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  1. 1. COURSE SYLLABUS-Fall 2008 PERSONAL FINANCE (TV) BUS 136 (Section 71167) & FCS 136 (Section 71168) T. R. HUMPHREY, INSTRUCTOR, TELEPHONE: 744-1150 EXT 5292 Email: MATERIALS REQUIRED PERSONAL FINANCE, Eighth Edition by Jack R. Kapoor, Les R. Dlabay, & Robert J. Hughes, /DVD Irwin/McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 2004 (Approximately $158 new or $118.50 used if available) MATERIAL RECOMMENDED (Optional) WALL STREET JOURNAL & FORTUNE (Student subscriptions rates are available) INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY, MONEY, KIPLINGERS PERSONAL FINANCE, SMART MONEY, FORBES, etc. COURSE DEFINITION The course covers a wide range of topics relating to how you the consumer spends and saves your money. It is a very practical course, which covers many areas of managing one's personal finances. We will address most topics covered in the text, and on TV. The course qualifies as a general education course for the Associate in Arts degree under category "E", integrated self and life-long learning. It may be taken "credit/no credit" or "audit". ASSIGNMENTS Outside reading assignments, I call them CURRENT EVALUATIONS, will be made which relate to each unit covered. More information on page 3. ALSO please go to Palomar’s eservices website, At the bottom of the page there are options to change Personal information as well as to set your preferred email and to add another email address. Make sure the email address you use is in BlackBoard. This process will insure that it is. Enter your correct email address. That way I can be sure to get in contact with you. This is very important. CLASS MEETINGS There are no assigned class meetings on campus for this course, except for the course orientation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday August 30, 2008 in Room B-21 on the main Palomar College Campus. All work will be done on your own using your textbook, Blackboard discussion board, Textbook website, the CD provided with the text, the videos via TV or the library. All testing will be done on line from the Blackboard class site 1
  2. 2. TESTS AND QUIZZES Before you take the tests, I suggest you take the quizzes for each chapter as you study them. They can be found at and will be taken on line and sent to your instructor via email (more information about his in a future announcement). There will be SIX unit tests throughout the semester. These will be multiple-choice, true-false, matching, & short answer/essay. They will be taken online e through Blackboard. You are expected to do your own work throughout the semester. There will be no make-up tests unless there is a legitimate excuse. Let me know if you have one. . . The tests will cover the following chapters: Test #1 Chapters 1-4 Video 1-5 September 6 -13 CE#1 Test #2 Chapters 5-7 Video 6-9 September 20 - 27 Test #3 Chapters 8-9 Video 10-11 October 11 -18 CE#2 Test #4 Chapters 10-12 Video 12-17 October 25 - November 1 CE#3 Test #5 Chapters 13-16 Video 18-21 November 15 - 22 CE#4 Test #6 Chapters 17-19 Video 22-26 December 6 - 13 GRADING Your grade will be made up of the following: Under COURSE DOCUMENTS, you will find a document called DAILY SPENDING SHEET. You are to submit before September 29th, fourteen consecutive days of your personal expenses. Please record everything you spend for each day during the two-week period. Total each day and then give a total for each week. Keep a copy for yourself and hand in a copy for your instructor. The real purpose of the assignment is to help you get a handle on your spending and help you see where you might gain some control of your spending habits. All current evaluations combined plus the daily budget sheet assignment will be equal to one test. (5 X 25 = 125/125 = 100) All quizzes altogether will equal two tests (200) Each test including the last will be of equal value. (100) x 6 = 600) Each student is expected to do his/her own work. If it becomes evident that this is not the case, a failing grade could result. Letter grades, although not assigned until the end of the semester, will be based on the following: 90 + = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D 00 - 59 = F 2
  3. 3. Your attention is also called to the ADD/DROP Timetable on page 167 in the current class schedule particularly as it applies to the "W" grade, and Important Dates and deadlines inside of back cover. Also see attendance below. ATTENDANCE Since there are no formal class sessions, there is no attendance requirement, but there is a definite timeframe for taking the examinations. If you are not taking tests and quizzes in a timely manner, you will be subject to being dropped. Make up examinations can only be taken if there are extenuating circumstances FINAL EXAMINATION The last regular exam will be the Final Exam and will be administered online like the rest. OFFICE HOURS I have no regularly assigned office hours for this course but will be available by appointment at mutually convenient times, probably in the lower floor in the library on the main campus. The discussion board in Blackboard is the first place to ask questions. You may also leave a message--24 hours a day @ (760) 744-1150 ext. 5292--if you need help in any way. I will return your call if it is appropriate. I really prefer email contact though. BROADCAST SCHEDULE The schedule can be found at: There are options to viewing the programs including taping them at home for viewing later, viewing them through BlackBoard, and checking them out at the college library at the main campus or at the Escondido campus and viewing them when convenient. In the past, the vast majority of students prefer using Blackboard for viewing the videos 3
  4. 4. CURRENT EVALUATIONS Four of these papers will be due during the semester. They are to be concise reports on some MAJOR TOPIC covered in each of the six parts of the textbook and/or in lecture. Two to three typewritten pages are appropriate. Hands written papers in ink are acceptable but not recommended. College students today need to be computer literate. The topics should cover any major aspect of the chapters covered by the instructor, videos &/or class. Your sources of information should be current--no more than six months old, if possible--the more current the better. #1 should cover any topic in Chapters 1-4 Due on or before September 13 #2 should cover any topic in Chapters 5-11 Due on or before October 18 #3 should cover any topic in Chapters 12-16 Due on or before November 1 #4 should cover any topic in Chapters 17-19 Due one or before November 22 THE REPORT SHOULD CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING FORMAT with heading exactly as shown below. 1. CLASSIFICATION. (i.e. budgeting, auto insurance, credit, housing, investments, etc.) Include Report #, Unit number, chapter number, title of chapter, and main topic discussed (classification). (3 pts) 2. TITLE OF THE ARTICLE YOU READ. (2 pts) 3. SOURCE OF THE ARTICLE. Practically any source is OK. Internet sources are encouraged. Wall Street Journal, Money, Consumer Research, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, your local newspaper, are a few other examples. Include date, volume, section, page, etc. If Internet source is used, give complete Internet address. A personal experience for one of the reports is acceptable. (3 pts.) 4. CONCISE SUMMARY. Tell what the article is about in your own words. This should be the "meat" of the report. Hopefully it relates to some of your interests. (13 pts) 5. BRIEF EVALUATION OF THE ARTICLE. Was it worth reading? Would you recommend it to your friends? Was it interesting? Why or why not? (4 pts) All four of these together will be equal to one unit test (4 X 25 = 100. For full credit each paper must be turned in on the date due. Late papers will be down graded for lateness one grade for each class late, but a late paper is better than no paper. Better late than never! b136OS2008/w2000 Revised August 22, 2008 4