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Texts and Materials

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We will use the text Business (7th edition) by Pride, Hughes, and Kapoor, which is available at the bookstore.

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You are also required to purchase a small course pack containing other required readings. This will be available at the bookstore.

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Additional readings will be made available in print and on-line throughout the course check the weekly questions for discussion for detail.

Breakdown of Credit

The course grade will be computed as follows:
 Two mid-term exams (@16% each)  32%
Final exam 23%
Term project 25%
Class participation 20%
  TOTAL   100%


Term Project

Each student will prepare a term project that is the analysis/comparison of two companies in the same industry. The project is described in detail on the attached document, "Term Project." The project report is to be double spaced typed/printed, 12-18 pages in length, with normal-sized type (not courier) and margins. Students should immediately begin to consider possible industries and companies. The choice of companies must be approved by March 11, and a preliminary report, including a list of references, is due by April 22. (Lateness in meeting any of these dates will lower the project grade.)

Participation & Attendance

Students are expected to fully complete assigned readings before each class and to come prepared to discuss the related questions posted on the AD212 course web site. Analysis and discussion of the readings are very important parts of the course and will comprise a portion of the final grade. The professor will call on students who do not regularly take part in class discussion, so be prepared! The course web site contains links to material of interest. Please refer to it often.

Class attendance is expected. More than two unexcused absences will lead to a lowering of the final grade; more than five will result in failing the course.

The participation grade is calculated as follows:

  1. 50% is for coming to class. You are allowed two absences without any explanation or makeup. Three or more uncompensated absences will result in a penalty of 10% per absence on the participation mark.

  2. 40% is for a consistent base level of input during in-class discussions -- maximum credit here will be earned with about 25 discussion contributions over the class. Prepare the discussion questions carefully, and try to say two smart, well informed things per session. If you can do this in most sessions, you will receive full marks. Contributions include useful questions as well as answers. However, make sure you are not repeating what someone else has said -- credit will not be awarded for this. Only first and second contributions to each session will be tallied, so while it is not necessary to participate in every session to receive full credit, but you should aim to say something in most of them.

  3. The final 10% of the contribution can only be earned through a "quality bonus". Your contribution mark may be raised or lowered up to 10% according to quality and consistency of contributions. You do not have to hog the conversation to earn this bonus. Those whose answers suggest a lack of preparation will be penalized here.

(The ratio described above was revised following an in-class vote to reduce to 20 the number of discussion answers required for basic credit but increase the importance of quality in the overall participation mark).

If you feel uncomfortable speaking in class, an alternative is available. This is to submit electronically answers of about 400 words to any two of the discussion questions. Competent answers will receive two discussion credits. Exceptional answers may receive a bonus.

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Thomas Haigh -- email tdhaigh@colby.edu.    Home: www.tomandmaria.com/tom. Updated 04/27/2002.