Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: BUSI-1301- Section: 72
|COVID 19 Information||The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.|
|Description||This course provides a survey of economic systems, forms of business ownership, and considerations for running a business. Students will learn various aspects of business, management, and leadership functions; organizational considerations; and decision-making processes. Financial topics are introduced, including accounting, money and banking, and securities markets. Also included are discussions of business challenges in the legal and regulatory environment, business ethics, social responsibili|
|Prerequisites||TSI complete in reading|
CLSO 1. Identify major business functions of accounting, finance, information systems,
management, and marketing. (PSLO 1 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 2. Describe the relationships of social responsibility, ethics, and law in business. (PSLO 2 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 3. Explain forms of ownership, including their advantages and disadvantages. (PSLO 1 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 4. Identify and explain the domestic and international considerations for today business environment: social, economic, legal, ethical, technological, competitive, and international. (PSLO 2 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 5. Identify and explain the role and effect of government on business. (PSLO 2 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 6. Describe the importance and effects of ethical practices in business and be able to analyze business situations to identify ethical dilemmas and ethical lapses. (PSLO 2 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 7. Describe basic financial statements and show how they reflect the activity and financial condition of a business. (PSLO 3 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CLSO 8. Explain the banking and financial systems, including the securities markets, business financing, and basic concepts of accounting. (PSLO 2 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 9. Explain integrity, ethics, and social responsibility as they relate to leadership and
management. (PSLO 5 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CSLO 10. Explain the nature and functions of management. (PSLO 1 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
CLSO 11. Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of information technology for businesses. (PSLO 1 measured by Course Learning Objectives, Chapter Assignments and Major Exams)
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills - Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills - Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills - Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
Textbook: the textbook for this course is Introduction to Business and is accessible online for no cost. Here is the link for the text and related materials https://openstax.org/details/books/introduction-business. If you prefer a printed copy, you may download and print the pdf or order a printed copy.
Materials: You will need access to a web camera with audio capability. Many laptop computers, tablets, and phones already have a camera installed. If you are taking the course on campus, you will need headphones or ear buds to hear course audio in the classroom.
User Accounts: You may also be required to have user accounts for various services, such as Google, Facebook, Zoom, etc. These can be obtained at no cost to the student. I will provide details when we get to that section of the course.
Login and Student ID: For password and login help, call IT Technical support at 409-984-6150.
Lab Access: A computer lab is located in the LSCPA library and is available during normal library hours. If the software is not available on a lab computer, ask someone on staff if there is another computer with the appropriate software. A valid Student ID is required in order to use lab facilities available on the Lamar campus. You may also check with the Port Arthur Public Library or other public libraries for computer access.
Making Ethical Decisions and Managing a Socially Responsible Business
Competing in the Global Marketplace
Forms of Business Ownership
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing Your Own Business
Management and Leadership in Today's Organizations
Designing Organizational Structures
Managing Human Resources and Labor Relations
Achieving World-Class Operations Management
Creating Products and Pricing Strategies to Meet Customers' Needs
Distributing and Promoting Products and Services
Using Technology to Manage Information
Using Financial Information and Accounting
Understanding Money and Financial Institutions
Understanding Financial Management and Securities Markets
Your Career in Business
|Final Exam Date||December 3, 2020 - 5:00 PM Through December 3, 2020 - 6:30 PM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
Assignments & Projects 50%
Proctored Exams 50%
Thursday October 1, 2020, 5 PM
Thursday November 5, 2020, 5 PM
Thursday December 3, 2020, 5 PM
Exams will be proctored and must be taken online at the designated time. You will be observed with a monitoring program while you complete your exam. For these exams, you must have a computer with with audio capabilities (mic and speakers) and a camera. You may use your phone for a camera, but you will also need a computer for the exam. If you have any issues or time conflicts, you must talk to your instructor during the first week of the semester. For exams, you will be required to produce a valid TDL or other approved photo ID. You will have 1.5 hours to complete each exam.
Grade calculations displayed in Blackboard may not always be accurate. You should average your own grades using the syllabus grade calculation, and report any discrepancies to instructor.
If you have accommodations from the Office for Disability, talk to your instructor about these during the first week of the semester.
No Assignments Accepted Late: All assignments, quizzes, and exams must be completed and submitted before the due date. Because you have ample time to complete assignments, late work will not be accepted. You should start early enough so that if/when you experience problems, we can work them out prior to the due date. Working with technology can be challenging. You will have problems. Websites will go down, Internet connections will not work, devices will not charge, etc. If you wait until the due date, you risk not completing your work on time. When you have technical issues, contact me early. Technical problems on the due date are NOT an excuse for turning in assignments late. I do occasionally extend due dates if you have a good reason for asking for the extension and if you have contacted me early.
Missed Exams: If you are absent and miss an exam, you will receive a grade of zero. If you have special circumstances which require you to miss an exam, you may contact the me to see if other arrangements can be made. Requests for makeup exams or other arrangements are granted only if you have an exceptional reason for missing an exam, such as a medical emergency, or death in the family. It is your responsibility to initiate arrangements for a makeup or other arrangements. Approval should be cleared with me prior to the date of absence. If it is not possible to contact me prior to the exam, within 24 hours after missing the exam, you must email me and cite the reasons you missed the exam. The format of a makeup exam may differ substantially from that of the regularly scheduled exam.
Resubmitting Assignments: For most assignments, you are allowed two attempts prior to the due date (this does not apply to exams). If you submit two attempts, only the second attempt will be graded and you will receive a zero for the first attempt. You are not allowed to resubmit after an assignment has been graded.
Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty. You are expected to complete all assignments yourself. All exams must be completed on your own, with no assistance from anyone else and without the use of notes or textbook or any other materials, unless specifically expressed in the exam instructions. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing previous homework, accessing websites, or communicating with others when taking the exam. You are also NOT allowed to share information about exams with others. Some exams may be password protected. You are NOT allowed to share passwords with anyone else for any reason.
Additional Policies (for in-person, campus classes)
Turn your cell phones to vibrate when in the classroom.
No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.
Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.
Electronic devices (including, but not restricted to, watches, cell phones, tablets, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
Unless specifically designated otherwise by your instructor, exams must be taken in the classroom, during class time, and without access to any outside resources and without communication with anyone other than the instructor. You are not allowed to share exam login passwords with anyone else and you are not allowed to take the exam outside of the classroom.
Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Your instructor has an obligation to reduce such disruptions and may impose such restrictions as he deems necessary.
If you are tardy for any exam or quiz, you will be allowed to take the exam or quiz only with the instructor’s approval. If you are allowed to take the exam, you will only have the timeframe allocated to the class to complete the exam. You will not be allowed additional time for the time you missed by being tardy.
Missed quizzes and missed in-class assignments (assignments to be completed during a class period) will each be recorded as a zero. No makeup quizzes or in-class assignments will be given. Quizzes and In-class assignments are considered Assignments & Project grades.
You are responsible for completing and submitting all assigned homework when due, and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent for the previous class meeting. Late homework assignments will not be accepted.
The instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class if you do not submit course work regularly. Submitting course work regularly means you submit coursework weekly. If you are inactive for more than one week and/or if you do not submit assignments for a week, the instructor reserves the right drop you from the class. To be successful in the class, you are expected to exert sufficient effort. If at any time you have failed to complete at least 50% of the weekly assignments, you may be dropped from the class.
For in-person classes only: If you have missed more than 4 hours of class at the end of the semester, the instructor may assign you an F for the course. Every three times you are late for class will count as one absence. On any days you are tardy, you should check with the instructor after class to be sure you are counted present. If you do not do this on the day you are tardy, the tardy will be counted as an absence.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Check your campus e-mail and course homepage (in Blackboard) daily.
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|