Courses In Business Administration

BUS 130. Modern Business Organizations. This course is designed as a survey course to introduce the many aspects of the business community through the use of discussion, case study, group projects, and "real world" contacts, typically via the web. We will use the text as the foundation for our study but you will incorporate current data from web sources and you will be exposed to "typical" business decisions as you complete your in-class case studies and your group project. Interactive class discussion is a cornerstone of the class.   Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore standing only, or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 160. Computer Applications. An extensive introduction to spreadsheet, database, and Internet applications software as used in business. Through hands-on classroom instruction, computer-aided learning, and course project assignments, students learn the use of the major analytical software packages that are commonly used in business. The class teaches the basic principles of using this software to solve problems and to enhance critical thinking skills.  3 credits.

BUS 170. Business Statistics. Through this course, students will gain knowledge in the major ideas of elementary statistics from the perspective of business applications. Concepts such as graphical and numerical descriptive techniques, probability, data collection and sampling, analysis of variation, simple linear regression, trend analysis, and hypothesis testing are included in the curriculum. The course will emphasize the comprehension and application of basic concepts rather than statistical techniques. The design and the assignments in this course will prepare students for higher level quantitative course including but not limited to BUS 383 Management Science and BUS 485 Strategic Management. Using real-world data and a business perspective, students will apply these techniques to analyze common problems encountered by business persons and accountants.  Fulfills general education requirement: 3 credits.

BUS 180. Business Applications in Excel and Access. An extensive intermediate to advanced presentation of applications of Excel spreadsheets, graphing, and programming, as well as applications of Access database tools. This course will focus on hands-on learning and will prepare students for future courses within the Department of Business and Economics.  3 credits.

BUS 215. Health Care Finance. An examination of the financial issues of health and medical care to determine how to provide the best health care to the most people in a cost-effective manner. Examination of the principal elements of health care, including the physician, the hospital, and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the influence of government and the insurance industry.  Prerequisites: ECN 101, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 230. Principles of Management. This course is designed to enhance student understanding of the foundational principles of management. The classroom learning process will consist of discussion, case studies, group projects, and analysis of current management writing. We will use the text, journal articles, and internet materials throughout the semester. Interactive class discussion is a cornerstone of the class and students are expected to be prepared to discuss the assigned material.  Prerequisite: BUS 130 or MBS 371 (or concurrent registration in MBS 371), or, for returning adult, degree completion students, and health care management students, significant work experience. Accounting, business administration, and health care management majors need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all foundation courses completed to date. 3 credits.

BUS 250. Professional Ethics. This course provides students with an understanding of the foundational concepts in professional ethics. The course focus is to develop comprehension of ethical concepts and theories and apply them to practices in the numerous professional environments through the use of case studies and group interaction.   Prerequisite: BUS 130. 3 credits.

BUS 275. Business in the European Union. This course is part of a short-term summer study abroad program in Maastricht, Netherlands. It introduces students to the major issues of doing business in the European Union, including foreign investment, management across cultures, marketing and financing issues. Course will also cover the origins, structure, and operations of the European Union and how businesses function within this unique political and economic system.   Prerequisite: Completion of 28 credits or more by May of the academic year in which the student is intending to participate in the Maastricht Summer Study Abroad Program. 3 credits.

BUS 285. Organizational Communications. The development of writing, speaking, and listening skills for business management.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: ENG 111/112 or FYE 111/112. Majors in accounting, business administration, and health care management need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all foundation courses completed to date. 3 credits.

BUS 340. Principles of Marketing. An overview of marketing from the management perspective. Topics include marketing strategies, marketing research, consumer behavior, selecting target markets, developing, pricing, distributing and promoting products and services and non-profit marketing.  Prerequisite: BUS 230; junior or senior standing, or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 341. Consumer & Organizational Buying Behavior. This course focuses on the analysis of the factors affecting the purchasing decision in the marketplace and the application of behavioral and social science concepts to the study of individual and group buying behavior. The course emphasizes the use of this understanding in making marketing mix decisions.  Prerequisite: BUS 230 and BUS 340, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 350. Organizational Behavior. A detailed study of the theories and models of organizational behavior and development, with emphasis on the practical application of these models in the workplace to improve individual, group and organizational performance.  Prerequisites: BUS 230; junior standing or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 361. Principles of Finance. A study of financial management covering analysis of asset, liability and capital relationships and operations; management of current assets and working capital; capital planning and budgeting; capital structure and dividend policy; short and intermediate term financing; internal and external long term financing; and other financial topics.  Prerequisites: ACT 231 and ECN 101. 3 credits.

BUS 362. Investments. An analysis of investment and its relation to other economic, legal and social institutions. The course includes discussion of investment principles, machinery, policy, management investment types and the development of portfolios for individuals and institutions.  Prerequisite: BUS 361, ECN 312, or ASC 385; or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 371. Business Law I. Elementary principles of law relating to the field of business. The course covers contracts, government regulation of business, consumer protection, bankruptcy, personal property, real estate, bailments, insurance and estates.  3 credits.

BUS 372. Business Law II. Elementary principles of law relating to business. Includes agency, employment, commercial paper, security devices, insurance, partnerships, corporation, estates and bankruptcy.  3 credits.

BUS 374. Personal Selling and Sales Management. The study of personal selling as a communication process and the management of the personal selling force. Emphasis is placed upon the development, implementation and evaluation of the sales presentation and upon the role of the sales manager in staffing, compensating, motivating, controlling and evaluating the sales force. Effective oral and written communication is stressed.  Prerequisite: BUS 340. 3 credits.

BUS 376. International Business Management. This course provides an overview of how the global business environment impacts decision-making and planning within the multinational firm. Key concepts include an overview of the means of conducting international business, with an emphasis on what makes international strategy different from a domestically-focused one; the effects of the social systems within countries on the conduct of international business; the major theories explaining international business transactions and the institutions influencing those activities; the financial exchange systems and institutions that measure and facilitate international transactions; and the dynamic interface between countries and companies attempting to conduct foreign business activities.  Prerequisite: BUS 230 and BUS 340. 3 credits.

BUS 381. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Upon completion of this course, students will understand how to recognize an entrepreneurial opportunity (either a start-up idea or an existing business), write a business plan, develop pro forma financial statements, and develop a marketing plan to include market research and social media. Students will also develop an understanding of the leadership and management issues associated with this type of venture.   Prerequisites: ACT 231 and either BUS 130, MBS 371, or BUS 230, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 383. Management Science. An introduction to the techniques and models used in management science. Topics include forecasting, inventory control models, linear programming, product scheduling, and simulation.  Prerequisites: MAS 150, and MAS 170 or BUS 170, with a minimum grade of C- or better; BUS 130; ACT 231. 3 credits.

BUS 390. Special Topics in Business Administration.   This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. 3 credits.

BUS 391. Special Topics in International Business.   This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. 3 credits.

BUS 399. Internship Seminar. This course is designed to enhance a student's internship experience and provide practical guidance to maximize the opportunity provided by field placement. Topics include: identifying the academic and interpersonal abilities necessary to be a successful intern at the undergraduate level; reviewing the broad skills and values related to different careers in business, economics, and accounting; preparing students for the different elements of job search; exploring employment options in business, accounting, and economics; and reflecting on one's emerging skills/interests to develop a general career path for post-collegiate life.  Graded pass/fail. This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisites: A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater, or permission of the chairperson. Must be junior or senior standing. Corequisite: BUS 400, ACT 400 or ECN 400. 1 credit.

BUS 400. Internship. Practical and professional work experience related to the student's career interests, involving both on-site and faculty supervision.  Graded pass/fail. May be repeated for credit (up to 12 credits of internship may be counted toward the degree). Fulfills general education requirement: Prerequisites: 2.75 GPA, permission of the chairperson, completion of department's application form. Generally limited to juniors and seniors. 1-12 credits.

BUS 420. Human Resource Management. This course provides students with a comprehensive and real-world exposure into human resource management. Students will use text, articles, handouts, and projects to gain a solid understanding of this discipline. The primary foci for this course are strategic human resource planning, recruitment (job design, skill assessment, selection.), training and development, performance evaluation, and compensation. Included in these topics will be discussions on relevant laws, current workplace trends, and future concerns.   Prerequisite: BUS 130; junior or senior standing or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 450. Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. This course examines the major ethical issues, social responsibilities, and ethical dilemmas facing business and business managers in today's global environment. Students develop an understanding of the difference between what is legal and what is ethical and clarify their approach to ethical issues.  Prerequisites: BUS 230; junior or senior standing or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 460. Management Information Systems. Examines data sources and the role of information in management planning, operations and control in various types of business environments. Treats information as a key organization resource parallel to people, money, materials and technology.  Prerequisite: BUS 130, BUS 180, and ACT 231; Junior or senior standing or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

BUS 485. Strategic Management. A capstone course to study administrative processes under conditions of uncertainty, integrating prior studies in management, accounting and economics. Uses case method and computer simulation.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: BUS 230, BUS 340, BUS 361 and senior standing. Designed for last semester seniors. Course requires business casual or business professional dress at all class sessions. Underclassmen admitted with permission of instructor and chairperson. 3 credits.

BUS 487. Health Care Management. A capstone course to study the administrative processes of America's health care industry including institutional infrastructure, governance systems, financial systems, personnel systems, quality controls, nursing and clinical services, and marketing. The course integrates prior study in health care, management, accounting, and economics. Students will develop problem solving skills and an appropriate management style.  Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission. 3 credits.