BUSI 20173
Foundations in Business

Sections 015, 035, 055 and 065

Syllabus Fall 2017




Mr. John E. Mathis

Office: 817/257-5191

Trailer City 244

Office Hours:

Tuesday - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  

Wednesday - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Thursday - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Other Times by Appointment


Computer Lab:

Tandy Hall - Room 291


Web Site:



E-mail Address:



Class Meeting Time/Room:

Section 015 - Tues.-Thurs. 9:30 pm

Rees Jones 112

Section 035 - Tues - Thurs. 11:00 am

Rees Jones 112

Section 055 - Tues - Thurs. 2:00 pm

Rees Jones 112

Section 065 - Tues - Thurs. 3:30 pm

Rees Jones 112

BUSI 20173 Foundations in Business  

“This course is a lower division business core requirement and in accordance with university policy pre-business students MAY NOT take this course as pass/no credit.”  Pre-business students who elect pass/no credit for this course will NOT receive credit and will be required to repeat the course for a grade. 


Required Class Materials:

Course Introduction and Description:

Through lecture, hands-on, and interactive activities, this course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental skills required for business success. The emphasis in this course is on the application of material learned and the development of practical business skills that will assist them in getting the most out of their subsequent business courses. To provide an environment conducive to practicing their skills, the course will utilize a computer simulation model where competing teams run a $40 million electronic companies. This simulation provides a unique (and risk free) learning opportunity where round by round the student and their teammates will see the impact of their decisions have on a company's position and profitability.

Students will gain further experience and improve their skills with data analysis; communications including written, verbal, non-verbal, and presentations; resume writing, cover letters and interviewing skills; and time management, planning and goal setting. Assignments have been structured around the students simulation companies to provide a context for each exercise and build to a final presentation to their Board of Directors at the conclusion.

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