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FNPL-101   Personal Financial Planning Principles
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to manage and/or improve your personal financial literacy; that is, how you manage your own finances. Major topics will include concepts such as investing, debt control,  tax planning, credit  management, insurance, management of critical  problems  such as bankruptcy  and foreclosures,  as well  as retirement  and estate planning. Students will be given several opportu- nities to apply their knowledge in both individual and small group assignments and activities, and will explore the use of electronic resources that support financial  planning activities. (3 hours weekly)

FNPL-108   Financial Planning for
3 Credits

This course is designed to deliver an understand- ing of the fundamental elements used to design a retirement  plan strategy. Students will learn to review an individual financial situation, develop financial  goals for retirement and appropriate means to achieve those goals, and to identify and manage the various risks to that plan during the accumulation  and payout phases. ‘Decod- ing’ of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and lifestyle choice options will also be included. The emotional, relationship-changing impact of the retirement decision will also be explored. Prerequisite:  FNPL-101. (3 hours weekly)

FNPL-110   Estate Planning and Elder
3 Credits

This course will explore  the complexities  of financial planning for later years of life. Course activities will focus on specifics in the field of elder law and estate planning, and will include such items as basic legal concepts of elder law, relocation decisions, long term care insurance issues, future changes to Maryland tax laws, the challenges of joint ownership, and wills. Prereq- uisite: FNPL-101. (3 hours weekly)

FNPL-201   Investment Analysis and
Portfolio Selection
3 Credits

Upon the completion  of this course a student will understand the variety of investment vehicles which are offered today. He/she will better self- advise or advise others in financial investments in the following  areas: long-term  securities; stocks and bonds; limited income securities; treasur y bills;  mutual funds. An over view of analytical techniques, construction of invest- ment portfolio  and tax considerations will be presented as well. (3 hours weekly)

FNPL-202   Risk Management and
3 Credits

An introduction to the field of insurance. The student will examine the various types of risks and the approaches taken by insurance firms. The course provides an analysis of life, health, property and liability insurance, fire insurance, homeowners and personal auto policies, as well as employee benefit plans and determination of insurance needs. (3 hours weekly)

FNPL-206   Banking and Financial
3 Credits

As an introduction  to banking essentials, this course will present many aspects of the field, from legal issues and ethical concerns such as privacy, consumer lending, and the role of the Federal Reser ve as agent and bank regulator to contemporary  concerns  such as loan  mainte- nance and foreclosure negotiations. Non-deposit bank ser vices such as investments & trusts will also be explored.  Prerequisites: BMGT-100 and FNPL-101. (3 hours weekly)

FNPL-210   Financial Planning Seminar
1 Credit

This course is designed to be a project-oriented, capstone course for the financial planning cur- riculum. It will combine all major program con- cepts into an individualized  application, such as: preparation of a comprehensive  financial plan; a workplace internship; deeper exploration of one aspect of personal financial planning; or other similar items. A written and oral report will ser ve as the project outcome. Prerequisites: BMGT-205 and FNPL-206. (1 hour weekly)


hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomedical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial Planning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG
Geology - GEOL

German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST