Business Dept. 2013-2014 Course Listings
BUSINESS Course Listings
BUSN 101 - Business Fundamentals
BUSN 200S - Entrepreneurship
BUSN 202S - Leading the Family Enterprise
BUSN 210Q - Business and Economic Statistics
BUSN 211 - Business Research Methods
BUSN 250 - International Business
BUSN 270 – Business Ethics and Leadership
BUSN 290 - Topics in Business
BUSN 310 - Operations Management
BUSN 320 - Supply Chain Management
BUSN 330 - Financial Management
BUSN 335 - Cases in Financial Management
BUSN 340 - Marketing Strategy & Planning
BUSN 345 - Cases in Marketing Management
BUSN 352S - Contemporary Issues in Business
BUSN 355 - Cases in Entrepreneurial Leadership
BUSN 365S W - Managing Effective Organizations
BUSN 370 W - Business Law
BUSN 381 W - Applied Business I
BUSN 390 W - Topics in Business
BUSN 430 - Investments Analysis
BUSN 442 W - Creative Promotion Strategy
BUSN 460 W - Business Strategy
BUSN 465 W - Human Resource Management
BUSN 481 W - Applied Business II
BUSN 490 - Independent Study
BUSN 491 - Internship
BUSN 498 W - Senior Thesis
BUSN 499 W - Honors Thesis/Project
ACCOUNTING Course Listings
ACCT 225 - Financial Accounting
ACCT 226 - Managerial Accounting
ACCT 240 - Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 290 W - Topics in Accounting
ACCT 325 - Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 326 - Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 327 - Cost Accounting
ACCT 390 W - Topics in Accounting
ACCT 423 - Advanced Accounting
ACCT 426 - Federal Taxation
ACCT 427 W - Auditing
ACCT 490 - Independent Study
ACCT 491 - Internship
ACCT 499 - Honors Thesis/Project
BUSINESS Course Descriptions
BUSN 110Q - Business and Economic Statistics. 4 semester hours.
This course will acquaint students with business fundamentals across all areas of business. Students will be tested on their ability to learn and apply these theories to historical and current situations using articles from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The course will have a strong emphasis on strategy, communication, problem solving, and teamwork. Professional levels of written and oral communication will be required. Every year.
BUSN 200S - Entrepreneurship. 4 semester hours.
This introductory, available for all majors, will provide a theoretical and practical framework of the entrepreneurship discipline and a basis for further study and practical experience. This course will primarily address entrepreneurship in a wide variety of areas including for-profit and not-for-profit ventures, education, government, etc. Students will be expected to explore current and potential applications of entrepreneurship in their chosen field of study. Every year.
BUSN 202S - Leading the Family Enterprise. 4 semester hours.
This course is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership within a family business – as owner, manager, director and/or family leader. Family dynamics within and across generations will be explored. Leadership and ownership transition issues and best practices will be a recurring topic throughout the course. Various leadership structures will be studied in detail, including unitary leadership, sibling teams, cousin collaborative, and non-family leadership models will also be explored. Alternate years.
BUSN 210Q - Business and Economic Statistics. 4 semester hours.
The objective of this course is to develop the necessary statistical and probabilistic tools to intelligently use and interpret data gathered in a business environment. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, estimation of parameters, tests of hypotheses, simple linear regression and correlation. Must be taken concurrently with BUSN 211. Prerequisite: Math Placement 22. Every year.
BUSN 211 - Business Research Methods. 2 semester hours.
This course explores the theory that supports and the practices for collecting and for analyzing both primary and secondary data. A data collection project to solve a business problem or capitalize on a business opportunity, and its analysis, are the core of this course. Must be taken concurrently with BUSN 210Q. Prerequisite: Math Placement 22. Every year.
BUSN 250 - International Business. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the broad area of international business. The social, economic and political environments of the multinational firm form the base on which the management structure, marketing processes and financing of the global corporation are studied. Prerequisite: None. Every year.
BUSN 270 - Business Ethics and Leadership. 4 semester hours.
As a writing intensive course this class is a comprehensive study of business ethics and leadership. Specific areas of focus include gaining an understanding of business ethics and leadership theories and frameworks and how such theories are applied in real world situations. The intent is for the student to develop competencies and critical thinking skills to employ the theories and frameworks in their future endeavors. Students will be able to identify, analyze, and explain ethical issues through addressing real right vs right ethical situations in writing and class presentations. In addition students will gain an understanding of the codes of ethics for a number of specific business disciplines. Students will also enhance and demonstrate effective written communication skills by demonstrating their mastery of disciplinary writing conventions appropriate to the course. Alternate years.
BUSN 290 - Topics in Business. Variable credit.
Seminar of selected topics. Open to all students. Offered as required. Some sections writing intensive.
BUSN 310 - Operations Management. 4 semester hours.
Quantitative, analytical approach to study of the production function. Included are the uses of schematic, graphic, mathematical and statistical analyses of issues in job design, plant location, layout, maintenance, inventory, production and quality control. Prerequisites: BUSN 210Q and ECON 190. Every year.
BUSN 320 - Supply Chain Management. 4 semester hours.
This course is designed to provide students with an integrated and multi-functional supply chain management view in the context of the organization and its environment. Students are provided with the opportunity to integrate concepts, skills and techniques acquired in this course and in other management courses to develop the analytical and decision-making skills needed to cope with supply chain organizational business realities. The strategic supply chain management course addresses the central theme of (1) how managers develop an astute "game plan" for running a supply chain and (2) how they implement and execute the supply chain with proficiency. Emphasis is on the formulation, application and justification of supply chain management tactical and strategic courses of action. Prerequisite: BUSN 310. Alternate years.
BUSN 330 - Financial Management. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to basic financial concepts, principles and analytic techniques of financial management. Emphasis is on financial planning and managing assets. Topics include financial objectives, organizational form, current asset management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, financial leverage, dividend policy and valuation. Prerequisites: BUSN 210Q, ACCT 225 and ECON 190. Every year.
BUSN 335 - Cases in Financial Management. 4 semester hours.
This course will employ a case study approach to complex financial management problems in areas such as capital structure, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and real options. The course builds on the theoretical understanding of finance gained in BUSN 330 and provides in depth practice of application and critical thinking. Prerequisites: BUSN 330. Every year.
BUSN 340 - Marketing Strategy & Planning. 4 semester hours.
This course stresses management applications of fundamental theories and concepts within the areas of market selection, product development, distribution management, pricing and promotional strategy. Prerequisites: BUSN 211, ACCT 225 and ECON 190. Every year.
BUSN 352S - Contemporary Issues in Business. 4 semester hours.
This course explores contemporary issues in developing and managing business organizations, and the use of research to discover trends and build models for best and poor practices. Prerequisites: BUSN 211 and two 300+ Business courses or permission of the instructor. Offered as required.
BUSN 355 - Cases in Entrepreneurial Leadership. 4 semester hours.
This course is designed to study and apply the principles of entrepreneurship at an advanced level following students’ completion of BUSN 200 (Entrepreneurship). Case studies, readings and student-selected needs will be explored across a broad spectrum of contexts in a manner that expands upon the foundation provided in BUSN 200. Prerequisite: BUSN 200. Alternate years.
BUSN 365S W - Managing Effective Organizations. 4 semester hours.
This course explores the theories and concepts behind understanding, managing, and leading others in organizations and links those theories and concepts to specific human resource management techniques. For instance, in order to make good hiring decisions, managers need to know what characteristics (e.g., personality) predict job performance, how person-job fit affects outcome variables (e.g., job performance and turnover), and how to avoid biases (e.g., stereotypes) in the selection process. This course is geared toward all potential managers regardless of the specific field. Prerequisites: Any Statistics Course and BUSN 211. Writing intensive. Every year.
BUSN 370 W - Business Law. 4 semester hours.
First course in law that introduces legal thought, legal analysis and court systems. Emphasizes preventative law, i.e., avoidance of legal conflict, and develops a liability approach with a focus on criminal, tort and contract law. The case method approach is used to develop and apply legal principles. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Writing intensive. Every year.
BUSN 381 W - Applied Business I. Variable credit.
Applied Business credit units are earned when a student participates in a faculty-guided, applied business project. Although projects differ based on the needs of the client, each has an experiential as well as an academic component. The student is expected to budget a minimum of three hours per week for each credit unit earned. Some projects are group efforts; others require participation by individuals. Prerequisites: Instructor approval. See also BUSN 481. Writing intensive. Every year.
BUSN 390 - Topics in Business. Variable credit.
Seminar of selected topics. Restricted to advanced majors in management or those obtaining permission of instructor. Some sections writing intensive. Offered as required.
BUSN 430 - Investments Analysis. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the various types of financial investments including stocks, bonds and options. Methods of evaluating the profitability and risk of these investments individually and as part of a portfolio of securities are presented. Prerequisite: BUSN 330. Every year.
BUSN 442 W - Creative Promotion Strategy. 4 semester hours.
A course analyzing the creative element of advertising with special emphasis on applying this understanding to actual business or organization problems. Assessment is based on individual and group work on campaigns as well as class participation. Ad plans and creative/copy plans are presented and defended in class, replacing exams. Class involves lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: BUSN 340 or permission of instructor; non-majors welcome. Writing intensive. Every year.
BUSN 460 W - Business Strategy. 4 semester hours.
Integration of all preceding business courses through the study of the function and responsibility of top-level management. The organization is viewed as a total system from the position of the policy-maker and administrator. The leadership of the chief executive, the environmental and institutional constraints of the organization, and the problems of implementing and integrating organizational objectives and public goals are examined. Prerequisites: BUSN 330, 340, and 365. Writing intensive. Every year.
BUSN 465 W - Human Resource Management. 4 semester hours.
This course provides an overview of major human resource functions (i.e., job analysis, performance assessment, selection, compensation, training and development, safety and health) and discusses how these HR functions are integrated horizontally and vertically within the organization to achieve organizational goals. Students will have the opportunity to interface with Directors of HR and conduct an in-depth analysis of an organization’s human resource policies and procedures. This course is geared toward managers who wish to specialize in the human resource field. Prerequisites: BUSN 365. Writing intensive. Every year.
BUS 481 W - Applied Business II. Variable credit.
Applied Business credit units are earned when a student participates in a faculty-guided, applied business project. Although projects differ based on the needs of the client, each has an experiential as well as an academic component. The student is expected to budget a minimum of three hours per week for each credit unit earned. Some projects are group efforts; others require participation by individuals. Prerequisites: BUSN 381 and instructor approval. See also BUSN 381. Writing intensive. Every year.
BUSN 490 - Independent Study. Variable credit.
Offered as required.
BUSN 491 - Internship. Variable credit.
Offered as required.
BUSN 498 W - Senior Thesis. Variable credit.
Writing Intensive. Offered as required.
BUSN 499 - Honors Thesis/Project. Variable credit.
Prerequisite: Declared major in Business, 3.500 GPA, 3.500 GPA in Business classes, Business 330, 340, and 365 and approval of the Department Chair. Offered as required.
ACCOUNTING Course Descriptions
ACCT 225 - Financial Accounting. 4 semester hours.
Provides an overview of the financial accounting reporting process with a primary focus on the analysis of economic events and their effect on the major financial statements (balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows). The fundamental principles and applications for financial reporting of the corporate business organization are presented with a balanced perspective on the practice, theory and conflicts in current accounting practice. The course objectives are to present the accounting model, process of measurement, data classifications and terminology needed to effectively use and prepare financial statements. Prerequisite: Math Placement Level 22. Every year.
ACCT 226 - Managerial Accounting. 4 semester hours.
Managerial accounting explores the various techniques for the preparation and analysis of accounting information for organizational planning and control. The development of critical thinking skills is necessary to understand the process of reporting information for people to use rather than following a set of rules or guidelines. The fundamental concepts of cost, decision-making, planning and performance evaluation in a managerial environment are presented. In-class discussions and problem solving are utilized to gain greater understanding of the application of managerial accounting. Prerequisite: ACCT 225. Every year.
ACCT 240 - Accounting Information Systems. 4 semester hours.
Provides the theory and application of accounting information systems. The course will reflect how information technology (IT) is altering the nature of accounting. Specifically, how such developments as the Internet, electronic commerce, EDI, databases, and artificial intelligence are fundamentally transforming the way organizations conduct their business activities. Prerequisite: ACCT 225. Alternate years.
ACCT 290 - Topics in Accounting. Variable credit.
Seminar of selected accounting topics. Open to all students. Some sections writing
intensive. Offered as required.
ACCT 325 - Intermediate Accounting I. 4 semester hours each.
This course is the first of a two-course sequence in corporate financial reporting which examines the theoretical basis for financial accounting concepts and principles emphasizing income measurement and accounting for assets. The traditional financial accounting topics include the recent developments in accounting valuation and reporting practices promulgated by professional accounting organizations and implemented by practitioners in public and private accounting. The objective of this course is to provide a rigorous introduction to the methodology and logic behind the procedures and principles followed in the development of accounting information. Prerequisite: ACCT 225. Every year.
ACCT 326 - Intermediate Accounting II. 4 semester hours each.
Sequential in-depth study of financial statements, accounting concepts, accounting principles, and alternative procedures and practices. Current professional pronouncements included where appropriate. Prerequisite: ACCT 325. Every year.
ACCT 327 - Cost Accounting. 4 semester hours.
Upper-level course covering the methods of determining product costs, their effective control, and their use for managerial decision-making. Prerequisite: ACCT 226. Alternate years.
ACCT 423 - Advanced Accounting. 4 semester hours.
This course is a comprehensive study of business combinations, the equity and acquisition methods of accounting for investments, and consolidated financial statement preparation. In addition this course explores accounting theory as applied to special problems such as accounting for partnerships, estates and trusts, and segment and interim reporting. Accounting and reporting for private nonprofits, as well as state and local governmental entities are introduced in this course. Prerequisite: ACCT 325. Alternate years.
ACCT 426 - Federal Taxation. 4 semester hours.
Comprehensive coverage of the relevant tax code and regulations as they pertain to the individual taxpayer, as well as coverage of all major developments in Federal Taxation. Additionally, an overview of tax concepts which apply specifically to corporations and partnerships is presented. Prerequisite: ACCT 225. Alternate years.
ACCT 427 W - Auditing. 4 semester hours.
Auditing standards, auditing procedures, professional ethics and auditor’s reports. Prerequisite: ACCT 200, ACCT 326. Writing intensive. Alternate years.
ACCT 490 - Independent Study. Variable credit.
Project within the accounting field individually arranged by student and professor. Offered as required.
ACCT 491 - Internship. Variable Credit.
Internship experience within the accounting field. Prerequisite: minimum 2.7 GPA in major and overall, 75 semesters hours completed by start of internship, completion of the accounting courses on which the internship is based with a minimum C grade, learning 18 objectives approved by accounting professor and on-site supervision by a business-level employee. Offered as required.
ACCT 499 - Honors Thesis/Project. Variable credit.
Thesis within the accounting field individually arranged by student and professor. Prerequisite: Declared major in Accounting, 3.500 GPA, 3.500 GPA in Accounting classes, and approval of the Business Department Chair. Offered as required.