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BUSI 510: Managerial Economics

Course Description

Examination of the impact of the economic environment on business decision-making. Discussions focus on macro- and microeconomic topics with particular emphasis on marginal analysis and supply and demand considerations.

Prerequisite: BUSI 508

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Farnham, Paul G. Economics for Managers. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, 2014.
    • ISBN-978-0-13-277370-6

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.

Required Additional Learning Resource

  • Videos. Each week you will find one or two video presentations on weekly topics. Reviewing these videos is required in addition to the readings in the text. The videos provide valuable multimedia exposition of topics studied each week. These videos are located in the course Content area, and accessed by clicking on the titles.

Course Overview

Despite the enormous differences between past and present the economic problems that confront managers remain the same:

  • How do we decide what to produce with our limited resources?
  • How do we ensure stable prices and full employment of our resources?
  • How do we provide a rising standard of living both for ourselves and for future generations?

Economic analysis is more than just creating charts and graphs using quantitative tools. The real value of this analysis is the application process: interpret the outcomes from various statistics and quantitative measurements and use this understanding to make decisions about production, maximizing profits, pricing, understanding consumer behavior, and how the company is affected by fiscal and monetary policies.

Think of it as an exploration of the market processes and outcomes: what they mean; how they happen; and, what we can and cannot do about them in our challenge to manage organizations most efficiently.

As such, this course is about analysis that includes interpretation, evaluation, and conclusions that show depth and breadth of the decisions to be made and the economic principles used to make those decisions.



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.

In addition to the above, all files submitted to the Dropbox must be in doc or docx file format.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the modern theory of market forces
  2. Quantitatively analyze demand and supply
  3. Analyze pricing strategies for firms with market power and/or where market imperfections occur
  4. Describe and evaluate the role of government in the marketplace
  5. Explain the international dimensions of managerial economics

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
F 0-699 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 120 12%
Dropbox Assignments 160 16%
Course Project 220 22%
Exams 500 50%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Week 1 Discussion 15 Initial - Wed. & Fri. Replies - Sunday
Discussion - Introductions - Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 1 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Week 2 Discussion 15 Initial - Wed. & Fri. Replies - Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 2 20 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Week 3 Discussion 15 Initial - Wed. & Fri. Replies - Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 3 20 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Week 4 Discussion 15 Initial - Wed. & Fri. Replies - Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 4 20 Sunday
Midterm Exam 250
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Week 5 Discussion 15 Initial - Wed. & Fri. Replies - Sunday
Course Project: Proposal and Outline - Student Projects Discussion Topic 10 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 5 20
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Week 6 Discussion 15 Initial - Wed. & Fri. Replies - Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 6 20 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Week 7 Discussion 15 Initial - Wed. & Fri. Replies - Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 7 20 Sunday
Course Project: Student Projects Discussion Topic AND Final Project Dropbox 200
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Week 8 Discussion 15 Initial - Wednesday Replies - Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 8 20 Saturday
Course Project: Review and Response to other Student Project(s) 10
Final Exam 250
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Required Readings and Videos

These should be completed prior to submitting assignments or participating in the weekly discussions.

Dropbox Assignments

Dropbox assignments are drawn from Application Questions from the text. Each week the assigned questions require you to apply some or all of the economic principles contained within the chapters. You should respond to the questions after reading the assigned chapters. Your application analysis must show depth and breadth of the economic principles that apply to each business scenario. Your written responses should be placed in the Dropbox for the course. Late submissions are allowed only with prior approval. Detailed instructions appear in the Content area of the course week by week. You will be required to submit assignments in a Word document (.doc or .docx) using basic APA writing standards.

If you intend to “recycle” work submitted in previous classes you must ask for the instructor's permission. Permission will be granted on the basis of how extensive the new work expounds (depth and breadth) on the previous work.


Discussions

The discussions involve conceptual applications of the principles and concepts covered each week. Each week you will respond to two prescribed discussion questions. Your response to the first question will be due by Wednesday, and a response to the second question will be due by Friday. You will post your initial response to each question and then post at least two responses within each question to your classmates' responses. One of those interactive postings can be a response to any of the instructor’s secondary questions. Interaction in the weekly discussion topics is expected. Points are not awarded for mere chat, i.e., “good post or I agree”.

Exams

The exams contribute to the learning of economic concepts and particularly the application to business decisions. The Midterm and Final exams are open book and taken online, without proctors and under the assumption that the student has read this syllabus in general; and, the section on Academic Honesty in particular. Each exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and is worth 250 points. The Midterm exam covers chapters 1 through 8, and the Final exam covers chapters 9 through 16. Make-up examinations are allowed only for excused absences.

Course Project

The Course Project demonstrates a student’s developed analytical skills in applying economic principles to an actual company. The project should be a formal report (including an executive summary) that provides an insightful analysis related a company’s market structure, production decisions, i.e., expansion, or other economic principles.

The project paper must include a minimum of two economic principles studied during the term of the course, i.e. linear regression analysis and trend analysis. The analysis (purpose, methodology, and conclusion) must be documented with academic support in the form of references and in-text citations. The paper should be no less than 8 pages of narrative and statistical (spreadsheets) content. Students are required to submit their preliminary proposals and outlines no later than the end of Week 5 in the Student Projects topic (graded assignment) for required feedback from the instructor and other students.

A draft of the final report in the Student Projects discussion prompt can be submitted before the end of Week 7 if the student desires feedback from the instructor and classmates. Although students are not required to submit for this preliminary review they are required to respond to the submissions from their classmates (graded assignment).

The finalized Course Project is submitted to the Student Projects Discussion topic and the Final Project Dropbox for instructor grading before Sunday of Week 7.

Detailed instructions, suggested generic outline, and further guidance appear in the Course Project page in the Content area.

The course project must be submitted in a Word document (.doc or .docx) using basic APA writing standards.



Course Outline

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

Week 1: Welcome, Introductions, and Fundamental Concept
Focus

In Week 1, we are focused on learning more about each other, defining Managerial Economics & method, and reviewing basic concepts of economic theory

Required Activities

Readings:

  • Read and Study Chapters 1 and 2

Videos:

  • There are two videos in the Course Content for Week One. The first video, Microeconomics: Understanding the Market System (segments 1 and 2), introduces you to the market system and the law of supply and demand. The second video, The Bubble Decade: America’s Economy After 2000, is focused on what happened to the U.S. economy after the year 2000.

Week 1 Discussion

Our week one discussion is primarily focused on two introductions: macroeconomics and microeconomics.

Macroeconomics is focused on the overall level of economic changes, i.e., changes in unemployment and monetary changes (currency exchange rates). There are many macroeconomic events that greatly influence a manager’s decisions about production and pricing; yet many of these events are beyond the control of management. As such, for your first discussion assignment please complete the following task by Wednesday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Select a macroeconomic event and explain why you believe that this event does influence management decisions and why it cannot be controlled by management.

Management decisions about demand, supply, production, pricing and market structure are all microeconomic options and choices. It is an analysis of consumer behavior (spending), production, and how pricing relates to demand. In microeconomics there are ongoing trends in both demand and supply that directly influence the price of a product. For the second part of this week’s discussion complete the following task by Friday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Select a specific industry and then identify and discuss a significant trend in supply or demand that directly influences management’s pricing decisions.

Discussion - Introductions

Introduce yourself on the discussion board.  

Dropbox Assignment 1

Answer Application Question 2 on page 14 of the text and Application Question 5 on pages 44 to 45. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts. Submit your answers to these questions, and any supporting spreadsheets, in the Week 1 Dropbox.

Week 2: Consumer Demand and Demand Elasticity
Focus

In Week 2 we are focused on how marketing and consumer data are used to analyze what factors influence consumers to demand certain products and the elasticity of demand.

Required Activities

Readings:

  • Read and study chapters 3 and 4.

Video:

  • The one video in Week 2, Microeconomics: Understanding the Market System (segment 3), introduces you to the idea of how the change in price affects consumer demand.

Week 2 Discussion

This week we will be discussing demand elasticity and the impact of consumer behavior on demand.

Demand elasticity is actually a quantitative measurement designed to show percentage changes in quantity demands by consumers. Elasticity is measured in terms of product prices, consumer income, prices of other goods and services, and several other variables. Elasticity, then, is a measure of the responsiveness to the changes in these variables. For the first part of this week’s discussion complete the following task by Wednesday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Select a product that is marketed in the U.S. that has shown significant movements in consumer demand elasticity. Identify the reasons for the movements and explain how the elasticity has affected management’s ability to control pricing.

Economist and management use data from market research and consumers to analyze the economic factors that influence demand for different products. In an effort to understand consumer behavior and demand companies use one or more non-statistical methods:

  1. expert opinion;
  2. consumer surveys;
  3. test marketing and price experiments;
  4. analysis of census and historical data; and
  5. unconventional methods.

For the second part of this week’s discussion complete the following task by Friday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Select one of the five non-statistical methods, briefly define the method, explain the value in analyzing consumer behavior and demand, and then provide an actual example.
Dropbox Assignment 2

Answer Application Question 6 on page 85 of the text and Application Question 3 on page 113. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts. Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 2 Dropbox.

Week 3: Production and Cost Analysis (Short Run and Long Run)
Focus

In Week 3 we are discussing the elements and benefits of conducting short run and long run production and cost analysis.

Required Activities

Readings:

  • Read and study chapters 5 and 6.

Videos:

  • In Week 3 you will find two videos in the Content area. The first video, Short Run Production Cost Analysis, provides you with an explanation of how to analyze production costs in the short –run. The second video, Long Run Production, is also a how-to presentation on analyzing long-run production costs.

Week 3 Discussion

In Week 3 we continue our discussion on microeconomic principles: production and costs.

Production and costs are the primary building components on the supply side of the market. From the previous week we know that consumer behavior forms the basis for the demand curves. This week we will look at how production behavior by firms is behind the supply curve. A critical part of production decisions is profit. Many people think of profit in the terms of accounting profit, i.e., the difference between revenues from sales and the cost of production. However, when managers make production decisions they also look at economic profit that, unlike accounting profit, takes into consideration the costs of foregoing an investment in another activity (referred to as opportunity costs). For the first part of this week’s discussion complete the following task by Wednesday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Provide an example (preferably from an actual business operation) that demonstrates the differences in economic profit and accounting profit. You should include opportunity costs (explicit and implicit) in the comparison. Using your actual profit calculations explain why there is a difference in the bottom-line measured profits and why it is important to look at both.

When we talked about production and costs we need to recognize that managers face more decisions in the long run. Why? Because it is possible changes can occur in the combinations of inputs used in the production process. Because of the possibilities of these changes long run decisions are focused on minimizing the costs of production. An important consideration in minimizing these costs is the strategy of economies of scale defined as creating a lower unit cost by implementing a larger scale of production. This means that the average costs of production are lowered as the production is at larger output levels. For the second part of this discussion complete the following task by Friday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Identify and discuss the primary factors that are necessary to achieve economies of scale.

Dropbox Assignment 3

Answer Application Question 3 on page 141 of the text and Application Question 1 on page 168. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts. Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 3 Dropbox.

Week 4: Perfect Competition, Monopolies, and Monopolistic Competition
Focus

In Week 4 we are begin our discussions on Market Structures. This week we are talking about two market structures that are viewed as being at the opposite ends of the spectrum: Perfect Competition where there are many sellers who are price takers, Monopolies where one single company produces a product with no close substitute products and sets the market price, and Monopolistic Competition where several small companies have some market power by producing differentiated products.

Required Activities

Readings:

  • Read and study chapters 7 and 8.

Video:

  • For Week 4 there is one video, Microeconomics: Understanding the Market System (segment 4), that describes the four types of markets: perfect competition; monopolistic competition; oligopoly; and, monopoly.

Week 4 Discussion

This week we are focused on the different environments in which companies operate and the market power related to each of these environments.

The environment in which a company operates is referred to as a market structure. There are four primary structures: perfect competition; monopolistic competition; oligopoly; and, monopoly. A perfection competition has no market power to influence pricing while a monopoly has market power because it can set prices and in turn increase profits. The other two structures vary in degrees of market power based on combine characteristics of both competitive and monopolistic structures. For the first part of this weeks’ discussion complete the following task by Wednesday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Select one of the major market structures outlined on page 173 of the text, and then identify two existing companies that you believe represent this structure and explain why.

The level, or degree, of a company’s market power is directly related to the principle of barriers into the market. Barriers are defined as any structural, legal, or regulatory characteristics of the company and the market structure that prevent other companies from producing comparable products at the same costs. Firms with market power will use several strategies to create these barriers: pricing; cost reduction; and, new product development. For the second part of this week’s discussion complete the following task by Friday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Using the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index on pages 215-216 of the text identify the market power of at least two companies.

Dropbox Assignment 4

Answer Application Question 3 on page 194 of the text and Application Question 4 on page 229. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts. Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 4 Dropbox.

Midterm Exam

You must take the Midterm Exam over chapters 1 through 8 by the end of the week. Click on "Quizzes" on your course Navigation Bar and then BUSI 510 Midterm Exam for additional instructions.

Week 5: Oligopoly Market Structure and Pricing Strategies
Focus

In Week 5 we complete our discussions on market structures by examining the final market structure: oligopoly. Then we move on to discussing the various pricing strategies that companies can utilize to maximize profits.

Required Activities

Readings:

  • Chapters 9 and 10

Videos:

  • For Week 5 there are two videos on game theory (chapters 1 and 4). These videos describe the use of mathematical tools for analyzing events where players make various strategic moves.

Week 5 Discussion

Week 5 is a continuation of our discussions on market structures; however, we will also transition to a discussion on pricing strategies.

The most important characteristic in an oligopoly market structure is that there are only a small number of firms competing, and as such their behavior is mutually interdependent. In perfect competition and monopolistic competition each firm does not need to consider the behavior of the others because there are so many of them. How managers respond to the strategies of other firms in an oligopoly is critical to whether or not they can successfully compete. To test or predict how strategies affect the interdependence several models have been developed. One of those models is referred to as the Game Theory. This is a mathematical tool designed to analyze outcomes when players employ different strategies, i.e., cooperate or compete. The best known game theory is Prisoner’s Dilemma. Your task for the first part of this week’s discussion is to complete the following task by Wednesday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Visit the Prisoner’s Dilemma page (linked in the Content and Discussion areas) and play Prisoner’s Dilemma at least twice, changing your strategy between attempts. Then, post your responses and explain how you think this strategy game helps managers make pricing decisions.

The differences in demand and elasticity are the primary factors that drive management decisions related to pricing strategies. One strategy that is prevalent in the U.S. markets is price discrimination. This practice charges a different price to different target groups without consideration of the differences in the costs of production, i.e., senior citizens receive discounted prices at movie theatres while those consumers under 65 pay the full price. Your second task for this week is to complete the following assignment by Friday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Identify an industry or a company that practices price discrimination, then described the pricing strategy and finish by stating why you consider this an effective pricing strategy for the company or the industry.

Course Project: Proposal and Outline - Student Projects Discussion Topic

Submit your proposal and outline for your course project to the Student Projects Discussion topic by Sunday at Midnight. See the Course Project page in the Content area for detailed instructions, suggested generic outline, and further guidance.

Dropbox Assignment 5

Answer Application Question 2 on pages 255 of the text and Application Question 3 on page 287. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts and the overall analysis. Submit your answers to these questions, and the supporting spreadsheet, in the Week 5 Dropbox.

Week 6: Macroeconomic Measurements/Polices and the Effects on Consumer Spending
Focus

In Week 6 we move away from microeconomics i.e., market structures and pricing, to macroeconomic measurements and the effects on consumer spending. We will examine the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other macroeconomic measurements such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI). We will also discuss macroeconomic policies, such as the monetary policy, and the influences of these policies on consumer spending (individuals, companies, and government).

Required Activities

Readings:

  • Read and study chapters 11 and 12.

Video:

  • The video for Week 6, Monetary Policy, provides a basic explanation of how the monetary policy works.

Week 6 Discussion

This week the focus changes from the microeconomic factors that affect management decisions, i.e., market structures, costs, and pricing strategies to the larger events found in macroeconomics such as level of income, employment, and output.

The framework utilized to provide an overall measurement of economic activity is called the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Your first task this week is to complete the following assignment by Wednesday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ postings by Sunday:

  • Review the most current GDP measurement for the U.S. and one other country. Identify any differences between the two measurements and explain why the differences exist, i.e., the components of the measurements are different.

Part of macroeconomics is the spending behavior of individuals and what factors influence this behavior. One factor that significantly influences individual spending is consumer credit. Following the subprime market debacle financial institutions have increased their requirements for credit: referred to as tightening credit. Based on what has happened with consumer credit in the past few years complete the following task by Friday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • How has the tightening of consumer credited effected individual spending and in turn the U.S. economy? Has this strategy by the financial institutions helped our economic recovery?

Dropbox Assignment 6

Answer Application Question 2 on page 319 of the text and Application Question 1 on page 359. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts. Submit your answers to these questions, and any supporting spreadsheets, in the Week 6 Dropbox.

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: Macroeconomics: The Role of Money and the Aggregate Model
Focus

This week we continue our discussions on macroeconomics. Specifically we will money and the U.S. financial system, tools of monetary policy, and the supply of money. Then, our discussions change to the Aggregate Model (demand and supply).

Required Activities

Readings

  • Chapters 13 and 14

Videos

  • You will find two videos in Week 7. The first video, The Fabulous Story of the American Dollar, provides a historical review of the American dollar, exchange rates, and the Federal Reserve Bank. The second video, Ditching the Dollar: Is It Time For A Global Currency, advocates dropping the U.S. dollar and replacing it with a global currency.

Week 7 Discussion

This week is all about the role of money and monetary policy in a macro economy.

The Federal Reserve Bank uses a variety of tools to change the supply of money and interest rates. Although the Federal Reserve cannot affect income, output, or inflation directly it can implement policies that influence interest rates. In turn the changes in interest rates can influence real spending and output. One of those actions is to change the federal funds rate (referred to as the fed rate). This is the rate banks charge each other for loans of reserves in order to meet the minimum reserve requirements. It happens frequently that when the fed rate changes there are noticeable changes in the financial markets. Your first task this week is to complete the following assignment by Wednesday and then respond to at least one of your classmates’ posting by Sunday:

  • Does a change in the fed funds rate really have an actual direct monetary influence on the markets or is it nothing more than a perception? Explain.

When making monetary policy changes decision makers are concerned with the macroeconomic goals of maintaining stable prices, full employment, and an economic growth rate that is sustainable. Two measurements are used to analyze the impacts on these goals: aggregate demand (AD) and aggregate supply (AS). An AD curve is used to show how combinations of price level and income can result in a simultaneous equilibrium in real goods and money markets. An AS curve demonstrates the price level at which companies are willing to produce goods and services. Your second task this week is to complete the following assignment by Friday and then respond to at least one of your classmate’s posting by Sunday:

  • Explain how changes in monetary policies can affect one or both of these measurements (AD and AS).

Dropbox Assignment 7

Answer Application Question 5 on page 385 of the text and Application Question 5 on page 415. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts. Submit your answers to these questions, and any supporting spreadsheets, in the Week 7 Dropbox.

Course Project: Student Projects Discussion Topic AND Final Project Dropbox

Submit your Course Project to the Students Projects Discussion topic for discussion and to the Final Project Dropbox for grading by Sunday at Midnight.

Week 8: Value of Money and Using Macro and Microeconomic Analysis to Make Business Decisions
Focus

In the final week we begin by moving away from domestic concepts and issues to discussions on international concepts. We will examine the value of the U.S. dollar internationally and the exchange rate system. The week ends with a discussion on how to combine macro and microeconomic analysis for making business decisions.

Required Readings and Videos

Readings

  • Chapters 15 and 16

Video

  • The video for Week 8 features author Thomas Friedman and his views on how to turn the U.S. economy around: Thomas Friedman on Fixing the U.S. Economy. Required.

Week 8 Discussion

In our final week our entire focus is on the value of the dollar relative to other currencies and the impact on our economy when the valuations between currencies change, i.e., impacts on imports and exports.

Example: a decrease in the U.S. exchange rate can help domestic firms that export to other countries and at the same time can have a negative impact on firms that import their inputs from overseas. Given that the U.S. dollar declined against the Great Britain pound U.S. automobile manufacturers will have a price advantage when selling comparable luxury cars in England. Your task for this week is to complete the following assignment by Wednesday and then respond to at least two of your classmates’ posting by Saturday:

  • In recent news there was a discussion about the possibility that some European Union members were considering a strategy of intentionally devaluing their currency against the dollar in order to increase exports. Explain how it is possible for a country to intentionally devalue its’ currency and then define the benefits and consequences of this strategy.

Dropbox Assignment 8

Answer Application Question 3 on page 451 of the text and Application Question 4 on page 470. Your responses must show depth and breadth of the applied economic concepts. Submit your answers to these questions, and any supporting spreadsheets, in the Week 8 Dropbox.

Course Project: Review and Response to other Student Project(s)

Read and respond to at least one other course project in the Student Projects discussion prompt by the end of the course if you have yet to do so.

Final Exam

You must take the Final Exam covering chapters 9 through 16 by the end of the week. Click on "Quizzes" on your course Navigation Bar and then BUSI 510 Final Examination for additional instructions.



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.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

No late assignments will be accepted without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to the due date (Columbia College Catalog).

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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