BUSN - 115: Introduction to Business and Technology
Instructor: Kan Sugandh, Senior Professor
Course: Introduction to Business and Technology: BUSN 115
Contact Hours: 3
Credit Hours: 3


I. Course Description
II. Course Objectives
III. Required Resources
IV. Class Schedule
V. Grading Reqt.s
VI. Grading Protocol
VII. Exam. Make - Up
VIII. Instructor Reqt.s
IX. Attendance
X. Phone
XI. Office Hours
XII. Academic Integrity


This course introduces business and the environments in which businesses operate. Students examine the roles of major functional areas of business and interrelationships among them. Organizational theories and techniques are examined, and economic, cultural, political and technological factors affecting business organizations are evaluated.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to attain the following.
  1. Given a description of a typical business, demonstrate how that business acts within our economic system to achieve its goals as well as those of society, along with an understanding of how the future may impact these goals.
  2. Given the importance of ethics in business, be able to understand and address ethical dilemmas that may occur in workplace activities and offer suggestions to prevent their recurrence.
  3. Given the need to increase profits through cost reductions, describe the use of globalization strategies to accomplish this initiative, along with a discussion of the pros and cons of this approach.
  4. Given understanding of entrepreneurship, be able to describe the major elements necessary for success, along with an understanding of the potential risks associated with starting a business venture.
  5. Given a need to identify additional sources of revenue, be able to discuss the importance of the Internet to achieve this goal and the overall value of eCommerce.
  6. Given the need to improve human resource performance, describe a managerial approach to teamwork, empowerment, and effective communication to accomplish this objective.
  7. Given a need to understand how products are produced, describe the work performed by various departments in the production of a good to a final customer.
  8. Given a need to understand the power of consumers, describe the role that Marketing can play to identify customer needs and desires that can be translated into better products.
  9. Given a need for timely and accurate data for decision making, discuss the use of technology and ways in which the management of information can facilitate this goal.
  10. Given a need to understand a firmís financial performance, be able to identify and explain the major elements contained within financial and accounting statements.

Business Today, 10th Edition
Mescon, Bovee & Thill
Prentice Hall, 2002
computer resources

1 - Fundamentals of Business and Economics;
2 - Fundamentals of the Internet and E-Commerce;
3 - Forms of Business Ownership and Business Combinations;
4 - Technology and Information Management;
5 - Small Business, New Ventures, and Franchises;
6 - Financial Accounting;
7 - Financial Management and Banking;
8 - WEEK 3: UNIT TEST # 1 (Chapters 1, A, 4, 5, 8, 16, and 17);
9 - International Business;
10 - Functions and Skills of Management;
11 - Organization, Teamwork, and Communication;
12 - Production of Quality Goods and Services;
13 - Human Resources Management;
14 - Fundamentals of Marketing and Customer Service;
15 - Product and Pricing Strategies;
16 - WEEK 6: UNIT TEST # 2 (Chapters 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, and 13);
17 - Business Law;
18 - Risk Management;
19 - Ethics and Social Responsibility; and
20 - Careers in Business.
21 - WEEK 8: FINAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM (Chapters 1-9, 11-13, 16, 18, A-D)

Studentsí final grade will be based on the five areas of class grade category, as indicated below:
1. Final Comprehensive Exam
2. Unit Tests
3. Quizzes
4. Homework Assignments
5. Participation

Final comprehensive exam will be administered in two class periods. Each unit test weighs 15%. A missed unit test grade is a zero. Four class quizzes will be given. Each class quiz weighs 5%. Ten homework assignments will weigh 2% each. Class participation will be based on the students' class attendance and contribution to class discussions.

In order to pass this course, a student MUST obtain a MINIMUM GRADE of 60% in the class grade. Studentsí final grade in this course is based on a percentage scale as listed below:


A = 90 - 100% = 4.00
B = 80 - 89%   = 3.00
C = 70 - 79%   = 2.00
D = 60 - 69%   = 1.00
F = below 60% = 0.00

Since responsible behavior--including daily class attendance--is expected of all DeVry students, absence from a scheduled examination is considered to be an extremely serious matter. It is school policy that no faculty member shall be required to schedule a make-up examination unless the student presents a statement from a licensed physician stating that he or she was physically unable to attend school on the day of the exam. The faculty member may schedule a make-up for other equally serious reasons, provided that arrangements are made prior to the date of the exam. An individual faculty member may also schedule a make-up exam if, in his or her opinion, a situation exists that does not fall under the provision of this policy but merits special consideration.

All quizzes, tests, and the final comprehensive exam will be briefly reviewed a week before the date announced. There are no make-ups on any homework assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, or the final comprehensive exam except with a written, valid excuse. Any make-up work assigned, upon review of valid excuse, is required to be completed within one week from the original date. All students are required to complete each homework assignment, quiz, unit test, and final comprehensive exam by the appointed time. No extra time will be allowed. Group participation, including during group quizzes and unit tests, if any, is encouraged for items selected by the instructor. Selected accounting applications, presentations, and assignments necessitate researching through the required resources, recommended readings, the internet, and library resources. Please do retain your required resources for possible future use.

Each student is required to attend every lecture and laboratory in which he or she is enrolled. A swipe-card terminal in each classroom is used to record attendance electronically. Students are responsible for arriving before class begins, sliding their identification through the wall-mounted reader, and remaining for the duration of the meeting. Students who are absent for two or more days must contact their assigned Academic Coordinator for advisement. Students who miss more than five (5) consecutive days of school are in violation of the DeVry attendance policy and will be dismissed.

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As announced in the class.

Ideas and learning form the core of the academic community. In all centers of education, learning is valued and honored. No learning community can thrive if its members counterfeit their achievement and seek to establish an unfair advantage over their fellow students. The academic standards at DeVry are based on a pursuit of knowledge and assumes a high level of integrity in every one of its members. When this trust is violated, the academic community suffers injury and must act to ensure that its standards remain meaningful. The vehicle for this action is the Academic Integrity Policy outlined in the Student Handbook.

The Academic Integrity Policy is designed to foster a fair and impartial set of standards upon which academic dishonesty will be judged. All students are required to read, understand, and adhere to these standards, which define and specify the following mandatory sanctions for such dishonest acts as copying, plagiarism, lying, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of records, bribery, and misrepresentation for the purpose of enhancing one's academic standing.

The first recorded offense will result in the student receiving zero credit for the entire paper, exam, quiz, lab, homework assignment, or other graded activity in which the incident of academic dishonesty occurred. No partial credit may be given. Where the incident involves a graded assignment normally subject to a "drop" option, the student may not exercise that option.

The second recorded offense will result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course in which the second offense occurs. The second offense need not be in the same course, program, or term as the first offense to invoke this sanction.

The third recorded offense will result in the student being permanently expelled from the DeVry system. Again, the third offense need not be in the same course, program, or term as either the first or second offense to invoke this sanction.

Thank you for reviewing the syllabus. You are welcome to my class.

The success of each one of my students has been, is, and will always be very important to me.
Professor Kanaiya Sugandh