Rutland High School
Banking & Investing Course Syllabus
PROGRAM CONCENTRATION: Business and Computer Science
CAREER PATHWAY: Financial Management Services
PREREQUISITE FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT - SERVICES PATHWAY: Business Essentials
Instructor: Mrs. Diane Byington Room: 16
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: 7:15 – 3:15
Semester: Fall 2010 Voice Mail: 779-3067
Using project-based instruction, students are introduced to the basics of the banking system, bank operating
procedures, negotiable instruments, and the deposit and credit functions of banks. Methods used for measuring the
financial performance of banks are analyzed. Current issues and future trends in banking are examined. Students
explore the major functions of bank employees by completing a flow-of-work simulation. Students formulate business
and individual investment decisions by comparing and contrasting a variety of investment options. Students analyze
annual reports, predict growth rates, and chart trend lines. Partnerships with community banks and investment firms
enrich instruction as well as stock market simulations, guest speakers, and field trips.
Additional Activity: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a student organization that is co-curricular. This
means that FBLA activities will be incorporated into lessons, conducted during class time, and reflected in student’s
grades. All Banking & Investing students are highly encouraged to become an active member of the organization by
attending our monthly meetings (the third Thursday of each month at 2:45 in Room 16), filling out a membership
application, and paying dues ($15 annually).
CTAE Foundation Skills:
The Foundation Skills for Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) are critical competencies that students
pursuing any career pathway should exhibit to be successful.
Technical Skills: Learners achieve technical content skills necessary to pursue the full range of careers for all
pathways in the program concentration.
Academic Foundations: Learners achieve state academic standards at or above grade level.
Communications: Learners use various communication skills in expressing and interpreting information.
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: Learners define and solve problems, and use problem-solving and
improvement methods and tools.
Information Technology Applications: Learners use multiple information technology devices to access, organize,
process, transmit, and communicate information.
Systems: Learners understand a variety of organizational structures and functions.
Safety, Health and Environment: Learners employ safety, health and environmental management systems in
corporations and comprehend their importance to organizational performance and regulatory compliance.
Leadership and Teamwork: Learners apply leadership and teamwork skills in collaborating with others to
accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
Ethics and Legal Responsibilities: Learners commit to work ethics, behavior, and legal responsibilities in the
Career Development: Learners plan and manage academic-career plans and employment relations.
Entrepreneurship: Learners demonstrate understanding of concepts, processes, and behaviors associated with
successful entrepreneurial performance.
Unit 1: Banking Basics
Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic banking concepts, terminology and operating procedures.
Students will compare and contrast various types of negotiable instruments.
Students will analyze credit creation and its impact on financial institutions.
Students will interpret and measure financial performance of banking institutions.
Students will describe the effects of E-commerce on banking.
Unit 2: Investing
Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic investment principles.
Students will identify the importance of investment planning and establishing financial goals.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of various investment instruments.
Students will identify and describe employee retirement benefit package concepts.
Students will predict future investment trends.
Unit 3: International Finance
Students will explain the concepts, role, and importance of international finance.
Unit 4: Careers in Banking and Investing
Students will identify banking and investing career opportunities.
Students will provide customer service in banking.
Students will describe skills needed for bank operations and management.
Students will perform financial planning responsibilities.
Grading Policy (The student’s course grade will be based on the following)
Daily Assignments 35%
(The grade weights reflect the grade calculation prior to the Final Exam – The Final Exam is 15% of the final grade)
Attendance is extremely important. If you miss class time, it will be extremely difficult to capture that day’s information.
You are responsible for all make-up work from excused absences. All papers and handouts can be found in the
tickler file in the classroom. Additionally, assignments and weekly journal topics can be found on the synergy
website at http://students.bibb.k12.ga.us/SignIn.aspx.
The work will be made up within 5 days of the absence. Tests and quizzes must be made up within 3 days from
an excused absence.
Students may retake a test/quiz after school if the grade is below passing (70). Students must attend a tutoring
session and the highest grade given on the makeup test/quiz will be a 70.
All make-up assignments requiring use of the computer will have to be completed after school unless other
arrangements have been made with the teacher
Attire: Everyone will meet the dress code of the school.
This course is Bibb County approved and articulated with Central Georgia Technical College’s Banking & Finance
program, BAF 100 - Introduction to Banking & Finance.
*Student must enroll within one (1) year of graduating high school.
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