study of nature and scope of real estate, factors affecting demand and supply, property rights, title, deeds and title closing, sources of financing, real estate valuation, taxes, leveraged buy-outs, and real estate investment decision.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ECON 219 -  Business Analytics I  

Probability and statistics in a business environment encompassing descriptive statistics, probability theory, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisites: Algebraic proficiency and microcomputer proficiency. Cross-listed as MGMT 219.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

ECON 290 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ECON 295 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ECON 298 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

ECON 301 -  Macroeconomic Analysis  

Determination of national income and employment. National income accounts as measures of aggregate economic behavior. Analysis of income stability, unemployment, inflation and growth.

Prerequisites: ECON 201D and ECON 202D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 302 -  Microeconomic Analysis  

Intermediate price theory including theories of demand, supply, production, resource allocation, market structure, general equilibrium and risk analysis.

Prerequisites: ECON 201D and ECON 202D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 304 -  Money and Banking  

Emphasis is upon monetary policy, how it is implemented, the theories on which it is based, and the implication of this policy on our economy.

Prerequisite: ECON 201D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 312 -  Critical Choices in Health Care Policy  

This course analyzes the health care sector. It presents reasons for the growth in health care expenses, assesses how and why they are likely to grow, and details policy options that confront health care administrators, consumers, employers, and government officials.

Prerequisite: ECON 202D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Thematic Thread(s): 21st Century Healthcare, Transfer Thread Completion Course

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 315 -  Economics of Sustainable Development  

Economic causes and effects of pollution are discussed along with the issue of sustainable economic development. government policy with respect to the environment and renewable energy will be surveyed. The framework connection between sustainability and the core functions of business for profit in the global economy will be presented.

Prerequisite: ECON 202D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Thematic Thread(s): Sustainable International Development, Sustainability, Transfer Thread Completion Course

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 318 -  Intermediate Statistical Analysis  

Statistical analysis encompassing multiple regression and correlation, ANOVA (simple and multivariate), goodness of fit, statistical decision analysis, and advanced forecasting techniques.

Prerequisites: ECON 219D or MGMT 219D or BUSA 219D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 319 -  Business Analytics II  

This course introduces various methods on how to analyze large sets of business data in order to uncover potential business opportunities. Students will learn both predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics. The predictive analytics include trend analysis, forecasting techniques, data mining, and spreadsheet modeling. Prescriptive analytics covers linear optimization and decision analysis. Business software such as productivity software, data visualization, and business intelligence software will be heavily used as a main focus of learning.

Prerequisites: (ECON 219D or MGMT 219D or STAT 152D or BUSA 219D) and (MATH 113D or MATH 115D or MATH 117D or MATH 118D or MATH 122D or MATH 123D or MATH 125D or MATH 131D or MATH 210D or MATH 225D)
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior 1, Junior 2, Post Baccalaureate, Senior 1, Senior 2, Sophomore 1 or Sophomore 2.

ECON 326 -  International Economics  

Alternative exchange rate systems, commercial trade policies, balance of payments, adjustment mechanisms and the role of international financial organizations.

Prerequisites: ECON 201D and ECON 202D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Thematic Thread(s): International Business, Sustainable International Development, Transfer Thread Completion Course

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 360 -  Labor Economics  

An investigation of labor markets and the effect of institutional forces on employment, wage determination, stability, and the availability of labor.

Prerequisite: ECON 202D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 390 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 395 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 398 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 450 -  Internship  

Supervised placement and research in selected public and private agencies at appropriate institutions.

Prerequisites: ECON 201D and ECON 202D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 1-12

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 490 -  Independent Study  

In-depth reading and/or research in an area of particular interest to the student, with the guidance of a faculty member. Prerequisites: 12 hours of major courses, application, and permission of the instructor, departmental chairperson, and dean of the college where the study will be conducted. Independent Study courses give students the opportunity to pursue research and/or studies that are not part of the university's traditional course offerings.  Students work one on one or in small groups with faculty guidance and are typically required to submit a final paper or project as determined by the supervising professor.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 495 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

ECON 498 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN Courses

FIN 100 -  Personal Financial Planning  

All individuals encounter challenging financial decisions. This course will introduce a wide variety of topics, such as cash and debt management, credit rating, insurance policies, housing decisions, taxes, investments, retirement, and estate planning. In addition, students will apply financial planning principles to diverse populations.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Summer & Winter Terms

Thematic Thread(s): Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Positive Change, Transfer Thread Completion Course

FIN 139 -  University Seminar  

University Seminar serves as the entry point to the Slippery Rock University general education program. With its strong faculty-student interaction, the course promotes intellectual inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and academic excellence. Through varied content, the course introduces students to academic discourse and information literacy while exploring topics such as diversity and inclusion and global awareness. This course will set students along the path to becoming engaged with issues and scholarship important to a 21st century education while they learn about themselves and their place in the world.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Freshman 1 or Freshman 2.
Enrollment limited to students with the ROCK STUDIES STUDENT attribute.

FIN 190 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

FIN 195 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

FIN 198 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

FIN 290 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

FIN 295 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

FIN 298 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

FIN 304 -  Money and Banking  

Emphasis is upon monetary policy, how it is implemented, the theories on which it is based, and the implication of this policy on our economy.

Prerequisite: ECON 201D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 318 -  Intermediate Statistical Analysis  

Statistical analysis encompassing multiple regression and correlation, ANOVA (simple and multivariate), goodness of fit, statistical decision analysis, and advanced forecasting techniques.

Prerequisites: ECON 219D or MGMT 219D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 320 -  Managerial Finance  

Capital budgeting, cost of capital, management of short and long term assets, mergers and financial reorganization.

Prerequisite: ACCT 209D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Winter, & Spring

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 321 -  Investments  

Introduction to security markets and their operation; investment alternatives; fundamentals of investment analysis.

Prerequisites: FIN 320D or ECON 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 322 -  Bank Financial Management  

Principles of bank financial management including sources and uses of funds and the role of the bank in financial markets.

Prerequisites: FIN 320D or ECON 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 323 -  Financial Markets and Institutions  

Introduction to financial markets and institutions and to their role in financing business, consumers and government.

Prerequisite: FIN 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Winter, & Spring

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 326 -  Intermediate Corporate Finance  

This course provides in-depth analysis of topics addressed in corporate finance and covers additional advanced topics including but not limited to real asset valuation, corporate governance, short-term financial management, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prerequisite: FIN 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 329 -  Principles of Insurance  

A study of the basic principles of insurance and risk. Topics include property and liability insurance; the financial structure and organization of insurance business, and the different fields of insurance.

Prerequisites: FIN 320D or ECON 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 340 -  Real Estate Investment  

The study of the nature and scope of real estate investment, investment decision process and investment strategy, financial and risk analysis, tax implications, institutional real estate investment and real estate investment trust funds.

Prerequisites: FIN 320D or ECON 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 341 -  Entrepreunerial Finance  

Entrepreneurial finance is the application and adaptation of financial tools and techniques to the planning, funding, operation, valuation and harvesting of intrepreneurial ventures.

Prerequisite: FIN 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Thematic Thread(s): Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Positive Change, Transfer Thread Completion Course

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 390 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 395 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 398 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 409 -  Retirement and Estate Planning  

In-depth study of the tools and techniques available for use in retirement and estate planning from a personal financial planning perspective. Particular emphasis will be given to retirement cash flow analysis and planning as well as the transfer tax system inherent in estate planning and the methods available for estate management.

Prerequisites: FIN 321D and FIN 329D and ACCT 308D and ACCT 240D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 410 -  Personal Financial Planning Seminar  

Synthesize the topics requisite to expertise in personal financial planning as explored principally through case studies. These topics include risk management, investment, insurance and tax planning, and retirement and estate planning.

Prerequisites: FIN 321D and FIN 329D and ACCT 308D and ACCT 240D and FIN 409D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 420 -  Finance Seminar  

Capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, working capital management and long-term financing.

Prerequisites: FIN 320D or ECON 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 421 -  Portfolio Theory  

Advanced treatment of investment concepts. In-depth analysis of Modern Portfolio Theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and its extensions, options, interest options, future markets and precious metals.

Prerequisite: FIN 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 427 -  International Financial Management  

International monetary systems, sources of funds, import and export financing; taxation of multinational corporations, foreign investment decisions; political risk; risk of foreign exchange losses; management of working capital.

Prerequisites: FIN 320D or ECON 320D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 430 -  International Banking  

Internationalization of U.S. and foreign banks to meet the global financial needs of multi-national activities.

Prerequisites: (FIN 320D or ECON 320D) and (FIN 323D or ECON 323D)
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 450 -  Internship  

Supervised placement and research in selected public and private agencies at appropriate institutions.

Credits: 1-12

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 490 -  Independent Study  

In-depth reading and/or research in an area of particular interest to the student, done with the guidance of a faculty member. Independent Study courses give students the opportunity to pursue research and/or studies that are not part of the university's traditional course offerings. Students work one on one or in small groups with faculty guidance and are typically required to submit a final paper or project as determined by the supervising professor.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 495 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

FIN 498 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.