Course Descriptions - Business Administration

BUS1010 Business Environment and Ethical Dimensions   
2 semester hours
This course is designed to familiarize students with a range of information that speaks to the many institutional and human arrangements, and ethical dimen­sions associated with the profession and practices of business. Course content will include, but not to be limited to, the different forms of business organization; the underlying economic laws that govern business and consumer behavior; the legal and regulatory environment; the many responsibilities that managers must dis­charge in order to ensure business success; and, an examination of both basic accounting principles and financial markets, among other subjects. In addition, this course examines the ethics of management and provides the students with a template with which to analyze and address the complex nature of moral prob­lems in business management. By doing so, this focus can serve to inform and to sensitize the students to the ethical challenges that will test them not only when doing business, but in living their personal lives as well.
No prerequisites.  Not open to students with twelve or more earned college-level credit hours of business-related courses. Transfer students with twelve or more college-level hours of business-related courses and Adult Degree Completion students must substitute another 3000-level or higher BUS or ACC course.
Meets General Education “Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression” Group A requirement.

 

BUS1020 Foundations of Management                                                
3 semester hours
This course is intended to be a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the fundamentals of management. The course will review concepts and techniques involved in managing domestic and international organizations.  The course is structured to provide an overview of key management issues and their implications when dealing with proprietorships, partnerships, and domestic and international business enterprise. Key aspects of the course will target the responsibilities of a manager, management and leadership, Planning, organizing directing and controlling business activities and basic business-oriented written and oral communication skills.
No prerequisites.


BUS2010 Legal Environment of Business   
3 semester hours
This course introduces students to the nature of the legal system in which society functions, including criminal law, litigation, basic business agreements, business entities and government regulation.
No prerequisites.

 

BUS3010 Dynamics of Leading Organizations   
3 semester hours
An analysis of the development of various leadership theories and the practice of leadership. Topics include leadership, motivation, groups, and influence. The concept of transformational leadership, contrasted with transactional leadership, is stressed. Students analyze case examples from organizations, practice leadership roles in class, and apply their knowledge in a course project.
Prerequisite:  BUS102 or BUS3200.


BUS3200WI Principles of Management   
3 semester hours
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques involved in managing today’s dynamic organization. A solid grounding in management is essential to successfully guiding organizations. Stu­dents will become familiar with such basic managerial practices as planning, organizing, leading and controlling in a variety of organizational settings. (Fall and Spring)
Prerequisites:  ACC2010 or enrollment in the Adult Degree Completion program or consent of Dunham School of Business Director; IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Meets Writing Intensive requirement.


BUS3250 Human Resource Management   
3 semester hours
This course is a detailed study of the theories, principles, and practices of employ­ing, organizing, and leading people. Emphasis is placed on recent research in communication, leadership and supervision, motivation, organizational behav­ior, appraisal, development, compensation, and other traditional functions of staff personnel and development departments.
Prerequisite: BUS1020 or BUS3200.

 

BUS3280 Organizational Behavior   
3 semester hours
A study of the social and psychological factors that influence the management of groups and individuals in work settings. Topics include communication, leader­ship, decision-making, power, politics and job design.
Prerequisite: BUS1020 or BUS3200.

 

BUS3500 International Business   
3 semester hours
This course examines the “rules of the game” in international business and their impact on the strategies and operations of multinational firms. Divergent polit­ical, economic, social institutions across countries, and key international institu­tions of trade and investment, (e.g., WTO and NAFTA), will be studied. The objective of this scrutiny is to understand how the global and national business environments affect critical business decisions such as global functional strate­gies, global opportunity analysis, market(s) selection, market entry and timing, choice of production site for global sourcing, and organizational implications. Students learn to develop global marketing and management strategies, paying attention to their implementation through organizational innovations such as fostering a global mindset within the organization and using global strategic alliances.
Prerequisites: BUS1020, ECN2030, MKT2300.

 

BUS3510 Operations Research   
3 semester hours
Management science is the approach to decision making based on the scientific method. This course addresses the quantitative aspects of decision making in management. Among other tools, this course includes study of linear program­ming and its applications, critical path methodology and game theory. This course looks at how these tools function as well as the strategic elements consid­ered in deciding which ones are most appropriate to use under various circum­stances.
Prerequisite: MTH2320.

 

BUS3550 Operational Metrics               
3 semester hours
This course seeks to introduce students to the science of operations management with a particular emphasis on making quantitatively supported decisions that increase the firm’s value to stakeholders.  It is intended that students learn how to combine quantitative methods with management theory to make decisions that improve an organization’s financial, production, and product / service quality performance.  Particular areas of focus in this course include project management, quantitative performance analysis, forecasting of sales cost and profit, linear programming to best define product mix, measurement of the effectiveness of the organization’s quality initiatives, and means of planning and scheduling in the short and intermediate term.  It is intended that students also be exposed to production factors that impact the efficiency of the organization such as the supply chain, reliability and maintenance, and the learning curve.
Prerequisite: MTH2320.

 

BUS3880 International Business Trip   
3 semester hours
This seminar focuses on differences between domestic and international business and the impact of the global economy on all business functions. Students will observe and experience divergent political, economic and social institutions between the U.S. and the country (or countries) visited.
Prerequisite: Determined by faculty sponsor.

 

BUS3940 Business Internship   
3 semester hours
Students will have the opportunity to embark on new business related experien­tial learning opportunities through the use of general elective business intern­ships. Students will work with a faculty coordinator to identify an organization where they can gain pragmatic business skills. Specific new learning objectives will be set and agreed upon by the student, site coordinator, and faculty member.
Prerequisite: Determined by faculty sponsor.

 

BUS4010 Advanced Business Law   
3 semester hours
A basic understanding of the law regarding contracts, partnerships, corporations, agency, and property. In addition, students will demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment in which businesses operate; the judicial and law enforce­ment systems; laws regarding patents, copyrights, and trademarks; anti-trust issues, monopolies, and price-fixing; and factors in the remote business environment such as social, technological, political, economic, and ecological, which impact the operation of business.
Prerequisite: BUS2010. 

 

BUS4200 Not-for-Profit Strategic Management    
3 semester hours
This course is designed to integrate the various functional areas of management, including human resource management, organizational behavior, operations management and leadership in order to comprehensively develop mid- and long-term strategic direction. Students will develop a framework of analysis to enable them to identify central strategic issues and problems. They will also have the ability to analyze and evaluate the performance of the people responsible for strategic decisions.
Prerequisite: BUS1020 or BUS3200.

 

BUS4230 Operations Management   
3 semester hours
Recent developments in both manufacturing and service industries have empha­sized the importance of operations excellence in achieving and maintaining com­petitive advantage. This course strikes a balance between the qualitative (behavioral) aspects of operations management and the increasingly important quantitative or technological aspects. The course considers important advances in designing operating systems, managing the supply chain, and ensuring quality.
Prerequisites: BUS1020 or BUS3200, MTH2320.

 

BUS4440 Entrepreneurship and Small Business   
3 semester hours
Designed to instruct students on how to formulate, plan, and implement a new venture. The course is divided into three sections. First, the course studies the critical role and attributes of entrepreneurs. Second, the entrepreneurial process of creating new ventures is addressed. Topics include evaluating opportunities, writing business plans, and alternative sources of financing. Third, attention is paid to managing the new venture during growth, early operations, and expan­sion. Specific topics include mergers and acquisitions, alliances, negotiation, and time management.
Prerequisites: BUS1020 or BUS3200, MTH2320.

 

BUS4600 Entrepreneurship and Innovation   
3 semester hours
Intended for students who want to manage growing companies in an increasingly professional manner while stimulating creativity and technological innovation within the organization. This course consists of two parts. First, the course exam­ines the innovative process within organizations and the range of internal and external forces which impact innovation and growth. Second, the course deals with the strategic issues an entrepreneur must address to exploit opportunities when industries are either created or transformed by emerging new technologies. The principle objective of this course is to develop students’ creative skills for evalu­ating and managing innovation in an existing business environment.
Prerequisites: BUS1020 or BUS3200, MTH2320.

 

BUS4990 Strategy and Business Planning   
3 semester hours
A capstone course for those majoring in Business Administration.  In the course, students test and further develop both knowledge and skills by being cast in the role of top executives for a major company. In that role, students must analyze the industry in which they are operating and develop an implementable and winning strategy for the company they represent. It is a highly challenging semester-long project, and requires students to deal with a complicated real-world situation. Students work in cross-functional teams of three or four members each, draw on the range of knowledge they have accumulated, and use major analytical and quantitative tools they have developed. At the conclusion of the semester, students present detailed reports of their findings and recommendations. In addition to thorough written reports, students make formal presentations as if they were presenting to senior management.
Prerequisites: MKT2300, BUS1020 or BUS3200, FIN3400; grade of “C” or higher in Writing Intensive course.

ECONOMICS
ECN2010 Principles of Microeconomics
3 semester hours
This course introduces students to the study of market and non-market mecha­nisms in the allocation of productive resources and in the distribution of income. Includes the study of competitive markets, monopolies, oligopolies, international trade, as well as applications to selected current economic problems. (Fall and Spring)
Prerequisite: Satisfy Mathematics Proficiency Requirement.Meets General Education “Observation of Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement.


ECN2020 Principles of Macroeconomics
 3 semester hours
This course introduces students to the study of economic factors determining national output, income, employment, and general price level. Such factors include roles of government, the Federal Reserve System, banking system and international monetary relations. (Fall and Spring)
Prerequisite: Satisfy Mathematics Proficiency Requirement.Meets General Education “Observation of Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement.


ECN2030 Principles of Economics
4 semester hours
This course covers introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics with particular attention given to the United States economy and global issues. The microeconomic portion introduces the discipline and fundamental tools of economics. It proceeds to study the workings of a price system and theories of consumer and firm decision-making. It further analyzes particular market structures characterized by perfect and imperfect competition, reviews the strengths and weaknesses of a market economy, and considers the government's role in correcting market failures and promoting competition. The macroeconomic portion studies the domestic and international forces that govern the determination of the aggregate level of economic activity and stabilization policies used to manage business cycles. The course will further explore the causes and effects of inflation and unemployment, the importance of international trade, trade policy, and economic integration. (Fall and Spring)
Prerequisite:  Satisfy Mathematics Proficiency requirement.


ECN3300 Business Statistics
3 semester hours
The ultimate goal in learning statistical analysis in business is to improve business processes. This course delivers clear and understandable explanations of busi­ness statistics concepts through the use of continuing case studies, examples, and problems. Among the topics covered include: descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, experimental design, analysis of variance, regression, nonparametric methods, and time series forecasting. Statistical software is utilized extensively through the course. 
Prerequisites: MTH1120, MTH2320.