Survey of business concepts designed to provide an awareness of business
as a major subgroup of society. Promotes an appreciation for business ownership,
organization and functions, and the systems and controls through which
business organizations operate. Stimulates critical thinking regarding
the role business plays in economics and its effect on people as members
Pride, Hughes, Kapoor; Business, Sixth Edition, New York, Houghton Mifflin
of Course Grade
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Objectives: Introduction to the environment and functions of business
Attendance is your responsibility. Students are accountable for anything
they miss. People who are excessively absent do not pass this course.
Please see the current Hillsborough Community College Catalog for the official
the organization and operation
the relations of business to
the dominant fields and types
how business institutions operate
in our modern political, social, and economic environment;
the elements and characteristics
of business enterprise;
learning in an atmosphere in
which you can relate personal business experience and philosophies;
exploration of business functions
such as management, organization, personnel, marketing, finance, and ethics;
understanding the role of profits
in our economic system;
expanding your business vocabulary;
the methods and procedures used
by people in business to arrive at effective decisions.
Participation: It is my belief that everyone has something to contribute
and these contributions are not only welcome, but essential for an interesting
class discussion. It is extremely important that we respect the opinions
It is important to be prepared
for class by reading text assignments prior to lecture. I realize
that it will not always be possible to understand every concept simply
be reading the text, but if you make a sincere effort to comprehend most
of the readings, then lectures and class discussion can clear up the rest.
Do not let a concept slide by without fully comprehending it. Always
feel free to ask questions of me in or out of class.
Honesty: Plagiarism or copying the work of another either “word for
word” or in nearly identical paraphrasing is considered a form of cheating,
and will result in a failing grade on the assignment involved. This
includes copying the ideas of others from published research or copying
those of your fellow students. You are encouraged to read research
reports and journal articles related to project work, and to discuss project
work with your fellow students. However, when it comes time to write
any report or take any exam, this becomes an individual effort. If two
reports or exams come to me with nearly identical phrasing, they will both
receive a failing grade even though I realize one must be a copy and the
other the original. It is your responsibility to keep your
paper from being copied. Do not “lend” your paper to someone who
might copy it. Any act of plagiarism will result in a failing grade
on the exam involved. Multiple occurrences of academic dishonesty
(plagiarism) will result in a failing grade for the course and expulsion
from the campus.
Cheating on any quiz or exam
under any circumstance is unacceptable. As plagiarism and cheating
are the most serious academic crimes, the penalties are severe. Any
act of cheating on an exam will result in a failing grade in the course
and ban from taking courses on this campus. Administrative action
can include expulsion from the school and notation on your permanent transcript
at the discretion of the Dean. Military members are subject
to sanctions by the Military.
A 90 - 100
80 - 89
70 - 79
60 - 69
0 - 59
The instructor reserves the
right to grant quality points or to deduct penalty points from the final
average for class participation, attendance, and other work-related considerations.
Your attention is directed
to the current Hillsborough Community College Catalog for withdrawal &
incomplete grade policies.
A. Class quizzes
B. Chapter presentation
C. Reaction papers
E. Final Exam
Class quizzes – Chapter quizzes
are given to serve as review of material covered in the reading assignment.
Only the twenty highest scores (of 21) will be used in the calculation
of this grade component. Late quizzes, even by one minute,
lose 10% of the grade automatically. If the quiz is not completed
prior to the last scheduled day of class, the grade is automatically recorded
as a zero. There is no make-up of in-class quizzes and those missed
will receive a grade of zero. The Quiz is due the day the chapter is scheduled.
See the course schedule for dates of quizzes
as there are no exceptions regardless of the reason.
presentation – Each student will prepare a presentation on assigned
chapter topics. These will be assigned during the 1st/2nd class meeting.
You will be expected to prepare an outline and related handouts and distribute
those to your fellow students. Your presentation is a formal speech
and is graded for content, delivery, and supporting materials. Your
chapter presentation with be given for the Chapter you select -- see the
schedule for the date of presentation.
paper – The reaction paper is your opportunity to reflect and consider
each topic presented in this course. It should contain your own thoughts,
reactions, opinions, areas of agreement or disagreement that you arrive
at as you progress through the class. It may be a reaction to something
you read in the text, or outside class material, a reaction to a classmate’s
comment, class discussion, instructor comment, or other class-related activities.
The paper should be hand-written in ink and a minimum of one page (front
& back), single-spaced. All papers must be submitted every Monday
for the previous week. They are not graded for content. See
the course schedule for reaction paper due dates.
Hours: by appointment, typically before class.