FINA 250 – Personal Finance


Jump to Personal Finance Modules (lecture material)

Course Purpose:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the major financial topics and their usage to plan for the short and long term to have financial stability.

Course Prerequisites, Required Competencies & Technical Skills:

Students will need to be familiar with computer usage, have access to a computer and internet connection consistently of a cable/DSL or higher speed.

You are encouraged to use the full screen view or open in YouTube on YouTube class videos (lower right corner of the video interface).  YouTube requires Flash for viewing on the PC, if you are having trouble, check that first.  You can download it here.


Welcome (video) (7:15)

Making the Transition from High School to College (video) (6:17)

FINA250 Syllabus

 The syllabus is our contract for the course for what I can expect of you as well as what you can expect of me.  Print and keep in hand for frequent reference.

 Syllabus Overview (video) (22:46)

This Syllabus section Covers:

  • Class etiquette
  • Tech skills/prerequisites
  • Tips to success
  • Grading policy
  • Contact expectations / feedback policy
  • Distinguish between required and optional material
  • Requirements for student interaction
  • Links for support (technology, disability services, accessibility, tutoring, office hours



This course is offered over a shorter time period than a traditional course, but requires students to cover the same content.  As a result, this is not the kind of course where you disappear for vacation for a while.  It will require daily dedication during this period to finish the course successfully.  Print and have these deadlines in hand for frequent reference.  This is the same chart you can see below in an easily printable format.


This course will also culminate in a project that incorporates many of the lessons you will be getting in this course.  Read this link now and come back often to make sure you are on schedule to finish the necessary requirements for the project.

USTREAM Directions (video) (03:12)

Personal Finance direct USTREAM link for review and other live sessions:


This course is divided into modules.  Click on the module to see individual lectures, readings and assignments.

Personal Finance Modules:


Module 1:  Financial Planning (Ch 1)
Module 2: Financial Statements & Budgeting (Ch 2)
Module 3: Time Value of Money (Ch 3)
Module 4: Impact of Taxes on Income/Tax Planning (Ch 4)
Module 5:  Financial Institutions & Cash Management (Ch 5)
Module 6:  Understanding Credit (Ch 6)
Module 7:   Consumer Loans (Ch 7)
Module 8:  Buying Homes and Automobiles (Ch 8)
Module 9:  Insurance  (Ch 9/10) (2 quizzes)
Module 10: Saving & Investments (Ch 11/12)
Module 11: Stocks (Ch 13)
Module 12: Bonds (Ch 14/15)
Module 13: Retirement/Estate Planning (Ch 16-17)

Additional Resources That Will Help You Apply Concepts

Practical Money Skills To help consumers and students of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance, Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators, and financial institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills program. At and, consumers, educators, parents, students and policymakers can access free educational resources, including personal finance articles, games and lesson plans.Practical Money Skills for Life is educator-developed and educator-approved, and the program has reached millions of students across the nation. Visa also works with state and national governments to co-sponsor community-based events such as statewide Financial Football rollouts and the annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit. web page  Launched in 1997, the site provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits: the building blocks for a secure future. Given the current rate of savings and debt in America, this is a lesson that desperately needs to be learned. web page

Career Information  This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.  Information includes various fields, occupations in those fields, degree requirements, median pay, prospects as well as related field suggestions.
Financial Literacy Activities  Finance in the Classroom introduces financial literacy concepts into comprehensive online resources.
Financial Football  Give your financial knowledge a workout with the the latest version of Financial Football, a fast-paced, NFL-themed video game developed by Visa. Test your money management skills by answering financial questions that allow you to move down the field and score touchdowns. Are you warmed up and ready to compete?

-Financial Football website

Financial Soccer  Put your financial skills to the test with the new 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Brazil-branded version of Visa’s fast-paced, multiple-choice question game. The updated game, which features improved graphics and additional questions, tests players’ money management skills as they advance down the field and try to score. Educators can use the study modules to help students get ready for gameplay.

-Financial Soccer website

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy  360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a FREE PROGRAM of the nation’s certified public accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life.

-360 Degrees website