Securities Trading

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIS 102

       Course Name: Securities Trading

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


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 and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

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, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Reilly.  Handouts from current financial publications and other material.

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.