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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "BUS 101"
COURSE NAME: "Introduction to Business"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Tetyana Kholod
EMAIL: tkholod@johncabot.edu
HOURS: TTH 4:40-6:00 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course presents a general summary of all functions of a business enterprise, including management, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, and production. The course gives emphasis to the structure of business organizations and the decision-making process that occurs at different levels of corporate management. Students will be exposed to basic business terminology and will establish an applicable business vocabulary. The course also touches upon current business practices (such as managing organizational relationships, managing human resources or planning and controlling resources) that are employed in different national markets to adjust their strategies to diverse consumers worldwide. The course will use reading materials, projects and assignments that will relate the subject to the real world and the possible professional avenues students of business can pursue; the course will also foster critical and analytical thinking, and develop decision-making skills. Successful completion of the course will equip students with a broad understanding of how the business environment works, as well as a lens through which to interpret the world they live in.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Business Management course aims at the students who have not had business courses before but would like to get the skillset for managing a business in the future. The course covers main business functions: marketing, finance, human resource, operations management. The course, although of an introductory nature, will have a very practical approach to learning. The students will be offered to apply the business management concepts to the field of their interest by creating a business plan. This will allow students to have a hands-on practice and also will make the study of business management relevant to their future. Throughout the course the number of speakers from different sectors and business roles will be invited to share their experience with students and give the students feedback on their business plans.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

1)    Describe the different structures of business organizations

2)    Recognize the role of the business enterprises in the economy

3)    Analyze the various types of decisions faced by business managers

4)    Investigate current issues in business and use course concepts to examine them

5)    Develop a proper business terminology


TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Class participation Participation includes attendance and active contribution to the class discussions 20
Quiz 10
Midterm Group presentation and report20
Business case analysis 20
Final ProjectGroup presentation and report30

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Class attendance is highly recommended because the majority of the content of the course is covered in classes. After the first absence, the students will lose 0.5 percentage points in the total grade, after 8 cumulative absences, the student will be unable to sit in the final exam. The participation to the group projects and the mid-term exam is mandatory, in case of unexcused absence, the student will lose all the points of the graded exercise.


ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Course Scheduling and Class Activities

BUS101 Introduction to Business

Date

Topics

Assignments

 

 

 

Lecture 1

Read syllabus/Introduction to business

 

Lecture 2

Management in Today’s organizations

 

 

 

 

Lecture 3

The role of management

 

Lecture 4

Planning, organizing, controlling

 

 

 

 

Lecture 5

Managerial roles

 

Lecture 6

Designing organizational structures

 

 

 

 

Lecture 7

Establishing organizational relationships

 

Lecture 8

Trends in organizational structure

 

 

 

 

Lecture 9

Managing Human Resources

 

Lecture 10

Employee recruitment

 

 

 

 

Lecture 11

Production and operations management

 

Lecture 12

Resource planning

 

 

 

 

Lecture 13

Revision day

 

Lecture 14

Mid-term exam

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DATE

Topics

Assignments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture 15

The marketing concept

 

Lecture 16

Developing a marketing mix

 

 

 

 

Lecture 17

Creating products that deliver value

 

Lecture 18

Using financial information and accounting

Quiz

 

 

 

Lecture 19

Basic accounting procedures

 

Lecture 20

The statement of cash flows

 

 

 

 

Lecture 21

Understanding financial management

 

Lecture 22

How organizations use funds

 

 

 

 

Lecture 23

Equity financing

 

Lecture 24

Your career in business

 

 

 

 

Lecture 25

Get your career out of the right track

 

Lecture 26

Work on a final project

 

 

 

 

Lecture 27

Work on a final project

 

Lecture 28

Revision day

 

 

 

 

 

Final exam