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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FIN 174 - Personal Finance

Broad spectrum course covering financial issues encountered by individuals throughout their lives. Topics include but are not limited to: Preparing a personal budget, money management, investments, retirement planning, and insurance. Basic Skills 4 - Math.

Prerequisites: either at least 500 on the SAT, 19 on the ACT, a Compass test score of either 50-Pre-Algebra, a 26-Algebra, 31-College Algebra, or 31-Trigonometry, or an Accuplacer score in Elementary Algebra of 60+ or Arithmetic of 100+, or completed MATH 100B or a higher level math class.

Credits: (5)

General Education Category
Basic Skills 4 - Math.

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Demonstrate knowledge of all aspects of personal finance.


Exams and written assignments are used to measure knowledge in each area of personal finance. Each exam has a variety of questions and problems which test subject knowledge.

Demonstrate written communication skills.


Preparation of a personal budget and post-period analyze is the vehicle for evaluating student written communication skills and is also used for evaluating student analytical skills.

Demonstrate the ability to solve problems in personal finance using simple equations and calculators.


Problems requiring calculator solutions are included on all exams.

Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues in personal finance.


Test knowledge of ethical issues and codes of conduct on exams.

Demonstrate awareness of the interconnectedness of the global economy and its impact on the individual’s financial well-being.


Test knowledge of global issues on exams.

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