REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL COURSE: International Finance PREREQUISITE: Finance & You, Financial Planning INSTRUCTOR: Janet Strong, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 667-3186 ext. 1222 Please see my Blog for assignments and class information http://strongfinance2.wordpress.com TIME SCHEDULE: One Semester TEXT: On-line Curriculum and International Business, Western Publishing. COURSE DESCRIPTION: International Finance explores international business and the major components of the international financial system. It includes the study of foreign trade, the international monetary system, foreign exchange rates, foreign exchange market, international financial markets, international banking and multi-national corporations. Professionals in the finance industry share their knowledge with students as guest speakers, field trip hosts, and internship partners. All students who complete this course will be members of the Academy of Finance and can earn the opportunity to complete a 6 – 8 week paid internship. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Achieve familiarity with topics that relate to international business and international finance. 2. Explain the advantage and disadvantages of expanding business operations to foreign countries. 3. Identify current event subjects that deal with international finance and give examples of how international finance relations influence our lives. 4. Explain reasons why foreign investors find the US attractive and the benefits Americans derive from foreign investments. 5. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the forms of international business: licensing agreement, franchise agreement, management contract, turnkey operations, and equity ownership. 6. Define US dollar equivalent, foreign currency units per one us dollar and convert currencies into dollars and dollars into foreign currencies. 7. Define World Bank, International Development Association, hard loans, soft loans, International Monetary Fund (IMF) 8. Explain how exchange rates adjust to changes in national price levels and purchasing power. 9. Explain how international financial transactions are recorded and if there is a problem with the balance of payment accounts. 10. Explain why the US has a trade deficit? 11. Identify international career opportunities. 12. Explain the key features of the Euro Currency market. INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES: This course is a part of the Cascade Academy Foundation (CAF) whose mission is to support the development of America’s youth toward personal and professional success by partnering business and education. This course is a part of the Academy of Finance developed by NAF. It is a 2-year program designed to introduce students to the broad career opportunities in the financial services industry and provide real life experiences connecting school with the workplace in the financial services industry. This course is designed with many hands-on exercises to reinforce learning throughout the lessons. ASSESSMENT: Student work is based on quality and completeness of daily assignments, projects, simulations and tests. The grading scale used is: A=90-100% B=80-89% C=70- 79% D=60-60%. Daily assignments consist of 40% of your grade, tests are 20%, simulations & projects 40%. Grades will be updated approximately every two weeks. Grades are posted in the room for students to see and posted online for parents to see using eSIS. Please check your students progress online using PARENT ASSIST. For more information and a login to Parent Assist, Please contact MaryLou Raney in the main office, MaryLou_Raney@reynolds.k12.or.us LITERACY DEVELOPMENT: Students will complete vocabulary lists and word familiarity exercises from each unit to help improve their reading and writing literacy. COURSE EXPECTATIONS: 1. Regular attendance and promptness. In accordance with the school attendance policy, a detention will be given for the 4th tardy and referral will be written after the 3 unexcused absence. - You will have 4 hall passes to use each semester 2. Initiative and self control: - Begin activities when instructed and stay on task - Use computer lab for coursework only. Computer games are not allowed at any time. - Food and drink are not allowed in the computer lab. 3. Materials brought to class with you everyday. 4. Mature behavior and respect for others and all property. 5. Assignments and exams will be made up when absent. The student will be given one extra day to hand the assignment in or take the test for each excused day missed. If make-up work is not completed in this timeline, it is late. - YOU are responsible for finding out what you missed and when it is due. 6. Late work will be accepted for partial credit, 10% is deducted per class period that it is late. You may “buy back” 10% with a PRIDE buck, up to 20%. Late work is not accepted after the end of the current 6 week progress period. Please email me if you have questions, Janet_Strong@reynolds.k12.or.us COURSE SCHEDULE: The curriculum for this course will be completed in approximate order listed above in the course objectives. Projects and simulations are on going throughout the semester. The computer lab is utilized to complete research and participate in simulations approximately half of the class period each day. I have read and understand the above outlined information: ________________________ ________________________________ Student Signature Parent Signature _____________________________________ Parent Email Please keep one copy for your records and return a signed copy to Mrs. Strong by the second day of class.