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Business Administration

The Business Administration degree educates students for success in a dynamic global economy within the context of sustainable business environments. The discipline’s foundation covers accounting, economics, finance, entrepreneurship, management, and marketing analytics, cultivating responsible leaders to serve as architects and agents in organizational decision-making, using advanced quantitative approaches for foundations for success in the international business community.

BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management

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BUS 1101: PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT


Syllabus


Prerequisites: None.


Course Description: All forms of business require the involvement of managers to enable the successful operation of the organization.  This course will present a survey of the basic methods by which managers have operated businesses, large and small. Foremost are the basic concepts of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling. Embedded within these key concepts are numerous skills that, when mastered, will allow you to embark on a career in business management.


Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

  • Carpenter, M., Bauer, T., Erdogan, B. (2010). Management Principles 1.1. This book is licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa 3.0 license. You can download the PDF version here

Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of management theory and practice
  2. Identify one's strengths and weaknesses in leadership and interpersonal skills.
  3. Create and characterize good goals and objectives
  4. Examine the scope and changing role of strategic human resource management
  5. Compare and contrast need-based and process-based theories of motivation

Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to the Principles of Management 

  • Managers and the nature of their work.
  • Overview of leadership, entrepreneurship, and strategy.
  • The planning-organizing-leading-controlling (P-O-L-C) framework.
  • Economic, social, and environmental performance.
  • Individual and group level performance.
  • Goal setting using SMART, —specific, measurable, aggressive, realistic, and time-bound.

Week 2: Unit 2 - Psychology and Work Behaviors

  • The roles of personality and values in determining work behaviors.
  • The process of perception and how it affects work behaviors.
  • The major work attitudes that affect work behaviors.
  • The concept of person-organization fit and how it affects work behaviors.
  • The key set of behaviors that matter for organizational performance.


Week 3: Unit 3 - Globalization and Leadership

  • The history of principles of management.
  • The context for contemporary principles of management.
  • Key global trends.
  • Globalization’s effects on management principles and practices.
  • Value-based leadership (ethics) in management.


Week 4: Unit 4
- Mission, Vision, and Values

  • The Roles of Mission, Vision, and Values Mission and Vision
  • Creativity and Passion
  • Stakeholders
  • Crafting Mission and Vision Statements

Week 5: Unit 5 - Strategic Management

  • How strategies emerge.
  • Strategy as trade-offs, discipline, and focus.
  • Internal and external analysis to develop strategy.
  • The strategy diamond

Week 6: Unit 6 - Goals and Objectives

  • The nature of goals and objectives and why they are important.
  • Characterizes good goals and objectives.
  • The roles of goals and objectives in employee performance reviews.
  • The relationships among economic, social, and environmental goals and objectives.
  • Personal goals and objectives.

Week 7: Unit 7 - Organizational Structure and Change

  • Organizational structure and its basic elements.
  • Matrix, boundary-less, and learning organizations.
  • Organizational change.
  • Resistance to change.
  • Strategies for planning and executing change effectively.

Week 8: Unit 8 - Organizational Culture

  • Organizational culture its importance for an organization.
  • The dimensions that make up a company’s culture.
  • Five signs of organizational culture

Week 9: Unit 9 - Course Review and Final Exam


Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Principles of Management

  • Thoroughly review the course syllabus
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Introductory Discussion post (in the Course Forum)
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 2: Psychology and Work Behaviors

  • Peer-assess Unit #1 Written Assignment
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 3: Globalization and Leadership

  • Peer-assess Unit #2 Written Assignment
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz

Unit 4: Mission, Vision, and Values

  • Peer-assess Unit #3 Written Assignment
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 5: Strategic Management

  • Peer-assess Unit #4 Written Assignment
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take  the Self-Quiz

Unit 6: Goals and Objectives

  • Peer-assess Unit #5 Written Assignment
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz

Unit 7: Organizational Structure and Change

  • Peer-assess Unit #6 Written Assignment
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 8: Organizational Culture

  • Peer-assess Unit #7 Written Assignment
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Practice Exam

Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

  • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
  • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
  • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

Course Requirements:

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Learning Journal
Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

Quizzes
This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

Final Exam
The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies:

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments 10%
Written Assignments 15%
Learning Journals  15%
Graded Quizzes 30%
Final Exam 30%
TOTAL 100%

Grading Scale

This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade
Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 1.67
D+ 68-69 1.33
D 63-67 1.00
D- 60-62 0.67
F Under 60 0.00

Grade Appeal
If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by a lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

BUS 1102 Basic Accounting

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BUS 1102: BASIC ACCOUNTING


Syllabus


Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management.


Course Description: The Basic Accounting course introduces students to financial reporting and financial management concepts and practices. The primary focus of this course is the preparation, use, and analysis of general purpose financial statements in support of the capital market decision-making process. In addition, certain financial accounts concepts related to current assets will be covered.


Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.


Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain how accounting information is used.
  2. Complete journal entries using the accrual basis of accounting.
  3. Explain the steps of the accounting cycle.
  4. Prepare income statements, statements of owner's equity, and balance sheets using generally accepted accounting principles.
  5. Illustrate accounting for cash, receivables, and inventories and merchandise transactions.

Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to the Course and Principles of Financial Accounting

Week 2: Unit 2 - The Accounting Cycle: Analyzing and Recording Transactions

Week 3: Unit 3 - The Accounting Cycle: Adjusting Entries and Preparing Financial Statements

Week 4: Unit 4 - Completing the Accounting Cycle: The Closing Process

Week 5: Unit 5 - Accounting for Merchandising Operations

Week 6: Unit 6 - Cash and Internal Controls

Week 7: Unit 7 - Accounting for Receivables

Week 8: Unit 8 - Inventories and Cost of Goods Sold

Week 9: Unit 9 - Course Review and Final Exam


Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Course and Principles of Financial Accounting

  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete various textbook exercises)
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Unit 2: The Accounting Cycle: Analyzing and Recording Transactions

  • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete various textbook exercises)
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Unit 3: The Accounting Cycle: Adjusting Entries and Preparing Financial Statements

  • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete various textbook exercises)
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Graded Quiz

Unit 4: Completing the Accounting Cycle: The Closing Process

  • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete various textbook exercises)
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Unit 5: Accounting for Merchandising Operations

  • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete various textbook exercises)
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Unit 6: Cash and Internal Controls

  • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete various textbook exercises)
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Graded Quiz

Unit 7: Accounting for Receivables

  • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete various textbook exercises)
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal

Unit 8: Inventories and Cost of Goods Sold

  • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete the Learning Journal
  • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
  • Take the Review Quiz

Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

  • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
  • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
  • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

Course Requirements:

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Learning Journal
Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

Quizzes
This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

Final Exam
The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies:

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments 25%
Written Assignments 25%
Learning Journals 10%
Two Graded Quizzes 20% (10% each)
Final Exam 20%
TOTAL 100%

Grading Scale
This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade
Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 1.67
D+ 68-69 1.33
D 63-67 1.00
D- 60-62 0.67
F Under 60 0.00

Grade Appeal
If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

BUS 1103 Microeconomics

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BUS 1103  MICROECONOMICS


Syllabus


Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


Course Description:


This is an introductory course in Microeconomics. In this course, we will learn about basic elements of consumer and firm behavior, different market structures and their effects on welfare, and the direct and indirect role of the government in determining economic outcomes.


Required Textbook and Materials:


OpenStax EconomicsPrinciples of Economics. OpenStax CNX. May 18, 2016 http://cnx.org/contents/69619d2b-68f0-44b0-b074-a9b2bf90b2c6@11.330

Software Requirements/Installation

  1. A reliable internet connection
  2. Microsoft Office Suite (including Word and Excel) or Open Office Suite (including Writer and Calc) and a pdf reader.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


Upon completion of the course, a student will be able to

  1. Apply the critical thinking skill learned in this course to deal with economic problems
  2. Identify the direction of price movements when the market environment changes
  3. Realize the unintended consequences of well meaning government intervention in markets
  4. Identify market structures and its effect on market efficiency
  5. Realize the distinction between equity and efficiency
  6. Active role of the government in situations of market failures

Course Schedule and Topics


 This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


Unit 1: Introduction to Economic Principles
Topics:

  • Economics as a social science and its applications
  • Difference between micro end macro economics
  • Marginal analysis—economic logic
  • Mathematical Prerequisites: Graphs and slopes
  • Choice under Scarcity: PPF and Opportunity Cost
  • Globalization


Unit 2: Economic Models: Supply and Demand
Topics:

  • Definition and Example of demand and supply curve.
  • Difference between quantity demanded and demand.
  • Equilibrium; definition and examples.
  • Shifts of the demand and supply curves under environmental changes.
  • Examples of non-equilibrium situations, like price ceiling and price floors.
  • Consumer Surplus
  • Producer Surplus and efficiency
  • Dead weight loss due to taxation

Unit 3: Elasticity

Topics:

  • Price Elasticity of demand: Definition and examples
  • Income Elasticity, Cross price Elasticity : Definition and examples
  • Price Elasticity of Supply
  • Relationship between Elasticity and revenue and taxation


Unit 4: Consumer Choices
Topics: 

  • Introduction to Consumer Choices
  • Total Utility and Diminishing Marginal Utility
  • Choosing with Marginal Utility
  • Utility Maximization Rule
  • How Changes in Income and Prices Affect Consumer Choices
  • Demand Curves and Marginal Utility

Unit 5: The Theory of the Firm

Topics:

  • Explicit and Implicit Costs, and Accounting and Economic Profit
  • The Structure of Costs in the Short Run
  • The Structure of Costs in the Long Run 

Unit 6: Market Structures: Perfect Competition and Monopoly
Topics:

  • Perfect competition and the assumptions needed to fulfill the conditions
  • Examples from the real world in competitive markets
  • Profit maximizing conditions in a  competitive market
  • Shut down condition-long run and the short run
  • Relationship between short run supply and marginal cost curve
  • Competitive markets and the Zero Profit condition in the long run
  • Monopolies and the assumptions needed to fulfill the conditions of a monopoly
  • Examples from the real world of monopoly markets and sources of monopoly power
  • Profit maximizing conditions of monopolies
  • Efficiency losses due to monopoly markets

Unit 7: Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly

Topics:

  • Other market structures: monopolistic competition, Oligopoly
  • Differences between the three major market structures and the similarities
  • Various models of Oligopoly
  • Examples of monopolistic competition
  • Real-Life examples of the three major market structures

Unit 8: Poverty and Economic Inequality

Topics:

  • Lorenz Curve and its implications
  • Absolute measures, relative measures of Inequality and their difference
  • Demographics of Poverty and Inequality in the United States
  • Income inequality globally

Unit 9: Final Exam



Study Guide


Unit 1: Introduction to Economic Principles

  • Read the Learning Guide and Professor's Notes.
  • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question.
  • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
  • Complete the Self-Quiz.
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 1.
  • Complete Learning Journal Tasks.
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapters 1 and 2 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.) 

Unit 2: Economic Models: Supply and Demand

  • Peer Assess Unit 1 Written Assignment 
  • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 2.
  • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 2.
  • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.  
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 2
  • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 2.
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 2.
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapters 3 and 4 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.) 

Unit 3: Elasticity

  • Peer-assess Unit 2 Written Assignment  
  • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Take and submit the Self-Quiz
  • Take and submit the Graded Quiz
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapter 5 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.)

Unit 4: Consumer Choices

  • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 4.
  • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 4.
  • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students. 
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 4
  • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 4.
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 4.
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapter 6 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.) Do not hand these in.

Unit 5: The Theory of the Firm

  • Peer Assess Unit 4 Written Assignment.
  • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 5.
  • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 5.
  • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 5.
  • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 5
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 5
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapter 7 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.) Do not hand these in.


Unit 6:
 Market Structures: Perfect Competition and Monopoly

  • Peer Assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 6.
  • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 6.
  • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 6
  • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 6
  • Complete the Graded Quiz for Unit 6
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 6
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapters 8 and 9 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.) Do not hand these in.

Unit 7: Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly

  • Peer Assess Unit 6 Written Assignment 
  • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 7
  • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 7
  • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your
  • fellow students. 
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment for Unit 7
  • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 7
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 7
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapter 10 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.) Do not hand these in.

 

Unit 8: Poverty and Economic Inequality

  • Peer Assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and required readings for Unit 8
  • Respond to the Discussion Forum Question for Unit 8
  • Respond to at least three Discussion Forum answers written by your fellow students.
  • Complete the Self-Quiz for Unit 8
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal for Unit 8
  • Complete the “Self-Check Questions” at the end of Chapter 14 of the text. (The answers are after Appendix D in the book.) Do not hand these in.


Unit 9: Final Examination

  • Prepare for and submit the final examination.
  • The final exam will take place in Week 9. (Exact date and other details will be announced.)

 


Course Requirements


Assignments
There is an Assignment to be completed for each of the study units in this course except for Unit 8. You will be required to upload your assignments by the indicated deadline and in addition, to assess three of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions provided. Failure to submit assignments may result in failure of the course.

Discussion Forum
There are Discussion Forum questions to be completed for each study unit in this course. In each unit, you will be required to post your response to the question in the forum. In addition, you must provide constructive commentary on at least three of your peers’ postings and rate their work between one and five according the guidelines provided.

Discussion Forums are only active for the relevant learning week and it is not possible to contribute to a discussion forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forums may result in failure of the course.

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is monitored by the instructors. It is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

Classroom Forum
The Classroom Forum is a small forum available only to students in the same classroom or group. Participation in this forum is an excellent way to get to know your peers and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

Learning Journal
The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered and to draft answers for Discussion Forums and Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated regularly (on a weekly basis), as the learning journals will be assessed by your instructor as part of your Final Grade.

Quizzes
For each unit of work, there is a self-quiz consisting of multiple choice and True/False questions.. You will have multiple attempts to take the quiz and improve your results. The results of the self-quiz do not count towards your Final Grade. There are also two graded quizzes in the course, one in Unit 3 and the other in Unit 6 It is recommended that you complete the self-quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials.

Final Examination
The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically.
Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


Policies


The University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are expected to comply with this scale:

Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.0
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 1.67
D+ 68-69 1.33
D 63-67 1.00
D- 60-62 0.67
F Under 60 0.00


Grades will be based on a standard 100-point scale with the following values and ranges:

Grading Components and Weights

Learning Journal 10%
Written Assignments 25%

Discussion Forums

25%

Graded Quizzes (2)

20% (10% each)

Final Exam 20%
TOTAL 100%


Grade Appeal
Final Grades may be appealed when you believe that the grade you have been assigned for a course is unjust or unfair. For more information on the Grade Appeal procedure, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of assignment submission and/or inadequate contribution in discussion forum postings.

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the deadline. A course time-line is provided in the course schedule. The instructor will specify the deadline for each assignment.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments. Students should review the Late Assignment Policy appearing in the Student Handbook.

Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.

All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.

Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.


BUS 1104 Macroeconomics

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BUS 1104: MACROECONOMICS


Syllabus


Prerequisites: BUS 1101: Principles of Business Management


Course Description: This course provides a solid overview of the field of macroeconomics with the intent to develop a general understanding and appreciation of the factors and methods used to manage macroeconomic policy and the impact of these policies on the global economy. Macroeconomics is oriented largely toward national economic policy. The topics in this course appear regularly in the news. This course will help you to understand how a nation's economy works and how macroeconomic policy impacts a nation's economy. It will help you to judge what policies you, as an informed member of society and participant in the economy, will or will not support.


Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

  • Additionally, students may find the CEO Express website of value for completing their written assignments and for accessing information. It may be accessed via: http://www.ceoexpress.com

Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes: By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast how a nation’s economy works.
  2. Examine macroeconomic policy issues and the potential and limitations of economic policy.
  3. Evaluate conflicting economic policy proposals.

Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

Week 1: Unit 1 - Economics: The Study of Choice. Demand and Supply 

Week 2: Unit 2 - A Brief History of Macroeconomic Thought and Policy and Macroeconomics: The Big Picture 

Week 3: Unit 3 - Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply and Consumption and Aggregate Expenditures Model 

Week 4: Unit 4 - Financial Markets and the Economy and Monetary Policy and the Fed 

Week 5: Unit 5 - Government and Fiscal Policy and Socialist Economies in Transition 

Week 6: Unit 6 - Economic Growth and Net Exports and International Finance 

Week 7: Unit 7 - Inflation and Unemployment and Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination

Week 8: Unit 8 - Investment and Economic Activity and Economic Development 

Week 9: Unit 9 - Course Review and Final Exam


Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

Unit 1: Economics: The Study of Choice, Demand and Supply

  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Collaborative Exercise - Introductory Discussion Post
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and Submit Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Complete and Submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 2: A Brief History of Macroeconomic Thought and Policy, and Macroeconomics: The Big Picture 

  • Peer-assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and Submit Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Complete and Submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 3: Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply, Consumption and Aggregate Expenditures Model  

  • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit Unit 3 Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz

Unit 4: Financial Markets and the Economy, Monetary Policy and the Fed 

  • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 5: Government and Fiscal Policy and Socialist Economies in Transition

  • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 6: Economic Growth, and Net Exports, International Finance 

  • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz

Unit 7: Inflation and Unemployment, Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination 

  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
  • Respond to three of your fellow classmates' posts in the Discussion Forum
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Complete and submit  the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

Unit 8: Investment and Economic Activity, and Economic Development 

  • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
  • Take the Review Quiz

Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

  • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
  • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
  • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

Course Requirements:

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course. All written assignments will be assessed on content, as well as the organization and style of the paper.  

Organization Grading Guidelines: Presentation is very effective and presented in a logical format with a clear beginning, middle and end. There is a clear statement of ideas and smooth transitions. The writer has stated the main idea clearly and has provided relevant details. The main idea is clearly conveyed in a presentation that is highly relevant and interesting. The student provides evidence of thoughtful input. Details are rich and appropriate. Spelling, punctuation and capitalization are virtually always correct.

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Learning Journal
Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

Quizzes
This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.  Each graded quiz has 20-questions and you have 30-minutes to complete it.

Final Exam
The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.  The final exam has 40-questions and you will have 50-minutes to complete it. 

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies:

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments 25%
Written Assignments 25%
Learning Journals 10%
Two Graded Quizzes 20%(10% each)
Final Exam 20%
TOTAL 100%

Grading Scale
This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade
Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4.00
A 93-97 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 88-89 3.33
B 83-87 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 73-77 2.00
C- 70-72 1.67
D+ 68-69 1.33
D 63-67 1.00
D- 60-62 0.67
F Under 60 0.00

Grade Appeal
If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

BUS 1105 Business Communications

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BUS 1105: Business Communications

Syllabus

Prerequisites: None

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to build an understanding of effective uses of English in a business environment and to develop strong core business communication skills. This course will introduce and enhance the varying modes of English communication in the business environment and will also focus on when to use these varying modes, depending on the situation. This course will also give students the tools to function in a cross-cultural, global business environment and will develop an understanding of the best techniques for successful communication in varying business contexts.

Required Textbook(s) and Material(s):

UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.
  • McLean, Scott (2010). Business Communication for Success. The Saylor Foundation. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee. The textbook is available here.

Software Requirements/Installation:

No special requirements

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


By the end of this course students will be able to: 

1. Organize and use the most common forms of business communication using today’s standards of proper English. 

2. Develop a coherent set of verbal and non-verbal communication skills as they relate to effective business communication.

3. Understand and utilize common methods of intercultural and international business communication skills.

4. Identify methods of business communication from a group/leadership perspective.


Course Schedule and Topics:

This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

Week 1: Unit 1- Introduction to Business Communication

Week 2: Unit 2- Delivering your message verbally

Week 3: Unit 3- Effective Business Writing

Week 4: Unit 4- Business Writing in Practice

Week 5: Unit 5- Business Presentations I

Week 6: Unit 6- Business Presentations II

Week 7: Unit 7- Intercultural and International Business Communication

Week 8: Unit 8- Group Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership

Week 9: Unit 9- Course Review and Final Exam


Learning Guide:

The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

Unit 1: Introduction to Business Communication

 Tasks:

  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

 Unit 2: Delivering your message verbally

 Tasks:

  • Peer-assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

 Unit 3: Effective Business Writing

 Tasks:

  • Peer-assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

 Unit 4: Business Writing in Practice

 Tasks:

  • Peer-assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and      rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz

 Unit 5: Business Presentations I

Tasks:

  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

 Unit 6: Business Presentations II

 Tasks:

  • Peer-assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

 Unit 7: Intercultural and International Business Communication

Tasks:

  • Peer-assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz

 Unit 8: Group Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership

 Tasks:

  • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz

 Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

 Tasks:

  • Review the course and take the Review Quiz; it will not be included in the final grade
  • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
  • The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

Course Requirements: 

Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Learning Journal
Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

Quizzes

This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

Final Exam
The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

Course Forum
The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies: 

Grading Components and Weights
Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

Discussion Assignments

10%

Written Assignments

10%

Learning Journals 

10%

Graded Quizzes

40%(20% each)

Final Exam

30%

TOTAL

100%

 Grading Scale

This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

Letter Grade

Grade Scale

Grade Points

A+

98-100

4.00

A

93-97

4.00

A-

90-92

3.67

B+

88-89

3.33

B

83-87

3.00

B-

80-82

2.67

C+

78-79

2.33

C

73-77

2.00

C-

70-72

1.67

D+

68-69

1.33

D

63-67

1.00

D-

60-62

0.67

F

Under 60

0.00

 Grade Appeal
If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation
Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

 Academic Honesty and Integrity
When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Code of Conduct
University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

 

BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing

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BUS 2201 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING


Syllabus


Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


Course Description:


This course provides an introduction to the field of marketing with the intent to develop a general understanding and appreciation of the factors and methods involved in marketing a variety of goods and services. Topics include consumer needs, segmentation, target marketing, positioning, pricing, distributing and promoting goods and services. Emphasis is placed on the integration of marketing principles into an organized approach for decision-making.


Required Textbook and Materials:


UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

PDF available here.

Additionally, students may find the CEO Express website of value for completing their written assignments and for accessing information: http://www.ceoexpress.com


Software Requirements/Installation


If you have your own computer, it is recommended that you download and install the OpenOffice Suite. It may be accessed via http://www.openoffice.org/. If you are accessing the Internet from a shared computer (for instance, a computer at a library or Internet cafe), please use Google Docs instead. You may sign up for a free Google account at http://docs.google.com. All written assignments may be completed using one of these two free resources.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and intelligently discuss the role of marketing in the global economy, society and the individualized organization.
  2. Explain consumer and business buying behaviors and the challenges of marketing in a consumer-oriented society.
  3. Understand the components of the marketing mix, the marketing concept, segmenting, targeting and positioning, integrated marketing communication strategies.
  4. Demonstrate how to manage marketing and communication efforts in order to promote the continued growth of the individualized organization.



Course Schedule and Topics


This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9


Unit 1 Week 1- Introduction to the Course
Unit 2 Week 2-
Strategy and Planning
Unit 3 Week 3-
Consumer and Business Buying Behaviour
Unit 4 Week 4-
Creating Developing and Managing Offerings
Unit 5 Week 5-
Segmenting, Targeting, Positioning, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications
Unit 6 Week 6-
Marketing Channels and the Supply Chain as a Means of Creating Value for Customers
Unit 7 Week 7-
Public Relations, Sales Promotion and Professional Selling
Unit 8 Week 8-
Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, Empowerment and Price
Unit 9 Week 9-
Course Summary, Review and Final Examination



Learning  Guide


The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Course

  • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
  • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal


Unit 2: Strategy and Planning

  • Peer-Assess the Unit 1 Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal


Unit 3: Consumer and Business Buying Behaviour

  • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Graded Quiz


Unit 4: Creating Developing and Managing Offerings

    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 5: Segmenting, Targeting, Positioning, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications

    • Peer-Assess the Unit 4 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 5 assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Marketing Channels and the Supply Chain as a Means of Creating Value for Customers

    • Peer-Assess the Unit 5 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded quiz


    Unit 7: Public Relations, Sales Promotion and Professional Selling

    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 7 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 8: Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, Empowerment and Price

    • Peer-Assess the Unit 7 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


    Course Requirements


    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam
    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


     


    Course Policies


    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Written Assignments 20%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 30%
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 2202 E-Commerce

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    BUS 2202: E-COMMERCE


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 1101: Principles of Business Management
    Recommended: BUS 2201: Principles of Marketing


    Course DescriptionThis course serves as an introduction to internet based business models (i.e., e-commerce) in organizations. The study of this field will assist students in recognizing opportunities and overcoming challenges in online business transactions. Topics include e-commerce management, use of information systems and integration with human resources, knowledge management strategies, e-marketing and relationships between the internet, government, and society.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    Gelbstein, E. (2013). Information Security for Non-Technical Managers.  Bookboon.

    Gottschalk, P. (2010).  Policing Cyber Crime. Bookboon.

    James, F. & Durham, H. (2013).  50 Shades of Digital Marketing. Bookboon. 

    Kustron, K. G. (2015). Internet and Technology Law: A U.S. Perspective. Bookboon.

    Kutz, M. (2016). Introduction to Electronic Commerce: Combining Business and Information Technology. Bookboon.com.

    Morgan, G. & Gurnwe, C. (2011)  Pay Per Click Advertising. Bookboon.

    N.A (2012). eMarketing: Online Marketing Essentials. Licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa 3.0 license. Retrieved from: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/BookDetail.aspx?bookId=14

    Nielson, C. & Lund, M. (2013).   The Basics of Business Models. Bookboon.

    Pateman, N. & Holt, D. (2011).  Inbound Marketing. Bookboon.

    Sachs, M. and McHaney, R. (2016). Web 2.0 and Social Media: Business in a Connected World. Bookboon.com.

    Watson, R.T., Berthon, P., Pitt, L. F. & Zinkham, G. M.  (2008).  Electronic Commerce: The Strategic Perspective.  Global Text Project. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

    The texts above can be found in this archive.

    Articles (Unit 3)

    Anderson, M., Harter, G., Hagen, H., Plenge, S. (2011).  The Rise of Social Apponomics: How Social Media and Apps are Transforming E-Commerce.  Booz & Company.  Retrieved from: https://www.strategyand.pwc.com/media/uploads/The_Rise_of_Social_Apponomics.pdf 

    Oyza, I. and Edwin, A. (2015). Effectiveness of Social Media Networks as a Strategic Tool for Organizational Marketing Management.   Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce S2:006.  Retrieved from: http://www.icommercecentral.com/open-access/effectiveness-of-social-media-networks-as-a-strategic-tool-for-organizational-marketing-management.php?aid=66382

    Sayre, K. (2013). How to Approach Social-Media Marketing. The Boston Consulting Group. Retrieved from: https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/commentary/marketing_digital_economy_how_to_approach_social_media_commerce/



    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Examine the transformative impact of the Internet on business.
    2. Analyze what makes virtual business processes user-friendly.
    3. Evaluate how markets change as more consumers migrate online.
    4. Assess principles for protecting digital intellectual property.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Unit 1: Week 1 - Introduction to E-Commerce

    Unit 2: Week 2 - Business Models used in E-Commerce

    Unit 3: Week 3 - Digital Design

    Unit 4: Week 4 - Web Analytics and Metrics

    Unit 5: Week 5 - Digital Markets, Servicing, Dynamic Pricing and Electronic Payments

    Unit 6: Week 6 - Social Media and Business

    Unit 7: Week 7 - Internet Trust, Security, and Privacy

    Unit 8: Week 8 - Internet Law

    Unit 9: Week 9 - Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Introduction to E-Commerce

    • Post a self-introduction in the Course Forum and meet your classmates
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Business Models used in E-Commerce

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Digital Design

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Web Analytics and Metrics

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Digital Markets, Auctions, Servicing, and Dynamic Pricing

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Social Media and Business

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 7: Internet Trust, Security, and Privacy

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Internet Law

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz
    • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time)

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Please note that each assignment grade is comprised of a combination of your submission (90%) and your peer assessments (10%). Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 20%
    Written Assignments 20%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 20% (10% each)
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%


    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00


    Grade Appeal

    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 2203 Principles of Finance 1

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    BUS 2203 Principles of Finance 1


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 1102 Basic Accounting.


    Course Description:


    Principles of Finance 1 provides a broad understanding of basic principles in the area of finance. The course introduces techniques for effective financial decision-making and helping managers to maximize shareholders’ wealth. The course covers topics related to the operation of financial markets and banking systems and the problems of financing and investment decisions and provides a theoretical background for critical and productive thinking.


    Required Textbook and Materials:


    UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    Wright, R.E. & Quadrini, V. (2009). Money and Banking. Saylor Foundation.  Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.  Available from: https://www.saylor.org/site/textbooks/Money%20and%20Banking.pdf


    The textbook is available in pdf format on the course homepage.


    Financial Calculator
    For your convenience a financial calculator is strongly recommended. Any financial calculator is acceptable. A good, freely accessible, online financial calculator can be found at http://www.calculator.net/finance-calculator.html.


    Software Requirements/Installation


    No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Understand the general framework of financial concepts
    2. Examine how decision-making increases firm value
    3. Valuate an investment
    4. Explain the Risk-Return tradeoff
    5. Analyze how financial decisions affect the bottom line

    Course Schedule and Topics


    This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


    Unit 1 Week 1- Financial World and Money
    Unit 2 Week 2- Interest Rates
    Unit 3 Week 3- Financial Structure
    Unit 4 Week 4- Banking
    Unit 5 Week 5- Financial Crisis and Regulation
    Unit 6 Week 6- Monetary Policy Tools
    Unit 7 Week 7- IS-LM Model
    Unit 8 Week 8- Advanced Financial Topics
    Unit 9 Week 9- Final Examination


    Learning Guide


    Unit 1: Financial World and Money

    • Read Chapters 1, 2, 3 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Interest Rates

    • Peer-Assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read Chapters 4, 5, 6 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Financial Structure

    • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read Chapters 7, 8 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Banking

    • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read Chapter 9,10 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Financial Crisis and Regulation

    • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read Chapters 11,12,13 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Monetary Policy Tools

    • Peer-Assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read Chapters 14,15,16,17,18 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 7: IS-LM Model

    • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Advanced Financial Topics

    • Peer-Assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read Chapters 23, 24, 25, 26 from the Textbook
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment and rate)
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam 

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 25%
    Written Assignments 25%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 20% (10% each)
    Final Exam 20%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 2204 Personal Finance

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    BUS 2204 PERSONAL FINANCE


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


    Course Description:
    This course provides a practical overview of personal finance management with the intent to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage their personal finances effectively, in order to ultimately attain financial security. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal financial management skills. Areas of study will include financial planning, budgets, basic finance and financial statements, credit management, savings, personal risk management, insurance, retirement planning, and investments.


    Required Textbook and Materials:


    UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides

    Siegal, R. & Yacht, C. (2009). Personal Finance. Saylor Foundation. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

    Individual Chapter downloads from the course homepage in the Textbook folder.

    Financial Calculator
    For your convenience, a financial calculator is strongly recommended. Any financial calculator is acceptable. A good, freely accessible, online financial calculator can be found at http://www.calculator.net/finance-calculator.html.


    Software Requirements/Installation


    None


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Apply the basic skills, knowledge, and context required for personal financial planning and for making personal financial decisions.
    2. Explain the concept of time value of money and calculate present value, future value and periodic payments.
    3. Demonstrate decision-making skills useful in making major consumer purchases such as a home or automobile.
    4. Evaluate elements of risk in the management of personal finances and determine the appropriate methods to reduce personal risks through insurance and retirement.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the need to build wealth through the right investment programs (such as Bonds, Stock, Mutual Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, and Collectibles).


    Course Schedule and Topics


    This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


    Week 1: Unit 1- Personal Financial Planning
    Week 2: Unit 2-
    Basic Finance and Financial Statements
    Week 3: Unit 3-
    Evaluating Choices: Time, Risk, & Value
    Week 4: Unit 4-
    Financial Plans: Budgets
    Week 5: Unit 5-
    Consumers Strategies
    Week 6: Unit 6-
    Personal Risk Management: Insurance and Retirement Planning
    Week 7: Unit 7-
    Investing Basics
    Week 8: Unit 8-
    Investing in Mutual Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, & Collectibles
    Week 9: Unit 9-
    Final Examination


    Learning Guide


    The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.


    Unit 1: Personal Financial Planning

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 2: Basic Finance and Financial Statements

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 1 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit Unit 2 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 3: Evaluating Choices: Time, Risk, & Value

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 2 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded Quiz


    Unit 4: Financial Plans: Budgets

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 5: Consumer Strategies

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 4 Assignments
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit Unit 5 assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 6: Personal Risk Management: Insurance and Retirement Planning

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 5 Assignments
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded Quiz


    Unit 7: Investing Basics

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit Unit 7 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 8: Investing in Mutual Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, & Collectibles

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 7 Assignments
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

     

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements


    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    Course Forum

    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Written Assignments 10%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 40%(20% each)
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00


    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

     

    BUS 2207 Multinational Management

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    BUS 2207 - MULTINATIONAL MANAGEMENT


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing


    Course Description:


    This Course provides an examination and analysis of multinational management functions and processes including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling across cultures and borders in globally diverse environments and organizations. Topics include cross-cultural strategic planning, leadership, and human resource management.


    Required Textbook and Materials:


    See each Unit for required Readings (links to download material provided in each Unit)

    Some of the materials for this course can be found in this archive.


    Software Requirements/Installation


    No special requirements


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Accurately identify and use the foundations, concepts, and principles of multinational management.
    2. Apply concepts of cultural awareness to personal context and local work situations.
    3. Demonstrate business communication skills.
    4. Identify and explain the mutual impacts of business interactions between developed and developing countries.
    5. Identify and assess the risks associated with an international business venture.

    Course Schedule and Topics


    This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


    Week 1: Unit 1 Multinational Management in a Multinational Company in a Multinational/Global Economy
    Week 2: Unit 2 National Culture (part 1)
    Week 3: Unit 3 National Culture (part 2)
    Week 4: Unit 4 Communication
    Week 5: Unit 5 Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 1)
    Week 6: Unit 6 Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 2)
    Week 7: Unit 7 Expansion Strategy and Risk Management
    Week 8: Unit 8 Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in a Multinational Setting
    Week 9: Unit 9 Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide


    The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.


    Unit 1: Multinational Management in a Multinational Company in a Multinational/Global Economy

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's six readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You may use the additional resources for material
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Reading Assignment


    • Multinational Management in a Changing World (Cullen, Parboteeah, 2008)
    • Globalization: opportunities and threats to developing country business (Malamud, Rotenberg, 2010 - OER)
    • BBC lecture - Globalization (Giddens, 1999) (Text or Audio)
    • Managing Across Borders: New Strategic Requirements (Bartlett, Gbosbal, 1987)
    • How Flat is the World? (Hult, 2007)
    • Running a Global Corporation (Hult, 2008)

    Unit 2: National Culture (part 1)

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's four readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Reading Assignment


    • How to Detect Cultural Differences (OER)
    • Dimensions of National Culture (Hofstede)
    • Cultural Intelligence: A concept for bridging and benefiting from cultural differences (Plum, 2007)
    • Cultural Dimensions in Management and Planning (Hofstede, 1984)

    Unit 3: National Culture (part 2)

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take Graded Quiz 1

    Reading Assignment

    • When Cultures Collide - Chapter 6 - Manners and Mannerisms (Lewis, 2005) pp. 81-97
    • The Basis of Cultural differences in Nonverbal Communication (Andersen)
    • Exploring More than 24 Hours a Day (Kaufman, Lane, Lindquist, 1991)

    Unit 4: Communication

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's six readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Reading Assignment


    • How does our Language Shape the Way We Think? (Boroditsky, 2009)
    • When Cultures Collide - Bridging the Communication Gap (Lewis, 2005) - pp. 63-79
    • Richard Lewis Communication model
    • Communication Patterns at Multicultural Organizational Meetings
    • The Role of Cultural Distance in International Negotiations
    • International Negotiation Quiz http://www.leadershipcrossroads.com/rs_nqui.asp?

    Unit 5: Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 1)

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Reading Assignment


    • International Business - Organization Structure and Human Resource Management (OER)
    • Strategic Management of Human Resources for Global Competitive Advantage (McWilliams, Van Fleet, Wright, 2001)
    • Intercultural Effectiveness as Competitive Advantage in Global Business (McDonald)

    Unit 6: Managing People in a Multinational Setting (part 2)

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's four readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take Graded Quiz 2

    Reading Assignment


    Unit 7: Expansion Strategy and Risk Management

    Tasks:

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate). You can use the additional resources for material.
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Reading Assignment


    • Controlling International Expansion (Vermeulen, 2001)
    • Global finance: initial considerations (OER)
    • Political and legal risk in international business (OER)

    Unit 8: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in a Multinational Setting

    Tasks:

    • Peer-assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment's three readings
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (post, comment, and rate) - You can use the additional resources for material
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Review Units 1 through 8

    Reading Assignment


    • Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development in the global environment (OER)
    • The New Global Economy: Time-Space Compression, Geopolicits, and Global Uneven Development (Agnew, 2001)
    • Regions, Globalization, Development (Scott & Storper, 2002)

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    Tasks:

    • Review the course and take the Review Quiz; it will not be included in the final grade.
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided by your instructor


    Course Requirements


    Written Assignments
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines, and to Peer-assess three of your classmates' assignments according to provided instructions. During this Peer-assessment, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the assignment's Specimen Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit assignments or Peer-assessments may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor.

    In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum.

    Discussion Forums are only active for each current Unit, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the Unit has ended. Failure to complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum as required, may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journals
    The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks and assignments, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered, and to draft answers for Discussion and Written Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated on a weekly basis, because it will be assessed by your instructor as part of your final grade.

    Quizzes
    The course will contain three types of quizzes, the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer questions.

    The results of the Self-Quiz and the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz each week to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz each week as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz should be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material in preparation for your Final Exam.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructor and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.

    Classroom Forum
    The Classroom Forum is available only to students in the same classroom or group. The Classroom Forum is only activated when there are many groups of students taking the Course at the same time. Participation in this Forum is an excellent way to get to know your classmates and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the Course. While it is not required to participate in this Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Policies


    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00


    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Learning Journal 15%
    2 Graded Quizzes 30%(15% each)
    Discussion Assignments 15%
    Written Assignments 15%
    Final Exam 25%



    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the grade you have received for a Course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by the lack of an assignment submission, inadequate contributions to Discussion Forums, or the lack of peer feedback to Discussion or Written Assignments. Additionally, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to fail the course automatically.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity

    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html


    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.

    Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 3301 Financial Accounting

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    BUS 3301: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 2203: Principles of Finance 1.


    Course Description: This course continues the study of accounting begun by the students during their Basic Accounting course. This course emphasizes accounting for liabilities, accounting for equity, and corporate forms of ownership. Topics include responsibility accounting, budgets, cost control, and standard costing procedures and analysis of variances. Obtaining familiarity of these topics and tools is intended to highlight the importance of management reporting and decision making.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    • Walther, L.M. (2012). Principles of Accounting. Logan, UT: Utah State University. Available at http://www.principlesofaccounting.com/. I highly recommend that you take your time in reviewing this website and all of its excellent learning resources. Each chapter contains study guides, problems, key terms, and objectives that can significantly add to your understanding of the reading material, and adequately prepare you for this course's Final Exam.


    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Explain the differences between accounting for financial statements and management accounting.
    2. Complete journal entries (using the accrual basis of accounting) to establish and retire long-term debt.
    3. Explain various forms of business ownership, especially corporate business ownership.
    4. Prepare various types of management budgets.
    5. Illustrate the tools commonly used evaluate enterprise performance.


    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1 - Accounting for Long-Term Obligations

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Corporate Forms of Business Management

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Management Decisions Based on Accounting Information

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Cost-Volume-Profit Relationships

    Week 5: Unit 5
    Costing Methods

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    Budgeting and Planning

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    Enterprise Performance Evaluation

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Management Decision-Making Processes

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Accounting for Long-Term Obligations

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Corporate Forms of Business Management

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Management Decisions Based on Accounting Information

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Cost-Volume-Profit Relationships

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Costing Methods

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Budgeting and Planning

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

     Unit 7: Enterprise Performance Evaluation

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Management Decision-Making Processes

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam
    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    You are allowed to use a pen and blank paper on the Final Exam for doing calculations. You can also use a basic calculator for the Final Exam. Calculators on the cellphone, iPad or similar devices are not allowed.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 12.5%
    Written Assignments 12.5%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 40%
    Final Exam 25%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 3302 Consumer Behavior

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    BUS 3302: Consumer Behavior


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 2201: Principles of Marketing


    Course Description: This course provides the student with a comprehensive theoretical and practical foundation of knowledge regarding the forces (such as economic, social, psychological, and cultural factors) that shape the attitudes and behaviors of consumers of products and services.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    The reading assignments for each unit can be found in this archive.


    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of consumer decision‐making process and implications thereof.
    2. Distinguish between quantitative, qualitative, and secondary research related to marketing.
    3. Obtain and evaluate relevant marketing data coming from the library, the internet, and original empirical studies.
    4. Discuss the influences of neurophysiology, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, attitudes, and culture on consumers.
    5. Develop strategies for targeting market segments and developing a "marketing buzz".

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1 - What is Consumer Behavior?

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Secondary Research

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Qualitative Research

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Quantitative Research

    Week 5: Unit 5
    - Physiology, Learning and Memory

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    Motives and Attitudes

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    Decision Making

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Segmentation

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: What is Consumer Behavior?

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Unit 2: Secondary Research

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Unit 3: Qualitative Research

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Quantitative Research

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Unit 5: Physiology, Learning and Memory

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Unit 6: Motives and Attitudes

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 7: Decision Making

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Unit 8: Segmentation

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain two types of quizzes – the Graded Quiz and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor. The results of the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Review Quiz to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam.

    Final Exam
    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Learning Journals 10%
    Discussion Assignments 15%
    Written Assignments 15%
    Two Graded Quizzes 30%
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 3303 Entrepreneurship 1

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    BUS 3303: Entrepreneurship 1


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing


    Course Description: This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and the dynamics of starting/owning a business. This course is designed to assist students with the knowledge and skills entrepreneurs need to start and/or manage a small business. It will help you understand the steps involved in the process of the creation/development of business ideas and turning those ideas into a successful business model. The course will focus on the feasibility, planning, and implementation of a new business venture.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Explain the important role that entrepreneurship has in the present and future global economy.
    2. Describe different types of entrepreneurial ventures that are possible in today's market, what it takes to become an entrepreneur, and how to evaluate the potential for success.
    3. Develop a mission statement and business plan outline.
    4. Explain how to develop marketing strategies and  financing options for entrepreneurial ventures.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Entrepreneurial Opportunity

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Are you an Entrepreneur?

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Doing Business in the Global Village

    Week 5: Unit 5
    - Market Research for Entrepreneurs

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    Teams in Entrepreneurship

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    Developing Business Plans

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Final Reflections and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Thoroughly read the Syllabus for this course available in the General Information Section on the course home page.

    Next, read pages 12 – 25 of the following report from the World Economic Forum:  

    In this important new global vision of entrepreneurship, you will learn why it is so important to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation in education.  It is believed that entrepreneurial behavior can be learned, and that it is essential for future economic growth.

    Entrepreneurship goes beyond starting up a business, to innovating new programs within large corporations, starting up non profit or social entrepreneurial ventures, or opening a franchise of another existing business, for example.  It is about solving global issues by providing new services or products to help those who are disenfranchised or living in poverty, it is about promoting growth and prosperity by creating new jobs and new markets, and it often includes seeking out innovations through technology.

    Next, read the article that summarizes the basis of a new book, “Billions of Entrepreneurs in India and China”: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5766.html

    Unit 2: Entrepreneurial Opportunity

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete the Written Assignment

    Reading Assignment

    Read about entrepreneurship as an opportunity and how to begin to formulate an entrepreneurial idea:

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Getting_Started_as_an_Entrepreneur

    Read each of the areas under the following headings at this site:

    Opportunity

    • Entrepreneurship Is
    • Defining the Opportunity
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Why Be a Social Entrepreneur
    • The Idea Factory
    • Evaluate Your Idea
    • Your Intellectual Property
    • Profile: A Sense of Success
    • Profile: Ideas on Wheels

    Next, read the following article from Harvard Business School on evaluating entrepreneurial ventures: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/4780.html

    Finally, spend some time at the following website reading about and reviewing different entrepreneurial ideas that you could potentially consider: https://www.entrepreneur.com/businessideas

    Unit 3: Are you an Entrepreneur?

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Read the following article that describes the types of skills and abilities that are best suited to becoming an entrepreneur: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_76.htm

    Next, read the following article to consider which type of entrepreneur you might be: http://www.entrepreneurmag.co.za/advice/growing-a-business/performance-and-growth/which-type-of-entrepreneur-are-you/

    Next, visit the following sites and read the information provided to learn about some important issues and lessons to consider in becoming an entrepreneur:

    Decisions and Downfalls: Entrepreneurship is an attractive career choice, but decision making is a must Jeanne Holden (2008): http://www.saylor.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/BUS305-1.2.1_Decisions-and-Downfalls.pdf

    Entrepreneurial Success: An Exploratory Study among Entrepreneurs. Zafir Mohd Makhbul, Fazilah Mohamad HasunClick the PDF link at http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ijbm/article/view/7046

    Unit 4: Doing Business in the Global Village

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete the Written Assignment
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    First, read the following article that discusses issues and strategies for doing business in other countries than one's own: http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/resource-center/doing-business-in-the-global-village-legal-and-strategic-aspects.aspx

    Next, read the following document regarding how to create an environment more conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries: http://unctad.org/en/Docs/ciid13_en.pdf

    Then, read about some successful women entrepreneurs in Africa: http://www.businessinsider.com/africas-top-5-women-entrepreneurs-2012-6 

    Finally, read some specific examples of social entrepreneur ventures: 

    http://skollcentreblog.org/2013/04/10/social-entrepreneurship-101/ 

    Unit 5: Market Research for Entrepreneurs

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Reading Assignment


    You will read the following section of the Wikibook on Entrepreneurship: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Getting_Started_as_an_Entrepreneur

    On this site, you will read all of the following sections:

    • Identifying Your Customers
    • Evaluating the Market
    • Reaching the Customer
    • Start Spreading the News
    • Show Me the Numbers
    • The Competition
    • Profile: Cleaning Up
    • Profile: Marketing to the Poor

    Next, read pages 1 – 3 at the following link on “The Ingredients of a Marketing Plan”: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/43026-1

    Then read “The Basics of Branding” at: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/77408

    And next read “Smart, Easy Ways to Find Customers”: http://www.entrepreneur.com/sales/findingprospects/article159542.html

    Unit 6: Teams in Entrepreneurship

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Complete the Written Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment(post, comment, and rate in the Disscussion Forum)
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    You will read the chapter on Team Building from the Wikibook on Entrepreneurship. Go to the following site:  http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Getting_Started_as_an_Entrepreneur

    Next, click on each of the headings to read about the importance of developing and building a team, and how to put that team into place:

    • Teams Make It Happen
    • The Layers of a Team
    • Building a Healthy Team
    • Networking
    • Incubators
    • Profile: Choosing Team Players
    • Profile: The Right Team

    Next, read the following chapter on “Entrepreneurship, Team Building, and Conflict Resolution”: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0077098587/58746/ch08.pdf

    Finally, visit the following site to learn the importance of mentoring for entrepreneurs:

    Cull , J. (2006) 'Mentoring Young Entrepreneurs: What Leads to Success? ', International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 4 (2), pp. 8-18. Available at: https://radar.brookes.ac.uk/radar/items/31e8c42e-3db8-4634-9a94-5cec735397c7/1/ 

    Unit 7: Developing Business Plans

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    You shall read the following information about business plan development at this website: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Getting_Started_as_an_Entrepreneur

    Once there, you should click on the following headings (located under the "Plan" subsection) and read each of them thoroughly:

    Next, read the following information on how to develop a mission statement:http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/structure/strategic-planning/vision-mission-statements/main

    If you are truly serious about starting your own business and developing a business plan on your own, there is a free online book that outlines this process in much greater depth:  http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/details.php?ebook=10607

    Unit 8: Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures

    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Please read the following articles that explain the different options for financing a start-up business:

    Starting a Business: Financing Your Business:  https://www.investopedia.com/university/small-business/financing-your-business.asp 

    Debt vs. Equity Financing: Which Is Best For Your Business?: https://www.nfib.com/content/resources/money/ital-50036/ 

    When your Business Needs Money: Angel Investors: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/fundamental-analysis/08/angel-investors.asp 

    How to Fund your Small Business with Venture Capital: https://www.nfib.com/content/resources/money/how-to-fund-your-small-business-with-venture-capital-49724/ 

    Next, visit the following sites to learn more about specific funding opportunities that may be available to you if you decided to start your own business enterprise:

    Business enterprise funding including banks, government funding and grants, private equity, and special women’s funds (click on each specific subheading and read about each one: http://www.entrepreneurmag.co.za/category/directory/funding-directory/

    Social venture capital firms: http://causecapitalism.com/15-social-venture-capital-firms-that-you-should-know-about/

    Microfinancing: http://www.kiva.org/about/microfinance

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Learning Journals 10%
    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Written Assignments 20%
    Two Graded Quizzes 30%(15% each)
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 3304 Managerial Accounting

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    BUS 3304: Managerial Accounting


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 3301: Financial Accounting


    Course Description: This course is a continuation of Financial Accounting with the focus shifted to the internal needs of managers. The course offers students an understanding of managerial accounting techniques used in today's modern business world.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    The textbook can be downloaded here.


    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Recognize, understand, and make business decisions based on data compiled from job order, process, and activity-based costing methods.
    2. Use cost-volume-profit modeling to determine break-even points and to project earnings.
    3. Perform differential analysis.
    4. Use capital and operating (including flexible models) budgets in the decision making process.
    5. Use the statement of cash flows, trend analysis, and ratio analysis in making management decisions.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1Introduction to Managerial Accounting and using job order costing to track production costs

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Using activity-based accounting (ABC) to allocate overhead costs

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Using process costing to track production costs

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Identifying cost behavior patterns and using cost-volume-profit analysis for decision making

    Week 5: Unit 5
    - Making decisions based on relevant revenues and costs

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    Using capital and operating budgets to make sound business decisions

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    The roles cost variance analysis and de-centralized organization play in performance evaluation

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Using financial and non-financial performance measures. Using the statement of cash flows as a management tool

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Managerial Accounting and using job order costing to track production costs

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Using activity-based accounting (ABC) to allocate overhead costs

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Accounting Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Using process costing to track production costs

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Accounting Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Identifying cost behavior patterns and using cost-volume-profit analysis for decision making

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Accounting Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Making decisions based on relevant revenues and costs

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Accounting Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Using capital and operating budgets to make sound business decisions

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Accounting Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

     Unit 7: The roles cost variance analysis and de-centralized organization play in performance evaluation

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Accounting Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Accounting Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Using financial and non-financial performance measures. Using the statement of cash flows as a management tool

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Accounting Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments (complete end-of-chapter questions)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Accounting Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete an Accounting Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Accounting Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam
    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Accounting Assignments 10%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 40%
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Accounting Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 3305 Business Law and Ethics

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    BUS 3305: BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 1101: Principles of Business Management


    Course Description: This course introduces the student to law and ethics as they apply in a business environment. The intent of this course is to develop in the student a general understanding of basic legal principles and how they affect the conduct of business on a practical level. While common law legal systems and that of the United States in particular are used to demonstrate the interaction of law and business, the principles introduced here assist in developing a general approach to business law and ethics. Topics include an introduction to law in general, litigation and alternatives to litigation, criminal law, torts and contracts, property law, employment law and business ethics. The interaction of law and business disciplines, such as management, finance, human resources, accounting, and sale and marketing is emphasized.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    • Lau, T. & Johnson, L. (2011). The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Vol. 1). Flat World Knowledge. This textbook can be downloaded here.

    Software Requirements/Installation: If you have your own computer, it is recommended that you download and install the OpenOffice Suite. It may be accessed via http://www.openoffice.org. If you are accessing the Internet from a shared computer (for instance, a computer at a library or Internet cafe), please use Google Docs instead. You may sign up for a free Google account at http://docs.google.com. All written assignments may be completed using one of these two free resources.

    Students are also encouraged to sign up for an account with Twitter (http://www.twitter.com) and to post micro-blogs that are interesting and relevant to the course using the hashtag #bu1201. To use hashtags, you will need to follow hashtags by going to this URL: http://www.twitter.com/hashtags. To follow postings by your classmates or instructors, search on #bu1201.

    Finally, students are encouraged to visit CampusTweet.Com (http://www.campustweet.com) and to affiliate their Twitter account with the University of the People. Both the use of the hashtag (#bu1201) and the CampusTweet website will allow you to follow the tweets of classmates and alumni of the University of the People.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to: 

    1. Apply the basic concepts and principles of the law as they apply to a business environment.
    2. Describe how basic legal relationships with their associated duties and rights are formed and the potential consequences of those relationships.
    3. Evaluate the legal significance of various situations that arise in business relationships and transactions.
    4. Evaluate common ethical problems that arise in a business environment.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


    Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to the Law

    Week 2: Unit 2 -
    Litigation, ADR, and Criminal Law

    Week 3: Unit 3 -
    Tort Law

    Week 4: Unit 4 -
    Contracts

    Week 5: Unit 5 -
    Property Law

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    Employment Law

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    Business Organizations

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Week 9: Unit 9 –
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students

    Unit 1: Introduction to the Law

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Litigation, ADR, and Criminal Law

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Tort Law

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Contracts

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Property Law

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Employment Law

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 7: Business Organizations

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Review Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here: 

    Written Assignments 20%
    Discussion Assignments 20%
    Learning Journals  10%
    Graded Quizzes 30% (2@15% each)
    Final Exam 20%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity

    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 3306 Business & Society

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    BUS 3306  - BUSINESS & SOCIETY


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


    Course Description:
    In this course, we will be exploring the inter-relationships between business and society, including the tensions between various stakeholders and the growing pressures to approach business with corporate responsibility and sustainability as primary underlying influences. With rapidly changing technology and globalization, we must strategize our business decisions with far greater insight and conscientiousness than ever before. This course takes a look at business and society relationships from various global perspectives, including developing countries and societies, and different cultural norms and beliefs. It provides students with insights into the issues surrounding business from both macro and micro level perspectives.


    Required Textbook and Materials:


    All readings are found through weblinks provided within each unit.


    Software Requirements/Installation


    No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. describe why ethical behaviors benefit a company.
    2. identify the major stakeholder groups which interact with business organizations and the kinds of expectations they may hold with respect to their role in the business enterprise and society.
    3. define the areas of corporate social responsibilities of business: economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic and be able to explain their tensions with one another.
    4. analyze the types of decisions that managers must face and dilemmas which they may experience in their professional leadership roles, and will apply their knowledge to making ethical business decisions.
    5. describe the important considerations for business leaders in terms of organizing and managing a diverse workforce.


    Course Schedule and Topics


    This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, one unit per week.


    Unit 1 – Introduction to Business and Society
    Unit 2 – Corporate Social Responsibility
    Unit 3 – The Social Contract: Time to Redefine?
    Unit 4 – Social Business Enterprise
    Unit 5 – Sustainability
    Unit 6 – Going “Green”
    Unit 7 – Managing Diversity in the Workplace
    Unit 8 – Managing Ethics
    Unit 9 – Final Reflections and Examination


    Learning Guide


    This course does not have an assigned textbook. The reading assignments are found through links in the classroom. Each week includes a reading assignment, and then one or more of the following: learning journal writing; discussion board dialogue; and unit assignments. Some units also include an ungraded “self-quiz.” Others include graded quizzes. Week 9 includes a final exam.
    When posting on the discussion board, you should write posts that are at least 100 words in length. You should also respond to at least 3 of your classmates in each of the discussion boards. These responses should be thoughtful and demonstrative of your understanding of the topics being discussed. You can share examples, stories, or additional information to advance the discussion further.


    Unit 1: Introduction to Business and Society

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion
    • Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade.
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment

    Thoroughly read the Syllabus for this course available in the General Information Section on the course home page.

    Next, read: “Intro Presentation, Unit One.”

    Next, read the following document on Stakeholder Management: http://www.themanager.org/pdf/Stakeholder%20Management.PDF 

    Next, read the following article on Stakeholder Analysis: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newPPM_07.htm

    As you read through these resources, consider any parts that are unclear to you, and make note of them in your learning journal. A brief summary:

    Macroenvironment = the complete societal context within which the business organization exists, consisting of four parts :

    1. Social Environment – demographics, lifestyles and social values of the society

    2. Economic Environment – nature and direction of the economy within which the business operates

    3. Political Environment – processes by which laws get passed and officials get elected and all other aspects of the interaction between the firm, political processes, and the government.

    4. Technological Environment – total set of technology based advancements taking place in society.

    Pluralism = a distribution of power among society’s many different groups and organizations (Multiple Stakeholders and their interrelationships)

    Special-Interest society - one in which pluralism is pursued to an extreme: society is created and influenced by tens of thousands of groups, each with their own agendas (again, many stakeholders)

    What is a stake, and who are stakeholders? A stake is an interest or share in an undertaking. A stakeholder is the person who has this interest or share. This interest may include a legal right, a moral right, or simply a strong concern for what they consider ethical or fair.

    Business criticism has led to business change and innovation.

    Unit 2: Corporate Social Responsibility

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Complete and Submit Unit Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal

    Reading Assignment


    This week you will be reading the following essay that describes and explains the who, what, why, and how of “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR): https://instituteforpr.org/corporate-social-responsibility/

    And the following: http://www.ioe-emp.org/fileadmin/ioe_documents/publications/Policy%20Areas/csr/EN/(2005)%20The%20Role%20of%20Business%20in%20Society.pdf

    You will also read the following definition of “triple bottom line,” which is at the core of Corporate Social Responsibility: http://www.economist.com/node/14301663 as well as an article highlighting several companies usages of CSR: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/1710-businesses-that-give-back.html

    Unit 3: The Social Contract: Time to Redefine?

    • Assess Unit 2 assignments
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
    • Complete and submit unit assignment.
    • Take the Self-Quiz.

    Reading Assignment


    Read the following article entitled, “Is it Time to Rewrite the Social Contract?: http://www.tellus.org/pub/Is%20It%20Time%20to%20Rewrite%20the%20Social%20Contract.pdf

    As you read through the article, consider any terms that are unfamiliar to you and note them in your learning journal.

    And then read: https://web.archive.org/web/20170620022135/http://www.thecro.com/topics/business-ethics/the-corporate-social-contract/

    This week’s reading will bring you through the historical shifts in the social contract, and will describe the pervasive influences that have made it look the way that it does today. Further, it will give you some ideas for how the social contract could be shifted and rewritten to be brought up to date for the current decade and beyond.

    Unit 4: Social Business Enterprise

    • Assess Unit 3 assignments
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
    • Take the Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    First, read this article, which describes social entrepreneurship and social business enterprise.

    Next, you will read the article entitled, Social Business Enterprises - Maximising Social Benefits or Maximising Profits? The Case of Grameen-Danone Foods Limited Asad at - https://my.uopeople.edu/pluginfile.php/85076/mod_book/chapter/60826/MaxSocBen.pdf 

    This article describes the work of Muhammad Yunus in establishing the concept of "Social Business Enterprise,” which redefines the enterprise as an entity that not only operates to maximize profits, but also works towards a righteous cause. The goal of redefining the business enterprise in this manner, is to work toward alleviating global poverty, while continuing to deliver necessary products and services.

    The article closely examines the case of Grameen-Danone Foods Limited (GDFL), a social business enterprise. It carries a detailed analysis of its rationale, incorporation, product, operations, and the challenges it currently faces.

    You shall also visit the following website to read more about Muhammad Yunus and his Nobel Peace Prize: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2006/yunus-bio.html

    Unit 5: Sustainability

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the self-quiz

    Reading Assignment

    You will read the following article that defines sustainability and describes how CEOs have begun to embed these principles into the policies and operations of their corporations. Further, it explains some of the challenges that have arisen, and what the new era of sustainability should begin to look like: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/news_events/8.1/UNGC_Accenture_CEO_Study_2010.pdf

    The article above refers to a study being published soon by The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB). This study has been published and can be found at  http://www.teebweb.org

    Also, visit the United Nations Global Compact website to learn more about their purpose and their work: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/

    Unit 6: Going “Green”

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Complete and Submit Unit Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion

    Reading Assignment


    Visit the following weblink: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/how-use-green-marketing-effectively-your-business

    Here you will read about the importance of “green marketing” and how it can benefit your business. While this information is from the US Small Business Administration, it is part of a larger context in which global companies are applying the same principles to their sustainability plans.

    Also read about how to get your products certified as “green:” http://green.wikia.com/wiki/Certification_of_Green_Products
    Next, explore the following weblinks that exemplify specific companies and how they report out on their sustainability practices:
    http://www.benjerry.com 
    http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/green-mission.php
    http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com 
    http://www.unilever.com/sustainability/introduction/timeline/index.aspx

    Unit 7: Managing Diversity in the Workplace

    • Assess Unit 6 assignments
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Complete and Submit Unit Assignment
    • Take the Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Read this article on managing diversity in the workplace.

    Next, visit the website of the large U.S. corporation, Sodexo, and learn how they effectively invest in diversity management and use it to their advantage: http://sodexousa.com/usen/corporate_responsibility/responsible_employer/diversity_inclusion/diversity_inclusion.aspx

    Two important general points can be made about the relationship between diversity and business success.

    1. The effects of workforce diversity are conditioned by other organizational and contextual factors.
    2. Diversity can’t be used as a competitive organizational strength unless it’s managed effectively.

    The Balanced Scorecard is one effective tool to measure and quantify the impact of diversity at different levels and functions of business. By using this method, it may become possible to predict the economic value added by assessing the level of workforce diversity, inclusive organizational cultures and good diversity management.

    Unit 8: Managing Ethics

    • Assess Unit 7 assignments
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum. Respond to the Discussion Post. Respond to at least three Discussion Forum posts written by your fellow students. These replies must be of high quality, and they are rated and a part of your weekly discussion grade
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete the self- quiz

    Reading Assignment


    You will read the following Complete Guide to Ethics Management: An Ethics Toolkit for Managers at the following website: http://managementhelp.org/businessethics/ethics-guide.htm#anchor26548
    Read all of the included highlighted documents, which can be read by simply scrolling down through the entire document, or by clicking on each highlighted topic, which will bring you directly to that section.

    Unit 9: Final Reflections and Examination

    • Read the Learning Guide
    • Respond to the discussion forum
    • Take the Review-quiz
    • Take the Final Exam


    Course Requirements


    Assignments
    There is an Assignment to be completed for some units in this course. You will be required to upload your assignments by the indicated deadline and in addition, to assess three of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions provided. Failure to submit assignments may result in failure of the course. You are also expected to provide details in the feedback section of the assignment assessment forms as to why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer.

    Discussion Forum
    Some units include a discussion question that will be posted in the Discussion Forum. In each unit, you are required to post a substantive response to the question. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor.

    In addition, you must extend the conversation by responding to at least three of your peers’ postings.

    Discussion Forums are only active for the relevant learning week and it is not possible to contribute to a discussion forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forums may result in failure of the course

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is monitored by the instructors. It is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

    Learning Journal
    The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered and to draft answers for Discussion Forums and Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated regularly (on a weekly basis), as the learning journals will be assessed by your instructor as part of your Final Grade.

    Quizzes
    The course has are two types of quizzes, Self-Quiz and graded Quiz. The results of the Quiz form a part of the final grade while the results of the Self-Quiz do not count towards your grade.
    You will have multiple attempts to take the Self-Quiz and improve your results, it is recommended you take the Self-Quiz to insure adequate understanding of the learning materials.


    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.



    Classroom Forum
    The Classroom Forum is available only to students in the same classroom or group. The Classroom Forum is only activated when there are many groups of students taking the course at the same time. Participation in this forum is an excellent way to get to know your classmates and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.


    Policies


    Grading
    The University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are expected to comply with this scale:

    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.0
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00


    Grades will be based on a standard 100-point scale with the following values and ranges:

    Grading Components and Weights

    Written Assignments 16%
    Discussion Forums 16%
    Learning Journal 8%
    Quizzes 40%
    Final Exam 20%


    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the grade you have received for a course is erroneous, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the grade posting, for more information on the Grade appeal procedure please refers to the UoPeople Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of assignment submission and/or inadequate contribution in discussion forum postings.

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule. The instructor will specify the deadline for each assignment.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments.

    Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity

    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html


    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.
    Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal.

    BUS 4401 Entrepreneurship 2

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    BUS 4401: Entrepreneurship 2


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 3303: Entrepreneurship 1.


    Course Description: This course continues where Entrepreneurship 1 ended and addresses entrepreneurship in international markets. The key success factors in creating a new internationally-oriented business venture will be examined from the perspective of the entrepreneur.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    Engage in a marketing research process.

    1. Assess entrepreneurial conditions of running a business locally and internationally.
    2. Attract entrepreneurs through virtual sales development.
    3. Apply effectuation and causation measures in business valuation.
    4. Apply leadership skills of engagement, feedback, assessments and resilience in entrepreneurship.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Marketing Research Process

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Going Global

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Franchising Your Business

    Week 5: Unit 5 & Week 6: Unit 6
    - Entrepreneurial Website: Branding, Evaluation and Virtual Sales

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    Building Entrepreneurship Community (including Joint Venture)

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Human Resources Exercise in Entrepreneurship

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    "Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it."  Author: Lao Tzu

    Now, going back to the very beginning of this course while using metaphors please finish the following statement, but use different words and imagery—not simply a copy  the opening quote:

    To me entrepreneurship is ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. (fill in the blanks with a description of a picture — even water if now you are still struggling with coming up with something original).

    To get a more formal definition of entrepreneurship, please visit: http://www.inc.com/eric-schurenberg/the-best-definition-of-entepreneurship.html

    What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Can you recall stories from your childhood, adolescence or adulthood when you showed any entrepreneurship inclinations? Any memories of  situations when you saw a need and responded to it while creating a sustainable outcome for others. What are the entrepreneurship inclinations you ask? Let’s find out.

    Please take a few minutes to go back in your personal history and think of all the possible moments when you invented something or run-managed something so that it made a lasting, positive change. Now imagine yourself featured as an entrepreneur in a magazine. Your smiling face with a title of your invention-business right underneath..

    READING ASSIGNMENT:

    1. To read more about the history of leadership as well as familiarize yourself with leadership approaches and styles, please visit: A Framework for Addressing and Measuring Entrepreneurship by Nadim Ahmad and Anders Hoffman – pages 1-12 only.
    2. To read about the issues surrounding the developmental growth of an exemplary entrepreneur, please visit: http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/7213/pg7213.htm - Please read the Introduction and the first two chapters of My Life and Work by Henry Ford
    While reading please work closely with your Learning Journal and write down your thoughts and self-discoveries. Moreover, note in your Learning Journal the qualities exhibited by Henry Ford as well as your personal comments pertaining to entrepreneurship as a notion. How are you and your circumstances different and similar to Ford’s? What have you learned from his lessons?

    Unit 2: Marketing Research Process

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    1. Start by reading Chapter 1 and 2 (step 1 and 2) of:  INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURS’ WORK BOOK by Arcot Desai Narasimhalu from Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Singapore Management University. Quickly answer all the questions posed by the author throughout step one and two of the work book. Do all the exercises and be ready to apply all this knowledge throughout this unit. The learning from these two chapters (steps) will be crucial in determining the feasibility of your product or service. Moreover, by diligently doing the exercises you will be exposed to a step-by-step learning how to be creative. This will allow you to apply creativity in developing your entrepreneurship in present and  future professional projects as well as in real life.

    2. To learn more about the market research process read: http://www.mymarketresearchmethods.com/the-market-research-process-6-steps-to-success/

    In this unit you are provided with the theory on market research that starts with a very thorough consideration on what is innovation and how creativity could differ from entrepreneurship. The unit will end with the six step market research and your thorough application of each and every step of it. 

    Throughout the activities built around this unit you will have to provide proofs of your understanding. As you might imagine, this is much harder to do than just repeating the theory that one learned. However, this application-based approach is necessary in order to fully enter the world of entrepreneurship.  

    As you learned in unit 1, entrepreneur is not a theorist. On the contrary, it is someone who sees opportunities and applies the findings to their invention and to the real world. Entrepreneur is someone that sees and seizes an opportunity while applying the theory. 

    Entrepreneurial solutions are straightforward applications, thus, in this unit you will start acting as if you are an entrepreneur. If you feel that you do not want to become one and prefer only to study about it, you will need to go through this course imagining and describing the imagined products, services, steps and processes. You will have to work equally hard regardless if you choose to truly explore a product or service, or just vicariously embrace it. Either way, you will learn how to build and apply creativity to all steps of inventing and marketing a product or service. It will feel like a fusion of theory and practice, linking a mathematical approach based on process description combined with an art of innovating and engaging potential clients (peers) in the process.  Entrepreneurs do that so well: fuse theory with practice. This unit will provide you with a similar opportunity.

    If you are stuck at any point, try to think about possible clients that your invention—real or imagined, might attract—how would they view your product or service?  If there will be something difficult, which despite your efforts, you will be still struggling with, please involve your peers or your professor by asking specific questions. Do it early—do not wait until the night before the due date. Do not ask a generic question or try to pass the responsibility onto others.  Be fair by sharing the responsibility to seek answers and you will be pleasantly surprised that others will be more willing to help. Ask your questions early.  Do not say: I do not understand. Say, in……………..I did not understand the part……………………I tried looking in…………………….to find some possible explanations. Can you help me understand…………………………., please? By doing so you will be behaving like a responsible student-entrepreneur: ready to learn, showing initiative. You will include others while integrating theory with practice. This means empowerment for all. Think about it.

    Can you see how this approach of sharing the responsibility for finding answers and clarifying learning points can contribute to a more efficient learning process for all involved? If not ask for help. Remember, entrepreneurs form solid communities. This is your opportunity to become a pioneer of one.

    Unit 3: Going Global

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Chapter 1 : Reading Assignment : as described in the Introduction area of this Learning Guide: http://www.doingbusiness.org/

    Prior to choosing a specific country, ensure that you made a serious comparison with at least one other country. Do not choose automatically. You will be asked to indicate your findings later on.

    Unit 4: Franchising Your Business

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    First, let’s refresh our memories to recall and appreciate what the major forms of Business Ownership choices are. When reading the materials, please make written notes in reference of your present business and business idea. Compare it to other forms of business. What it means is to envision your business having some elements of all the described above business ownerships. So, to give you an example: when you are reading about the sole proprietorship you will need to know what elements of this form of ownership your business already has, and what elements will you be losing if you chose to switch from this form to a franchise. You will need this information in this unit as well as for the final exam (hint, hint).Do not forget to note your findings in this week’s Learning Journal.

    There are essentially four forms of traditional business ownership in North America:

    • the sole proprietorship
    • the partnership
    • the corporation
    • and the cooperative

    To read more about these options, please visit: http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/formsofbusinessownership/a/formbusinesshub.htm

    There are two less traditional forms: franchising and intrapreneurship.

    To find out information about franchising, including franchising-pros and cons, please visit: http://www.quintcareers.com/franchising_pros_cons.html

    To find out information on intrapreneurs, please read: http://www.forbes.com/sites/onmarketing/2012/05/21/move-over-entrepreneurs-here-come-the-intrapreneurs/ (Click "Continue to Site" in upper right corner)

    To read about social entrepreneurs, please visit: https://www.ashoka.org/en/focus/social-entrepreneurship

    Globalizing your business:

    In order to prepare for this task, please read the following:

    http://www.i7marketing.com/small-business/globalize-new-product/

    Unit 5 & Unit 6: Entrepreneurial Website: Branding, Evaluation and Virtual Sales

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Please note the reading assignment includes reading required in two weeks. Plan your work well. Tip: peruse all materials first to assess and plan well. Remember: you have two weeks to complete all the tasks.  Do not leave any tasks to be done at the last minute.  

    Please note that the steps necessary in creating your website or blog are described in the Written Assignment description. 

    1.  Prior to embarking on the virtual sales platform for your product we will spend some time preparing the entrepreneurial background.  Since creating and managing a website requires fusing your knowledge on entrepreneurship and your managerial and selling skills, you are asked to visit the following Society for Effectual Action website:

    http://www.effectuation.org/?page_id=207 

    Your task is to understand effectuation and causation as well as principles associated with effectuation. You will find this information while visiting the main site of the Effectuation Society. Read thoroughly on the following topics:

    • Bird in Hand Principle
    • Affordable Loss Principle
    • Lemonade Principle
    • Crazy-Quilt Principle, and
    • What is the effectual cycle?

    When reading you should be assessing how well you are using the effectual principles in developing your ideas and running your business.  

    • Are you following any of the listed above principles? How?

    This should be visible in your website.  Your website should look like a website of an Entrepreneur. Remember, you want visitors of your website to understand very quickly that you are an entrepreneur and not just another sales person. You want to ensure that your product or service will get the limelight it deserves and will be presented in a way that highlights you as original and daring and yet effective and localized.

    The simplest way to achieve this is to make your website look creative, modern, collaborative and inviting. If your product or service is creative, original and modern you do not have a lot of work to do to cover this requirement. If it is not there yet, you need to make it shine through a modern looking website. This is where effectual thinking can help you.

    2. Research the internet to find a job description that resembles your present position within your company. Your job is find at least two examples and compile your own job description taking into account your tasks as well as the necessary knowledge required in your present position. University of Miami has a job description bank that you may want to visit first: http://www.miami.edu/index.php/university_of_miami_compensation/job_description_bank/.

    Click on the letter M-for Manager and look for positions that are most similar to yours--but do not forget that you are an Entrepreneur. Pay attention to how the jobs are described in the above University of Miami site.  Do additional research. 

    • Briefly describe the knowledge one needs to have to do your job well.
    • Follow up with a list of tasks that you do.
    • Use active verbs.
    • Be brief. Imagine that you are leaving for a couple of weeks and need to transfer your knowledge to your replacement. What would you need them to know? What would you need them to do in your absence? Do additional research, as necessary.

    3. Finalize your job description. Ensure that it will have a list of tasks as well as state what knowledge is needed in your position. You will need to submit your job description later this week (week 5) as well as will need it in week 6 to complete your website.

    Yes, knowing what is needed when managing your company is really important in branding and marketing your business. You are the soul and the center of your company. Moreover, to brand your product well you need to become neutral about your company--be able to see it how others might see it. This part sometimes presents a problem to entrepreneurs who might tend to think that their company is part of their family, so to speak. That everyone understands and sees what they see and understands their vision. To describe your own position is a good start in becoming neutral--step away from what is so very yours in order to prepare a true and effective branding and marketing proposition.

    4. Read about branding and market valuation. You will need branding knowledge to make your website stand out in an original and individual way. You will need market valuation knowledge to make rough estimations to assess your own business and ensure that this assessment is visible in your website. You will also need to understand market valuation when assessing other websites while choosing the ones that appeal to your business sense.  To understand branding please read: 

    After reading this information, you should be able to answer the following questions prior to moving onto another task:

    • What is your big idea - what lies at the heart of your company?
    • Explain your values behind your product - what do you believe in?
    • What is your vision - where are you going with your product? What is its purpose? What do you hope to achieve with it?
    • Your professional personality - how do you want to be viewed vis-a-vis your product?

      5. Next, read about market valuation: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/66442

    Please note that there are several Business Valuation approaches and Methods and there are three fundamental ways to measure the value of a business or professional practice:

    • Asset approach
    • Market approach
    • Income approach.

    The article covers a mixture of all these methods in a very approachable way. You need to have a sense of what your business might be worth. You also need to be able to construct a rough assessment of similar businesses-and their websites. In order to do your business valuation you need to be able to become neutral about your business. 

    When you were writing your job description you were asked to imagine that you needed to leave your company for a couple of weeks and to find a replacement and describe to this person what needed to be understood, as well as what needed to be done. Now imagine that you are meeting a potential client who is interested in buying your business. This person asks you: “how much your company is worth?”

    Remember, this is a potential business deal that might allow you to do something new and exciting, perhaps follow another dream or reach a new goal in your life.

    • What rough number could you- would you give?
    • How would you arrive at this number?
    • Is the number reflective of calculating your assets, is it based on a market approach or is it based on what income your business is able to generate, or something else?

    6.  Start doing research to find at least three websites or blogs that present similar product or service. Use the knowledge from points 1-4.

    Valuate and evaluate what you see to choose the best possible examples. Do not take the first three you see. Go deeper.

    7.  Decide on your platform. You may use any of the indicated below websites or you may find a different one that seems more suitable and effective for your particular taste, beliefs and product.

    There are many free websites to choose. The purpose here is to help you create a website content without spending any money. You might want to do a quick search to find something you can use -- either a free blog or a free website that looks appealing to you.  You will end up having a ready content that might help you in your future entrepreneurial endeavors.  

    Please visit:

    Now you have all the tools to create your efficient and effective website. Good luck!

    Unit 7: Building Entrepreneurship Community (including Joint Venture)

    • Peer assess Unit 5-6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    1. Visit the following site: http://cedec.ca/

    Thoroughly read the main page and all links associated with special emphasis on:

    2. To learn about building entrepreneurial communities please visit:

    http://under30ceo.com/building-entrepreneurial-communities-value-and-strategies/

    3. To learn about joint ventures visit:

    http://www.investopedia.com/terms/j/jointventure.asp

    Make your own research on joint venture. Do not forget to share your sources and findings in your LJ as well as provide an application of your knowledge in this week DF.

    Now, imagine, as explained above, that an inexperienced entrepreneur asks for your advice on how to start their business and join business forces with you.

    Assess how you would help them. Go back and review this course material.

    In your preparation also  look back on some of the advice given to you:

    Do it early--do not wait until the night before the due date and ask a generic question or try to pass the responsibility onto others.  Be fair by sharing the responsibility to seek answers and you will be pleasantly surprised that others will be more willing to help. Ask your questions early.  Do not say: I do not understand. Say, in.................I did not understand the part........................I tried looking in.........................to find some possible explanations. Can you help me understand..............................., please? By doing this you will be behaving like a responsible student-entrepreneur: ready to learn, show initiative, and include others while integrating theory with practice.

     Can you see how this approach of sharing the responsibility for finding answers and clarifying learning points can contribute to a more efficient learning process for all involved? Remember, entrepreneurs form solid communities.

    This is your opportunity to become a pioneer of one. Start with asking your new partner to follow the above guidelines and you will feel the difference of engagement.

    Do you have any other  strategies to help a new entrepreneur learn? How? Please note your responses in your LJ.

    Unit 8: Human Resources Exercise in Entrepreneurship

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    1. To familiarize yourself with Entrepreneurial Leadership, please read: http://www.academia.edu/1287765/Understanding_Entrepreneurial_Leadership_in_todays_Dynamic_Markets

    Entrepreneurs have many tasks to juggle when it comes to practicing leadership these days featuring continuous change, increased pressures/competition, diminishing number of jobs, globalisation, social inequalities, rapidly changing resources as well as pervasive struggles with time management and funding sources. We could spend hours looking into diverse theoretical foundations of leadership or even scrutinizing profiles of best known transformational leaders. Since we do not have the luxury of more time, we will do the next best thing: delegating some of the work to you (please see the list of suggested websites and choose at least three to read in detail), prioritizing it and applying the 20-80 rule in maximizing the time in this module. These are the very strategies you may use in helping your employees build resilience while battling stress. As you may know by now, the Pareto principle states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes –or doers. We will try to be as efficient as possible in fusing together leadership, stress management and building resilience, all well within the 20 % of allocated time. These are just some of the tips that you might be looking for. Some other tips include knowledge on managing stress.

    2. To learn about managing stress, choose a minimum of three of the listed below websites and peruse them in detail. The information you need to look for is related to managing stress and helping others in your company to build resilience:

    Canadian Mental health Association - www.cmha.ca

    Canadian Psychological Association - www.cpa.ca

    Check up From the Neck Up - www.checkupfromtheneckup.ca

    Heart and Stroke Foundation - www.heartandstrokefoundation.ca

    Mental Health Commission of Canada - www.mentalhealthcommission.ca

    Mental Illness Foundation - http://www.fondationdesmaladiesmentales.org/home.html  

    Psychology Foundation - www.psychologyfoundation.org

    3. To learn about building resilience, please read: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/resilience-training/in-depth/resilience/art-20046311

    Pay special attention to the subjects of Dynamic Markets and Transformational Leadership and tips that you could use helping others build resilience and manage stress. Remember: as an entrepreneur you will be viewed as a Role Model.

    There is no doubt that one of the most important leadership skills during times of increased stress is managing it and building resilience. This is also our topic in this module linked with building resilience.

    4. To prepare and get examples of a variety of job ads, please visit: http://hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/recruiting-hiring-advice/job-descriptions/sample-job-descriptions.aspx

    While perusing pay attention and find examples that resemble your present position assumed in this course. You have created your job description in unit 5, but this time you are asked to change it into a job ad. Imagine that your business is doing so well that you are expanding it and thus, will need to hire someone to do your job. In the meantime, you can concentrate on your new business…Yes, we told you at the beginning: we have a big plan for you!

    Remember, there is a difference between writing a job description and a job advertisement. To understand these differences visit: http://hiring.monster.co.uk/hr/hr-best-practices/recruiting-hiring-advice/attracting-job-candidates/how-do-job-descriptions-differ-from-job-adverts.aspx

    As a Business Manager you are required to play many roles.  The author of this workbook listed only a couple here to flag this notion to you. What other roles do you play at work in your present position? Financial and Contract Officer? Foundraiser?Crisis Manager? Reconciliator? Referral Officer, etc., etc., etc.? You may want to answer these questions as well as pose your own in your Learning Journal in this week’s module. Hello multitasking!

    Most likely one of these roles is related to overseeing the expected productivity and another is based on developing close professional relationships with employees. Entrepreneurs are positioned closer to employees than Managers are, and this alone may create expectations of operating from a very close personal stance—employees might expect a lot from you. Your job at the same time is ensuring high productivity that you as Entrepreneur and Business Owner expect.  Some call it a binding relationship, or in-between two forces positioning. Some Entrepreneurs emphasize that this setting creates additional stress while some notice that this might help to develop individual and organisational resilience. Whichever side of this equation you are, the truth remains that Entrepreneurs need to manage their own stress, help their employees manage theirs and as leaders in the company, help everyone develop resilience. This is why we will spend the time allocated to one full module of Entrepreneurship 2 looking closer at the three related topics: developing job descriptions, stress management, and developing resilience at work. This is an investment in you that will pay off once you will start replicating your findings and learnings to help your employees. You will build a healthy environment and contribute to having a healthy culture in your company, which will help ascertain your business success.   Any questions? Please address them via the discussion Forum. Please remember: when we ask, we learn.

    The best of luck in your entrepreneurial future!

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam
    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 15%
    Written Assignments 30%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 30%
    Final Exam 15%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 4402 Organizational Behavior

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    BUS 4402 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


    Course Description:


    This course focuses on the examination of research and theory of factors that influence the way members of an organization behave. Topics include the behavior of employees, work groups and supervisors, effective organizational communication, handling of change in the organization, and the goals and structure of an organization.


    Required Textbook and Materials:


    UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    Organizational Behavior V1.1
    Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan
    Creative Commons License
    Flat World Knowledge

    Available for download here.

    Links to additional required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.


    Software Requirements/Installation:


     No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Apply the various concepts and theories of Organizational Behavior through a comprehensive analysis of culture, climate, organizational structure, leadership, and communication.
    2. Appraise and evaluate motivation and group theories as they relate to organizations.
    3. Analyze the theory and practices of the human behavior in organizations.
    4. Define key organizational behavior theories and topics.
    5. Develop analytical skills as they relate to solving behavioral problems in organizations.

    Course Schedule and Topics:


    This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


    Week 1: Unit 1 OB Introduction, Diversity, and Culture

    Week 2: Unit 2-
    Perception and Attitudes


    Week 3: Unit 3
    Motivation


    Week 4: Unit 4
    Stress and Communication


    Week 5: Unit 5
    Teams, Conflict, and Negotiation


    Week 6: Unit 6-
    Decision Making and Ethics


    Week 7: Unit 7-
    Leadership


    Week 8: Unit 8-
    Power, Politics, Organizational Structure, and Change


    Week 9: Unit 9-
    Final Exam



    Learning Guide:


    The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.


    Unit 1: OB Introduction, Diversity, and Culture

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment, Rate)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal 
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Perception and Attitudes

    • Peer-Assess Unit 1 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    •  

    Unit 3: Motivation

    • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Complete Graded Quiz
       

    Unit 4: Stress and Communication

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    •  

    Unit 5: Teams, Conflict, and Negotiation

    • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz 

    Unit 6: Decision Making and Ethics

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Complete Graded Quiz
    •  

    Unit 7: Leadership

    • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
       

    Unit 8: Power, Politics, Organizational Structure, and Change

    • Peer-Assess Unit 7 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

     

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor
       

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.


    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Written Assignments 10%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 40% (20% each)
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 4403 Business Policy and Strategy

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    BUS 4403: Business Policy and Strategy


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 2207: Multinational Management and BUS 3306: Business and Society.

    Recommended: BUS 4404: Principles of Finance 2.


    Course Description: This course addresses the formulation, implementation, monitoring and control of business strategies and supporting organizational policies. Students learn to evaluate the comprehensive business enterprise through an integrated view of the various functional disciplines. This course attempts to develop the conceptual and abstract skills required by leaders of businesses in a competitive environment in order to understand business issues and challenges from the perspective of all functional managers. This course is intended as the “Capstone” course for the students’ curriculum where much of what was learned during the students’ program is integrated into an applied context.

    The course is divided into two parts. Part One deals with the foundational concepts of leading a business and setting business policy strategically. Part One will cover: (1) the concepts of establishing a business vision from which business plans will align, (2) building a business team to execute business goals, and (3) techniques to monitor business progress in implementing the goals.

    Part Two takes the foundational concepts learned in Part One and applies them to case studies of real business situations. There is an important structure to the business applications presented in Part Two. The structure is called frame of reference analysis. The basis of this analysis is that most situations, whether oriented to business or not, consist of multiple disciplines or frames of reference. This analysis calls for studying subjects and situations through the lens or ‘frames’ of certain disciplines. In the course, the frames of references used to view strategic choices are: (1) the structural frame of reference, (2) the economic/business frame, (3) the political/cultural frame, and (4) the human resources frame. Each week, during Part Two, case studies are presented that examine a real business situation through the frame of reference of one of the above viewpoints. The final week of the course will be an integration exercise where the role of leadership is be examined.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course can be found in this archive. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.


    Software Requirements/Installation: None. This course does not require a financial calculator. Most of the computations in the course can be performed with an ordinary calculator. For any complex calculations, a link to an online calculator will be provided.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to interpret budget results.
    2. Determine a strategic course of action (strategic choice) after considering key groups and their relationships between each other.
    3. Making sound strategic decisions based on business and economic conditions.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to identify and discuss alternatives available to a company facing a business environment where there is a scarcity of skilled staff.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1Formulating Policy and Strategy

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Implementing Strategy

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Monitoring and Control of Policy or Strategy Execution

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Structural Frame of Reference

    Week 5: Unit 5
    - Economic/Business Frame of Reference

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    Political/Cultural Frame of Reference

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    Human Resources Frame of Reference

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Policy and Strategy Integration: The Role of Leadership

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Formulating Policy and Strategy

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Implementing Strategy

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Monitoring and Control of Policy or Strategy Execution

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Structural Frame of Reference

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Economic/Business Frame of Reference

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Political/Cultural Frame of Reference

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

     Unit 7: Human Resources Frame of Reference

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Policy and Strategy Integration: The Role of Leadership

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz
    • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Remember, please do not peer assess Unit 8 Written Assignment; it is instructor assessed
    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 25%
    Written Assignments 25%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 20% (10% each)
    Final Exam 20%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 4404 Principles of Finance 2

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    BUS 4404: Principles of Finance 2


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 2203: Principles of Finance 1


    Course Description: This course expands on concepts from Principles of Finance 1 to provide greater depth of core issues including valuation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, estimating cash flows, capital structure, dividends, forecasting, and working capital management. Case studies and information resources will be utilized to explain how financial theory is applied in real-life situations.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    • Hill, R.A. (2012). Company Valuation and Takeover: Part II. BookBoon: Robert Alan Hill & Ventus Publishing ApS.
    • Compendium. Corporate Finance. (2008). BookBoon: Ventus Publishing ApS.
    • Nielsen, K.M. (2010). Corporate Finance: Part II - Budgeting, Financing & Valuation. BookBoon: Ventus Publishing ApS.
    • Passenheim, O. (2010). Enterprise Risk Management. BookBoon: Ventus Publishing ApS. 
    • Compendium. Boundless Finance Textbook. Boundless.Com. Available at https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-finance/
    • Volker, M.C. (2012). Making the Business Case. BookBoon: Ventus Publishing ApS. 
    • Walther, L.M. (2012). Principles of Accounting. Logan, UT: Utah State University. Available at http://www.principlesofaccounting.com/
    • Hill, R.A. (2010). Strategic Financial Management: Part II - Finance & Wealth Decisions. BookBoon: Ventus Publishing ApS.
    • Walther, L.M. & Skousen, C.J. (2009). Using Account Information. BookBoon: Ventus Publishing ApS.

    You can find some of the texts listed above in this archive.


    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements. This course does not require a financial calculator. Most of the computations in the course can be performed with an ordinary calculator. For any complex calculations, a link to an online calculator will be provided accordingly.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Perform basic forecasting and planning.
    2. Perform financial ratio analysis.
    3. Examine short-term financing.
    4. Evaluate long-term capital projects.
    5. Solve the cost of capital.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1 - Principles: Introduction to Business Valuation Basics

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Principles: Estimating Cash Flows

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Principles: Capital Budgeting

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Principles: Capital Structure and Cost of Capital

    Week 5: Unit 5
    - Application: Managing Working Capital

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    Application: Managing Cost of Capital

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    Application: Case Studies

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Application: Risk Management

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Principles: Introduction to Business Valuation Basics

    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Principles: Estimating Cash Flows

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Principles: Capital Budgeting

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Principles: Capital Structure and Cost of Capital

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Application: Managing Working Capital

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Application: Managing Cost of Capital

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 7: Application: Case Studies

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Application: Risk Management

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment.
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments

    25%

    Written Assignments

    25%

    Learning Journals 

    10%

    Graded Quizzes

    20% (10% each)

    Final Exam

    20%

    TOTAL

    100%

    Grading Scale

    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 4405 Leadership

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    BUS 4405 - LEADERSHIP


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


    Course Description:

    This course will support students in acquiring a leadership lens that features intellectual diversity, strategic thinking and managerial competencies needed in today’s business world based on knowledge economy. There are two integrateddimensions of leadership that this course will focus on: organizational and individual. Studying organizational leadership will provide answers to some of the above listed questions while developing an individual leadership skills set will support personal growth of each leader-student.

    In this course, students will explore organizational leadership theories as well as examine how to strategically lead self and others while fostering a culture of performance. Students will use tools that leverage organizational and individual development. Through an integration of a variety of these tools, strategies, and theories, the students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) necessary in contemporary leadership development. These will include: individual skills assessment, appreciative inquiry, action planning, understanding group dynamics, tools for transforming groups into teams, mentoring and coaching instruments as well as familiarity with preliminary strategic environmental scans at the organizational level. Students will develop basic leadership KSA that will increase their individual leadership awareness, facilitate growth, and increase appreciation of diversity and business ethics as well as ensure solid relatedness to contemporary leadership issues.

    Required Textbook and Materials:


    UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.

    Some of the materials for this course can be found in this archive.


    Software Requirements/Installation


    No special requirements


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Examine leadership competencies related to becoming a strategic leader
    2. Evaluate transitional strategies and the tools to develop corporate foresight
    3. Develop and execute a time management strategy
    4. Evaluate a variety of duties and styles of a manager, and those of a leader.
    5. Apply diverse approaches to performance measures via mentoring, advising, coaching, negotiating, and resolving conflicts

    Course Schedule and Topics


    This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


    Week 1: Unit 1 Introduction to Leadership
    Week 2: Unit 2 Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
    Week 3: Unit 3 Strategic Leadership
    Week 4: Unit 4 Leadership and Corporate Foresight
    Week 5: Unit 5 Leading Diversity
    Week 6: Unit 6 Decision Making and Ethics
    Week 7: Unit 7 Leading Radical Organizational Change
    Week 8: Unit 8 Interpersonal Leadership
    Week 9: Unit 9 Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide


    This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


    Unit 1: Introduction to Leadership

    • Introduce yourself in the Course Forum
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Unit 2: Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

    • Peer-assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    • Goleman, D. (1998), What Makes a Leader?  Inside the Mind of a Leader -- The Best of the Harvard Business Review. 
    • Michael, A. (2008).  Mentoring and Coaching: Topic Gateway Series No. 50.   Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Retrieved from: http://docplayer.net/17078485-Mentoring-and-coaching.html
    • Hussain, A (2017) The 7 habits of highly effective people, we all want to succeed. Retrieved from: https://blog.hubspot.com/sales/habits-of-highly-effective-people-summary
    • Ruderman, M.N. et al (2001). Making the Connection: Leadership skills and Emotional Intelligence. Leadership In Action, 21 (5), pgs. 3-7.
    • Westburn, J & Ireson, J. (n.d.) Leadership Development & Personal Effectiveness. National College for School Leadership. Please read page 4-52.

    Unit 3: Strategic Leadership

    • Peer-assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    Central Intelligence Agency (2016, March 24) CIA Vision, Mision, Ethos & Challenges. Retrieved from https://www.cia.gov/about-cia/cia-vision-mission-values/index.html.

    • To see an example of a clear mission, vision, and values statement of an organization that uses a learning approach, but is not in the field of learning

    DeCarlo, S (2010, April 21) The World’s leading companies. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/20/global-2000-leading-world-business-global-2000-10-intro_2.html

    • To see what could happen when mission, vision, and values are well-aligned and read about leading companies. What lessons could be learned from these examples?

    Guillot, W.M (2005).  Strategic leadership defining the challenge. Air Power, 2(1), pg. 113-128.

    • Read the document to familiarize yourself with a military approach to strategic leadership. Pay special attention to the questions and answers provided by the author of this text. Note similarities and differences between the military culture and the cultures with which you are familiar. What is different? What is the same?


    Horwitch, M. and Callahan, M. (2016) How leaders inspire cracking the code. Bain and Company. Retrieved from http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/how-leaders-inspire-cracking-the-code.aspx  

    N.A.  (2012). JISC. Defining and articulating your vision, mission, and values. Retrieved from https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/vision-mission-and-values

    Machiavelli, N., & Wootton, D. (1995). The Prince. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co. Available through the Gutenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1232/1232-h/1232-h.htm

    • Read Chapter 21

    Paine, N. & Masie, N. (Eds.) (2010).  Learning Perspectives. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    • Read part 1 and part 2 only.  Reading Prompt: Pay special attention to the strategic learning approaches described throughout the two chapters of this book. While reading, and instead of making your own notes, consider the existing strategic leadership questions that are based on the text, such as: What problem are we trying to solve?  What are we trying to avoid?  These questions will become your strategic leader toolbox 

    Simons, R (2010). Seven strategic questions: a simple approach for better execution. Harvard Business School. Retrieved from http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6493.html

    • To further hone your strategic questioning skill, and read about seven strategic questions essential in the business world. In what way do these questions apply to leaders and organizations at the same time?

    Unit 4: Leadership and Corporate Foresight

    • Peer-assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment


    ARUP (2017). An Introduction to Corporate Foresight. Retrieved from driversofchange.com.   Download the PDF by clicking here: http://www.driversofchange.com/projects/an-introduction-to-corporate-foresight/

    Machiavelli, N., & Wootton, D. (1995). The prince. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co. Available through the Gutenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1232/1232-h/1232-h.htm       

    N.A. (2010) What is Organization Future Orientation?  Future Orientation Blog. Retrieved from: http://futureorientation.net/2010/07/29/what-is-organizational-future-orientation/ Please read all five responses to "What is Organizational Future Orientation?" (Visit each and every response).

    Revisit:

    Paine, N. & Masie, N. (Eds.) (2010).  Learning Perspectives. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    • Parts 1 and 2 - Re-visit your questions that followed reading part 1 and part 2 in Unit 3

    DeCarlo, S (2010, April 21) The World’s leading companies. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/20/global-2000-leading-world-business-global-2000-10-intro_2.html

    Unit 5: Leading Diversity

    • Peer-assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment

    Diversity in the workplace: benefits and challenges and solutions.  The Multicultural Advantage.  Retrieved from https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/HR/HR02200.pdf

    Rice, K (n.d.). Leading diversity; a comparative analysis. The Multicultural Advantage. Retrieved from http://www.multiculturaladvantage.com/recruit/diversity/Leading-Diversity-Comparative-Analysis.asp

    Coats, K (2012). Leading diversity: the work leaders cannot ignore. Tomorrow today. Retrieved from http://www.tomorrowtodayglobal.com/2012/12/05/leading-diversity-the-work-leaders-cannot-ignore-2/

    Brescoll, V.L. (2011). What do leaders need to understand about diversity. Yale Insights. Retrieved from http://insights.som.yale.edu/insights/what-do-leaders-need-to-understand-about-diversity

    11 Pros and Cons of Diversity in the Workplace (n.d.). Retrieved from https://greengarageblog.org/11-pros-and-cons-of-diversity-in-the-workplace

    Bloom, B.S. & Nadler, L. (2015, Sept. 14) Leadership and developing diversity and inclusion. Retrieved from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/diverse.html

    Hudson Banks, K (2010, June 10) Diversity in Leadership. Psychology Today. Retrieved from 
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/race-matters/201006/diversity-in-leadership

    Implicit Association Test

    Please visit Harvard University's Project Implicit site and choose three of the quizzes to search for your bias(es). And remember, you do have bias/es. We all do.

    It is well known that people don't always "speak their minds," and it is suspected that people don't always "know their minds." Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology.

    This web site presents a method that demonstrates the conscious/unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short.  Some examples:

    • Weight (Fat-Thin IAT).This IAT requires the ability to distinguish faces of people who are obese and people who are thin. It often reveals an automatic preference for thin people relative to fat people.
    • Age (young-old IAT). This IAT requires the ability to distinguish old from young faces. This test often indicates that people have automatic preference for young over old.
    • Countries ('Canada-United States' IAT). This IAT requires the ability to recognize photos of national leaders and other national icons. The results revealed by this test provide a new method of appraising nationalism.

    In addition, this site contains various related information. The value of this information may be greatest if you try at least one test first.  ** You will be asked to 'Agree' to the projects Terms of Service before gaining access to the tests.

    Click here to go the tests: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/canada/selectatest.jsp

    Unit 6: Decision Making and Ethics

    • Peer-assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Reading Assignment

    Arsham, H (1994, Febr. 25) Leadership decision making. Retrieved from: http://home.ubalt.edu/ntsbarsh/opre640/partXIII.htm

    • Read Sections 1-11

    McNamara, C (n.d.) Complete Guide to Ethics Management: An Ethics Toolkit for ManagersRetrieved from:http://managementhelp.org/businessethics/ethics-guide.htm#anchor26548.

    • Please read all of the included highlighted documents, which can be read by simply scrolling down through the entire document, or by clicking on each highlighted topic, which will bring you directly to that section.

    Unit 7: Leading Radical Organizational Change

    • Peer-assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Reading Assignment

    • Vries de, K, Guillen Ramo, L, & Korotov, K (2009) Organizational Culture, Leadership, Change and Stress.  INSEAD.

    Unit 8: Interpersonal Leadership

    • Peer-assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz
    • Submit the Course Evaluation

    Reading Assignment


    • Devijver, S (n.d.) A Strategy of Constant Change. To learn more about a variety of strategies related to initiating change, please read the Discover chapter (pages 17-38)
    • Rowe, M. (n.d.) Negotiation; Theory and Practice N101.  MIT.

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


    Course Requirements


    Written Assignments
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.


    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies

    Grading Components and Weights

    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 20%
    Written Assignments 20%
    Learning Journals 10%
     Graded Quiz (2 @ 10%) 20%
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

     


    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00


    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by the lack of an assignment submission, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to fail the course automatically.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.


    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    If and when you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to acknowledge your sources properly is known as "plagiarism," which is effectively passing off an individual's words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of the style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html


    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 4406 Quality Management

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    BUS 4406: Quality Management


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 4402


    Course Description: This course investigates the concept of “quality” in organizational culture, and how it has developed over time. A number of quality-improvement techniques will be explored, such as employee empowerment, quality-improvement tools, cross-functional teams, leadership for quality, continuous learning, process management, Taguchi methods, ISO 9000 standards, and the role of inspection in quality management. Issues concerning the implementation of methods such as Total Quality Management (TQM) will also be studied.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.


    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Understand the roles and responsibilities of all the stakeholders of Quality Management.
    2. Develop and apply tools for control and Quality Management.
    3. Implement methodologies for process control and continuous improvement.
    4. Develop organizational leadership strategies for Quality Management.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1Understanding Quality Management

    Week 2: Unit 2 - The EFQM Model of Excellence

    Week 3: Unit 3
    - Process Management

    Week 4: Unit 4
    - Quality Improvement Tools

    Week 5: Unit 5
    - Continuous Improvement

    Week 6: Unit 6 -
    The Learning Organization

    Week 7: Unit 7 -
    ISO 9000 Standard

    Week 8: Unit 8 -
    Leadership for Quality

    Week 9: Unit 9 -
    Course Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Understanding Quality Management

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: The EFQM Model of Excellence

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Process Management

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Quality Improvement Tools

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Continuous Improvement

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: The Learning Organization

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

     Unit 7: ISO 9000 Standard

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Leadership for Quality

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz
    • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Written Assignments 10%
    Learning Journals 15%
    Two Graded Quizzes 40%
    Final Exam 25%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    BUS 4407 Strategic Management

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    BUS 4407: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: BUS 4402: Organizational Behavior


    Course Description: This course explores the relationships between organizations and their environments from a corporate policy perspective. Topics to be discussed include organizational structure and development,competition analysis, long and short-range planning, creating mission and vision statements, implementing goals, performance indicators and evaluation.


    Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.


    Software Requirements/Installation: No special requirements.


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes: By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Analyze the participants in the strategic management process.
    2. Apply appropriate strategic management tools to diagnose internal and external factors facing organizations.
    3. Classify the types of competitive advantage and explain associated best practices for creating and maintaining advantages.  
    4. Examine the most commonly used corporate strategies and analyze alternatives for creating long-term value.
    5. Apply modern strategic management techniques and choose the best alternatives in the face of rapidly changing technology.
    6. Synthesize strategic management theory and concepts to explain competitive advantage in the era of globalization.

    Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

    Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to Strategy

    Week 2: Unit 2 - Industry Analysis and the Five Forces

    Week 3: Unit 3 - Strategy Formulation and the SWOT

    Week 4: Unit 4 - Strategy Formulation, the PEST, and Success Factors

    Week 5: Unit 5 - Competitive Advantage

    Week 6: Unit 6 - Corporate Strategies

    Week 7: Unit 7 - Innovation and Globalization

    Week 8: Unit 8 - Ethics and Globalization

    Weel 9: Unit 9Review and Final Exam


    Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Strategy

    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 2: Industry Analysis and the Five Forces

    • Peer assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 3: Strategy Formulation and the SWOT

    • Peer assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 4: Strategy Formulation, the PEST, and Success Factors

    • Peer assess Unit 3 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 5: Competitive Advantage

    • Peer assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Corporate Strategies

    • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Take the Graded Quiz

    Unit 7: Innovation and Globalization

    • Peer assess Unit 6 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 8: Ethics and Globalization

    • Peer assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignment
    • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment and rate in Discussion Forum)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

    Course Requirements:

    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates' assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers' postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes - the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam

    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.


    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


    Course Policies:

    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Learning Journals 10%
    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Written Assignments 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 40%
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as "plagiarism” - which is effectively passing off an individual's words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University's Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

    Computer Science

    This Computer Science degree meets the growing demands of the regional and national economy preparing students to approach and solve important scientific, global, and societal challenges of the 21st century. The discipline studies phenomena and concepts arising from the use of logic, mathematics, engineering and other sciences in understanding and manipulating information; the degree provides a firm foundation in both hardware/architecture and software, as well as an understanding of a variety of applications of these fundamental ideas and techniques.

    CS 1101 Programming Fundamentals

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    CS 1101: PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS


    Syllabus


    Prerequisites: None


    Course Description:


    This course covers the basics of computer programming and provides a foundation for further learning in this area. No previous computer programming knowledge is required to finish this course. The course uses the Python programming language which is very simple and straightforward. The course also covers abstract concepts which can be applied to almost any programming language, and students are encouraged to pay attention to these, since the way of thinking like a programmer is the most valuable lesson they will learn.


    Required Textbook and Materials:


    UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

    • Downey, A. (2015). Think Python, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, 2nd Edition. This book is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0). Download the PDF here.

    Software Requirements/Installation:


    For your assignments, you must download and install the appropriate Python interpreter for your computer and operating system. Versions of the software are available for Windows (XP, Vista, Windows7), Linux distributions, and Mac OS. Most popular distributions of Linux will either include Python or will provide an installation option for it in the software management utility.

    You can find available downloads for Python v3.4 at the following URL: http://www.python.org/download/

    Installation is relatively straightforward. Follow the prompts when installing. Further information is available in the documentation section located here: https://docs.python.org/3/. Instructions to install and configure Python can be found in the Python setup and usage section of this page.

    Additional Resources:

    Note: the PythonAnywhere website above is a good alternative to the Virtual Computing Lab for Python programming. You can get a free account with just your email address. Please make sure that you use Python 3.x (not 2.x).


    Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Describe the history and development of computer programming languages
    2. Implement modeling techniques including pseudo code and flowcharts to build conceptual models of a program’s logic, functionality, and execution
    3. Implement code using fundamental programming concepts, language constructs and procedural programming approaches.
    4. Develop programs using the Python programming language to solve programming problems
    5. Independently research programming languages and apply new programming language features

      Course Schedule and Topics:


      This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


      Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction and Fundamental Concepts

      Week 2: Unit 2 -
      Variables, Expressions, Statements, and Functions

      Week 3: Unit 3
       - Conditionals and Recursion

      Week 4: Unit 4
       - Functions and Return Values

      Week 5: Unit 5
      - Iteration and Strings

      Week 6: Unit 6 - 
      Lists

      Week 7: Unit 7 -
      Dictionaries and Tuples

      Week 8: Unit 8 - 
      Files

      Week 9: Unit 9 -
      Final Exam


      Learning Guide:


      The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.


      Unit 1: Introduction and Fundamental Concepts

      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment.
      • Download and install a working Python 3 environment (not required for Virtual Computer Lab or PythonAnywhere users). Refer to the Software Requirements/Installation section of the Syllabus.
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.

      Unit 2: Variables, Expressions, Statements, and Functions

      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment.
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.

      Unit 3: Conditionals and Recursion 

      • Peer-assess Unit 2 Programming Assignment.
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment.
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.
      • Take the Graded Quiz.

      Unit 4: Functions and Return Values

      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment.
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.

      Unit 5: Iteration and Strings

      • Peer-assess Unit 4 Programming Assignment.
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment.
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.

      Unit 6: Lists

      • Peer-assess Unit 5 Programming Assignment.
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment.
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.
      • Take the Graded Quiz.

      Unit 7: Dictionaries and Tuples

      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment.
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.

      Unit 8: Files

      • Peer assess Unit 7 Programming Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum.
      • Respond to three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum.
      • Complete an entry in the Learning Journal.
      • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam.
      • Take the Self-Quiz.
      • Take the Review Quiz.
      • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation.

      Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

      • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
      • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
      • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

      Course Requirements:


      Programming Assignments
      Some units in this course require that you complete a programming assignment. For each programming assignment, you must develop the required program and submit by the required due date. Your submission must include either the pseudocode or flowchart for your program, the code of your program and description of the results obtained when running the program. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

      Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
      Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

      Learning Journal
      Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

      Quizzes
      This course will contain three types of quizzes – Self-Quizzes, Graded Quizzes, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quizzes will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quizzes will be provided by your instructor.

      Final Exam
      The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

      Course Forum
      The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


      Course Policies:


      Grading Components and Weights

      Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

      Learning Journals 20%
      Programming Assignments 25%
      Discussion Questions   10%
      Graded Quizzes (Units 3 & 6) 20% (10% each)
      Final Exam 25%
      TOTAL 100%

      Grading Scale
      This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

      Letter Grade
      Grade Scale Grade Points
      A+ 98-100 4.00
      A 93-97 4.00
      A- 90-92 3.67
      B+ 88-89 3.33
      B 83-87 3.00
      B- 80-82 2.67
      C+ 78-79 2.33
      C 73-77 2.00
      C- 70-72 1.67
      D+ 68-69 1.33
      D 63-67 1.00
      D- 60-62 0.67
      F Under 60 0.00

      Grade Appeal
      If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

      Participation
      Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

      • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
      • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
      • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
      • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

      Academic Honesty and Integrity
      When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

      Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

      Code of Conduct
      University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.


      Course Overview
      CS1101 is the first programming course encountered in the Computer Science program at the University of the People. Although this course does not have the technical difficulty that will be encountered in later computer science courses, it does introduce concepts that may be very new to many students so it will require significant commitment and focus. It is imperative that you have mastered the ideas, concepts, and skills that are introduced in this course as later courses will assume that you have proficiency in these areas. As such do not just get by in this course. Make sure that you understand ALL of the concepts and can complete ALL of the assignments. If you are struggling with any idea, concept, or project, reach out for help to your peer and your instructor EARLY by posting in the course forum.

      In each unit of this course, you will see both a required reading assignment and an additional reading assignment. This course, CS1101 is an introductory course to the computer science program. For many students, this course will represent your first formalized exposure to the computer science discipline and field. The recommended readings provide an excellent history of the development of computer technology, computers, programming languages and the field of computer science in general. The recommended readings trace the development of modern computer technology from its earliest beginnings, through the personal computer and internet revolutions through to the recent history of the field. These readings will provide you with a good understanding of the key innovators of the field as well as their innovations providing a foundation for your further studies in the computer science program.

      Finally selected units throughout this course have optional video lectures. These video lectures are not required but can be valuable to those students who have the ability to view streaming video as they present the same material covered in the reading assignment but in the form of a video / audio lecture that demonstrates implementing the concepts from the reading assignment. For those students who have access to sufficient computing resources and network bandwidth these video lectures are highly recommended.

      Expectations
      This course is designed to be collaborative. Your interaction with your peers (other students in the class) should not be focused on providing an assessment of their work, but rather to collaborate to improve our collective understanding of the course material. As such feedback is MORE important than assessment. You should be providing feedback in the form of explanation, assistance, best practice sharing, and other forms of collaboration. Your instructor will be looking for these activities and a portion of your grade will be determined based upon the level of collaboration and peer interaction that you engage in.

      CS 1102 Programming 1

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      CS 1102: PROGRAMMING 1


      Prerequisites: None. If you do not have a background in Computer Science, CS 1101: Programming Fundamentals is highly recommended.


      Course Description: This course is an introduction to computer programming. Programming is the art of explaining to a computer what you want it to do, in exact detail and in a language that the computer can understand. Programming is only one part of computer science, but it is the most basic and most central part. It is an activity that requires you to think logically, to solve problems, to express yourself clearly, and often to endure a certain amount of frustration as you try to get your programs to work. The result, though, can be very rewarding. Many different languages are used for writing computer programs. Fortunately, it is possible to learn principles and general techniques of programming that can be applied no matter what language you write in. Although you will work with a specific language, you should try not to lose sight of the general ideas. In this course, we will use the Java programming language. Java is a relatively new language, having been introduced in 1995. In the years since its introduction, it has become one of the most important languages for real application development. It is a very versatile language. Java can be used to write regular desktop applications and to make "applets" that can appear on Web pages. Many complex interactive Web sites are written in Java, and it can be used to write applications for many types of mobile phones. Even high-performance scientific programming has been done in Java.


      Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.


      Software Requirements/Installation: In this course, we will complete several programming projects. Therefore, there is a need to install the Java Development Kit (JDK) and preferably also an editor. To simplify this process the Netbeans integrated development environment (IDE) which is bundled with the Java 8 standard edition (SE) JDK which can be downloaded using the following URL http://netbeans.org/downloads/start.html?platform=windows&lang=en&option=javase this is a relatively large download at 66 Mbytes. Instructions for installing Netbeans and the JDK can be found at the following URL https://netbeans.org/community/releases/81/install.html. One of the first required tasks in unit 1 will be to install and test your local installation of Netbeans and the Java 8 SE JDK.


      Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

      By the end of this course students will be able to:

      1. Understand and be able to articulate key concepts within Java such as the java virtual machine and the distinction between java code and bytecode.
      2. Describe and be able to implement essential concepts and features of the Java programming language.
      3. Implement object oriented concepts using the Java language.
      4. Design, build, execute and debug Java applications.

      Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

      Week 1: Unit 1 - Introduction to Programming, Names, and Things

      Week 2: Unit 2 - Repetitions

      Week 3: Unit 3 - Branching

      Week 4: Unit 4 - Subroutines, Packages, and JavaDoc

      Week 5: Unit 5 - Object Oriented Programming (Start mandatory project)

      Week 6: Unit 6 - Inheritance, Polymorphism, and Interfaces ... Oh My!

      Week 7: Unit 7 - Arrays

      Week 8: Unit 8 - Introduction to GUI programming

      Week 9: Unit 9 - Final Exam


      Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

      Unit 1: Introduction to Programming, Names, and Things

      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment, Rate)
      • Download and install the JDK package and the Netbeans integrated development environment
      • Test the software installation.
      • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 2: Repetitions

      • Peer-Assess and Provide Feedback on Unit 1 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 2 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 3: Branching

      • Peer-Assess and Provide Feedback on Unit 2 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 3 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 4: Subroutines, Packages, and JavaDoc

      • Peer-Assess and Provide Feedback on Unit 3 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 5: Object Oriented Programming

      • Peer-Assess and Provide Feedback on Unit 4 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 5 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Start the Mandatory Programming Project Assignment
      • Take the Self-Quiz
      • Take the Graded Quiz

      Unit 6: Inheritance, Polymorphism, and Interfaces ... Oh My!

      ·         Peer-Assess and Provide Feedback on Unit 5 Assignment

      ·         Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments

      ·         Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)

      ·         Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment

      ·         Make entries to the Learning Journal

      ·         Continue the Mandatory Programming Project Assignment

      ·         Take the Self-Quiz

       Unit 7: Arrays

      ·         Peer-Assess and Provide Feedback on Unit 6 Assignment

      ·         Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments

      ·         Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)

      ·         Make entries to the Learning Journal

      ·         Complete and submit the Unit 7 Assignment 

      ·         Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 8: Introduction to GUI Programming

      ·         Peer-Assess and Provide Feedback on Unit 7 Assignment

      ·         Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments

      ·         Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)

      ·         Make entries to the Learning Journal

      ·         Take the Self-Quiz

      ·         Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam

      ·         Take the Review Quiz

      Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

      ·         Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so

      ·         Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam

      ·         The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


      Course Requirements:

      Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
      Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Question. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Question in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers' postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Question by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

      Programming Assignments & Assessment Forms
      This course has a required lab component. The lab assignments give you a chance to get hands-on experience with the computer and with programming. Remember that you always have someone to help you get through the trouble that inevitably arises by consulting your peers and instructor in the forums. The labs are however generally intended to be individual work and unless otherwise instructed you should be completing them on your own.

      Each assignment will involve some programming. There might also be a few questions for you to answer in writing. You should develop a solution for each assignment and (if possible) post your assignment solution a lab report consisting of your answers to the programming and other exercises. Lab reports should be completed by the end of the learning week. You may be asked to submit the lab report as an assignment to be assessed by your peers.

      You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer asses s three (3) of your classmates' assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

      Learning Journals
      Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

      Project
      In order to bring theory and practice together and connect the dots during the learning process, this course requires students to develop a real-world project, namely, a simple payroll system. The project focuses on what is, without a doubt, the most important development paradigm nowadays: Object Oriented Design and Implementation (OOP). Once and for all, students will have a great chance to learn by a simple, albeit real-world exercise, topics like Classes, Objects, Inheritance, Information hiding and polymorphism. The complete project work is divided into units and before you know it, you will have developed and, most importantly, understood Object-Oriented programming. Last but not least, each student will have a chance to assess their peer in this important topic. By doing that, students will have an opportunity to review the topic from their peers’ perspective and implementation. This project spans from Unit 5 to unit 7, making use of pretty much everything learned in previous units.

      Quizzes
      This course will contain three types of quizzes - t he Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answe r questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

      Final Exam
      The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

      Course Forum
      The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


      Course Policies:

      Grading Components and Weights
      Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

      Discussion Assignments

      10%

      Programming Assignments

      25%

      Learning Journals

      15%

      Graded Quiz

      10%

      Mandatory Project

      10%

      Final Exam

      30%

      TOTAL

      100%


      Grading Scale
      This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

      Letter Grade

      Grade Scale

      Grade Points

      A+

      98-100

      4.00

      A

      93-97

      4.00

      A-

      90-92

      3.67

      B+

      88-89

      3.33

      B

      83-87

      3.00

      B-

      80-82

      2.67

      C+

      78-79

      2.33

      C

      73-77

      2.00

      C-

      70-72

      1.67

      D+

      68-69

      1.33

      D

      63-67

      1.00

      D-

      60-62

      0.67

      F

      Under 60

      0.00


      Grade Appeal

      If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

      Participation
      Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

      ·         Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.

      ·         Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.

      ·         Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.

      ·         All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

      Academic Honesty and Integrity
      When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as "plagiarism” - which is effectively passing off an individual's words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

      Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University's Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

      Code of Conduct
      University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.


      Course Introduction: The following material introduces the course and sets expectations for the course.

      Course Overview

      1.     This course presents part one of the two part Java programming sequence of courses. This course CS1102 introduces the basic concepts of the Java programming language and CS1103 will complete the sequence by introducing more advanced concepts.

      2.     This course provides an opportunity for you to take concepts learned in CS1101 in a different programming language (Python) and apply them with another language Java. This course also provides you with the opportunity to further refine the conceptual modeling skills that were introduced in CS1101. If you recall CS1101 presented two approaches including Pseudocode and Flowcharts as tools to develop the conceptual model that solves a problem that can then be implemented using a programming language. Although not required in this course, it is highly recommended that you use one of these techniques when you begin working on any of the lab projects required in this course.

      Expectations

      This course is designed to be collaborative. Your interaction with your peers (other students in the class) should not be focused on providing an assessment of their work, but rather to collaborate to improve our collective understanding of the course material. As such feedback is MORE important than assessment. You should be providing feedback in the form of explanation, assistance, best practice sharing, and other forms of collaboration.

      1.     This course is designed to foster learning and develop usable skills in developing and using a high level programming language such as Java. These objectives require an understanding of both theory and practice. In this case the theory is an understanding of the components, syntax, and grammars of the Java language, the conceptual modeling process, and other components of the programming process. The practice in this case is the application of these elements to construct a working program.

      2.     As such, it is vital that you learn the basic concepts of Java through the reading assignments, supplemental materials, and collaboration and discussion with your peers, and then put this knowledge into practice by completing the programming assignments specified in the labs. Learning java in this course tends to be cumulative in that each subsequent unit builds upon the learning of the previous unit. It is vital that you complete each assignment as the next assignment builds upon the learning developed in the preceding assignment. It is important to start working on the assignments EARLY and if you are having any issues understanding a concept or getting your code to work, REACH OUT to your peers and instructor for help by posting your issue as early in the unit as possible in the unit forum. Every student has a responsibility to collaborate with the rest of the class. You should check the unit forum frequently and offer assistance if you can to any student who may be struggling.

      Optional Video Lectures

      This course features a series of optional video lectures. These lectures are optional resources that have been made available to students who can take advantage of them. These lectures are strictly optional resources. All of the information in these lectures is available in other learning resources within the course. These lectures are provided for those students who have sufficient network bandwidth and technology capabilities to take advantage of video content. These lectures cannot be used instead of the required assigned resources and there is no information that is not contained in the assigned resources. These lectures simply present some of the information in a different format.

      The lectures are designed to provide a high level context of the subject matter in the unit. They do NOT replace the reading requirement of the unit and are provided simply to provide context to the reading assignment and other assignments within the unit.

       

      CS 1103 Programming 2

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      CS 1103: PROGRAMMING 2


      Syllabus


      Prerequisites: CS 1102 Programming 1


      Course Description:


      This course builds on the Introduction to Programming 1 course and teaches a more highly developed Java programming language with features beyond the basic concepts covered in the first programming course. A large part of the course will be devoted to more advanced building blocks such as recursion, linked data structures, and Java's Collection Framework. In addition to this, you will learn more about designing and coding complex, robust, and efficient programs. And you will be introduced to a professional programming tool: the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment.

      The syllabus for the course will consist of Chapters 8 through 12 from the textbook, Introduction to Programming Using Java.


      Required Textbook and Materials:


      Introduction to Programming Using Java, Version 5.0, December 2006, (Version 5.1, with minor updates and corrections, June 2009), David J. Eck, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A PDF version of the book which can be downloaded to your computer can be found on the Course Home Page. The book is also available from http://math.hws.edu/javanotes.


      Software Requirements/Installation


      In this course, we will do several programming projects. Therefore, there is a need to install the Java Development Kit (JDK) and preferably also an editor. The first task in the course will guide you through the steps of installing and testing the required software environment.


      Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


      At the end of this course the students will be:

      • Acquainted with intermediate programming techniques using Java.
      • Familiar with advanced Object Oriented concepts.
      • Able to use tools such as the Eclipse and the Eclipse debugger


      Course Schedule and Topics


      This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, one unit per week.


      Unit 1- Exceptions, the switch statement, Analysis of Algorithms
      Unit 2
      - Recursion and Linked Lists
      Unit 3
      - ADTs, Stacks and Queues
      Unit 4
      - Recursive Descent Parsers and Generic Programming
      Unit 5
      - More Generic Programming
      Unit 6
      - Files and Networking; Advanced GUI Programming
      Unit 7
      - Actions and Buttons; Complex Components and MVC
      Unit 8
      - Some GUI Programming
      Unit 9
      - Final Exam


      Study Guide


      The course is conducted entirely via the University of the People Online Campus (http://my.uopeople.edu).


      Unit 1: Exceptions, the switch statement, Analysis of Algorithms

      • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
      • Take the Quiz (optional)
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment (Lab 1)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal

      Unit 2: Recursion and Linked Lists

      • Peer-Assess Unit 1 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
      • Take the Quiz (optional)
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 2 Assignment (Lab 2)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal


      Unit 3
      : ADTs, Stacks and Queues

      • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
      • Take the Quiz(Optional)

      •Take the Graded Quiz
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 3 Assignment (Lab 3)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal


      Unit 4: Recursive Descent Parsers and Generic Programming

      • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
      • Take the Quiz (optional)
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment (Lab 4)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal

      Unit 5: More Generic Programming

      • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
      • Take the Quiz (optional)
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 5 Assignment (Lab 5)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal


      Unit 6:
      Files and Networking; Advanced GUI Programming

      • Peer-Assess Unit 5 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
      • Take the Quiz (optional)

      •Take the Graded Quiz
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment (Lab 6)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal

      Unit 7: Actions and Buttons; Complex Components and MVC

      • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
      • Take the Quiz (optional)
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 7 Assignment (Lab 7)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal

      Unit 8: Some GUI Programming

      • Review material in the textbook relating to the topics in the Assignment.
      • To reinforce your knowledge, try to do as many of the relevant exercises in earlier chapters of the textbook as possible.
      • Perform Lab 12 and post your answer in the Learning Journal
      • Post your answer to the question in the Discussion Forum and follow it up with approximately 3-4 comments to other students' posts. Rate other students’ posts.
      • Read through the Unit 9 Learning Guide
      • Take the Review Quiz in Unit 9
      • Complete the Course Evaluation


      Unit 9: Final Examination

      • Prepare for and submit the final examination.
      • The final exam will take place during Week 9. (Exact date and other details will be announced.)



      Course Requirements


      Assignments
      There are Assignments to be completed for each of the 8 Units in this course. You will be required to upload your assignments by the indicated deadline and in addition, to assess three of your classmates’ assignments according to the guidelines provided, during the following learning week. Failure to submit assignments could result in failure of the course.

      Discussion Forum
      There are Discussion Forum questions to be completed for each study unit in this course. In each unit, you will be required to post your response to the question in the forum. In addition, you must provide constructive commentary on at least three of your peers’ postings and rate their work between one and five according the guidelines provided.

      Discussion Forums are only active for the relevant learning week and it is not possible to contribute to a discussion forum once it is closed. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forums could result in failure of the course.

      Course Forum
      The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is monitored by the instructors. It is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

      Classroom Forum
      The Classroom Forum is a small forum available only to students in the same classroom or group. Participation in this forum is an excellent way to get to know your peers and is also a platform for raising issues and questions relating to the course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

      Learning Journal
      The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered and to draft answers for Discussion Forums and Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated regularly (on a weekly basis), as the learning journals will be assessed by your instructor as part of your Final Grade.

      Quizzes
      For each unit of work, there is a self-quiz consisting of multiple choice and True/False questions. You will have multiple attempts to take the quiz and improve your results. The results of the self-quiz do not count towards your Final Grade. There are also two graded quizzes in the course, one in Unit 3 and the other in Unit 6. Both count towards your final grade. It is recommended that you complete the self-quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials.

      Final Examination
      The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.




      Policies


      Grading
      The University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are expected to comply with this scale:

      Grade Scale Grade Points
      A+ 98-100 4.00
      A 93-97 4.00
      A- 90-92 3.67
      B+ 88-89 3.33
      B 83-87 3.0
      B- 80-82 2.67
      C+ 78-79 2.33
      C 73-77 2.00
      C- 70-72 1.67
      D+ 68-69 1.33
      D 63-67 1.00
      D- 60-62 0.67
      F Under 60 0.00

      Grades will be based on a standard 100-point scale with the following values and ranges:

      Grading Components and Weights

      Learning Journals 10%
      Assignments 30%
      Discussion Questions 20%
      Graded Quizzes 20%(10% each)
      Final Exam 20%

      Grade Appeal
      Final Grades may be appealed when you believe that the grade you have been assigned for a course is unjust or unfair. For more information on the Grade Appeal procedure, please refer to the Student Handbook.

      Participation
      Non-participation is characterized by lack of assignment submission and/or inadequate contribution in discussion forum postings.

      • Assignments must be submitted on or before the deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule. The instructor will specify the deadline for each assignment.
      • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments. Students should review the Late Assignment Policy appearing in the Student Handbook.

      Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.

      All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

      Academic Honesty and Integrity

      When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

      Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html


      Code of Conduct
      University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.

      Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.

      CS 1104 Computer Systems

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      CS 1104  COMPUTER SYSTEMS


      Syllabus


      Prerequisites:  CS 1103 Programming 2


      Course Description:


      This course is an introduction to computer systems. In this course we will begin by exploring the internal design and functionality of the most basic computer components. From there, we will use an online hardware simulator to actually “build” a computer and develop an assembler from the ground using concepts we will learn in the class. In the process, we will cover the ideas and techniques used in the design of modern computer hardware and discuss major trade-offs involved in system design as well as future trends in computer architecture and how those trends might affect tomorrow’s computers.


      Required Textbook and Materials:

      UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

      • Computer Organization and Design Fundamentals, David L. Tarnoff, Copyright (C) 2005-2007.  All Rights Reserved.  Text used with permission of author.  Available from http://faculty.etsu.edu/tarnoff/138292/
      • Nisan and Schocken, The Elements of Computing Systems, MIT Press, 2005. Available here.


      Software Requirements/Installation


      This course will require the use of two software package.  Both require that your computer have a Java v1.5 JRE (Java Run Time) installed.  They are available from the following:

      Logism: Logism is an educational tool for designing and simulating digital logic circuits. It is available from: http://ozark.hendrix.edu/~burch/logisim/download.html

      TECS Software Suite:  The TECS Software suite is the companion software to the Nisan and Schocken text "The Elements of Computing Systems" it is available from: http://www.nand2tetris.org/software.php


      Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


      By the end of this course students will be able to:

      1. Understand principles of digital circuits and logic
      2. Explain boolean algebra
      3. Identify logic gains combinatorially and sequentially
      4. Describe basic principles of memory and the ALU within a computer system
      5. Recognize the relationship between machine language and the functioning of a computer system
      6. Examine basic assembler coding technique
      7. Understand software hierarchy

      Course Schedule and Topics:

      This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

      Week 1 Unit 1- Boolean Logic
      Week 2 Unit 2-Binary Arithmetic
      Week 3 Unit 3- Combinational Logic and the ALU 
      Week 4 Unit 4- Sequential Logic
      Week 5 Unit 5- Computer Architecture 
      Week 6 Unit 6- Machine Language
      Week 7 Unit 7- Assembler I
      Week 8 Unit 8- Assembler II
      Week 9 Unit 9- Course Review and Final Exam


      Learning Guide:

      The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

      Unit 1: Boolean Logic

      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Complete Exercise
      • Watch Optional Video Lectures
      • Take the Self- Quiz

      Unit 2: Binary Arithmetic

      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Watch Optional Video Lectures
      • Complete and submit Unit 2 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self- Quiz

      Unit 3: Combination Logic and the ALU

      • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Watch Optional Video Lectures
      • Complete and submit Unit 3 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Graded Quiz

      Unit 4: Sequential Logic

      • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
      • Watch the Optional Video Lectures
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz


      Unit 5: Computer Architecture

      • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 5 Assignment
      • Watch the Optional Video Lectures
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self- Quiz


      Unit 6: Machine Language

      • Peer-Assess Unit 5 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment
      • Watch the Optional Video Lectures
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Graded Quiz

      Unit 7: Assembler I

      • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 7 assignments
      • Watch the Optional Video Lectures
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self- Quiz


      Unit 8: Assembler II

      • Peer-Assess Unit 7 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide
      • Complete Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
        Take the Self- Quiz
      • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
      • Take the Review Quiz

      Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

      • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
      • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
      • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


      Course Requirements


      Assignments and Assessment Forms

      Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

      Discussion Assignments and Response Posts/Ratings

      Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.
       
      Learning Journal

      Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

      Quizzes

      This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

      Final Exam 

      The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

      Course Forum

      The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


      Course Policies:

      Grading Components and Weights

      Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

      Discussion Assignments 10%
      Written Assignments 10%
      Learning Journals 10%
      Two Graded Quizzes 40%(20% each)
      Final Exam 30%
      TOTAL 100%


      Grading Scale

      This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

      Grade Scale Grade Points
      A+ 98-100 4.00
      A 93-97 4.00
      A- 90-92 3.67
      B+ 88-89 3.33
      B 83-87 3.0
      B- 80-82 2.67
      C+ 78-79 2.33
      C 73-77 2.00
      C- 70-72 1.67
      D+ 68-69 1.33
      D 63-67 1.00
      D- 60-62 0.67
      F Under 60 0.00


      Grade Appeal

      If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

      Participation

      Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

      • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
      • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
      • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
      • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

      Academic Honesty and Integrity

      When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

      Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

      Code of Conduct

      University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.





       

      CS 2203 Databases 1

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      CS 2203: Databases 1


      Syllabus


      Prerequisites: None.


      Course Description: 

      This course introduces the fundamental concepts necessary for designing, using and implementing database systems. We stress the fundamentals of database modeling and design, relational theory and the Structured Query Language (SQL).


      Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides. 

      The book can also be downloaded from: http://www.managedtime.com/freesqlbook.php


      Software Requirements/Installation:

      See description at the bottom part of this document. 


      Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

      By the end of this course students will be able to:

      1. Describe the differences between the network, hierarchical, relational, and entity relationship information models 
      2. Demonstrate knowledge of relational algebra 
      3. Describe the attributes and functions of database management systems (DBMS) 
      4. Create and normalize a database schema to meet the requirements of an information system 
      5. Create entity relationship (ER) diagrams to represent a database schema 
      6. Apply Structured Query Language (SQL) statements including (create, alter, select, insert, update, and delete) to manipulate both data structures and data within a database system 
      7. Apply SQL dynamically and statically within a program

      Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

      Unit 1 Week 1 - Databases and the Relational Data Model 
      Unit 2 Week 2 - Constraints, Relational Algebra, and Relational Calculus 
      Unit 3 Week 3 - Conceptual Data Model 
      Unit 4 Week 4 - Relational Database Design 
      Unit 5 Week 5 – An introduction to SQL 
      Unit 6 Week 6 – DDL and DML Commands
      Unit 7 Week 7 – Querying the Database using SQL 
      Unit 8 Week 8 –Database Programming 
      Unit 9 Week 9 - Final Exam


      Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

      Unit 1: Databases and the Relational Data Model

      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment, Rate) 
      • Install and validate software (OpenOffice Base, Dia) if required 
      • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment 
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz


      Unit 2: Constraints, Relational Algebra, and Relational Calculus

      • Peer-Assess Unit 1 Assignment 
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate) 
      • Complete and submit Unit 2 Assignment 
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 3: Conceptual Data Model

      • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Assignment 
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate) 
      • Complete and submit Unit 3 Assignment 
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 4: Relational Database Design

      • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Assignment 
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate) 
      • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment                                                                                                
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal 
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 5: An introduction to SQL

      • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Assignment 
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate) 
      • Complete and submit Unit 5 Assignment 
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz
      • Take the Graded-Quiz 

      Unit 6: DDL and DML Commands

      • Peer-Assess Unit 5 Assignment 
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate) 
      • Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment 
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 7: Querying the Database using SQL

      • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Assignment 
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate) 
      • Complete and submit Unit 7 Assignment 
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 8: Database Programming

      • Peer-Assess Unit 7 Assignment 
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments 
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate) 
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz
      • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
      • Take the Review Quiz


      Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

      • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
      • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
      • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


      Course Requirements:

      Programing Assignments & Assessment Forms

      This course has an assigned lab component. The assignments give you a chance to get hands-on  experience with the technology that we are studying. In this course, the focus is on relational database systems and all of the assignments have been designed so that you can implement them using a simple database such as the OpenOffice Database. The OpenOffice database uses the HSQLDB engine which is a SQL-92 and SQL-2008 compatible database engine. We will also be using the Dia diagram tool to create ER diagrams. It is acceptable to use another solution comparable to these technologies as long as you can produce output that can be utilized by your peers.

      You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

      Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
      Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

      Learning Journal
      Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

      Quizzes
      This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

      Final Exam  
      The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

      Course Forum
      The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


      Course Policies:

      Grading Components and Weights
      Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

      Learning Journals 10%
      Discussion Assignments 20%
      Programming Assignments 20%
      Graded Quiz 20%
      Final Exam 30%
      TOTAL 100%

      Grading Scale
      This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

      Letter Grade
      Grade Scale Grade Points
      A+ 98-100 4.00
      A 93-97 4.00
      A- 90-92 3.67
      B+ 88-89 3.33
      B 83-87 3.00
      B- 80-82 2.67
      C+ 78-79 2.33
      C 73-77 2.00
      C- 70-72 1.67
      D+ 68-69 1.33
      D 63-67 1.00
      D- 60-62 0.67
      F Under 60 0.00


      Grade Appeal
      If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

      Participation
      Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

      • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
      • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
      • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
      • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.


      Academic Honesty and Integrity
      When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

      Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

       Code of Conduct

      University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

       


       Software Requirements/Installation:

      In this course, we will be learning about database systems and will be conducting database lab exercises. 

      The course has been designed so that it can be completed using freely available open source tools including: 
      OpenOffice Base Version 3.3.0 (or current version) – The database included in the OpenOffice suite. 
      OpenOffice Base uses the HSQLDB database engine, which is compliant with the ANSI SQL-92 and the ANSI SQL-2008 specifications. The open office suite can be downloaded at the following url: 

      http://www.openoffice.org/download/

      Dia version 0.97.2 – The Dia (diagram editor) application provides a free open source tool that can be used to create diagrams including flowcharts and the Entity Relationship diagrams required in this course. Dia can be downloaded from the following url

      http://dia-installer.de/download/index.html.en

      You also have a choice to use any other relational database system that supports ANSI SQL such as DB2-
      Express-2, which is the database developed by IBM and used in examples within the book. You can also use MySQL. HyperSQL will be available for users of the Virtual Computing Lab as an alternative to OpenOffice if desired. The University of the People will not provide an instance of DB2-Express, MySQL or Oracle in the virtual computing lab. If you opt to use DB2 Express, Oracle, or MySQL on your personal computer they can be accessed at the following URLs: 

      DB2 Express-2 Installation Download https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/im/db2express/

      MySQL for Windows 
      http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

      Oracle Express 11 Release 2 for Windows or Linux 
      http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/products/express-edition/downloads/index.html

       Assignment Format Requirements

      This course will require that the student prepare and submit assignments to be subjected to a peer review and assessment process. To ensure that all peer assessors can properly view any assignment, this course requires the following file formats and associated technology tools to be sued. For all text based assignment submissions, the following and ONLY the following text document formats will be acceptable: 


      Word 95/2000 or RTF (rich text format) formats which are supported by the following: 

      For spreadsheet data the standard Excel 97/2000/XP format is acceptable and supported by the following apps: 

      For any graphics, pictures, charts, or figures the grahics objects should be placed within either a text document (as specified above) or using a presentation format that is compatible with Microsoft Powerpoint 97/2000/XP which is supported by the following apps: 

      Each of the preceding office applications can be used. The openoffice application is the standard and recommended application for the University of the People. When using OpenOffice, make sure that you set the default format to a Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP compatible format. 

      For students who cannot install OpenOffice on their computer it is recommended that they use one of free web based applications such as Zoho, ThinkFree Online, or GoogleDocs. 
      For students who are using mobile devices there are a number of free office compatible apps including:

      • Kingsoft Office 
      • Documents to Go 
      • OfficeSuite • OliveOffice 
      • SmartOffice Lite and others 

      The OpenOffice suite of tools is installed in the Virtual Computing Lab and can be used by students who do not have the ability to install applications on the computer they use. 
      This course also requires a graphics tool to create entity relationship (ER) diagrams. The recommended tool is the Dia Diagram Editor (http://dia-installer.de/). Dia is also installed in the Virtual Computing Lab environment. 
      When using Dia make sure to export drawings as jpeg image files and then insert them either into a presentation or text document using one of the tools defined above. 
      When creating the SQL assignments make sure that you submit a text document that contains your sql statements.

       

      CS 2204 Communications and Networking

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      CS 2204 COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING


      Syllabus


      Prerequisites: CS 1104 Computer Systems


      Course Description:


      Communications and Networking is a course where you will get to know and understand the basics of networking and electronic communication. Throughout the course, we will mainly be focusing on the two most prevalent reference models of network definition, OSI and TCP/IP. We will be studying these in detail and will explore every layer of these models. By the end of the course, you will be having a fair understanding of data is transferred from one computer to another, in a classroom or in a college campus or across the cities or over the internet.


      Required Textbook and Materials:


      UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbook for this course is listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided link. 

      • Tanenbaum, A.S., Wetherall, D.J. (2011). Computer Networks, 5th, 2011. Pearson Education, Inc. New York, New York. (Chapter 2, only.


      Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


      By the end of this course students will be able to:

      1. Identify and Assess the OSI and TCP/IP models and their various layers
      2. Contrast wire-based and wireless methods of data transmission
      3. Compare data error detection and correction techniques
      4. Explain routing of data packets in a network and between networks
      5. Examine flow control and congestion handling in a network 


      Course Schedule and Topics


      This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions.

      Week 1: Unit 1- Introduction to Communication & Networks

      Week 2: Unit 2- The Physical Layer

      Week 3: Unit 3- The Physical Layer (continued) and the Data Link Layer

      Week 4: Unit 4- The Network Layer (IPv4 and IPv6)

      Week 5: Unit 5- The Network Layer (Routing)

      Week 6: Unit 6- The Transport Layer (UDP)

      Week 7: Unit 7- The Transport Layer (TCP)

      Week 8: Unit 8- The Application Layer and Network Security

      Week 9: Unit 9- Course Review and Final Exam


      Learning Guide:


      The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

      Unit 1: Introduction to Communication & Networks

      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz

      Unit 2: The Physical Layer

      • Peer-assess Unit 1 Assignment
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz

      Unit 3: The Physical Layer (continued) and the Data Link Layer

      • Peer-assess Unit 2 Assignment
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz
      • Take and submit the Graded Quiz

      Unit 4: The Network Layer (IPv4 and IPv6)

      • Peer-assess Unit 3 Assignment
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz

      Unit 5: The Network Layer (Routing)

      • Peer-assess Unit 4 Assignment
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz

      Unit 6: The Transport Layer (UDP)

      • Peer-assess Unit 5 Assignment
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz
      • Take and submit the Graded Quiz

      Unit 7: The Transport Layer (TCP)

      • Peer-assess Unit 6 Assignment
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz

      Unit 8: The Application Layer and Network Security

      • Peer-assess Unit 7 Assignment
      • Read through the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum
      • Respond to and rate three of your fellow classmates’ posts in the Discussion Forum
      • Complete and submit the Learning Journal Task
      • Take and submit the Self-Quiz
      • Take the Review quiz
      • Complete and Submit the CS 2204 Course Evaluation

      Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

      • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
      • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
      • The Final Exam will take place from the Thursday to the Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

       



      Course Requirements:


      Assignments
      There is an Assignment to be completed for each of the study units in this course except for Unit 8. You will be required to upload your assignments by the indicated deadline. Failure to submit assignments may result in failure of the course.


      Discussion Forum
      There are Discussion Forum questions to be completed for each study unit in this course. In each unit, you will be required to post your response to the question in the forum. In addition, you must provide constructive commentary on at least three of your peers’ postings and rate their work between one and five according to the guidelines provided.


      Discussion Forums are only active for the relevant learning week and it is not possible to contribute to a discussion forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Forums may result in failure of the course

      Course Forum
      The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is monitored by the instructor. It is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in this forum, it is highly recommended.

      Learning Journal
      The Learning Journal is a tool for self-reflection on the learning process. In addition to completing directed tasks, you should use the Learning Journal to document your activities, record problems you may have encountered and to draft answers for Discussion Forums and Assignments. The Learning Journal should be updated regularly (on a weekly basis), as the learning journals will be assessed by your instructor as part of your Final Grade.

      Graded Quizzes

      There will be two graded quizzes in this course, one in Unit 3 and the other in Unit 6. As opposed to the self-quizzes, which can be found in each unit and are non-graded, the graded quizzes do count towards your final grade.

      Final Examination
      The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

      Policies


      Grading
      The University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are expected to comply with this scale:

      Grade Scale Grade Points
      A+ 98-100 4.00
      A 93-97 4.00
      A- 90-92 3.67
      B+ 88-89 3.33
      B 83-87 3.0
      B- 80-82 2.67
      C+ 78-79 2.33
      C 73-77 2.00
      C- 70-72 1.67
      D+ 68-69 1.33
      D 63-67 1.00
      D- 60-62 0.67
      F Under 60 0.00


      Grades will be based on a standard 100-point scale with the following values and ranges:

      Grading Components and Weights

      Learning Journal 10%
      Written Assignments 25%

      Discussion Forums

      Graded Quizzes

      20%

      20% (10% each)

      Final Exam 25%


      Grade Appeal
      Final Grades may be appealed when you believe that the grade you have been assigned for a course is unjust or unfair. For more information on the Grade Appeal procedure, please refer to the Student Handbook.

      Participation
      Non-participation is characterized by lack of assignment submission and/or inadequate contribution in discussion forum postings.

      • Assignments must be submitted on or before the deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule. The instructor will specify the deadline for each assignment.
      • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Late assignments will not be accepted, and there will be no make-up assignments. Students should review the Late Assignment Policy appearing in the Student Handbook.

      Any student showing non-participation for 2 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.

      All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

      Academic Honesty and Integrity

      Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

       
      Code of Conduct
      University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted.

      Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.

      CS 2205 Web Programming 1

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      CS 2205  WEB PROGRAMMING 1


      Syllabus


      Prerequisites: CS 1103 Programming 2


      Course Description:


      This course is devoted to the development of Web sites with standards considering client-side programming. Students learn how the internet works, the web standards mode, web design concepts, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML and will be introduced to PHP. Participants in the course will be required to carry out practical work in terms of assignments and small projects.


      Required Textbook and Materials:


      UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

      • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week. Additional Resources can be found at More Free books and eResources File

      Software Requirements/Installation


      None.


      Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


      By the end of this course students will be able to:

      1. Examine the protocols and systems used on the web.
      2. Identify the functions of clients and servers on the web.
      3. Design interactive web sites using standards for maximum usability and accessibility.

      Course Schedule and Topics


      This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).


      Unit 1 Week 1– The Internet

      Unit 2 Week 2- Introduction to HTML

      Unit 3 Week 3- Advanced HTML

      Unit 4 Week 4 Cascading Styling Sheets: CSS

      Unit 5 Week 5 JavaScript

      Unit 6 Week 6 XML

      Unit 7 Week 7 Server Side Programming with PHP

      Unit 8 Week 8 Introduction to PHP programming: syntax, variables, functions.


      Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

      Unit 1: The Internet

      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
      • Complete and submit the Written Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Reading Assignment


      Study the reading material within the links provided that cover the topics of the first unit.

      Unit 2: Introduction to HTML

      • Peer-Assess Unit 1 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 2 Assignment
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Reading Assignment


      Study the material of the links provided that cover the topics of the second unit.

      1. Information Architecture—planning out a web site, by Jonathan Lane.
      2. What does a good web page need?, by Mark Norman Francis.
      3. Three tutorials on “Getting Started with HTML”

      http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Guide/

      http://www.htmldog.com/guides/html/beginner/gettingstarted/

      http://html.net/tutorials/html/lesson3.php

      Unit 3: Advanced HTML

      • Peer-Assess Unit 2 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 3 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz
      • Graded Quiz

      Reading Assignment

      Study the material of the links provided that cover the topics of the second unit.

      Your reading assignment for this week w3schools.com. 

      Unit 4: Cascading Styling Sheets: CSS

      • Peer-Assess Unit 3 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Reading Assignment


      1. CSS basics, by Christian Heilmann.
      2. Inheritance and Cascade, by Tommy Olsson.
      3. Text styling with CSS, by Ben Henick.
      4. The CSS layout model - boxes, borders, margins, padding, by Ben Henick.

      Unit 5: JavaScript

      • Peer-Assess Unit 4 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 5 Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz
      • Take the Graded Quiz

      Reading Assignment


      Read from the following links:

      1. Programming - the real basics!, by Christian Heilmann
      2. What can you do with JavaScript?, by Christian Heilmann
      3. Your first look at JavaScript, by Christian Heilmann

      Unit 6: XML

      • Peer-Assess Unit 5 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Reading Assignment

      Unit 7: Server Side Programming with PHP

      • Peer-Assess Unit 6 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
      • Complete and submit Unit 7 assignments

      Reading Assignment


      Read the official introduction to PHP at: http://php.net/manual/en/introduction.php

      Follow the PHP Tutorial to read more about PHP: http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_intro.asp

      Unit 8: Introduction to Mobile Web

      • Peer assess Unit 7 Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
      • Take the Review Quiz
      • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

      Reading Assignment


      Please read the following articles about Mobile Web.

       W3C Mobile Web: http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/mobilweb

      Smashing Magazine: Guidelines For Mobile Web Development: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/guidelines-for-mobile-web-development/

      W3Schools JQuery and Mobile: http://www.w3schools.com/jquerymobile/default.asp

      Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

      • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
      • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
      • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

       Course Requirements


       Assignments & Assessment Forms

      Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

      Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings

      Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

      Learning Journal

      Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

      Quizzes

      This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

      Final Exam

      The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

      The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

      Course Forum

      The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


      Course Policies:

      Grading Components and Weights Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

      Discussion Assignments 10%
      Written Assignments 10%
      Learning Journals 10%
      Two Graded Quizzes 40%
      Final Exam 30%
      TOTAL 100%

       

      Grading Scale This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

      Letter Grade Grade Scale Grade Points
      A+ 98-100 4.00
      A 93-97 4.00
      A- 90-92 3.67
      B+ 88-89 3.33
      B 83-87 3.00
      B- 80-82 2.67
      C+ 78-79 2.33
      C 73-77 2.00
      C- 70-72 1.67
      D+ 68-69 1.33
      D 63-67 1.00
      D- 60-62 0.67
      F Under 60 0.00

       

      Grade Appeal

      If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

       

      Participation

      Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

      • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
      • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
      • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
      • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

      Academic Honesty and Integrity

      When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

      Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

      Code of Conduct

      University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.

      CS 2301 Operating Systems 1

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      CS 2301: Operating Systems 1


      Syllabus


      Prerequisites: None.


      Course Description: The course Operating Systems I is the first of two courses designed to explain the intricacies of modern operating systems to the students. Throughout this course, students will be learning about the basic structure of an operating system in detail. There are the three key ideas we’re going to learn about over the course of OS1 and OS2: virtualization, concurrency, and persistence. In learning about these ideas, we’ll learn all about how an operating system works, including how it decides what program to run next on a CPU, how it handles memory overload in a virtual memory system, how virtual machine monitors work, how to manage information on disks, and even a little about how to build a distributed system that works when parts of them have failed.  OS1 will focus entirely on the Windows O/S and Virtualization. OS2 will continue with the concepts of concurrency, and persistence and focus on the Linux operating system.


      Required Textbook and Materials: UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.


      Software Requirements/Installation: 

      Computer with Windows 7 or higher Operating System or VM Ware that will allow you to run a Windows 7 or higher OS.


      Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

      By the end of this course students will be able to: 

      1. Examine fundamental principles of how operating systems work.
      2. Explain the various types of operating systems and examine the advantages and disadvantages of these different types.
      3. Analyze the basic principles of effective operating systems design.

      Course Schedule and Topics: This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time).

      Week 1: Unit 1Introduction to Operating Systems

      Week 2: Unit 2 - Abstraction and Process

      Week 3: Unit 3
      - Scheduling

      Week 4: Unit 4
      - Abstraction

      Week 5: Unit 5
      - Address Translation and Segmentation

      Week 6: Unit 6 -
      Paging

      Week 7: Unit 7 -
      Physical Memory

      Week 8: Unit 8 -
      Windows Security

      Week 9: Unit 9 -
      Course Review and Final Exam


      Learning Guide: The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

      Unit 1: Introduction to Operating Systems

      • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 2: Abstraction and Process

      • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 3: Scheduling

      • Peer assess Unit 2 Programming Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Graded Quiz

      Unit 4: Abstraction

      • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 5: Address Translation and Segmentation

      • Peer assess Unit 4 Programming Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 6: Paging

      • Peer assess Unit 5 Programming Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Graded Quiz

      Unit 7: Physical Memory

      • Read the Learning Guide and the Reading Assignment
      • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
      • Complete and submit the Programming Assignment
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz

      Unit 8: Windows Security

      • Peer assess Unit 7 Programming Assignment
      • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
      • Make entries to the Learning Journal
      • Take the Self-Quiz
      • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
      • Take the Review Quiz
      • Complete and submit the anonymous Course Evaluation

      Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

      • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
      • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
      • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

      Course Requirements: