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BMT 2850 PBC

BMT 2850—Government and Business

Three Semesters Hours

AM 6/13



Other: Although this course has no formal prerequisites, it assumes that you have had at least BMT 1010—Business and Its Environment, or another introductory course in business. This course is writing-intensive, so ENG 1510 or a similar college-level English composition course is highly recommended.

Course Overview

Business and government relations, with emphasis on analysis of selected areas involving public policy and business.

Methods of Course Instruction

All material for this course is print-based. Instructor and students communicate and exchange materials through postal mail. 

E-Print Option

In this course, an option exists to use e-mail to submit your lesson assignments. Your assignment will be returned to you either as an e-mail attachment or as a hard copy sent through the postal mail, depending on the preferences of the instructor and/or program. 

Textbooks and Supplies

Steiner, John F., and George Albert Steiner. Business, Government, and Society: A  Managerial Perspective. 13th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2012. [ISBN: 9780073405056]

Number of Lessons

The course has five lessons. These lessons include:

  • Lesson 1: Business, Government, and Society  
  • Lesson 2: Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics  
  • Lesson 3: Doing Business in the Modern World  
  • Lesson 4: Challenges for Today and Tomorrow  
  • Lesson 5: Human Resources and Corporate Governance

Types of Writing Assignments

The course is divided into five large lessons, each covering three to four chapters of the text. There is a lot of content to master in each lesson, so take your time and make outlines and notes as you go. 

Each lesson has a comprehensive essay assignment based on all the chapters covered in that lesson. Specific instructions for each essay are given in the course lessons. 

  • Lesson 1: Chapters 1–4 
  • Lesson 2: Chapters 5–8 
  • Lesson 3: Chapters 9–12 
  • Lesson 4: Chapters 12–13 
  • Lesson 5: Chapters 16–18 

Since this course has only five lessons, you may submit only one lesson at a time, and you must wait until a lesson is graded and returned to you before submitting another. The course has no examinations.

Grading Criteria

Your grade for this course will be determined by your grades on five comprehensive lessons, each based on particular chapters in the textbook. Each essay will receive a letter grade from A+ to F that corresponds to a numerical score given in the 
table below.

A+ = 4.0 C+ = 2.8
A = 3.8 C = 2.6
A– = 3.6 C– = 2.4
B+ = 3.4 D+ = 2.2
B = 3.2 D = 2.0
B– = 3.0 D– = 1.8
  F = and below -0-

To determine your course grade, the scores you receive on your 4 assignments will be averaged to produce a numerical score. This score will then be converted to a letter grade, using the same scale above.

Example of course grade calculation
Essay 1 A– 3.6
Essay 2 B+ 3.4
Essay 3 A– 3.6
Essay 4 B 3.2
Total   13.8
Divided by 4 B+ 3.45