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Business Electives Fall 2013

BUSI 188Foundations of Leadership: Discovering Your Strengths (1.5 cr.) Restricted to first-year students in the Assured Admit Program This course introduces the concepts of strengths-based leadership development to help uncover strengths and maximize potential for overall success. Students will learn how to connect these strengths to all areas of life, including, but not limited to, their academic journey as well as their future career path.

BUSI 409Advanced Corporate Finance (1.5 cr.)
Prerequisite: BUSI 408 with minimum grade of C
This course provides essential tools that anybody interested in business should know. We will analyze theory and practice of the major financial decisions made by corporations. The goal of the class is to teach you 1) how to value firms and project opportunities using methods drawn from the theory of corporate finance 2) to develop an appreciation of how financing decisions impact project and firm value and 3) how to develop effective ways to visualize and communicate spreadsheet analyses. By definition, the course is designed to be “hands-on”.

BUSI 490-14Megaprojects in Latin America (in Spanish) (1.5 cr.) Prerequisite: SPAN 204 or instructor permission
Este curso “Megaproyectos en Latinoamérica” tiene la finalidad de ofrecer a los alumnos la oportunidad de conversar sobre temas de actualidad y de interés público relacionados con mega proyectos realizados o por realizar en Latinoamérica, y a través de estas conversaciones, ejercicios, presentaciones y proyectos, ayudarlos a mejorar su fluidez en el idioma español. En esta clase tocaremos temas relacionados con gasoductos, acueductos, carreteras, aeropuertos, canales, minas, estadios, o expansión de viviendas, entre otros. Nos enfocaremos en algunos proyectos de Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panamá, Perú, y Brasil, y los alumnos también tendrán oportunidad de seleccionar sus megaproyectos de interés y presentarlos al final de la clase. Durante la clase, utilizaremos una selección específica de proyectos, casos de negocios, artículos populares y producciones culturales (propuestas, documentales, y videos), discutiremos la situación política y económica de algunos países y en qué forma estos componentes impactan positiva o negativamente a un grupo, comunidad, ciudad, o país.

BUSI 490-022&33Behavioral Finance (1.5 cr.)
Prerequisite: BUSI 408 with minimum grade of C; Completion of BUSI 409 recommended There is an abundance of evidence suggesting that the standard economic paradigm – rational agents in an efficient market – does not adequately describe behavior in financial markets.  This course will survey the evidence and use psychology to guide alternative theories of financial markets.  The course will identify limitations to the ability of smart, profit-seeking agents to correct distortions caused by irrational investors.  Then it will examine more closely the preferences and trading decisions of individual investors and how they aggregate into observed market inefficiencies. The goal of the class is to apply an understanding of behavioral frictions in financial markets to value investment strategies and corporate finance decision-making. BUSI 500Entrepreneurship & Business Planning (3 cr.)

The goals of this course are to give the students a broad understanding of the field of entrepreneurship and to introduce the important tools and skills necessary to create and grow a successful new venture. The course is designed to simulate the real life activities of entrepreneurs in the start-up stage of a new venture. Students, in teams, will develop a new venture concept and determine if a demand exists for their product or service. Importantly, the course facilitates networking with entrepreneurs and other students who are considering becoming entrepreneurs.

BUSI 505Entrepreneurial Consulting (3 cr.)
Student teams serve as consultants to actual startups. The course combines consulting...
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