BUSN-1306: Money and Banking ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

John Abadie

Instructor Rank

Adjunct Faculty

Instructor Email jabadie@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

Mab 271

Instructor Phone


Course Information
Course Description

What is money? From where does money come? How and why do we use money? These questionsand the role of commercial banks, other financial intermediaries, and the Federal Reserve System are all addressed.

Student Learning Objectives

After completing this class, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the interrelationships that link money and banking to the workings of the U.S. economy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of money in the economy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of banks as creators of money and as participants in the nation's payments mechanism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how banks work: the regulatory environment in which banks serve as a conduit for the implementation of monetary policy.
  • Contrast the Federal Reserve monetary policy tools.
Instructional / Learning Methods

For each chapter there will be a quiz and homework assignment.  There will be current event articles on the discussion board throughout the semester and the student will need to post or respond to 3.  There will be a mid-term, final, and SLO exam.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Money, Banking, and Financial Markets, 4th edition by Cecchetti & Schoenholtz, McGraw-Hill Irwin 2014.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Each week you will be required to read the assigned chapter, take a quiz, and complete a homework assignment. Also, over the course of the semester you will need to post or respond to 3 separate current event posts on the course discussion board.  

Grading Scale
  • A = 90-100
  • B = 80-89
  • C = 70-79
  • D = 60-69
  • F = 59 or below
Testing Procedure / Policy

Grade distribution for this course:

  • Mid-term Exam is 20%
  • SLO Exam is 10%
  • Final Exam is 20%
  • Weekly Quizzes is 20% (I drop your lowest quiz grade)
  • Weekly Homework is 20% (I drop your lowest homework grade)
  • Discussion post is 10% (you are required to respond to 3 current event posts on the discussion board by the end of the semester.)
Participation / Attendance Policy I will record attendence in the class each week, to be counted as attending you must submit your weekly work.
Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule
  • Chapter 1: An Introduction to Money and the Financial System
  • Chapter 2: Money & the Payments System
  • Chapter 3: Financial Instruments, Financial Markets, & Financial Institutions
  • Chapter 4: Future Value, Present Value, and Interest Rates
  • Chapter 5: Understanding Risk
  • Chapter 6: Bonds, Bond Prices, and the Determination of Interest Rates
  • Chapter 8: Stocks, Stock Markets, and Market Efficiency
  • Chapter 13: Financial Industry Structure
  • Chapter 15: Central Banks in the World Today
  • Chapter 16: The Structure of Central Banks: The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank
  • Chapter 17: The Central Bank Balance Sheet and the Money Supply Process
  • Chapter 18: Monetary Policy: Stabilizing the Domestic Economy
Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.