Department of Business & Management (DBM)

Values, Goals & Policies


All Department of Business courses support and integrate the core values of the Vanguard University School of Business and Management:

  • Integration of Faith
  • Mentorship
  • Academic Rigor and Substance
  • Continuous Value Added Partnerships


All courses support and integrate the educational targets and goals of Vanguard University:

  • Intellectual Engagement
  • Aesthetic Expression
  • Spiritual Formation          
  • Responsible Stewardship
  • Professional Excellence
  • Socio-cultural Responsiveness


The Department of Business and Management has identified the following fundamental skills and foundational principles that are essential learning objectives for undergraduate Business majors.  Fundamental skills relate to general knowledge and personal abilities that graduates will carry with them into their careers and lives.  The primary fundamental skills and foundational principles for this course are shown in bold.  Foundational principles require learning accomplishment in areas directly related to business disciplines, and form the core degree requirements within Vanguard’s business programs.

Fundamental Skills:

  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork and Project Management
  • Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Business Tools and Technology
  • Change Dynamics

Foundational Principles:

  • Accounting
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Legal and Regulatory
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Global Dimensions of Business

Assessment Measures

Vanguard University is a learning organization dedicated to the continuous improvement of its programs and student outcomes. Students therefore should expect regular assessment to measure their progress toward specific goals and to identify areas where program and outcome improvements can be made. Students are encouraged to participate in this process by engaging in regular self-assessment, and by offering suggestions for program development.

Your grade will be based on a number of different elements. Your success in the course does not hinge on any single outcome. Your attendance and participation in class as well as independent reading and study of your text assignments, are key contributors as to how well you will do.

Course Grading

“Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all business courses required for undergraduate majors and minors in DBM.”

Grading Scale:

A                                              94-100%

A-                                            90-93%

B+                                           87-89%

B                                              83-86%

B-                                             80-82%

C+                                           77-79%

C                                              73-76%

C-                                            70-72%

D+                                           67-69%

D                                             63-66%

D-                                            60-62%

F                                              below 60%


For students with documented medical or psychological disabilities, documented temporary illness that requires missing 1 week of classes, or documented chronic illness please contact Kerry Kimble, the Coordinator of Disability Services, to request reasonable accommodations. The Coordinator of Disability Services is located in the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Scott Academic Center and can be reached at extension 6483 or by email at

Classroom Diversity

As students and faculty at Vanguard University of Southern California, and foremost as Christian believers, we endeavor to communicate with honesty and confidentiality, to speak with encouraging and edifying words, and to create a safe environment where we shelter one another with love when vulnerabilities arise.  This classroom intends to foster a Christ-centered community that promotes appreciation and respect for individuals, enhances the potential of its members, and values differences in gender, ethnicity, race, abilities, and generation.



The Department of Business and Management, as an entity within a Christian institution, seeks to operate according to the highest standards of integrity. Mutual respect among all members of the DBM community (students, faculty, and staff) establishes an environment in which learning can take place. Therefore, members of the DBM community are expected to conduct themselves with proper respect toward each other. For the benefit of the community, class time is to be valued through proper preparation, timely attendance, adherence to established deadlines, appropriate use of electronic equipment, and suitable attire. Academic work should always represent members’ best efforts. Unethical behavior of any kind damages the SBM community, and should not be tolerated by any of its members.

 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty, either cheating or plagiarism (presenting as one’s own, the words or opinions of others), is regarded as a serious violation of both the academic and moral standards of VUSC. Dishonesty in a class assignment or test may result in disciplinary action ranging from a failing grade on the assignment or test up to dismissal from the program. It is the prerogative and responsibility of the instructor to determine if academic dishonesty has occurred and the seriousness of the infraction. The Department Chair and Dean are to be notified of instances of academic dishonesty.

Examples of a student committing plagiarism include, but are not limited to, allowing his/her work to be:

  • Part or all of an assignment copied from another person’s assignment, notes or computer file
  • Part or all of an assignment copied or paraphrased from a book, magazine, pamphlet or website
  • A sequence of ideas transferred from another source which the student has not digested, integrated and reorganized, and to which he/she fails to give proper acknowledgment

Examples of a student being an accomplice in plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • Allows his/ her paper or other assignment, in outline or finished form, to be copied and submitted as the work of another
  • Lends his/ her computer disk to another student or otherwise allows his/ her computer files to be copied for the purposes of plagiarism
  • Prepares a written assignment for another student and allows it to be submitted as another’s work

 Electronic Plagiarism

There are three forms of plagiarism involving the use of computers and electronic storage of text.

  1. Printing two or more copies of the same research paper, which are used to fulfill the requirements for more than one class without the consent of the professor(s). Some professors permit multiple submissions of papers, but others require that a paper be unique and original for each course. Submitting a paper previously used in another class, submitting a duplicate copy of a paper being used in another class or revising a paper used in an earlier class or used in another class during the same semester is unacceptable, unless you have obtained the express permission of your professor(s). If you are not sure about your professor’s policy on the use of papers for more than one class, be sure to ask rather than turn in your work based upon an assumption of what will be accepted.
  1. Using material from another student’s paper. Block copying allows the transportation of whole sections or paragraphs of one paper to be merged into another paper. Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words or ideas without crediting that person, with or without the permission of the original writer to use his/ her ideas. All material borrowed verbatim must be put in quotation marks and credited appropriately, regardless of the source. All ideas borrowed and turned into your own words must also be credited appropriately. You are prohibited from transporting whole sections of text from one student’s paper into another student’s paper, regardless of how much revision is done to the copied material.
  1. Two or more students handing in copies of the same research paper or assignment, with each student claiming individual credit for the work. To avoid the accusation of collaboration in plagiarism, a student should not lend his/ her disks to another student, who might copy an assignment from the disk.
  1. Students are expected to take responsibility to prepare themselves for lectures, which includes reading and studying the text materials as required, engaging in classroom discussions, and completing all assignments with their best effort.


The following Professional Code of Character is expected from all students:

  1. Integrity is a valued character trait. “People with integrity have firm footing, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.” (Proverbs 10:9)  Students will:
    • Be righteously trustworthy. This includes refraining from plagiarism, cheating, or aiding another student in such. For additional information about consequences of unethical behavior students should refer to the Vanguard University Student Handbook.
    • Be Christ followers who keep each other accountable, as well as extending grace and encouragement.
    • Do work as unto the Lord. Student work is to be representative of their best effort, complete, and on time.
    • Be mindful that when we stumble we admit to it, repent, and seek restoration and forgiveness.
  2. Respectfulness is a valued character trait—of the Lord, to each other, of yourself, to your professor, and to staff and administrators. “Show proper respect to everyone; Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17) Students will:
    • Be on time—to class or turning in assignments.
    • Turn off and put away cell phones while in class, performing an assignment, or taking an exam.
    • Use laptops in the classroom only as permitted by the professor for appropriate coursework. Any type of recording, copying, or photographing of the professor, fellow students, or course materials is not permitted without prior approval of the professor.
    • Practice appropriate attire and hygiene for a professional, university environment.
    • Use bathroom facilities before or after class.
    • Clean up after themselves. Eating or drinking in the classroom is permitted at the discretion of the professor.

 *All policies stated are subject to change per the current academic Catalog.  For more information, please see the 2012-2013 Catalog.