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BUSINESS 111

INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATION COURSE OUTLINE Fall 2011

Professor:

Dr. Sofy Carayannopoulos Office P3026 Phone 884-0710, Ext. 2730 E-mail: scarayannopoulos@wlu.ca Office Hours: Friday: 1:00pm-2:30pm or by appointment Room P1002 Phone 884-0710, Ext. 2190 Jane Thomas Room SBE 2201, Phone 884-0710, Ext. 2063 www.wlu.ca/sbe/bu111 http://www.pearsoncustom.com/can/wlu_mybuslab/

Teaching Assistants: Faculty Assistant: Course website: Pearson website:

Required Materials:

Business 111 Lab Manual, Twenty-sixth Edition: Captus Press, 2011. Introduction to Understanding and Assessing the Business Environment: Pearson Publishing, Toronto, 2011 (book is packaged with an access code which you will use to register and use Pearson online resources/assignments).

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For more information. Additional Valuable Course Resources: Supplemental Instruction (SI) – This course is SI-supported. it can significantly enhance your ability to engage. 6. . 2. These standards will prepare students for similar expectations that will be encountered in the workplace. 4. your SI Learning Assistant will facilitate learning groups where you and your peers will work together on learning the course content and preparing for tests. 5. The development of business communication and teamwork skills. A clear understanding of the academic. Each week. and ethical standards expected of students studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University. learn and prepare in this course. labs or tutorials. however. SI does not replace lectures. 3. Instruction and practice in using research resources and properly citing them. behavioural.wlu. The concepts advanced in the course will provide a foundation that will be further developed in Business 121 and senior business courses. A basic business vocabulary. visit the website at www. A basic overview of the external business environment and how it affects managerial decision making. Through active participation in labs. students may develop many interpersonal and managerial skills required for success in the workplace.ca/study.3 Course Objectives: Business 111 is designed to provide the introductory business student with six things: 1.

you must give your TA a completed and signed “Lab make up form” (available on the course website). participation and clicker marks for the missed lab cannot be recovered (see next point). failure to attend lectures and take detailed lecture notes will result in diminished performance on examinations. you may attend another lab. More information will be provided in the first lecture. Because the slide contents are neither complete nor thorough. These marks cannot be recovered by attending another lab. To make up for a lab that is missed. Exams will be based primarily on lecture materials.slides of the lectures will be available prior to each lecture. The text also familiarizes students with the terminology or “language of business”.wlu. acting as the Teaching Assistant or lab leader. If you are absent from a lab for whatever reason. Lab manual readings have been selected to enhance your understanding of the lecture materials and/or build important skills. These will assist you in identifying the important aspects of the lecture.ca/sbe/bu111. The professor will assume that students have obtained a copy of and reviewed these slides prior to each lecture. To ensure you are not assessed an absence for the week. and taking organized and complete lecture notes. Participation grades will be based on the student’s level of preparation and quality of participation in labs.your participation mark will therefore drop by a minimum of 1 mark per missed lab.4 Methodology: In Business 111 three approaches to learning are used: Readings – Your text(s) will provide you with a broad overview to the topics covered in the course lectures. Labs provide students with the opportunity to apply and enhance their knowledge through case discussions and develop many of the skill sets required of practising managers. Registration will be done online at http://www. Labs begin in the second week of classes. Note that attending another lab ensures only that you are not assessed with an absence.e. . They will also provide extra help with material covered in lectures. Weekly Labs: Each student is required to register in a weekly lab where smaller groups of students (30) meet with a senior business student. you will not receive any participation marks for that lab . Notes on this material are not required unless you are specifically informed in class. Attendance at labs is COMPULSORY! If more than two labs are missed without valid reasons (i. a mark of ZERO will be given on the lab portion of the course (all evaluation except exams). a doctor's certificate) and without making it up by attending another lab during the week. Lectures .

1 p. Anyone who is found to be/have been in possession of a copy of the exam either before or after the exam will receive a mark of 0 on the exam. Saturday. Marking Scheme: Labs: 55 Marks: 10 marks – Group Case Hand-In Due Wednesday.m. and possibly an F in the course. October 14th* Final Reports due Friday.Report  8 marks . Work submitted late will receive a grade of zero. It is your responsibility to ensure that work is of good quality with appropriately referenced sources. November 18th BEFORE 12 noon* Presentations Made in Labs #10 or #11* • 4 marks – Preliminary Report • 8 marks . November 2nd BEFORE 12 noon* 20 marks – New Venture Project Preliminary report due BEFORE 12 noon on Friday.m. Students must pass at least one exam to receive a passing grade in the course. October 22nd. and is submitted on time. Both the midterm and the final exams are CONTROLLED ACCESS exams. If you are unsure what resources are appropriate for you or require assistance with any type of academic .Presentation 10 marks – Participation (see Lab Manual for guidelines) 15 marks – Individual Communication Skills (components due at various times throughout semester – see guidelines posted on course website) Midterm Exam**: 25 Marks: Final Exam**: Total * ** 25 Marks: 105 Marks Peer evaluations due as indicated on assignment instructions. Date determined by Examinations Office NOTE: Students with disabilities or special needs are advised to contact Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre for information regarding its services and resources. to 4:00 p. Students are encouraged to review the University Undergraduate Calendar for information regarding all services available on campus.5 STUDENT EVALUATION Your mark will consist of the evaluation mechanisms described below.

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Any student whose work is not submitted on time will receive a grade of zero on the assignment. Assignment grades will be withheld until the form is signed by all group members and submitted to the TA. The course Codes of Conduct are in the Lab Manual. Any work that is found to have been plagiarised will receive a mark of 0 on the assignment. During the course. All students must submit peer evaluations for each group project. Students are responsible for ensuring their work and behaviour complies with these expectations. That student will then receive a 0 on the group exercise. In order to achieve a passing grade the student must demonstrate that he/she can describe and apply concepts and theories without the assistance of peers or instructors. Every reasonable effort will be made to keep the personal information of the student private and secure. Group work is an important component of your education and business skill development. Failure to do so will result in significant mark penalties. University expectations are outlined in the University Undergraduate Calendar. presentations and assignments. it may be necessary to divulge students’ names. 3. ID numbers. All work submitted for marking must be submitted both electronically to www. in class discussion. 4. To demonstrate this ability the student must pass either the midterm or the final exam.com and in hard copy to the TA office. Exams and assignments will only be released to the student who submitted them. STUDENT PRIVACY One important goal of this course is to offer a positive educational experience for the student through lectures.turnitin. If a student is uncomfortable with their name being called in class. It is the responsibility of the student to actively seek meaningful participation in group activities and tasks. You will be required to sign and attach an Acknowledgement form to all hand-in assignments declaring that the work is your own/that of your group. Any student not demonstrating commitment to contribute equally in a group exercise may be “fired” from his/her group by the other members. 2. The incident may also be recorded on your permanent academic record at the University. by the due date AND TIME. or other personal information to other members of the class. he or she should contact the instructor and TA the day before the assignment is to be returned. The university and the instructors of this course have strict policies regarding academic misconduct. Failing both exams will result in an automatic failure in the course. according to the procedure discussed in lectures and labs. . group work. The following measures have been put in place to balance the requirements of the course with the need to protect personal information: 1. 5.7 IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING PROCEDURES AND EXPECTATIONS 1. and potentially an F in the course. The form can be found on the course website.

arrangements must be made with the TA in advance. They will only be discussed in person with the student. arrange groups. if the student wishes to have a private discussion with a TA. during or after class. Enrolment in the course is deemed to be consent to such necessary disclosure. 6. This will involve disclosure of some personal information to other class members in order to assign topics. Individual peer evaluations will not be disclosed. he or she should bring this fact to the attention of the proctor before the start of the exam. he or she must bring these matters to the attention of the instructor within the first week of classes so that reasonable accommodations can be made or an alternate course can be selected by the student. after valid identification has been provided. The professor will only respond to student email sent from the student’s WLU or UW account. If a student is uncomfortable with his or her name being disclosed in these formats. Students should not contact the instructor from any other email (i. prior alternate arrangements must be made with the instructor. 8.e. Class participation is a vital component of this course. Marks will only be released through our online marks website. The record of the student’s progress throughout the course will be maintained by the instructor for a period of one year after completion of the course. 5. submit.8 2. Group work is a necessary component of this course. . Peer evaluations will be used in this course. Such disclosure will be in an aggregate form. he or she should bring this matter to the attention of the instructor during the first week of class so that alternate arrangements can be made. 9. The individual circumstances or performance of a student will not be discussed before. etc. Sign in sheets will be used to record attendance at the midterm. name tags. Because the TA office is a shared workspace. If a student is concerned or needs to make special arrangements to accommodate specific privacy issues. 7. A student wishing to review their performance or discuss personal circumstances affecting their performance should make an appointment to speak to the instructor privately in her office. 4. These evaluations will be held in confidence and will only be disclosed to the student whose mark is affected. If a student does not wish to sign the sheet. 3. evaluate and return work. This may involve the use of class lists. If this is unacceptable to the student. hotmail).

exercises. readings. Week 1 – September 12 Lecture Topics:  Course Introduction  Course Model  Introduction to environmental analysis models Reference:  Textbook: Chapter 1 Required tasks for this week:  Register for labs beginning on Thursday.  ∗ .m.com/can/wlu_mybuslab/  Instructions provided on the Pearson website)  Go to Laurier library website and try to use “off-campus login”.  Go to https://www.  Prepare “Trouble in Greenville” case All materials needed to prepare for labs each week.e.pearsoncustom. i. September 15th at 4 p.9 Course Syllabus: The lecture topics. – begin attending lab next week.September 19 Lecture Topics:  Continuation of environmental analysis models  Defining competitive advantage Reference:  Textbook: Chapter 2 Prepare for Lab #1:  Read: What is a Case? An Introduction to the Case Method  Review case worksheets and expectations  Watch podcast on case preparation (URL for this online resource will be provided in class). cases.ca/sbe/bu111/ to register for a lab.ca/register  Begin completing Grammar Diagnostics Week 2.wlu. If this doesn’t work then you must register your One Card by going to: http://library.wlu. are in the lab manual unless otherwise indicated. You are expected to have the indicated readings and/or lab assignments prepared or at least attempted PRIOR to attending lectures and labs. related and expected readings and lab assignments for each week are described below.  Register on Pearson websites  Go to http://www.

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Guidelines for Ethical Decision Making  Textbook: Chapter 4 Prepare for Lab #3: Read: Team Work in the Classroom and in the Workplace Approach to Team Work in BU111 Hints for Handling Individual and Group Problems How to Run Effective and Efficient Team Meetings Review: Peer Evaluation: Team Expectations Grading Guide Team Resume Team Charter BU111/121 Team Requirements and Disciplinary Procedure Note: Assign at least one person from your case/project group to bring a laptop to the lab. Week 4 – October 3 Lecture Topics:  Social factors – stakeholders. There will be one grade point (three marks) deducted from your final mark if you do not complete this exercise before your second lab.  Ensure you can access Laurier’s Wifi and login to library through off-campus login Note: Bring laptop that can access Laurier Wifi to Lab #2 if you have one. international context References:  Lab manual: Stakeholder Readings. and APA In-text Citation Format  Complete Research Self-Assessment Diagnostics (see course website for instructions and guidelines). Social Responsibility of Business.September 26 Lecture Topics:  Understanding entrepreneurship  Introduction to opportunity recognition  Official launch of New Venture project Reference:  Textbook: Chapter 3 Prepare for Lab #2:  Review: How to Use Sources. APA Documentation Style. Boomers and Other Cohorts.   . demographics. Two Thirds of Everything.11 Week 3. ethics. Ethics.

writing locations will be listed on course website Week 7 – October 24 Lecture Topics:  Economic factors – financial markets. to 4 p.m. Boomers and Other Cohorts. ethics. Guidelines for Ethical Decision Making  Textbook: Chapter 4 Prepare for Lab #4:  Read: The Informal Report Format  Review: Case Hand-in: Content Expectations and Case Hand-In: Style Expectations  Prepare a draft of Studio Celtia case using the informal report format New Venture Project Proposal due Friday. investment instruments. time value of money Reference: Textbook: Chapter 5 . investment instruments References:  Lab manual: Buying and Selling Equities – the Mechanics  Textbook: Chapter 5 Prepare for Lab #5:  Read: Creating and Delivering a Great Presentation  Prepare Derek Wade case for discussion Midterm: Saturday. October 22nd.October 11 (No classes or labs on October 10th (Thanksgiving)) Lecture Topics:  Social factors – stakeholders.12 Week 5. demographics. international context (continued) References:  Lab manual: Stakeholder Readings.m. 1 p. Social Responsibility of Business. Ethics. October 14TH before noon (see details and instructions on course website) Week 6 – October 17 Lecture Topics:  Economic factors – financial markets. Two Thirds of Everything.

. investment instruments. You will need a few days for the Pearson tutor to provide you with feedback so that you can properly revise your memo and complete the requirements for this assignment. prepare a Team Contribution Plan (see lab manual p. Week 9 – November 7 Lecture Topics:  Technological Factors Reference:  Lab Manual: Technology Readings Prepare for Lab #8:  Go to the course website and review the peer evaluations your team members have given you. time value of money Reference: Lab Manual: Time Value of Money Prepare for Lab #7:  Complete Investment Instrument Exercises (in lab manual)  Prepare and deliver individual presentations if assigned You will be taking up your midterm exams in this week’s lab. 2011 at 12 noon.13 Prepare for Lab #6:  Read: Writing a Formal Report  Bring notes from Derek Wade case discussion – you will be using these to prepare an executive summary on the case in lab  Prepare and deliver individual presentations if assigned Week 8 – October 31 Lecture Topics:  Economic factors – financial markets. 103 for details)  Complete Time Value of Money Problem Set #1  Prepare and deliver individual presentations if assigned Final deadline for submission of your Individual Memo Writing Assignment to P1002 and turnitin is November 11. November 2nd REMINDER: The final deadline for your Individual Memo Writing Assignment is next week. November 2nd Before 12 NOON Peer Evaluations due before midnight on Wednesday.  Group Case due Wednesday.

final exam review if time permits New Venture Presentation Peer Evaluations due Monday. November 18th before 12 noon! Peer Evaluations due before midnight on Friday.14 Final deadline for completion of Grammar Diagnostics and Exercises is November 11. November 18th ! Week 11 Lecture Topics:  Political Factors Reference:  Textbook: Chapter 6 Lab #10: New Venture Presentations as assigned Week 12 Lecture Topics:  Political Factors (continued) Reference:  Textbook: Chapter 6 Lab #11: New Venture Presentations as assigned. Week 10 – November 14 Lecture Topics:  Technological Factors (continued) Reference:  Lab Manual: Technology Readings Prepare for Lab #9:  Complete Time Value of Money Problem Set #2  Prepare and deliver individual presentations if assigned New Venture Project Report due Friday. 2011 at midnight. December 5th before midnight! .

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