ACC 150 - Personal Accounting and Financial Literacy

This introductory course provides a practical and interactive approach to understanding and analyzing the major components of financial literacy such as taxation, credit and debt management, budgeting, spending and investment strategies for individuals and the family. Using research obtained from the JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and standards developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the student will be exposed to strategies for personal financial planning and personal risk and asset management. Students will create their own personal financial plan and will present the plan as a final project. Students completing the course will have life-time access to educational materials and coaching to make informed financial decisions and to develop effective behavioral patterns. Students will also compete in either an investment or financial literacy competition. This course has 1 hour lab component in which students will learn to use financial planning and tax software along with Excel to build personal financial plans and other course material. Financial literacy as defined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the “the ability to make informed judgments and to take effective actions regarding the current and future use and management of money. It includes the ability to understand financial choices, plan for the future, spend wisely, and manage the challenges associated with life events such as a job loss, saving for retirement, or paying for a child’s education.”

Course Credit: 3

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