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BSAD101 - Introduction to Business - Fall, 2017

Class Syllabus


Business, Economics, Accounting, Computer Applications,
and Hospitality Management Department – Rockville Campus
BSAD101 - Introduction to Business

Instructor: John Coliton Acrobat Version
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fall, 2017 – CRN 20860
Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Class: HU 122 - M/W/F 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.. My Office: HU 251 (240-567-5139)

Course Description

This course will examine business in the global marketplace. It will examine the fundamentals of the free economic enterprise system and the social forces affecting it. This course will examine the fundamental concepts and skills needed to make a business enterprise successful; it will also involve understanding the universal skill employees need in order to help make a business competitive in today’s society. It will discuss the global dimension of business and how it is evolving in the 21st century.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

Course Materials

The text is: Contemporary Business, by Boone & Kurtz, 17th Edition and is available in the bookstore. The ISBN is 978-1-119-33635-8 and is required for this class.

Syllabus Supplement

Additional policies can be found at and should be considered part of this syllabus.

Important Dates

The last day to drop the class with a refund is: September 5, 2017
The last day to change to audit is: September 19, 2017
The last day to drop a class without a grade is: September 19, 2017
The last day to drop a class with a grade of “W” is: November 14, 2017

Student Resources

Montgomery College maintains Digital Learning Centers (DLC) on all three campuses. The DLC provides an open learning environment for students of all disciplines The DLC specialists can provide one-on-one assistance using the computers, scanners and WEPA printers available. For details visit:

Grading Policy and Procedure

Grading is based on a group project, an individual research paper, three tests and class participation. Late work will not be accepted after the last class of the semester (not the day of the exam). The group project will require a team of 3-4 class members to work together to create an international business proposal. More details will be shared in class regarding the group project. The tests will be drawn from the reading and lecture material and are open book. Make-up exams are not typically granted without a bona fide reason for missing the exam (court date or military service are examples). Class participation will be based on attendance, the quality of interaction and involvement during discussions, and interaction with other students (note: arriving late for class will impact this portion of your grade). This class may be audited (taken without the expectation of a grade) with my permission and the proper form submitted to the records office. Someone who audits the class is still expected to participate in class and complete all projects.

The grading is allocated as follows:
Tests (4 at 50 points each)............................................ 200
Group Project (graded in stages)................................ 100
Corporate Case Study (graded in stages).................. 150
Personal Resume............................................................  50
Class Participation........................................................   50
Total Points:................................................................... 550

The following distribution of points will be used to determine final grades:
A  =    495   »  550     (90 - 100%)
B  =    440   »  494     (80 - 90%)
C  =    385   »  439     (70 - 80%)
D  =    330   »  384     (60 - 70%)
F  =    0       »  329     (0 - 60%)

Course Schedule and Assignments

Week   Topic Assignment

Aug-28 Introduction, Chpt 1: The Changing Face of Business Read chapter 1 by Friday

Sep-04 Chpt 2: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
Chpt 3: Economic Challenges Facing Contemporary Business
Read chapter 2 and chapter 3 by Wednesday Resume due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard

Sep-11 Chpt 3: + Chpt 4: Competing in World Markets Read chapter 4 by Monday Initial proposal for group project due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard

Sep-18 Chpt 4: + Chpt. 5: Forms of Business Ownership and Organization Read chapter 5 by Monday

Sep-25 Test #1 and Chpt 6: Starting your own Business: The Entrepreneurship Alternative Test #1 (chapters 1 – 5) on Monday Read chapter 6 by Wednesday Group project presentation plan due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard

Oct-02 Chpt 7: Management, Leadership and the Internal Organization Read chapter 7 by Monday

Oct-09 Group Project Presentations Group project paper due on Monday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard with presentations all week

Oct-16 Chpt 8: Human Resource Management: From Recruitment to Labor Relations
Chpt 9: Top Performance through Empowerment, Teamwork, and Communications
Read chapter 8 by Monday and chapter 9 by Wednesday

Oct-23 Chpt 10: Production and Operations Management and Test #2 Read chapter 10 by Monday Test #2 (chapters 6 – 10) on Friday Case Study Proposal due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard

Oct-30 Chpt 11: Customer Driven Marketing
Chpt 12: Product and Distribution Strategies
Read chapter 11 by Monday and chapter 12 by Wednesday

Nov-06 Chpt 13: Promotion and Pricing and Test #3Read chapter 13 by Monday Test #3 (chapters 11 – 13) on Friday

Nov-13 Chpt 14: Using Technology to Manage Information
Chpt 15: Understanding Accounting and Financial Statements
Read chapter 14 by Monday and chapter 15 by Wednesday Case Study Overview due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard

Nov-20 Chpt 16: The Financial System Read chapter 16 by Monday

Nov-27 Chpt 17: Financial Management
Chpt 18: Trends in E-Commerce
Read chapter 17 by Monday and chapter 18 by Wednesday

Dec-04 Research Paper Presentations Case Study paper due on Monday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard with presentations all week

Dec-11 Final Test Test #4 (chapters 14 – 18) from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


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