Course Syllabus

NOTE: This course code has changed from B 101 to BUS 101. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

Course Description

This course is an overview of all functions of business, including human resource management, production, marketing, accounting, finance, and international business. As an introductory course to business, many theories and principles will be taught. You will also learn some important life skills, develop teamwork, increase your disciple leadership, and get some valuable exposure to the various career opportunities in business.

Course Objectives

  1. Explore the functional areas of business: finance, management, marketing, operations.
  2. Analyze simple business problems.
  3. Practice career readiness skills.

Required Materials

  1. All materials are accessible for free in the course.
  2. All assignments in this course are Word documents, so if you haven't already downloaded your free Microsoft Office Suite from the BYUI University Store Downloads page, please do so immediately.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instruction on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article.

Course Expectations

This is an online course, so you will be required to do a lot of self-study. Keep up with your readings and all the assignments found in the course. Be aware that you will be required to meet with your team for case study discussions three times during the semester.

Grading Components

Grades are on the following activities and points:

  1. Discussions (4), 35 points: Discussion boards allow you to participate in an academic discussion and share your academic products. Each discussion board has two due dates, one for initial posts and another for replies.
  2. Weekly Reflection (14), 140 points: Each week, you will reflect on and write about what you learned. 
  3. Employable Quality Graduate Assignments (8), 80 points: You will research and explore your business career options to become more valuable to your current or future employer. Don't think of these exercises as "once and done." These exercises should become benchmarks that you often perform in your professional life. After all, becoming a quality employee is a constant and fluid process.
    • This multi-tiered assignment spans eight weeks at various points during the course and includes the following topics:
      • Research résumés and careers
      • Create a résumé
      • Personal code of conduct
      • Career action plan
      • Personal mission statement
      • Personal SWOT
      • Find and schedule a mentor interview
      • Mentor interview
  4. Case Analyses (7), 175 points: You will use the case method to consider real business problems in Weeks 05–13. You will prepare your recommendations in a written case analysis.
  5. Team Meetings (3), 60 points: In Weeks 06, 09, and 12, you will meet with your team to discuss the case. You will indicate your meeting time and day preferences in Week 04, and your instructor will make team assignments in Week 05.
  6. Midterm and Final Exams (2), 200 points: Midterm and final exams test your comprehension of the learning materials. Exams are multiple-choice, true and false, and multiple answers. 

Grading Scale

Grading Scale
Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 93%–100%
A- 90%–92.9%
B+ 87%–89.9%
B 83%–86.9%
B- 80%–82.9%
C+ 77%–79.9%
C 73%–76.9%
C- 70%–72.9%
D+ 67%–69.9%
D 63%–66.9%
D- 60%–62.9%
F below 60%


Prepare your assignments as Microsoft Word documents, acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Additionally, format your work using double space and 12 point font. 


Turnitin is used in this course. No additional action is required on your part. Your assignments will be automatically run through Turnitin's originality checker to promote academic honesty and discourage plagiarism. You may view the originality report results about 10 minutes after submitting an assignment.

Academic Honesty

BYU-Idaho's mission statement is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ. As such, all students (both online and campus) and employees of the university are expected to be honest in all things: "We believe in being honest" (Article of Faith 1:13).

As part of the CES Honor Code, you are expected to complete your own work for each course so that your instructor can verify your knowledge and skills as he or she grades your work. Violations of the Academic Honesty policy include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Posting or sharing your course work (projects, assignments, etc.) to any other online website, through electronic communication, or any other means.
  • Obtaining another person's work and submitting all or part of it as if it was your own work.
  • Posting or sharing course materials, including but not limited to, quiz and exam questions and answers, or any other materials from the course.
  • Obtaining quiz and exam questions and answers from any other website, person, or means.

If you choose to participate in any of the above actions or other actions which violate the Academic Honesty policy, the university has the right to change your course grade to an F now or at any time in the future (and/or take other action as outlined in the policy such as suspension or expulsion from the university). This means that even if your dishonesty is not discovered until after you complete your certificate or degree, the university still has the right to change your grade and revoke your certificate or degree.

If you violate copyright laws, you may also be prosecuted for your illegal actions.

The consequences of academic dishonesty are not worth the risk and the reward for honesty is worth far more than any grade. "All among them who know their hearts are honest…they are accepted of me" (Doctrine and Covenants 97:8). Thank you for your honesty and protection of academic integrity for you and your fellow students as you complete this and future courses.

Course Policies

  1. Late Work: You need to learn to be responsible and complete your assignments on time. If an assignment is late due to a medical emergency, family tragedy, or natural disaster, email your instructor, and they will explore options with you. Trips, etc. are not excuses for late work, unless emergencies exist, so plan accordingly. You may turn work in early if you are planning in advance. If your instructor agrees to accept a late assignment, there will be a minimum 50% reduction in your score.
  2. Course Load: You are expected to devote at least nine hours each week on this course. Learn to love learning!
  3. Questions: If you have questions about assignments, grading, or the course, please contact your instructor. Your instructor may ask you to post your question as a reply to his or her announcement or a discussion board.

Code of Conduct

  1. Demand the highest ethical standards for yourself. You will inevitably have ethical decisions to make as you complete this course. Remember when these opportunities present themselves that you are being trusted and challenged to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior. We want you to learn from your experiences in this class and at BYUI in general, so you need to make the ethical decision. Accordingly, cheating, plagiarism, and other cases of intellectual dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be referred to the Honor Office.
  2. Take pride in your work. Business leaders know that everything they present to the public reflects on them and their organization. Long-term success comes only to companies and individuals who produce the highest quality products and services and deliver them in a timely fashion. Every paper, presentation, and project is an expression of the pride you take in yourself and your work. Make every effort to write well, meet deadlines, and take the time to make both the format and the content of your work of the highest quality. This means writing one more draft and double-checking spelling and grammar.
  3. Be prepared. Unprepared managers have very short careers (or end up in dead-end jobs). To succeed, you need to prepare for each assignment and team meeting. Nothing shows less respect for others than making them wait while you do something you were supposed to have done in advance. If you don't prepare and try instead to "fake it," you run the risk of looking foolish and wasting everyone's time with irrelevant comments.
  4. Show some respect. Professionalism also means being civil to those with whom you disagree (and perhaps dislike). In business, you will often find that you must work with people with conflicting opinions or personal styles. Your ability to work with, tolerate, and effectively interact with these individuals is critical to your success.
  5. Use of humor. Professionalism means keeping up with the discussion—making a contribution. Not everything you say has to be deadly serious, however. As long as it fits, it is okay, even desirable, to inject a little humor once in a while. Just make sure it isn't mean and doesn't step on anybody's toes.

John A. Widtsoe on Education:

"To be merely mentally trained is to be only partly trained. The man whose mind only has been trained may be likened to the ship with great engines and a huge propeller, ready to drive the ship forward, but without rudder, chart, compass, or definite destination. When we add to the man, so trained, spiritual training, then it is as if we add to the ship, with its wonderful machinery, a compass, a chart, a rudder, and a dependable intelligence which controls the whole machinery, above and below deck, so that the vessel may reach a safe haven, according to a definite purpose."

Joseph Smith Jr. on Doing it Right:

"If we start right, it is easy to go right all the time; but if we start wrong we may go wrong, and it will be a hard matter to get right."

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office (Links to an external site.) at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations (Links to an external site.). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course includes required synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies (Links to an external site.). It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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