ELE 3743 Personal Finance
This is a practical and useful course which presents an individual's normal life cycle (from birth to death) involving economic threats and opportunities as well as necessary everyday law. The course covers financial needs (with necessary law) in a time perspective, including inheritance and inheritance issues, generation changes, National Insurance and pensions, tax, as well as legal issues as a consequence of marriage and cohabitation.
The course can not be taken by students in Bachelor Programme in Finance due to overlap with other courses in the programme.
After having completed the course the students shall have
- Learned about personal finance issues such as investment planning, loans, taxes, pensions, inheritance and economic consequences of break-ups
- Learned to see the connection between law and finance, and that a change in their personal lives may require financial and legal adjustments.
After having completed the course the students shall be able to:
- Theoretically understand the subject and have a practical understanding of the methodology
- Show skills in planning, carrying out and evaluating personal financial situations in various stages of the life cycle.
After the course the students shall be able to identify and analyse personal finance needs, evaluate risks and choose a joint venture partner and process leading to suitable and ethically sound solutions.
Financial life cycles and transactions
- Family budget
- Loan, financing and the concept of profitability
- The concept of interest, some financial mathematics
- Tenancy or ownership
- Basic saving philosophy, bank deposits, shares, bonds and funds
- Financial investments, saving and insurance
- Purchase and funding of private home
Inheritance and inheritance issues
- Inheritance and taxes
- Generation change, holiday cottage, house and other values
Basic finance and taxation
- Introduction to taxation concepts and tax rules
- Rules for personal taxation, income and property
- Tax on private homes
National insurance and pensions
- In addition to calculations of pensions the syllabus covers legal choices as well.
- Pension contributions in the National Insurance Scheme
- Various forms of occupation pensions
- Survivor pensions
- Saving for retirement, paid-up policies
Relevant legal issues
- Minors, guardians and the Public Guardian's Office
- Financial consequences of marriage and cohabitation - during marriage/cohabiation and after a break-up.
- Act on Debt
The course will be conducted with a combination of 2 sessions á 6 hours, group projects, as well as guidance. In addition, there will be teaching on Itslearning where it will be online learning resources across all BI campuses.
The students will during the course work with practical / empirical issues and analyze them using theories and models of curriculum. There will be online activities and participation in online discussions.
As a means to promote motivation and learning teaching will be based on electronic folders and participation in the course. The exact date and exam for submissions / publications announced at course start.
For electives re-sit is normally offered at the next scheduled course. If an elective is discontinued or is not initiated in the semester it is offered, re-sit will be offered in the electives ordinary semester.
Higher Education Entrance Qualification
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.
It is recommended that the students have pre-knowledge on a level with one of the following courses:
- BØK 1113 Managerial Accounting
- BØK 3422 Managerial Accounting
- BØK 3434 Managerial Accounting and finance
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Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
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Teaching on Campus
Feedback activities and counselling
Prepare for teaching
Student's own work with learning resources
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.