FI201 Personal Financial Management

for F2T 2010

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FI 201 Personal Financial Management


F2T 2010 DL


Goss, Craig Perry


Senior Instructor



Office Hours

By Arrangement

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fax: 660-848-2234


Semester Dates

Start: 10/18/2010  Ending:12/12/2010

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Personal Finance by Kapoor, Dlabay and Hughes.  8th E  Irwin McGraw Hill.
ISBN: 0073106712
ISBN 13: 9780073106717

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There are links provided with the course.  Particularly the respective Federal Reserve Bank links for each of the Districts in the USA are excellent sources.  As well as other Fed links such as the Open Market Committee minutes.

The Wall Street Journal may be found at most libraries or subscribed to as a student for a nominal amount.

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Course Description:

A study of individual and family financial management concepts and techniques which assist persons to become informed consumers and efficient managers of personal resources. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Manage household income.
  2. Manage household expenses.
  3. Develop a savings strategy.
  4. Describe the basic types of personal lines insurance.
  5. Develop an individual wealth creation plan.

Core Assessment:

The final exam for FI 201 will be the assessment tool used for this course. The exam will be comprehensive and the grade used to determine competency levels achieved by the students. The exam will be closed book and closed notes. The exam consists of multiple choice questions covering the chapter readings in the course and problems that examine the critical thinking, effective communication skills and technical skills of the student.   Partial credit will be given for the problems.

Class Assessment:

There unit discussion items, a project proposal/outline, a midterm text, a proctored final and a term paper/project/financial plan to be completed.  The midterm is due the end of week 4.  The project and final are due the end of week 8. 
Each weekly discussion item should be of approximately one page, double spaced in length and based on the readings for the unit.  Additional inputs by the student are welcome as long as they pertain to the unit material.  The student is required to respond to at least one other student's posting item for full credit.
The paper is to be 3 - 5 pages in length with citations and based on a topic of the student's choice.  This topic is pre-approved during week 4.  A rubric  is available and outlines the basis including the citation requirement.  The student is asked to familarize themselves with citations, refernces and proper source citation methods.


The midterm is worth 100 points.  Presented in unit four.  There is an outline of the project/paper/plan due worth 100 points.  Presented in unit four, due at the end of unit four. The final is worth 150 points taken during the last week of the session.  The project/paper/plan is also worth 100 points.  This item is due before the end of unit 8.  Discussions are presented in each week [except units four and eight].

The standard grading scale is in effect.  Percentages based on points earned. A = 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60% and F = 59% or lower. 

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If an item is going to be submitted late, please seek prior approval from the instructor.  A late penalty will apply of 10% for one week late. 
Any item later than one week will receive no credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please be professional in your dealings with other students.  An email warning will be sent to the student if conduct is inappropriate. If further instances occur, then the student will be referred to a Site Coordinator or other Academic Coordinator.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The readings schedule for this course is contained in the Course Home section entitled: "Readings Roll-out Schedule". Please refer to this for the exact chapter content for each week, or... essentially the Contents page of the text supplies the schedule and readings assignments for the course. Week 1: Planning Your Personal Finances. Journal due. Homework 1 is presented also. Week 2: Managing Your Personal Finances. Journal due. Homework 1 is due. Generally by this week an email from Main Campus will be distributed to the student providing information about the proctored final exam. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that a suitable proctor is obtained and required arrangements are made. Week 3: Making Purchasing Decisions. Journal is due. Week 4: No additional readings due. Journal is due. However the student may use this week to catch up any late assignments, pre-planning of the final course project due during week 7 or begin work on the midterm exam which is due at the end of week 5.  The project/plan/paper outline is presented during this time frame for the project/plan/paper that is due at the end of week 7. This outline/proposal is due during week 4. This step will assist the student and the instructor in meeting the requirements for that project in a timely fashion during week 7. Week 5: Insuring Your Resources. Journal due. Week 6: Investing Your Financial Resources. Journal due. Week 7: Controlling Your Financial Future. Submission of the final version of the student's Comprehensive Financial Plan/Project/Paper. Journal due. Week 8: The proctored final exam must be completed during this week. A failure to complete this exam will result in a course grade of F.  No journal due.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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