• (6120) Economics and Personal Finance Course Syllabus

    Ms. Stanley                                                                                                                  Bassett High School

    Room 55                                                                                                                      85 Riverside Dr.

    ststanle@henry.k12.va.us                                                                                            Bassett, VA 24055


    Course description:

    The Economics & Personal Finance course will prepare students for valuable life skills in money management, career planning, saving and investing, credit management, and retirement planning. Students will learn the necessary steps for making a purchase decision and practice weighing the costs and benefits of choosing a career, insurance, renting or purchasing a home, saving or spending, proper investments, buying or leasing an automobile, and health care. Students will gain an understanding of the basic economic principles, financial markets, regulatory agencies, and the laws that affect consumers and businesses. By developing financial literacy skills and understanding economic principles, students can become responsible citizens and are prepared to be effective workers, consumers, savers, investors, and entrepreneurs.  Students will learn that their knowledge and skills are valuable resources and investing in education and training improves their future of financial success.

    Student competency records are required to track the progress of each student as they learn each skill. Students will be rated on the following competencies:

    • Demonstrate Workplace Readiness Skills
    • Develop Basic Understanding of Economic Concepts and Structures
    • Understand the Role of Producers and Consumers in a Market Economy
    • Explore the Price System
    • Explore Factors That Affect Income
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of a Nation’s Economic Goals
    • Develop Consumer Skills
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Planning for Living and Leisure Expenses
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Banking Transactions
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Credit and Loan Functions
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of the Role of Insurance in Risk Management
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Income Earning and Reporting
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Taxes
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Personal Financial Planning
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Investment and Savings Planning
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Financing Education after High School
    • Prepare for Industry Certification (*Wise Financial Literacy Examination)


    Course work: Students will complete course work through an online modular setting called PowerSchool Learning through Henry County Public Schools. Students will be given a username and password that will grant them access at school and also at home.

    Student Conduct: Students are expected to follow the guidelines set forth in the Henry County Schools Code of Student Conduct. We will discuss classroom behavior expectations.

    Assignments: Students are responsible for completing their own class/homework assignments and are expected to honor all due dates. Late assignments will have points deducted.

    Absence: Students are expected to attend class regularly. However, if the student is absent he/she is will have three days to make up any missed assignments.

    Supplies: folder or notebook, jump drive or way to save assignments, pen or pencil and a highlighter. Calculators and headphones will be provided when needed.  *Please make every effort to come to class prepared with supplies.

    *Upon completion of the Economics & Personal Finance course, all students are required to take the W!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. Passing the certification test will allow students to meet the Industry Certification requirement for graduation.

    Economics & Personal Finance is a required one credit course.

    Student Evaluation: Total 100%                                                                                    

    • Warm-up/participation: 20%                                                                                         
    • Daily Assignments: 20%
    • Essential Questions: 20%                                                                                                                                                
    • Application Activities /Quizzes: 20%                                                              
    • Module Assessments Projects: 20%
    • Module Tests: 20%


    *Assignments are expected to be clear, concise, organized, and checked for spelling, grammar, and proper sentence/paragraph structure.