Small Business Management (BUSG 2309)

Learn how to develop a Business Plan and operate a Small Business.

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

BUSG 2309

SYLLABUS

Steven O’Brien

832-771-8374

281-856-5525

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

 

PREREQUISITES

You must have the drive to succeed the willingness to learn and the passion to work hard.

 

COURSE GOALS

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.

 

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

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

 

TEXTBOOK INFORMATION:

Scarborough, Norman M. and Thomas W. Zimmer, Effective Small Business Management, Ninth Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2009.

 

LAB REQUIREMENTS

None

 

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.

 

Grading/TESTING

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 POLICY

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.

 

COURSE CONTENT

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 desupport@hccs.edu if you need additional assistance with your log in.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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.

ACTIVITIES

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.

Resouces:

http://www.bplans.com/sample_business_plans.cfm

http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/index.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

                          Managing Inventory

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

                          Management Strategies

                          Ethics and Social Responsibility

Week 16  --      Quiz over Chapter 22

                          The Legal Environment: Business Law

                          Course Conclusion

                          Presentations

Week 17 --       Presentations

Week 18 --       Final Exam

  

Course Information

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