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- Available Lessons: 91
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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryFinance 102: Personal Finance has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. The course contains engaging lessons, expert instruction and interactive self-assessment quizzes. Complete the course to get a head start on your degree!
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The course objective is to give you knowledge about how different aspects of personal finance can be managed and to provide resources for making financial decisions.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
- You may use the formula sheet provided in the 'Studying for Finance 102' chapter.
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- A non-graphing, scientific calculator (We'll provide you access to Desmos scientific calculator during the final exam.)
- Blank scratch paper
- Pen or pencil
- Formula sheet provided in the 'Studying for Finance 102' chapter
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand how financial decisions are made with proper advice and learn how to calculate net worth
- List the different kinds of consumer credit, read through a credit report, and define bankruptcy
- Compare different types of mortgages and discuss the differences between buying and leasing
- Examine tax systems and determine filing status for taxes
- Identify the types of health insurance and the consequences of liability
- Identify different investment options such as annuities, dividends, and financial assets
- Determine the differences between accounts (e.g., savings and money market funds)
- Create a will and understand the evolving changes in Social Security and cost of living
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Finance 102 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Finance 102 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Finance 102 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Introduction to Personal Financial Planning||Explore financial decision making and advising. Understand finance-related concepts such as economics, opportunity cost and the U.S. banking system.|
|Money Management Skills||Review personal budgets, how to spend money wisely, and other important skills for money management. Examine types of bankruptcy and how to respond to changes in personal income.|
|Personal Taxes||Examine tax systems according to branches of government. Learn about personal tax planning and understand progressive tax code.|
|Personal Checking & Savings Accounts||Differentiate between checking and savings accounts and learn how to balance them. Understand the rules of check clearing.|
|Interest Rate Types & Risks||Practice using the formulas used to calculate different types of interest rates.|
|Personal Credit & Loans||List different kinds of consumer credit and read through a credit report. Learn about the factors that affect credit worthiness and understand credit protection.|
|Planning for Major Purchases||Understand the differences between buying and leasing. Learn about decision-making methods for purchasing major items and understand what a deed of trust is.|
|The Importance of Personal Insurance||Examine various types of personal insurance, such as health insurance, life insurance, title insurance and unemployment insurance.|
|Personal Investing||Study the differences between accounts, such as savings and money market funds. Understand financial assets, investment opportunities, dividends and market conditions.|
|Retirement & Estate Planning||Understand how to create a will. Examine the evolving changes in Social Security and cost of living. Study retirement plans and accounts, as well as the functions of Medicare and Medicaid.|
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|Completed all lessons in Finance 102: Personal Finance course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
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