Personal Financial Management


  2. A. Course Title: Personal Financial Management
    B. Course Number: BU 213F - 10830
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Roddenberry, Mark
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course includes an investigation of the financial problems individuals and families face: budgeting, taxes, credit, insurance, investments, planning for the purchase of a home, planning for retirement, etc., and the development of analytical techniques and skills to use in dealing with these problems. This is a three credit hour course.


    Students should check with their advisor / counselor to ensure that courses are transferable to other institutions.



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    Personal Finance 13e

    E. Thomas Garman & Raymond Forgue

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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    Grading Policy - Personal Financial Management

    Grading Policy
    Chapter Mindtap Assignments (17) 30%
    Essay Assignments 30%
    Exams (4 @ 10% Each) 40%

    A late penalty of 10% per week will be assessed for any assignment submitted late. Work will not be accepted more than two weeks late.

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Students in the Business/Computer Science Departments should be able to:
    1) Demonstrate an understanding of industry specific ethics (self & community),
    2) Prepare and interpret documents,
    3) Interpret and characterize data appropriate to the course (critical thinking),
    4) Demonstrate computer skills appropriate to the course, and
    5) Demonstrate the value of professionalism in the workplace.

    An investigation of the financial problems individuals and familes face: budgeting, taxes, credit, insurance, investments, planning for the purchase of a home, planning for retirement, etc., and the development of analytical techniques and skills to use in dealing with these problems. Meets three lecture hours per week. There are no prerequisites for this course.


    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of personal financial management. In particular, students will be able to:

    1. Analyze the process for making personal financial decisions.
    2. Assess personal and economic factors that influence personal financial planning.
    3. Identify strategies for achieving personal financial goals for different life situations.
    4. Recognize relationships among financial documents and money management activites.
    5. Analyze factors that affect selection and use of financial services.
    6. Define consumer credit and analyze its advantages and disadvantages.
    7. Differentiate among various types of credit.
    8. Analyze the major sources of consumer credit.
    9. Analyze the costs and benefits associated with renting/owning a home.
    10. Identify various types of insurance and analyze the factors which influence the amount of coverage required for various scenarios.
    11. Identify and evaluate the major types of investment alternatives including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate; identify the most important features of each; and explain investment techniques.
    12. Recognize the importance of retirement planning and begin planning for retirement needs.


    Student Requirements
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    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    This course is online. Assignments, quizzes, and exams will be submitted through Canvas. Students must have access to a computer with reliable internet access.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
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    Online Learning Environment
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    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    BU 213F  Personal Financial Management

    Module One   Financial Planning - Due:Feb. 3
    Chapter One   Understanding Personal Finance
    Chapter Two   Career Planning
    Chapter Three   Financial Statements, Tools, and Budgets
    Module One Exam - February 3-6
    Module Two Money Management - Due: March 17
    Chapter Four   Managing Income Taxes
    Chapter Five   Managing Checking & Savings Accounts
    Chapter Six   Building and Maintaining Good Credit
    Chapter Seven   Credit Cards and Consumer Loans
    Chapter Eight   Vehicle and Other Major Purchases
    Chapter Nine Obtaining Affordable Housing
        Essay Assignment 1 Due - March 17
    Module Two Exam - March 17-20
    Module Three   Income & Asset Protection - Due: April 7
    Chapter Ten   Managing Property and Liability Risk
    Chapter Eleven Planning for Health Care Expenses
    Chapter Twelve Life Insurance Planning
    Essay Assignment 2 Due - April 7
        Module Three Exam - April 7-10
    Module Four   Investments - Due: May 5
    Chapter Thirteen   Investment Fundamentals
    Chapter Fourteen   Investing in Stock and Bonds
    Chapter Fifteen   Mutual and Exchange Traded Funds
    Chapter Sixteen Real Estate & High-Risk Investments
    Chapter Seventeen Retirement and Estate Planning
    Essay Assignment 3 Due - May 5
        Module Four Exam -Final May 5-8

    Note: This schedule subject to change based on the progress of the class.