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Course Description

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This introductory course is designed to help students develop and achieve their personal goals in financial management.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Assess personal financial situations, prepare relevant financial statements and set meaningful financial goals
  • Manage consumer credit, use the financial system to tap into credit sources for housing and other major expenditures
  • Avoid consumer credit traps and apply strategies for paying off debts as fast as possible
  • Identify insurance needs and manage personal risks with the appropriate choice of insurance and other mechanisms;
  • Describe how financial markets and financial securities work and make appropriate selections of savings vehicles, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Create a plan to achieve a desirable post-retirement lifestyle
  • Use estate planning to meet the needs of dependents and to insure the orderly transfer of assets
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply basic calculations for personal financial and investment analysis

Course Topics

  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Income Tax Strategies
  • Banking Services of Financial Institutions
  • Consumer Credit
  • Finances of Housing
  • Insurance
  • Investing
  • Retirement
  • Estate Planning

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits

Equate(s): COST*2100


Assessment Item Weight
Participation in Discussions 16%
Financial Planning Assignment 10%
Income Tax Assignments 4%
Case Study 10%
Quizzes 20%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Note: You must pass the final exam in order to pass this course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Personal Financial Management
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Personal Finance by J. Kapoor, L. Dlabay, R.J. Hughes, and A. Ahmad. © 2018 McGraw-Hill Education Canada 7th Canadian edition ISBN 9781259650659 or 9781259651465
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