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If you are lucky, you will learn new things throughout your life. Characteristics of a life-long learning process include: • Being challenged to do something that you lack the knowledge, skills, or abilities to do • Determining a strategy for acquiring what you lack • Gathering resources necessary • Actively “working” those resources to build an understanding • Testing that understanding by making decisions based on it • Measuring the outcomes of your decisions • Working endlessly to improve your information, your understanding, or your decisions based on the “success” of your outcomes. Throughout your life, learning will take place in messy (complex and ambiguous) environments. Tasks will be difficult to define. You will be held individually responsible and personally accountable even for work done in a team. You will have to master emerging technologies. You will be expected to think critically and communicate professionally. Generally you will be expected to learn under short time horizons and strict deadlines. BA101 is designed to prepare you for this process. It is also designed to be challenging. Materials Past students have identified two challenges presented by the material: • The concepts are simple but there are a lot of them and they fix together in complicated ways • Material for the course is in too many places and it requires an investment of energy to determine what you have to do, how to do it, and where the resources are to get it done. Recommendation - Dealing with complexity: You cannot necessarily rely on learning strategies that have been successful in other courses. You must develop a way of studying that will lead to success in this environment. Most students have to memorize the definitions of unfamiliar concepts, look for interrelationships, and test the interrelationships to see if they lead to a useful understanding. Think of it as a giant jigsaw puzzle. The real challenge is determining how all of the little pieces fit together. They way you do that is by looking for patterns and trying out different pieces. The only way to complete the puzzle is by investing the time necessary to fit all the pieces together. It is a big puzzle; many students find it useful to work with others. Recommendation - Dealing with variety of sources: Past students have complained, “I shouldn’t have to spend time to figure out what you want us to do!” Yes you should. It is your responsibility. There are five sources of information / activity for this course. I will do everything that I can to make it clear what to do and when. There is a tab for each week on Blackboard that will show you what you need to read and do each week. Each weekly tab tells you the location of the resources required. However, the most efficient way to manage this challenge is to invest time early in the term to determine what information is located where. The resources are explained in detail in this document.
There are instructions included in this document for using Blackboard and all of the tasks required for success on the Foundation website have tutorials.877. As each computer will do things slightly differently depending on how it is configured. You should invest energy to develop communication strategies that will allow you to work effectively with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Organization and time management are of critical importance. the level of technological skill required is very basic and described in this document. and who stay till the end of the class meeting. arrive ontime. (3) Be sure you know how to do all of the basic tasks required (navigate the web-site. Develop a term calendar that has all significant deadlines. be sure it will do everything the course requires. You will have to spend time in front of a computer to do well. • Foundation account (Problems? Call 1. print materials.8787). Develop a weekly calendar that schedules time to study for the course. pick a computer lab on campus to use or arrange to have reliable access to a friend’s computer. go to the University Teaching and Learning Center (formerly Academic Learning Services) (68 PLC. • Blackboard account (Problems? Go to 150 McKenzie Hall). (2) Get your accounts in working order (know your usernames and passwords). If you have your own computer. The course is designed to reward students who are attend every day. Problems with technology are NOT legitimate academic excuses for not completing tasks or missing deadlines.immediately. Typically. 346-3226) and improve your time management skills. It is an invaluable opportunity to learn about another person’s country and culture. it is important that you pick a computer and always do your work there. It is also an opportunity to learn to communicate across cultural boundaries. (4) Solve problems and get help -. While challenging. Time invested in course activities is a better predictor of success than is intelligence or past performance in other classes. Time Management Recommendations: You should consciously manage your time. Technology Recommendations: (1) Find a place to work. If you have trouble managing your time. Nor are communication difficulties a reason for a non-native speaker of English to limit participation.Technology A lot of course material is only available online and the activities required for you to build your understanding of the material are delivered using computing technologies. You will need at least three accounts: • Email account (Problems? Go to 150 McKenzie Hall).477. Arrange your schedule so that it is easy to attend and difficult to miss each class meeting. Time Past students have reported being challenged by the short time horizons and strict deadlines in this course. you will have the opportunity to work with culturally diverse set of classmates. If your system will not do what is required or you do not have access to a computer. . Communication difficulties are not a valid reason to exclude someone from team activities. etc. the challenge is recognized after-the-fact as a result of a lower than expected grade. A note about non-native speakers of English: If you are lucky. However. Print out all of the “to do” lists. are prepared. learning effective cross-cultural communication strategies is of tremendous value.).
I use PowerPoint to create all of the lecture slides. 24 slides are printed on 4 pages. • . • .without animations". The BA101 Blackboard website has material posted in a variety of formats. Here is a brief description of the file formats used. easily downloaded. If you have Excel on your computer and know how to use it. it is a flexible and powerful spreadsheet program and that allows you to use the file for analysis. Foundation’s web site. • .doc the . Your Blackboard password is the same as your email password.pdf files print very economically. Foundation Team Member Guide. 24 slides require 24 pages. The file name extension is the last three letters of the file name that follow the "dot. When you are enrolled in the course." In the file syllabus. usually the first initial of your first name and your last name (up to 8 characters). Instead.ppt is a file format created by PowerPoint (another Microsoft product). • . Each has different advantages and disadvantages. Blackboard https://blackboard. If your user name for the University follows a different convention. Foundation model of your company (Web Spreadsheet or FOUNDATION.htm is a file format that can be read by any internet browser." With this option. I.Resources There are six sources of information used in this course. program called Acrobat Reader.rtf is a “rich text format” that is compatible with Word and other word processing documents.doc(x) file name lets you save a copy of the file on your own disk and allows efficient printing. These file formats are identified by the file name extension used. look for a "Print what" selection. Thus. if you just choose print it will print 1 slide per page.pdf format (and occasionally some other material as well). 7 pages on a word processor usually prints 12 pages in a . you can view the slides interactively through your browser. • . Change that to "Handouts.edu The course homepage is posted on the University's Blackboard system (hosted by the UO Library). It is usually small so it loads fast. the text (Introduction to Business). The . in the PowerPoint Print dialog box. .6 per page. HOWEVER. the system creates a user name and a password for you. I will post all lecture slides in a . The disadvantage is that is does not print efficiently. Excel runs the decision support program for the simulation discussed in the next section.uoregon.doc is the extension. using the . • . Usually. that will be your Blackboard user name.xls is a file format created by Microsoft Excel. For instance my username is djbauer. Your user name is your DuckID.XLS) and course meetings.doc(x) is a file format created by Microsoft Word. This is the user name convention used by the university as a whole but not everyone’s username (including mine) follows this so you should not just assume it does. The default is "Slides. If your computer has a PowerPoint Viewer loaded on it. You need only an internet browser to access this resource. Blackboard. If the computer you are using has Microsoft Word. the same material is posted in multiple formats. The following is a map of where different kinds of information are located.pdf is a file format created by Adobe Acrobat and can be read by a free. You can also print PowerPoint slides.htm format.
” click on the “Preview” button. You should be on a “Welcome Guest” page.” Go to the Blackboard homepage. just go for it. type “BA101” in the “Course Search” box in the upper left hand corner of the page. This will show you what you need “to do” for the week. etc. you should keep a careful record of what you are doing and how the system responds. quizzes. .Problems: Access: If you have trouble logging onto the Blackboard website. Contacts My office hours and contact info is here Course documents Readings from the text: Introduction to Business Discussion Board This is where you go to ask questions in the course. this link helps you to make up that class. Missed Class If you miss a class. or possibly the week your question refers to. you can get onto the BA101 website as a “Guest. Always be professional and courteous. right? Tools This area allows you to access your grades and other tools in BB. Tutor Schedule Pretty self-explanatory. I encourage you to read other’s questions and add to. assignments. Blackboard Architecture Announcements Course information • syllabus • resources and responsibilities • miscellaneous files. Each week has its own discussion board and you should post in the week we are in. On the next page. there is a “Courses” tab. At the top of the screen. The grade book is my record of your grades. Whichever makes more sense to you. Weekly outlines Each week has its own tab. prep for office hours. Printing: If you have trouble printing. click on it. for the week. answer or otherwise comment on them. Support staff at the labs and at the ITC should be able to solve most problems. Click on a tab to view the folder details for that week. Click on the folder title to enter the folder to view necessary materials. You have to check throughout the term to be sure my record is accurate. etc. click “Log In.
IV. It is a comprehensive explanation of your company. Foundation web-site. a downside. There is. answers to frequently asked questions. (http://www.worth reviewing Email: Email through the MSI system. or email address Log Off: Log off their system V.capsim. FOUNDATION. III.XLS and Web Spreadsheet . You will really have to work hard to capture the value of this material. and what it takes to be successful in that industry. Foundation Team Member Guide (TMG) The Team Member Guide is a tremendously valuable resource.II. Literally everything you need to know is in this succinct guide.com) The Foundation web site contains both information and administrative resources for managing your simulation. the industry you are competing in. however.XLS file for use on any computer Decision Audit: Keeps an up-to-the-minute record of every decision you submit to the website Reports: Provides reports on the effectiveness of your management decisions Homework … we don’t use it in this course Conferences … we don’t use it in this course Help MSI® Support: Excellent company support for resolving technical or content problems Manager Guide: An on-line resource that answers any/all content questions Student Guide PDF: An electronic copy of the Student Guide (if you lose yours) Tutorials & Demos: Excellent resource for building an understanding FAQs: Surprisingly. These readings are also available on the Blackboard web site under Course Documents. contact information. contains the course readings which are an important source of basic information that you can use as the raw materials for building your understanding. The navigation buttons are: Getting Started: Introduces you to the simulation AND its resources Dashboard: Helps you keep track of both deadlines and your completion of assigned tasks Downloads: Lets you get a copy of the FOUDNATION. For the most part. this guide assumes you already have a good understanding of basic business concepts and their interrelationships. Course text: The text. Account: You can change your password. available at the University of Oregon Bookstore.
Tech requests are reviewed throughout the day and on many evenings and weekends. The Internet access requires either a modem or network connection and an Internet browser (a program that provides access). and finance). marketing. You can use the Web Spreadsheet version or the FOUNDATION.no matter how good your excuse. The Chiles Computing Center has computers (and convenient hours) that you can use. Do it. or your computer does not have the necessary software. practice • Get on-line. Understand it. You might also call (toll free) the Foundation Help Desk: 1-877-477-8787.) It begins with the “Rehearsal Simulation” which is a tutorial. Netscape Navigator. The web sites automatic response is to “see the instructor” to get this deadline extended. with problems understanding what happened (or didn’t happen that you thought should have). If you do not have your own computer. To meet your responsibilities in the simulation. shows you how to enter them. which requires Excel. production. practice. It also provides the reports of the last year’s activities. click on the “Help” then “MSI Support” navigation buttons.Foundation provides is a model of how a manufacturing company works and presents you with the opportunity to make decisions for it. Please do not argue that their clock it wrong. This model allows you to try different strategies and see the potential results of those decisions (product offerings. They will not be changed. Your responsibility Determine what needs to be done by what deadline. Computing Resource Required: This course is designed on the assumption that you have the use of a computer with Internet access and Microsoft Excel. If a deadline is missed for academically legitimate (verifiable and with pre-notification) reasons. The system has been tested using Firefox. I cannot (and would not if I could) extend those deadlines. They are in Chicago and their hours are from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm pacific time.it is automatically checked against some atomic clock somewhere and is extremely. each round introducing a different set of decisions. (Mac users will find the Web Spreadsheet to be the best option. . The Rehearsal Simulation is 4 rounds. with technology problems. Analyze the results.xls file.XLS file to make decisions about your company. you have to • Practice. Detailed instructions about how to use it are available on Blackboard. you cannot make up the work but your evaluation will be adjusted. On the Foundation web site. Learn from your experience. and Internet Explorer as browsers in a Windows environment and Safari and Firefox for a Macintosh. or with the Web Spreadsheet option. You may access it through either the Foundation. verifiably accurate. They can help you locate information on their web site. All work fine. be on-time The Foundation deadlines (for exercises and business decisions) are set on the Foundation computer system. there are computing labs across campus available to you. In this class. you will make “Official Decisions” whose outcomes do NOT count (called Practice Rounds and completed before the midterm) and “Official Decisions” whose outcomes do count (called real rounds made after the midterm). When problems arise… A good first response is to contact them electronically. and where to look to find the outcomes of those decisions. The Rehearsal simulation walks you through the decisions you have to make.
During the class meetings.VI. Class Meetings Simple ideas interact to create complex understanding. There is very little material in this course that you can properly understand by passive reading or memorization. But working backwards suggests that to build a complex understanding. To do that. There will be work assigned in preparation for every class meeting. The slides used in class are posted on Blackboard. you have to force the simple ideas to interact. you will be encouraged to work your classmates to explore the ways in which the ideas interact. you need to master the simple ideas on your own. I will not necessarily go slowly enough in class meetings for you to copy the information from every slide. Clearly. Instead.feel free to talk). and class time will be invested in using those ideas to build understanding and solve problems. . the text-based information requires work (invested attention) for you to decipher. You will test your ideas and make the decisions (answer class activity questions) throughout class meetings with full access to all resources (open book . you cannot contribute to your understanding. if you have not done the required preparation.
Responsibilities Examinations Your responsibility: To complete the examinations to the best of your ability in the scheduled time The exams will consist of questions that are very similar to the quiz questions. I will provide the test document and the Scantron answer form. printed on different color paper. • • • • Class Meetings Your responsibility: This course starts on the hour and lasts for up to 1 hour 50 minutes. there will be two versions of each exam. or any written material during an exam. You can NOT use a cell phone or a personal data assistant during the exam. You are responsible to bring two #2 lead pencils. prepared. To make up a quiz. How much credit you receive depends on whether your absence is excused or unexcused (see below). You will have to sign your test. Your clicker will be specific to your Duck ID. It is your responsibility to make up the work in a timely manner. To be on-time. When you submit your exam. Missed class If you miss a class you have to make up the missed quiz. . Until you have turned in your exam. There is no public pencil sharpener in the building. You should bring photo identification to every exam (it is rare that I will ask for it) You will have to provide your name and class id number on the exam answer sheets You are not allowed to talk during the exam. you have the option to fill out a paper sheet in class for reduced points. If you leave your clicker at home. or if you break it. You cannot have open books. but to have made an attempt to develop your understanding and to identify what you don’t understand. you will have no problem on the exams. You can use a calculator. and actively engaged with your team during class meetings. If your mastery of the material is sufficient to do well on those. Your exam will be different than your neighbors. Unexcused absences earn varying amounts of credit depending on how quickly they are made up. The goal is not to have all of the correct answers. • • • • Students who are more than 20 minutes late to an exam will not be seated. The test documents belong to me and have to be turned in (along with the Scantron answer forms). you cannot leave the exam without permission. The questions will be largely multiple choice (with an occasional true or false question). In-class quizzes require a “clicker” provided for each student. you need to answer the questions posted on Blackboard for that day. it is your responsibility to be sure that the test document and the Scantron answer sheet are submitted in the proper manner (usually separate stacks in the front of the classroom). notes. if the batteries die. Excused absences can be made up for full credit. In order to help you maintain your academic integrity.
Illness and travel on university business qualify. BA101 Recorder: Marianne Rosen-Murr email: LCB-BA101B@LCBMAIL. complete it by the deadline. If your absence has been excused (You contacted Marianne Rosen-Murr AND established that it was for an academically legitimate reason). If you make up the quiz by the end of the. Answer the questions to the best of your ability. if you missed the 5th class. At the most transparent level. If you miss multiple days. it is about solving the problems of making decisions in an environment of uncertainty and risk. . At the most fundamental level. please put “EXCUSED ABSENCE. you can earn 40% of the points (40% of 16 is 6. Foundation is really about solving problems. you would submit the posted questions for Class 5 (under the Assignments link in the Week 3 folder). you can earn 60% of the points (60% of 16 is 9.and how you informed her of your absence [phone or email]” in the COMMENT section before you attach the file. deadlines. it is about the solving the problems of building a useful understanding and applying that understanding in such a way as to improve the quality of your responses over time.UOREGON. You submit the file through Blackboard using the MISSED CLASS navigation button.EDU phone: 346. and meetings for other classes. you should make arrangements with me..3494 Academically legitimate excuses include ONLY reasons over which you have no control. If you miss class because of the death of a relative. and use the activities to continuously improve your understanding. please sign up on the "excused absence" list. you have to contact the class recorder before the beginning of the class AND have an academically legitimate reason for missing. When submitting work to make up an excused absence. please see your instructor and be prepared to submit a reasonable plan for making up the work (include what is missing and when you can have it completed). save the file in the “rtf” format. work schedules.6 points) • Second class meeting you can earn 50% of the points (50% of 16 is 8 points). job interviews. you can expect problems with technology.. Making up a missed quiz You can make up a missed quiz by answering the questions posted for that class meeting. Unexcused Absence Unexcused work can be made up for partial credit. For instance. • Third class meeting.4 points) Work will not be accepted after the end of the third class meeting (even if you have not been to class in the interim). • Next class meeting. Excused Absence For work to be excused. Open the "rtf" version of the question file. When you are finished. At the most important level. and understanding the idiosyncratic environments of the simulation. please see academic advising in Oregon Hall to provide verification. Foundation To know what is expected.A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot make up the work within a week of your return for an excused absence. Examples of situations that do NOT qualify include travel plans (even international).
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