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Course ID: GBS264
Title: Commercial Insurance
Modality: Print-Based
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10933

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Textbook:

Materials can be purchased directly from AICPCU: 800.644.2101 or

Textbook: Commercial Insurance
Author: Flitner, Arthur L. and Trupin, Jerome
ISBN: 9780894635021

Course Guide: Commercial Insurance
ISBN: 9780894635038

Media and Technology: Throughout the course, students will be directed to a variety of insurance related websites, if you have access to the Internet. This exploration of the information will help better understand the dynamics of the insurance industry.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Analysis of commercial coverages including property, business income, inland marine, ocean marine, crime, boiler, general liability, auto, and worker's compensation. Analysis of loss exposures and explanation of coverage parts.
Official Course Prerequisites
GBS258 or permission of Instructor.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Identify commercial property loss exposures.
  2. Evaluate the coverage provided by the Building and Personal Property Coverage form.
  3. Solve coinsurance problems to determine recovery in the event of a loss.
  4. Describe the indirect loss coverage provided by the Business Income policy.
  5. Determine the amount of business income insurance to purchase.
  6. Evaluate the unusual exposures eligible for Inland Marine insurance.
  7. Explain general policy provisions relating to limits, conditions, and exclusions.
  8. Analyze different crime insurance forms.
  9. Describe the liability exposures to loss faced by a business.
  10. Compare and constrast the Occurrence and Claims Made liability coverage forms.
  11. Identify Business Auto loss exposures.
  12. Identify Farm loss exposures.
  13. Compare and contrast the Businessowner's policy with the Standard Commercial Package policy.
  14. Explain the need for Worker's Compensation insurance.
  15. Identify and describe coverage characterstics of miscellaneous commercial coverages.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are a total of 250 points possible for this course.

Thirteen weekly graded assignments at 10 points each  130 Points
Non-graded assignments at 5 points each*  20
Final exam  100
Total  250 Points

*Each lesson contains a graded and non-graded assignment. Lessons 1, 4, 7, and 10 require the student to submit both graded and non-graded assignments.

Note: You must earn an average of 60% on the final exam in order to pass the course.

Grading Scale

Course letter grades will be assigned based on the total number of points accumulated on weekly assignments and the final exam. The following scale will be used:

225-250 points = A (90% - 100%)
200-224 points = B (80% - 89%)
175-199 points = C (70% - 79%)
150-174 points = D (60% - 69%)
0-173 points = F (0% - 59%)

Please Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no “point adjustments” made for such things as “class participation” or other subjective factors.

There is no "Extra Credit" available for this course.


There is a required in-person exam for this course. Please review the "Grading Procedure and Scale" portion of your Syllabus for details. Your course materialsmay give specific information about these exams and make suggestions for test preparation.


In-person exams are given at various locations throughout the valley for students who live in

Maricopa County.


You may view testing information on the Internet at:

Students who live outside of Maricopa County or are registered with Disability Services may

request to have exams proctored. Please contact the Testing Center at (480) 517-8560 or 1

(866) 670-8420 (Toll-free).


Requests may also be made on the Internet by filling out and submitting the proctor request

form, located at:


In-Person Examination Procedures


  1. There is no appointment necessary to take your exam. Exams can be taken during

normal hours of operation at any Rio Salado College testing site.

  1. You must complete the final exam by your course end date.
  2. You may take your exam(s) before your course end date if and only if you have

received all of your graded assignments.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - Awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.
    Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Deadline for Student to Withdraw with Guaranteed Grade of W” indicated in the college catalog.

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

 To receive Credit "P" grade, students must complete all course work, including exams, and attend all required meetings. A "P" grade is judged to be equivalent to a grade of "C" or higher. A No-Credit "Z" grade will be awarded for course work judged to be below the grade of "C."

 It is the student's responsibility to request advisement at (480) 517-8580 concerning the transferability of a grade of "P" or "Z."

 You have a set number of days from your start date to request to change your grade option. See the table below to determine deadline based upon the length of your course

 For example in a 14-week course you will have until the 11th calendar day to request to change your grade option.

Class Length

Deadline to Request

Two Weeks

1st Day of Class

Three Weeks

2nd Calendar Day

Four Weeks

3rd Calendar Day

Five Weeks

4th Calendar Day

Six Weeks

5th Calendar Day

Seven Weeks

5th Calendar Day

Eight Weeks

6th Calendar Day

Nine Weeks

7th Calendar Day

Ten Weeks

8th Calendar Day

Eleven Weeks

9th Calendar Day

Twelve Weeks

10th Calendar Day

Thirteen Weeks

10th Calendar Day

Fourteen Weeks

11th Calendar Day

Fifteen Weeks

12th Calendar Day

Sixteen Weeks

Within 14 days including the first class period

You may request to change your grade option yourself by calling Course Support at (480) 517-8243 by the deadline as outlined above.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor by voicemail at least one week prior to the due date.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Hints for Success

Insurance is a unique and fascinating segment of the global economy.  People from around the world spend literally billions of dollars to insure everything from a small house to a multi-million-dollar building.  Helping you understand how the industry operates is the goal of this course.

Commercial Insurance serves as a logical follow up to the introductory course titled, Introduction to Property and Liability Insurance (GBS258).  The focus of Commercial Insurance is to learn about those insurance policies that are purchased by businesses.  Of critical importance is to understand how property, general liability, commercial auto, workers compensation, marine, farm, and other related products impact the business community.

The best way to succeed in this course is to begin each assignment by reviewing the Course Guide, a required book for GBS264.  For each assignment, the Course Guide will list the chapter to be read, provide an overview of the material to be covered, and list the educational objectives for the reading.  In addition, the Course Guide contains a number of important terms and phrases that the student should review during the reading.  Finally, each assignment has a number of review and discussion questions to help you master the material presented.  Throughout the “semester,” the Course Guide can be your best friend. 

There are literally thousands of insurance companies that offer commercial insurance products in the United States.  Most insurers use coverage forms designed and distributed by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) located in New Jersey.  ISO, with input from agents, insurance companies, regulators, and insurance buyers, provides a valuable resource by developing and maintaining products that meet the needs of policyholders.  Copies of commonly used forms that are issued to insure business related property, liability, and auto exposure are included in the Appendix section of the Course Guide. Students are encouraged to review these forms in order to fully understand how the coverage grants, exclusions, and conditions apply.

Education for members of the insurance business is critical as the number of more and more complex risks increases.  Part of the continuing education process involves the awarding of professional designations that are recognized throughout the industry.  The American Institute of Property and Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU) and the Insurance Institute of America (IIA), both established in 1926, are the leaders in insurance education.  The staff at IIA is responsible for developing the curriculum and study materials for GBS264 and two other insurance courses offered by Rio Salado Community College. In addition, they also award the Program in General Insurance (INS) certification.

To receive the certificate, students must pass three multiple-choice national examinations.  The courses required for designation are all offered by Rio Salado Community College.  The courses are:

            Introduction to Property and Liability Insurance (GBS258)

            Personal Insurance (GBS263)

            Commercial Insurance (GBS264) 

AICPCU and IIA refer to these courses as INS21, INS22, and INS23 respectively. 

What does this mean to you?  With a little extra time and effort, you can register and sit for the national exam and work on professional certifications as well as a college degree.  Interested?  Contact your instructor, AICPCU/IIA at 800-644-2101, or go to for additional information, if you have access to the Internet.

Copyrights and Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.
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Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything that you submit. That way if your work is lost you can submit your copy for grading. If you don’t receive your graded assignment or quiz results within two or three weeks after submitting it, please contact your instructor.

The due date listed in your course calendar is the last date on which an assignment can be delivered to the Course Support Office, or postmarked.

Distance Learning Drop Box

Distance Learning students can now drop off class assignments (in an appropriately addressed envelope) and return library books, videotapes and/or cassettes at the Distance Learning Drop Box.

The Drop Box is conveniently located along the curb in front of the Rio Salado building at 2323 W. 14th  Street in Tempe.

Mailed Assignments

All mailed assignments must be properly addressed and mailed with adequate postage. Please remember all correspondence to Rio Salado College must have a return address, an addressee, and the correct postage. The U.S. Postal Service may refuse delivery if any of these three are missing. All items placed in the Rio drop box must have a return address and an addressee. Please keep a copy of all work turned in to your instructor. Assignments will not be accepted if postage is due. If you are unsure of the postage required, take the item to the post office and have it weighed.

Include the course section number and assignment identifier on the envelope below your name and return address. Envelopes that are labeled incorrectly can cause a delay in processing your work. Address your envelope as shown in this example:


Your Name:  Jane Q. Doe
Your Address:   1234 Anywhere Street, Anytown, AZ
Course and Section Numbers:   GPH111, Section ______
Assignment Identifier:   Essay 1


The Course Support Office Rio Salado College
P. O. Box 63310
Phoenix, AZ 85082-3310
Attn: (Write your instructor’s name here)

Your section number can be found in your "Welcome Letter".

The Course Support staff cannot answer questions about the receipt of specific mail-in assignments. Only your instructor can do so.

Note to students: Please submit only one assignment in each envelope. The special envelopes provided to you by Rio Salado are only for computer answer sheets. Please mail all other assignments in separate envelopes.

Note to students: The U.S. Post Office no longer offers Sunday or holiday mail posting, and pick-up does not automatically mean that your envelope will be posted the same day. To be safe, allow extra time: mail early.

Faxed Assignments

Assignments may be faxed to (480) 377-4728 for print and mixed media courses. Your name, your instructor's name, and the course name and section numbers must appear at the top of every page. When the Course Support Office receives assignments, they are sent to your instructor for evaluation. Once your instructor has graded your assignment, he or she will return it to you.

Protect your hard work. Again, clearly label every page of your assignment with your name, the course and section numbers, your instructors name, and the name of the assignment as it appears in the syllabus.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Print or Multimedia course is assigned a start date and an end date. It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.

Please Note: It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. You can access all library services at

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy at (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at

(480) 517-8562) or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Contact Rio Salado College

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You may also purchase textbooks using the online ordering system.

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The facility is located at 2250 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.

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Grants and scholarships are available to assist eligible students with college expenses. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must meet application criteria and select a program of study. Applying for financial aid will take at least eight weeks, so begin early!

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Tutors help Rio Salado Community College students prepare for tests, learn new concepts, improve study techniques, and answer questions about assignments.

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