Introduction to Business
3 Credit Hours

Course Description
This course is an introduction to the trends and opportunities in today’s dynamic business environment surveying economics, global markets, social responsibility, ownership forms, entrepreneurship, management organization, marketing, accounting and financial management. Students who are interested in a career in business or want to further their knowledge of the business world would benefit from this course.

Course Delivery
FlexNet courses are taught via the internet using iNET (located in TritonPass). Students can enroll in a FlexNet course at any time throughout the semester as long as there is space available in the course, except the last three weeks of the term. Students have until the end of the term to complete the course from the time of enrollment and payment. All FlexNet courses end on the same date, the last day of the term, no matter the enrollment date. FlexNet courses do not have weekly deadlines, but it is highly recommended for students to stay on task.

Course Requirements
Syllabi, calendar, assignments, quizzes and tests are on the site.

Software and Hardware Requirements:
The student will need to have access to the Internet and e-mail and will need access to Word 95, 98, 2000, XP, or 2007

Computer Literacy Requirements
The student must have previous experience working with computers and the Internet; must be able to use e-mail and be able to send attachments via e-mail. The student must have access to the software and equipment listed above.


1. Students will complete chapters 2-6, 8-14, 16-18 “Review Questions” located at the end of each chapter as assigned on iNET and submit to instructor via iNET.
2. There is a quiz for each chapter (plus chapter 1) that consists of 25 questions each worth 0.5 point each. Quizzes are taken online.
3. There are five tests. All tests are online. 
4. There are seven outside business-related readings; the form for the readings is listed on the syllabi and in the assignment section for Topic 1 located on the iNET. The readings can be from newspapers, the Internet, journals, magazines, etc.
5. Students must interview a businessperson and write a short synopsis of the interview. Students will select and use their own questions.  Students must state why that person was chosen and what was learned.
6. Students are required to write one paper on trade policy and will use Internet to access information for assignments. 
7. Students are required to calculate selected financial ratios for two competing companies and discuss the results.  Financial information for each company will be found on the Internet.

Instructor: Deb Reisert

E-mail: reisert@iowacentral.edu