Introduction to Business, Section 2. Winter Quarter 2013 - Mr. Lilly. Overview. Course requirements Early, late, and makeup exams Catalyst LearnSmart Office hours and contact information Misc. websites of interest. Overview (continued). Why read the Prologue?
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Introduction to Business, Section 2 Winter Quarter 2013 - Mr. Lilly
Overview • Course requirements • Early, late, and makeup exams • Catalyst • LearnSmart • Office hours and contact information • Misc. websites of interest
Overview (continued) • Why read the Prologue? • Why should I “embrace my inner nerd”? • How can I “embrace my inner nerd” in this class? • Calendar for the next two weeks
Course Requirements Overview • Attendance • Reading assignments • Internet access • Weekly online quizzes • Exams
Course Requirements: Attendance • Class meets twice a week (Tues & Thurs). • Attendance is required. • Attendance will be called every day at the beginning of class. • If you are late to class, come see me either at the ten minute break (midway point) or at the end of class. • If you have to leave class early, please send me an email telling me what time you left the classroom.
Course Requirements: Attendance • If you will not be attending a class, or miss a class, please send me an email with the reason for your absence.
Course Requirements: Attendance There are four ways to get dropped from this class: (all are attendance-based) • If I mark you absent 2 or more class periods in a row prior to March 1 and I have not received an email from you explaining either of these absences • If you miss three classes or more before the end of the third week
Course Requirements: Attendance There are four ways to get dropped from this class (continued): • Beginning at the start of the 4th week and ending March 1, if your attendance falls below 70% and your current grade in the class is a D+ or lower • If at any time you owe me two exams; so if you miss an in-class exam, you must make it up in my office before the next exam occurs
Course Requirements: Attendance • You can erase one absence by “working the deck down to zero” for one chapter in the LearnSmart tool. • The LearnSmart tool costs $24.95 for the whole quarter.
Course Requirements: Reading Assignments • Completion of the reading assignments is essential. • Textbook: Selected Materials from Understanding Business, Ninth edition, Customized for De Anza College, by Nickels, McHugh, and McHugh. Published by McGraw-Hill. • The full ninth edition will also work • You do NOT need the McGraw-Hill Connect registration card!
Course Requirements: Internet Access • Speedy and reliable Internet access is essential to your success. • Use the computers in the De Anza Library or the Library annex basement if you do not have speedy and reliable Internet access at home. • 25% of your course grade will be earned by completing the online quizzes in the course website delivered via De Anza’s Catalystsystem • These quizzes cannot be completed late!
Course Requirements: Weekly Online Quizzes • The due dates of the quizzes can be found in the course calendar at the back of the course syllabus OR in the Catalyst system. • Quizzes cannot be completed late • Your course grade will be lowered by 1/8th of one percentage point for each quiz you do not take. • You can erase the missed quiz penalty for one chapter’s missed quizzes by “working the deck down to zero” for that chapter in LearnSmart.
Course Requirements: Exams • Five Exams • Each worth 15% of your grade • Each covers 3 chapters • None are dropped • Multiple choice and true/false • Closed-book, closed-note • You will need one ParSCORE form for each • See the course calendar at the back of the course syllabus for the date of each exam and the chapters covered
Early Exams • There is no penalty for taking an exam early, before the rest of the class. • Call me or email me at least a week before the exam to schedule an early exam. • Best times to call are Monday-Thursday 12:30-1:30PM • Best times to take the exam are usually Monday-Thursday 12:30-2:30PM, but each week is different, so contact me and inquire about availability
Late Exams • The penalty for taking an exam later than the rest of the class is 10% per full or partial week late, no matter what the reason. • Call me or email me before the exam, or the day of the exam, or at the very latest within 2 days of the exam to schedule your makeup. • Best times to call are Monday-Thursday 12:30-1:30PM • Best times to take the exam are usually Monday-Thursday 12:30-2:30PM, but each week is different, so contact me and inquire about availability
Exam Re-takes • Students who meet certain requirements might be eligible to re-take an exam and try for a better grade on that exam. • All re-takes suffer a 10% penalty • 10% penalty explained: If you re-take an exam, you will receive the higher of: • Your original grade on that exam, or • Your re-take grade x 90%
Exam Re-takes To be eligible for an exam re-take, you must have: • Taken the exam on time, before or with the rest of the class, and • Received a D+ or below on that exam, and • Not have visited my office to review which questions you got right and wrong on that exam, and • Worked the deck down to zero in the LearnSmart tool for all three of the chapters that are on that exam
The Catalyst Website • https://catalyst.deanza.edu • First accessible on the later of: • Noon January 7th, or • A few hours after you use your add code… • Mozilla Firefox is recommended • User name: 8-digit Student ID • Password:birthday (in form MMDDYYYY) if new to Catalyst,OR • your current Catalyst password (if you already used Catalyst…this year?)
The LearnSmart Website Is optional, but… • Is the only way to erase an absence • Is the only way to erase the penalty for a chapter’s worth of missed Catalyst quizzes • Is required if you want to re-take an exam. • Will cost you $24.99 for the quarter
The LearnSmart Website • Start at www.mhlearnsmart.com • Click the Sign up button • Type understanding business in the SEARCH box and hit the Go button • Click the buy it link on the row for Understanding Business, Tenth Edition (Nickels, et al.) • Click the Buy Online button • Choose your country and state, then manually type in De Anza College in the School field • Click the Submit button • Type in your email address and click the Submit button again
The LearnSmart Website I am not sure of the exact steps from there, but they are roughly as follows: • Enter the required information to create your McGraw-Hill account and hit the Submit button • You may have to choose your state again and manually type in De Anza College for the school again, hitting the “my school is not listed” link if necessary to make the field editable. • Enter your credit card information and hit the Submit button • Click the “sign up with an access code” link • Enter mrlilly1 for the access code and hit the Submit button • Hit the back button
Office hours and Contact Information Byron Lilly Mon - Thurs 12:30-1:30PM or by appointment Office: F41F, Building F4 (408) 864-8431 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other websites of interest • My De Anza website http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/lillybyron/ • The Student Online Learning Center for the textbook http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073511706/student_view0/index.html
Why read the Prologue • The value of a college education • Learning to behave like a professional • How to study for college classes (effectively) • How to take college tests (successfully) • How to prepare a cover letter and resume and make your best impression in a job interview and on the job
How You Can “Embrace Your Inner Nerd” in This Class • Read the Prologue • Do the assigned reading before it is due, and do it carefully and completely. Don’t just skim read! • Thoroughly explore the “Optional stuff” on the Catalyst website.
Calendar for the next two weeks • Before class this Thurs: read the rest of chapter 1 and the first 7 pages of chapter 2. • Before 12:30PM this Thursday: try your Catalyst user i.d. and make sure it works. • By Sunday night, January 13that 11:55PM: finishthe last of the 10 Catalyst quizzes in chapter 1. • Before class Tues, Jan 15th: read the rest of chapter 2. • Before class Thurs, Jan 17th: read chapter 3
Calendar for the next two weeks • By Sunday night, Jan. 20 at 11:55PM: Finish the 8 chapter 2 Catalyst quizzes and the 7chapter 3 Catalystquizzes! (Note: You may want to “unbunch” these by doing the chapter 2 quizzes several days earlier.) • Monday, Jan. 22: Exam 1 (chapters 1, 2, and 3) Exam 1 is just two weeks from today!