Business, Economics, Accounting, Computer Applications,
and Hospitality Management Department – Rockville Campus
BSAD101 - Introduction to Business
|Instructor:||John Coliton||Acrobat Version|
|Office Hours:||Monday: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Spring, 2018 – CRN 30558|
|Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Class: HU 116 - M/W/F 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.|
|Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m..||My Office: HU 251 (240-567-5139)|
|Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
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.
Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:
- explain the importance of entrepreneurship and intrapreneur to the growth and wealth of an economy.
- explain Capitalism and how free markets work particularly in regard to small businesses.
- explain the importance of human resource management and describe current issues in managing human resource.
- explain how the changes that are occurring in the business, technical and global environments are affecting the management function.
- explain the various issues involved in structuring organizations.
- define marketing and explain how the marketing concept applies in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
- describe the importance of finance and financial management to an organization, while outlining the financial planning process.
- define social responsibility and examine corporate responsibility to various stakeholders.
- explain the importance of planning in business.
The text for this course is electronic and available for free. More details, including a link to the text, are provided in the Blackboard course site.
The last day to drop the class with a refund is: January 28, 2018
The last day to change to audit is: February 11, 2018
The last day to drop a class without a grade is: February 11, 2018
The last day to drop a class with a grade of “W” is: April 15, 2018
Additional policies can be found at http://mc.coliton.com/SyllabusSupplementSpring2018.pdf and should be considered part of this syllabus.
Grading Policy and Procedure
Grading is based on a group project, two individual papers, 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 4-5 class members to work together to create an international business proposal. More details will be shared in class regarding the group project. The individual papers will include a personal resume and a research paper focusing on one of the Fortune top 50 companies. 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: habitually arriving late or missing 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 (3 at 50 points each)............................................ 150
Group Project (graded in stages)................................ 100
Corporate Case Study (graded in stages).................. 150
Personal Resume........................................................... 150
Class Participation........................................................ 50
Total Points:................................................................... 600
The following distribution of points will be used to determine final grades:
A = 540 » 600 (90 - 100%)
B = 480 » 539 (80 - 90%)
C = 420 » 479 (70 - 80%)
D = 360 » 419 (60 - 70%)
F = 0 » 359 (0 - 60%)
Course Schedule and Assignments
Week Topic Assignment
Jan-22 Introduction and Chpt 1: The Foundations of Business Read chapter 1 by Friday
Jan-29 Chpt 2: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Read chapter 2 by Monday Resume Part 1: due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard
Feb-05 Chpt 3: Business in a Global Environment Read chapter 3 by Monday Group project initial proposal: due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard
Feb-12 Chpt 4:Selecting a Form of Business Ownership
Chpt. 5: The Challenges of Starting a Business Read chapter 4 by Monday and chapter 5 by Wednesday Resume Part 2: due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard
Feb-19 Test #1 and Chpt 6: Managing for Business Success 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
Feb-26 Chpt 11: Operations Management in Manufacturing and Service Industries Read chapter 11 by Monday Group project paper: due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard
Mar-05 Group Project Presentations Group project presentations all week
Mar-12 Spring Recess
Mar-19 Chpt 7: Recruiting, Motivating and Keeping Quality Employees
Chpt. 8: Teamwork, and Communications Read chapter 7 by Monday and chapter 8 by Wednesday
Mar-26 Chpt. 9: Marketing: Providing Value to Customers Read chapter 9 by Monday Case study proposal: due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard
Apr-02 Chpt. 10: Product Design and Development Read chapter 10 by Monday
Apr-09 Test #2 and Chpt 12: The Role of Accounting in BusinessTest #2 (chapters 6 – 11) on MondayRead chapter 12 by WednesdayCase study outline: due by Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Blackboard
Apr-16 Chpt. 13: Managing Financial Resources
Chpt. 14: Personal Finances Read chapter 13 by Monday and chapter 14 by Wednesday
Apr-23 Chpt. 15: Managing Information and Technology
Chpt. 16: The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business Read chapter 15 by Monday and chapter 16 by Wednesday
Apr-30Case study presentationsCase study presentations all week
May-09Test #3Test #3 (chapters 12 – 16) from 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m
A course calendar is available on-line at: http://mc.coliton.com/BSAD101/_images/calendar.pdf