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

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Oyama Hampton, III

Instructor Rank

Assistant Professor

Instructor Email ohampton@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

UE 133d Union Avenue

Instructor Phone


Department Fax


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. Including 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 a knowledge of the business ownership forms. • demonstrate a knowledge of basic management principles. • demonstrate a 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

This course will utilize a variety of learning methods such as quizzes, tests, group discussion, computer activities, and reading assignments.

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

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. 

Additional Text

CONNECT for Business 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. THIS ACCESS IS NOT OPTIONAL. YOU CANNOT PASS THE CLASS WITHOUT IT. 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.

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

CONNECT assignments,Learn Smart, tests, chapter quizzes, homework, class participation, and SLO examination

Grading Scale

see attachment

Testing Procedure / Policy

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Participation / Attendance Policy

Attendance in this class includes requires coming to class as well as participation in taking the quizzes and the tests online. Any student missing TWO class periods will receive a letter grade deduction. Coming to class without registering for CONNECT does not constitute attending this class nor does completing the assignments online without coming to class. You must do both.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

Please refer to the Student Handbook for specifics regarding the college's policy.

We perform the way we practice. The classroom provides a safe environment to practice for real world application. In the classroom we will provide a learning environment that is conducive to learning and growth.

We will encourage each other and all interactions will be respectful. We will embrace the diversity of the classroom participants. We don't have to agree with everyone, but we will respect the right to disagree and the value each person adds to the venue.

Additional Policies

We will silence and/or put away all electronic devices (telephones, IPODs, etc.) upon entering the classroom. I would prefer that you not accept telephone calls during class; however, if you must accept the call, please take the call outside the classroom. All other electronic devices must be put away while in class.


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.

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.