Business (BA/BUS)

BA101 Introduction to Business (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This is an introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the various phases of business. Emphasis is placed on ownership and organization, marketing, human resource management, management, business ethics, accounting and financial management and the importance of technology in business. The purpose of the course is to show students the interrelationship between business disciplines and to prepare students for further business study.

BA131 Introduction to Business Computing (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: MTH020 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course level. Students should have experience with computers, the Windows operating system and the internet, and keyboarding skills of 20 words per minute or more.

Students learn introductory skills in computer software applications (level one of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) for business documentation, data analysis, and database creation, storage and retrieval. This course utilizes an online learning and assessment system to achieve proficiencies relevant to future coursework and employment.

BA150 Developing a Small Business (Course offered online)

Credits 3Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Recommended BA101 and BA131.

This course is designed for students to be introduced to important elements and steps involved in starting a small business. Students evaluate and quantify risk versus reward analysis, as well as appropriately test and protect business ideas. Students practice how to formulate a cash flow projection and determine cash needs. Additionally, students are introduced to business legal structure, building a company image, human resource needs and creating a feasibility study.

BA177 Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements (Course offered online)

Credits 3Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Either BA211 and BA131, BA211 and CIS120L, AC110 and BA131, or AC110 and CIS120L. Recommended MTH058 or MTH060.

This course is designed to enable students to process payroll and meet the needs of the employer and legal requirements. Students learn the basic payroll rules and regulations. In addition, students prepare all necessary payroll journal entries, updating the general ledger accounts and employee earning records, and federal, state and city tax forms. Students demonstrate in-depth understanding of payroll by completing a computerized payroll project for a three-month cycle.

BA203 Introduction to International Business

Credits 4Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: BA101. Recommended BA223.

This course introduces students to a rapidly changing world environment where the success of a business depends on its ability to respond appropriately to these changes. The course design examines how businesses effectively compete in the world market by learning what individual firms have done to succeed through a comparison of their business strategies, structures and operations. Special emphasis is made on how sociocultural forces both help and hinder a company's ability to conduct its business activities. This course is not equivalent to BA203 offered from fall 1986 through spring 1999.

BA205 Business Communications (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA101, BA131 and WR121; or instructor consent.

This course develops required skills to communicate effectively in a business environment. Technology is viewed and used as an efficient tool for processing and presenting information in a business setting. Students learn and practice effective strategies for writing persuasive, good and bad news letters and memos. They learn interpersonal and organizational communication skills for working in groups as well as with individuals. Students collaborate to research, write and present business reports. Email, word processing, spreadsheets, online research and presentation software is used to enhance the communication process.

BA206 Management and Supervisory Fundamentals (Course offered online)

Credits 4Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA101; or instructor consent.

This course encompasses the study, analysis and application of management and supervision functions, structure and roles. Major management processes of planning, decision making, organizing, leading and controlling are covered. There is an emphasis on application of effective management and supervision behaviors. Current relevant management and supervision issues such as motivation, communication, teamwork, diversity, ethics and global business are covered.

BA211 Financial Accounting I (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Co-requisite: BA101 and either BA131, CIS120L, or BT210ZEA or higher.

This is an introductory accounting course designed to serve students who plan to pursue an associate degree in a business area and/or transfer to an undergraduate degree program in any area of business. This course emphasizes external financial reporting for business enterprises. Information gathering, recording and financial statement preparation are covered with an emphasis on understanding, interpreting and applying accounting information.

BA212 Financial Accounting II (Course offered online)

Credits 4Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA211 and co-requisite of BA131 or BT210ZEB.

This is the second course in the basic accounting sequence designed to serve students who plan to pursue an associate degree in a business area and/or transfer to an undergraduate degree program in any area of business. This course emphasizes external financial reporting. Topics covered include long-term assets, current and long-term liabilities, stockholder's equity, corporate financing with stocks and bonds, the statement of cash flow, financial statement analysis, and time value of money.

BA213 Managerial Accounting (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA211 and co-requisite of BA131 or BT210ZEB.

This is the third course in the basic accounting sequence designed to serve students who plan to pursue an associate degree in some business area and/or transfer to an undergraduate degree program in any area of business. This course emphasizes the use of accounting information by managers. Topics covered include managerial accounting systems, product costing, standard costs, cost behavior and analysis, profit planning, budgets, responsibility accounting and capital budgeting decisions.

BA215 Spreadsheet Applications in Accounting

Credits 3Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA211; or instructor consent.

Spreadsheet Applications in Accounting is designed to serve students who plan to pursue and associate degree in Accounting, or any other area of business. This course provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the Accounting Cycle and Financial Reporting in an spreadsheet environment, by using Excel or other spreadsheet applications to record transactions, execute complicated calculations, and prepare Financial Statements. Spreadsheet techniques are taught sequentially, while simultaneously reinforcing accounting concepts and processes. With the use of comprehensive examples and scenarios, students will be able to apply the skills learned in this class to professional accounting for businesses.

BA218 Personal Finance (Course offered online)

Credits 3Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course provides students with practical decision-making skills for managing their personal financial resources. Topics covered include setting personal goals, budgeting, use of credit, consumer spending and saving and personal investment options.

BA220 Tax Accounting (Course offered online)

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: BA212.

In this course, students learn how to apply the fundamentals of individual income taxation. Students learn how to apply the concepts of income, deductions, exemptions, gains and losses and tax credits in the preparation of basic federal income tax returns.

BA222 Finance

Credits 3Fall/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA211 and either BA131 or CIS120L and MTH058 or MTH065; or instructor consent.

An introductory study of financial management. The course covers sources of capital, financial statement analysis, the time value of money, capital budgeting, working capital management, financial structures and other factors that influence financial management decisions.

BA223 Principles of Marketing (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Recommended BA101.

This course introduces students to traditional and internet marketing principles and policies. Major topics are marketing concepts relating to price policies and controls; trade channels and merchandising; market research; promotion; and integration of marketing with other activities of the business enterprise.

BA224 Human Resource Management (Course offered online)

Credits 3Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA101; or instructor consent.

This course provides perspectives on important current and emerging practices to help the student develop a practical, realistic and modern view of human resource management (HRM). Students study the HRM functions of an executive or supervisor as well as the functions of the HRM director in today's business environment.

BA226 Introduction to Business Law (Course offered online)

Credits 4Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA101; or instructor consent.

Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to understand and apply rules of law applicable to business operations. Business topics include constitutional basis, ethics and social responsibility, courts and procedures, torts, intellectual property, business crimes, contracts, warranties, formation of LLC, antitrust and e-contracts and international law.

BA228 Computer Accounting Applications (Course offered online)

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: BA211.

This course simulates business operations using an online computerized accounting system. Operations include business set up, vendor and customer maintenance, inventory management, bank reconciliations, financial reporting, and financial analysis.

BA231 Information Technology/Business (Course offered online)

Credits 4Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: BA131 or BT210ZWA, BT210ZEA and BT210ZPA, or instructor permission. Students should have access to a PC, web browser and internet connection, email address, experience with computers, experience with the Windows operating system and the internet.

This course presents business professionals with the basic concepts and skills for the strategic use of information systems in the organization. This course describes how information systems can be applied to business processes by supporting communications, improving decision making and increasing organizational performance. The components and development of the appropriate personal, workgroup and enterprise systems are examined. Additional lab time is required for hands-on applications experience in the use of information and computer technology for communication and decision making.

BA238 Professional Sales

Credits 4Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH060 or MTH058, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. BA101 is recommended.

This course examines the salesperson's role in modern marketing. It places emphasis on buyer behavior, the sales communication process, prospecting for customers, planning the sales call, developing and giving the sales presentation, handling objections, the importance of customer service and closing the sale. Presentations provide the students with opportunities to apply sales concepts.

BA239 Advertising and Promotion

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: MTH020 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Recommended BA101 and BA223.

This course is a detailed examination of the purpose, preparation, placement and analysis of the various types of advertisements within each of the media, such as television, web, radio and print. The relative merits of the most popular media are examined. The course involves practice in the planning and analysis of complete advertising campaigns and their coordination with other marketing strategies. Relevant social media and social networking are researched and analyzed as a part of the overall promotional and advertising strategy.

BA249 Retail Management and e-commerce

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Recommended BA101 or BA223.

This course studies the total management efforts needed to operate a retail establishment effectively. It addresses the manager's strategy of operation as well as the requirements of daily operation, and does so from the standpoint of the specific decisions a retail manager must make to achieve success. The retail management course addresses buying, marketing, merchandising, operations, inventory control, personnel and finance. The course also covers ecommerce and technology trends disrupting traditional retail.

BA250 Small Business Management (Course offered online)

Credits 4Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA206; or instructor consent. Recommended WR121 and MTH065 or MTH058. Note: This is considered a capstone course; therefore, it should be taken in the last term of a business student's program.

This course introduces students to the practical and specific aspects of how to operate a small business. Students develop a comprehensive business plan. This includes operations and financial planning, raising capital, marketing and human resource planning together with leadership and time-management planning.

BA265 Operations Management - Workflow Analysis

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: BA131 and BA206.

This is a class for students interested in operations management. Working in small teams, students are trained to perform an operations workflow analysis for an area business or service organization, integrating current records and web-based information systems. Students develop team skills, consulting skills and work directly with business professionals in the organization where they perform the analysis.

BA267 Business Project Management

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Co-requisite: BA131 or CIS122 or a combination of CIS120 and CIS120L. This course is recommended to be taken after other communication and management courses required for degree.

This is a hands-on class for students in project management. Working in project teams, students are trained to consult on projects for area businesses and service organizations, to propose realistic and effective project plans and to anticipate project management problems. Students develop team skills, consulting skills and work directly with business professionals in the organization where they prepare and present a project plan.

BA271 Financial Statement Analysis

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH065, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and BA211, BA212 and BA213. Note: This is considered a capstone course. Therefore, it should be taken in the last term of a business student's program.

This course is designed to enable students to interpret and analyze real world financial reports of various manufacturing, retailing and service firms from the perspective of investors, creditors and prospective employees. This analysis is used to assess a company's liquidity, profitability and solvency in order to judge whether there is a viable basis for relationship. Students also develop their ability to locate comparable industry data, rating services and credit reporting services and apply this information in their evaluation of a company's past performance and assessment of the company's future risks and rewards.

BA285 Leadership and Human Relations

Credits 3Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Recommended BA206.

This course prepares students to become effective leaders who drive organizational change. While the assumption is made that everybody can be a leader, people often miss the opportunity because they are not ready. Students examine their existing capabilities and develop a plan for building on these in preparation to lead the 21st century organization. Additional focus is made on nurturing the development of followers and recognizing situations that either impede or facilitate effective leadership. Non-business majors are welcome.

BUS219 Entrepreneurial Funding

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Recommended for business majors: BA101 or BA150.

This course explores the choices an entrepreneur can use to fund a business startup or expansion project. Traditional and emerging methods of funding are explored including equity or debt financing, along with of customer, community, and technology based crowd funding models using social media.

BUS286 Career Management

Credits 4Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: BA101 or BA150, and BA206 or BA211; or faculty adviser recommendation.

This course examines the current market for employment, and the skills and role the student/prospective employee must master to successfully manage their career, including starting a small business. This course places emphasis on developing the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits to organize, plan, and execute a personal career management plan. In addition to traditional career management methods, the course explores the correct use of social media, professional networking and career advancement in the modern work environment.

Additional Course Fee: $30.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.

Course offered online

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