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BUS 0115 Accounting Principles 1

This course required for all pre-business students covers the essential concepts of financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting topics covered include the objectives of financial reporting, financial statements, "the accounting cycle," account classification, effect of business transactions on the accounting equation, and forms of business organization. Managerial accounting topics covered include an introduction to cost flow, cost volume profit analysis and managerial decision making. Prerequisite: MATH 0002 (College Algebra). 3 Credits

BUS 0200 Accounting Principles 2

This course studies the accounting elements as they appear on the balance sheet and income statement. Topics covered include the activities of the accounting cycle, emphasizing adjusting entries and preparation of financial statements for service and merchandising corporations. An examination of the measurement and reporting of cash, receivables, inventories, plant and intangible assets, and other assets is also undertaken. The course also examines accounting and reporting for current and long term liabilities, revenue, expenses, and stockholders’ equity and the accounting worksheet. A practice set is completed. Prerequisite: BUS 0115 (Accounting Principles 1). 3 Credits

BUS 0300 Principles of Finance

Views the finance function in terms of the acquisition and use of funds. Introduces the major tools of financial forecasting and planning and the major investment and financial decisions. Discusses the control function, the management of working capital, and the evaluation of capital projects. Prerequisite: BUS 0115. 3 Credits

BUS 0400 Introduction to Business Information Systems

Explores the role of information systems in today's business organizations. Students will be introduced to the major components of information technology and their applications in particular types of business systems (MIS, DSS, AI, etc). It will explain the system development life cycle, data base management techniques, and concepts in end-user computing. Prerequisites: CS 0081 and CS0016 and CS 0081; Corequisite BUS 0500. 3 Credits

BUS 0500 Principles of Management

Introductory course in management. This course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge and understanding of the four primary processes of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, with special emphasis on the planning and leading processes. Students will also explore major schools of management thought, the social role of business, managerial decision-making processes, and managerial ethics. Upon completion of this course, the student should have a clear understanding and knowledge of the current managerial environment, its scope, and its complexities. 3 Credits

BUS 0510 Principles of Marketing

An introductory course in marketing. Examines the role of marketing in society and within the organization. Emphasis is placed on marketing mix issues: product, place, price , and promotion. 3 Credits

BUS 1010 Business Analysis and Modeling

This course demonstrates integrated approaches to gathering and analyzing business data using Excel and other computer based tools such as advanced graphics, regression based forecasting, sensitivity analysis, data base and macro programming. Analytical projects focus on company and industry-specific data from both Web based and proprietary data base sources. Prerequisites: Bus 0300, BUS 0400, BUS 0500, BUS 0510. Corequisite:STAT 1040 or 1100. 3 Credits

BUS 1110 Cost Accounting Concepts

A review of the accounting for manufacturing costs including terminology, cost-volume-profit analysis, costing systems, activity-based costing, budgets and variance analysis. Prerequisite: BUS 0115 and BUS 0200. 3 Credits

BUS 1115 Managerial Cost Accounting Applications

This course focuses on the use of cost accounting information as a tool for management decision making. Cost behavior and estimation, pricing, and use of relevant information are combined with profit and strategy considerations to practice making decisions consistent with business objectives. Presentation of results and recommendations to management is emphasized. 3 Credits

BUS 1120 Intermediate Accounting I

Application of financial accounting and reporting standards, as well as an emphasis on the conceptual framework of accounting. Course covers procedures of collecting, recording, and summarizing accounting data for financial reports and pursues in detail the recording and financial reporting of current assets and current liabilities according to approved financial accounting standards. Prerequisite: BUS 0115 and BUS 0200.. 3 Credits

BUS 1130 Intermediate Accounting II

A continuation of the application of financial accounting and reporting standards started in Intermediate Accounting I. Additional topics covered include revenue recognition, leases, pension accounting, accounting for income taxes, accounting changes, disclosures, and the statement of cash flows. International Financial Reporting Standards are introduced and discussed with each topic covered. Prerequisite: BUS 1120 3 Credits

BUS 1140 Auditing

This course examines objectives, standards, and procedures of the professional auditor; types of examinations for rendering opinions on annual reports and for other attestation engagements; ethical and legal responsibilities of accountants; and the relationship of a professional accountant to management and the public. Prerequisite: BUS 1240, STAT 1040 OR 1100 3 Credits

BUS 1146 Forensic Accounting

An examination of the principles and methodology of fraud prevention, detection and investigation approaches. Topics include asset misappropriation and fraudulent financial statements. Application of accounting rules and accounting system's methodology versus the manipulation of each will be covered. Prerequisite: BUS 1130 3 Credits

BUS 1151 Advanced Accounting Theory

A review and discussion of the accounting for specialized topics like partnerships, consolidation of financial statements, insolvency and bankruptcy, estates and trusts, foreign currency translation, and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. Prerequisite: BUS 1240. 3 Credits

BUS 1155 Government and Non-profit Accounting

Application of the financial accounting and reporting standards applicable to (1) federal, state, and local governments and (2) nonprofit organizations. Introduction and analysis of the accounting used specifically for government funds, proprietary funds, and trust funds. Identifies the authoritative sources that accountants as well as auditors must adhere to in the preparation and examination of the financial statements of government and nonprofit entities. Prerequisite: BUS 1240 3 Credits

BUS 1160 Tax Accounting 1

Examination of the tax structure and requirements of individual taxation especially in the preparation of the Federal Form 1040 and appropriate schedules. The impact of economic decisions on the individual taxpayer is introduced. Prerequisite: BUS 0115. 3 Credits

BUS 1171 Tax Accounting 2

Examination of the tax structure and preparation of tax forms of Business entities such as sole proprietorship, partnership, and various types of corporations. Introduction and preparation of payroll tax accounting is also covered. Prerequisite: BUS 0115. 3 Credits

BUS 1190 Accounting Information Systems

Provides the techniques needed by a contemporary accounting systems analyst or auditor. The analytical skills needed to design and evaluate accounting systems are explained. The course covers the application of systems concepts to accounting situations with special emphasis on documentation and creating flow charts. Also provides hands-on experience of computerized accounting systems and requires the student to process accounting information on microcomputers. Prerequisites: BUS 1120, CS 0015. 3 Credits

BUS 1270 Financial Reporting

This course includes discussion of current issues in the financial reporting environment. Course reviews reporting for revenue and expenses, assets, liabilities and compensation in terms of current rules and practices, and aspects of the regulatory structure and applicable legislative-based reforms. Course coverage is applicable for accounting and non-accounting majors. Prerequisites: BUS 0115,and BUS 0300. 3 Credits

BUS 1280 Accounting Directed Reading

The student undertakes a specified course of study, comparable in content to a special topics course, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1281 Accounting Special Topics

Detailed analysis of a particular topic not covered by regularly scheduled courses. 3 Credits

BUS 1282 Accounting and Directed Research

The student undertakes a defined task of research on campus under the supervision of a faculty member of an appropriate department in which the fruits of the research are embodied in a thesis, extended paper, laboratory report, or other appropriate form. 1-6 Credits

 

BUS 1283 Accounting Independent Study

The student undertakes, under specific conditions, an independent program of study, research, or creative activity usually off campus and with less immediate and frequent guidance from the sponsoring faculty member than is typically provided in directed reading and directed research courses. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1286 Accounting Internship 1

This course is a beginning-level internship experience in which students provide technical expertise in accounting to business, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations. Academic credits are proportioned on the basis of approximately 10 hours per week per term equal to 3 credits. Placements are arranged by the coordinator and supervised by a faculty member in accounting. Students must write and present an extensive analysis of the experience. It is recommended that students have Junior or Senior status before consideration of an internship. 3 Credits

BUS 1287 Accounting Internship 2

An advanced internship experience in which students provide technical expertise in accounting to business, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations.  Academic credits will be proportioned on the basis of approximately 10 hours per week per term equal to 3 credits. Placements are arranged by the coordinator and supervised by a faculty member in accounting. Students must write and present an extensive analysis of the internship experience. It is recommended that students have Junior of Senior status before consideration of an internship. 6 Credits

BUS 1310 Investments

Provides an understanding of the process of evaluating and selecting investments. Discusses investment techniques, vehicles, and strategies emphasizing the risk-return trade-offs. The operations of securities markets are explained, and investments in equities, fixed income securities, and other outlets are discussed. The course also familiarizes students with published financial data. Prerequisite: BUS 0300. 3 Credits

BUS 1315 Personal Financial Planning

An introduction and overview of personal financial planning. Topics include financial planning, managing assets, credit, insurance, investments, and retirement and estate planning. Prerequisite: BUS 0300 3 Credits

BUS 1330 Financial Statement Analysis

The course views financial statement analysis as an integral part of economic and financial decision theories with emphasis on the use of analytical techniques to predict corporate earnings, growth, and failure. Topics include credit and risk evaluation profitability analysis, financial statement component analysis, and financial statement forecasting. Prerequisite: BUS 0300. 3 Credits

BUS 1355 Financial Modeling

This course covers the theory and practice of corporate finance. Topics include stock and bond valuation, fundamentals of risk management, financial analysis and planning, and the techniques of short-term financial management. Prerequisites: BUS 0300, Corequisite: STAT 1040. 3 Credits

BUS 1356 Capital Budgeting

This course analyzes long-term decision making for the firm. The course will investigate various techniques in capital budgeting. An emphasis on the impact on shareholder wealth will be stressed. Additional topics include the analysis of cost of capital and capital structure issues. Dividend policy will be presented, as it impacts share value and financing. The course will use spreadsheet analysis models for case work. Prerequisites: BUS 0300, BUS 1355, STAT 1040. 3 Credits

BUS 1365 Financial Special Topics

Detailed analysis of a particular topic not covered by regularly scheduled courses. 3 Credits

BUS 1370 Portfolio Theory

The economics of pricing in the securities, options, commodities, and foreign exchange markets. Covers speculation and the nature of financial markets Prerequisite: BUS 1310. 3 Credits

BUS 1379 Entrepreneurial Seminar in Finance

This course will provide participants with real-life experience in researching and preparing business plans. Following formal training in small business marketing, strategy and finance, students are assigned to work with selected entrepreneurs. By the end of the seminar, a written business plan will have been prepared which will serve as an internal guide to operations and/or be submitted to local lending institutions. 3 Credits

BUS 1410 Business Database Management

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of database systems. It provides an overview of database design and implementation. Prerequisite: BUS 0400. 3 Credits

BUS 1411 Advanced Database Technologies

This course will cover additional aspects of database design, implementation, and administration using some of the latest technologies found in the industry (such as oracle, MS SQL, server, MYSGQL). Other topics covered may include the creation of database driven Web sites. Prerequisite: BUS 1410. 3 Credits

BUS 1412 Graphic Design

An introduction to the basic elements and techniques of graphics design, using current software packages to create various types of printed material. Prerequisite: Bus 0400 3 Credits

BUS 1415 Web Design and Development

This course is intended to be an introductory course on creating web pages. It is designed for students to develop the essential basic skills in composing client-side based, interactive Web sites by using HTML and current Web technologies. This course will introduce students to software, design elements, and practices related to creating and maintaining home pages and sites on the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: BUS 0400. 3 Credits

BUS 1420 Business Systems Analysis and Design

This course introduces students to the process required to develop computer information systems. It emphasizes a structured approach to problem definition and resolution. It provides an overview of the systems analysis and design methodologies used to improve the efficiency of daily operations and decision-making processes at all levels of an organization. Prerequisite: BUS 1410. 3 Credits

BUS 1425 Telecommunications and Networks

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of telecommunications and networks. Topics covered include types of networks, hardware protocols, topologies, the seven layers of operating systems interconnection (OSI), business voice communications, as well as data communications. Prerequisite: BUS 0400. 3 Credits

BUS 1426 Computer Hardware and Operating Systems

Information technology professionals will encounter a variety of platforms in their career. The role of the IT professional is to select, deploy, integrate, and administer platforms or components to support the organization’s infrastructure. This course covers the fundamentals of hardware and software and how they integrate to form essential components of its systems. Prerequisite: BUS 0400. 3 Credits

BUS 1435 Project Management

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of project management and demonstrates its value in helping organizations successfully complete projects. The course will cover topics such as the project life cycle, and other valuable tools and techniques related to project management. The use of MS Project 2013 will also be included. Prerequisite: BUS 0400. 3 Credits

BUS 1441 Data Warehousing and Data Mining

This course serves as an introduction to the topics of data warehousing and data mining. Students will be able to develop an appreciation, understanding, and awareness of the value of data warehouses, data marts, and data mining within an organization. Both technologies are vital in making key strategic, operational, and long-term decisions for the betterment of the organization while attempting to attain and/or gain competitive advantage. Prerequisite: BUS 1410, and STAT 1040. 3 Credits

BUS 1445 MIS Special Topics (Management Information Systems Special Topics)

This course involves a detailed analysis of a particular topic not covered by regularly scheduled courses. 3 Credits

BUS 1480 Finance and Directed Reading

The student undertakes a specified course of study, comparable in content to a special topics course, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1482 Finance Directed Research

The student undertakes a defined task of research on campus under the supervision of a faculty member of an appropriate department in which the fruits of the research are embodied in a thesis, extended paper, laboratory report, or other appropriate form. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1483 Finance Independent Study

The student undertakes, under specific conditions, an independent program of study, research, or creative activity usually off-campus and with less immediate and frequent guidance from the sponsoring faculty member than is typically provided in directed reading and directed research courses. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1486 Finance Internship 1

A beginning-level internship experience in which students provide technical expertise in finance to business, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations. Academic credits are proportioned on the basis of approximately 10 hours per week per term equal to 3 credits. Placements are arranged by the coordinator and supervised by a faculty member in finance. Students must write and present an extensive analysis of the internship experience. 3 Credits

BUS 1487 Finance Internship 2

An advanced internship experience in which students provide technical expertise in finance to business, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations. Academic credits are proportioned on the basis of approximately 10 hours per week per term equal to 3 credits. Placements are arranged by the coordinator and supervised by a faculty member in finance. Students must write and present an extensive analysis of the internship experience. 6 Credits

BUS 1488 MIS Internship

The MIS internship uses the workplace as a living laboratory for students to study in depth about the MIS discipline. An internship is primarily an academic experience, not a part-time or full-time job, in which students work for a firm or organization under a supervisor and faculty sponsor to achieve specific education objectives. Thus, a student earns degree credits for what is learned, not for work performed for the internship supervisor. Instructor consent required. 3 Credits

BUS 1489 MIS Independent Study

The student undertakes, under specific conditions, an independent program of study, research, or creative activity, usually off-campus and with less immediate and frequent guidance from the sponsoring faculty member that is typically provided in directed reading or directed research courses. Instructor consent required. 3 Credits

BUS 1510 Human Resources Management

Advanced course in management. A study of current policy and practices in human resource management. Topics include recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, and compensation. Special attention is given to the legal environment surrounding human resource management. Corequisite: BUS 1520. 3 Credits

BUS 1515 Recruitment, Selection, Retention, and Separation

This course examines key concepts and techniques for developing a process to recruit and select qualified staff and create an environment that encourages high performers to continue working for your organization. The course will also explore some key elements that an organization should consider in situations where an employment relationship must come to an end. 3 Credits

BUS 1520 Organizational Behavior

This course integrates concepts from the behavioral sciences into the study of human behavior in business organizations. The course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge and understanding of individual, group, and organizational processes that affect human behavior in the formal organization (personality, perception, motivation, stress, power, and politics). It is also designed to enhance the student's knowledge and understanding of managerial techniques and applications that can be used to improve both individual and organizational performance (job design, management by objective, employer selection, etc.). Prerequisites: BUS 0500 3 Credits

BUS 1530 Production and Operations Managament

Advanced course in management. The focus is on solving production and operational problems using both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Topics include total quality management, statistical process control, inventory control, scheduling, linear programming, pert, and critical path method (CPM). Prerequisites: BUS 0500, MATH 0121or 0120: Corequisite: STAT 1040 or STAT 1100. 3 Credits

BUS 1535 Marketing Research

This is an intensive "hands on" course that integrates the concepts learned in undergraduate studies of marketing and statistics. The course is designed to enhance understanding of why and how organizations conduct market research to develop and deliver innovative goods and services. Prerequisites: BUS 0510. Corequisite: STAT 1040 or 1100. 3 Credits

BUS 1545 Compensation, Benefits, and Performance Management

This course familiarizes students with the concepts of compensation management and employee benefits within the wider context of human resource management. The main components of compensation management are presented through: pay survey, job evaluation, and the design of pay structures. It also provides students with an understanding of the performance management process which includes the primary purposes: strategic, administrative, and developmental.  Prerequisite: BUS 0500 with a minimum grade of a C-. 3 Credits

BUS 1540 Leadership in Business and Society

This course examines the interactions between business and the larger social system in which it operates. The course takes a systems approach in examining the interface between business and society; the management of human resources as they relate to the quality of worklife; managerial ethics; consumerism and ecology issues; and the role of public policy in the managerial environment. In addition, some of the key issues affecting the contemporary manager will be explored. Prerequisite: BUS 0500 (Principles of  Management) with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: ENGWRT 1192 (Technical Writing) . 3 Credits

BUS 1560 Marketing Management

An advanced course in marketing focuses on the major decisions facing marketing professionals in their attempt to meet consumer demand while achieving corporate objectives. Emphasis is on case analyses, and the development of a marketing plan for a "real world" client. Prerequisites: BUS 0500, and BUS 0510. 3 Credits

BUS 1570 Business Law 1

Deals with the law of contracts and examines agencies for the enforcement of legal rights. Surveys aspects of legal systems of importance to business. Includes the laws of incorporation, negotiable instruments, real property, and creditor rights. 3 Credits

BUS 1575 Consumer Behavior

This is an advanced course in marketing that focuses on how consumers make purchase decisions in a market-oriented society. The course then builds upon this knowledge by examining how managers can use this information to develop marketing strategies for their own products. Prerequisites: BUS 0510. 3 Credits

BUS 1580 Sales Management

This course begins with an introduction to the field of sales and sales management. We will explore ethical issues in selling and some specific communication principles related to the sales function. You will then learn the elements of the sales cycle from determining who to call, to planning the sales call, to actually making the sales call and completing follow up activities. Time will be devoted to learning how to respond to objections and developing your negotiating skills. You will have the opportunity to put these skills into action through a series of role play exercises. 3 Credits

BUS 1582 Internet Marketing

This course is an exploration of various potential applications of internet marketing in addition to the evolving role of e-commerce. Topics include web business models, online branding, creating community and commitment, online research, and the impact of the internet on B2C and B2B enterprises. It should be noted that this is a marketing strategy course. It does not involve hands-on applications of the technology, but it does assume a user-based understanding of the web and associated information technology and the ability to use the internet for research purposes. 3 Credits

BUS 1584 Product Management

An advanced course in marketing focusing on the development and management of products, including brand management and new product development. Prerequisite: BUS 1560. 3 Credits

BUS 1585 Promotion Management

An advanced course in marketing focusing on the role of marketing communications, with emphasis on the development of an integrated marketing communications campaign. Prerequisite: BUS 1560. 3 Credits

BUS 1586 Pricing Management

An advanced course in marketing combining economic and marketing principles with accounting and financial information to analyze the pricing policies used by real world organizations Prerequisite: BUS 1560. 3 Credits

BUS 1587 Distribution Management  

An advanced course in marketing focusing on management of distribution channels, with emphasis on studying channels of existing "real world" organizations. Prerequisite: BUS 1560. 3 Credits

BUS 1670 Marketing Special Topics

Detailed analysis of a particular topic not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Prerequisites: BUS 0500, 0510. 3 Credits

BUS 1671 Marketing Internship 1

The marketing internship uses the workplace as a living laboratory for students to study in depth a marketing discipline. An internship is primarily an academic experience, not a part-time or full-time job, in which students work for a firm or organization under a supervisor and faculty sponsor to achieve specific educational objectives. Thus, a student earns degree credits for what is learned, not for work performed for the internship supervisor. 3 Credits

BUS 1680 Management Directed Reading

The student undertakes a specified course of study, comparable in content to a special topics course, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1681 Management Special Topics

Detailed analysis of a particular topic not covered by regularly scheduled courses. 3 Credits

BUS 1682 Management Directed Research

The student undertakes a defined task of research on campus under the supervision of a faculty member of an appropriate department in which the fruits of the research are embodied in a thesis, extended paper, laboratory report, or other appropriate form. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1683 Management Independent Study

The student undertakes, under specific conditions, an independent program of study, research, or creative activity usually off campus and with less immediate and frequent guidance from the sponsoring faculty member than is typically provided in directed reading and directed research courses. 1-6 Credits

BUS 1686 Management Internship 1

The Management Internship uses the workplace as a living laboratory for students to study in depth a managerial discipline. An internship is primarily an academic experience, not a part-time or full-time job, in which students work for a firm or organization under a supervisor and faculty sponsor to achieve specific educational objectives. Thus, a student earns degree credits for what is learned, not for work performed for the internship supervisor. 3 Credits

BUS 1687 Management Internship 2

The Management Internship uses the workplace as a living laboratory for students to study in depth a managerial discipline. An internship is primarily an academic experience, not a part-time or full-time job, in which students work for a firm or organization under a supervisor and faculty sponsor to achieve specific educational objectives. Thus, a student earns degree credits for what is learned, not for work performed for the internship supervisor. 6 Credits