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Course Description:  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 of society.

Syllabus topics:

Course Objectives
Class Participation
Academic Honesty
Grading Scale
Determination of Course Grade
Major Course Assignments
Office Hours
How to contact the instructor
Text:  Pride, Hughes, Kapoor; Business, Sixth Edition, New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.

Course Objectives:  Introduction to the environment and functions of business including:

  • the organization and operation of business;
  • the relations of business to society;
  • the dominant fields and types of business;
  • 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.
Attendance:  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 attendance policy.

Class 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 of others.

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.

Academic 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
B     80 - 89
C     70 - 79
D     60 - 69
F       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.

Determination of Grade:

 A. Class quizzes   30%
 B. Chapter presentation  25%
 C. Reaction papers  10%
 D. Participation  10%
 E.  Final Exam  25%
Major Course Assignments:
  • 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.
  • Chapter 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 course schedule for the date of presentation.
  • Reaction 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.
  • Office Hours:  by appointment, typically before class.

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