MGMT100 Introduction to Business
Department of Business Studies: Management
Course Number and TitleMGMT100 Introduction to Business
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThis 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- 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;
- classify different economic philosophies (capitalism, socialism, and communism), and outline why and how these different systems attempt to accomplish their common economic functions;
- 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;
- apply a framework of business terminology to better understand global business;
- demonstrate appropriate library research, analytical, and communications skills in the field of business; and
- apply the case method of analysis in order to simulate or illustrate the process of business decision making.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- read, interpret, and evaluate local or global events with a view toward their interrelatedness. (1.)
- demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by:
- recognizing the problem
- reviewing information about the problem
- developing plausible solutions
- evaluating the results
- determine the nature and extent of the information needed
- determine the technologies and information appropriate for the information identified
- access needed information effectively and efficiently
- evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system
- 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
- 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.
- practice effective small group communication skills
- demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
Social PerspectivesStudents will:
Critical Thinking/Problem SolvingStudents will: Information LiteracyStudents will: International, Gender and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will: CollaborationStudents will: Responsible CitizenshipStudents will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- nature of business and the profit motive
- prevalent world economic systems of socialism, capitalism and communism
- government-business relationship and its effect on society in the U.S.
- basic forms of business ownership
- Federal Reserve System
- available career choices
- stock market functions and implications for business and our society
- marketing function
- labor management relations and their relationship to social responsibility
- operations and production management
- human resource management
- motivational approaches available to the manager
- issues of women and minorities
- morality and ethics
- organization principles
- social responsibility and ethics
- how to work effectively in a small group
- goal-oriented cooperative efforts
- civic and personal responsibilities towards society
- social and environmental responsibility of business
- international economy and other cultures
- information literacy
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Course learning goal are assessed using a variety of quizzes, tests and performance-based tasks.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
Social PerspectivesThis 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.
Critical Thinking/Problem SolvingThis core learning goal is assessed by a written assignment that requires students to analyze a business case study and propose a solution.
Information LiteracyThis 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 PerspectivesThis 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.
CollaborationThis core learning goal is assessed during in-class small group projects that require student to work together in teams.
Responsible CitizenshipThis 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.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection 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