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BMGT 100 Introduction to Business & Organization (3 credits)

Dr. Judith Kizzie
DH #329
 Online: Thurs: 2 -3 pm, professor available in realtime in  online discussion area for this course.
 Office (face-to-face and telephone): Mon/Wed: 10:30am -11:30 am; Tues/Thur: 10am – 11:00 am
(443) 518-4931

Course Description

This class is designed to introduce the student to contemporary western business’s nature, environment, and basic processes.  Each of the business world’s main areas: social responsibilities, management, production, human resources, marketing, finance, quantitative methods, global concerns, and business law will be included broadly. Students will have several opportunities to apply their knowledge in assignments and activities both as individuals and in a group. Canvas is used to give and receive assignments and to participate in classroom discussions. Tests will be given at the HCC test center.


(suggested) ENGL-121

Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to perform the following:


At the end of this unit, student will be able to:

  1. Define basic business concepts, and describe the roles of supply, demand and com-petition in a free enterprise system.
  2. Define business ethics and social responsibility; and debate/discuss them from the viewpoints of owners, employees, consumers, the environment and the community.
  3. Apply concepts of ethics and social responsibility to evaluation of business decisions.
  4. Contrast and explain the impact of the four main international environmental forces on business decisions; summarize the different levels of organizational involvement in international trade and contrast the two basic international business strategies.


At the end of this unit, student will be able to:

  1. Summarize the role and impact of technology in global economy.
  2. Define e-business and e-business models, including relevant legal and social issues.
  3. Assess some of the opportunities/problems of an individual e-business.
  4. Explain own impressions resulting from the ‘Virtual Enterprise’ or similar hands-on experience. (first activity)
  5. Define and examine the advantages and disadvantages of the three basic structural forms of business organization.
  6. Investigate the importance of small business in the US economy, and specify its advantages and disadvantages.
  7. Evaluate some of the demographic, technological, and economic trends affecting the future of small business.


At the end of this unit, student will be able to:

  1. Define management and describe its major functions.
  2. Summarize the requisite skills for management success and for systematic decision-making.
  3. Determine how an organizations assign task responsibility and delegation of authority.
  4. Compare and contrast the common terms of organizational structure.
  5. Define operations management and explain how it differs in manufacturing and in service firms.
  6. Assess the importance of quality in operations management.
  7. Apply the learned concepts to an actual management situation. (second activity)


At the end of this unit, student will be able to:

  1. Define money, its functions, and characteristics.
  2. Distinguish among various banking and non-banking financial institutions.
  3. Explain how the Federal Reserve Board manages the money supply.
  4. Define accounting and the accounting process.
  5. Discuss financial statement analysis, including ratio analysis.
  6. Apply basic financial statements principles to the construction of individual income statements and/or balance sheets. (third activity)
  7. Identify some sources of short-term financing.
  8. Define and contrast debt and equity financing.


At the end of this unit, student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast various human resource and motivation theories; in particular, the theories of Maslow, Herzberg, McGregor, and various equity theorists.
  2. Describe worker recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, and compensation.
  3. Describe the importance of unions, collective bargaining, and diversity issues within today’s workforce.
  4. Define customer-focused marketing and specify its functions.
  5. Examine and explain marketing strategy development and decision-making.
  6. Describe the role of each of the four ‘Ps’ of the marketing mix: product, promotion, distribution, and price; then define various marketing strategies using them.
  7. Define various marketing terms; such as product life cycle and market channels.
  8. Apply HR/marketing concepts to a personal career planning process. (fourth activity)

Required Texts and Materials Recommended  Materials

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Internet access: free through HCC’s labs and library. Prior completion of any assessed developmental courses

Course Format

  • This class is not self-paced.
  • This class does have required on-campus meetings or tests. All tests will be given in HCC’s test center, room RCF 359; per the schedule in your syllabus. Each test will be available during test center hours, for Monday and Tuesday only.
  • The course material is sequential; that is, assignments, readings, tests, etc. are to be completed in the order given on your syllabus.
  • Each assignment is due on the day listed on this syllabus; you may of course finish them early—but do not submit them until the due day. All assignments are to be submitted online, as email attachments (in Word format). All items submitted or presented in assigned discussions will be evaluated and graded for content, appearance, and scope, based on the following criteria: identification of the issues, how well the requirements for the assignment are fulfilled; breadth and depth of logical analysis; coherence; neatness; flow; structure and ease of reading; and proper use of spelling , grammar and punctuation.
  • Late assignments are worth zero points.
  • Some of the types of learning activities or assignments that the student will be required to complete are:
  • Read a chapter in the textbook.
  • Practice occasional brief activities during the online powerpoint lectures.
  • Discuss a topic each week with the class, with a minimum of three weekly postings to the discussion board; the first posting being  your own reaction and the other two your responses to at least two different classmates. Each posting will be graded based on relevance, knowledge of content, and level of critical thought.
  • Participate in four projects, to be described in more detail 5-7days before each is due.
  • New chapters and new discussion questions will be posted by Friday noon, for the following week.   Look for them under the assignments icon on the homepage for this class.
  • The course schedule will list due dates for assignments, activities, and exams.
  • There will be five (5) exams.
  • Exams will not be open book and will be taken on-campus. [See second point under Course Format for details.]

 Required Viewers, Plug-ins, or Players

  • Visit the Distance Learning homepage and use the link provided in the “Support for Registered Students” area link to download plug-ins The following plug-ins are required for this class:
  •           Acrobat Viewer
  •           Flash
  •           Internet Explorer
  •           Java installed and enabled
  •           PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  •           QuickTime
  •           Real Player
  •           Windows Media Player

Class Communications: What to Expect from Your Instructor

  • Email/voice messages will be acknowledged that they were received within 48 hrs, excluding weekends, of course.
  • Alternative forms of contact, such as phone calls and face-to-face meetings will be available during my office hours. (See the times and days of the week at the top of this syllabus.)
  • Exams will be graded within one week.
  • All grades will be computed based on the procedures outlined in the syllabus and the assignments descriptions, to promote fairness and objectivity.
  • Privacy concerns: This is a class which could involve personal information. No specific personal identifying information will be put online by me, and should not be given out by students in online classroom discussions. Unit tests and any personal data projects will be taken/submitted off-line.

Grading Procedures

Grades will be determined by your scores on the following learning activities:

Weekly Discussion
(Must post your own initial response and reactions to two different classmates’ messages on that week’s topics.)

210 pts.

Projects (four @ 70 pts. each)

280 pts.

5 Exams  (@ 100 points each) 

500 pts.

Professor discretion

  10 pts.



Optional extra credit –article reports [see other course handouts for required guidelines]

15 pts,



Total Earned Course points

Course Grade

900 -1000


800 - 899


700 - 799


600 - 699


Below 600


NOTE: Students must complete all required assignments as outlined in order to pass the course.

  • All assignments are due on the dates shown in the class syllabus and calendar.
  • Weekly participation is required in this class.
  • Assignments that are turned in late are worth zero points.
  • Any on-campus exams must be completed during the dates and times provided.
  • All extra credit is due as indicated in the current schedule of assignments for this class.

Weekly Discussion Assignments

Post your initial weekly responses in the appropriate Canvas class discussion topic by noon each Tuesday unless otherwise noted in the course schedule. On Thursday morning each week that discussion topic will be closed so that no more reactions may be posted. In an online class, these postings and reactions are how we establish a dialogue in the class, so they are a very important part of the course. Your postings should only concern classroom concepts and issues as assigned, and must be both courteous and thoughtful. Quality rather than quantity is expected.


For this course, all unit exams include at least three types of questions: true/false, multiple/choice, and at least one short essay question per chapter. All class activities, including discussion boards, as well as syllabus assignments, and any guest speakers are considered testable. Stay alert and involved, and don’t get behind. Remember, all exams are taken on campus in the HCC test center [RCF #359].

Course Policies

Assignment Format and Documentation Requirements

Your papers will generally be submitted to me within Canvas email and should be sent as a Microsoft Word (or .rtf file) attachment to ensure readability by me.

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for maintaining copies of all of their written work on their computer or on floppy disk, DVD, or jump drive in case of the need for retransmission. Students are responsible for keeping the instructor informed in the event of emergencies or unusual circumstances leading to extended absence from class participation. See the phone number at the top of this syllabus.

Extra Help in Writing

If you feel the need for more guidance with your writing, there are several places to go. HCC has a Learning Assistance Center (LAC) located in RCF 340; within that center is the Write Room which offers free assistance for any credit course with written assignments. Online assistance is also available at HOWL:  If you need more help using the computers, there is a student lab on the first floor of the ELB bldg. There are also tutors available during the Open Writing Lab hours on the second floor of the ELB building. Instructor office hours can also be used.

What to Do If You Need Help

About the Course

If you have questions about your course (assignments, due dates, problems completing assignments, how to submit assignment or navigate the Canvas course site, etc.), you should contact me by email or by phone. The HCC Help Desk cannot answer questions about specific course content.

Help in Canvas

Canvas has a built-in Help that can be accessed from any page in your course. Look for the Help link at the top of each page.

Difficulty Logging on to Canvas:

If you are having difficulty logging on to Canvas and you know it is not a result of problems with your Internet Service Provider or your browser, contact:

Help Desk: General Information or this form to request help.

Student Computer Support now staffs a help desk. Students and faculty may call 443-518-4444  between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Friday to report problems. After hours, students and faculty may leave a message at the same number. Student Computer Support staff will handle the problem or direct it to the correct person to handle.

When leaving a message, be sure to leave your name, the course you are enrolled in, your course instructor's name, your phone number, your e-mail address, and a description of the problem. Be sure to speak slowly so staff can easily take down your message.

Updated: 15-Jul-08

Howard Community College

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Dr. Judith Kizzie,

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