FALL 2005









Professor Thom Watkins





Introduction To Business, Bus 5

FALL 2005

Aug 22nd thru Dec 19th



Course Title:  Bus 5, Introduction to Business              Instructor:  Thom Watkins

Telephone:  (707) 864-7000 ext 374                 E-Mail:

Class Hours:  Mon-Wed-Fri, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm   Location: Room 603

Text:  UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS, 7th edition, Nickels, McHugh & McHugh.



Purpose of the Course.

The purpose of this class is to introduce you to the many facets of the free enterprise system and of the business that operate within it.  Since it is the first course in business, Introduction to Business is not going to teach you "everything you wanted to know about business but were afraid to ask".  It is anticipated, though, that through your experiences in this course, you will gain a better understanding of what private enterprise is all about and what is included in each of the several academic areas of study in business at institutions of higher learning such as the one you are attending.  It is hoped that this improved understanding will increase your appreciation of the free enterprise system and will assist you in planning both your academic program and future career.



Goals of the course.

1.                                                        Acquaint you with the free enterprise system - the foundation upon which                                          American business is built;

2.       Acquaint you with the American economic system and contrast it to other possibilities:

3.       Acquaint you with the aspects involved with starting a business;

4.       Acquaint you with the various functional areas of business - accounting, finance, management, and marketing, - and how these areas are interrelated by means of information systems;

5.       Acquaint you with the nation's security markets - a dynamic part of your   everyday life;

6.       Stimulate you to think about how you are affected by the business system and how you might fit into that system;

7.       Acquaint you with the language of business.


Resource Materials.

Periodicals such as Business WeekThe Wall Street JournalFortuneForbesNewsweek TimeU.S. News and World Report, and your daily newspaper; The Library; and the Internet.


Method of Instruction.

I plan to use a combination of any or all of the following instructional methods:  lecture, discussion student case analysis, controversial topic debates, films, and guest speakers.


Class Attendance and Participation.

Students must attend class in order to participate in student-involvement activities.  I expect each student to be prepared for each evening's lesson.  That is: student will have read the material to be covered in that day’s lesson prior to class; be prepared to ask questions; answer questions; and otherwise participate in discussion of the topics for that day.


Consistent and timely attendance is expected.  Past experience indicates a direct relationship between regular attendance and passing grades.  Also, with that in mind, each student is expected to read and understand the attached page titled Student Responsibilities, Attendance and Participation as extracted from the Solano Community College Catalog.


There will be a ten-point penalty assessed on all examinations not taken when scheduled.


Grades and Grading Criteria.

Grades will be based on your performance on the following:


Grades and Grading Criteria.

Grades will be based on your performance on the following:


          Examination #1 ----------------------------------- 12%


          Examination #2 ----------------------------------- 11%


          Examination #3 ----------------------------------- 11%


Examination #4 ----------------------------------- 11%


          Examination #5 ----------------------------------- 13%


          Examination #6 ----------------------------------- 11%


          Final Examination---------------------------------- 13%


          Term Paper----------------------------------------- 18%


          Participation------------------------------------ + / - (Instructor appraisal)


The following grading criteria will be in effect for this class:


          A = 90 - 100


          B = 80 - 89


          C = 70 - 79


          D = 60 - 69


          F = 59 and below



Extra Credit.



There are plenty of opportunities during the semester for you to achieve the grade that you desire providing that you are willing to put in the effort.  So please do not ask.


Student Responsibilities


Attendance and Participation


Students must attend the first meeting of their classes each semester in order to verify their class enrollments. Students failing to appear are withdrawn from class rolls.


Regular attendance and participation is required of all students enrolled in courses and laboratories at Solano College. This includes regular attendance, completion of examinations, assignments, participation in class activities and discussions. Instructors shall provide students with written statements describing course requirements, grading standards and course prerequisites.


Regular attendance is an obligation assumed by every student at the time of registration. Absences per semester should not exceed the number of hours or the number of days, as determined by the instructor, that a class meets per week. Absences in excess of the maximum may result in students being dropped from classes or having their grades lowered. Students who fail to attend their classes may be dropped by their instructors no later than the end of 62.5 percent of the full-term class, short- term class, or summer session.


Students have the responsibility for verifying their enrollment status. If students withdraw from classes, it is their responsibility to make sure that drop cards have been submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records or that they have completed the withdrawal via RSVP telephone or online services.


It is the responsibility of students to know the status of their attendance records and to complete all academic work missed due to absences.


Compliance with the above regulations may be waived in the presence of verifiable extenuating circumstances including accidents, illnesses, shift changes and temporary changes in military assignments. Students who are dropped from classes because of unsatisfactory attendance and/or participation may petition their instructors for class reinstatement. Instructors may reinstate a student by signing an add card and writing “Reinstate” on the card. The add card must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records.




Withdrawal from Classes


Students are responsible for officially dropping from classes and verifying that drop cards are submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records or complete the drop process by using the RSVP telephone system or web online services.


A student may withdraw from a class during the fast four weeks of instruction by filing a drop card with the Office of Admissions and Records or complete the drop process by using the RSVP Telephone system or web online services. Courses dropped by the end of the first four weeks of instruction will not appear on the student's record.


Courses dropped after 30% of instruction through the end Of 62.5% of the term/session will be recorded as a “W” on the student's record. A student must petition the Academic Council for a “W” after the last day to drop if extenuating circumstances apply. Documentation shall be required.


Short-term or summer session courses, which are less a full semester in length, dropped during the first 30% of the class will not appear on the students record Courses dropped 31% to 62.5% of the term/session will be recorded as a “W” on the student's record. Courses dropped after 62.5% of the term/session maybe recorded as a “W” if extenuating circumstances apply. The student must petition the Academic Council and provide documentation to verify cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.




Withdrawal from College


Students who find it necessary to drop all courses during the semester are required to fill out a Withdrawal Card at the Office of Admissions and Records or the withdrawal using the RSVP telephone system or web online services Seeing a counselor is advised before deciding to withdraw. It is important to clear any debts owed to the College before leaving the College. Failure to withdraw properly could result in a failing grade.



SCC Catalog 2005-2006; pages 29 /30.


Bus 5 – INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS - Course Schedule

(Fall 2005 / M-W-F / 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)






Monday                          Wednesday                      Friday


                            22nd                                         24th                                          26th

                        Intro to Course                           Chap 1                                         Chap 2

                        Chap 1                                     


                          29th                                            31st                         

                        Chaps 2 & 3                                  Chap 3                      






Monday                          Wednesday                      Friday



                                                                                                                         Chap 4


                             5th                                              7th                             9th

                        Labor Day                                     Chap 4                                 Chap 4


                           12th                                              14th                                       16th

                        Exam #1                                   Chap 4 Appendix                           Chap 5

                        Chaps 1 thru 4


                          19th                                               21st                                       23rd

                        Chap 5                                           Chap 6                                    Chap 6


                          26th                                              28th                                        30th

                        Exam #2                                       Chap 7                                  Chaps 7 & 8

                        Chaps 4A, 5, & 6






Monday                          Wednesday                      Friday


                              3rd                                           5th                                           7th

                           Chaps 8 & 9                               Chap 9                                     Chap 9



                           10th                                            12th                                          14th

                        Exam #3                                     Chap 12                                      Chap 12

                        Chaps 7 thru 9


Course Schedule, cont’d.



OCTOBER, cont’d


Monday                          Wednesday                      Friday


                          17th                                               19th                                      21st

                        Chap 11                                        Chap 12                                Chap 12


                          24th                                             26th                                         28th

                        Exam, #4                                     Chap 13                                    Chap 14

                        Chaps 10 thru 12



                        Chap 14






Monday                          Wednesday                      Friday


                                                                              2nd                                         4th

                                                                           Chap 15                                 Chap 15



                           7th                                               9th                                          11th

                        Chap 16                                       Chap 16                                 Veteran’s Day


                            14th                                            16th                                        18th

                        Exam, #5                                      Chaps 17 & 18                          Chap 18

                        Chaps 13 thru 16



                          21st                                               23rd                                       25th

                        Chap 18                                       ++++Thanksgiving Holidays++++


                          28th                                               30th

                        Exam, #6                                       Chap 19

                        Chaps 17 & 18






Monday                          Wednesday                      Friday



                                                                                                                         Chaps 19 & 20


                           5th                                             7th                                            9th

                        Chap 20                                      Chap 21                      Chaps 21 & 22 Appendix



                        Chap 22 Appendix                     

                        Course Review





Term Paper Deadline: Monday, December 5th; 11:00am.


Final Examination: Friday, December 16th; 10:30am-12:30pm, Room 603.




Business 5 Term Paper


The following is offered to you as guidance in the preparation of your Term Paper for this class:



Ž       The paper must be typewritten; hand-written papers will not be accepted.

Ž       Suggested length is somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 double-spaced pages – enough length to present a logical and scholarly analysis and investigation of your topic.

Ž       A bibliography is required.  Be sure to correctly cite your sources.

Ž       Topics are to be associated with the subject areas of this course.

Ž       Your proposed topic must be approved by me in advance.  Use the supplied Proposed Term Paper Topic handout for approval of your topic.

Ž       Sources must be other than those in your text.  For instance, sources such as the following might be used:

o        Internet Web Sites – pay close attention to those mentioned in the course text.

o        Solano College Library

o        The Wall Street Journal.

o        Business Week.

o        Fortune.

o        Other professional journals in the field you have chosen.

Ž       Grading will be essentially reserved to the content of the paper and the perceptible scholarship.

Ž       Poor composition, grammar spelling, etc., will detract substantially from your grade.

Ž       Above all, always give proper credit where credit is due.  Understand the meaning of plagiarism – the presentation of someone else’s ideas or words as your own.  Papers displaying signs of plagiarism will receive a failing grade.

Review the attached MLA Citation Format put together by Dr. Quentin Carter of the Solano College Library.  This handout is useful to show how to properly cite from books, periodicals, Internet resources and more.  The handout is in PDF format, so you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader software in order to use it.

It can be accessed from the Library’s Home Page:

MLA Citation Format Handout  (double-click on the icon above)




Ž       Suggested topics to choose from may include, but are not limited to:

o       Future trends in business and management – be specific here.

o       Technology’s application to small business.

o       Total Quality Management in business.

o       Employee protection / privacy protection.

o       Trends in international management.

o       Regional and off-shore production.

o       Off-shore production and finance.

o       Trends in global marketing.

o       Effects of globalization, e.g., NAFTA, The EU, on American business.

o       Labor-Management Relations.

o       Careers in business – trends and opportunities.

o       Small business – yesterday and today.



Business 5 Proposed Term Paper- Fall Semester 2003



NAME: _______________________________________


I propose my term paper topic will be on the subject of:



My sources will include the following:



This topic is important to me because:



This topic is related to this course in this way: