This course provides a general survey of the functional and interdependent areas of business management, marketing, accounting and finance, and management information systems. The course includes business trends, operation and management of a business, ethical challenges, environmental responsibility, change, global perspectives, and the dynamic roles of management and staff. Additionally, the course incorporates aspects of team interaction and continuous process improvement. You are provided with the opportunity to explore the Internet and information technology relating to business operations.
1. Define commonly used business and economics terminology.
2. Describe the functional areas of any business organization.
3. Explain revenues, expenses, and how profit is derived. Differentiate between objectives, strategies, tactics, and operations.
4. Describe the components of a business plan.
5. Prepare a basic business plan.
6. Explain the importance of ethics in business.
This is the third course in the Practical Accounting series. This course covers entries requiring analysis and interpretation, unearned and accrued items, depreciation of assets, manufacturing accounting and other managerial accounting procedures.
1. Describe the characteristics of a corporation.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the accounting processes specific to stock, dividends, treasury stock and retained earnings.
3. Prepare the accounting for basic bond transactions.
4. Demonstrate an understanding the cash flows statement preparation process for both the indirect and the direct method.
5. Interpret and analyze financial statements.
6. Explain how to handle transactions in a voucher system.
This course continues Practical Accounting I with more detailed explanations of the accounting cycle. Covers special journals, ledgers, business forms, including vouchers. Emphasizes accounting for partnerships.
1. Complete the entire accounting cycle for a merchandising company.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of accounting for bad debts.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of accounting for notes receivable and notes payable.
4. Compute the cost of fixed and intangible assets and natural resources.
5. Prepare basic depreciation, depletion and amortization calculations.
6. Describe the characteristics of partnerships and basic partnership accounting.
This course demonstrates the use of accounting information to meet organization goals. Methods of extracting accounting information for decision making, management of resources, planning, and product and service costing are covered.
1. Explain the interrelationship of the accounting systems to all areas of business and business decision making.
2. Understand cost behavior and predict break-even points.
3. Recognize the components and processes related to various cost accounting systems.
4. Analyze the performance of the organization and organizational sub-units.
5. Use the budgeting process to prepare budgets and pro forma financial statements.
6. Utilize the time-value-of-money concept to analyze capital investment projects.
This course explores the basics of human resource management including selection and hiring, performance appraisal, compensation, staff planning and job analysis. This course also addresses current HR issues such as job search in a difficult economy, discrimination and harassment, workplace violence and on-the-job drug abuse.
1. Upon completion of the course, students will have working knowledge of the role and human resources in the management of a business organization.
2. Students will understand the basic functions of human resource management and how the HR department interacts with the organization and with the individual employee.
An analysis of the behavior of humans as actors in a variety or organizational contexts and cultures, including group, inter-group, and individual behavior. A cross cultural perspective of organizational behavior is also examined, including the concepts of time-management, work ethic, teamwork, and verbal and non-verbal communication.
1. Describe why managers and entrepreneurs require a knowledge of organizational behavior.
2. Describe characteristics of culture and resulting behavioral tendencies (especially as related to communication, teamwork and leadership, and conflict resolution).
3. Explain the foundations of individual behavior in diverse organizational and cultural settings.
4. Explain the foundations of group behavior in diverse organizational and cultural settings.
5. Discuss inter-group behavior.
6. Identify the rules of organizational design.
7. Describe organizational culture.
This course presents statistical analysis and quantitative tools for applied problem solving and making sound business decisions. Special attention is given to assembling statistical description, sampling, inference, regression, hypothesis testing, forecasting, and decision theory.
1. Understand the meaning and use of statistical terms used in today’s business/economic environment.
2. Collect, organize, summarize, interpret, and present data in tables and charts.
3. Apply descriptive statistical measures to data.
4. Apply probability distributions to model various business and economic processes.
5. Apply statistical inference techniques (including statistical estimation and hypothesis testing) in various business and economic situations.
6. Apply simple linear regression analysis to model various business and economic relationships.
Emphasis will be the logical means of supporting claims in argumentative essays, thesis statements, and reasoning; including logic, style, and research.
1. Analyze the rhetorical needs (the needs of their audience in relationship to the assignment) for college-level persuasive writing assignments.
2. Apply appropriate levels of critical thinking strategies (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation) in their written assignments, with an emphasis on analysis and evaluation/persuasion.
3. Implement appropriate rhetorical elements and organization (introduction, thesis, development and support, counter-argument, conclusion, etc.) in their written assignments, with an emphasis on standard argument models, particularly the Toulmin model.
4. Locate, evaluate, and integrate high-quality information and opinion appropriate for college-level analysis and argument assignments.
5. Craft sentences and paragraphs that communicate their ideas clearly and effectively using words, sentence patterns, and writing conventions at a high college level to make their writing clear, credible, and persuasive.
This course focuses on the entrepreneurial phases associated with start-up and management of small business. This course will teach future entrepreneurs and managers to recognize opportunities and to use effective entrepreneurial and small business management practices.
1. List and discuss the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.
2. Analyze new business opportunities that exist in the marketplace.
3. Evaluate the feasibility of pursuing an opportunity that you’ve recognized.
4. Develop a business plan that includes both conceptual and technical components.
5. Identify and discuss obstacles to entrepreneurial success.
6. Identify the resources and financing necessary to start an entrepreneurial venture.
7. Discuss organizational characteristics and best management practices for start-up companies.
This course is designed to use technology as a productivity tool within a business environment through the use and integration of various software packages. You will use word processing software for formatting business correspondence, creating tables, multipage document, graphical elements, mail merging, and other features. Spreadsheet software will be used to create formulas, use built-in function for calculations, create charts/graphs, reference other worksheets/cells, and create absolute cell references as well as other formatting and editing features. Presentations software will be use to produce, edit, and create visually compelling presentations for business outcomes.
1. Word processing software -- Use the features of a word processing program to produce, edit, and enhance business documents.
2. Spreadsheet software -- Use and understand a spreadsheet software program to create, edit, and format spreadsheets and charts.
3. Presentations software -- Use the features of a presentations program to produce, edit, and make visually appealing presentations.