|PROGRAM BREAKDOWN BY COURSE
|NOTE: If a bachelor degree program entrance requirement is to transfer having earned an associate degree, enter the transfer of credit here.
This course prepares students to evaluate the legal risks associated with business activity. Students create proposals to manage an organization’s legal exposure. Other topics include the legal system, alternative dispute resolution, enterprise liability, product liability, international law, business risks, intellectual property, legal forms of business, and governance.
This course applies economic concepts to make management decisions. Students employ the concepts of scarce resources and opportunity costs to perform economic analysis. Other topics include supply and demand, profit maximization, market structure, macroeconomic measurement, money, trade, and foreign exchange.
This course applies accounting tools to make management decisions. Students learn to evaluate organizational performance from accounting information. Other topics include financial statements, cost behavior, cost allocation, budgets, and control systems.
|Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This course goes far beyond the theory of developing a business by providing a real-world application. From day one, students face the challenges of starting their own business and achieving real-time goals. They interact with key stakeholders in real-life situations and continually integrate feedback from customers, suppliers, partners, peers, competitors and investors. As part of the course, students acquire at least 1,000 real-life users, gather feedback, and create a minimum viable product (MVP).
|Business Legal Structure
The purpose of this course is to present the legal, political and ethical environment of business activity through exposure of the student to basic tenants of the law. Because the legal environment is continuously evolving, it is necessary for the student to consider law as it applies to business from a historical, social, ethical and global perspective, and not just as a set of rules. The greater goal of the course is to equip students, as current or future managers, with the necessary knowledge and critical thinking skills to anticipate, prevent, and resolve management issues they will likely encounter in their careers involving ethics and the legal system.
In this context, the course will cover basic theories of societal governance, the state and federal court systems, alternative dispute resolution, constitutional principles, business regulation, corporate social responsibility, torts, product liability, business crimes, intellectual property, contracts, agency and employment law, business organizations, equal opportunity law, internet law, and electronic commerce.
|Start a Business
This course is an introductory overview of the organization, functions, and activities of business in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the terminology necessary to understanding business principles and practices. This course also includes an exploration of business environments, human resources, management, marketing management, finance, management information tools, and international marketing. Focus is on critical factors essential to understanding the interdependence between different facets of business operations. This course is useful for those who are considering a career in business or who want an overview of what the study of business encompasses.
In this course, you will learn how to form a new business entity, fund your startup, and create a long-term financing plan. The venture you will work on can be a new product, a new service, a new company, a new division of an existing business, or a new nonprofit organization. It can be a company you already own or one you have started working on in a previous class. The important thing is, you are going to learn how to manage important legal issues, and fund the development and growth of a new venture that will solve a problem, add value, and make life better for a group of customers.
The knowledge and skills you develop during this course will help you throughout your career. Even if you are not planning to start a new business, branding and marketing skills can benefit all types of organizations: large corporations, educational institutions, governments, and non-profit entities. As you develop new venture leadership skills you can make great things happen in any organization.
This course focuses on a crucial part of the marketing management function: concept and product development. Specifically, this course will address the myriad issues, problems, methods and strategies associated with the product development stage, including: Idea Generation, Idea Screening, Concept Development and Testing, Marketing Strategy Development, Business Analysis, Product Development, Test Marketing, Commercialization, Branding and Globalization (Kotler, 2007).
|Intro to Logistics
Introduction to Business Logistics is a foundation course for a Certificate in Logistics. A systems approach to managing activities associated with traffic, transportation, inventory management, warehousing, packaging, order processing, and materials handling.
The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiation so that you can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings. The course is designed to be relevant to the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers, consultants, etc. If you take advantage of everything this course has to offer, you will be comfortable and adept in many of your future negotiations. Since almost everyone negotiates all the time, this course is relevant to almost any student pursuing a managerial career.
This course addresses how to design and implement the best combination of marketing efforts to carry out a firm's strategy in its target markets. Specifically, this course seeks to develop the student's (1) understanding of how the firm can benefit by creating and delivering value to its customers, and stakeholders, and (2) skills in applying the analytical concepts and tools of marketing to such decisions as segmentation and targeting, branding, pricing, distribution, and promotion. The course uses lectures and case discussions, case write-ups, student presentations, and a comprehensive final examination to achieve these objectives.
This course is designed to be a hands-on introduction to selling and sales management. Speakers, films, case studies, class participation and team projects will give you a “real world” experience.
My commitment to each student is to have you leave the class with what it takes to be a dynamic leader in any endeavor you choose to pursue. The objective of this course is to have you develop skills and abilities that allow you to manage your sales territories as your own business, and provide you with a set of unique tools that you will develop to enable you to build successful sales and management careers.
|Capstone: Business Strategies
Simply put “The capstone is probably the single most important class in the entire program.” Its serves as the culminating experience in our MBA program, a capstone or thesis project bridges academic study and professional practice, applying the skills gained from an MBA to real-world business management and research. Thesis projects commonly take a more academic, research-based approach, while capstones focus on the practical side of business, often requiring students to identify and solve problems at real companies.
Capstones require students to synthesize everything they’ve learned from their MBA programs, serving as their best opportunity to demonstrate understanding of business principles and practices.
A student contemplating an independent study project must first find a faculty member who agrees to supervise and approve the student's written proposal as an independent study. If a student wishes the proposed work to be used to meet the requirement, he/she should then submit the approved proposal to the MBA adviser who will determine if it is an appropriate substitute. Such substitutions will only be approved prior to the beginning of the semester.