Small Business Management (BUSG 2309)
Learn how to develop a Business Plan and operate a Small Business.
SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
A course on how to start and operate a small business. Topics include facts about a small business, essential management skills, how to prepare a business plan, financial needs, marketing strategies, and legal issues.
You must have the drive to succeed the willingness to learn and the passion to work hard.
The primary objective is to give the student an understanding of the entrepreneur’s role in the business enterprise. This will entail learning essential management skills required of a successful entrepreneur and preparing a business plan.
STATEMENT OF FOUNDATION SKILLS AND WORKPLACE COMPETENCIES (SCANS SKILLS)
A study was conducted for the Department of Labor by the American Society for Training and Development which identified the seven skills U. S. employers want most in entry level employees. These skills are motivation to learn, basic skills, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, career development and leadership.
HCCS is committed to preparing every student with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic work environment. Towards this end, the following skills will be included in this course. Testing and assessing these skills will vary according to individual instructors. The following are examples of how these skills may be incorporated in this course.
- Demonstrating Thinking Skills
- Creative thinking, Problem solving, Thinking logically, and Seeing with the mind’s eye by completing team and individual critical thinking and brainstorming exercises. The student is encouraged to “think out side the box”, use independent thought, respect other’s ideas, identify discrepancies between actual and what could/should be in different situations, and design strategies for reducing or eliminating the discrepancies. These exercises are part of the participation evaluation, which account for 5% of the semester grade.
Steven O’Brien, MBA University of Phoenix. Bachelors DePaul University Chicago.
Vice President of Real estate Lending First Community Credit Union. Previous employers
WAMU, CIT, GE. Owned and Operated Texas American Financial and Realty from 1987-1998
Scarborough, Norman M. and Thomas W. Zimmer, Effective Small Business Management, Ninth Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2009.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING POLICY
It is the policy of the Dean of Workforce that an Incomplete may be given only for extenuating circumstances (i.e., family illness, accident, or an unforeseen event occurring at final exam time). Individual instructors may use a variety of grading policies and create tailored course requirement to their courses.
Weekly quiz over chapter 10%
Class participation / Thinking Skills 10%
There will be a midterm and a final Exam. 50%
Class Projects (Case Studies) 10%
Business Plan and Presentation 20%
Make up exams will not be allowed unless I am notified of the circumstance in advance or the situation warrants consideration examples: (Death in the family, documented evidence of illness)
PROJECTS, ASSIGNMENTS, PORTFOLIOS, PRESENTATIONS, SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIPS, ETC.
Individual instructors will require projects and assignments based on their individual course requirements.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Describe important issues about small business; identify essential management skills required of a successful entrepreneur; and prepare a business plan.
COURSE CALENDAR WITH READING ASSIGNMENTS
Reading assignments are associated with chapters covered on each exam. It is the student’s responsibility to review the course syllabus insuring correct chapters are read and studied prior to each exam.
OTHER STUDENT INFORMATION:
New student User ID for Blackboard
Your new student login user ID will be your HCC User ID (sometimes referred to as the “W” number). All HCC students have a unique User ID. It is the same number you use for class registration. For students who have taken DE classes in previous semesters, the login will no longer be “firstname.lastname” + the last 2 digit of your SS #. If you do not know your User ID you can look it up using the following links:
o From the HCC home page, click on “Register Here”
o On the Student Web Services page, click on “Registration (Online)”
o Click on “Retrieve User ID” and follow the instructions.
Or use the direct link: https://hccsaweb.hccs.edu:8080/servlets/iclientservlet/sauat/?cmd=start
The default student password will still be “distance.” As always, students will then be prompted to change their password after their first login. These new student login procedures apply to classes taught in both WebCT and Blackboard. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need additional assistance with your log in.
SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY (HCCS STUDENT HANDBOOK)
Students are responsible for conducting themselves with honor and integrity in fulfilling course requirements. Penalties and/or disciplinary proceedings may be initiated by College System officials against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.
"Scholastic dishonesty" includes , but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.
"Cheating" on test includes:
· Copying from another student's test paper;
· Using materials during a test that are not authorized by the person giving the test;
· Collaborating with another student during a test without authority;
· Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of an un-administered test;
· Bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered.
"Plagiarism" means the appropriation of another's work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one's own written work offered for credit.
"Collusion" means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work offered for credit.
ATTENDANCE AND WITHDRAWAL POLICIES
In accordance with HCCS rules, the instructor has the authority to drop a student from any class after the student has been absent for periods equivalent to two weeks of class (6 classes). However, the student has the ultimate responsibility to withdraw from the course. If there are extreme circumstances that require absence from class, it is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor. For additional information refer to the HCCS catalog.
The State of Texas has begun to impose penalties on students who drop courses excessively. That is, if you repeat the same course more than twice, you have to pay extra tuition. In addition, as of Fall 2007, students are limited to no more than SIX total course withdrawals throughout their educational career at a Texas public college or university.
In order to withdraw from your class, you MUST contact your professor and this must be done PRIOR to the withdrawal deadline to receive a “W” on your transcript. If you do not withdraw before the deadline, you will receive the grade that you have earned by the end of the semester. Zeros averaged in for required assignments/tests not submitted will lower your semester average significantly, most likely resulting in a failing grade (“F”).
Please visit the online registration calendars, HCC schedule of classes and catalog, any HCC Registration Office, or any HCC counselor to determine class withdrawal deadlines. Remember to allow a 24-hour response time when communicating via email or telephone with your professor. Do not submit a request to discuss withdrawal options less than a day before the deadline.
Receiving a W in a course may affect the status of your student Visa. Once a W is given for the course, it will not be changed to an F because of the visa consideration. Please contact the International Student Office at 713-718-8520 if you have any questions about your visa status and other transfer issues.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
"Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the appropriate HCC Disability Support Service (DSS) Counselor at the beginning of each semester. Faculty are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the
Disability Support Services Office. Students who are requesting special testing accommodations must first contact the appropriate DSS Counselor for assistance.
Students who require testing accommodations need to schedule an appointment for testing to ensure that staff will be available for proctoring and to arrange for any adaptive equipment that may be required. Students should contact the instructor's "Instructional Support Specialist" (ISS) the week prior to each exam throughout the semester to confirm that the requested testing accommodations will be met.
USE OF CAMERAS OR RECORDING DEVICES:
Use of recording devices, including camera phones and tape recorders, is prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and other locations where instruction, tutoring, or testing occurs. Students with disabilities who need to use a recording device as a reasonable accommodation should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities for information regarding reasonable accommodations.
GRADE APPEAL, REFUNDS, DISCIPLINE ISSUES and SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
Refer to the Student Handbook, Catalog and Schedule.
You have the opportunity to enhance your personal and intellectual growth by participating in a variety of activities. Those activities can be located in the Student Handbook or through the HCCS Web resources at: www.hccs.edu/handbookHome2.html.
Week 1 -- Written Assignment on Expectation of course.
Review Current impact of Current events
Entrepreneurs: The Driving Force
Week 2 -- Discuss Chapter 1-3
Entrepreneurs: The Driving Force
Quiz over Chapter 2-3
Strategic Management and the Entrepreneur
Choosing a Form of Ownership.
Week 3 -- Quiz over Chapter 4-5
Franchising and the Entrepreneur
Buying an Existing Business
Week 4 -- Quiz over Chapter 6
Conducting a Feasibility Analysis and Crafting a Winning Business Plan.
Week 5 -- Quiz over Chapter 7
Creating a Solid Financial Plan
The Entrepreneur Interview – Discussion
Week 6 -- Quiz over Chapter 8
Managing Cash Flow
Week 7 -- Quiz over Chapter 9
Building a Guerrilla Marketing Plan
Week 8 -- Quiz over Chapter 10 and 11
Creative Use of Advertising and Promotion
Week 9 -- Quiz over Chapter 12
Global Marketing Strategies
Week 10 -- Quiz over Chapter 13
E-commerce and Entrepreneurship
Week 11 -- Quiz over Chapter 14 and 15
Sources of Equity Financing
Sources of Debt Financing
Week 12 -- Quiz over Chapter 16 and 17
Location, Layout, and Physical Facilities
Supply Chain Management
Week 13 -- Quiz over Chapter 18
Week 14 -- Quiz over Chapter 19
Staffing and Leading a Growing Company
Week 15 -- Quiz over Chapter 20 and 21
Family Business: Succession and Risk
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Week 16 -- Quiz over Chapter 22
The Legal Environment: Business Law
Week 17 -- Presentations
Week 18 -- Final Exam
A syllabus hasn't been posted for this course yet.