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  1. 1. SYLLABUS BUAD/ECON 2603 – Personal Finance Mid-America Christian University Fall 2008 PROFESSOR: Vicki Splawn COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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 financial planning. OFFICE HOURS: By appointment only CONTACT INFORMATION: 405-206-5110; COURSE TEXTS: Joan S. Ryan, Managing Your Personal Finances, 5th ed., (United States: South-Western, 2006). 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) BUAD/ECON 2603 1
  2. 2. COURSE PROCEDURES: The course objectives will be met by the following: 1. Lecture 2. Class Discussion 3. Assignments 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. FINAL GRADES 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 BUAD/ECON 2603 2
  3. 3. LATE WORK: 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. MISSED TESTS: 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. ATTENDANCE POLICY: 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) CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE: 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 early. 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 meeting. BUAD/ECON 2603 3
  4. 4. 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 begins. 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 instructor. BUAD/ECON 2603 4
  5. 5. BUAD/ECON 2603 PERSONAL FINANCE ACADEMIC SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) WEEK 1 Course Overview (LO 1-6) WEEK 2 Read Unit One, Chapters 1-5 (LO 1) WEEK 3 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) WEEK 4 Read Unit Two, Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 (LO 2) WEEK 5 Continue Unit Two Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Unit Two (LO 2) Test One WEEK 6 Read unit Three, Chapters 10-15 (LO 3) WEEK 7 Continue Unit Three WEEK 8 Continue Unit Three Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Three (LO 3) WEEK 9 Read Unit Four, Chapters 16-18 (LO 4) Thursday: Test Two WEEK 10 Continue Unit Four Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Four (LO 4) WEEK 11 Read Unit Five, Chapters 20-23 (LO 5) Thursday: Assign Project (LO 1-6) BUAD/ECON 2603 5
  6. 6. WEEK 12 Continue Unit Five Thursday: Test Three WEEK 13 Continue Unit Five Due Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Five (LO 5) WEEK 14 Read Unit Six, Chapters 25-27 (LO 6) Due Thursday: Personal Finance Project (LO 1-6) WEEK 15 Continue Unit Six Thursday: Student Activity Guide Assignment Six (LO 6) WEEK 16 Catch up, Test Review WEEK 17 Test 4, Tuesday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. BUAD/ECON 2603 6