Business Research Methods 3 credits
In this course, you'll learn to distinguish between business research, decision support, and business intelligence systems.
- Study research ethics and codes-of-conduct issues, the goal of “no harm,” and differing dilemmas for participants, researchers, and research sponsors.
- Discover what’s required to formulate a research hypothesis.
- Learn about research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting, including the influence of the budgeting process.
- Study the basic stages, major types, major descriptions, and relationships between variables in research design.
- Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative methods and discuss the variety of and controversies surrounding qualitative methods.
- Discover hypothesis testing development and procedures, statistical significance, and parametric versus nonparametric techniques.
Business Ethics 3 credits
This course examines the ethical principles and morals in the business environment.
- Study various perspectives on the nature of morality and on ethical behavior.
- Learn normative theories of ethics, including consequentialist and nonconsequentialist theories, Kantian ethics, and utilitarianism.
- Discover the distinctive theories of justice in the context of economic distribution, including utilitarian and libertarian views as well as Rawls’s theory of justice.
- Study the key features of the capitalist system.
- Outline the nature of corporations and their relationships to ethics and social responsibility.
- Find out about ethical issues related to consumers through reference to specific cases and examples.
- Relate business and corporate ethics to environmental concerns.
- Study ethical issues related to the workplace, including examples of specific issues and challenges.
- Discover differing views on job discrimination.
General Elective (Choose one) 3 credits
ACC201 - Intermediate Accounting 1
- Compute earnings per share.
- Study lease transactions, cash flow, pensions, and benefits.
- Learn about income tax accounting.
- Analyze financial statements.
ACC202 - Intermediate Accounting 2
- Study the differences between current liabilities and long-term liabilities, and focus on short-term liabilities and the contingencies they present.
- Discover the treatment of long-term liabilities.
- Find out the effects and treatment of income taxes.
- Account for pensions and retirement benefits.
- Study invested capital and earned capital in relation to the creditor’s interest in the assets of a corporation through shareholder’s equity.
ACC210 - Cost Accounting
- Recognize how the knowledge of product and service costs is used to set selling prices.
- Discover techniques used to measure the performance of managers and subunits within an organization.
- Learn how the accounting system is used as a tool to motivate managers toward the goals of an organization.
ACC211 - Computer Applications in Accounting
- Use typical accounting software tools, including Microsoft® Excel,® QuickBooks,® and Peachtree® Accounting.
- Apply computer-based solutions to real-world accounting systems.
- Solve problems, read case studies, and use computer applications to solve problems encountered in today’s accounting environment.
COM110 - Public Relations 1
- Learn strategic writing in public relations, advertising, sales and marketing, and business communication.
- Discover the art of persuasion and the public relations planning process.
- Develop your research skills and get tips for writing clearly and simply, and for using proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Examine the writing styles and processes for emails, memos, letters, reports, proposals, news releases, broadcasts, ad copy, material for the Internet, speeches, newsletters, brochures, magazines, and annual reports.
- Discover the proper protocol for communicating information during a crisis.
COM115-Public Relations 2
- Get tips on research techniques and planning and evaluating a public relations program.
- Discover how to prepare and handle printed and video news releases, media alerts and media kits, and pitch letters.
- Explore the use of social media and the function of trade shows and exhibitions in public relations.
- Examine conflict management and how to manage public opinion.
- Analyze the role of public relations in a variety of sectors and settings, such as corporate, government, global, educational, nonprofit, and sports public relations.
FIN101- Financial Management
- Learn about investing in long-term assets.
- Study capital structure and dividend policy.
- Learn all about financial planning and working capital management.
FIN210 - Personal Financial Management
- Learn the concepts and importance of managing your finances.
- Learn how to manage and finance your personal assets.
- Get valuable knowledge that will help you both in your personal life and in your business management career.
HRM210 - Compensation Management
- Learn about the different forms of pay, the pay model, and compensation strategies.
- Determine the sources of competitive advantage.
- Study internal alignment and what factors shape internal structure.
- Create a skills analysis and a competency analysis.
- Learn the factors that shape external competitiveness.
- Determine how performance pay can motivate employee behavior.
- Analyze strategies for measuring job performance.
- Discover the key issues in benefits planning, design, and administration.
- Study unions and the impact of unions on wage determination.
- Learn the laws that regulate pay in the workplace.
INT205 - Introduction to Internet Multimedia
- Learn about graphics, sound, video, and animation.
- Study the best practices for how to incorporate multimedia into your website and for a user-friendly web design.
- Learn how to add databases to your website for greater functionality.
- Discover the basics of e-commerce for the web and how to effectively advertise your online business.
- Plan and design an attractive website using multimedia.
Business Elective (Choose one) 3 credits
BUS330 - Risk Management
- Study term risk, business risk, personal risk, pure risk, and other types of risk, and learn major risk management methods and organization of the risk management function within business.
- Minimize the cost of risk to maximize business value and the possible conflicts between business and societal objectives.
- Learn how pooling of independent loss exposures reduces risk.
- Learn when legal liability affects safety incentives.
- Study the tax benefits associated with life insurance and annuity products.
- Learn major types of employee benefits and why firms provide them.
- Get the basic history, features, and economic rationale of workers’ compensation laws and liability insurance.
- Study Social Security retirement, survivor, and disability and Medicare programs, benefits, and their financing.
- Find out about major types of property-casualty insurance contracts purchased by businesses and describe the negotiation of commercial insurance programs.
- Discover basic derivative contracts (options, forwards, futures, and swaps) commonly used for hedging, and distinctions between insurance and derivatives contracts.
FIN305 - Securities and Investments
- Study securities, and find out about markets.
- Study how to do a technical analysis. Learn how to select and create an investment portfolio.
HRM320 - Employee Benefits
- Discover legally required social insurance programs for employees in the United States.
- Learn about the characteristics of group insurance and individual insurance in the categories of life, medical, dental, and disability.
- Compare managed care plans with traditional medical expense plans.
- Study the general requirements that must be met by qualified pension plans with respect to eligibility and plan coverage; nondiscrimination in benefits and contributions; funding; vesting; limitations on benefits and contributions; payout restrictions; and top-heavy rules.
- Learn the difference in pension benefit formulas.
- Discover general features of pension funding instruments and when each might best be used.
- Interpret qualified and nonqualified pension plans.
HRM350 - Labor Relations
- Learn the current trends in labor organization in light of changes in the labor force, such as the trend toward a two-tier wage system.
- Discover why workers join unions and why management is sometimes not enthusiastic about unions.
- Study the long struggle to establish the voice of organized labor in America from the nineteenth century to the present.
- Discover the relationship between national and local unions.
- Learn characteristics of the collective bargaining process and why early negotiations are marked by exaggerated demands.
- Study variables that impact labor management negotiations
- Find out the two major approaches to wage adjustments: escalator clauses and wage reopeners.
- Study the nature of concessionary bargaining on the part of organized labor.
- Study administrative issues under collective bargaining, including the role of seniority and affirmative action.
HRM355 - Training Concepts
- Learn the strategic planning process, its components, and their relationships.
- Get theoretical approaches to learning and the importance of a training needs analysis.
- Write effective learning objectives.
- Discover the strengths and weaknesses of different training delivery methods.
- Identify elements of the development and implementation of training.
- Learn best practies in various training areas.
- Discover different types of management development.
MKT310 - Advertising Principles
- Discover services provided by an advertising agency.
- Get the major trends in the history of American advertising.
- Study persuasive techniques used to market products and services.
- Recognize the purposes of advertising research.
- Study how advertisements are created for print, radio, television, and Internet audiences.
- Discover the societal and governmental forces that regulate the advertising industry.
MKT320 - Consumer Behavior
- Discover the effects of consumer behavior on research and marketing.
- Determine environmental factors that influence consumer behavior.
- Study the ethical responsibilities involved with retail management.
MKT340 - Retail Management
- Study the basics of retailing and how to manage a successful retail business.
- Discover important merchandising principles.
International Business 3 credits
Learn theories of and influences on international trade.
- Identify cultural forces and values managers must recognize.
- Summarize how environmental, political, economic, and socioeconomic factors relate to business.
- Study labor and employment factors that affect productivity and profitability.
- Learn methods for entering the international market and the decision-making process among parent and subsidiary units of an international company.
- Discover the difference between domestic and international marketing.
- Get an overview of the challenges of staffing overseas offices and the major challenges of international accounting.
You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.