Syllabus Intro to Business and IB SL Business Management

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Welcome to IB Business Management/Introduction to Business & Marketing combination class.  I am excited to have the opportunity to work with you this year in our study of business!  Each of you will one day (if not already) be a part of a business, either as an employee or an owner.  Accordingly, the principles and skills that we will be studying in this course will serve you well in life. 

Aims & Objectives

The aims of the course, as expressed by IBO, are to:

  • Encourage a holistic view of the world of business.
  • Empower students to think critically and strategically about individual and organizational behavior.
  • Promote the importance of exploring business issues from different cultural perspectives.
  • Enable the student to appreciate the nature and significance of change in a local, regional and global context.
  • Promote awareness of the importance of environmental, social and ethical factors in the actions of individuals and organizations.
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of innovation in a business environment.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business terminology, concepts, principles and theories.
  • Make business decisions by identifying the issue(s), selecting and interpreting data, applying appropriate tools and techniques, and recommending suitable situations.
  • Analyze and evaluate business decisions using a variety of sources.
  • Evaluate business strategies and/or practices showing evidence of critical thinking.
  • Apply skills and knowledge learned in the subject to hypothetical and real business situations.
  • Communicate business ideas and information effectively and accurately using appropriate formats and tools.


Topics & Materials

The course will be divided into six units, consisting of the following:

  • Unit 1: Business organization and environment
  • Unit 2: Marketing
  • Unit 3: Growth and Globalization
  • Unit 4: Operations Management
  • Unit 5: Accounts and Finance
  • Unit 6: Human Resources

In addition, throughout the course of the year you will be working on three major assessments.  The first is your Internal Assessment (“IA” is for IB testing students only), in which you will be demonstrating the application of business and management tools, techniques and theories to a real business issue or problem.  Completion of the IA is a course requirement for all IB students.

The second is your Shark Tank Project, in which you, along with three (or so) students in the class, will produce a business plan which you will then pitch to the class. 

The third is the Capital High School Trade Show, in which you individually will work with a local business to create an informational display and promotional materials at the annual trade show the first week of June.

Subsequently, IB students will work through the 2018 case study in preparation for your IB Examination and review/prepare for the IB Mock and External Assessments.


Your text is Paul Hoang’s Business Management, 3rd edition, ISBN: 978 1 921917 24 0, and will be supplemented by primary and secondary sources and case studies that will help illuminate the course material and develop your abilities within the field.

Grading & Weighting

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Formative & Summative Tasks are 80% of overall grade total and include in-class assignments, role-plays, case studies, simulations, end of unit exams, unit projects, internal assessment and final exam.

Work Habits, Leadership & DECA are 20% of overall grade total.  Students will earn grades for on time submissions, weekly journals and will have a variety of options to engage in leadership an DECA activities to showcase the required 21st century skills needed in every CTE (Career and Technical Education) course.

IB Students are required to complete the Internal Assessment in the Spring.  In addition, all students are required to sit for the Paper 1 & Paper 2 Exams in May.  Students who fail to complete the IA or fail to sit for these exams will not pass the course

Late Work & Missing Assignments

If work is late or missing due to an EXUSED absence the student will have the allotted number of excused absence days to complete work.  Late and missing work will be deducted ½ grade for each day late but will not lose more than one letter grade per the 21st century skill of meeting deadlines in CTE courses.  Late and missing work will be accepted for a reasonable amount of time.  For example, late work for a unit that has been completed and the summative has been given will not be accepted.  Grades will be updated at least every 2 weeks in Skyward. My goal is to have grades in each Friday, pleases don’t hesitate to email appropriately with grade or assignment questions.  I try to return all emails within 24 hours unless I am out of the building.

Please communicate immediately with me if you are struggling with the course load or have extenuating circumstances. 


  • Academic Honesty is a must, if plagiarism or cheating is discovered you will receive an F on the course work and will face disciplinary action
  • Practice Courtesy is the golden rule.  Appropriate use of language & technology (phones), respect differing opinions/cultures, respect of classroom, peers and teacher are all the norms in room E-2!