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Securities Trading

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIS 102

       Course Name: Securities Trading

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues FIS 101.  Content includes fundamentals and history of the securities markets, the economic role of securities trading in our society, exchange rules that govern trading, regulatory agencies and the organization and operation of the securities exchanges.

IV.   Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students who satisfactorily complete all work will have working knowledge of the history and economic role of the securities market, how it functions, its rules, techniques of financial analysis, the effects of economic indicators, interest rates, inflation and Federal Reserve policy, and what a security is and how it works in the financial marketplace.  Each aspect is fully explained and how it causes the market to move.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics


1.    General Introduction
2.    Inflation and Interest Rates
3.    Federal Reserve
4.    Economic Indicators
5.    Financial Analysis
6.    Fundamental Analysis
7.    Price/Earnings Ratio
8.    Financial Statement Analysis
9.    Classes of Securities
10.    Yield Curve Analysis
11.    Intermarket Valuation
12.    Investor Sentiment
13.    Institutional Investors
14.    Publication Information

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Each class opens with current events pertinent to financial markets with class participation.  Lecture on current readings with class participation.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Heavy emphasis is placed upon each student to participate in each class discussion.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Periodic testing, mid-term and final exam that are multiple choice.  Class participation will be used to evaluate students.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance is mandatory unless cleared in advance by the instructor.


If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.