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Revision Date: 04-Apr-24
 

Fall 2024 | BUS-1010-VU01 - Introduction to Business


In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 08:30A - 11:15A
Semester Dates: 09-09-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 5 (as of 07-13-24 2:05 PM)
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Faculty

Shelby Losier
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Nick Molander

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the characteristics, organization, and operation of business, including organization and management, production planning and control, marketing, finance, day-to-day operations in the areas of accounting, personnel, research and development, and management information systems.


Essential Objectives

1. Employ a sound business vocabulary.
2. Describe the characteristics, organization and operations of business, addressing the following topics: ownership, marketing, production, finance, taxation, human resources, team process, and planning.
3. Explain the basic economic foundations of business including supply and demand, the nature of competition, and describe the basic measures of economic performance.
4. Discuss the role of information systems and technology in the business environment.
5. Explore the scope and diversity of career opportunities in the business field through assignments such as informational interviews, job shadows, or other career exploration activities.
6. Describe the opportunities and challenges associated with conducting business in a global environment.
7. Discuss ethical considerations and social responsibility in business decisions.
8. Discuss employer/employee relationships in the context of equity, diversity and harassment.
9. Define the nature of marketing, marketing strategy, the marketing mix, promotion and distribution.
10. Describe the basic elements of reading, interpreting and understanding financial statements.
11. Demonstrate effective business writing and communication skills.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

BUS-1010-VU01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Allowed: This course's generative AI policy acknowledges technology, including generative AI, plays a supportive role in learning and feedback. During our class, we may use AI writing tools such as ChatGPT in certain specific cases. You will be informed as to when, where, and how these tools are permitted to be used, along with guidance for attribution. Any use outside of these specific cases constitutes a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Methods

This course will cover the basic principles of business. Teaching methods will include lectures, open resource and internet/eBook materials, class discussions, group exercises, reflection assessments and practical application exercises.

CCV's online course management tool, Canvas, will be utilized to submit assignments, disseminate resources and materials, and facilitate course communications. In addition, end of chapter assessments will be facilitated through the McGraw Hill Connect platform.

This course runs Monday-Sunday weekly, and all assignments are due no later than each Sunday by 11:59 PM. It is important that assignments are completed each week in order to effectively participate.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Attendance/Participation - 20%
  • Discussion Posts - 10%
  • Reflection Assessments - 15%
  • End of Chapter Assessments - 15%
  • Mid-Term Assessment - 20%
  • Final Assessment - 20%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

The Dynamics of Business and Economics

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 1

  

Activate McGraw Hill Connect.

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

2

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 2

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

3

Business in a Borderless World

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 3

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

4

Options for Organizing Business

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 4

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

5

Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 5

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

Discussion Post

 

6

The Nature of Management

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 6

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

7

Organization, Teamwork, and Communication

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 7

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

8

Managing Operations and Supply Chains

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 8

  

Mid-Term Assessment - Chapters 1-8

 

9

Motivating the Workforce

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 9

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

10

Managing Human Resources

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 10

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

Discussion Post

 

11

Customer-Driven Marketing

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 11

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

12

Dimensions of Marketing Strategy

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 12

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

13

Digital Marketing and Social Media

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 13

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

 

14

Accounting and Financial Statements

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 14

  

Connect: End of Chapter Assessment

Reflection Assessment

Discussion Post

 

15

Money and Financial System

  

Business Foundations- Chapter 15

  

Final Assessment - Chapters 9-15

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Participation Expectations

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important.

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session
  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments before the start of class
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work

To earn full participation in discussion posts, students should:

  • Read the assigned material and demonstrate an understanding of those resources in your assignments and posts. Readings and resources should be cited using APA format.
  • Post an original response to the prompt(s) before Thursday at midnight (11:59 PM) and a minimum of one response to peers before Sunday at midnight (11:59 PM). You are welcome to post early and/or more frequently, as your schedule allows, but you will not receive full credit if you do not meet these minimum requirements and/or deadlines.
  • Original posts should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive original post is well-developed, a minimum of 150 words, and references the reading or another appropriate source. A substantive post is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinion.
  • Peer responses should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive peer response is well-developed, a minimum of 50 words, and references the reading or another appropriate source. A substantive peer response is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinion.


Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Late assignments can be submitted up to one week past the deadline. You will lose 5% each day that an assignment is late. After a week, work will no longer be accepted for credit.
  • Late work is not accepted in the discussion forum. Interacting with classmates is an essential part of online discussions and cannot be made up after the fact.
  • Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances by contacting your instructor as soon as possible.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.