Special Topics Courses
Fall Semester 2019
ACCT 499 — Advanced Projects Using Excel (3 credits)
This course is a senior level advanced course that focuses on the construction of spreadsheets using a case-based method. The spreadsheets would be accounting and business related. i.e., well-designed spreadsheets that provide information useful for decision-making. Prereq: Students must be senior standing in the College of Business or the Department of Agribusiness.
FIN 499- Advanced Investment Analysis (3 credits)
This course is designed to give an intimate look into what life is like as a professional analyst/associate within the finance field, including investment banking, private equity, commercial banking, real estate and others. The course will provide a foundation for Excel modeling, an introduction to various valuation methodologies utilized by practitioners, an introduction to business and industry analysis, an overview of how to effectively write an investment memorandum as well as how to prepare for interviews. The idea is to mimic the life of an analyst, with classes supported by visits and presentations from industry speakers. Prereq: FIN 320. Co-req: FIN 410.
LIB 299- Research in History (1 credit)
Development of core research skills for historical study including locating, utilizing and evaluating resources, including archival materials.
MIS 499- Blockchain Commerce (3 credits)
This course examines the potential of conducting commercial activity using blockchain technology, the distributed ledger technology where records are maintained on a network of peer-to-peer member computers. Topics include cryptography, hashing, security, consensus, mining, trustless systems, economics of bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, public versus permissioned blockchains, and smart contracts. Prereq: MIS 320.