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Instructor Information

Instructor’s Name                                                                                          Mr. Aaron T. Jasperson

Email Address                                                                      

Website Address                                           


Office Information

Room                                                                                                                                         2-210           

Office Phone                                                                           (507) 285-8657 (voice mail availability)

Office Hours                                                                                          JM = Before School, Period 1

                                                                                                             Mayo = Period 8, After School


Course Information

Course Description

This course offers an overall introduction to the world of business.  Students will explore careers in management, marketing, accounting and finance, and human resources.  Students will examine their own personal attributes, abilities, and interests.  The students will determine how their life experiences influence their career choice, and learn basic concepts of legal, financial, marketing, and business practices.


Prerequisite                                                                                                                                None


Supplies                                                                                                                                     Folder


                                                                                                                                   Positive Attitude


                                                                                                                                      Writing Utensil


Technology                                                                                                                  Microsoft Excel

                                                                                                                           Microsoft PowerPoint

                                                                                                                                   Microsoft Word

                                                                                                                          Multimedia Equipment

                                                                                                                                 World Wide Web


Textbook(s)                                                                                                     Introduction to Business


Classroom Policies

Attendance:  Regular attendance in all classes is vital to insuring a quality learning experience and productive future for all students.



  1. All coursework missed must be completed within two (2) school days for each day absent.  If coursework is not completed within the timeframe, students will receive a “0”.



1.      Students are to be in their seat when the bell rings.

2.      Every third tardy accumulated by a particular student in one grading period will be equivalent to an unexcused absence which will result in Tuesday/Thursday school.


Unexcused Absences:

  1. An unexcused absence will be considered in the computing of student grades.  Each unexcused absence will result in a 5% reduction of the total quarter grade, not to exceed a maximum of 20% of the grade.
  2. Work missed during unexcused absences must be completed; however, credit will not be granted.


Bathroom:  Students will be allowed to use the bathroom, via an R-book/Planner, between the first and last fifteen minutes of the class period.


Course Work:  All course work will only be accepted at the beginning of the hour on the day the course work is due.


R-book or Planner:  An R-book will be required for student requested travel outside the classroom.


See Student Expectations


Tech Prep Articulation:  Students who are juniors and seniors and earn an “A” or “B” in the course earn Minnesota Community College credit.


Grading Policies

Semester and quarter grades will be based on weighted-total points.  Grades are posted weekly for student review.  The following grade scale will be used for all grades:

A = 90%

B = 80%

C = 70%

D = 60%

F =


Course Grades = Quarter Grade (40%) + Quarter Grade (40%) + Final Exam (20%)


Semester Exam (Final Exam):  A culminating, final exam will be given at the end of semester, and account for 20% of the course grade.


Qrtr. Grades = Class Participation (20%) + Homework (20%) + Quizzes (20%) + Exams (40%)


Class participation:  Twenty percent (20%) of the course grade will include class participation.  Student’s grade may be based on, but not limited to, answering questions, attendance, class discussion, completing in-class assignments, paying attention, and preparation for class.


Homework:  Twenty percent (20%) of the course grade will include homework assignments. Homework may be graded on two levels as explained below.

1.      Five (5) points will be given based on 90% completion and work shown.

2.      Points will be assigned for each problem.  For example, 10 problems = 10 points.


Quizzes:  Twenty percent (20%) of the course grade will include quiz scores.  Review quizzes will be given the last day of each week to reinforce student learning.


Exams:  Forty percent (40%) of the course grade will include exam scores.


Course Outline

Organization of a Business

Business Environment


Managing Employees


Financial Management

Special Topics


JM DECA Events

5.1       Employee Interview-Entry Level

7          Public Speaking

9-19     Individual Occupational Series Events

36        Entrepreneurship Participating Event 


Student Expectations

1.      Abide by all Rochester Public School policies.


2.      Respect School Personnel

&   Listen.

&   Follow directions promptly.

&   Accept responsibility for your own actions.


3.      Respect the Rights of Others

&   Listen when others are talking.

&   Respect the opinions, point of view, and feelings of others.

&   Use appropriate voice tone, language, and actions.

&   Display appropriate personal appearance.


4.      Respect Property

&   Protect and take care of school property.

&   Respect the property of others.


5.      Be Prompt and Prepared

&   Be on time to all classes.

&   Demonstrate that you are ready to learn by being in your seat, quiet, and ready for instructions from your teacher.

&   Have appropriate materials and equipment such as books, orkbooks, notebooks, pencils, pens, etc.


6.      Display a Concern for Learning

&   Accept responsibility for your own learning.

&   Be an active and cooperative learner.

&   Demonstrate behavior that does not interfere with the learning of others.

&   Meet or exceed class requirements.


7.      Demonstrate Appropriate Social Skills

&   Learn how to handle conflicts appropriately.

&   Display acceptable behavior in all areas of the school including the hallways, cafeteria, assemblies, special events, and sports events.

&   Demonstrate courtesy and respect when interacting with others.


Possible Mediation Techniques


Classroom Apology

Loss of Privileges

Student-Teacher Conference

Parent/Guardian Contact

After-school Detention


Please sign and return….


I have received, read, and understand the policies of the Rochester John Marshall and Rochester Mayo Business and Marketing Education Department.


Student:            ______________________________            Date: _______________


Parent(s)/         ______________________________            Date: _______________



                        _____________________________              Date: _______________