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BUS 341: Risk Management and Insurance

Course Description

This course covers the basic concepts in risk management and insurance, legal principles in risk and insurance, personal property and liability risks, commercial property and liability risks, and life and health risks.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • FIN 210: Financial Management OR HCA 211: Health Care Finance

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define risk and explain the basic characteristics of a variety of insurance policies.
  2. Define risk management and explain the objectives of risk management, and understand the risk management process, including identifying, eliminating, reducing, and transferring the risks
  3. Explain the major reasons why insurers are regulated and explain the fundamental legal principles that are reflected in insurance contracts.
  4. Identify the basic parts of any insurance contract.
  5. Describe the characteristics of Employee Benefits (i.e., Group Life and Health Insurance).
  6. Describe the characteristics of homeowners and auto insurance.
  7. Describe the characteristics of individual life and health insurance.
  8. Describe the characteristics commercial property and commercial liability insurance.
  9. Describe how good risk management and good ethics must work hand-in-hand.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Assignments (Weeks 1-3 & 5-7)

25%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

25%

Final Exam (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through our online bookstore)

  • Rejda, George E. Principles of Risk Management and Insurance. 13th edition. Pearson Publishing, 2017. ISBN 13: 9780134082578

Supplemental Readings

Available in Weekly Course Content Folder

  • There may be additional articles to read which will be located in the course.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,9

Topic: Introduction to Risk
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: Risk in Our Society
    • Chapter 2: Insurance and Risk
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Ch. 1 Case Application Questions
  • Complete Web Activities
    • How much risk can you handle?
    • What's the chance of ....?

2

1,2

Topic: Risk Management and Types of Insurers
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: Intro to Risk Management
    • Chapter 5: Types of Insurers and Marketing Systems
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Ch. 3 Case Application Questions

3

1,2,3

Topic: The Legal Environment of Insurance
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8: Government Regulation of Insurance
    • Chapter 9: Fundamental Legal Principles
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Ch. 9 Case Application Questions

4

1,4,9

Topic: The Legal Environment of Insurance
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10: Analysis of Insurance Contacts
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Midterm Exam
Midterm Exam
Due by Sunday Night, 11:59 EST
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 9

5

1,2,5

Topic: Individual Life and Health Insurance
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11: Life Insurance
    • Chapter 15: Individual Health Insurance Coverages
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Ch. 11 Case Application Questions
  • Complete Web Activities
    • Kaiser Family Foundation's ...
    • What's Your Life Worth?

6

1,2,6

Topic: Employee Benefits and Negligence
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 16: Employee Benefits
    • Chapter 19: The Liability Risk
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Ch. 16 Case Application Questions
  • Complete Web Activities
    • Insurance Fraud Quiz

7

1,2,7,9

Topic: The Legal Environment of Insurance
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 20: Homeowners Insurance
    • Chapter 22: Auto Insruance
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Ch. 20 Case Application Questions
  • Complete Web Activities
    • Money's Covered or Clueless Quiz

8

1,2,8

Topic: Commercial Property and Liability
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 25: Commercial Property Insurance
    • Chapter 26: Commercial Liability Insurace
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Web Activities
    • Funny Insurance Claims Risk
  • Complete Final Exam
Final Exam
Due by Sunday Night, 11:59 EST

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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