Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: BUSI-1307- Section: 4C
Personal Finance
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Instructor Information
Instructor Angela Thomas
Phone(409) 984-6337
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 This course provides a survey of economic systems, forms of business ownership, and considerations for running a business. Students will learn various aspects of business, management, and leadership functions; organizational considerations; and decision-making processes. Financial topics are introduced, including accounting, money and banking, and securities markets. Also included are discussions of business challenges in the legal and regulatory environment, business ethics, social responsibility.
Core Objectives At course conclusion, the student will be able to:
Recognize personality strengths and its correlation to personal finance opportunities
Identify talents for the development of entrepreneurial pursuits
Determine SWOT of personal financial goals
SMART personal financial opportunites
Identify, mitigate, eliminate risks to accomplishing and maintaining financial objectives
Understand the foundation of personal financial literacy and terms
Assess types/sources of consumer credit
Implement prudent personal consumer purchasing skills
Assess wise home ownership strategies
Discuss home, auto, health, life, and legacy insurance instruments
Analyze investment tools
Discuss personal finance ethics practices and norms
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.

Lecture Topics
The grading policy is explicit and will be followed according to school policies. I will not discuss grades via email or phone.
Major Assignments

Week 1: Chapter 1: The Foundation of Personal Finance: Personal Financial Behaviors Assignment
Week 2: Chapter 1 (continued) Individual Assignment
Week 3: Chapter 1 Assignment and Assessment 1
Week 4: Chapter 2: The Foundation of Personal Finance Assignment
Week 5: Chapter 2 Individual Assignment
Week 6: Chapter 3: Financial Plans Assignment
Week 7: Chapter 3 Assessment 2
Week 8: Chapter 4: Consumer Credit Concepts Assignment
Week 9: Chapter 4: (continued)
Week 10: Chapter 5: Consumer Purchasing Fundamentals
Week 11: Chapter 5 Assessment 3
Week 12: Chapter 6: Home, Auto, Life, College Savings
Week 13: Chapter 6 (continued) Individual Assignment
Week 14: Chapter 7: Investment Programs, Living, Last Will and Testament Instruments
Week 15: Chapter 7 (continued) Chapter 6 & 7 Assessment
Week 16: Small Business Projects Due Final

Final Exam Date June 7, 2021 - 1:0 PM   Through  July 12, 2021 - 3:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Assignments 15%; Assessments 15%; Project (Final Exam) 25%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies The grading policy is explicit and will be followed according to school policies. I will not discuss grades via email or phone.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three absences from the course will receive an academic penalty. This penalty may result in a less than passing grade.
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
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other I will send email communique to the educational officer assigned to you bi-weekly. Any questions or concerns can be sent to the stated officer.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.