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Business Common Professional Components

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 03/17/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course is designed to give students a foundation of the common professional components necessary to understand the graduate level business concepts in the MBA. Students who pass each component will demonstrate proficiency in each of the following: Marketing, Business Finance, Accounting, Management, Legal Environment of Business, Business Ethics, Global Dimensions of Business, Information Management Systems, Quantitative Techniques/Statistics, Business Integration and Strategic Management. This course is required for admission to the MBA for all students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or accounting.





This course is designed for students without an undergraduate degree in business or accounting, and who want a bridge into the MBA. This ensures that students entering the MBA program have the foundation of knowledge needed for MBA courses.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize concepts within each of the 15 identified common professional core competency areas.
  2. Apply APA standards of writing and formatting.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and module presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations. After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Academic Leveling Certificates (ALCs) (16)

The student will complete 16 ALCs, using Peregrine’s Academic Leveling Course Modules. A pre-test on each of the 15 business component subject areas will be given. If a sufficient score of 75% is earned, the student will proceed to the next module. If a sufficient score of 75% is not earned, the students will be required to go through the module and complete all exercises. Upon completion of the exercises, a post-exam will be given. Students are given two opportunities for each of the 15 business component subject area post-exams. The module for Write & Cite (APA) does not include a pre-test; however, there are still three attempts allowed (all classified as post-exam attempts). Failure of any of the 16 ALC modules will result in failure of the course, as the passing of all modules, including the Write & Cite (APA) module, is required for MBA admittance.

At the completion of each module, a certificate will be made available. Each certificate must then be uploaded to Blackboard using the appropriate links. Students will upload either the pre-test or the post-test certificate, as appropriate. The completion scores will be verified against a report received from Peregrine. Academic Integrity policies will be followed. Any discrepancies in the submission documents by the students and the Peregrine report will be investigated and handled accordingly.

No partial points are given on modules; full points are awarded for passing the module with a minimum score of 75%. Zero points are awarded for not achieving the 75% minimum score.

Check Ins (7)

Students are required to check in during weeks two (2), four (4), and six (6), eight (8), ten (10), twelve (12), and fourteen (14), using the appropriate links in Blackboard. This will be used to gauge progress throughout the course.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Content ALCs (3 at 62 pts each; 13 at 61 pts)


Check In (7 at 3 pts each)




Course Policies


Pass = 991 – 1010; Fail = 0 – 990.99

Each assessment must be passed with an earned score of at least 75% in order to pass the course. Failure in any module will result in failure for the course, as passage of all 16 modules is required for admittance into the MBA.

This course is a bit unique, as it is a pass/fail course that is self-paced. Therefore, late penalties will not be enacted. However, all work must be completed by the end of the course, and there cannot be more than 21 days of inactivity. Therefore, students must work to ensure that all attempts have been done by the deadline.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


BMAL 590

Textbooks:  No formal textbooks are needed. All materials are provided online through the Peregrine website.


Reading & Study




Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

Course Requirements Checklist

Register for Peregrine

ALC 1 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 2 *Pre-test/post-test






Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

ALC 3 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 4 *Pre-test/post-test

Week 2 Check In





Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

ALC 5 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 6 *Pre-test/post-test




Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

ALC 7 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 8 *Pre-test/post-test

Week 4 Check In





Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

ALC 9 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 10 *Pre-test/post-test




Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

ALC 11 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 12 *Pre-test/post-test

Week 6 Check In





Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

ALC 13 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 14 Post-test




Readings, audios, and presentations for assigned modules are required

ALC 15 *Pre-test/post-test

ALC 16 *Pre-test/post-test





*Pre-tests, if passed with minimum score of 75% may be substituted for the corresponding ALC.

NOTE: Each course Module/Week begins on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.  The final Module/Week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.