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BUS 301 Transfer Introduction to Higher Education: Introduction to California State University, Los Angeles

Final Class Announcements--Exam and Final Project


The Final Exam will be given to you on week 10 on 11/29.  20 will be related to the ecatalog (policies, procedures related to degree attainment etc.) and 20 will be on things we discussed in class. The exam is woth 20 points/20% of your grade.

Your final project will be due on the same day (11/29.) The project is worth 25 points/25% of your grade and consists of the following elements:

  • Current degree progress/advisement report from GET listing the requirements needed to graduate; (5 points)
  • A quarter by quarter list of the classes (graduation roadmap) expected to be taken to meet all requirements for the major as well as any minors or certificates enrolled in (8 points)
  • Short self-reflection essays (no more than two pages total for all essays--you can write one longer 2 page essay or 4 shorter half page essays) on any one to four of the following topics: (12 points):
    • Top obstacles that stand in the way of graduating and what needs to be done to minimize them
    • Strategies to ensure that study time is productive;
    • How you will deal with the competing demands of work, family and school;
    • Your personal budget and how you plan to pay for your education and living expenses while in school;
    • What graduating will mean to you professionally and personally;
    • How you plan to make the most of student services and campus facilities (including which ones you will most likely use) in order to ensure your future success.


One last extra credit opportunity! If you want to earn 5 more points for the course overall (this could help if you missed a class or two or cushion you if you think you aren't going to do so well on the final etc.) stop by the library to study for two hours on Saturday 11/24 any time between 11 and 5. I'll be hanging out around the reference desk. check in and out with me an 5 points if yours. Plus you get caught up on some reading, study, etc.

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BUS 301 Syllabus (Sections 09 & 10)

Professor: Michael Germano


Text/SMS: 769-287-1015

Phone:  323-343-3963

Office Location: Library North Room 2021 (Ask for me at reference desk)

Office Hours: Tuesday 3:10-4:10, Wednesday 2:00-4:00, Thursday 3:10-4:10 or by appointment


Course Materials

  • Ellis, D. (2011). From Master Student to Master Employee, 3rd Ed., Boston, MA: Wadsworth. (Available on reserve at the library for 2 hour borrowing)
  • Cal State LA E-Catalog:
  • Course Website:
  • BUS301atCSULA Twitter feed ( or text ‘follow business301atcsula’ to receive regular text messages related to course content or check online at


Course Description

BUS 301 - Transition to Cal State L.A. for Business and Economics Majors (2)

Skills and resources for transfer students in College of Business and Economics majors. Meets University transfer student Introduction to Higher Education (IHE) requirement. Campus computer account required. Graded ABC/NC.


Course Objectives

The primary objective of BUS 301 is to equip students with the tools and skills required for a successful transition to California State University, Los Angeles. The course will also consider the nature of transitions generally including the one from education to work. Students who engage in the course materials will develop lifelong learning skills that will enhance the likelihood of success in the academic endeavors as well as professional one. The course will bridge the gap between the skills and intellectual capacity developed during their time at Cal State LA and their applicability to professional environments.


Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will have knowledge and/or competency in the following specific areas:


  • Academic requirements, policies and procedures related to degree attainment/graduation from Cal State, LA;
  • The programs of study available to them as CSULA undergraduates in the College of Business & Economics including majors, minors and certificates;
  • Strategies for engaging in success-oriented decision making;
  • The role transitions play in academic and professional success both now and in the future;
  • A strategy for applying skills, knowledge and intellectual capacity acquired at Cal State, L.A. to future professional environments;
  • Study habits, classroom behaviors, test-taking and research/paper writing skills that successful students share;
  • The central role of critical thinking in academic and professional success;
  • Library research skills and information literacy;
  • Ethical uses of information in academic and professional contexts.



Course Requirements

Students in BUS 301 can earn 100 points total over the course of the quarter. The total points earned will determine the final grade:
























Grades are based upon the follow assignments/requirements/deliverables:


·     Class Contributions & Attendance 30%

·     Final Exam 20%

·     Mid-Term Essay on Choice of Major and Career Goals 15%

·     Oral Presentation on Student Resources/Services 10%

·     Graduation Road Map and Portfolio 25%


Attendance is obligatory since 30% of your grade/30 points are based upon active engagement and participation in class discussions and exercises; BUS 301 is highly participatory and hands on in terms of discussions and active learning exercises. Each class is worth 3 points and attendance alone does not result in the acquisition of points. Failure to participate and/or attend class will adversely affect your final grade by 3 points per absence/non-participation.


Brief descriptions of each deliverable are listed below. Detailed descriptions of each assignment are attached to this syllabus. Consult the course calendar at the end of this syllabus for all due dates. Oral Presentation due dates will vary. It is your responsibility to know when your group presents.


Final Exam: 50 multiple-choice questions covering course concepts, student services and CSULA academic policies and procedures. The exam is worth 20% of grade/20 points.


Mid-Term Essay on Choice of Major/Career Goals: Each student is required to submit a three-page essay detailing their choice of major worth 15% of their grade/15 points. The essay should include reasons for choosing the particular major as well as the role it plays in future career goals and their own internalized visions of success.


Student Resources/Services Oral Presentation: Working in pairs (or groups of three in rare instances) students will do a presentation where each participant speaks for 5 minutes on a student service or resources. A list of topics with deadlines will be circulated during the first class period. This is a pass/fail assignment worth 10 points or 10% of your final grade.


Graduation Road Map & Student Success Portfolio: Students are required to submit a road map to graduation and student success portfolio. The road map and portfolio will demonstrate sophisticated planning in terms of the classes required as well as the attitudes/behaviors needed to execute the road map. The road map at minimum will include the classes needed to graduate to fulfill requirements in the major, general education and any minors or certificates along with scheduled completion dates. The portfolio should include short reflections/observations on requirements/policies, student services that will be utilized and timelines that will be followed. Worth 25 pints or 25% of final grade.


Course Policies

A student that succeeds in BUS 301 must demonstrate the following traits and characteristics:


·     Buys or regularly borrows a copy of the textbook, reads it consistently and refers to concepts covered by it during class discussions;

·     Observes all university policies related to academic honesty and adheres to them at all times;

·     Shows up on time and prepared for class each week and stays focused on class lectures, discussions and activities for the entire period;

·     Actively engages professor and classmates during discussions and class activities;

·     Adopts disciplined study/work habits that allocate at least 2-4 hours per week on average for outside preparation and completion of requirements;

·     Is fully aware of all due dates, course requirements and asks professor (via email or office hours) if they are unsure;

·     Checks email, course website and text message feed regularly and communicates with professor in a timely way when needed;

·     Does not make excuses for missed deadlines or failed work and instead accepts consequences of not meeting course requirements;

·     Works effectively with colleagues on group projects/presentations;

·     Acts like an adult who accepts full responsibility for their choices and actions whether they result in success or failure;

·     Commits fully to their professional success as a student while achieving balance in their personal life so it does not impinge upon that commitment.



Students with Disabilities

The university provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented physical and learning disabilities.  The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), located in Student Affairs Room 115 coordinates all documentation of disabilities (323-343-3140)



If you have any questions at any point during the quarter please contact the professor via email or during office hours as soon as possible.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300