Course Syllabus

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Course Description and Prerequisites | Course ObjectivesTime Expectation | Course Requisite Technical Skills | Textbooks and Materials | Course Grading | Course Policies |  Student Rights & Responsibilities | Overview of Assignments | Taking Proctored AssessmentsYour Email Account | Student ResourcesAccommodation Policy and Statements | NOVA Online Policies and Procedures | Course Summary (Assignment Schedule and Critical Dates)

BUS 165: Small Business Management (3 Credits)



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Course Description and Prerequisites



Course Objectives


Time Expectation


Course Requisite Technical Skills

In order to succeed in this online course, you must be comfortable working with technology. At a minimum, you must possess the following technical skills:

  • Ability to use the Internet in an effective and efficient manner, including installation and management of browser plug-ins and add-ons.
  • Basic knowledge about the operation of a computer, file management, and software installation.
  • Working knowledge of the Canvas learning management system.
  • Ability to proficiently search the web for information
  • Ability to download and print information from websites
  • Ability to download, view, and/or print PDF files


Textbooks and Materials

Required Textbooks

Acquiring Textbooks and Course Materials


Course Grading


Course Policies

Attendance Policy: NOVA Catalog Attendance/Student Participation

Education is a cooperative endeavor between the student and the instructor. Instructors plan a variety of learning activities to help their students master the course content. Students are expected to participate in these activities within the framework established in the class syllabus. Faculty will identify specific class attendance policies and other requirements of the class in the syllabus that is distributed at the beginning of each term. Successful learning requires good communication between students and instructors; therefore, in most cases, regular classroom attendance, or regular participation in the case of a nontraditional course format, is essential.

It is the student’s responsibility to inform his/her instructor prior to an absence from class. Students are responsible for making up all coursework missed during an absence. In the event of unexplained absences, the instructor may withdraw a student administratively from the course. If a student does not attend at least one class meeting or participate in an online learning class by the “last day to drop with a tuition refund” (census date), his/her class registration will be administratively deleted. This means that there will be no record of the class or any letter grade on the student’s transcript. Furthermore, the student’s class load will be reduced by the course credits, and this may affect his/her full-time or part-time student status. Tuition will not be refunded.

It is your responsibility to inform your instructor prior to an absence from class if this is requested by the instructor in the class syllabus. You are responsible for making up all course work missed during an absence. In the event of unexplained absences, your instructor may withdraw you administratively from the course.


Late Work Policy:

  • Grading turnaround time: All assignments and assessments that are completed and received by the due date will be graded and associated grades will be posted in the Grade Center of this Canvas electronic classroom within 7 days of the due date. (Note: I generally do not begin to grade an assignment until on or after the due date since it is my preference to grade all students’ submissions at one time.  
  • Late Assignments:  Assignments submitted after the due date will be graded within ten days after the date submitted.

Grading Turnaround Time:

All completed assignments will be graded no later than seven days from the submission date, and sooner when possible. Late assignment will be graded within 10 days after date submitted.

Late Work Policy:

Assignments not submitted by the deadline will be accepted ONLY if prior approval has been requested.  Assignments submitted within seven days after the deadline will receive a 10% penalty, assignments submitted within 8-14 days after the deadline will receive a 20% deduction, and so forth. 

Weekly discussion questions cannot be made up as they require active engagement of classmates during the assigned week.

Incomplete Policy:

Withdraw from the Course


Student Rights & Responsibilities


Overview of Assignments


Taking Proctored Assessments



Your Email Account


Student Resources


Accommodation Policy and Statements


NOVA Online Policies and Procedures


Course Summary:

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