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QST ES 701: Executive Written Communication
This course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice. It's designed to help you exercise leadership through writing and understand how strategies of written communication are an essential aspect of effective management, working relationships in the network era, and overall business strategy.
QST ES 707: Managing Career Growth
The MBA is simply a step along the path of a career. It provides the skills and tools necessary to take many steps forward, but you must manage where those steps lead and how. Managing Career Growth will provide you the understanding of how to managing your own career going forward. The class will cover: -Career self-assessment (interests, values and skills) -Networking and developmental relationships -Career management/advancement strategies -Developing your career marketing plan and professional portfolio. All with the purpose of providing a foundation to not only manage your next steps but continuously assess, network, market and manage yourself. You are indeed a business of one and you are the one responsible for managing that business.
QST ES 721: Teaming
Teaming is one of the three elements of the Professional Skills course. Delivered through key interactions across the modular MBA core, teaming works to both support student work in teams while also provide an intellectual understanding of how to assess the dynamics by which teams form, develop, change, achieve success and transform or disband.
QST ES 722: Executive Communication
Executive Communication is one of the three elements of the Professional Skills course. Beginning in the pre-term and delivered through key interactions across the modular MBA core, Executive Communication will provide students with essential skills in oral communication - including development of a presenter's delivery skills and message clarity - and written communication - including how to exercise leadership through writing and understanding how strategies of written communication are an essential aspect of effective management. Executive Communication skills delivery is also structured to provide supporting content linked to both the career and integrated project activities.
QST ES 723: Career Management
Career Management is one of the three elements of the Professional Skills course. This three semester professional development course series is designed to assist students in transforming interests into professional goals, and these goals into an MBA level, candidate-driven internship and job search. The Career Management course integrates a set of complementary resources and activities: self-assessment, career management tools, skill building opportunities, and active involvement in a career development team. The course will help students to determine professional goals; develop and implement a plan for achieving them; acquire the specific skills and experiences needed to become market ready; build a personal brand and professional network. A requirement of the course in the second year is the completion of a presentation on the student's summer internship after the first year.
QST ES 724: Professional Skills
The Professional Skills Collection consists of three elements integrated into the full time MBA curriculum: Communications; Teaming, and Career Management. First, Communications focuses on both oral elements - including development of a presenter's delivery skills and message clarity - and writing elements - including how to exercise leadership through writing and understanding how strategies of written communication are an essential aspect of effective management. Second, Teaming will support student work on teams while also assessing the dynamics by which teams form, develop, change, achieve success and transform or disband. Third, Career Management will assist students in transforming personal interests into professional goals, and these goals into an MBA level, candidate-driven internship and job search through a set of complementary resources and activities. Each of the three professional skills elements are integrated within, and delivered alongside, the integrated modular MBA core experience.
QST FE 101: Introduction to Finance
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Pre-req for Questrom students: SM131. Co-req for non-Questrom students: SM131 strongly recommended.
Required of all SMG freshmen. This course offers a rigorous overview of principles of finance, such as time value of money, interest rates, basic valuation of cash flow streams, and basic stock and bond valuation. It uses a combination of teaching materials including online problem solving and case writing that will help the student through the intensive syllabus. FE 101 and the redesigned FE 323 offer a comprehensive overview of finance to SMG students.
QST FE 323: Financial Management
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG FE 101 or SMG SM121/122 or SMG SM299; SMG AC222; SMG OB221; SMG SM151 or SMG ES275; SMG QM222
Component of SMG SM 323, The Cross Functional Core. Introduces students to the themes of financial decision making: valuation and risk management. The focus is on the problems of forecasting, capital budgeting, working capital management, project risk management, and financing in a cross-functional context. A semester-long business-plan project explores the interaction between marketing, operations, management information systems, and finance decisions. The course compares the financial objectives of the manager and the investor. Introduction to the time value of money, securities valuation, portfolio diversification, and the cost of capital.
QST FE 427: International Financial Management
Required for International Management concentrators. Managing financial risk in the global environment. Introduction to foreign exchange markets, spot, forward, futures, options and swaps, and to the international bond and money markets. Discussion of market structure and participants, and main financial instruments. Analyzes and discusses tools of currency risk management.
QST FE 429: Futures, Options, and Financial Risk Management
Covers the theory of futures pricing and option pricing, and applies the theory to develop a framework for analyzing hedging and investment decisions using futures and options. Attention is paid to practical considerations in the use of these instruments, especially in financial risk management.
QST FE 430: Entertainment Finance
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG FE 323.
Examines financial structures and decisions in entertainment and media realms including feature film, television, music, live performance, sports, digital media, and related business endeavors. The course covers the various ways entertainment and media companies raise capital, budget capital, and manage return on investment to shareholders and other stakeholders. Students study business models within each segment to understand the financial, operational, and legal constraints and best practices under which media and entertainment firms operate. Offered in Los Angeles.
QST FE 442: Money, Financial Markets, and Economic Activity
Required for Finance concentrators. The financial system and its functions. The role of money and the importance of interest rates in determining economic activity; determinants of level of interest rates. Operation of central banks; the goals and instruments of monetary policy. The roles, activities, and risk management of financial institutions. Instruments traded in money and capital markets, and their valuation. Role of derivative securities; systemic risk and other contemporary issues in the financial system
QST FE 445: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Required for Finance concentrators. Introduction to the investment management process. Defining investment objectives and constraints. Introduction to Modern Portfolio Theory, CAPM, APT, Efficient Markets, stock and bond valuation models. Immunizing interest-rate risk. Active vs. passive investment strategies, fundamental vs. technical analysis, trading practices, and performance evaluation. Introduction to the role of futures and options in hedging and speculation. Students are expected to become familiar with current events in the financial news.
QST FE 449: Corporate Financial Management
Required for Finance concentrators. Covers the financial manager's role in obtaining and allocating funds. Includes topics such as cash budgeting, working capital analysis, dividend policy, capital investment analysis and debt policy as well as their associated risks. Valuation of companies, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy are covered. The course requires using financial models and spreadsheets. Applications are made to current events and everyday business finance problems.
QST FE 450: Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
Exposes students to, and demystifies, the world of Private Equity (PE). The focus is centered on LBOs and their position in the "alternative asset" class. Students learn about the activities of a PE firm including formation, fund-raising, investing (including deal structure, terms, due diligence, and governance), and exiting. Also discussed are what other industry sectors serve or are affected by PE and who the players are. Case study and class participation will be the primary modes of learning.
QST FE 454: Investment Banking
Provides an overview of the economic functions provided by investment banks including a history of the industry, current events, public policy issues and the difference between large, full service investment banks and smaller, boutique firms. Topics include: What do investment bankers do? What are the different types of analyses performed by investment bankers? What are the various types of financial securities? What is the underwriting process and how are securities priced? Focuses on the issuing process and pricing for equity, fixed income, and equity-linked securities. Also focuses on the role of investment banks in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other restructuring. Additional topics include equity research, capital markets, institutional sales, trading, asset management, securitization, industry regulations, as well as typical career paths and opportunities.
QST FE 455: Financing New Ventures
Students will be expected to have mastered key finance concepts including cash flow analysis, NPV, IRR and basic option pricing theory prior to entering the course. Introduction to raising "angel" funding and venture capital financing for start-up firms. Focus on capital structure analysis, capitalization tables, payoff diagrams, term sheets, equity incentives and negotiating with investors. Students are expected to prepare case studies for class discussion and become familiar with current events in the financial news about start-up company financings.
QST FE 456: Fixed Income Analysis
Covers the analytic techniques used in fixed-income markets to value and measure risk on traditional fixed-rate bonds, floating-rate notes, bonds having embedded options (callable and putable bonds), structured notes, and interest rate derivatives used to manage bond portfolios (primarily interest rate swaps, caps, and floors). Extensive use is made of Excel spreadsheet analysis, including the development of a binomial term structure model to value securities. Focus is on the impact of counterparty and issuer credit risk in fixed-income valuation. 4 cr.
QST FE 458: Equities and Securities Analysis
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG FE 323.
Students learn the fundamental skills that are applied in equity security analysis. These skills include benchmarking a firm's financial performance and analyzing the value of a firm using multiple approaches. Key topics include: competitive advantage, return on invested capital, financial modeling and financial statement analysis, and value-based metrics (Economic Value Added).
QST FE 469: Real Estate Finance
Provides an introduction to and an understanding of real estate finance. Draws together and considers major functional areas including: structuring, ownership, finance, taxation, property valuation and analysis. The course provides a framework for decision making in the real estate investment and finance fields. The course is specifically designed to offer students interested in real estate careers a foundation from which to build. 4 cr.