Requirements and Grading

    Prerequisites for 683 are 614 and a keen interest in applying financial concepts and techniques to the management of financial institutions. The course consists of a combination of lectures, case presentations and discussions, and tests with a particular emphasis on case studies. Case presentations and discussion are student responsibility. The grade is comprised of two exams (60%); case write-ups and presentations (20%); and a final project and participation (10% each). Case write-ups are due at the beginning of the class for which discussion is scheduled.
    At the beginning of term, you sign up for the the case you wish to present on a first come, first served basis. Depending on enrolment, we might only have presentations, i.e., no case write-ups. Otherwise, you freely select another cases for a formal case write-up (up to two pages of analysis and 6 pages of appendices taking the form of an executive memo, letter to the board, etc., i.e., a formal business document) for which you do not need to sign up. Presenting groups only have to turn in copies of their presentation material (e.g., hand-outs, copies of slides, analytic material) but are expected to lead the subsequent class discussion. Case write-ups or presentation material are due at the beginning of the class for which discussion is scheduled. Cases should be solved in groups (max 2 to 5 students depending on class size). You may find it advantageous to form stable groups early on, especially in view of the final group project. Students' full participation in the group work (case preparation, final project) will be assessed through peer evaluations that directly affect your individual case and project grades.

Bank Data and Analysis exercises 10%
Cases: 1 write-up, 1 presentation (10% each) 20%
Midterm 30%
Final 30%
Project Report 10%

    Homework assignments are distributed throughout the semester with solutions available on the course website. You are not required to turn in these problems. Note, however, that the assignments are indicative of the problems you will see on an exam. Hence, failure to understand the homework assignments could jeopardize your performance at exam time.
    In accordance with departmental practice, the expected letter grade distribution will approximately be:

A+, A, A- B+, B, B- C D, F
35% 45% as warranted as warranted

 
    Enrollment in Fin 683 means that you accept the conditions of the American University Honor Code. The University's Academic Integrity Code is designed to ensure that the principles of academic honesty and integrity are upheld. All students are expected to adhere to this Code. The Kogod School of Business does not tolerate academic dishonesty. All acts of academic dishonesty will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of this code. Please visit the following website for more information on the University's policy in this regard as specified in the Academic Integrity Code.