New Online Course Being Offered by the Department of Economics
Personal Finance and Financial Decision-Making
Ever wonder about the difference between a debit card and a credit card? How about the difference between whole life insurance and term life insurance? What’s the difference between a retirement plan and an IRA? How does one buy a house? What decisions should you make today (or shortly after you graduate) to start off on the right path so you can retire financially comfortable?
If you want to learn the answers to these questions and dozens of other important financial questions, then you should consider taking a new online class offered by the Department of Economics called “Personal Finance and Financial Decision-Making” (Eco 110 – 01:220:110:90).
The official course description is
The focus will be on providing basic tools of financial planning, insurance, borrowing, tax planning, and managing money. Topics include simple interest, simple discount, compound interest, annuities, investments, retirement plans, credit cards, mortgages, student loans, leasing, insurance, and futures and options. The goal of this class is to increase financial literacy and give students the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be financially secure today and in the future.
The course will satisfy the SAS Core Curriculum quantitative requirements (QQ and QR) and is the sort of practical course that will benefit you today and for the rest of your life. Learn how to make good financial decisions!
A draft syllabus can be reviewed here: http://tinyurl.com/bmxquvn
The class is being offered only as a fully online course. You will view lectures online each week and do weekly problem sets. This should afford you flexibility to fit this course into whatever your Fall schedule looks like.
Your grade is based on the weekly problem sets (10%), two 1-hour online exams during the semester (15% each) and a 3-hour on-campus final exam (60%).