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|Discipline and Nbr:
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
Principles of money management with emphasis on making day-to-day decisions in the use of resources to solve problems in areas of budgeting, credit, housing, automobiles, estate and retirement planning, investments, taxes and other consumer issues. The course is for the Fashion Careers and Housing Certificates.
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
Current information on insurance, housing, banking, credit, retirement planning, etc. to make informed decisions regarding money.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Certificate Applicable Course
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
The students will be able to:
1. Apply economic principles and concepts to consumer decisions.
2. Develop a working vocabulary of consumer-related terms and an
understanding of their meaning.
3. Manage a limited amount of income to meet needs, satisfy wants
and attain goals.
4. Compare alternative solutions to everyday problems in managing
limited resources and choose according to personal values and
5. Practice techniques of sound money management.
6. Investigate facts before making a decision regarding the allocation
7. Practice analysis and criticism of decisions.
8. Employ creative thinking skills and exercise decision-making skills
inherent to consumer issues in a complex, technological society.
9. Increase preparedness for predictable and random change.
Topics and Scope
1. Apply principles of sound money management in controlling cash
flow to meet needs, satisfy wants and attain goals - Budgeting.
2. Compare costs and services of banking institutions to meet consumer
needs for checking and savings accounts, IRA's, CD's, MM accounts,
etc. - Banking.
3. Explore the advantages and hazards of using credit to purchase
necessities - Credit.
4. Analyze investment vehicles according to the Investment Pyramid -
5. Examine current tax laws with emphasis on reducing tax expenditures -
6. Discuss the different types of life insurance and evaluate the
advantages and cost of each in making informed decisions at each
stage of the life cycle - Life Insurance.
7. Explore many facets of retirement planning, including savings,
IRA's, pensions, will, trusts, funerals and social security -
Planning for Retirement.
8. Investigate different types of health insurance coverage - Health
9. Compare alternative solutions to housing, including consumer laws,
costs, and facts needed to make wise decisions throughout the life
cycle - Housing.
10. Discuss techniques and facts needed to provide adequate, economical
transportation and insurance within a limited income - Automobiles.
11. Report incidents of consumer fraud, effects of advertising and
cultural demands which compete for consumer dollars - Advertising,
Fraud, Drugs, Cosmetics.
12. Investigation of facts and choices available in making a decision
regarding the purchase of a consumer good - Term paper.
1. Reading assignments in text, supplemented by current articles and
2. Keep record of expenditures for two monthes, define values and goals
and develop a balanced budget for the month of (November, April).
Summarize your philosophy, techniques and results of budgeting in
3. Develop your net worth on (January1, April 15).
4. Make a household inventory of all your belongings including date
purchased, cost or estimated value, brand name, model number and a
5. Investigate the costs and services of your banking institution.
Results from class will be compiled for comparison of banks in the
6. Make a list of all the credit cards you own with number, address
and phone number to call in case of loss or theft.
7. Make a will, handwritten or legal, including heirs, guardians
and secondary beneficiaries and guardians.
8. Create a letter of instruction, designating life insurance policies,
pensions, IRA's, checking and savings accounts, property owned,
funeral arrangements preferred, etc. to be used in the event of
your unexpected demise.
9. Survey one grocery store and one drug store for current prices;
results to be compiled for comparison shopping.
10. Compare costs of car insurance from three companies for at least
one car. Results to be compiled for class use and comparison.
11. Locate examples of different types of advertising according to
a list of 10.
12. Submit one newspaper or magazine article regarding fraud with an
essay on this type of fraud and how it could be avoided and stopped.
13. Investigate the facts and choices available in making an informed
decision regarding the purchase of a consumer good or service.
14. Share results of investigation with class in a 5-15 minute oral
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
15 - 35%
|Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers, READ ARTICLES, MARKET SURVEYS||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
15 - 25%
|Homework problems, Field work, Quizzes, Exams, TAKE HOME TEST (OBJ/ESSAY)||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
|Class performances, Field work, Performance exams||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
25 - 50%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, ESSAY||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
5 - 15%
|ATTENDANCE, CLASS PARTICIPATION, EFFORT, GROWTH, EXTRA CREDIT ARTICLES FRO NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES, GUEST SPEAKERS||
ECONOMIC ISSUES FOR CONSUMERS, 5th ed. by Roger LeRoy Miller.