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EDEN 6353 - 18512 Summer 2014

Course Number EDEN 6353 - 18512
Course Title Nurturing and Growing the Fledgling Venture
Location Online
Prerequisites Graduate standing
Instructor David Summers
Office University West 236 (Victoria)
Office Hours Mon-Thurs 9AM-11AM Virtual Office Hours
Phone 361-570-4243
Fax 361-580-5529
Email summersd@uhv.edu

Prerequisite Policy

Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.

Course Description

This course investigates the early stages of a firm’s growth, which are critical to long-term success. Topics include financial analysis and control, sources of early-stage financing (both private and public), establishment of a strong customer base, human resource issues for early-stage firms, the basics of planning and budgeting, leadership, managing change, E-commerce, ethical behavior and social responsibility, and management for long-term growth. 

Textbook Information

Don Taylor and Jeanne Smalling Archer, Up Against the Wal-Marts, 1995 or 2005 ed., American Management Association (AMACOM), ISBN 0814473008(Recommended)The book is recommended and referenced extensively in the course, but it is officially out of print and getting harder to find. Either edition of the book is fine ('95 or '05). Used and new copies can be ordered from Amazon or other online book suppliers. The UHV bookstore may also have copies. If you can find the book, you won't be disappointed in the book.

Walzer, Norman, Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development, 1st ed., Lexington Books, ISBN 100739117122(Required)There is a new paperback edition published in 2009 which is just like the hardback edition and will be fine to use in the course.

Byrd/Megginson, Small Business Management an Entrepreneurial Guidebook, 7th ed., McGraw-Hill Irwin, ISBN 0078029090 (Required)

Information on Buying Textbooks

The Victoria College Bookstore carries textbooks for all UHV SBA courses.

Students may use the publishing information posted above to order their textbooks from their favorite book vendor. However, before doing so you should find out what your vendor's anticipated shipping time is, and what their return policy is. Also, you should not write in or remove shrinkwrap from any textbook or materials you purchase from any vendor until the first class day in the event that:

  • the vendor supplies you with the wrong edition of your text,
  • the course instructor is forced to make a late change to the required textbooks,
  • you are forced to make a last-minute change to your schedule due to missing prerequisites, or
  • your course is canceled due to low enrollment.

In addition, be aware that, on occasion, certain outside vendors may substitute an international version of a textbook for the version you have requested without notice. International versions of textbooks may be quite different from the editions we require.

Course Relationship to Program Mission

The mission of the MS-EDE program is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully create new business ventures and help communities, regions, states, or nations determine their economic destiny in a dynamic global environment. The program offers the graduate an integrated curriculum that blends theoretical concepts with practical applications.

MS-EDE graduates will be able to:

  • apply the entrepreneurial process to develop a business idea into a business plan;
  • analyze the business viability of a mature firm;
  • prepare an economic development strategy for a community or region;
  • analyze the economic impact of a development project.

AACSB Accreditation Standards

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation adds value to your degree. The AACSB International accreditation standards require you to:

  • Operate with integrity in your dealings with faculty and other students.
  • Engage the learning materials with appropriate attention and dedication. (This standard recognizes the role students play in the creation of high-quality education. You cannot be passive, nor can your participation be superficial.)
  • Maintain your engagement when challenged by difficult learning activities.
  • Contribute to the learning of others. (Regardless of the delivery mode of the program, students should have opportunities to work together on some learning tasks. Students need to acknowledge their responsibilities to their fellow students by actively participating in group learning experiences.)
  • Perform to standards set by faculty.

Course Objectives

As a result of this course, students will:

  1. Analyze business operations and controls for the small firm.
  2. Develop human resources practices for small firms
  3. Analyze the financial condition of a small firm.
  4. Understand the strategic planning process as it applies to small firms
  5. Develop a sound marketing strategy for a small firm.
  6. Determine financing alternatives for the small firm.

Course Evaluation Process

Grading Scale:

Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.

A 90% or higher
B 80 to 89%
C 70 to 79%
D 60 to 69%
F Less than 60%

Course Assessments:

Discussion Board15 points
Case Questions Posting10 points
Case Questions Critique10 points
Midterm and Final Exams50 points
Financial Analysis15 points

Discussion Board

Each student will be expected to participate in the weekly discussion board topic, book discussion, and case discussions. Each student will be assigned a chapter in the Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development text to post and lead the discussion.

Case Questions Posting

Each student will be assigned to a team that will post a response to selected case questions.

Case Questions Critique

Each student will be assigned to a team that will post a critique of another group’s answers to case questions. The group will discuss the other group’s case question responses and post their critique.

Midterm and Final Exams

There will be a midterm and a final exam covering the text material and lecture notes. The exams will ask students to apply the text material to specific situations.

Financial Analysis

Each student will prepare a financial analysis of a selected company.

Reading Assessments

Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.

Makeup Exams

Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.

Late Assignments

The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.

Attendance Policy

According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.

Teaching and Learning Partnership

Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. To this end, I will respond to questions within 72 hours.  You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class.  You should check your UHV email frequently and respond to faculty in a timely fashion. Good business and professional etiquette is expected. No derogatory comments should be made. You may certainly disagree with others in class discussions, and you may state your disagreement (if you choose to); however, please do so in a polite manner.

Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.

Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.

Academic Honesty

Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.

  • Discussion of assignments with other students and members of the faculty is both permitted and encouraged as a constructive educational practice.
  • Students are expected to write their exams, quizzes and papers on their own, based on their individual level of progress with the material.
  • Copying of another’s work and representing it as one’s own work is a serious academic offense, and will be treated as such.
  • Students are encouraged to review materials other than those required for the course in preparing assignments, but should always properly cite any sources used in assignment preparation.

UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.

Disabled Student Policy

The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students with a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, each University within the System strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, please contact your University’s student disability services center. University of Houston–Victoria, Office of Disability Services, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Suite 133-B University West, Victoria, TX 77901. Office phone – 361-570-4287; E-mail worleyc@uhv.edu; Website - www.uhv.edu/DisabilityServices

Student Absences on Religious Holidays

Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence.

Sexual Harassment

Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.

Grievance Procedures

Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.

Student Success Center Services

The Student Success Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Student Success Center online http://uhv.mywconline.com/. For more information about the Student Success Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at http://www.uhv.edu/ac or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).