Winter Quarter 2012
TTh 9:30a - 11:25a
Instructor: John McAlvay
Home Phone: (206) 236-0947 (8:00 am to 8:00 PM only please)
Note: I will only accept e-mails that include the class name, time and days
in the subject line.
E.g. Re: IBP 076, 9:30 a.m., TTh
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PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SYLLABUS CAREFULLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE QUARTER. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENTS!
This course introduces you to international business and offers an overview of the international business arena including cultural, economic, political and legal environments. Other specific topics include international trade theory, foreign exchange, export/import strategies, marketing, finance, and modes of market entry.
1. Required Text: International Business: A Managerial Perspective (Sixth Edition) Griffin/Pustay
2. Required: Four Scantron Cards and a #2 pencil for exams.
(Do not fold or wrinkle Scantron cards.)
Grades are Based upon 1000 possible points*:
1. Assignments, Group Activities and Quizzes 100
2. Interview or Tech Report 20
3. Term Project 100
4. Tests (3 at 180) 540
5. Final Exam 180
6. Class Participation: 60
(*If more or less than 1000 points are actually assigned during the quarter,
the percentage grade for work actually assigned will be projected to
960-1000 POINTS = A = 4.0
920-959 POINTS = A- = 3.7
890-919 POINTS = B+ = 3.3
860-889 POINTS = B = 3.0
840-859 POINTS = B- = 2.7
810-839 POINTS = C+ = 2.3
780-809 POINTS = C = 2.0
750-779 POINTS = C- = 1.7
670-749 POINTS = D+ = 1.3
600-669 POINTS = D = 1.0
< 600 POINTS = F = 0.0
Tests, Assignments and Participation:
1. In-class activities and quizzes. Classroom learning experiences in groups, or individually, count for points and will serve as a measure of attendance. Absolutely No make-ups will be allowed for missed quizzes or in-class activities.
2. Interview or Tech Report: (See Shared Documents in MyBC Class Site)
3. Term Project: (See Shared Documents in MyBC Class Site)
4. Tests: Tests may cover both assigned textbook readings, handouts, and material presented in class including lectures, videos, guest lecturers, and group discussions.
Tests are given only once. If a student does not take a test at the scheduled time, absolutely no early or late makeup is allowed. The student's grade on the missed exam will be the same percentage grade as the percentage grade received on the next exam (with a 15% score reduction for the missed exam unless an excellent documented excuse is verified -- e.g. a medical emergency) Documentation must be provided before the next exam. Only one test may be missed. A second missed test will receive a zero score.
Students may use a Standard English language dictionary during any test, however, business dictionaries or encyclopedias are not permitted and their use will result in a zero grade on the exam.
5. Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive. Questions may come from all materials assigned or covered in the course.
6. Class Participation:
Consistent good attitude and active participation in classroom activities are expected by your instructor and strongly influence this component of your grade. By showing up for each class on time and consistently demonstrating the type of behavior and attitude that contribute positively to the learning environment, you will earn a substantial part of these points. On the other hand, frequent side communications or other distracting or disrespectful behavior, poor attitude or frequent unexplained absence or tardiness will result in 0 participation points regardless of contributions to class discussions.
Instructional policy/instructor expectations
1. The learning environment:
The instructor strongly believes that all students deserve to have a positive learning environment. Although some class lectures may be kept informal to facilitate discussion, you are required at all times to show courtesy and respect to other students, the teacher and the learning environment as a whole. Conduct that inappropriately detracts from the teaching or learning environment will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action in accordance with BC policies and procedures. You will receive no more than two notices of inappropriate conduct. If there is a third incident, the instructor will, without further notice, contact the appropriate Dean to discuss your removal from the class and / or other disciplinary action.
Spontaneous class comments/humor
Good-natured comments or spontaneous humor from the class can help create a casual and positive learning environment. This is only true, however, if they are 1) shared with the entire class, 2) relevant to what is going on in class, 3) tasteful and 4) respectful to all students, the instructor, and the learning environment. Spontaneous class comments that meet all four criteria are encouraged, those that don't are not permitted.
No distracting side-communications are permitted on any subject. (The "One Person at a Time Rule")
When we work together as a class, only one person may speak at a time, whether that is the instructor, or a student who has the floor.
Distracting side communications are not allowed even if they are course-related. If for example, you ask your neighbor about something you didn't hear or understand in class, your side-conversation may cause another student not to hear, resulting in still another side-conversation. To avoid this snowball effect, you will be asked to address your questions or comments to the class as a whole, so that everyone in class may benefit from them. (The key is to enjoy socializing with the class, not disturbing the class by socializing with your neighbor.)
Side-communications are distracting (and prohibited) if they occur frequently or are lengthy or if they draw the attention of other students or the instructor away from planned classroom activities. Communications include, but are not limited to, talking, laughing, passing notes, signals, gestures, sharing lap tops etc.
Students whose side-conversations become a recurring distraction, may be told to leave, be physically separated in the classroom and/or be downgraded to 0 participation points. They may also be subjected to disciplinary action under BC policies and procedures as indicated in instructional policy 1.
Bellevue College Student Code of Conduct
Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates. The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Dean of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue College. Specific student rights, responsibilities and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, available in the office of the Dean of Student Services.
2. Attendance/Schedule changes: Students are expected to be present at all scheduled class sessions, when possible, and will be held responsible for all announcements and schedule changes given during the session*. Students who miss classes should contact a classmate or class partner to obtain lecture notes and class announcements. Experience shows a high correlation between attendance and test grades. Missed classes almost always hurt your grade. If you don't think you can or will be able to attend faithfully and on time, you should not take this class. Missing more than 15% of the classes may result in a failing grade or expulsion from IBP.
*In the event of a school closure (e.g. in the case of bad weather), Students will be expected to check the MyBC class site and know about any changes that are posted there.
Tardiness: Students are expected to arrive on time for class. Students who arrive late for class two times during the quarter will be counted as absent for all following late arrivals.
3. Out-of-class Assignments: Out-of-class assignments must be of professional quality. Each paper should begin with an APA-style title page. (See template in MyBC shared documents section)
General Document Guidelines:
A. Margins: One inch on all sides (top, bottom, left, right)
B. Font Size and Type: 12-pt. Arial
C. Spacing: Double-space throughout the paper (not 2.5 or Triple spaced!)
D. Alignment: Flush left (creating uneven right margin)
E. Pagination: Page numbers one inch from the right edge of the paper on the first line of every page, beginning with the title page.
F. Handwritten or unstapled papers will receive a significant score reduction.
G. Copying, word for word, from other sources (such as magazine articles, books, web pages etc.) without crediting the source by using quotation marks is plagiarism and considered cheating. Use your own words!
Assignments must be submitted by the beginning of the class when they are due. Except for special circumstances such as a documented medical emergency, late homework will receive a 40% score reduction. Homework not received by the beginning of class on the date of the test next following its due date will receive a zero score.
4. Student concerns: Students are encouraged to discuss concerns or class problems, if any, with the instructor. The instructor is also available throughout the quarter to discuss the student's current approximate grade and ways to improve it. If you have difficulty keeping up with note taking your instructor can give you suggestions that will help.
5. Extra Credit: some hard-earned extra credit may be available for responsible students who regularly attend class and turn assignments in on time. (Extra credit will not act as a substitute for points lost due to missed classes or late work.) You may sign up for an extra credit assignment after the second exam. All extra credit work must be turned in before the third exam.
6. Students With Special Needs:
Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of the Disability Resource Center (in Room B132) to establish their eligibility for accommodation. Telephone: (425) 564-2498 or TTY (425) 564-4110. In addition, students are encouraged to review their accommodation requirements with each instructor during the first week of the quarter. Information is also available on their website at http://bellevuecollege.edu/drc/
If you have information to share with me about a potential medical emergency, please contact me via email or phone. Emergency preparedness is important!
7. Cheating: Cheating includes but is not limited to plagiarizing, improper collaboration with another, or using improper methods to complete an exam or assignment. If you cheat, or aid someone else in cheating the following actions will be taken:
1. You will receive a grade of zero for the exam or assignment where cheating occurred. In some cases you may receive a failing grade for the entire course.
2. A report of the incident will be sent to the Dean of Students (See WAC 132H-120). The Dean may file a report in your permanent record or take further action such as suspension or expulsion. If you feel you have been unfairly accused of cheating, you may appeal.
8. Incompletes: If a student does not complete the course work, an incomplete grade will not automatically be given. You may receive a failing course grade. See the instructor before the deadline for withdrawal. If you drop out of the course without withdrawing and without discussing your situation with the instructor, you will receive a zero grade for all work not completed.
9. Bad weather/emergencies:
For school closure information, check the school's web site (http://bellevuecollege.edu/status/), call BC closure update line (425) 401-6680), listen to radio stations: KING, KIRO, KOMO, KVI, KRKO, KWUZ, KUBE or KPLZ or watch TV stations KIRO, KING, or KOMO. Conditions may vary throughout the Puget Sound Area so always use your own judgment about safety.
For class information, including changing test dates or due dates for papers in the event of school closure, check the announcement section of your class site in MyBC. This will be my method of communicating with you in school closure situations. If test or paper due dates change due to school closure, students will be expected to know any new dates posted in the MyBC class site.
10. Campus resources for students:
Bellevue College provides many resources for students including Reading, Writing and Math Labs, an Academic Tutoring Center and a Disability Resource Center. Links to these resources can be found on the Bellevue College website: