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Business 135 - MONEY & BANKING - Cardona

This course is essential for anyone seeking to understand money and monetary systems. The class focuses on the American financial system, the Federal Reserve structure, monetary and fiscal policy, and the commercial banking process.

Money & Banking Course Overview




Instructor: Rafael Cardona       


Ticket #: 1235

Semester: Spring 2013

Room: Glendale College Main Campus - SF 107

Class Days/Hours: Thursdays 6:55 PM – 10:05 PM.

Office Hours: Fridays 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in the Adjunct Faculty Annex, San Gabriel Bldng.,1st Floor.  

Email Address: 


Course Description

Business Administration 135 is a course designed to help students secure employment with investment banking houses, commercial banks, finance companies, stock and commodity exchanges, and securities dealers. It is a study of the American monetary system and American financial understanding of the Federal Reserve structure, monetary and fiscal policy, and the commercial banking process

Disabled Students 

All students with disabilities requiring accommodations are responsible for making arrangements on a timely manner through the Center for Students with Disabilities. 

Course Objectives

The student will strive to complete all required work as scheduled in order to improve his or her skills about money and banking.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the required coursework, the student will be able to:

1.      Explain the financial system in terms of basic monetary theory and policy.

2.      Evaluate and explain the relationship between current monetary policy and current economic conditions.

3.      Explain how the structure of the international financial system affects monetary policy.

Required Textbook

Robert Eyler, Money and Banking; an International Text, 2010: available at the campus bookstore. You may also contact the publisher at Hard copy or e-books cost $64.95

Campus Guides:

For those of you interested in expanding your knowledge beyond the scope of the class, you are welcome to log on to the Campus Guide website for this class. The guide is a content-rich and informative site that will enable you to access additional materials such as suggested reading lists, relevant websites and multiple library resources. You may find this site specifically useful as you prepare your team presentations. Log in information will be available the first day of class. You can see me for further details/questions.

Make-up Policy

Make-ups will be allowed only under very special circumstances provided you make previous arrangements with the instructor in writing and/or provide him with appropriate documentation. Late team work assignments are not allowed under any conditions and will be penalized.

Examinations and Grading  

Your final course grade will consist of a composite of the following:

1.      Quizzes 10%  (8 quizzes)                             

2.      Midterm Exam  30%

3.      Final Exam 30%

4.      Team Projects 15%

5.      Class Participation & attendance 15%

Class Attendance and Participation

Attendance is mandatory and active class participation is expected of all students. Each unexcused absence will result in a loss of 1 point from your total possible points of 100. If you are late to class three times it will also cost you one point out of 100. If you are absent or chronically late for more than five times I reserve the right to drop you from the class. Should there may be any medical reasons and you must miss class a doctor’s certificate will be required. Students who need to drop the course are completely responsible for filing the required documents at the Admissions Office in order to avoid receiving an “F” mark on their transcripts.   

Class Lecture Schedule

February 21 – Introduction to course/Chapter 1

February 28 – Chapter 2

March 7 – Chapter 3

March 14 – Chapter 4

March 21 – Chapter 5

March 28 – Chapter 6

April 4 – Chapter 7

April 11 – MIDTERM EXAM  (Chapters 1 through 7)


May 25 – Chapter 8

May 2 – Chapter 9

May 9 – Chapter 10

May 16 – Chapter 12  

May 23 – Chapter 14

June 6 – FINAL EXAM  (Chapters 8 through 14)

Note that Chapters 11 and 13 will ONLY BE PARTIALY COVERED. I will instruct on the topics you need to review for the final exam.

Short Quizzes

There will be 8 short quizzes assigned throughout the course. The quizzes will ask that you define 10 terms from the chapters covered in class. Because I will drop the lowest score, THERE WILL BE NO MAKE UP QUIZZES REGARDLESS OF THE REASON. If you receive less than 70% on any one quiz at any time I strongly encourage you to make an appointment to see me and address your issues right away.

Quizzes are scheduled for the following dates:

·        Thursday March 7th (Chapters 1 & 2)

·        Thursday March 14th (Chapter 3)

·        Thursday March 21st (Chapter 4)

·        Thursday March 28th (Chapters 5 & 6)

·        Thursday May 2nd (Chapter 8)

·        Thursday May 9th  (Chapter 9)

·        Thursday May 16th (Chapter 10)

·        Thursday May 23rd (Chapter 12)

 NoteSpring Break is scheduled for the week of April 15th to April 20thhNo class on Thursday April 18th.


NO MAKE UP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN.  Midterm and final exams are scheduled as follow:

·        Midterm: Thursday April 11th 2013. (8 definitions + 2 essays)

·        Final: Thursday June 6th 2013. (8 definitions + 2 essays)

Team Projects:

The class will be divided into small teams of 4 to 6 members. Throughout the semester I will assign short in-class reading assignments and will hold discussions based on the materials allowing ALL teams and members to participate and defend opinions. In addition, a 20 minute presentation based on chapter 14 will be required of each team and all team members are required to participate. Each team will submit to me via Moodle the respective Powerpoint presentation that will be used in class a few days before presenting. You as a team will decided how many slides to present in no longer that 20 minutes.

About Moodle

This class will be supported by a web page (Moodle) in which students will find the weekly assignments. Students will also be able to turn in assignments via Moodle, whenever required. Links to websites of interest to students, as well as additional and optional reading materials, miscellaneous announcements and invitations to events will be available for students to view on Moodle. More information on the use of Moodle will be given in class. A tutorial on how to use Moodle is available on the GCC main web page. Also, you can contact Moodle 24 hours a day at 1.866.251.1977. NOTE: It is highly recommended that students check the Moodle website at least once daily throughout the semester for all class updates, special announcements, files, grades, email messages from the instructor, etc.

Student Email Accounts

Students need to activate their GCC student email account. This can be done by going to MyGCC. This is one way the school communicates important information. You will not receive any communication unless your account is activated. This is also one way in which the instructor will be able to communicate with students via email. Your GCC student email account can be set up to forward all communication to a different email address that is more convenient for the students to use.

Changes in Parking Lots and Street Meters

The City of Glendale and the GCCD Joint Parking Authority have approved the following changes in parking lots and street meters in order to align fees with the rest of the city:

· On-Street parking meter fee: $1.00/hour

· Lot 32 (footbridge lot): $1.00/hour

· Lots 30, 33 and 34: $.75/hour

· Meter operation in Lots 33 and 34 has been extended to 10 p.m.

· A block of parking spaces has been reserved for park visitors in Lots 33 and 34. No student parking allowed in these spaces. Each space will have signage.

These rate changes went into effect July 1st, 2012; however, the City is in the process of modifying the meters and lots and will be posting signage. All arrangements should be completed by the Fall of 2012.                                        

First Day Drop Policy

If the class is full to capacity and there are wait-listed students, the instructor will drop all no-shows after the first class meeting if no prior arrangements were made for the absence.

Academic Honesty Policy

Glendale Community College has an academic Honesty Policy which is listed in the Glendale Community College Catalog and in the Student Handbook (free at Information Desk near Admissions Office). Students are, at all times, required to do their own work. Activities that are considered to be CHEATING include, but are not limited to, the following: copying other students’ work, whether on a test or on routine classwork, deliberately allowing others to copy your work, doing work for others, handing in work that is not your own or talking to other students during tests. CHEATING could result in a lowering of the exam grade or the course grade (e.g. a “Fail”), and the violator’s name and student I.D. number will be sent, with a description of the violation, to the Division Chair and to the Vice President of Instruction to be kept on record for future reference. This office may suspend or dismiss offenders from the college. The Dean of Student Activities may also be contacted for disciplinary action, if necessary.

Class Rules

Electronic Device Policy: turn cell phones OFF OR PUT ON VIBRATION MODE BEFORE entering the classroom—no making/taking calls, no texting, no checking messages at anytime during the class session. Use your phone during the break, only. Use of recorders (audio and/or video) is NOT allowed at any time. Lap top computers are not to be in use unless needed for class related work. No eating or drinking in class, and please return chairs and throw away your trash. A 15-minute break will be given approximately half way through the class meeting. ANY violations to these rules will be penalized at the instructor’s discretion. 

Issues or Complaints

Please address any issues relative to this course with me, your instructor, either in person during my office hours (see above) or by e-mail as early in the semester as possible. If you and I cannot resolve the issue,        I will refer you to the division chair, Rory Schlueter Phone: 818 240-1000, Ext. 5886 or see Seda Melikyan in the Division Office, SR 311, Ext. 5484, for an appointment.


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