Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: POFT-1321- Section: 01
Business Math
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Instructor Information
Instructor Emily Peters
Phone(409) 984-6418
Location:Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201A
Hours:As needed, by appointment.
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.
Course Information
Description Study of an arithmetic-based, basic approach to business mathematics. It emphasizes a practical, skill-building approach from basic to more complex business mathematics topics.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Solve business math problems.
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes *Demonstrates professionalism in the administrative workplace environment.
*Uses appropriate business administration skills.
*Uses appropriate office software applications.
*Creates effective business documents by applying ethical communication practices.
*Evaluates business documents.
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.

(1) Business Math, 17th edition, Mary Hansen, South-Western/Cengage Learning, ISBN# 978-0-538-44873-4
Lecture Topics
Week 1 (Week of 1/18/21) Syllabus/Blackboard Overview/Lecture on Gross Pay (Chapter 1)
Week 2 (Week of 1/25/21) Lecture on Net Pay (Chapter 2)
Week 3 (Week of 2/1/21) Lecture on Banking (Chapter 3)/Credit Cards (Chapter 4)
Week 4 (Week of 2/8/21) Review Chapters 1-4/EXAM #1 Posted (Chapters 1-4)
Week 5 (Week of 2/15/21) ***WINTER STORM - CAMPUS CLOSED*** Lecture on Loans (Chapter 5) delayed
Week 6 (Week of 2/22/21) Lecture on Loans (Chapter 5) / Lecture on Owning a Home or Car (Chapter 6)
Week 7 (Week of 3/1/21) Lecture on Owning a Home or Car (Chapter 6) & Guest Speakers*
Week 8 (Week of 3/8/21) Lecture on Insurance & Investments (Chapter 7) & Guest Speakers*
Week 9 (Week of 3/15/21) SPRING BREAK (NO CLASS)
Week 10 (Week of 3/22/21) Lecture on Budgets (Chapter 8) / Review Chapters 5-8 / EXAM #2 Posted (Chapters 5-8) DUE 3/31/21
Week 11 (Week of 3/29/21) Lecture on Business Costs (Chapter 9)
Week 12 (Week of 4/5/21) Lecture on Sales & Marketing (Chapter 10)
Week 13 (Week of 4/12/21) Lecture on Manage People & Inventory (Chapter 11)
Week 14 (Week of 4/19/21) Review Chapters 9-11 / EXAM #3 Posted (Chapters 9-11) DUE 4/26/21
Week 15 (Week of 4/26/21) Lecture on Business Profit & Loss (Chapter 12)
and International Business (Chapter 13)
Week 16 (Week of 5/3/21) - REVIEW AND FINAL EXAM, May 7, 2021, 8:00-10:30am

Major Assignments
Week 1 (Week of 1/18/21) - Chapter 1 Gross Pay Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 2/1/21
Week 2 (Week of 1/25/21) - Chapter 2 Net Pay Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 2/1/21
Week 3 (Week of 2/1/21) - Chapter 3 Banking and Chapter 4 Credit Cards Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 2/8/21
Week 4 (Week of 2/8/21) - EXAM #1 (Chapters 1-4) posted, DUE 2/15/21
Week 5 (Week of 2/15/21) - ***WINTER STORM - CAMPUS CLOSED*** Chapter 5 Loans Assignment & Quiz posted, NOW DUE 2/24/21
Week 6 (Week of 2/22/21 - Chapter 5 Loans Assignment & Quiz DUE 2/24/21 and Chapter 6 Owning a Home or Car Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 3/3/21
Week 7 (Week of 3/1/21) - Chapter 6 Owning a Home or Car Assignment & Quiz, DUE 3/3/21
Week 8 (Week of 3/8/21) - Chapter 7 Insurance and Investments Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 3/22/21
Week 9 (Week of 3/15/21) SPRING BREAK (NO CLASS)
Week 10 (Week of 3/22/21) Chapter 8 Budgets Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 3/29/21 and EXAM #2 (Chapters 5-8) posted, DUE 3/31/21
Week 11 (Week of 3/29/21) Chapter 9 Business Costs Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 4/5/21
Week 12 (Week of 4/5/21) Chapter 10 Sales & Marketing Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 4/12/21
Week 13 (Week of 4/12/21) Chapter 11 Manage People & Inventory Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 4/19/21
Week 14 (Week of 4/19/21) EXAM #3 (Chapters 9-11) posted DUE 4/26/21
Week 15 (Week of 4/26/21) Chapter 12 Business Profit & Loss and Chapter 13 International Business Assignment & Quiz posted, DUE 5/3/21
Week 16 (Week of 5/3/21) - FINAL EXAM, May 7, 2021, 8:00-10:30am

Final Exam Date May 7, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 7, 2021 - 10:30 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Quizzes/Assignments - 60%, Exams/Final Exam - 40%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you would like to discuss your grades, you must schedule a time to come to my office and discuss in person.

Every student MUST have a copy of the required textbooks by the SECOND week of class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given. Failure to have a text may result in being dropped from the class.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned reading and video viewings. Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework and for being prepared for each class. This applies even if you were absent for the previous class.

A failure to follow oral and/or written instructions will result in penalties.

Assignments will be posted weekly, usually on Monday. Assignments are due by 11:30 pm on the night of the due date posted online. No emailed work is accepted unless requested by instructor. Assignments are to be completed/submitted on BlackBoard. DO NOT wait until the last minute to complete class work. LATE WORK is highly discouraged and will incur an automatic 10-point penalty for each day late. Late work will be accepted for up to five days after the original due date. After the five-day period, no work will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS. The lowest two assignment grades will be dropped.

The use of calculators and/or spreadsheets to solve problems on assignments and exams IS PERMITTED unless otherwise instructed. Graphing/Programmable calculators will not be permitted during exams. If student chooses to use the calculator on their phone, it must remain on the table and only on the Calculator App during the exam.

Quizzes will be given on Blackboard covering the chapter studied that week and will be timed. Quizzes will often cover the vocabulary contained in the chapter. Due dates for quizzes will be listed on the Course Calendar. There will be no makeups for missed quizzes and late quizzes will not be accepted. Missed quizzes will receive a score of zero. The lowest two quiz grades will be dropped.

Extra credit may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor.

Exams: You must work alone while taking the exam. Cheating on exams is not acceptable and will be subject to violations of the Academic Dishonesty policy. NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. If a student should miss an exam, at the end of the semester, the instructor will average all exam grades [including the zero(s)] to replace the zero for the missed exam. EXAMPLE: 4 test grades: 100, 100, 0, 80 = 280; 280/4= 70; 70 will go in the place of the zero.; Test grades are now 100, 100, 70,80

Students must leave the classroom after exam is finished.

There will be a cumulative final exam. All students must take the exam on the scheduled date and time, and failure to do so will result in a ZERO on the final exam.

Students should keep a record of their grades/average. Instructor(s) will not average grades for students.

Academic dishonesty is NOT tolerated and will result in a ZERO on any assignment; a second incidence of academic dishonesty will be handled based on campus policies and procedures with the department chair.

Software Requirements:
If you are in a course that is using a specific software, you MUST have the software available to you either on your home computer or you must use the open lab provided in the Gates Library. Access to Microsoft Office (Excel and Word) will be necessary.

Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses and many traditional courses. Computer failure and lack of internet access are not acceptable excuses for missed assignments, projects, quizzes, or exams.

***A standard function desktop or phone calculator and/or financial calculator is permitted and encouraged. Programmable/graphing calculators will not be allowed on exams.

Attendance Policy Poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student attendance daily and via Blackboard reports of logins and interaction with course. In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development.

To be successful in this course, the student MUST purchase the assigned textbook and log into BlackBoard at least 2-3 times weekly. Regular, reliable access to BlackBoard via Internet is required for this in-person course.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework, including reading assignments, by the required due dates and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent from the previous class meeting.
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other Classroom Etiquette: Respect towards the instructor and fellow students is expected at all times. The following behaviors will result in the student being asked during class time to cease the action and/or leave the classroom: using cell phones, talking, or keying while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions; leaving class early without informing the instructor; surfing the Internet during lecture; and displaying a rude or negative behavior toward the instructor or other students.

*Do not record/video instructor lectures without written permission of instructor.

E-Mail/Voice Mail Etiquette: Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name. Voice mail messages should be clearly spoken identifying students name, course, and any return phone number.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

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.