Course Syllabus

GE103: Personal Finance

Instructor & Contact Information

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Course Description

In this course, you will learn principles of personal financial management from a practical perspective. This course will also help you to understand God’s purposes for money and finances and how to apply biblical principles in managing your money. A major focus of this course will be for you to develop a budget and monitor your spending to learn money management principles including: frugal living, avoiding unwise debt, consumer awareness and investment strategies. 

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Create a working monthly budget and monitor your spending.
  2. Describe God’s purposes for money and finances and how to apply biblical principles in managing your money.
  3. Utilize key strategies for effective personal money management including: frugal living, avoiding unwise debt and consumer awareness.
  4. Identify important investment strategies to use to maximize the use of your finances over the long term.
  5. Identify key principles of financial management to teach to your family, church and community.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*).  After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:

  1. Communication. Communicate effectively and professionally in business situations through writing and electronic media.
  2. Awareness. Understand the core functions of a business and demonstrate their application to achieve desired organizational goals.
  3. Leadership. Apply traditional theories of management and Christian leadership in business and nonprofit contexts.
  4. Finance. Make use of the principles of basic accounting and managerial accounting, through developing, using, and evaluating financial documents in business. *
  5. Economics. Demonstrate an understanding of micro- and macroeconomic principles and practices and evaluate their implications for business strategy.
  6. Values. Apply principles to develop and grow businesses and nonprofit organizations in a way that is socially responsible and that reflects God’s love and purposes for the world.
  7. Visioning. Create a synthesis of a reflective life vision and plan to enable 24/7 ministry based on God’s purposes for work and their own unique calling.
  8. Specialization. Apply traditional theories and concepts in one area of specialty: nonprofit management, managerial accounting, technology or general management.

Required Texts

Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes. 

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

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Additional Policies:

This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: February 2, 2022

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