MGMT100 Introduction to Business

Department of Business Studies: Management

I. Course Number and Title
MGMT100 Introduction to Business
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course examines the social, legal, ethical, economic and political interactions of business and society in the United States and internationally. Business and non-business majors learn about the relationship and impact of business to society in which they are citizens, consumers, and producers.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. cite the positive and constructive force that business plays by making available the goods and services, jobs, and income that our society must have to exist and thrive;
      2. classify different economic philosophies (capitalism, socialism, and communism), and outline why and how these different systems attempt to accomplish their common economic functions;
      3. summarize contemporary business concepts, principles, and practices that explain how businesses are formed, how they operate, and why and how effective management is important to their success;
      4. apply a framework of business terminology to better understand global business;
      5. demonstrate appropriate library research, analytical, and communications skills in the field of business; and
      6. apply the case method of analysis in order to simulate or illustrate the process of business decision making.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Social Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. read, interpret, and evaluate local or global events with a view toward their interrelatedness. (1.)

      Category III
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by:
        1. recognizing the problem
        2. reviewing information about the problem
        3. developing plausible solutions
        4. evaluating the results
      Information Literacy
      Students will:
      1. determine the nature and extent of the information needed
      2. determine the technologies and information appropriate for the information identified
      3. access needed information effectively and efficiently
      4. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system
      5. develop an understanding of many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information legally and ethically
      International, Gender and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion, or industry.
      Collaboration
      Students will:
      1. practice effective small group communication skills
      Responsible Citizenship
      Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. nature of business and the profit motive
    2. prevalent world economic systems of socialism, capitalism and communism
    3. government-business relationship and its effect on society in the U.S.
    4. basic forms of business ownership
    5. Federal Reserve System
    6. available career choices
    7. stock market functions and implications for business and our society
    8. marketing function
    9. labor management relations and their relationship to social responsibility
    10. operations and production management
    11. human resource management
    12. motivational approaches available to the manager
    13. issues of women and minorities
    14. morality and ethics
    15. organization principles
    16. social responsibility and ethics
    17. how to work effectively in a small group
    18. goal-oriented cooperative efforts
    19. civic and personal responsibilities towards society
    20. social and environmental responsibility of business
    21. international economy and other cultures
    22. information literacy
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Course learning goal are assessed using a variety of quizzes, tests and performance-based tasks.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Social Perspectives
      This core learning goal is assessed by a written assignment or project that requires the students to demonstrate their ability to read, interpret, and evaluate local or business global events with a view toward their interrelatedness.
      Category III
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
      This core learning goal is assessed by a written assignment that requires students to analyze a business case study and propose a solution.
      Information Literacy
      This core learning goal is assessed by a research paper or project based on a business related topic that requires the students to analyze the information critically.
      International, Gender and/or Minority Perspectives
      This core learning goal is assessed by a written assignment or project that reports on and identifies a prejudice, stereotype and misuse of power that exists in the arena of business today and the resulting effects.
      Collaboration
      This core learning goal is assessed during in-class small group projects that require student to work together in teams.
      Responsible Citizenship
      This core learning goal is assessed by a written assignment or project that requires the student to research a current major ethical concern in the arena and suggest a possible solution.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 11/05; Core Objectives/Goals added 5/04; Revised 11/2011