Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: BUSI-1301 (Section: 71, CRN: 91909)
Business Principles
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Instructor Information
Instructor James Cammack
Email cammackje@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6386
Office Student Center - Room: 405
Office Hours TBA
Additional Contact Information (409) 350-8068 Note: email is my preferred method of communication. But feel free to call me on my cell phone if you need to talk with me. If I do not answer, please leave a message. Please do not text, but email me instead. I also have a Lamar phone number, but I do not often check those messages, so my cell phone is the better way to reach me. I will also be available by Zoom, but email me first so we can set a time to Zoom. Here is my Zoom info: My Lamar Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/2
Course Information
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
Required Textbooks 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.

You do not need to purchase a textbook for this course.  The primary content for this course will come from Introduction to Business by OpenStax and is accessible online for no cost.  The link for this text and related materials  is 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.   The text may also be viewed using the OpenStax app.     We will also use other Open Educational  Resources (OER) throughout the semester.  These will also be available at no cost.
Additional Materials/Resources

Materials: If you are taking the course on campus, you will need headphones or ear buds to hear course audio in the classroom.  The library has computers available during normal library hours. 

User Accounts: You will also be required to have user accounts for various services, such as Google, OneDrive, Zoom, etc.  These can be obtained at no cost to the student.  The instructor will provide details when we get to that section of the course.
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 need to bring  earbuds or headphones, if you need audio capability. You may also check with the Port Arthur Public Library or other public libraries for computer access. 

Tech Support and Help Logging in:  for technical assistance, contact Online Support Desk 24/7 at 936.496.5379 or bbhelp@lamarpa.edu.  If you need to reset your password, you can do so by clicking on MyLSCPA button at Lamarpa.edu and then clicking the Help tab.
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 

  1. Identify major business functions of accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing. 

  2. Describe the relationships of social responsibility, ethics, and law in business. 

  3. Explain forms of ownership, including their advantages and disadvantages. 

  4. Identify and explain the domestic and international considerations for today’s business environment: social, economic, legal, ethical, technological, competitive, and international. 

  5. Identify and explain the role and effect of government on business. 

  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. 

  7. Describe basic financial statements and show how they reflect the activity and financial condition of a business. 

  8. Explain the banking and financial systems, including the securities markets, business financing, and basic concepts of accounting. 

  9. Explain integrity, ethics, and social responsibility as they relate to leadership and management. 

  10. Explain the nature and functions of management. 

  11. Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of information technology for businesses.

Core Objectives
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

  • Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

  • Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Lecture Topics Outline

Understanding Economic Systems and Business

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

Major Assignments Schedule BUSI_1301_71_202390_P00197789.pdf
Final Exam Date December 8, 2023 - 8:30 AM   Through  December 9, 2023 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade


  • Assignments – 60% * To pass the course, you must maintain a 60 average on Assignments

  • Proctored Final Exam –  40%  


  • To pass the course, you must have a 60 average on Assignments.   If you do not have a 60 assignment average at the end of the semester, you may not be allowed to take the final exam. Grade calculations displayed in Blackboard may not always be accurate.  You should average your own grades using the syllabus grade calculation.  Report any discrepancies to your instruc

    Final Exam Information
    The Final Exam covers material from the entire semester and must be taken on campus  on Thursday December 7 from  8:30-11 AM, Thursday December 7 from  5 PM-7:30 PM,  or Friday  December 8 from  8:30-11 AM.   You will be allowed to choose from either of the time periods on a first-come, first-served basis.  You must use a LSCPA computer for the exam  (no laptops) and you will be observed with a monitoring program while you complete your exam. 

  1. If you have any issues or time conflicts, you must talk to your instructor during the first week of the semester.  
  2. For the Final Exam, you will be required to produce a valid TDL or other approved photo ID. 
  3. You will have 1.5 hours to complete the final. 
  4. Your screen activity may be recorded during exams.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies

No Assignments Accepted Late:   Assignments for each week are due at the end of the day on Sundays, unless otherwise directed in the assignment, or on the syllabus/schedule.   New assignments for the next week should become available at noon on Monday.  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. 

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. 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.

Accommodations:   If you have accommodations from the Office for Disability,  talk to your instructor about these during the first week of the semester.  Students with accommodations should also check with teacher two weeks prior to exam(s) to arrange for any  accommodations.

Attendance Policy

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, and if you do not email the instructor with an acceptable explanation, 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. 

Additional Information
  • Always confirm any important arrangements or discussions with me by emailing me using your Lamar email.  Verbal communication, phone calls, etc will not be “official” unless confirmed in an email.   
  • All coursework  must be original for this semester.  If you took this course previously, or have done a similar assignment in the past (in another class, for example), you must recreate your assignments this semester. 
  • Most assignments this semester will be due at the end of the day each Sunday.   New assignments (for the next week) will be available Monday at noon and will be due  by the end of the day that next Sunday.

  • Some material in this course may be copyrighted. These materials  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.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student 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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies 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. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381