Introduction to Business


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Business
    B. Course Number: BU 113 - 30230
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 9:00:00 AM - 9:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Howell, Chris
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 222
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2659
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    I will make every effort to respond to e-mails within 24 hours Mon - Fri and before noon on Monday for messages sent over the weekend. Students may contact me to make an appointment outside of office hours if needed.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    N. Class Location: BUC218

    This course includes methods and practices in the business world, business terminology, opportunities in business, contributions of business to our society, and provides a foundation for more specialized study. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is a survey of methods and practices in the business world, business terminology, opportunities in business, contributions of business to our society. Provides a foundation for more specialized study. Three lecture hours per week. There are no prerequisites for this course.

    Course Transferability: This course provides a foundation for more specialized study. Students should check with their advisor / counselor to ensure that courses are transferable to other institutions.



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    Previous edition may be used.

    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition.

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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    Grading Policy
    Chapter Quizzes (17) 30%
    Assignments (6) 35%
    Exams (3) 35%

    Written Assignment Grading Rubric for Business
    "A" Level Assignment "B" Level Assignment "C' Level Assignment "D" Level Assignment "F" Level Assignment
    Writing Style Demonstrates a clear sense of direction that focuse the writing. Appropriate transitions are evident. Demonstrates a sense of direction that attempts to focus the writing. Transitions are evident. May lack a sense of direction. Attempts transitions throughout the writing. Writing lacks focus. Moves directly from point to point without connections. Writing lacks focus. Piece is apt to lack divisions between ideas.
    Tone/Audience and Rhetorical Goals Document shows a clear understanding of audience and uses appropriate tonefor the rhetorical situation. Document shows and understanding of audienceand generally uses appropriate tone for the rhetorical situation. Document shows an understanding of audience, but may be inconsistent. Tone is generall appropriate. Document does not have a clear sense of audience. Tone is inconsistent and, at times, inappropriate. Document has no sensie of audience. Tone is inappropriate and unprofessional.
    Control of Language Uses mature vocabulary, diction, and syntax. Uses mature vocabulary, diction and syntax but may not be consistent. Uses standard vocabulary, diction, and syntax. Uses standard vocabulary, diction, and syntax with some notable lapses. Uses simplistic vocabulary, diction, and syntax. Sometimes makes up words.
    Grammar Contains few, if any, errors in mechanics or usage and those are of a minor variety. Contains few, if any, errors in mechanics or usage. Contains a pattern of errors which do not seriously interfere with the reader's understanding. Contains numerous errors in basic grammar that interfere with the reader's understanding. Contains errors so severe that they detract from the reading of the paper.
    Format and Structure†††††††††††††††† (if applicable) Follows standard structure for the appropriate document with few, if any, errors, and those present are of a minor variety. Follows standard structure for the appropriate document with few, if any, errors. Contains errors in the standard document structure that do no serously interfere with the intended rhetorical goals of the document. May not follow the standard structure for the appropriate document; numerous errors are present. Does not follow the standard structure for the appropriate document.
    Source Integration and Integrity†††††††† (if applicable) Writing uses appropriate formal or informal documentation strategy. Source materials used are valid and writer relates source material to the rhetorical goal of the paper. Writing generall uses appropriate formal or informal documenation strategy. Source materials used are valid and are generally related to the rhetorical goal of the paper. Writing may not use appropriate formal or informal documentation strategies. Source materials used are valid, but may not relate to the rhetorical situation. Documentation integration is flawed. Source material is haphazardly incorporated and does not relate to the rhetorical goal of the piece. Source integration is so flawed that academic honesty may be questionable. Source material is non-legitimate (wikipedia,, etc.) and/or haphazardly used to meet research requirements. Failure to cite any resources may result in a ZERO for the assignment.
    These are general grading guidelines. An assignment specific grading rubric will be attached to assignments and will be used for grading.

    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Students in the Business/Computer Science Departments should be able to:
    1) Demonstrate an understanding of industry specific ethics (self & community),
    2) Prepare and interpret documents,
    3) Interpret and characterize data appropriate to the course (critical thinking),
    4) Demonstrate computer skills appropriate to the course, and
    5) Demonstrate the value of professionalism in the workplace.


    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to business concepts. Business is fundamental to the American way of life. Offering an understanding of the elements of business is thus central to the university and college task of training students for good citizenship. It is, in fact, vital to the ultimate preservation of our economic system.

    Upon completion of this class, students should be able to:


    The instructor will respond to student e-mail by the end of the next business day.

    Assignments will be graded within seven days of the DUE date.

    This course is 100% online. Assignments, quizzes, and exams will be submitted through Canvas.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

    BU 113† Introduction to Business
    Week One Module Zero
    1. Business Now: Change is the Only Constant
    Week Two 2. Economics: The Framework of Business
    Week Three 3. The World Marketplace
    Week Four 4. Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
    Appendix 2: Business Law
    Week Five 5. Business Communication
    †††† Exam One (Chs 1 - 5)
    Week Six 6. Business Formation
    7. Small Business and Entrepreneurship
    Week Seven 8. Accounting
    Week Eight 9. Finance
    Week Nine 10. Financial Markets
    †††† Exam Two (Chs 6 - 10)
    Week Ten 11. Marketing
    Week Eleven 12. Product and Promotion
    13. Distribution and Pricing
    Week Twelve 14. Management, Motivation, and Leadership
    Week Thirteen 15. Human Resource Management
    Week Fourteen 16. Managing Information and Technology
    Week Fifteen 17. Operations Management
    Week Sixteen Personal Finance Appendix
    Comprehensive Final Exam
    There will be a quiz for each chapter.