Principles of Finance

Catalog Number
BUSx350
Exam Type
Multiple Choice
Credit / Level
3.0 / Upper

The UExcel Principles of Finance examination is based on material typically taught in a one-semester, three-credit, upper-level undergraduate course in principles of finance. The content of the examination corresponds to course offerings such as Finance, Principles of Finance, or Corporate Finance. The examination measures knowledge of basic facts and terminology, an understanding of fundamental concepts (including those basic accounting concepts necessary for the understanding of finance), financial decision-making in different business situations (including changes in the global financial environment), Sarbanes Oxley and its impact to the financial markets, ethical dilemmas in the corporate pursuit of financing and profit, and the evaluation of risk by investors and financial professionals. The examination requires a familiarity with topics generally covered in courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics. (Multiple-choice examination)

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