BUSN 105 Syllabus

BUSN 105 – Introduction to Business

[Online course]



Amber Trunzo




Off campus



Office Hours

By appointment





BUSN 7 (w/CourseMate Access) Edition: 7th Author: Kelly ISBN: 9781285187822 Copyright Year: 2015 Publisher: Cengage Learning



This course explores a broad range of business concepts, provides basic knowledge needed in subsequent business courses, and helps students to see the role of business in society; examines top- and first-line management decisions in large and small business environments.


  • The student will be able to define and describe specific business terms found in the textbook.
  • The student will be able to differentiate specific business department functions and organizational structures.
  • The student will be able to identify corporate ethical and socially responsible behavior in the business environment.
  • The student will be able to describe the role of product, price, place, and promotion in marketing.
  • The student will be able to recognize the key areas of money, finance and investments.
  • The student will be able to compare and contrast “best practices’ and “professionalism’ (clothing, salaries, gender, unions, Internet, tattoos, body piercings, etc.) throughout history (100 years) to today’s modern times.


Students will be assessed on comprehending course content via: class participation, class discussion, exercises, quizzes, and final project.



This course is highly structured around discussion. Note taking and attention should be practiced by each student. Quizzes will be given regularly. Preparation is expected with all readings and presentations. The syllabus schedule is subject to change


Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.



  • Students are required to submit an initial “post”to each discussion question – with a length requirement determined by the instructor.
  • Students are required to “reply” to each discussion question by a given due date – with a length requirement determined by the instructor.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 


Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

X points per week for a total of X points



What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)





Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)





Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)





Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.





Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both





Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation





Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette










Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59




Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”





Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses. 


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   





Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule


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Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


1 - Business Now: Change is the Only Constant

  • 2 – Economics: The Framework for Business

3 – The World Marketplace

The student will be able to define business and discuss the role of business in economy and explain the evolution of modern business.


The student will define economics and discuss the evolving global economic crisis.  The student will analyze strategies for reaching global markets.

Chapters 1 & 3 Quiz

Current Events 



4 -Business Ethics and Social Responsibility


  • The student will be able to identify corporate ethical and socially responsible behavior in the business environment.


Chapter 4 Quiz

Current Events Discussion


5 – Business Communication


6 -Business Formation


7 – Small Business and Entrepreneurship

The student will be able to describe key elements of business communication and noncommunication.


The student will be able to differentiate specific business department functions and organizational structures.


The student will be able to differentiate specific business department functions and organizational structures.

Chapters 6 & 7 Quiz

Current Events Discussion


8 – Accounting


9 – Finance


10 - Financial Markets

The student will be able to recognize the key areas of money, finance and investments.



Chapter 8,9,10 quiz


Current Events 



11 – Marketing



The student will be able to describe the role of product, price, place, and promotion in marketing.

Current Events Discussion


12 - Product and Promotion


13 - Distribution and Pricing

The student will be able to describe the role of product, price, place, and promotion in marketing.

Chapter 11, 12, 13 quiz


Current Events Discussion


14 – Management, Motivation, and Leadership

15 – Human Resource Management

The student will be able to discuss the role of management and its importance to organizational success.


The student will be able to identify and discuss key human resource issues in today’s economy

Current Events Discussion

Final Project

All Chapters

All objectives

Final Project












































Required Syllabus Supplement for Distance Education Faculty


Faculty in the School of Distance Education must adhere to the FALCONS model to ensure the most effective, successful experience for teaching and learning through the application of research-based best practice.


As such, faculty should identify the FALCONS tools that they have chosen to apply by marking the strategies used from each menu (i.e. highlighting, changing text color, etc.). Keep in mind that no less than two items per menu are required for each course.  


Course Name:


Faculty Name:




Menu 1

Week in which Menu 1 items are used

Menu 2

Week in which Menu 2 items are used

Menu 3

Week in which Menu 3 items are used
















Voice over PowerPoints



Team Project






Interactive PowerPoints



Discussion Debate Teams





Video Lecture or Podcast



Discussion Questions &  Interaction













Case Studies



Role Playing






Student Generated Content



Peer Editing/Review