Business Administration

Courses in Business Administration

2000-level

BUS 2110: Quantitative Analysis with Spreadsheets (3)
Prerequisite or corequisite: Type 25 words per minute; MTH 1010
An introduction to spreadsheet analysis used in typical business applications. Topics include fundamentals of spreadsheet operation, using spreadsheets to solve quantitative problems in business, and creating spreadsheet reports.

BUS 2950, 2960: Special Topics (1-3, 1-3)
BUS 3100: Microsoft Office for Professionals (3)
Prerequisite or corequisite: Type 25 words per minute; ENG 1010
An introduction to practical use of MS Offi ce applications used in typical business environments. Topics include using Microsoft Word for written business communication, including composing letters, job applications, resumes, research papers, and newsletters. Students also learn to design, create, and present effective slide show presentations using Microsoft Power Point.

3000-level

BUS 3111: Ecommerce (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3180
A study of emerging online technologies, trends and their influence on the marketplace of electronic commerce. Topics include revenue models, online payments, how to market on the Web, online auctions, online security, fraud, identity theft, ethics, and legal issues.

BUS 3114: Project Management (3)
Prerequisites: BUS 2110 and BUS 3310
A study of principles of project management. Topics include project proposal, planning, task scheduling, execution, evaluation, and team management of large- and small-scale projects.

BUS 3120: Business Information Systems (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 2110
An up-to-date, business-oriented overview of information systems. The course purpose is to help students attain a basic understanding of information technology (IT), develop a framework for analyzing business needs, evaluate IT solutions, defi ne project goals and understand a project’s impact on the organization. This is not a course about hands-on use of computers.

BUS 3130: Information Security (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 2110, BUS 3120
An introduction to computer-based information systems security. Topics include identifying potential risks for data loss or unauthorized, legal liabilities of security breaches, risk mitigation, and management.

BUS 3140/ECO 3140: International Business (3)
Prerequisite: ECO 2050
An overview of international business with a focus on global business using economic theories and concepts of international trade. Topics include contemporary global business, factors affecting global business, international monetary systems and financial markets, and multinational corporations. This course also explores gains from trade and patterns of international trade using economic analysis.

BUS 3150: Commercial Law I (3)
A study and survey of the general rules of law that determine the rights and liabilities of persons engaged in business activities. Topics include contracts, agency, and commercial instruments.

BUS 3160: Commercial Law II (3)
Further study of the laws of business. Topics include property, security devices, legal forms of business organizations, estates, bankruptcy, and government and business.

BUS 3180: Principles of Marketing (3)
An introduction to business activities and behavior involved in marketing goods and services in a market economy. Topics include the marketing function, consumer behavior, marketing practices of firms, and the interaction of firms’ marketing activities with external market forces.

BUS 3310: Principles of Management (3)
An introduction to the theory of managing organizations. The course is organized around the classic four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Topics focus on recent developments and trends in management theory and practice within each of these functions.

BUS 3350: Keys to Success (3)
Arising from the tradition of American entrepreneurship, the material for this course was developed by Napoleon Hill from the thoughts of many of the turn-of-the-century business leaders who played a significant role in shaping the destiny of America and the world. Andrew Carnegie so strongly believed in the existence of universal principles of success and achievement that he sponsored the research of Hill. This course examines concepts and principles that when properly applied, lead to personal achievement and self-actualization.

BUS 3410: Conflict Management (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3310
An overview of various strategies used to manage interpersonal conflict within organizations. Specifically, the course focuses on the factors that lead to confl ict and violence, and it will explore the various methods for handling conflict such as communication tactics, negotiation and mediation.

BUS 3460: Entrepreneurship (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3310, and BUS 3180
A study of the processes of entrepreneurship including principles of accounting, finance, and budgeting to facilitate successful startup and continuing operation of new business ventures. Topics include challenges of startup, creating a business plan, acquiring early-stage financing, and managing cash flow.

BUS 3510: Human Resource Management (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: BUS 3310
This course covers topics essential to the effective administration of personnel including: human resource planning, job design, the recruitment and selection of employees (with special emphasis on employment testing and interviewing), civil rights legislation, performance appraisal, compensation, and employee security and safety.

BUS 3620: Social Issues & Business Ethics in Management (3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: BUS 3310
This course examines the role of business firms within the context of the social and legal cultures in which they operate. Primary emphasis is placed on the ethical implications of controversial business activities and events. Specific topics include /business/government interactions, monopolies, antitrust regulation, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the rights and responsibilities of employees, racial and sexual discrimination, affirmative action, environmental degradation, product liability, and employee safety and health.

BUS 3750/LDS 3750: Organizational Leadership (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 1020
A multi-disciplinary examination of leadership from political and management perspectives. Topics include understanding leadership traits, abilities, behaviors, sources of power, and elements of situations that determine effectiveness of leaders to influence followers and achieve organizational objectives.

BUS 3870, 3880: Cooperative Education Project I (1-6, 1-6)
Cannot count as part of the restricted upper-division elective.
Students can obtain information from the Department Chair.
BUS 3950, 3960: Special Topics (1-3, 1-3)

4000-level

BUS 4500: Organizational Behavior (3)
Prerequisite or corequisite: BUS 3310
A behavioral science approach to organizational management problems created by the interaction of individuals in organizations. Topics include perception, attitude change, motivation, group behavior, leadership, organizational politics, and organizational change and development.

BUS 4850: Strategic Management (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3180, ECO 2250, BUS 3310, ACC 2020 (ECO 2250 and ACC 2020 may be taken as a corequisite.) An introduction to strategic management. Topics include analysis of the firm’s external and internal environments; impacts of strategic actions; and understanding how a firm’s resources, capabilities, and core competencies affect the company’s ability to establish a sustainable competitive advantage and achieve success. Students study the rigors of industry and competitive analysis, the ingredients of an effective strategic plan, special demands of operating in an increasingly global competitive environment, and administrative tasks associated with implementing and executing a chosen strategy. The course requires independent reading, case study analysis, and oral and written project presentations.

BUS 4870, 4880: Cooperative Education Project II (1-6, 1-6)
Students can obtain information from Department Chair.

BUS 4950, 4960: Special Topics (1-3, 1-3)

BUS 4970: Individual Research (1-3)

BUS 4990: Capstone Business Simulation (3)
Prerequisite: Final senior semester; ECO 2250
Co-requisite: COM 3450 or COM 3400 (must be taken during the same semester as BUS 4990)
The department’s senior capstone course for all departmental majors. A hands-on computer simulation of running a company. The course requires students to develop business strategy, execute tactics, analyze competitors, and respond to computer-generated problems, opportunities, and changes in the operating environment. Students work in teams as the company’s executive managers; student teams compete against other teams worldwide. Faculty instructors function as business consultants to student teams. Students learn by doing; learning how to run a company by making operating decisions for a simulated company using a sophisticated software application. The course requires oral and written presentations; students also complete the department’s comprehensive capstone examination as part of the course requirements.