SYLLABUS BUAD/ECON 2603 – Personal Finance Mid-America ...
BUAD/ECON 2603 – Personal Finance
Mid-America Christian University
PROFESSOR: Vicki Splawn
This three-credit-hour course deals with the problems of the consumer in the American
economic system; topics covered include sales promotions, buying habits, health and medical
care, housing, government and income tax, budgeting, savings, insurance, and personal
By appointment only
CONTACT INFORMATION: 405-206-5110; firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan S. Ryan, Managing Your Personal Finances, 5th ed., (United States: South-Western,
Joan S. Ryan, Managing Your Personal Finances Student Activity Guide, 5th ed. , (United
States: South-Western, 2006).
NOTE: Class is taught with the assumption that the assigned reading material has been read
before the class session and each student has the required text for class.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: (All learning objectives are aligned with the Mid-America
Christian University Business Administration Department objectives found on page 60 of the
Mid-America Christian University Catalog.)
Upon completion of this course, you will have been introduced to:
1. Career Planning (SBO 1-5)
2. Money Management (SBO 1-5)
3. Financial Security (SBO 1-5)
4. Credit Management (SBO 1-5)
5. Resource Management (SBO 1-5)
6. Risk Management (SBO 1-5)
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The course objectives will be met by the following:
2. Class Discussion
4. Any other method helpful to learning.
GRADING PROCEDURES: (THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO
MAKE ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO THE SYLLABUS)
1. Tests: There will be four tests
2. Personal Finance Project: A project related to long-term personal finance
planning will be assigned later in the semester.
3. Student Activity Guide Assignments: Will be made in class weekly.
4. Unannounced Quizzes: There will be five unannounced quizzes given on certain
Thursdays over the reading assignments and course lecture.
5. Other Assignments: Other assignments not specifically mentioned in the
Syllabus may be given throughout the semester.
6. Class Participation:
a. Students will be awarded five (5) points per week for answering questions,
discussion, and proper classroom etiquette.
b. The five (5) class participation points will not be awarded for disruptive or
uncooperative behavior as determined by the professor.
7. Attendance: Students with two (2) or less unexcused absences will be given ten
(10) bonus points.
Grades will be determined as follows:
A (Excellent) = 90-100%
B (Above Average) = 80-89%
C (Average) = 70-79%
D (Below Average) = 60-69%
F (Failure) = 59% and below
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Assignments are expected to be turned in on time. Work is late when it is not turned in at the
beginning of the class period when it is due. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
EXCEPT UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Students will be given a zero (0) for missed tests. If the student has legitimate,
extenuating circumstances beyond his/her control for missing a test such as a death in the
family, documented hospitalization, or other serious emergencies the professor will consider
giving a make-up test on a case-by-case basis. A make-up test will not automatically be
given. To request a make-up test the student must submit within seven (7) days of the date
the test is originally given a typed letter to the professor requesting a make-up test and
explaining the circumstances beyond his/her control for missing the test. The decision to
give a make-up test rests with the professor.
In accordance with the College's attendance policy found in the Mid-America Christian
University Catalog students are expected to attend all classes. Because circumstances
sometimes arise that prevent a student from attending class, students are allowed six (6) total
absences in a Tue-Thu. class including absences for school business. On the seventh (7)
absence the student will be given an F in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to keep
track of all absences including those for school business. Students are expected to be on time
to class. Five (5) points will be counted off the student's total grade for each two (2) tardies.
Students are tardy if they arrive in class after role is taken. Students should expect roll to be
taken promptly at the beginning of the scheduled class period. (9:25 am)
James 1: 19-20 says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to
speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a business-like and Christ-like manner.
Students are expected to treat others with respect and courtesy. Matthew 7:12 says,
“Therefore whatever you want men to do to you, do also them." Treat others the way you
want them to treat you. Rude and discourteous behavior is not expected and will not be
tolerated. The following behavior is expected from all students in class:
1. Being seated when it is time for class to begin ( 9:25 a.m.).
2. Staying in class the entire class period. The professor reserves the right to
count any student absent that leaves class early without clearing it with the
professor first. It is proper business and classroom etiquette to notify the one
presiding over a class or meeting before the meeting starts of the need to leave
3. Being prepared for class, including reading assignments.
4. Having the proper classroom materials including books, paper, and writing
utensils. Get into the habit of having something to take notes with in any
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5. Good faith effort in answering questions and taking part in class discussion
6. Learning and having a good time at it.
The following behavior exhibits poor business etiquette and is not expected in class:
1. Arriving to class late. The professor reserves the right to count any student
absent that arrives to class fifteen (15) minutes late or later.
2. Getting up and leaving class during the class session. If you must leave class
early because of other obligations, please notify the professor before class
3. Talking while the professor or other students are talking.
4. Reading the newspaper, doing other class assignments, or anything else not
pertaining to the class taking place including using phones or computers during class
for purposes other than those related to the class.
5. Sleeping in class, including putting your head down on the desk. This is
disrespectful to the professor and to the other students in class.
6. Leaving trash anywhere except in the trash can.
7. Interrupting class with pagers, telephones, or games.
8. Any other form of rude or discourteous behavior as determined by the
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BUAD/ECON 2603 PERSONAL FINANCE
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Course Overview (LO 1-6)
Read Unit One, Chapters 1-5 (LO 1)
Continue Unit One
Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Unit One (The specific parts of the
Student Activity Guide Assignments will be given in class). (LO 1)
Read Unit Two, Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 (LO 2)
Continue Unit Two
Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Unit Two (LO 2)
Read unit Three, Chapters 10-15 (LO 3)
Continue Unit Three
Continue Unit Three
Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Three (LO 3)
Read Unit Four, Chapters 16-18 (LO 4)
Thursday: Test Two
Continue Unit Four
Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Four (LO 4)
Read Unit Five, Chapters 20-23 (LO 5)
Thursday: Assign Project (LO 1-6)
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Continue Unit Five
Thursday: Test Three
Continue Unit Five
Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Five (LO 5)
Read Unit Six, Chapters 25-27 (LO 6)
Due Thursday: Personal Finance Project (LO 1-6)
Continue Unit Six
Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Six (LO 6)
Catch up, Test Review
Test 4, Tuesday, December 9, 10:00 a.m.
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