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Madison High School Course Expectation Sheet Personal Finance Instructor: Mr. Maseker Phone: (973) 593-3117 E-Mail: email@example.com Webpage: madisonpublicschools.org Office Location: Madison High School Tutorial: B-10 ____________________________________________________________________________________ I. Course Description Personal Finance is the most practical course at MHS. The objective of Personal Finance is to introduce students to various fundamental financial concepts to enable them to elevate their financial competency. Concepts discussed include; Budgeting, Net Worth Statements, Credit, Banking Services, Check-writing and Reconciliation, Taxes, Investments and Risk Management. II. Course Proficiencies Upon completion of Personal Finance, students will be able to: a. Utilize Excel to create a budget, expense tracker and net worth statement. b. Properly write checks and reconcile their checkbooks. c. Understand basic banking services. d. Research CD’s to determine best interest rates by maturity. e. Define the difference between stocks/equity and bonds/debt. f. Understand various stock indicators including; P/E Ratios, 52 wk hi & lo and historical price movements. g. Research individual companies and purchase stocks for individual stock portfolios. h. Track and update stock portfolios. i. Understand primary taxing entities; local, state and federal. j. Determine state and federal income tax tables. k. Explain the importance of risk management. III. Required Text & Materials Excel Spreadsheets Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition IV. Classroom Expectations Students are expected to actively participate in classroom discussions, as well as, complete required assignments. V. Grading Policy Tests/quizzes = 50% Wall Street Journal Case Studies = 10% Weekly Class Assignments = 30% Class Participation/Contribution = 10% (A=Excellent Work, B=Good Work, C=Satisfactory Work, D=Poor Work, F=Unsatisfactory Work) VI. Late Work & Make-up Policy Students are required to submit work in a timely manner. Missed assignments, due to absences, are the student’s responsibility and are due the day after the student returns to class. VII. Class Participation Students are expected to participate and contribute to a dynamic learning environment. VIII. Major Assignments Stock Market simulation IX. Teacher Availability Mr. Maseker is easily accessible in room B-10 or C-17.
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