BU 111: Fall 2014 Course Introduction Topics of Discussion – Week 1 • Introductions and Expectations – Instructor – Students – Course • Critical success factors • Environmental Analysis Models Course Introduction & Objectives Introduce overview of external business environment Develop communication and team work skills Integrative model – theory and practice Expand business vocabulary Develop interpersonal and management skills Learn expectations of professional environment What do I need and where do I get it? Required materials (in bookstore): • Business 111 Lab Manual, Twenty-ninth Edition: Captus Press, 2014 • Introduction to Understanding and Assessing the Business Environment (3rd custom edition): Pearson Publishing, Toronto, 2014 (with access code) Course Websites web.wlu.ca/sbe/bu111 - course instructions, slides, grades, assignment guidelines, peer evaluations www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com - Pearson resources (need access code – cannot register here until after you register for a lab) What do I have to do? • Labs – register; can’t miss more than two – Participation – 10 marks + • Assignments: – Research Diagnostics – 4 marks – Business Case – 15 marks (Sept. 20, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 dates) – New Venture project1 (in groups) – 26 marks • Exams: mid-term and final exams2 – 45 mark Footnotes 1. Individual mark may be adjusted based on peer evaluations 2. Must pass at least one exam to pass course Lab Registration Instructions • web.wlu.ca/sbe/bu111 on Tuesday, September 9th from 8:00 a.m. • click the link that says “Click Here for Lab Registration” and follow instructions carefully • DO NOT LOGIN until you have registered an account first! • select school, program and lecture section • register in an appropriate lab • • “D” lab – Double Degree BBA Laurier/UWaterloo Math or Computing “B” lab – BBA single degree, DD BBA/Fin. Math or BBA/Laurier Computing • LAB MUST FIT INTO YOUR SCHEDULE IN WINTER AS WELL • WATERLOO STUDENTS: – Use your WLU Student Identification Number (UW number plus a “zero”) There are prompts and reminders to assist you throughout the site. However, if you still have questions, click the support link on the site. http://web.wlu.ca/sbe/bu111 How to register and access Pearson resources Register for Pearson resources AFTER lab registration – www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com – Note: Read instructions carefully to ensure browser compatibility – Detailed instructions are posted Pearson site contains: -e-text (back-up for lecture content) -Chapter quizzes – excellent exam review -Extra practice questions for time value and investments -Bonus mark modules and lab material -Research Diagnostics assignment and Writing Tutor How to do Research Diagnostics 1. Go to course website (www.wlu.ca/sbe/bu111), click “Documents”, then “Assignments” 2. Follow instructions CAREFULLY to properly complete required tasks 3. DON’T PROCRASTINATE ON THIS!!! BONUS MARK OPPORTUNITY • potential 1.5 marks added to participation grade (maximum 11/10) • Complete Business Online Skills Workshops (on Pearson site) - .25 bonus marks each – Time Management (by noon Sept. 19th) – Note Taking - (by noon Oct. 3rd) • Attend 4 non-exam SI sessions - .25 marks each Instructions posted on course website Important public service announcement: Learning Skills & SI support • Each week your SI Learning Assistant will facilitate learning groups that help you learn and and prepare for tests. SI learning groups are free and voluntary. SI doesn't replace lectures, labs, or tutorials. Pearson online resources • Use the multiple choice questions to review content and other quizzes to review calculation-based problems RBC Capital Markets 1st Year Stock Market Competition Mandatory seminar: Fri., Sept. 19, 2:30-3:50 in BA201 Top prizes = tour and network at RBC headquarters + job interview •Register Sept. 22 – 26 •Runs Sept. 29 – Dec. 1 •See course website for details To do 1. Immediately put all due dates on your calendar. 2. Complete week 1 required tasks as per course outline: – Register for a lab starting Tues. Sept. 9th at 8:00 a.m. – Register for Pearson resources once you have a lab – Begin Research Diagnostics Assignment 3. Complete all work assigned under “Lab #1” in course outline before going to lab #1 – Use Joe’s Java preparation questions as analysis guide – all materials are in the lab manual unless otherwise indicated (questions above are on course website) 4. Complete Time Management bonus module – It’s like spinach – not candy, but really good for you! Welcome to Laurier and BU111! Have an awesome term!