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FIN302 ONLINE (rev 2015a): Personal Financial Planning (for GE Credit) - Spring 2020

Section: 13605-13645
Taught by: G. Michael Phillips


Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Now also open to business and economics majors. Examination of the concepts necessary for the rational allocation of personal resources. Emphasis is on the significant financial decisions facing each household during its life cycle. The role of financial institutions and governmental economic policy is evaluated in the context of their potential impact on personal financial planning. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning & Information Competency)

This version of Fin302 is an online version of Personal Finance taught using the www.BoringFinance.com platform and the www.WileyPLUS.com learning platform.

There is no additional fee for CSUN students to use the www.BoringFinance.com website for this class.

There is a charge to acquire access to the class online textbook, Personal Finance by Bajtelsmit, which is available at the campus bookstore or at www.WileyPLUS.com.


This is an online version of Finance 302.  The course is built around the online textbook available at www.WileyPLUS.com along with many learning resources.  Additional learning resources and a platform for submitting all graded work are at www.BoringFinance.com, the primary class website.  This course is self-paced and does not have any regularly scheduled or required meetings or examinations.

Please note: There are approximately 150 points possible through various short essays.  You must earn at least 90 points for an A, 80 for a B, and 65 for a C. We do not give D grades in this class.  Anything below 65 (of approximately 150 possible) is an F.

FIN 491ABH and FIN 491 BBH: Student Portfolio Seminar - Spring 2020

Section: 13915
Taught by: G. Michael Phillips


This course is for the Undergraduate Student Portfolio seminars.

This intense course is a seminar team-taught by Prof. G. Michael Phillips and Prof. James T. Chong.  While there are two separate classes, they primarily meet together in JH2228, the Financial Planning & Investments Lab.  Students will be exposed to what is happening in each class. 

From time to time the classes will meet separately in times and locations to be announced in the syllabus or in class.

Admission to this class is by application and permission only.  It is a high intensity, high value, learning experience in which students work as part of a portfolio management team responsible for several large real-money portfolios. 

Students will be exposed to professional money management techniques, particularly as applied to endowment funds, pension funds, and other pooled investments with longer time horizons.

This class is NOT a day trading course, does NOT focus on "stock picking" or voting on "what's hot".  This class DOES focus on cutting edge portfolio construction and management techniques and how they relate to a variety of other coursework presented in the College of Business curriculum.

Grading is predominantly based on class participation.  Students are expected to be prepared, attend regularly and on time, and to fully participate in class discussion, assigned activities, and out-of-class projects and exercises.  Students unwilling or unable to work harder for this class than for almost any other class at the University may be well advised to take a different course instead.

The classes are designed so that some students will be able to take both Fin491ABH and Fin491BBH (but only one at a time) to make a year long hands-on portfolio management experience.