Business Courses

VSB 1015-H01 HON: BUSINESS DYNAMICS

Ward Utter 
MWF11:30-12:20 PM

Explores dynamic nature of business in a changing environment. Cross functional view of business and contribution of functions to accomplish vision. Integrates global, ethical, and technological dimensions. Emphasizes innovation as business, personal skill.

 

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VSB 1015-H02 HON: BUSINESS DYNAMICS

Ward Utter 
MWF12:30-1:20 PM

Explores dynamic nature of business in a changing environment. Cross functional view of business and contribution of functions to accomplish vision. Integrates global, ethical, and technological dimensions. Emphasizes innovation as business, personal skill.

 

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VSB 1015-H03 HON: BUSINESS DYNAMICS

James P. Borden 
MWF 9:30-10:20 PM

Course description forthcoming.

 

 

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VSB 2007-H01 HON: CORP RESPONSE & REGULATION

SAMUEL DILULLO
MWF 12:30-1:20

 

Course description, forthcoming.

 

 

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VSB 2009-H01 HON: PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE

NANCY JOYCE HECK
MWF 11:30-12:20

Honors Principles of Finance provides a broad overview of corporate financial management, with emphasis placed upon student initiative in discussion, research, and presentations:

Discussion: On “Discussion Fridays,” each student will come to class prepared to present two articles that relate to topics covered in the course (list of topics will be provided) from the past week’s Wall Street Journal, NY Times, or Financial Times.

Research: Students will choose two publicly owned corporations in the same industry (direct competitors) to research. Research results will be presented in three written reports and two Excel assignments with due dates spread throughout the semester (aligning with topical coverage).

Presentation: The course will culminate with student presentations of their research of the two firms, using PowerPoint or other presentation software.

 

Course Learning Goals: In order to allow time for discussion, research, and presentations, much of the basic learning will occur outside of the classroom as students read the required material and apply what they have read to practice problems. By the end of the course, students should be able to

·         Explain the role of finance in a corporation

·         Add compound interest to or remove compound interest from single cash flows, uneven streams of cash, and ordinary annuities

·         Develop a personal retirement plan

·         Analyze a loan

·         Explain the functioning of financial markets

·         Value bonds, preferred stock, and common stock

·         Measure risk and rate of return using standard deviation and beta

·         Estimate required returns using the CAPM

·         Estimate the firm’s cost of capital

·         Estimate cash flows from proposed capital budgeting projects

·         Select capital budgeting proposals for investment

·         Analyze financial statements

·         Describe strategies for managing working capital

·         Exhibit excellence in written and oral communication skills

·         Demonstrate the ability to work independently and think critically

 

 

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ECO 3108-H01 HON: GLOBAL POLITICAL ECON

Fr. CRAIG MCMAHON
TR 4:00-5:15


This course analyzes the interaction between politics and economics in the global system. Global political economy considers the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services across national boundaries. We begin by analyzing the American, German and Japanese systems of political economy. We then explore key issue areas including trade, capital flows, monetary policy, financial crises, inequality and environmental change. The course emphasizes the historical development and current trajectory of the global political economy.



 

 

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VSB 3500-H01 HONTOP: CRIT THINKING & VAL INV

DAVID NAWROCKI
W 6:10-8:50

Unstructured seminar class on value investing modeled on the value investing seminar at Columbia University.  It involves a changing group of speakers who come from investment firms, manufacturing companies, non-profit organizations speaking on the basic idea of organizations providing value to shareholders, customers, and employees.  All speakers are in upper management within their organization and are encouraged to just think out loud about what they do as investors or managers.  The course is taught by Dr. David Nawrocki who runs the student managed investment fund program at Villanova and two investment professionals from Boenning and Scattergood: Ben Auger and Lou DePaul.  The philosophy of the class is that critical thinking is a prerequisite for finding value as an investor or as a manager of an organization.  An unstructured class requires a student to be proactive as she or he will only get out of the class what they put into it.  Do not expect a highly structured class.  The class is open to all university colleges and includes VSB students.  The instructors feel that it is very important to a critical thinking class that students from all disciplines and viewpoints are participating.

The course outline from the Fall of 2017 and a list of confirmed speakers for the Fall 2018 is available upon request.  Registration for the class requires an instructor override from Dr. Nawrocki.

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VSB 3900-H01 HON: INNOVATING & DESIGN PRACTICUM

TBD
W 6:10-8:50


Course description forthcoming.

 

 

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