Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2018/2019

MGMT 150: Introduction To Business

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  Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive survey of the major areas of business and its environment.  Concepts, issues, and vocabulary are emphasized.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



  • Boone, L. and Kurtz, D. Contemporary Business. 17th ed. John Wiley & Sons, 2017.  
    • ISBN-978-1-119-41677-7
      • Note: This is an electronic textbook. A hard copy of this text is not required.

        A free 2-week trial is available at the WileyPlus course site. The purchase of an access code for WileyPlus is required.

        CAUTION: Do not purchase USED access codes; they are not valid.

        I will provide a link to the course WileyPlus website on the first day of class. Do not try to register for WileyPlus prior to the first day. You must register for the website associated with this session and section only. Registration cannot be changed or reversed.

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

Students will become familiar with the major functional areas of business – accounting, finance, marketing, and management. The objectives of the course will be accomplished through the use of weekly quizzes, online research, and discussion assignments. 

  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. 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 organizational 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.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 472-525 90-100%
B 420-471 80-89%
C 368-419 70-79%
D 315-367 60-69%
F 0-314 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Quizzes (8) 400 76%
Discussions (8) 119 23%
Course Policies Quiz (1) 6 1%
Total 525 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Sunday
Discussion 1 Response 2
Course Policies Quiz 6
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 1 50

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 10 Sunday
Discussion 2 Response 2
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 2 50
Business Administration Assessment Exam 0

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Sunday
Discussion 3 Response 2
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 3 50

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 15 Sunday
Discussion 4 Response 2
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 4 50

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Sunday
Discussion 5 Response 2
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 5 50

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 15 Sunday
Discussion 6 Response 2
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 6 50

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 15 Sunday
Discussion 7 Response 2
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 7 50

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 15 Saturday
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 8 50
Total Points: 525

  Assignment Overview


Read all assigned chapters for the week prior to completing any discussions or quizzes.


There will be one graded discussion question each week which includes an original posting and response. You are expected to respond to at least one other student with constructive commentary to earn your response points, except in Week 8 when only an original post is required. Each discussion question is worth 10 or 15 points with 2 points for the response. Please review the Schedule of Due Dates above for weekly scoring. Your original post and response are due by Sunday at 11:59pm CT except for Week 8 when it will be due Saturday.

Detailed directions for all discussions are available in the Content area of the course. You must review this information in order to accurately complete the assignment. If you have questions about an assignment, please post your question/problem under the General Discussions topic in the Discussions area. Assignments must be posted in the body of the message box, not as an attachment. Discussion postings submitted as attachments will receive zero credit. Please review the Discussions Expectations page in the Content area before posting your Week 1 assignment.

Interactive Case Studies

Each week you will complete one or more interactive case studies on the WileyPlus website.  In all cases, you will complete the interactive case through the page on which you see the correct answers to the Yes or No questions.  There is no need to complete the entire case.  The last page you need to review is the one that includes a “Give a Conclusion” button.  Questions from the Interactive Case Studies will be included in the weekly quizzes.


You will complete a quiz every week. Each quiz is worth 50 points and will consist of multiple choice questions covering the assigned chapters and true/false questions covering the Interactive Case Studies. You will have one timed attempt of 40 minutes. Each quiz is worth 50 points which in total will account for 76% of your final grade. You should not approach these quizzes lightly. Not completing one quiz will lower your final grade by approximately one letter grade. Quizzes may not be made-up. Due date extensions must be requested on or prior to an assignment’s due date. Since the required text includes an ebook, no due date extensions will be available due to lack of a textbook. Quizzes become available at 12:01 am on the Wednesday before the due date. Quizzes must be completed by the following Sunday, no later than midnight, Central Time.  The Week 8 Quiz is due Saturday at midnight, Central Time.

The best way to prepare for the weekly quizzes is to use the study tools located in the Read, Study, & Practice area on WileyPlus. My favorite tools include the Chapter Review, the Chapter Practice (quiz), the Flash Cards and the Crossword Puzzles which are located under Interactive Media, and Orion. Orion is an adaptive practice tool that will guide your study by determining what you know well and what you need to spend more time studying.

Quiz questions will require students to understand, apply, and analyze concepts relating to the principles and practices of business. You should know the material thoroughly. Although you will have the use of the text, you will have very little time to use it. Quizzes are designed to be taken closed-book, you should prepare accordingly.

Business Administration Basic Exam

The Business Administration Basic Exam is one of the ways in which the Business Administration Department assesses student learning outcomes.  The exam is given at the beginning, the middle, and the end of the program and is designed to measure the proficiency of Business Administration students as they move through the program.

Completion of the exam is a mandatory activity in MGMT 150, MKTG 310, and MGMT 479.  Only in MGMT 479 is the exam a graded activity.

The exam contains 75 multiple choice questions.  You will have 90 minutes to complete it.  The exam is not proctored.  You will likely need a calculator.

If you decide to wait until the end of Week 2 to take the assessment exam, be sure to allow enough time to take it and still meet the Sunday evening deadline for Quiz #2.

There is no need to study for it, but we do ask that you make a thoughtful effort as its results will be used to improve the coursework in the Business Administration program.

Although you will not see which questions you answered correctly or incorrectly, you will see your final score.

The exam is located under the Quizzes tab.  It does not count toward your grade.

Extra Credit

There is no opportunity to earn extra credit in this course.


  • All communication in this course is formal. Formal rules of English, including punctuation, capitalization, and grammar, apply to all submissions, including email.
  • Class participants will observe the rules of internet etiquette.
  • The General Discussions link is the preferred method of communication.It should be used to ask questions about assignments.
  • Email should be used for questions relating to quiz questions and grading.
Guidelines on plagiarism are presented in the Plagiarism Tutorial on the class web site, which is available under the Content tab.  There is also an optional, not for credit quiz over the tutorial under the Quizzes link.

  Course Outline

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

Chapter 1 - The Changing Face of Business
Chapter 3 - Economic Challenges Facing Contemporary Business
Remember, each week you must access the Content area for additional information required to complete the assignment. 
Discussion 1
Getting to Know You post
Discussion 1 Response
Getting to Know You response
Course Policies Quiz
Complete the Course Policies Quiz located in the Quizzes area of the course. This quiz consists of information covered in the syllabus, welcome letter, and the Course Information section of the Content area.
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 1

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 1: SEC Lax on Oversight?
Chapter 3: Should Alternative Energy Development Be Relied Upon?

Quiz 1: Complete Quiz 1 located in the Quizzes area of the course. Note: Quiz 1 will not become visible until you have reviewed the Discussion and Quiz Policies document located in the Content area. Since the required text includes an eBook, no due date extensions will be available due to lack of a textbook.

Chapter 2 - Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
Chapter 4 - Competing in World Markets
Remember, each week you must access the Content area for additional information required to complete the assignment. 
Discussion 2
Relationship Management and Social Responsibility post
Discussion 2 Response
Relationship Management and Social Responsibility response
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 2

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 2: Wellness at Work: Big Brother Butts In
Chapter 2: Are Prescription Drug Advertisements Helpful or Harmful to Consumers?
Chapter 4: Imported Products Safety Debate

Quiz 2: Complete the Business Administration Basic Exam and Quiz 2 located in the Quizzes area of the course.  Note:  Quiz 2 will not become visible until you have completed the Business Administration Basic Exam.

Business Administration Assessment Exam
Complete the Business Administration Basic Exam located under the Quizzes area.
Chapter 5 - Forms of Business Ownership and Organization
Chapter 6 - Starting Your Own Business: The Entrepreneurship Alternative
Discussion 3
Small Business Research post
Discussion 3 Response
Small Business Research response
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 3

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 5: Fisker Automotive Allocation of Federal Funds
Chapter 6: Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists Debate

Quiz 3: Complete Quiz 3 located in the Quizzes area of the course.

Chapter 7 - Management, Leadership, and the Internal Organization
Chapter 8 - Human Resource Management
Chapter 9 - Empowerment, Teamwork, and Communication
Discussion 4
Applying Management Concepts post
Discussion 4 Response
Applying Management Concepts response
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 4

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 7: Can an American Business’s Ethical Standards Override the National Law of the Country in Which it Operates?
Chapter 8: Should Paid Sick Leave Be Required by Law?

Quiz 4: Complete Quiz 4 located in the Quizzes area of the course.

Chapter 10 - Production and Operations Management
Chapter 11 - Customer-Driven Marketing
Discussion 5
VALS Survey post
Discussion 5 Response
VALS Survey response
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 5

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 10: Multivitamins Produced in China: Are Stricter Quality Controls Necessary?

Quiz 5: Complete Quiz 5 located in the Quizzes area of the course.

Chapter 12 - Product and Distribution Strategies
Chapter 13 - Promotion and Pricing Strategies
Discussion 6
Applying Marketing Concepts post
Discussion 6 Response
Applying Marketing Concepts response
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 6

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 12: Teens at the Mall: Good or Bad for Business?

Quiz 6: Complete Quiz 6 located in the Quizzes area of the course.

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.
Chapter 15 - Understanding Accounting and Financial Statements
Discussion 7
Applying Accounting Concepts post
Discussion 7 Response
Applying Accounting Concepts response
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 7

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 15: KPMG's Part in New Century Financial Banking
Chapter 15: Should Whistle-Blowers Be Rewarded?

Quiz 7: Complete Quiz 7 located in the Quizzes area of the course.

Chapter 16 - The Financial System
Chapter 17 - Financial Management
Discussion 8
Applying Finance Concepts post. No response is required for this week
Interactive Case Studies & Quiz 8

Interactive Case Studies:
Chapter 16: Can Wall Street Regulate Itself?
Chapter 17:  Executive Pay:  Should Shareholders Decide the Salaries of CEOs? 

Quiz 8: Complete Quiz 8 located in the Quizzes area of the course.

  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.


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.


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 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.  No "Incomplete Grades" will be awarded. 

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.