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MGMT 152: Business Mathematics

Course Description

Development of an understanding of and skill in using arithmetic calculations in business-oriented problems.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Slater, J., & Wittry, S. M. (n.d.). Practical Business Math Procedure - With Handbook . 12th ed. McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 2017.
    • ISBN-978-1-259-87459-8

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

This course is designed to introduce the student to business mathematics and mathematical tools used in today's private and business sectors.  

You will learn how to compute answers and understand the concepts in business math used for business and personal needs.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve real-world math applications relating to business and retail with appropriate calculations of portion formula, discounts, markups/markdowns, inventory, depreciation, and overhead distribution.
  2. Calculate business financial applications associated with payroll, taxes, insurance, banking, mortgages, credit, financial reports, ratios, and statistics.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of investment activities with accurate calculations of simple and compound interest, present value, promissory notes, the discount process, annuities, stocks and bonds.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 864-960 90-100%
B 768-863 80-89%
C 672-767 70-79%
D 576-671 60-69%
F 0-575 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 80 8%
Project Assignments (8) 240 25%
Quizzes (8) 640 67%
Total 960 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Introduction 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
Project Assignment 1 30 Sunday
Quiz 1 80
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3: Kiplinger Articles 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
Project Assignment 2 30 Sunday
Quiz 2 80
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: Kiplinger Articles 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
Project Assignment 3 30 Sunday
Quiz 3 80
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Kiplinger Articles 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
Project Assignment 4 30 Sunday
Quiz 4 80
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9: Kiplinger Articles 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
Project Assignment 5 30 Sunday
Quiz 5 80
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: Kiplinger Articles 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
Project Assignment 6 30 Sunday
Quiz 6 80
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Kiplinger Articles 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
Project Assignment 7 30 Sunday
Quiz 7 80
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15: Kiplinger Articles 5 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 16: Math Problem 5 Wednesday/Friday/Saturday
Project Assignment 8 30 Saturday
Quiz 8 80
Total Points 960

Assignment Overview

Discussions

There are two discussions each week:


Kiplinger Articles

In the first discussion, you will post your personal introduction.  For future weeks, you will respond to the Kiplinger articles assigned for that week. Choose one week to post the lead discussion thread from an assigned Kiplinger article. You will choose one Kiplinger article from the week you have chosen to respond to. 

Please reserve your Kiplinger article during Week 1 by posting the page number and article name under the appropriate week’s discussion. By reserving it, you will ensure that everyone knows which article you plan to discuss. Only one student can choose a particular Kiplinger article. List the key points of the article you have chosen to lead the discussion on. Take a stand - Pro or Con and provide information to defend your position. Set your weekly postings up this way: Keys points- (2 points), your stand pro or con- (1 point) and defend your position- (2 points).

Post your initial discussion of the article by Wednesday 11:59 p.m. CT of the week you choose.  All other weeks you will reply to the posting of two other students who have made the initial postings for that week. Instructor will interject guiding questions and comments in each Kiplinger article discussion. All replies must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday (Except week 8 when the deadline moves to 11:59 p.m. Saturday).  

Math Problems

In the second discussion, you will create a math problem that addresses one of the learning objectives for that week for another student to solve.  The math problem will be in word format utilizing a real-world application.  Choose a math problem topic from the weekly list.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday (2 points). Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student (2 points). Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday (1 point) (Except week 8 when the deadline moves to 11:59 p.m. Saturday).


Project Assignments

In the project assignments, you will utilize internet resources to apply the chapter materials and video cases to apply business math concepts to real companies.  A combination of short and long answer questions will be utilized.  Project assignments (Weeks 1 to 7) should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday. The deadline for Week 8 is 11:59 p.m. CT, Saturday. The points will be based on the accuracy and effort you put into each project. 


Quizzes

The quizzes consist of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours. Each quiz opens Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. CT, and closes Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT. Quizzes should be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday for all weeks except week 8, which ends on a Saturday. Students will have the opportunity to view questions answered incorrectly for 10 minutes after the quiz is submitted.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: How To Approach
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 5-6
  • Kiplinger Article: Cash Out Your Lease - Textbook page 141
  • Kiplinger Article: A Crash Course in Money Management – Textbook page 175
Discussion 1: Introduction

Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic of the discussion. Include your name, city and state where you live, profession, hobbies, academic interest, and enough information to let us get to know one another.

Discussion 2: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: conversion of percent, conversion of decimals, conversion of fractions, portion formula, percentage increases, and percentage decreases.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Project Assignment 1
Complete the problems in the quiz tool:
  1. More people, more debt page 140 - problem 2: Compare debt per person.
  2. On the move, will my money follow? Page 174- problem 4: Calculate percent increase or decrease in your salary and if the move is financially worth it.
  3. Read clip page 116 – New Credit Scores to Ease Access to Loans. Comment on new change.
  4. Read clip page 142- Going Undercover. Comment on list of ways to protect internet privacy.
  5. Video Case – Project Management at Six-Flags page 172
  • Watch video Project Management at Six Flags, New Jersey
  • Complete problems 1, 4, and 5. Show all calculations.

Project Assignment 1 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Sunday.

Quiz 1
Quiz 1 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 2: Pricing and Invoicing Methods in Retail and Manufacturing
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 7-8
  • Kiplinger Article: A New Tax on the Sharing Economy/ Higher Rates on Store Cards - Textbook page 207
  • Kiplinger Article: What You Need to Know About Online Pricing – Textbook page 240
Discussion 3: Kiplinger Articles

Students selecting this week to post on a Kiplinger article:  read one Kiplinger article on page 141, 175, 207, or 240.

In the appropriate discussion post, respond to the issue by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.

You only have to report on one.  Reminder: you will only choose one week to lead the discussion on one article. 

All other students choose two student postings to reply to. Read the selected article and reply to the students posting by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.

Discussion 4: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: Trade discount, net price, FOB destination, FOB shipping point, chain discount, net price equivalent rate, single equivalent discount rate, cash discount, calculating due dates, discount period, ordinary dating, ROG, EOM, partial payments, markups, selling price, conversion of markup percent, markdowns, pricing perishables, and breakeven analysis.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Project Assignment 2

 Complete the problems for this week in the quiz tool.

       
  1. Read Money Tips clip page 193- After reading how a credit score is determined comment on ways to increase one category of a credit score. List category and way to increase score.
  2. Video Case – Recycling at Subaru of Indiana Automotive
  3. Watch video Recycling at Subaru of Indiana Automotive
  4. Complete problems 3, 5 on page 205. Show all calculations.
  5. Video Case – Noodles and Company
  6. Watch video Noodles and Company – Service Process Design
  7. Complete problems 1, 2 on page 237. Show all calculations.

Project Assignment 2 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Sunday.

Quiz 2
Quiz 2 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 3: Math Applications in Banking, Payroll, and Simple Interest
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 4, 9, 10
  • Kiplinger Article: Savings Accounts - Textbook page 115
  • Kiplinger Article: Navigating Social Security – Textbook page 262
  • Kiplinger Article: A Boomer Business – Textbook page 283
Discussion 5: Kiplinger Articles

Students selecting this week to post on a Kiplinger article:  Read one Kiplinger article on page 115, 262, or 283. 

In the appropriate discussion post, respond to the issue by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.

You only have to report on one.  Reminder: you will only choose one week to lead the discussion on one article.  

All other students choose two student postings to reply to.  Read the selected article and reply to the student postings by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.

Discussion 6: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: Check writing, check register, bank reconciliation, gross pay, overtime pay, straight piece rate, differential pay, straight commission, variable commission, salary plus commission, payroll register, calculate FICA (Social Security and Medicare), federal withholding, state and federal unemployment, simple interest, exact interest, banker’s rule, simple interest formula, and US Rule.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Project Assignment 3

Complete the problems for this week in the quiz tool.

  1. Worthy Commission? Page 260- problem 4: Calculate total real estate commission.
  2. Read an article at Kiplinger.com and write a 3 paragraph summary and reaction. Cite references.
  3. Read clip page 242 – Levi Reduces Orders from Cambodia. Comment on the proposed minimum wage.
  4. Watching Your Cash. Page 282 – problem 1: Calculate what you would owe if you missed the payoff date.

Project Assignment 3 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Sunday.

Quiz 3
Quiz 3 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 4: Promissory Notes and Simple Discounts
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 11-12
  • Kiplinger Article: Game Plan - Textbook page 299
  • Kiplinger Article: A Barber on the Cutting Edge – Textbook page 321
Discussion 7: Kiplinger Articles

Students selecting this week to post on a Kiplinger article:  read one Kiplinger article on page 299 or 321. 

In the appropriate discussion post, respond to the issue by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.  You only have to report on one.

Reminder: you will only choose one week to lead the discussion on one article.  

All other students choose two student postings to reply to.  Read the selected article and reply to the student postings by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.

Discussion 8: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: Bank discount, discount rate, proceeds, discount period, maturity value, face value, maturity date, simple discount note, Treasury bill effective rate, compound interest (annually, daily, quarterly, monthly, semiannually), number of periods, nominal rate, effective rate, compound daily interest, present value, and future value.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Project Assignment 4

Complete the problems for this week in the quiz tool.

  1. Go to http://www.bankrate.com or another financial web site. Get a rate for a 5-year Certificate of Deposit (CD). If you invest $5000 today what will the value be at maturity?  You choose when the interest is compounded.  Identify whether you used daily, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.  Do your own calculations or use a financial calculator from any financial website. Cite your sources.
  2. Doubling Down! Page 320- problem 3: Using Rule of 72.
  3. Read clip page 301 – Big Benefit on an Early Start. Comment on the difference between age 25 and age 45 investment start.
  4. Read Money Tip 290- Protect Your Credit. Comment on your views on reviewing your credit report annually.

Project Assignment 4 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Sunday.

Quiz 4
Quiz 4 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 5: Installment Buying/Annuities/Sinking Funds
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 13-14
  • Kiplinger Article: Funding IRA’s - Textbook page 345
  • Kiplinger Article: Merging Your Money – Textbook page 370
  • Video Case: DHL Global Delivery – Textbook page 342
Discussion 9: Kiplinger Articles

Students selecting this week to post on a Kiplinger article:  read one Kiplinger article on page 345 or 370. 

In the appropriate discussion post, respond to the issue by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.  You only have to report on one.  

Reminder: you will only choose one week to lead the discussion on one article.  

All other students choose two student postings to reply to.  Read the selected article and reply to the student postings by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.

Discussion 10: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: Ordinary annuity-future value, annuities due-future value, present value of ordinary annuity, sinking funds-periodic payments, amount financed, finance charges, deferred payment price, APR calculation, monthly payment, open-end credit, and average daily balance.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Project Assignment 5

Complete the problems for this week in the quiz tool.

  1. Never too early to start saving, page 344- problem 1: What is the account balance at age 60?
  2. Read clip page 322 – Social Security. Comment on the charts.
  3. Read clip page 348- The 97-Month Car Loan. Comment on long-term loans.
  4. Read clip page 349- Credit Report Error.  Comment on errors and process to fix errors.
  5. Video Case – DHL Global Delivery
  1. Watch video: DHL – Global Delivery Service
  2. Complete problems 1, 2. Show all calculations.

Project Assignment 5 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Sunday.

Quiz 5
Quiz 5 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 6: Financial Reports, Ratios, and Trends
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 15, 16, and 17
  • Kiplinger Article: Reverse Mortgages - Textbook page 388
  • Kiplinger Article: The Pros and Cons of Cheap Oil – Textbook page 421
  • Kiplinger Article: Expect Deals on New Models- Textbook page 438
  • Video Case – Buycostumes.com Textbook page 418-419
Discussion 11: Kiplinger Articles

Students selecting this week to post on a Kiplinger article:  read one Kiplinger article on page 388, 421 or 438. 

In the appropriate discussion post, respond to the issue by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.  You only have to report on one.  

Reminder: you will only choose one week to lead the discussion on one article.  

All other students choose two student postings to reply to.  Read the selected article and reply to the student postings by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.

Discussion 12: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: Mortgage payment, principal, interest, amortization schedule, balance sheet, income statement, vertical analysis, horizontal analysis, net sales, cost of merchandise sold, gross profit, net income, trend analysis, current ratio, acid test, average day’s collection, total debt to total asset, return on equity, asset turnover, profit margin, depreciation, straight-line method, partial years, units-of-production method, declining-balance method, and MACRS.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Project Assignment 6

Complete the problems for this week in the quiz tool.

  1. 15- vs. 30-year loan, Page 387- problem 1: Calculate payments, interest and the difference of each.
  2. Video Case – Buycostumes.com Page 418
  1. Watch video: Service Processing at BuyCostumes
  2. Complete problems 3, 4, 7. Show all calculations.

Project Assignment 6 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Sunday.

Quiz 6
Quiz 6 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Protecting and Allocating Business Assets
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 18, 20
  • Kiplinger Article: Reservations and Retailers - Textbook page 464
  • Kiplinger Article: Tax Breaks – Textbook page 481
  • Kiplinger Article: Reshop your Car Insurance – Textbook page 507
Discussion 13: Kiplinger Articles

Students selecting this week to post on a Kiplinger article:  read one Kiplinger article on page 464, 481, or 507. 

In the appropriate discussion post, respond to the issue by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.  You only have to report on one.  

Reminder: you will only choose one week to lead the discussion on one article.  

All other students choose two student postings to reply to.  Read the selected article and reply to the student postings by 11:59 pm CT, Sunday.

Discussion 14: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: Ending inventory, specific identification, weighted average, FIFO, LIFO, cost of goods sold, retail method, gross profit method, inventory turnover, distribution of overhead, JIT inventory system, perpetual inventory system, life insurance premiums, straight life, twenty-payment life, twenty-year endowment, universal life, non-forfeiture values, fire insurance premiums, fire insurance cancellation, coinsurance, auto insurance, bodily injury, property damage, compulsory insurance, collision, deductibles, and comprehensive.

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Project Assignment 7

Complete the problems for this week in the quiz tool.

  1. Overhead page 463- problem 4: Allocate overhead for each department.
  2. Read both clips page 483 – Gauging Risk. Comment on long-term care.
  3. Read clip page 487- Cyber attacks. Comment on if it should be required to have coverage.
  4. Using the following site or another calculator site calculate the amount of life insurance you should consider.https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/financial/how-much-life-insurance-calculator.aspx

Project Assignment 7 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Sunday.

Quiz 7

Quiz 7 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Week 8: Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
Readings
  • Textbook Chapters 21-22
  • Kiplinger Article: Top Strategist - Textbook page 529
  • Kiplinger Article: Long-Term Care – Textbook page 555
Discussion 15: Kiplinger Articles

Students selecting this week to post on a Kiplinger article:  read one Kiplinger article on page 529 or 555. 

In the appropriate discussion post, respond to the issue by 11:59 pm CT, Wednesday.  You only have to report on one.  

Reminder: you will only choose one week to lead the discussion on one article.  

All other students choose two student postings to reply to.  Read the selected article and reply to the student postings by 11:59 pm CT, Saturday.

Discussion 16: Math Problem

Create a real-world math word problem covering a topic from list below for another student to solve. 

Word problem topics: Stock yield, price-earnings ratio, preferred stock dividends, common stock dividends, earnings per share, discount, premium, cost of bonds, bond yield, net asset value, mean, weighted mean, median, mode, frequency distribution, graphs (lie, bar, circle), index numbers, price relative, and measures of dispersion (range, standard deviation, normal distribution).

Post your math problem in the discussions tab by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Choose another student’s problem and solve it by 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday. Please show your work. You will need to be sure the question has not already been solved by another student. Check the answers to the problem you posed for accuracy and leave feedback by 11:59 p.m. CT, Saturday.

Project Assignment 8

Complete the problems for this week in the quiz tool.

  1. Choose a country in The World Factbook.  Show how to use the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) purchasing power parity found under Economy and the population found under People to calculate the mean GDP for this country.  If this differs from the per capita GDP listed in the World Factbook, explain why. The World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/xx.html 
  2. Social ups and downs, page 528- problem 2: Compare stock price and change in value.
  3. NASDAQ versus NYSE Page 528- problem 4: Which set of stocks is better return based on trend?

Project Assignment 8 should be completed in the quizzes area by 11:59 PM CT, Saturday.

Quiz 8
Quiz 8 consists of 20 word application problems with multiple choice answers. You will get one attempt to complete it and the time limit is 2 hours.  The quiz must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

Due date extensions must be requested on or before the assignment’s due date and require instructor approval.  Approval will only be granted under significant extenuating circumstances, such as hospitalization, required travel for work or extreme personal/family emergencies. Maintaining access to the Internet is a requirement for this course.  No exceptions for lack of Internet access will be granted unless the loss of service is community-wide and due to weather. Under no circumstances will an assignment or quiz be accepted after the last official day of class for the session. "Incomplete Grades" will be awarded by instructor’s discretion. If you have not received your book in time to take the first quiz, please contact me prior to midnight on Sunday, of Week 1 and request a due date extension. No due date extensions due to “waiting for the text to arrive” will be made after Sunday end of Week 1.  No late discussions will be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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