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Revision Date: 19-Nov-22
 

Spring 2023 | BUS-1010-VU02 - 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: 01-23-2023 to 05-01-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Faculty

Richard Arend
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jarod Waite

Course Description

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. Identify and access standard sources of information about business including the scope and diversity of career opportunities in the business field.
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.


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, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Spring 2023 textbook/book details will be available on 2022-11-14. 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.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

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.


Methods

We will use several methods to accomplish the goals of this course. First, we shall tackle the excitement and challenges of developing a business plan for starting a new business. This team project is a major component of the course and has been designed to guide you throughout the semester by helping you focus on the job of evolving your business plan.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to explore numerous business career opportunities and develop your own personal career plan.


Evaluation Criteria

Summary of Course Requirements

Points

% of Grade

Essential Objectives

Business Plan Project

200

25%

1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, & 10

10 Section Reports (each worth 10 points with lowest score dropped)

90

Final Written Plan

60

Team Oral Presentation

30

Peer Evaluation

10

Team Contract

10

Canvas Topic Discussion

150

19%

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 10

15 Online Topic Discussions (each worth 10 points).

Class Participation

150

19%

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 10

Face to Face (classroom or Zoom) - 15 Class participation (each worth 10 points)

Online – 15 Online Topic Activity Discussions (each worth 10 points).

Examinations

150

19%

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10

Two Examinations (each worth 75 points)

Career Exploration

100

12%

5

7 Assignments (each worth 10 points with lowest score dropped)

60

Written Personal Career Plan

40

Financial Statements

50

6%

10

Financial Statement Report

Total

800

100%


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 Basic Economic Foundations of Business

  

Read:

  • The information in the Welcome to Class module.
  • Course Syllabus
  • Text chapter 1

Business Plan: Read the information in the Teamwork and Canvas Groups module.

  

Career Exploration: Assignment1-Is a career in economics for you?

Discussion Assignments:

All -Participate in the Introduction discussion and the Canvas topic discussion assignment 1

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 1.

 

2

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Business in a Global Environment

  

Read: Text chapters 2 & 3.

  

Business plan: Meet with your team, complete the Team Contract Activity and submit your completed Team Contract.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignments 2 & 3

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignments 2 & 3.

 

3

Selecting a Form of Business Ownership

  

Read: Text chapter 4.

  

Business Plan: Group Report #1-Your Great Business Idea.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 4

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 4.

 

4

The Challenges of Starting a New Business

  

Read: Text chapter 5.

  

CareerExploration:Assignment 2-Where do you find happiness?

Business Plan: Group Report #2: Industry Analysis.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 5

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 5.

 

5

Managing for Business Success

  

Read: Text chapter 6.

  

Business Plan: Group Report #3: Management Plan.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 6

Online students only:Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 6.

 

6

Recruiting, Motivation, & Keeping Quality Employees

  

Read: Text chapter 7.

  

Career Exploration: Assignment 3-Are you a people person?

Business Plan: Group Report #4: Management Qualifications and Compensation.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 7

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 7.

 

7

Teamwork & Communications

  

Read: Text chapter 8.

  

Examination1-Chapters1-7.

Business Plan: Group Report #5: Products and Production.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 8

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 8.

 

8

Marketing: Providing Value to Customers.

  

Read: Text Chapter 9.

  

Career Exploration: Assignment 4-So many choices.

Business Plan: Group Report #6: Marketing Plan.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 9

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 9 .

 

9

Product Design & Development.

  

Read: Text chapter 10.

  

Business Plan: Group Report #7: Global Issues.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 10

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 10.

 

10

Operations Management in Manufacturing & Service Industries

  

Read: Text chapter 11 & Business Plan Tutorial A.

  

Business Plan: Group Report #8: Estimating Sales.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 11

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 11.

 

11

The Role of Accounting in Business

  

Read: Text Chapter 12 & review Business Plan Tutorial B.

  

Career Exploration: Assignment 5-Is a career in accounting for you?

Business Plan: Group Report #9: Accounting Reports.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 12

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 12.

 

12

Managing Financial Resources

  

Read: Text chapter 13.

Financial Statements: Read the information and view the videos in the Financial Statements Canvas module. Start work on the financial statement report.

  

Career Exploration: Assignment 6-Financial Futures.

Business Plan: Group Report #10: Financial Plan.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 13

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 13.

 

13

Managing Information & Technology

  

Read: Text chapter 15

  

Career Exploration: Assignment 7-Could you manage a job in IT or IS?

Business Plan: Finish and submit final written business plan.

Financial Statements: Complete and submit the Financial Statement Report assignment.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 14

Online students only: Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 14.

 

14

Legal and Regulatory Business Environment

  

Read: Text chapter 16

  

Career Exploration: Personal Career Plan written assignment.

Business Plan: Work on oral presentation.

Discussion Assignments:

All -Canvas topic discussion assignment 15

Online students only:Mini-Lecture Activity discussion assignment 15.

 

15

Business Plan team oral presentations to the Venture Inc. Board of Directors.

    

Examination2-Chapters 8-15.

Business Plan:

  • Submit written team member evaluation.
  • Team Leaders: Submit Task Management Log.
  • Team presentations: All students must attend class Face to Face and team members must all be together in either the classroom or on Zoom.
 

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

To earn full participation points requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas throughout the semester.

For students who wish to attend Face to Face (classroom or Zoom):

  • 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

For students who wish to attend Online:

  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments
  • In the online discussions respond to others respectfully and add to the discussion
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities


Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignments: All assignments are expected to be completed and turned in on time even if you miss a class or portion thereof. A late assignment will be accepted for one week after the due date and will result in a 10% point deduction for that assignment. Should an assignment be more than one week past the due date that assignment will receive zero points.

Makeup Tests: Makeup tests will not be given. If you miss the mid-term examination for unavoidable reasons you may write an additional research paper as a substitute.

Additional Research Papers: An additional research paper is an option for students who missed or may wish to improve a low score on the first examination. The additional research paper will be on a topic approved by the instructor. This research should result in a 5 to 6 page double-spaced paper, in the MLA format, with well-documented references and a bibliography. In addition to the content you will be graded on clarity of thought, proper grammar, syntax, sentence and paragraph organization, punctuation and correct spelling.

If you do elect to turn in a research paper, the grade on the paper will be used as a substitute for your test REGARDLESS of your grade on the paper. In other words, if I grade the research paper, it WILL be used in your overall score.


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.