Course Outline and Assessment/Evaluation Plan

Martingrove C.I., Toronto District School Board

Department: Business & Computer Studies
Outline Developed by: Mr. M. A. Goldberg
Date: September 9, 2009
Course Code: BBI2O1
Course Title: Introduction to Business

Credit Value: 1.0
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: n/a
Textbook: World of Business – 4th ed.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the world of business. You will develop an understanding of the functions of business including accounting, marketing, information technology, human resources and production. You will also learn the importance of ethics and social responsibility related to business. This course builds a foundation for further studies in business and it will help you develop the business knowledge and skills you will need in your everyday life.

Course Overview

Introduction to Business is organized into the following four strands...
  1. Business Fundamentals
  2. Functions of a Business
  3. Finance
  4. Entrepreneurship

Overall Expectations (Note that the numbers in parentheses relate to the strands above.)

By the end of the course, students will…

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how businesses respond to needs, wants, supply and demand. (1)
  • Compare types of businesses. (1)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethics and social responsibility in business. (1)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and challenges for Canada in the field of international business. (1)
  • Explain the role of production in business. (2)
  • Explain the role of human resources in business. (2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of sound management practices in business. (2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and role of marketing in business. (2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and role of accounting in business. (2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and role of information technology in business. (2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of income and spending issues facing individuals and businesses. (3)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how banks and other financial institutions operate. (3)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective investment practices. (3)
  • Analyze the role and importance of credit in personal and business finance. (3)
  • Describe characteristics and skills associated with successful entrepreneurs and demonstrate an understanding of the contributions to Canadian business of selected entrepreneurs. (4)
  • Analyze the importance of invention and innovation in entrepreneurship. (4)

Course Content

Strand 1: Business Fundamentals (Chapters 1,2,3,18)
1.1. Understanding Needs, Wants, and Demand (Chapter 1 & 2 (pp. 27-30))
1.2. Types of Businesses and Starting a Business (Chapter 3)
1.3. Social Responsibility in Business (covered throughout the course)

Strand 2: Functions of a Business (Chapters 7,8,9)
2.1. Production (covered throughout the course)
2.2. Human Resources (Chapter 7)
2.3. Management (covered throughout the course)
2.5. Accounting (Chapter 8)
2.4. Marketing (Chapter 9)
2.6. Information Technology (covered throughout the course)

Strand 3: Finance (Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13)
3.1. Income & Spending (Chapter 10)
3.3. Saving & Investing (Chapter 11)
3.2. Banks & Other Financial Institutions (Chapter 12)
3.4. Credit (Chapter 13)

Strand 4: Entrepreneurship (Chapters 15,16)
4.1. Characteristics of an Entrepreneur (Chapter 15)
4.2. Invention and Innovation (Chapter 16)
1.4. International Business (Chapter 18)

Summative Evaluation

A) Final Exam (June - 12% of the course)
B) Culminating Project (May-June - 18% of the course)

(NB: The exam will focus on material from the last two months of the course, NOT the whole year.)

Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and Evaluation for this course will be through a variety of methods as indicated below. Students will have multiple opportunities to practice skills and to demonstrate achievement. The final mark for the course will be comprised of 70% course work, assignments, and tests throughout the year, and 30% summative evaluation towards the end of the course. The summative evaluation will consist of a final exam (worth 12% of the final mark) and a culminating project (worth 18% of the final mark).

Marks are reported on all report cards in a CUMULATIVE ON-GOING BASIS. This means that the mark you have earned up to that particular day is reported. Evaluation will be weighted as shown across the following categories. Categories being evaluated will be identified in all marking schemes.

Knowledge & Understanding (eg. tests, quizzes)
29% of the course work mark (20% overall)
Thinking (eg. case studies, reports)
21% of the course work mark (15% overall)
Communication (eg. presentations, spelling)
21% of the course work mark (15% overall)
Application (eg. in-class assignments)
29% of the course work mark (20% overall)
(NB: Many evaluations will have more than one category covered. Marking schemes will outline how each assignment is evaluated with regard to the above categories. The items in parentheses above are to be used as a general guideline.)

Learning Skills

Student Learning Skills will also be monitored and evaluated throughout the year. The report card provides a record of the learning skills demonstrated by the student in the following five categories: Works Independently, Teamwork, Organization, Work Habits and Initiative. These learning skills are evaluated using the following four point scale: (E) Excellent, (G) Good, (S) Satisfactory, (N) Needs Improvement.

Classroom Routines and Procedures

Students must be in class at the start of each period, prepared to begin before the bell rings. Regular attendance and punctuality is a must. Get into the habit of writing down homework into your student planner. Prepare for each class by reading and doing the homework assigned by the teacher. Students are responsible for catching up on missed homework and in-class assignments.

As this class takes place in a computer lab, computer lab rules must be strictly followed. If a lab rule is violated the resulting consequence may include suspension of computer privileges for the entire school board network regardless of assignment due dates or course. You will be given a copy of MCI's computer lab rules, which will also be discussed in great detail by your teacher. Make sure you check your workstation, and report anything that looks suspicious at the beginning of class. You are responsible for taking care of your workstation and every student is responsible for taking care of the computer lab.

Throughout the year you will be working with many different people in the class in teams. It is expected that you will work hard as a member of your team and be dedicated to its success. Remember that during your lifetime, you will often have to work with people that you may not like or get along with, but you must make the best of the situation that you are given.

Assignments or projects must be submitted on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted after the absolute deadline, and students who do not hand in work will receive a mark of zero. If there is a legitimate reason for the late submission of an assignment, make sure you inform your teacher.

Students must be present for all tests. Students present at any time during the day of the test are expected to write the test or a mark of zero will be assigned. Make-up tests or other alternative forms of evaluation will be given only at the teacher's discretion, if the absence is documented with a legitimate reason (eg. sickness) on a note from a parent or guardian. (Note that an absence from a summative evaluation, exam or project due date, must be documented with a third party note. That is, if you are sick for an exam, for example, a doctor's note is required - a note from a parent or guardian will not suffice.) A student participating in a school activity at the time of a test must inform the teacher at least one week prior to the day of the test and arrange to write the test before leaving on the school activity or a mark of zero will be assigned. If you are absent for a test and have submitted the proper documentation, you must write any make-up test the day you get back to school (regardless of whether or not you have a class that day).

This course covers a great deal of interrelated course material. If you miss a class, it is very important that you catch up immediately, as it becomes increasingly more difficult to get caught up as time goes on. Make sure that you contact someone in the class if you are absent, to find out what you have missed. (It might be a good idea to buddy-up with one classmate or more and exchange phone numbers, Emails.) It is YOUR responsibility to get caught up on work missed in a TIMELY fashion.

If you have any questions or concerns about this course, please feel free to speak to your teacher.
Teacher: Mr. M. A. Goldberg
Office: Room 105A