I. Course Prefix/Number: BUS 110
Course Name: Personal Finance
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. Develop financial skills and use financial tools for personal financial management.
3. Learn to apply personal financial knowledge in distinguishing between needs and wants, and how to best satisfy them.
4. Prepare himself/herself for reaching reasonable financial security.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
1 Personal Financial Planning
2 Financial Aspects of Career Planning
3 Money Management
4 Planning Your Tax Strategy
TEST 1 (Chapters 1-4)
5 The Banking Services of Financial Institutions
6 Introduction to Consumer Credit
7 Choosing a Source of Credit
8 Consumer Purchasing Strategies
9 The Finances of Housing
TEST II (Chapters 5-9)
10 Home & Automobile Insurance
11 Health & Disability Insurance
12 Life Insurance
TEST III (Chapters 10-12)
13 Fundamentals of Investing
14 Investing in Stocks
15 Investing in Bonds
16 Investing in Mutual Funds
TEST IV (Chapters 13-16)
17 Real Estate & Other Investment Alternatives
18 Retirement Planning
19 Estate Planning
TEST V (Chapters 17-19)
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
2. Written Assignments
3. Case Studies
4. Homework Chapter Assignments
IX. Instructional Materials
Personal Finance, by Drs. Jack R. Kapoor, Les R. Dlabay and Robert J. Hughes;
Irwin-McGraw Hill, Inc. Sixth Edition.
Supplemental readings form Money, The Changing Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Consumer
Reports in your local library.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.