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FINC405 - Budget Development and Execution

Course Details

Course Code: FINC405 Course ID: 3292 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an in-depth focus and analysis of the four phases of the budget cycle -- formulation, review, execution and audit. It also explores the purposes of budget, including line-item budgeting, performance budgeting, zero-based budgeting and capital budgeting. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO1. Define and discuss the purposes of the fundamental terms and concepts associated with budgeting.
  • CO2. Demonstrate an in-­‐depth knowledge of the budget preparation, approval, and execution processes.
  • CO3. Complete the process of creating a budget.
  • CO4. Monitor budgets and utilize variance analysis.
  • CO5. Examine the role of budgets in achieving organizational goals.
  • CO6. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of how ethical decisions are made in the budgetary process.
  • CO7. Apply financial formulas in evaluating investment decisions.

Method of Assessment

A. Tests & Paper

There will be two (2) tests in the course, a midterm and a final given in modules four and eight respectively. The tests in this class will consist of multiple choice questions and/or short answer problems. Tests will be three hours long and focus on the material covered in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor regarding any schedule changes or non- disability related accommodations. The course will have a comprehensive paper that will measure student understanding of the course objectives along with research and writing skills. Please refer to the APA Manual 6th edition for the format of the paper.

B. Assignments:

Course assignments will be given using multimedia software (e.g. MyLabsPlus, Connect, etc.). These assignments will be a series of quizzes consisting of exercises, problems, and simulations. Assignments will have a specific due date with specific instructions. Late assignments will be subject to the university’s Late Work/Make-up Policy detailed in the student handbook. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.

C. Homework:

Throughout the term, homework will be given in several modules to test student understanding of the material. Homework will be given using multimedia software (e.g. MyLabsPlus, Connect, etc.) and consist of questions, problems, or simulations. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.

D. Discussion Forums:

Participation in the discussion forums is an essential component of the final grade. All students are expected to engage in lively discussions and answer instructor follow-up questions. The quality of participations along with student netiquette will be a part of the grade.

Assessment of the Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Assessment Methods

1 - 7

Test question, paper, assignment, discussion, and homework

The following distribution will be used in assigning grades (decimal points will be rounded to the nearest whole number at semester’s end).


Quality Points/Grading Percent


4.0/ 100 – 94


3.67/ 93 – 90


3.33/ 89 – 87


3.0/ 86 – 84


2.67/ 83 –80


2.33/ 79 – 77


2.0/ 76 – 73


1.67/ 72 – 70


1.33/ 69 – 67


1.0/ 66 – 64


0.67/ 63 – 60


0.0/ 59 – 0

NameGrade %
Weekly Forums 10.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
MLP Homework Problems 20.00 %
Week 1 Homework 3.33 %
Week 2 Homework 3.33 %
Week 3 Homework 3.33 %
Week 5 Homework 3.33 %
Week 6 Homework 3.33 %
Week 7 Homework 3.33 %
MLP Quizzes 25.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 2 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 3 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 5 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 6 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 7 Quiz 4.17 %
Assignment 5.00 %
Week 8 Research Assessment 5.00 %
Tests 40.00 %
Midterm 20.00 %
Final 20.00 %

Shim, J. K., Siegel, J. G. & Shim, A. I. (2012). Budgeting basics and beyond (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. (accessible via Library)

Websites and Videos

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources. Note website addresses are subject to change.

  • TeachMeFinance
  • Khan Academy
  • Accounting Coach
  • tutor2u
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Style Website
  • YouTube Video on Formatting an APA Style Paper
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab
  • Turnitin Website
  • Microsoft Office Training Website
  • YouTube Videos on Microsoft Excel for Beginners
Book Title:Budgeting Basics and Beyond, 4th edition-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Unit Cost:$75.57
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Horngren's Accounting, 12th Ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Miller-Nobles / Mattison / Matsumura
Unit Cost:$298.18
Electronic ISBN:9780134487199
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80
Book Title:FINC405 Pearson MyLab access provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:CLASS-Pearson
Electronic ISBN:1269958526
Electronic Unit Cost:$10.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.