BUSN-2330: Principles of Management ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Ashley Geisewite

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email ageisewite@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

Maxine Smith 214C

Office Hours

Posted on Office Door

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-6018

Department Fax

(901) 333-4377

Department Phone

(901) 333-4130

Course Information
Course Description

This course provides an overview of management history and theory, schools of management thought, the functions and processes of management, and the environment within which the modern manager operates. This course will include need-recognition, decision-making, leadership, attitudes, group dynamics, and effective communications.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the management function
  • demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of managing diversity
  • demonstrate an understanding of different behavioral approaches to leadership
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of using technology to increase managerial productivity problems


Instructional / Learning Methods

Case studies, presentations, written assignments, quizzes, and examinations.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text Robbins, S., DeCenzo, D. & Coulter, M. (2015). Fundamentals of management : essential concepts and applications. Boston: Pearson.
Additional Text

MyManagementLab 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.  There is a 14 day free trial available from the publisher, so do not delay in getting started - even if you book has not arrived.  The free trial will give you access to the homework and the ebook.

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

There will be a total of 800 points available. 

110 points will consist of weekly chapter quizzes, 110 points will consist of weekly video assignments, 110 points will consist of weekly homework. 200 points for the first test. 200 points for the second test. 70 points for the final SLO exam.


Grading Scale

720 - 800 points = A  (90%-100% of possible points)

640 - 719 points = B (80%-89% of possible points)

560 - 639 points = C (70%-79% of possible points)

520 - 559 points = D (65%-69% of possible points)

519 points or less = F (below 65% of possible points)

Testing Procedure / Policy

Late work will not be accepted. You may work ahead on quizzes, video assignments and homework, but I do not accept work late.  I do drop one quiz, one video assignment and one homework assignment is you should miss one.  If you know in advance that you are going to miss a deadline, please let me know and I may be able to work with you, but contacting me after the fact will not permit me to offer any flexibility.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Attendance will be based upon submission of work, not logging into the class website.  Until you login into MyBizLab, you are not attending this 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.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule
  • Managing
  • Business Environment
  • Ethics and Responsibility
  • Strategic Planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizing
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Control
  • Innovation and Change
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.