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Ryerson University
BUS 100
David Schlanger

BUS100: Strategies for Success Course Outline: Fall 2012 Course Instructor: Professor D. Schlanger Office: TRS1-048 Office Hours: TBA Entrepreneurship and Strategy Department, Ted Rogers School of Business Management Course Facilitation Advisor: Alexander Ruvuza, Student Success Facilitator for TRSM, Student Services Office, TRS2-168 EMAIL FORMAT: Only your official Ryerson email account is acknowledged as per Ryerson University policy #157. Please address your subject line as follows: BUS100 Section xxx Full Name Student Number a 2 or 3 word descriptor e.g. Subject: BUS100 Section 011 Joe Smith 999123321 Math tutorial question Subject: BUS100 Section 461 Jane Smith 012345678 Get Connected question Your section number is on RAMSS or on your timetable and has three digits ending with the number ‘1’. If you do not address your email subject in this way your email might not be answered in a timely fashion if at all. Be sure to send it to the proper contact below. KEY CONTACTS: Your facilitator should be your first point of contact for most BUS100 and school related questions, however the following contacts may prove to be useful for special inquiries. For Math Proficiency inquiries: Contact Mr. Jack Koenka at [email protected] Use the email format above. For Ted Rogers School of Business Management (TRSBM) general information: Visit the 7 floor information counter in TRS1-004 or email [email protected] For Student Services inquiries: Visit the Student Resource Centre in TRS 2-168 or call 416-979-5000 ext. 2435 or email [email protected] For Library inquiries: Contact Lucina Fraser 416-979-5000 ext. 6887, [email protected] or Bob Jackson [email protected] ext. 6890, or Jane Schmidt [email protected] ext. 5146 or visit a librarian in the Student Resource Centre TRS 2-168 Monday to Thursday from 12-2 For Academic or Personal Matters: Contact Professor Schlanger [email protected] only if your question cannot first be answered via the course outline or by your facilitators. Use the format requested above. Email and phone messages left after 5 p.m. Fridays will not be checked until Monday. PREREQUISITES and/or Exclusions: None METHODS OF POSTING GRADES: Immediately after submitting or completing an assignment or test via Blackboard (BB), students should check Gradebook for either an actual grade or a green exclamation mark to confirm a successful submission or completion. Page 1 of 14 E-MAIL COMMUNICATION: Ryerson requires that any official or formal electronic communications from students be sent from their official Ryerson e-mail account accessed via Students are required to activate and maintain a Ryerson Matrix e-mail account. Faculty will not respond to student inquiries from any other e-mail address. See Policy #157: Establishment of Student Email Accounts for Official University Communication for more detail. COURSE DESCRIPTION: BUS100: Strategies for Success focuses on the development of the university level skills, attitudes, and strategies required for success in the academic and professional business world. Students will learn to apply effective learning and self-management strategies in their academic and professional studies. This course is intended to develop the student’s self-awareness, self-authorship, and engagement in school and university activities thereby enhancing the student’s ultimate academic, professional and personal success. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must pass this course in order to graduate. COURSE OBJECTIVES: 1. To develop an appreciation of the scholarly culture and academic challenge of university study and of the expectations of the Ted Rogers School of Business Management. 2. To develop skills of self-discovery, self-awareness, self-management, time and task management, and a self-directed strategic based approach to learning. 3. To foster healthy and constructive attitudes towards positive thinking, constructive participation, co-operation, integrity, ethics and respect. 4. To encourage students to seek a path of self-improvement and lifetime learning. 5. To create a forum for students to meet in small groups to enhance student engagement and peer group learning. 6. To create an awareness of diversity and discrimination. 7. To develop a solid base for effective library research methods and skills with respect to doing research for a business report. 8. To develop skills related to critical and creative thinking, reading, taking notes, test and exam preparation, memory techniques, and effective written and oral communication. 9. To ensure that all students meet a minimum proficiency in math skills. 10. To understand the broad range of business options and interdependencies that comprise the Ted Rogers School of Business Management’s Bachelor of Commerce Degree and how these can be shaped to support personal career aspirations. 11. To facilitate student enrolment in the Centre for Careers & Employer Partnerships at TRSM and to utilize the self-assessment and placement tools for career path development. 12. To familiarize students with support resources provided by Ryerson. 13. To promote integration of academic and extra-curricular activities of TRSBM. 14. To promote an appreciation for networking among peers and within club activities. 15. To foster a spirit of contributing to the Ryerson community. TEACHING METHODOLOGY & EXPECTATIONS This course is offered in a one-hour combined lecture format in TRS1-067 on Tuesdays followed by a two-hour breakout session in groups of approximately 25 students on either Wednesdays or Thursdays or Fridays led by a senior student facilitator according to a very prescribed agenda of tasks and activities. Page 2 of 14 Breakout sessions: Each breakout session consists of tasks, exercises, and discussions, based on a weekly theme taken from our required textbook. Students are expected to have read the relevant chapter prior to the session and to bring their textbook to every breakout session. To enhance your participation during the breakout sessions, please note that some articles have been selected as READ TO PARTICIPATE (RTP) ARTICLES. They are noted in the ‘Topics’ section of this outline. The breakout sessions are run by senior student facilitators who are current Ryerson business students who have committed themselves to making the BUS100 experience successful and worthwhile. Your own positive, constructive and respectful participation is expected. Each student will have an opportunity to add to the spirit of learning together by sharing experiences and insights. Overall, the most important factor is YOUR contribution to the learning atmosphere in the breakout sessions. Formal attendance will be recorded during each breakout session. It is imperative that students attend the section in which they were assigned as per their timetable. Please note your section number, time and location in your personal agenda book or weekly planner. Attending the wrong section will equal non-attendance which is grounds for a failing grade. There will be no convenience changes for work or to avoid early morning or late afternoon scheduling. Lectures: Each week the one-hour lecture session will be based on the weekly topic as per the detailed outline provided below. Common courtesies: As the lecture hall is quite large, decorum and noise can be a problem. Students are expected to refrain from excessive chatter. Food is not allowed in the lecture hall. Only water bottles are permissible. Please take pride in YOUR facility. Please be on time. There are over 450 students in the lecture hall. Late arrivals disrupt the class. If you are late, come in quietly, take care with the door shutting behind you and try not to cut in front of the presenter but rather use the side aisles or the doors at the back. In breakout sessions and in lectures: Laptops will NOT be allowed for note-taking in BUS100 unless a student has specific needs and has registered such needs with the Access Centre and provided the documentation thereof. Surfing the net, twittering, answering email, listening to music or playing games on any other electronic device or using your cell phone would be construed as diminishing the learning atmosphere in the class i.e. it is considered disruptive to the neighbouring students’ ability to focus on the material being discussed or presented. If a student becomes overly disruptive, rude or disrespectful, the facilitator or lecturer, using his/her discretion, may dismiss the offensive student. This will constitute a non-attendance. It will also be construed as a violation of the Ryerson Senate Policy 61: Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct and will be reported. The student will then be required to explain his/her actions formally to the professor, designate or panel and may face non-academic misconduct charges. NEW REQUIRED TEXTBOOK i.e. FIFTH EDITION ONLY: Ellis, Toft, and Dawson, Becoming a Master Student, Fifth Canadian Edition, Nelson, 2012 (ISBN: 978-0-17-665293-7) The textbook has an online Access Code insert with instructions on how to access resource materials. You will need to register an account. Note that our COURSE KEY is: CM-9780176648138-0000006. There will also be a tutorial file available on Blackboard for those who need more instruction. ONLY use your Ryerson email when you create your account. Page 3 of 14 EVALUATION: BUS100 is graded on transcripts as either a pass (PSD) or fail (F). Students must pass BUS100 in order to graduate. There is no final exam and therefore attendance for all lectures and all breakout sessions is mandatory. An INC or incomplete grade as a final grade on your transcript means that an assignment was not completed properly (e.g. the math proficiency test was not passed after two attempts) or an extension beyond the examination period was granted on an assignment for documented medical reasons. HOW TO PASS BUS100: ATTENDANCE and PARTICIPATION: Breakout sessions: Acceptable attendance means attending the entire breakout session and attendance will be recorded. Participation in the breakout sessions will also be logged weekly. To enhance your participation during the breakout sessions, please note that some articles have been selected as READ TO PARTICIPATE (RTP) ARTICLES. They are noted in the ‘Topics’ section of this outline. Any absence requires suitable documentation (e.g. a Ryerson Student Medical Certificate) to be submitted to your facilitator no later than the next breakout session. For tracking purposes, always include the name of the breakout facilitator, section number (day & time also) at the top of any document submitted. Tuesday lectures : Students who miss a lecture are required to provide suitable documentation (e.g. a Ryerson Student Medical Certificate to be filled out by your doctor). Subtht documentation to Professor Schlanger’s mailbox in TRS1-002 (next door to the 7 floor information counter) within three business days or as soon as possible as per Ryerson policy. For tracking purposes, always include the name of the breakout facilitator, section number (day & time also) at the top of any document submitted. Warning about absenteeism or lack of participation: Facilitators will be reporting on both attendance and participation. If attendance or participation is deemed unsatisfactory (missing a session without suitable documentation, repeatedly arriving late and/or leaving early, not participating in the task at hand, disruptive behaviour, etc.), then an INC grade will be given plus a series of penalty assignments depending on the level of absenteeism. If it is deemed by the professor that the lack of attendance or participation is too excessive for the course, then an F grade will be given irrespective of the degree of completion of the assignments in the course. Page 4 of 14 ASSIGNMENT GUIDELINES: 1. Grading: For each online assignment submission include the date, the course name, your name, student number and Ryerson email address at the top of the first page. No grades are given in the traditional sense of A’s B’s etc. Assignments are assessed either satisfactory or not. A submission can be deemed unsatisfactory at any time which can affect the final grade result. This means that even though the online version has been submitted, it was being submitted to be checked for plagiarism initially. All assignments are eventually reviewed by the end of the semester and might still prove to be unsatisfactory due to lack of effort, poor grammar, little substance or improper referencing (where necessary). If so, students will then have to resubmit the assignment and a late penalty may or may not be assessed depending on the circumstance. Check your gradebook on Blackboard (BB) immediately after submitting a file or completing a quiz to verify that your assignment was indeed submitted into the correct assignment file. You will either see a green exclamation mark (!) or an actual grade to know that you submitted properly. Be careful to submit each assignment into its own assignment file on Blackboard. Files in the BUS100 Assignments section in Blackboard are numbered and named to match the list of assignments. Penalty assignments are labelled as such. Improper submission equals no submission. When naming your files, include the assignment title and your name in the name of your file e.g. ‘Get Connected Assignment by John Smith’. 2. Late Assignments: Each assignment has a strict due date and a late penalty with its own due date. Avoid procrastinating until the last day to complete or submit assignments, especially the Build Your Network and Get Connected Assignments which depend on third party workshops and events that occasionally get cancelled. Last minute excuses will be ignored. For example, “I started loading my file just before midnight and then for some reason it wasn’t accepted and then I missed it by a few minutes.” Read each assignment, due dates, and respective late penalties carefully. It is highly recommended to develop the habit to plan towards an earlier self-imposed deadline. 3. Essay Guidelines: Essay guidelines are provided in Blackboard under course materials. Use this for the essay assignment and for any late penalty that is itself an essay. 4. Writing and Research Skills: If you are weak with respect to writing skills, then visit the Writing Centre or the Student Resource Centre (TRS2-168) or the English Language Support Office (VICB20). For library research help visit the Student Resource Centre (TRS2-168) Mon to Thurs, noon to 2:00pm or contact the Library 5. Plagiarism: All assignments must be NEW work by the student, otherwise academic misconduct will apply. All online submissions will be subject to the built-in Blackboard Turnitin application for BUS100. Only use the Assignments section in Blackboard to submit assignments. THERE IS NO NEED TO USE OR VISIT TURNITIN.COM! 6. Announcements: Check your BUS100 Blackboard site regularly for announcements and check your Ryerson email for updates from your facilitators. Page 5 of 14 Assignments: 1. Math Proficiency Test : The math test takes place during week 3’s breakout session (week of Sept. 18 th) The TRS099-Math Skills Testing/Tutorials Organization site is now available to students on their personal Blackboard site where students can find sample tests and notes for immediate review. Students will be required to achieve 65% to pass. Students will have one more attempt during the semester to pass according to a schedule on site TRS099. Failure to pass the proficiency math test in the fall semester will result in an INC grade which means the student must take the math remedial workshops or tutorials scheduled early in the winter semester, prior to being able to try again. All math-related inquiries should be emailed to Mr. Jack Koenka at [email protected] but please check TRS099 under your Organizations on Blackboard first. MATH EXEMPTIONS will be granted under the following conditions for transfer students or for students who have taken certain Chang School courses PRIOR to admission into the full-time program: Students who have already achieved a minimum C grade in BOTH QMS202 AND FIN 300 or transfer students who have achieved a minimum C in a university level first year mathematics course, will be exempted from the math test ONLY IF proof of such performance is provided no later than Friday, th September 14 . Proof consists of submitting an official term result printout from RAMSS or from your former university by highlighting your name and the relevant math course and grade, and then attaching your proof to a fully completed BUS100 Math Proficiency Exemption Form available on Blackboard under course materials. Hand it in at the TRSBM information counter in TRS1-004 no later than Friday, September 14 t. Note: Outstanding INCs will not count as grades. Students who delay taking the math test anticipating the required minimums in the future will still have to take the test no matter what grade they achieve in the relevant courses. 2. a) Textbook Assignment Part th What Resonated with you? Chapters 1-6 : Due Monday October 15 11:59 pm. Choose 2 articles (not journal entries or exercises) per chapter from chapters 1-6 inclusive (for a total of twelve articles) and using a minimum of 120 words per article, summarize the insights or philosophy or lessons from the article that resonate with you with respect to your personal growth. End each of the twelve summaries with an intention statement that conveys a personal goal and that begins with “As a result of reading this article, I intend to ...”. Express your goal fully using the SMARTER goal technique introduced in Week 1. Your submission of this assignment should consist of only one document file. This file should have a total of twelve sections in it, each section beginning with a heading i.e. the name of the chapter followed by the title of the article and page numbers. End each section with your intention goal. It is a very good idea to do this each week instead of waiting until study week to do them all at once. Late Penalty: 3 articles per chapter (total 18) due December 3 via Blackboard. b) Textbook Assignment Part 2: What Rthonated with you? Chapters 7-12: Due online Monday November 19 11:59 pm. Follow the same instructions as in Part 1 Page 6 of 14 but using Chapters 7-12. Suggestion: Do this each week instead of waiting until the end of the semester to do them all at once. rd Late Penalty: 3 articles per chapter (total 18) due December 3 via Blackboard. 3. Learning Styles Exercise: Due online Monday, September 17 11:59 pm th Prior to this due date during week 2’s breakout session, you will have completed the Learning Styles Inventory Exercise (pages LSI1- LSI8 which are found between pages 42 and 43). This creates your Learning Style Graph or ‘kite’ (see LSI-5). Write a short discovery and intention report (minimum 200 words) describing your Learning Style Graph or ‘kite’ (see LSI-5) using the terminology introduced (e.g. your preference modes and the type of learner you appear to be etc.) Include any bullet points that resonate with you from the chart on LSI-8 and include any characteristics in other modes you intend to develop. Late Penalty: An 800 word personal reflection essay on knowing your learning th style using at least 6 references from our textbook submitted via BB by October 15 . 4. Time Monitor Exercise : Due as a hand-in at the beginning of week 4 Breakout but to do this assignment properly you must get started on this no later than Sept. 17 . th Read pp. 72-76 (the Time Monitor); select 7 consecutive days prior to Monday th September 24 and complete the time monitor spreadsheet provided to you on Blackboard. Follow up discussion will occur in week 4’s breakout session. Late Penalty: An 800 word personal reflection on the importance of time management using at least 6 references from our textbook submitted via BB by October 15 th. 5. Academic Integrity Quiz: Due online: Monday, Sept. 24th 11:59 pm Visit the Ryerson Academic Integrity Website to view the FIVE animated episodes at . Do not log onto the quizzes there. Just view each of the five episodes and then return to the BUS100 Blackboard site and click the word HERE in the assignment heading in Blackboard to access the BUS100 quiz assignment. Complete the 25 question quiz. If you do the quiz on the academic misconduct website (i.e. the wrong quiz) it will not be counted and you will be subject to a penalty assignment. After completing our quiz in Blackboard check your score immediately via Gradebook in Blackboard. If you did not achieve at least 24/25 repeat the quiz immediately in Blackboard until your score improves to at least 24/25 in order to receive credit for this assignment. Late penalty : A 600 word report on Ryerson’s academic integrity policy incorporating the kethlessons of each of the 5 animated episodes submitted via BB by October 15 . 6. Career Path Assignment: Due online Monday October 22 , 11:59 pm nd For instructions on how to complete this assignment, refer to the Blackboard document entitled ‘Careers and Employer Partnerships Assignment’. Late Penalty rd : Do the same assignment but double the length of the report due by December 3 . 7. Library Online Quiz : Information Sourcing for Business th Due Monday, Oct. 29 11:59 pm After the library tutorial in week 7’s breakout session, students will do an online library quiz repeatedly in Blackboard until a perfect score is ach
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