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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: MGMT 150 A
Course Title: Introduction to Business
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Wed 
5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Comprehensive survey of the major areas of business and its environment. Concepts, issues, and vocabulary are emphasized.




Understanding Business 11th edition
Author: Nickels & McHugh & McHugh (McGraw-Hill)
ISBN: 9780078023163

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how businesses are formed and organized and identify the key functional areas of business.
  2. Identify the economic challenges of doing business in a global environment
  3. Explain how to manage, motivate, and lead an organization to meet organization goals.
  4. Describe the role of marketing and how it is used to advance company goals. 
  5. Describe how companies use accounting and financial information.

Special Course Requirements

Guidelines for Projects: All assignments will be completed in a professional manner and on time, unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. All assignments are due on the date specified in the D2L learning system. All work will be turned in through the D2L system. Late assignments may be accepted but penalty points will be assessed unless there are extenuating circumstances approved by the instructor.
Incomplete or late work:

  • Late work will receive 10% off per week it is late.
  • After three weeks it will get a zero.
  • No projects may be turned in after the end of the course. Thus work not received by the end of the course will get an automatic Zero.

Out of Class Activities

Reading Assignments: We will cover a wide range of material in this class and it will require staying current on reading. We will have many class break-outs and discussions and prior knowledge of the material will shine through. I will assume that you have read all the assigned and pertinent material and will be prepared to participate in class discussions. 
Internet access: D2L is the course management software used at Columbia College. Students are required to have adequate technology to support this Web based application and must maintain a reliable Internet connection throughout the duration of the course. If a student’s connection is interrupted for any reason they must inform the instructor to determine alternate access to course materials. Students are expected to be proficient in using D2L and its features. Not having access to technology, problems with technology or Internet service is not a sufficient excuse for missing deadlines. Campus Labs are provided for use to all students. All work must be submitted through D2L. This includes discussion boards, quizzes, and turning in assignments. If you require accommodations please contact me directly.
Textbook Materials: You will be held responsible for the material presented in the textbook as per the topic assignments. Not all chapters may be discussed at length in class. I will expect you to cover the text books topics, I will expect you to do the reading and to fully understand the materials covered.

Graded Activities

Create a Country Project20% of grade
Description -

In groups students will create a country. They will pick a system of government, an economic system, they will establish business environments, norms, legal system, industrial competitiveness, flags, population, demographics and other dynamics, etc. Students will do a presentation in groups.

Method of Evaluation -

The presentation will be evaluated for depth of effort, complexity and covering the topics at hand.

Online Quizzes20% of grade
Description -

There will be quizzes weeks 2, 4, and 6, covering topics from the previous two weeks. Quizzes focus on the textbook materials to ensure you understand the topics being covered.

Method of Evaluation -

Quizzes will be multiple choice, T/F and definitions. 

Final Exam15% of grade
Description -

There will be one final exam. This exam will be cumulative but will focus a higher % on the final weeks of class.

Method of Evaluation -

The final exam will include definition, T/F, Multiple Choice, and short answer questions.  

Marketing Plan25% of grade
Description -

Create a marketing plan for a product, either a new product that does not exist yet or a product that desperately needs a new marketing effort. You must focus on the Product, Price, Promotion and Place.

Method of Evaluation -

The project will be evaluated on your effort and accomplishments.  

Business Competitive Evaluation20% of grade
Description -

In groups, students will pick a business and evaluate the business based on all the areas we cover in the course. 

Method of Evaluation -

Groups will be evaluated on a individual and group effort. They will also be assessed based on depth or effort, coverage of topics and level of research shown.  


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Professor and student communication: I will respond to your emails and questions within 24 hours during the workweek of Monday-Friday. If you do not hear back from me within 24 hours during M-F please resend your email. Please be aware my availability is limited on weekends but I do typically check email once on Saturday and again on Sunday evening. You are advised to review the readings and assignments early in the week so you can ask your questions prior to the weekend. 
Attendance: Classes consist of lecture, video’s, class activities, discussions and current events. It is important to attend class to keep up with the materials and the latest information you will learn about the business world. Many current events and materials will be shared in class and you will be responsible for that knowledge. 
If you are going to be absent inform me by email prior to the absence if possible. If you are sick please do not share that with the class, however stay in contact with your group members to share lecture notes as needed.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Intro, Economy and Global Markets

We will do a supply and demand simulation.
We will walk the line along the spectrum of Communism through Socialism to Capitalism. Groups will pick a social problem and come up with ways to improve the situation that come from each of the main schools of thought.


Chapter 1,2,3

Week 2
Ethics, Forms of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Ethical Orientation Questionnaire Figure 4.1.
  • Corporate Code and Mission Search
  • Entrepreneur Readiness Questionnaire
  • Domain Scramble Start Up Challenge

Chapters 4,5,6 and 20.  We will not do all the materials in all the chapters, I will let you know the parts we will focus on.  


Quiz 1 due at the end of the week.  

Week 3
Management, Corporate structure and operations

Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling business simulation. 
Hands on Corporate Magnatile Structure.


Chapters 7,8,9

Week 4
Management and Human Resources

Job Analysis, Job Description to Cover Letter Process 


Chapter 10, 11


Create an Country Presentations Due In Class


Quiz two

Week 5
Marketing: Product and Price

Marketing Simulation Part 1: Product and Price


Chapter 13,14

Week 6
Marketing: Distribution and Promotion

Marketing Simulation Part 2: Place and Promotion


Chapter 15, 16


Quiz 3

Week 7
Financial Management

$50K startup Challenge


Chapter 17, 18, 19


Marketing Plan Due Sunday at Midnight

Week 8
Work period and Final Presentation

Final Presentations and Group Work time. 


Business Presentation Due In Class. Document due Friday by Midnight. 


Final Exam due. 


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Instructor Policy - Attendance will be taken at every class.  Please ensure that if you miss a class you inform the professor by email, preferably before the missed class.  You will still be responsible for the missed materials.  

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy - All assignments for this course will be turned in and run through a plagiarism test program.  The results will be visible to both the student and the professor.  The difference between a good research paper and plagiarism is doing effective referencing.  

Do not turn in assignments you have used in other classes for this class.  That will be considered plagiarism.  If you wish to build on a previous assignment please discuss that with the professor before attempting the assignment.  

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy - Conduct Policy:

  • I will not accept less than courteous and professional conduct in this class.  Anything that becomes a distraction to the instructor or the class will be removed from the class. 

  • I understand that people will not want to turn off cell phones during class. However they can be a distraction and take away from the ability to be in the learning moment.  Thus text-messaging, playing with applications or checking Facebook over mobile WILL NOT be tolerated.  Phones should be on vibrate only and if they become an issue will be collected and taken for the remainder of that class period. Phones may be used in a group discussion or class discussion to do research or find relevant materials.

  • Computers are encouraged in as much as they are learning tools. You can use them to follow class materials, take notes and work on group or research for class discussions. Technology will be embraced in this class as long as it is truly being used for this class.   If I think you are playing around on Facebook etc. I will ask you to turn off your computer.  

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Instructor Policy - We will use cell-phones at times during class for research and communication.  I believe in integration of technology.  However, if it is being abused then it will be restricted.  

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.

Instructor Policy - While text books are expensive, it is required to have one for this course.  You may get an older version, however you will be responsible for the materials I cover.  You can rent a text or share a text.  However you get one, I suggest you get one.  :)


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - 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.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Instructor Policy - If you do not have a plan on file with academic services, and you feel you need accommodations, please e-mail me for a meeting.  If your request is reasonable given your situation, I will do what I can to accommodate.  

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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