Learnsmart Assignments For Students

CHABOT COLLEGE

ACCOUNTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS (BUS 7) COURSE SYLLABUS

Fall 2015 - HYBRID - Tuesday 1-3:50 pm

Instructor:         Dmitriy Kalyagin                   E-mail:              dkalyagin@chabotcollege.edu

Phone:              510/723-6974                          Office Hours:    MW, 12:30-1:20 pm  + T, 11-150 am + Th, 1-1:50 pm

Fax:                  510/723-6658                          Office:              Room 454C                             

Instructional Website:    http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/dkalyagin 


Required Text and Materials: 

·        

College Accounting (shrink wrapped package of Text and Connect PLUS code), Ch. 1-13, Price, Haddock, Farina, McGraw-Hill, 14th edition, ISBN 9781259393846 (this particular ISBNis customized for Chabot College and is only available at Chabot bookstore).
·         This package comes with the Connect Plus access code, which gives you access to e-book and homework management system.
·         Connect is a homework management system.  You will complete homework, quizzes, tests, and other class activities using it.   Connect will be linked to Blackboard and you will be accessing it through our class in Blackboard.
·         You should purchase the package at Chabot bookstore.  Do not buy an older textbook from someone else, as you will still need to acquire the code to Connect, which by itself is almost the same price as the package including both the physical textbook and the access code.
·         You are not allowed to use earlier editions of the textbook.
·         Complimentary trial for Connect: McGraw-Hill (the textbook publisher) offers a free trial for Connect PLUS for about two weeks.  It is the student’s responsibility to purchase the code before the free trial expires.  Otherwise, all your work will be lost.
·         Calculator (cannot use cell phone).

Catalog Description:

Bookkeeping practices for a sole proprietorship.  Debit and credit practice, books of original entry, ledgers, working papers, adjusting and closing entries, income statement, balance sheets, and statement of owner’s equity, cash, payroll, special journals, merchandising firms.  3 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.

This class is strongly recommended before taking BUS-1A, 8, 93, 26.  It is a requirement for the AS degrees in Business, Administrative Assistant, Medical Assisting, & Real Estate, as well as for certificates in Bookkeeping, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Assistant, Small Business Management, Management, & Marketing.   

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

      1.        solve and apply the fundamental accounting equation and its logical bookkeeping applications to an accounting system of a sole proprietorship;
2.         describe basic accounting theory and practice as it relates to a sole proprietorship;
3.         perform routine bookkeeping duties;
4.         critically assess business ethics dilemmas typical for an accounting position within a small business;
5.         summarize stages of the accounting cycle;
6.         discuss specifics of bank accounts and cash funds;
7.         differentiate among various special journals;
8.         prepare, relate, and analyze financial statements for a sole proprietorship;
9.         perform basic payroll accounting and distinguish between employee earnings, deductions and taxes.

Content in Blackboard:

·              This is a hybrid course with THREE hours of scheduled work on campus and TWO hours of independent work online via Blackboard and Connect.
·         Both Blackboard and Connect are linked together.  You will easily go between two platforms.  After you complete homework in Connect, your points will automatically record in Blackboard.
·         Each chapter (module) in Blackboard has a folder with the following links: 1.  Learning Objectives.
                     2.  PowerPoint presentation.
                     3.  Not graded DBs (discussion boards) to help with homework.
                     4. Links to homework assignments, LearnSmart activities, and quizzes in Connect.
·        Out of these links, you must complete three that are graded: a LearnSmart assignment + homework assignment + quiz.  All of these activities are due on Monday night (11:55 pm) before class.
·         Next section covers each assignment/learning activity in more detail.

Assignments and Deadlines:

ü  All assignments have deadlines (see the class schedule at the end of this syllabus) that will be followed strictly.  No late work will be accepted. 

·         LearnSmart Assignments: These assignments are located in Connect (10 pts per chapter).  You have unlimited attempts on these assignments until the due date.  Learning Assignment is a self-paced, interactive/adaptive learning system designed to help you measure and monitor your own learning.  I recommend completing these assignments along with SmartBook and before you come to class and/or begin your homework.  You will get full credit for completing this assignment (without regard to making any errors in the process).  After completing LearnSmart, you can re-visit it for any chapter to “recharge” and get tested (without a grade) on concepts you initially missed.  Check out this video to see how these assignments work - http://learnsmart.prod.customer.mcgraw-hill.com/for-students/how-to-use-learnsmart/      

·         Homework Assignments: These assignments are located in Connect (30 pts per chapter + any extra points included in the maximum score).  They consist of selected end-of-chapter exercises and problems.  An hour after the due date, students can view their answers, as well as correct answers.  Please note that chapters 1 and 13 do not have this assignment.

·         Homework Help Discussion Boards (DBs)(optional and ungraded): Each chapter has an ungraded DB.  You will post there any questions about homework or chapter content (as needed).  I encourage students who know answers to reply.  Otherwise, either our learning assistant or I will answer your questions.  Remember this is a hybrid course.  As such, we do not have time in class to go over homework.  You will use this feature to ask questions.

·         Practice Homework Assignments(optional and ungraded): In case you miss a homework assignments or want to do it over, you can work on these.  They are an exact copy of the homework and become available after the homework’s due date. 

·         Quizzes: Each quiz consists of 22 multiple-choice questions, for the total of 11 pts (including 1 extra point).  Quizzes are open-book, not printable, and have a 90-minute time limit.  You must complete the quiz once it was launched.  You cannot save some answers and come back to complete the quiz later.  Do not click on the Back button while completing the quiz.  If you get locked out of the quiz, contact your instructor immediately.  An hour after the due date, students will be able to view their answers, as well as correct answers to the quiz completed.

·         In-class activities: Each chapter will have an in-class activity you worth 5 pts.  You will complete these in teams after the content of the chapter is covered.  You will be able to ask any questions of our Learning Assistant, or me as well as to use the textbook, Connect, and/or notes.  These activities cannot be made up.   

·         Accounting Cycle Project: Students must possess a full understanding of the accounting cycle, which is covered in Ch. 1-6.  This project requires students to complete all steps of the cycle for a small business for a month.  Project is worth 100 points.  You will enjoy it!

Online Tests:

  • You will complete four tests online via Connect.  Please refer to the schedule for dates. 
  • Tests will be available for a 3-day period (no make ups are allowed for missed tests).  You will have THREE hours to complete each test, which consists of a number of exercises (problems), as well as multiple-choice questions.   
  • The students are not allowed to print out or copy the test. 
  • You must complete the test once it was launched.  You cannot save some answers and come back to complete the test later.  Do not click on the Back button while completing the test.  If you get locked out of the test, contact your instructor immediately. 
  • Each student will be getting a different set of problems and questions with algorithmic numbers to prevent cheating. 
  • Each test is worth 150 points plus a few extra credit points (whatever is above 150). 
  • An hour after the due date, students will be able to view their answers, as well as correct answers to the test questions.

How to Complete Homework in Connect Plus:

  • Before attempting homework, read the chapter in a regular text or by using SmartBook in Connect.  Attempt to complete as much of the LearnSmart activity as you can.   
  • All homework problems are selected exercises and Set A Problems at the end of each chapter, with the exception of chapter 1, which does not have homework. 
  • You should PRINT the homework.  Work offline and then go back to enter answers. 
  • Use Check my work button on the bottom left to find errors and correct.
  • Use Save & Exit button on the top right to end a session, save your work and return to it a later time within a scheduled due date. 
  • You can use the “Check Your Work” and “Save and Exit” buttons as many times as you wish (before the deadline) but can only click on the “Submit” button once.    
  • Use the Submit Assignment button ONLY when you are ready to submit for grading. After you submit assignment, you will not be able to work on it any more. It is almost like handing in your papers to me.  You will see your score right away (in Connect), but will see your answers and correct answers only an hour after the deadline. 
  • If you fail to submit, Connect will submit your work “as is” at the deadline.
  • If you are having problems understanding any problems and need help, ask me in the DB, ask your assistant, go to tutoring, do not procrastinate and wait until the last minute or so.  We will not be able to help you then!
  • If you miss the assignment due date, it will no longer be available. NO EXTENSIONS ARE PROVIDED.
  • Homework is always due at 11:55pm according to the class schedule.

Requirements:

  • Before attempting homework, read the chapter in a regular text or by using SmartBook in Connect.  Attempt to complete as much of the LearnSmart activity as you can.   
  • All homework problems are selected exercises and Set A Problems at the end of each chapter, with the exception of chapter 1, which does not have homework. 
  • You should PRINT the homework.  Work offline and then go back to enter answers. 
  • Use Check my work button on the bottom left to find errors and correct.
  • Use Save & Exit button on the top right to end a session, save your work and return to it a later time within a scheduled due date. 
  • You can use the “Check Your Work” and “Save and Exit” buttons as many times as you wish (before the deadline) but can only click on the “Submit” button once.    
  • Use the Submit Assignment button ONLY when you are ready to submit for grading. After you submit assignment, you will not be able to work on it any more. It is almost like handing in your papers to me.  You will see your score right away (in Connect), but will see your answers and correct answers only an hour after the deadline. 
  • If you fail to submit, Connect will submit your work “as is” at the deadline.
  • If you are having problems understanding any problems and need help, ask me in the DB, ask your assistant, go to tutoring, do not procrastinate and wait until the last minute or so.  We will not be able to help you then!
  • If you miss the assignment due date, it will no longer be available. NO EXTENSIONS ARE PROVIDED.
  • Homework is always due at 11:55pm according to the class schedule.

Important Dates:  

·      

  Last day to add the class or drop with NGR (no grade reported):September 21, 2015
·         Last day to apply for Pass/Not Pass (you have to make the change yourself in Class-Web): September 29, 2015
·         Apply for graduation: October 28, 2015
·         Last day to drop the class with a W (withdrawal): November 17, 2015

Grading:   

Grade Structure*

Pts

Grades

Tests #1-4 (150 pts)

600

A > 90%

LearnSmart Assignments (10 pts each) – 12 chapters

120

B = 80 - 89.9%

Homework (30 pts) – 10 chapters

300

C = 70 - 79.9%

In-class Activities (5 pts each) – 11 chapters

55

D = 60 - 69.9%

Quizzes (10 pts) – 12 chapters

120

F < 60%

Acct Cycle Project

100

Chapter 13 Project

30

Total Number of Points

1325

* TENTATIVE: Instructor reserves the right to change the grading structure.  Extra point assignments will be given to the entire class.  These will not be given on individual basis.

Other Comments:    

 
  • Email rules: include your roster name (Last and First) in the Subject Line of email along with your Course Name, Section or CRN #.  If I get an email without this info, your email will end up in the trash box as a spam.
  • Please allow at least 24 hours (during business hours) for me to respond to your email.  If you email on the weekend, you might not get a reply until Monday.
  • We are lucky to have Anthony Swaby as our learning assistant.  He will provide in-class tutoring.  He also could be reached via email at ________________________________. 
  • Students are encouraged to user additional tutoring at the Learning Connections located in Room 2351 (Building 2300, above the Cafeteria). 
  • The instructor’s website has some supplemental resources, as well as course documents.
  • To avoid distracting noise in class cellular phones must be turned off or the ringing mode silenced.
  • If you miss a class, you are responsible for getting notes/slide printouts on the material covered from a classmate, the instructor, or the website.  If clarification of the material is necessary, please make an appointment to see the instructor or learning assistant.  Students are to remain in class during the entire session with the exception of breaks.  Students are not allowed to come and go during class session (feel free to use the bathroom though).
  • All class participants are expected to exhibit respectful behaviors to other students and the instructor.  All students have the right and privilege to learn in the class, free from harassment and disruption.  Inappropriate or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, nor will lewd of foul language.
  • The class follows the standards set in the Student Code of Conduct, page 183, of the Chabot College Student Handbook and are subject to disciplinary action for violation of that code.
  • I want this course to be a good experience for you.  But I cannot read minds and if you do not tell me what you are thinking there is little way for me to know.  If you have criticism of the course, material, or my teaching I hope you will let me know.


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  • If LearnSmart is available for your course, you can access study modules through your add assignment (A) and library tabs. Click either tab and then select the LearnSmart type (B) you want to assign.

  • From the list of LearnSmart study modules, find the module you want to assign and click assign (A)

  • Slide the bar to adjust the module’s depth of coverage (A). As you adjust, you’ll see the average time it takes to complete the module (B), and how many items are covered. Select and deselect the topics you want to include (C), and then enter how many points the assignment is worth (D). Click next: assign (E).

  • To share this assignment with colleagues, click add colleagues (A). After you find and add your colleagues, choose the assignment policies your colleagues will be able to change. Set your available and due dates (B), and then click assign (C).

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