Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: BUSI-1307- Section: 71E
Personal Finance
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Albert Thigpen
Phone(409) 984-6513
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Hours:By appointment
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

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Course Information
Description Personal and family accounts, budgets and budgetary control, bank accounts, charge accounts, borrowing, investing, insurance, standards of living, renting or home ownership, and wills and trust plans.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Define Personal Finance.
Identify the key goals of sound Personal Finance actions.
Analyze health, life, home and automobile insurances.
Identify key goals in developing investment strategies relative to stocks and bonds.
Develop goals and strategies to maximize consumer credit and credit worthiness.
Identify key considerations and strategies
Identify the impact of taxes on financial goals and strategies.
List personal current and future financial goals.
Delineate goals of retirement and estate planning.
Identify sources of financial information and consumer financing.
Delineate sources and strategies of education financing.

Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Focus on Personal Finance 6th ed Kapoor, Dlabay, Hughes, Hart
ISBN 978-1-25-991965-7
Lecture Topics
Personal Financial Planning in Action
Money Management Skills
Taxes in Your Financial Plan
Financial Services : Savings Plans and Payment Accounts
Consumer Credit: Advantages, Disadvantages, Sources, and Costs
Consumer Purchasing Strategies and Wise Buying of Motor Vehicles
Selecting and Financing Housing
Home and Automobile Insurance
Health and Disability Income Insurance
Financial Planning with Life Insurance
Investing Basics and Evaluating Bonds
Investing in Stocks
Investing in Mutual Funds
Starting Early: Retirement and Estate Planning
Major Assignments

Week 1 9/8-9/12 Course Introduction/Personal Finance Assignment/Chap.1/Chap. 2
Week 2 9/14-9/18 Chap. 1, Chap. 2, Chap 3, Appendix A
Week 3 9/21-9/25 Chap. 1, Chap. 2, Chap. 3, Appendix A
Week 4 9/28-10/02 Exam I, (Ch. 1-3, Appendix A), Chap. 4, Chap. 5, Chap. 6
Week 5 10/05-10/09 Chap. 4, Chap. 5, Chap. 6 Appendix C
Week 6 10/12-10/16 Chap. 4, Chap, 5, Chap, 6, Appendix C
Week 7 10/19-10/23 Exam 2 (Ch. 4-6, Appendix C) Chap.7, Chap. 8, Chap. 9, Chap. 10
Week 8 10/26-10/30 Chap. 7, Chap. 8, Chap. 9, Chap. 10
Week 9 11/02-11/06 Chap. 7, Chap. 8, Chap.9 , Chap. 10
Week 10 11/09- 11/13 Exam 3 (Chap. 7-10), Chap. 11, Chap 12, Chap. 13, Chap. 14
Week 11 11/16-11/20 Chap. 11, Chap. 12, Chap. 13, Chap. 14
Week 12 11/29-12/04, Exam 4. (Chap.11 - 14)
Final Exam Date December 4, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 4, 2020 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Initial assignment worth 60 points -- 60 points
Four exams worth 100 points -- 400 points
Special assignments such as Discussion Boards etc. may be provided for additional credit.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies 1. Late work will not be accepted without specific approval of the instructor. Such approval will involve appropriate documentation suitable to the instructor to support the work being late and may still involve a penalty for lateness.
2. Students should e-mail the instructor with any questions.
3. Students should e-mail the instructor with any special needs or circumstances
Attendance Policy 1.Students should check e-mail several times a week to note changes in the syllabus, extra credit assignments or other class information.
2. Students should notify the instructor immediately of any difficulties with internet or computer access.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.