BUSN-1305: Introduction to Business ( Flex, Online, Split, Web-Assisted | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Dr. Nathan Washington

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email ncwashington@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

Macon Campus

Academic Building B

Room 253D

Office Hours

Hours posted outside office door

Students are urged, whenever possible, to make an appointment, in advance, during the instructor's posted office hours. From time to time campus obligations compel the instructor to be outside the office during the posted office hours.

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4998

Department Phone

(901) 333-4130

Course Information
Course Description

This course is a survey of business principles, problems, and procedures. It examines the nature of business organizations, production, office procedures, management and distribution of goods. It also analyzes personnel problems, budgets, financing, and technological forecasting. Included topics are pricing and promotion, motivation, leadership, labor unions, human resources, risk management, and international business.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the American free enterprise system.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the business ownership forms.
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic management principles.
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic marketing principles.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to motivate and satisfy employees.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of financial and investment management.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of small businesses to the American economy.




Instructional / Learning Methods

My educational philosophy is that the instructor is responsible for providing students with what they need to do well in their pursuit of knowledge. In addition to lectures that are timely and up to date, it is important for the instructor to provide direction and extra resources for their students. I also believe that learning is an active process. To learn something you have to do the homework (reading, assignments, etc.), and, be able to apply it to something you already know. In other words you have to find a place in your own experience of the world and figure out how what you are learning fits into it.

The primary methods of instruction will be through lecture, current event examples and discussion. The lectures are designed to encourage an understanding of the topic, not just a memorization of material. There will also be classroom discussions, critical thinking assignments, and tests. It is each student's responsibility to read the text before coming to class. Students must be willing to dedicate time outside of class for studying & reading.

Specific Course Requirements

This course uses the PAWS online system.  Please log into the address below on the first day of classes.


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

The new book bundle in the bookstore includes the required course materials including:

  • Required Textbook:  Understanding Business, 11th edition. Authors: Nickels, McHugh,& McHugh. Published by McGraw-Hill. 

    You may buy an e-book instead of the traditional text directly  from the publisher using a debit or credit card.  Information regarding how to purchase an e-book is available on the course website.

  • Required Access code:  CONNECT for Business access code is also required.  In class, you will be given the Website that is unique to our particular class section as well as instructions on how to register your code.  It's very straight forward, but you will need the Web address for our specific class section.  I typically post this Web site on the course homepage within PAWS (another good reason to check PAWS on the first day of the semester).

You may buy an e-book instead of the traditional text directly from the publisher using a debit or credit card.  Information regarding how to purchase an e-book is available on the course website.


Additional Text

CONNECT for Business

The access code is also required.  It comes with a new text book or an e-book, or if you are using a used textbook, you may purchase the access code directly from the publisher with a debit or credit card.


Information on how to register your access code or purchase your access code is available on the course website.  This information includes how to register and receive a 14 day free trial to CONNECT which includes access to the e-book, so there is not a reason to delay in getting started.

Purchasing the Connect code separately:

Connect Plus (access to Connect content and to the entire textbook via online ebook) is about $150

The Connect Plus access is required in order to access your LearnSmart assignments.

Supplementary Materials


Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

This is detailed in our PAWS course.

Grading Scale

90-100 = A 80-89 = B 70-79 = C 60-69 = D 0-59 = F


Testing Procedure / Policy

There will be multiple tests and a comprehensive final exam. Tests/exams may include multiple choice, true/false and essay questions. No late exams will be administered unless arranged with the instructor's prior approval. Approval will be at the complete discretion of the instructor.

Major Assignments

This is detailed in our PAWS course.

Participation / Attendance Policy
  • Students are expected to be present, on time, and stay for the entire class period. Attendance is mandatory, as there will be material covered in class that does not appear in the textbook. Roll will be taken each class meeting. If you are late, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor you are present during a break or at the end of class. An absence does NOT excuse you from completing assigned work by the due date. You will be responsible for getting any missed assignments from the instructor (outside of class) and completing them on schedule.
  • You will be allowed two absences with no "attendance penalty" to your grade. If you are absent more than twice, an attendance penalty will be applied: there will be a 10 point deduction from your final grade average. Two tardies count as one absence. Leaving early is counted as a tardy.
  • In case of inclement weather, any school closing or delayed opening will be announced on radio and TV starting at 6:00 A.M.
Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

This will be discussed in class.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.