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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 25-Aug-22

Fall 2022 | BUS-1119-VO01F - Finance for Entrepreneurs

Flex Class

FLEX courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. FLEX courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Fall 2022 ends on October 31.

Location: Online
Credits: 1
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-06-2022 to 12-19-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-26-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-07-2022 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


James Brassard
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Alberico

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the financial strategies, concepts, and tools used by entrepreneurs. Students will explore common challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and examine the elements used in financial forecasting, planning, and analysis for effective decision making. The course will address various approaches to valuing the small business venture and examine sources of financing.

Essential Objectives

1. Evaluate and compare various funding sources for working capital and capital projects.
2. Analyze financial statements and create a budget.
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of finance and how to effectively communicate with financial professionals, lenders and investors.
4. Develop a dashboard of key indicators used to achieve the financial and operational goals of a business.

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


Required Textbooks:

There is no required textbook to purchase for this course. We will use open and accessible materials. All required readings and resources will be provided in the modules.

Evaluation Criteria

Your learning modules will consist of learning resources, demonstrate your learning forums, and assignments related to financing your future business. Please review the rubric for each assignment.

  • Module 1: Finding Funding Sources
    • Introductions Forum, Discussion about Funding Sources, Research Assignment
  • Module 2: Creating a Budget
    • Discussion about Forecasting, Budgeting Assignment, Quiz on Module terms
  • Module 3: Financial Statements
    • Discussion about Profit & Loss Statements, Capitals Spending Assignment, Quiz on Module terms
  • Module 4: Get Funding for a Business
    • Discussion about Pitching, Assignment about Finding Investors, Quiz on Module terms
  • Module 5: Strategic Planning Techniques
    • Discussion about KPIs, SWOT Analysis Assignment, Quiz on Module terms


Rubrics are attached to each of your discussions and assignments. It’s important to review the grading rubrics before starting your work so that you will know exactly how your work will be assessed. Please review the instructions forviewing assignment rubricsand forviewing discussion rubrics.


It is important to review feedback for your assignments and discussions to see where you are meeting expectations and where additional work may be needed. You canreview rubric resultsfrom the instructor for your assignments and discussions. Your instructor may also leavegeneral commentsorannotation feedbackwithin the assignment link.

Demonstrate Your Learningforums are a part of every learning module and most are post-first discussions which means that you will post your reply before seeing the replies of others. Discussions will be graded based on the following rubric:

Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Approaching Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations Points
Knowledge Comprehensive, in-depth and wide-ranging
(5 points)
Up to date and relevant
(4 points)
Relevant but not comprehensive
(3 points)
Limited superficial knowledge/response
(2 points)
5 points
Understanding Outstanding ability to grasp concepts and relate theory to practice
(5 points)
High level of ability to conceptualize essential ideas and relate theory to practice
(4 points)
Some ability to conceptualize essential ideas and relate theory to practice
(3 points)
Limited ability to draw out concepts and relate theory to practice
(2 points)
5 points
Writing Skills Excellent mechanics, sentence structure, and organization
(5 points)
Significant mechanics, structure and organization
(4 points)
Some grammatical lapses, uses emotional response in lieu of relevant points
(3 points)
Poor grammar, weak communication
(2 points)
5 points
Application & Analysis Grasps inner relationship of concepts. Excellent use of a wide range of supporting material
(5 points)
Demonstrates the ability to analyze and synthesize, independent analysis, good use of a range of supportive material
(4 points)
Informed commentary with some evidence of genuine analysis; some supportive materials used
(3 points)
Lacks evidence of critical analysis, poor use of supportive evidence
(2 points)
5 points
Total Points: 20 points

Grading Criteria

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

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 
NPLess than 600

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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.

Missing & Late Work Policy

This is a self-paced asynchronous course which means that students will be starting and progressing at different rates throughout the term. Once you feel like you have a strong handle on the material, and you have completed all of the assignments for the module, you should feel comfortable moving on, regardless of the pace, as long as you complete the course within the term timeframe.

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.