BUS 101 Syllabus

Course Description

Note: This course code has changed from B 101 to BUS 101. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

This course is an overview of all functions of business, including human resource management, production, marketing, accounting, finance, and international business. As an introductory course to business, many theories and principles will be touched upon. You will also learn some important life skills, develop teamwork, increase your disciple leadership and get some valuable exposure to the various career opportunities in business.

This is an online course so you will be required to do a lot of self-study. Keep up with your readings and all assignments found in I-Learn. Be aware that you will be required to meet with your team for case study discussions four times this semester.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain the role of business in the economic and social development of the community, nation, and the world.
  2. Examine the entrepreneur option of running and starting a business.
  3. Analyze the fundamentals of management, marketing operations, and finance.
  4. Examine how quality, teamwork, communication, and customer service are essential in business.
  5. Identify and use common business terms and jargon for each functional area of business.
  6. Develop a set of personal business career options and seek to become an employable quality graduate.
  7. Apply business ethics and social responsibility at work and in your personal life.

Grading Components

Grades will be based on the following activities and points:

  1. Reading Quizzes (13) 260 points Reading quizzes test your comprehension of the reading assignments. Quizzes are multiple choice, true and false, and multiple answer. Each quiz consists of 10 questions.
  2. Discussions (4) 35 points Discussion boards allow you to participate in an academic discussion and share your academic products. Each discussion board has two due dates, one for initial posts and another for replies.
  3. Weekly Reflection Journals (14) 140 points Each week you will reflect on and write about what you learned. 
  4. Career Exploration (8) 80 points During the semester you will research and explore your business career options. This multi-tiered assignment spans 8 lessons.
  5. Case Analyses (8) 200 points You will use the case method to consider real business problems in Lessons 5–13. You will prepare your recommendations in a written case analysis.
  6. Team Meetings (4) 40 points In Lessons 6, 7, 9 and 12 you will meet with your team to discuss the case. Your Instructor will make team assignments before Lesson 4.

Grading Scale

93%–100% = A 80%–82.9% = B- 67%–69.9% = D+
90%–92.9% = A- 77%–79.9% = C+ 63%–66.9% = D
87%–89.9% = B+ 73%–76.9% = C 60%–62.9% = D-
83%–86.9% = B 70%–72.9% = C- below 60.0% = F

Recommended I-Learn Browser

Mozilla Firefox is the recommended browser for use with I-Learn, however you must use a recent version. If you have questions or concerns about your browser please contact the BYUI Help Desk at (208) 496-1411.

Additionally you must enable insecure content to view all BUS 101 pages. Enabling insecure content does not put your I-Learn identity nor student information at risk. Watch this video to learn why and how to do this.

Video Title: Tip: How to View Insecure Content (Browser Security)

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCOP5asLr9g

Description: This video explains how and why to allow your browser to display blocked (or insecure) content

Author: Brad Marshal, Applications System Engineer BYU-Idaho

Length: 4:11

BUS 101 Assignments

Prepare BUS 101 assignments as Microsoft Word documents, acceptable file formats are .pdf, .doc, or .docx. Additionally, use single space and 12---point font. Generally, BUS 101 assignments are 1 page; however the case analysis assignments require a cover page.

BYUI students may download and install the Microsoft Office Suite (free).



Turnitin is used in this course. No additional action is required on your part. Your assignments will be automatically run through Turnitin's originality checker to promote academic honesty and discourage plagiarism. You may view the originality report results about 10 minutes after initially submitting an assignment.

Course Policies

  1. Late Work. You need to learn to be responsible and complete your assignments on time. If an assignment is late due to a medical emergency or family tragedy, email your Instructor and they will work with you. Trips, etc. are not excuses for late work, unless emergencies exist, so plan accordingly. You may turn work in early if you are planning in advance. If your instructor agrees to accept a late assignment, there will be a 50% reduction at minimum.
  2. Accessibility. If you have a diagnosed disability or believe you have a disability that may require reasonable accommodation on the part of BYU-Idaho, please call 1-208-496-9210. In compliance with the applicable disability law, qualified students with a disability may be entitled to "reasonable accommodation." It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the SSD office any special need he/she may have and to provide the appropriate documentation of the disability.
  3. Course Load. You are expected to devote at least 9 hours each week on this course. Learn to love learning!
  4. Questions. If you have questions about assignments, grading, or the course in general post a question to the Course Questions discussion board, attend your instructor's office hour or email your instructor. If you have questions about a specific lesson, post a question to the appropriate Notes from Instructor discussion board, attend your Instructor's office hour or email your Instructor.

Code of Conduct

  1. Demand the highest ethical standards for yourself. The collaborative and team oriented nature of this class means that there are group projects. It is inevitable that you will have opportunities to hand in work that is not your own. Remember when these opportunities present themselves that you are being trusted and challenged to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior. We want you to learn from your experiences in this class and at BYU-I in general, so you need to be able to trust each other and yourself to make the ethical decision. Accordingly, cheating, plagiarism, and other cases of intellectual dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be referred to the judicial board for review.
  2. Take pride in your work. Business leaders know that everything they present to the public reflects on them and their organization. Long-term success comes only to companies and individuals who produce the highest quality products and services, and deliver them in a timely fashion. Every paper, presentation, and project is an expression of the pride you take in yourself and your work. Make every effort to write well, meet deadlines, and take the time to make both the format and the content of your work of the highest quality. This means writing one more draft, and double checking spelling and grammar.
  3. Be prepared. Unprepared managers have very short careers (or end up in dead-end jobs). To succeed, you need to prepare for each class session. Nothing shows less respect for others than making them wait while you do something you were supposed to have done in advance. If you don't prepare and try instead to"fake it," you run the risk of looking foolish and wasting everyone's time with irrelevant comments.
  4. Show some respect. Professionalism also means being civil to those with whom you disagree (and perhaps dislike). In business, often find that you must work with people with conflicting opinions or personal styles. Your ability to work with, tolerate, and effectively interact with these individuals is critical to your success.
  5. Get Involved. Professionalism means keeping up with the discussion—making a contribution. Not everything you say has to be deadly serious, however. As long as it fits, its okay, even desirable, to inject a little humor once in a while. Just make sure it isn't mean and doesn't step on anybody's toes.

John A. Widtsoe on Education:

To be merely mentally trained is to be only partly trained. The man whose mind only has been trained may be likened to the ship with great engines and a huge propeller, ready to drive the ship forward, but without a rudder, chart, compass, or definite destination. When we add to the man, so trained, spiritual training, then it is as if we add to the ship, with its wonderful machinery, a compass, a chart, a rudder, and a dependable intelligence which controls the whole machinery, above and below deck, so that the vessel may reach a safe haven, according to a definite purpose.

Joseph Smith Jr. on Doing it Right:

"If we start right, it is easy to go right all of the time; but if we start wrong, we may go wrong, and it can be a hard matter to get it right."