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  1. 1. Summer Term 2006 The mission of Rappahannock Community College is to promote success through high quality teaching and learning. Opportunities are offered equally to all citizens for personal, professional, and workforce development through traditional and distance learning courses. The college carries out its mission through offerings and services in accessible locations and formats. SYLLABUS FOR BUS 100-63 Introduction to Business Ruth Greene, Associate Professor Karen Newtzie, Ph.D., Professor Rappahannock Community College
  2. 2. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 WELCOME TO FLO!! To all Business Students: Thank you for choosing RCC’s Introduction to Business—BUS 100 course offered by the FLO delivery system! By way of introduction, I, Karen Newtzie, would like to give you a brief picture of myself. My background is in management, education, and communications, primarily in the non-profit sector. I have taught at Rappahannock Community College since 1993 in the areas of business management, public speaking, and education. I am a firm believer in distance education as a viable alternative to on-campus courses, and have completed a doctoral degree (primarily online delivery) in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I, Ruth Greene, also look forward to meeting you and working with you this semester. My background is different from Professor Newtzie’s, but we find that we complement one another quite well. I have been teaching at RCC as an adjunct and then a full time instructor for 6 years. My philosophy on education is: Learning is like breathing. We begin learning at birth and continue till we take that last breath. Education is the art of creating an atmosphere for the breathing in of new information. I know I have educated my students when the new knowledge flows from them, like a deep, relaxing exhale. In my area of expertise—technology instruction— continued learning is a way of life. As an adult student, I attained a Masters in Management Information Systems from the University of South Dakota. I continue to study and advance myself with new technology, especially in the area of web design and development. I serve as the lead faculty on the E-commerce Certificate and work with the staff in many areas of technological professional development. This course is designed for the motivated student who has access to the World Wide Web and who is willing to work independently to become a successful educator. Students must work independently throughout the semester, scheduling time to read the text, post assignments to the Blackboard classroom and participate with classmates in Blackboard discussions. We hope to help you to become comfortable in various areas of business, to learn how to deal effectively with business issues, and to become a more effective communicator. With your active participation, we feel that this class will become a safe haven to experiment and grow in your learning. We are available by e-mail, telephone, and office visits to help you throughout the semester. We a looking forward to working with each one of you this semester! Sincerely, Professors Newtzie and Greene Warsaw Campus—Suite 133 Toll Free Number: 800-836-9379 Karen Newtzie 804-333-6772 knewtzie@rcc.vccs.edu Ruth Greene 804-333-6796 rgreene@rcc.vccs.edu  Relationship helps us to define who we are and what we can become. Most of us can trace our successes to pivotal relationships. Soar With Your Strengths FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 2
  3. 3. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 Clifton and Nelson FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 3
  4. 4. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 CHECKLIST FOR STARTING COURSE  Review this course syllabus, paying close attention to deadlines and policies.  If you are a first-time distance learning student you must attend FLO Orientation on Saturday, May 20. Course listing website, http://www.rcc.vccs.edu/distancelearning/syllabi.shtml.  Buy your course materials: You can buy the materials at the campus bookstore or at the online Follett RCC website, http://shop.efollett.com/htmlroot/textbooks/SelectByCourse_02.jsp Contact the bookstore at either campus for their hours of operation and pricing information. Glenns (804) 758-2099 or Warsaw (804) 333-0009  Plan your time wisely to meet the schedule in this packet to complete your course on time. All work must be completed by August 4.  Refer to the Testing Information in this packet and visit our website at http://www.rcc.vccs.edu/public/library/testing_center.htm  Make sure to logon to your student email account. To review logon directions, please visit our website at http://www.rcc.vccs.edu/distancelearning/Loginnew.shtml FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 4
  5. 5. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION Karen C. Newtzie, Ph.D. Office: 804-333-6772 Rappahannock Community College Toll Free: 800-836-9379 52 Campus Dr. Fax: 804-333-0106 Warsaw, VA 22572 E-mail: knewtzie@rcc.vccs.edu Windows Messenger: e-mail address Faculty Suite 133-A Ruth Greene Office: 804-333-6796 Rappahannock Community College Toll Free: 800-836-9379 52 Campus Dr. Fax: 804-333-0106 Warsaw, VA 22572 E-mail: rgreene@rcc.vccs.edu Windows Messenger: e-mail address Faculty Suite 133-G Day Time On-campus Office Hours: TBA Virtual Online Office Hours: TBA weekly Email and voice mail responses will be returned within 24-48 hrs. on normal business days Monday – Friday. FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 5
  6. 6. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 COURSE MATERIALS Business In Action, 3rd edition, 2006. Courtland Bovee & John Thill Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 ISBN: 0-13-149-266-7 Software Required: Access to Blackboard and MS Office 2003 TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS Tegrity Presentation: Orientation to the course can be viewed from the following web site. http://www.rcc.vccs.edu/distancelearning/syllabi.shtml TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS Requires keyboarding, computer experience, installing software and communicating via e-mail, including attachments: Owning your own computer is recommended.Blackboard login instructions located at http://www.rcc.vccs.edu/distancelearning/onlineresources.shtml Please contact the distance learning office at RCChelp@rcc.vccs.edu if you need assistance logging into the Blackboard and email system. DATES TO REMEMBER FLO Orientation- First-time students are required to attend Saturday, May 20 Warsaw Campus 8:30-11 a.m. or or Glenns Campus 12:30-3 pm Last Day for Drop/Add to Receive a Refund June 2 Last Day to Withdraw and Receive a “W” grade July 5 Classes End August 4 Grades Due August 7 FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 6
  7. 7. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 TESTING CENTER HOURS Warsaw Campus Room 130 / Glenns Campus Room 165 For more information on testing center times, please visit our website at: http://www.rcc.vccs.edu/distance_ed/flo/testingtime.htm Monday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Sunday Closed King George High School Site Call for more info: (540) 775-0087 Distance Learning Contact Information Leslie Smith Kristy Walker Dean Technology & Distance Education Assistant for Technology & Distance Education Warsaw (804) 333-6781 or (800) 836-9379 Ext.36781 Warsaw (804) 333-6786 or (800) 836-9379 Ext. 36786 Glenns (800) 836-9381 Ext. 36781 E-mail: LSMITH@RCC.VCCS.EDU E-mail: KWALKER@RCC.VCCS.EDU Blackboard Discussion Board-----Your home away from home! You are required to communicate with your instructor and classmates at least weekly throughout this course. Be diligent in reading and writing postings! FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 7
  8. 8. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 Top Tips from the PBS Program "Small Business School" Where you'll always learn from small business owners who have made it. 1. Stop trying so hard to sell and start trying harder to serve. If you do not have happy customers who come back for more and refer you to new business, your business is on the way to the grave. 2. Fall in love with technology. If you don't, the competitor who does will eat your lunch. 3. Peer-to-peer learning is the most powerful. Meet regularly with business owners like yourself to learn how they solve problems. Groups such as Young Entrepreneur's Organization, Women Presidents' Organization, your own trade association and your own Chamber of Commerce are places to explore. 4. Your database is a hard asset and should include every customer's name, address, phone number, email address, web address and buying history. 5. Stay connected with customers by combining direct mail, with the telephone and email to keep the connections fascinating and unpredictable. 6. A learning company is a growing company. Every year work with every employee on their personal learning plan. What books should they read? What seminars should they attend? What organizations should they belong to? 7. Spend some time everyday in isolation for the purpose of thinking. This means you have to stop doing, stop rescuing employees and stop calling customers. Just think. 8. Stop telling and start asking. You are paying people to think, so, make them by allowing them to solve problems. If they fail, you can help them pick up the pieces. 9. The single most important success factor in life is whom you hang around with. To grow your business, hang around business owners who have grown a business bigger than yours is today. 10. Say "No" to work that does not fit your goals or talents. FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 8
  9. 9. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 Rappahannock Community College Introduction to Business-Bus 100-63 Online Delivery Ruth Greene, Associate Professor Karen C. Newtzie, Ph.D., Professor Course Outline Summer, 2006 COURSE DESCRIPTION Presents a broad introduction to the functioning of business enterprise within the US economic framework. Introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, finance, marketing, production, and risks, and human resource management. INTRODUCTION This course will provide the students with a balanced view of business – the strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, problems, and challenges. It gives students a solid foundation for more advanced courses and it explains the opportunities, rewards, and challenges of a business career. I) METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION Lectures prepared from chapter material, class discussion, and demonstrations of problem solving techniques and student problem-solving. Collaborative exercises from selected chapters, cases, and projects. Interaction with students and instructor in Blackboard classroom. II) COURSE OBJECTIVES Part One (Chapters 1-3) Conducting Business in the Global Economy Part Two (Chapters 4-5) Starting and Organizing a Business Part Three (Chapter 6) Managing a Business Part Four (Chapter 10) Managing Employees Part Five (Chapter 11) Developing Marketing Strategies to Satisfy Customers Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: • Identify differences in global economies • Identify challenges facing businesses today • Understand important factors in entrepreneurship and business planning. • Understand phases of team development and advantages and disadvantages of working in teams • Understand management functions and leadership styles • Discuss how businesses use financial information. FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 9
  10. 10. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 10
  11. 11. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 III) TEXTBOOK Business In Action, 3rd edition 2006, Courtland Bovee & Thill Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 ISBN: 0-13-149-266-7 NOTE: Students MUST have access to the RCC Blackboard course site and the World Wide Web at least twice weekly during the course. IV) INSTRUCTOR ACCESSIBILITY Office: Suite 133-A- Warsaw Phone:804-333-6772 and toll free 800-836-9379 V) LEARNING SEQUENCE Week of Chapters covered Weekly Activities Please Post All Assignments by Stated Deadlines May 20-28 Chapter 1 Log into Blackboard. Introductions, setting your objectives Weekly discussion in Blackboard. May 29-June 4 Chapter 1, cont. Weekly discussion in Blackboard Online Chapter quiz due at end of each Stock Market Tutorial chapter June 5-11 Chapter 2 Weekly discussion in Blackboard Online Chapter quiz due at end of each Stock Market game begins TBA chapter June 12-18 Chapter 3 Weekly discussion in Blackboard Online Chapter quiz due at end of each chapter June 19-25 Chapter 5 Weekly discussion in Blackboard Online Chapter quiz due at end of each Virtual Study Group (Review for test) chapter June 26-July 2 Test 1 (Chapters 1-3, 5 ) Go to RCC Testing Center to take test during this week. Outside Reading report due July 3-9 Chapter 4 Weekly discussion in Blackboard July 10-16 Chapter 6 Weekly discussion in Blackboard Online Chapter quiz due at end of each Interview with business person chapter July 17-23 Chapter 10 Weekly discussion in Blackboard Online Chapter quiz due at end of each Stock Market game ends TBA chapter July 24-30 Chapter 11 Virtual Study Group—Test 2 Online Chapter quiz due at end of each Stock Market portfolio due chapter July 31-August Test 2 (Chapters 4, 6, 10, 11) 4 (end of Go to RCC Testing Center for Test 2 during semester) Wrap up and Evaluation this week. FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 11
  12. 12. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 NOTE: Blackboard participation is expected from each student on a timely basis. Please honor the discussion due dates. Full credit will be given for those postings, which meet the criteria, including timeliness. Partial credit will be given for late work if submitted during the week following the due date. GRADING AND EVALUATION Grading Scale: 920-1000 = A, 850-919=B, 750-849= C, 650-749 = D, < 650= F Weekly activities include: Total Points • Online quizzes (8 at 20 points each) 160 • Mini-readings and Blackboard discussions (7 at 20 140 points each) • Chapter-related Blackboard discussions (5 at 40 points 200 each) • Stock Market tracking (updates in Blackboard) 30 • Weekly class participation 40 • Attendance in Elluminate sessions (online synchronous 40 class sessions which are available from your home computer) Other activities include: • Two tests on chapters in text (100 points each) 200 • Virtual Study Groups (2 tests) 40 • Stock Market portfolio (50 points) 50 • Extra reading report (50 points) 50 • Interview with business person (50 points) 50 Total Possible Points 1000 VI)INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES This course is being delivered to you through an online delivery format. You should find that the technology will enhance the course and provide opportunities for student-to- student and faculty-to-student interaction. Quality of Postings: Please use the following criteria to check your quality before posting: • Have I answered all of the questions posed by the instructor? • Have I followed the directions, such as "use resources to support your answer"? • Do I support my main points with evidence, and cite my source? • Do I not only state the "what" of an answer, but also support it with the "why"? • Do I write in an interesting style and tone? • Do I format my answers so they are neat, easy-to-read, and in correct English? FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 12
  13. 13. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 WITHDRAWAL POLICY A student who does not attend FLO orientation or does not contact the instructor before or during the add/drop period (May 20-June 2) will be dropped from their course by the instructor without the student’s permission. Students who stop participating in class activities during the withdrawal period, should complete a withdrawal form to receive a grade of "W." Students will be withdrawn by the instructor without the student’s permission for missing 20 percent or more of the assigned distance learning coursework by the last date to withdraw (July 5). BASIS FOR EVALUATION AND REVISION OF COURSE Students will be given a formal evaluation document near or at the time of their final exam. This evaluation instrument is completed anonymously and results are given to the faculty member in an anonymous summary format. The results of the evaluations are used to improve course delivery and course content. HONOR CODE It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the rules as stated in the College Catalog and to monitor the activities of their peers with respect to Prescribed Conduct (as described on page 29 of the 2003-2005 College Catalog) and report any violations thereof. EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN In each classroom, laboratory, or other place where students are assembled for the purpose of instruction, a fire evacuation plan will be posted indicating the direction of travel from the room in the event it becomes necessary to evacuate the building as a result of fire or other emergency. This plan will be posted in a conspicuous place near the exit from the room. At any time the fire alarm sounds, the building will be evacuated. The instructor is to ensure the fire door is closed upon leaving the area (doors with automatic closures on them). It is the responsibility of the instructor to assist disabled students in evacuating the building. If a classroom does not have an evacuation plan, the student should notify the instructor or Campus Director. FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 13
  14. 14. Introduction to Business BUS 100-63 General Information About the Student Information System How to check grades online A student may view grades for any term in which courses have been completed and grades have been posted. Login to the VCCS Portal 1. Go to http://rcc.my.vccs.edu 2. Enter your Username. If you don’t know your username click on the Lookup Your Username link and follow the instructions. 3. Enter your Password. If you don’t know your password click on the Password Help link. 4. Click the Log In button. Login to the SIS Click on the PeopleSoft: Student Information System link. Navigate to the View My Grades Click on SA Self Service > Learner Services > Academics > View My Grades Select the term to view your grades How to Request an Official Transcript A student may request an official transcript of his/her record to be sent to other educational institutions or agencies. An official transcript carries the college seal and the signature of the Admissions and Records Officer. Login to the VCCS Portal 1. Go to http://rcc.my.vccs.edu 2. Enter your Username. If you don’t know your username click on the Lookup Your Username link and follow the instructions. 3. Enter your Password. If you don’t know your password click on the Password Help link. 4. Click the Log In button. Login to the SIS Click on the PeopleSoft: Student Information System link. Navigate to the Request Official Transcript Click on SA Self Service > Learner Services > Academics > Request Official Transcript Select Institution and Report Type 1. Click on the edit box next to Academic Institution and select Rappahannock Community College (this may default in). 2. Click on the drop down listing for immediate processing and put in the quantity needed. 3. Fill in the address information and click on the SUBMIT button. FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES PAGE 14