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University of Dhaka

Department of Management Studies


MBA(Evening)Program: Fall 2013
Course Outlines:EM501
(Introduction to Business)

DAYS TIMES CLASS ROOM

Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm 202

PROFESSOR OFFICE OFFICE HOURS


Dr. Shahid U. Ahmed Bus St. Bldng(old)
RM# 42 By appointment
Required Texts
1. Skinner, S.J. and Ivancevich,J.M. “ Business for the 21st Century” Irwin,Boston MA,USA 2003
2. And some other reference Books as will be suggested by the Faculty time to time.

COURSE OVERVIEW: TBA later

Course Description:TBA later

Course Objectives

   i. To develop students understanding of concepts and
      to build theoretical background of students 
      on Business and Entrepreneurship. 
ii. To train the students how to identify and analyze compelling business
opportunities.
iii. To develop students ideas about gathering resources and launching a new
business. That is, how to turn a compelling idea into a real business.
iv. To teach the students about the procedures of enterprise formation. That is, how to
start a new business and how to write a business plan.
                           
   v. To familiarize the students with financing the
       Entrepreneurial Venture.

vi. To create students understanding on management process , growth and other related issues
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of Business.
vii. To develop an understanding of the global economy and 
 it’s current and potential impact on business 
 activities in any location.

Conduct of Course

   i. Attendance: D.U policy

  ii. Class attendance is compulsory for all students.
 
 iii. In exceptional situation excused absences are permitted. "Excused absences" are those absences
incurred by the student's participation in university sponsored activities; inability to attend class for valid
medical reasons; or death in the student's immediate family. However, all these incidents must
supported by documentary evidence. All other absences are considered unexcused.

  iv. Every student is responsible for informing 
      his/her teacher(s) of impending absence(s) from class 
      when the student has such information aforehand.

      Thus, class attendance is paramount.In the 
      business environment, tardiness is not acceptable.  
      Therefore,students not present at the beginning of class 
      are counted as absent.

  Activities
  
Cases/Assignments ­ Develop creative solutions to
i. Computerized   literature   searches   using   electronic
databases (e.g.Fortune.com/archives)to
ii. research current techniques of enterprise development 
Cases   /   role   playing,   group   work   and   critical
thinking.and apply to theoretical concepts as taught in
the
text.
iii. Teaching Strategies ­ Activities will include 
     role playing, group cases and exercises. Students 
     are required to participate in class discussion and 
     this will be considered as extra credit for 
     the students.  

  Final Grade Determination

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               Grade Determination:
               Class participation and 
               Attendance                    10%
               Mid­terms         2x15        30%
               Class attendance and creative
               Contribution                  10%
               Term paper                    10%
               Group works and presentation  10%
Final Exam.                   40%               
Total                        100%
    
The grading system:

For Batches 1­9:

A = 90 and above = 4.00
A­        =    85 ­ 89      = 3.67
B+ = 80 – 84      = 3.33
B = 75 ­ 79      = 3.00
B­        =    70 – 74      = 2.67
C+ = 65 ­ 69      = 2.33
C = 60 ­ 64      = 2.00
F         =    00 – 59      = 0.00
I         =     Incomplete
W         =     Withdrawal 

    

       For Batches from 10 onward:

              A+         =    80 and above = 4.00
              A          =    75 – 79      = 3.75
              A­         =    70 – 74      = 3.50
              B+         =    65 – 69      = 3.25
              B          =    60 – 64      = 3.00
              B­         =    55 – 59      = 2.75
              C+         =    50 – 54      = 2.50
              C          =    45 – 49      = 2.25
              D          =    40 – 44      = 2.00
              F          =    00 – 39      = 0.00
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              I          = Incomplete
              W          = Withdrawn

6(i) Calendar of Topics:
 
Topical Outline( based on Text No.01)

Topical Outline Chapter

TBA late

Note: a.The conduct of each class the will involve discussion
          and analysis of the cases of the chapters 
          in the prescribed text. Students participation in case analysis and class
discussion is required.
b. Exams.: M.T will cover chapters of the text from as will be assigned
Exam. Dates and time will be announced beforehand with reasonable time at hand.
Final Exam will cover all the topics assigned in the course outline and also other reading materials
supplied along with the things covered in the class lectures in addition.
c. Term paper: Each student will be asked to prepare and submit a term paper on a predetermined
important topic on entrepreneurship development.
                                        
Note: In course teaching the above arrangements may be amended at
the discretion of the course instructor.