Business Economics Syllabus
Ms. Soseh Sardarian
This course is organized into chapters and lessons according to key concepts. The work
will be given through:
1. In-class assignments: You will be asked to solve problems referring to the
ideas and strategies discussed in the lesson.
2. Homework: You will be asked to define terms, calculate problems and explain
scenarios relating to the lesson discussed in class.
3. Projects: You will be asked to write papers ranging between 1-3 pages, where
you need to research a series of ideas and topics discussed in the text and
lecture, and apply it to a real-life scenario of your choice.
4. Quizzes: Weekly quizzes are given to evaluate your progress and understanding
of the lesson and the skills needed to solve the problems in the chapter.
5. Exams: Monthly exams are given to evaluate the understanding of the
information from the chapter, and the higher level thinking needed to solve real-
life scenarios associated with that unit.
All the in-class assignments are collected, graded, and returned to you the following day.
Homework is given everyday. All In-class assignments and homework assignments are
graded on a 10-point scale.
Homework and class-work will be assigned everyday and will be due at the beginning of
the class period the next day. The very last chance to turn in your homework will be by
Friday each week. Late assignments will automatically lose 50% of the total grade.
The student will receive a grade of “0” if he/she does not turn the homework assignment.
Turning homework after an absence is allowed; the student will receive two days after
returning to complete and return the assignment without penalty. For long absences a
sufficient time will be given based on the circumstances.
Each quarter’s grade will be determined as follows:
Notebook/ Participation 5%
Course Outline and Key Assignments:
I. Gross Pay
Calculating Hourly Pay and Salary
Finding Average Pay
Regular and Overtime Pay
Other Wage Plans
Key Assignment/Quarter Project:
Starting a small business: Develop a business plan template formatted as a
professional document on a business of your choice. Members of a team will be
assigned to develop the mission of the business. Students must write an 3 page
summary for their projected business plan, including graphs and data charts
displaying information involved in creating their business objectives.
Deductions from Gross Pay
Benefits and Job Expenses
Federal Income Taxes
State and City Income Taxes
Cash Receipts and Payments Records
Key Assignment/Quarter Project:
Analyze celebrities’ salaries with policemen’s’ salaries in a 3 page paper in terms
of risk-taking behavior. Include at least three celebrities’ salaries and three
different region’s policemen. The paper should include a chart clearly indicating
their salary comparisons.
III. Banking Services
Check Register Reconciliation
Other Reconciliation Problems
Money Market and CD Accounts
Describe the basic economics available for each individual, business and society.
Make references to various types of accounts members of society utilize, and the
reason why they choose between bank accounts and other financial entities.
IV. Loans and Credit Cards
Discounted Promissory Notes
Early Loan Repayments
Annual Percentage Rates
Credit Card Costs
Credit Card Finance Charges
Compare the APR of ten credit cards and determine which credit cards’ members
appear to be better or worse off: use Internet resources for information on Annual
Percentage Rates: Complete an evidence report that’s 3 pages long.
V. Wise Spending
Personal Internet Access
Discuss three ways business affects your life. Include calculations and theories
you have build and learned about, in a 5 page paper.
VI. Own a Home or Car
Borrowing to Buy a Home
Renting or Owning a Home
Buying a Car
Depreciating a Car
Car Purchases and Leases
Select an industry in the U.S. and research and analyze the history up to present
day: identify business practices, legal problems, employee issues, e.g. labor
disputes, strikes, discrimination, environmental issues, outsourcing, and overseas
competition. 3 page paper.
What groups benefit the most from people being unemployed? How do they
Analyze the research data to ascertain reasons given by federal, state, and local
government for changes in the tax assessment and use of tax revenue. Complete
an evidence chart with change in tax, evidence presented by government agencies
for change, and expenditure of tax revenue. Prepare a multimedia presentation
incorporating results from analysis of research data.
Business Data Analysis
Bar and Line Graphs
Circle and Rectangle Graphs
Computer Hardware and Storage
List all the people who might be interested in your business plan and how they
can help you be successful.
Research the question, “Does technology increase the profitability of small
business?” Use a variety of media, e.g. Internet, business magazines, newspaper.
Write an expository essay on the role of technology in small business.