Investments – BUSI 420

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020

Course Description

A survey of corporate securities, financial securities, security markets, investment and portfolio analysis and administration. Investment companies, commodity markets and the stock exchange are also examined.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides the student with a solid foundation in core concepts, tools, and technologies needed to make informed investment decisions throughout his or her personal and professional lives.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Exhibit the ability to calculate, interpret, and apply financial ratios for publically traded corporations in order to evaluate potential investment opportunities (Program Learning Objective 2, 3, 4; Emphasized).
  2. Demonstrate time value of money, holding period return, and other financial calculations related to investment portfolio valuations and to the valuation of publicly traded corporations (Program Learning Objective 2; Emphasized).
  3. Describe investment vehicles and asset allocation strategies for use in building investment portfolios in the context of the risk versus return trade-off (Program Learning Objective 2, 3, 4; Introduced).
  4. Apply biblical worldview principles to the area of personal and corporate investing ethics (Program Learning Outcomes 1, Emphasized).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forum

The instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of Module/Week 5. The student will be required to collaborate with the group in order to provide a scholarly essay of 1,000–1,500 words. The essay will integrate relevant topics from the course with the biblical/Christian worldview. Each group will cite at least 3 outside scholarly sources (e.g., finance-related, peer-reviewed journal articles, etc.). Citations from the course textbook must be avoided. The essay must follow current APA format (including in-text citations and a reference list).

Textbook Assignments (3)

The student will complete 3 Textbook Assignments throughout this course. These assignments will consist of a comprehensive problem provided by the instructor and will be completed independently by each student.

Connect Homework (8)

The student will be assigned homework in the Connect online assignment system. Connect assignments will be graded automatically upon submission, and the instructor will subsequently transfer the scores to Blackboard.

Access to Connect is mandatory for the student. The student may either purchase a new textbook that is packaged with an access code or he or she may purchase the access code directly through a link provided by the course instructor. Additionally, the instructor will provide a unique Connect course ID along with specific instructions for registering.

Connect Exams (4)

The student will take 4 bi-weekly online exams through Connect. The exams will be made up of some text-based questions drawn from the test bank and previous Connect Homework problems. It will behoove the student to be intentional in taking good notes and in building spreadsheet solutions for the Connect homework problems that he or she finds to be more difficult and/or time-consuming to complete.