This course presents college math concepts combined with the real-world experience of developing a personal financial plan. Basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet skills are introduced as a way to develop mathematical and financial planning skills. The course also introduces basic algebraic concepts such as solving for unknowns in an equation.
In the course project, Personal Financial Plan: Using Math for Decision-Making, students use Microsoft Excel to create a financial plan and analyze data represented in the plan. (Students must have access to Microsoft Excel to complete the project.) Students will also complete sets of problems using an artificial intelligence-based math software program called ALEKS. (Students are required to purchase an access code for the software program through the JIU bookstore.)
Course Learning Objectives
- Apply mathematical formulas to to analyze personal financial data.
- Use basic Microsoft Excel skills to create a financial plan.
- Use basic algebraic operations for decision-making.
Students must purchase an access code to a web-based, artificial intelligence-based math software program that assesses knowledge through adaptive questioning – known as ALEKS. Students must purchase the access code through the online JIU bookstore.
Students will need to have access to or purchase Microsoft Excel to complete this course.