Introduction to a range of personal financial planning fundamentals including spending habits, taxes, saving, investing, and insurance. Planning for major life events such as paying for college, buying a home, and retiring comfortably.
Instructor Information: Dan Salah
Welcome. My name is Dan Salah, and I am a member of the business faculty at De Anza College. I teach courses in Business Administration and Accounting. I have been teaching at De Anza College since 2001. I left the private sector to teach instead, and I really enjoy it. Before teaching I held numerous finance, strategy, and management positions in the corporate world, and owned a business employing over 20 people.
Office Location: F-51-H
Office Hours: By appointment only during Summer session.
Reading: Each week you will have one or two chapters to master. You should read the assigned text chapters, and then review the associated presentation.
Weekly Assignment (100 Points Total): Most weeks you will also be expected to complete one online assignment or class discussion in addition to the assigned reading. The assignments are varied, but they are always directly related to a particular chapter.
Exams (100 points total): There will be a midterm and a final exam. Each are worth 50 points. These tests will be timed, so you will need to be competent in course concepts to complete them. You will not have the time to look up many answers in the textbook.
This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of personal finance. Students will learn about the various important topics such as time value of money, consumer credit, insurance, taxes, and investing.
Personal Finance, Jack R. Kapoor, Les R. Dlabay and Robert J Hughes, 10th edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2012. ISBN: 0073530697.
Both the midterm and final are timed. Once you start taking a test, you must finish within the allotted time. DO NOT LOG OFF AND ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE TEST AT ANOTHER TIME! The clock will not restart and your time will run out.
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
No make up exams are allowed. You must complete the midterm and final exam during the allocated time.
Weekly Assignments, 100 points
Midterm Exam, 50 points
Final Exam, 50 points
Grading Scale (200 Points)
A 179 – 200
B 159 - 178
C 139 – 158
D 119 - 138
F less than 119
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus.
Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:
De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
- Access to the Library Catalog
which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
- Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which
provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases
include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains
Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library
number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library
website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.