House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

BUSI-1301-01 (Business Principles)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorBoudreaux, Lowell Anthony
Phone(409) 984-6389
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:M-F 11:00a-1:00p
Building:Bookstore & Faculty Offices (PAFO)
Room #:112
Course Information
Course ID #10449
Course Subject-Number-SectionBUSI-1301-01
Course TitleBusiness Principles
Course Description Survey course emphasizing interaction of business with its external and internal environments. Introduction to public policy process and issues with focus on ethical and moral consideration. Recommended for freshman, especially business majors.
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading required.
Required Textbooks Required textbook, Understanding Business by Nickels, McHugh, and McHugh, Ninth Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, MHID 0-07-351170-6
Learning Objectives At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

•Define Business, discuss the history of business, and recognize the changing global marketplace Explain what economic principles are and how they are derived.

•Explain what business ethics is and define social responsibility locally and globally

•Distinguish between micro and macroeconomics and demonstrate a knowledge of economic theory

•Identify why nations trade, list barriers to international trade and discuss strategies to overcome these barriers

•Be able to discuss in detail the advantages and disadvantages of small business, franchising, and identify the various forms of business

•Be able to discuss in detail entrepreneurship, list the reasons for entrepreneurship, and identify the characteristics of entrepreneurs

•Define management, list the skills needed to manage, and detail methods of improving these skills, and analyze the difference between centralized an decentralized organizations

•Identify the aspects of human resource management, and list and define the functions of human resource management

•Explain teamwork and the characteristics of teams

•Distinguish between labor and management and explain the history and legislation behind union and management relations

•Define marketing, discuss the evolution of marketing, and describe buyer behavior and market segmentation

•Describe a product, discuss the product life cycle, list and define branding, labeling, packaging, and pricing

•Differentiate between retailers and wholesalers and list the functions of each

•Identify the trends in technology and state how technology will aid communication, selling, and information management.

•Explain business accounting and demonstrate knowledge to financial statements and ratios, the characteristics and functions of money, and how the U.S. financial system and markets operates

Major Assignments Five major exams will be given during the semester. The final exam will not be comprehensive and will only comprise material covered after the fourth exam. A student may volunteer to take a comprehensive final exam over all covered material. The student’s grade will then be averaged using the final exam score. If the student scores higher on the final than his/her semester average his/her semester grade will be the higher of the two. Questions for all five exams will cover textbook readings, handouts, and class discussions. Each student will have the opportunity to earn 20 points of extra credit, which can be used to supplement their total possible points. Extra credit projects and activities will be assigned throughout the semester. Students, who elect to participate, will have the opportunity to pick from among several various assignments.
Discussion Topics Assignments are due when specified by the instructor. If you miss a daily or homework assignment, you will be given a grade of 0 for that assignment.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Record will be taken at the beginning of each class, by seating chart. Being in class, on time, each class meeting is extremely important. A student, who enters the classroom after the bell and/or the roll, has been checked, will be considered absent. If a student is late or absent, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the assignment. When a student fails to take an exam, he/she may elect to have the final exam counted two times toward the final course average. Under special circumstances make-up exams will be given at the end of the semester. I must be notified, the day of the exam if a special circumstance exists. If a second exam or the final is missed a zero will be assigned.
Determination of Final Grade Five major exams (100 points each) 500                                          Total possible points 500

Course grades will be assigned using the following scale

Points Grade

500-450 A

449-400 B

399-350 C

349-300 D

0 –299 F

Final Exam Date May 17, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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