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BUSN235 - Personal Finance

Course Details

Course Code: BUSN235 Course ID: 4962 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course addresses the fundamentals of personal finance. Students will develop an understanding of the financial world and how it directly affects their life on a day-to-day basis as well as planning for their long term fiscal security. Topics include money management, consumer credit, home financing, insurance, and investing.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
CO1: Identify social and economic influences on personal financial goals and decisions.
CO2: Develop a personal budget using the main components of wise money management.
CO3: Analyze advantages and disadvantages of using consumer credit.
CO4: Identify costs associated with purchasing major purchases and/or buying and selling a home.
CO5: Assess the insurance coverage and policy types available to homeowners and renters.
CO6: Discuss the factors affecting the choice of investments.
NameGrade %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 8.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 8.00 %
Week 3 Assignment 8.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 8.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 8.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Discussion Forums 30.00 %
Introduction 3.33 %
Week 1 Forum 3.33 %
Week 2 Forum 3.33 %
Week 3 Forum 3.33 %
Week 4 Forum 3.33 %
Week 5 Forum 3.33 %
Week 6 Forum 3.33 %
Week 7 Forum 3.33 %
Week 8 Forum 3.33 %
This course uses Open Education Resources:
Schmitz, A. (2012). Personal Finance (1st ed.). Retrieved from
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.