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  • BUS-L 203 Commercial Law I (3 cr.) P: Sophomore standing. For accounting majors and others who want an understanding of tort and antitrust law and the law of agency, partnership and corporations.
  • BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 cr.) P: Sophomore standing. The concepts and issues associated with corporate financial reporting.  Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the role of financial accounting in the economy and how different accounting methods affect the financial statements. I, II, S
  • BUS-A 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 201. The course covers the concepts and issues associated with accounting and the management of business.  Particular emphasis is given to understanding the role of accounting product costing, costing and quality, cost-justifying investment decisions, and performance evaluation and control of human behavior. I, II, S
  • BUS-A 205 Introduction to Financial Accounting-Honors (3 cr.) P: Sophomore standing and consent of honors program director or instructor. Concepts and issues associated with corporate financial reporting; particular emphasis is placed on understanding the role of financial accounting in the economy, how different accounting methods affect financial statements, and developing a basis for life-long learning.
  • BUS-A 207 Introduction to Managerial Accounting-Honors (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 201 or BUS-A 205 and consent of the honors program director or instructor. Concepts and issues of management accounting; budgeting; systems; cost determination and analysis.  With computer applications.  The course will integrate text material with computer generated case and analysis.
  • BUS-A 311 Intermediate Accounting I (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 202. Theoretical framework and application of generally accepted accounting principles to the preparation of financial statements, with emphasis upon the assets and liabilities of an enterprise., II, S
  • BUS-A 312 Intermediate Accounting II (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 311. A continuation of work begun in A311. Theoretical framework and application of generally accepted accounting principles to the preparation of financial statements, with emphasis upon owners equity and special topics such as earnings per share, pensions, leases, income tax allocation, and cash flow statement. I, II
  • BUS-A 325 Cost Accounting (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 202. Conceptual and procedural aspects of management and cost accounting. Product costing, cost control over projects and products; decision making emphasis; profit planning; quantitative modeling; and computer applications. I, II, S
  • BUS-A 328 Introduction to Taxation (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 202. A comprehensive study of the federal income tax structure. Individual taxation will be emphasized with an exposure to business taxation. I, II
  • BUS-A 335 Accounting for Government and Not-for-Profit Entities (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 201. Introduction to fund accounting for governmental units, colleges/universities, hospitals, voluntary health and welfare, and other not-for-profit organizations. I, II
  • BUS-A 337 Accounting Information Systems (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 325, BUS-K 321. The course's primary objective is to build upon, extend, and facilitate the integration of business and technical knowledge to help students succeed as managers in a technology-intensive, corporate environment. Through the use of readings, lectures, cases, and exercises the course enables students to understand and manage information technology in order to achieve competitive advantage through improved decision making, business processes, operations, and organizational controls. I, II
  • BUS-A 339 Advanced Income Taxation (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 328. A comprehensive study of the federal income tax structure with emphasis on taxation of business and tax-planning for individuals. I, II
  • BUS-A 424 Auditing and Assurance Services (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 311, BUS-A 312, BUS-A 337. Public accounting organization and operation: review of internal control systems, verification of balance sheet and operating accounts; the auditor's opinion. I, II
  • BUS-A 425 Contemporary Accounting Theory (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 312. Development of accounting principles; theory of income determination and presentation of financial condition. Coverage of conceptual framework and generally accepted accounting principles. S
  • BUS-A 490 Independent Study in Accounting (1-3 cr.) P: BUS-Z 302 and consent of instructor.

    Supervised individual study and research in students special field of interest. Written report required.

    May be repeated with a different topic for credit.
  • BUS-B 190 Principles of Business Administration (3 cr.) Develops insights into human nature, the nature of social institutions, the social processes that shaped the world of the twenty-first century. In an interdisciplinary way, introduces the distinctive perspectives of the social sciences, emphasizing frameworks and techniques used in explaining causes and patterns of individual and institutional behavior.
  • BUS-B 399 Business and Society (3 cr.) P: Junior standing. Develops insights into human nature, the nature of social institutions, the social processes that have shaped the world of the twenty-first century. In an interdisciplinary way, introduces the distinctive perspectives of the social sciences, emphasizing frameworks and techniques used in explaining causes and patterns of individual and institutional behavior.
  • BUS-D 300 International Business: Operations of International Enterprises (3 cr.) P: Junior standing, ECON-E 103, ECON-E 104 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. A general introduction to the main aspects of international business: (1) the impact of the political, economic, social, and cultural conditions in foreign countries on the conduct of business abroad; (2) the importance of supranational organizations, regional economic integration, and the foreign exchange market; and (3) the additional managerial problems of multinational companies in marketing, finance, production, strategy, and human resource management. I, II
  • BUS-E 490 Professional Practice-Entrepreneurship (1-3 cr.) P: BUS-W 311 or consent of instructor. Research and analysis of current topics in entrepreneurship. Completed with assistance of field study.
  • BUS-F 151 Personal Finances of the College Student (1 cr.) Introduction to the basic planning tools and concepts for college-age financial literacy.  Emphasis on financial decisions and challenges facing a typical college student.  Topics include, careers, goal setting, budgeting, tax planning and credit, including options for financing higher education.  Foundation of the Financial Literacy Curriculum.
  • BUS-F 260 Personal Finance (3 cr.) Financial problems encountered in managing individual affairs: family budgeting, installment buying, insurance, and home ownership.
  • BUS-F 301 Financial Managment (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 201. An overview of the essentials of corporate finance needed to compete effectively in an increasingly global environment. Topics include time value of money, forecasting, stock and bond analysis, project analysis, cost of capital, short-term asset analysis, global financial markets, and ethical considerations. I, II, S
  • BUS-F 302 Financial Decision Making (3 cr.) P: BUS-F 301, BUS-K 321. Application of financial theory and techniques of analysis in the search for optimal solutions to financial management problems. I, II
  • BUS-F 345 Money, Banking, and Capital Markets (3 cr.) P: BUS-F 301 or consent of instructor. A student may not receive credit for both BUS-F 345 and ECON-E 305. An analysis of the interrelated financial systems of central banks, private banks, and other sources and users of financial capital. Theoretical, empirical, policy and institutional issues are analyzed using economics and finance. Topics include the theory of money demand and supply, monetary policy and central banks, interest rate determination, financial intermediaries and international financial markets. II
  • BUS-F 420 Equity and Fixed Income Investment (3 cr.) P: BUS-F 301. A detailed examination of the management and valuation of equity and fixed income securities. The analysis of individual securities, the grouping of these securities into portfolios, and the use of derivative securities to modify the return/risk profiles of more traditional stock and bond portfolios will be discussed. I, II
  • BUS-F 423 Topics in Investment (3 cr.) P: BUS-F 420. In-depth analysis of selected topics in security analysis, investment banking and portfolio construction. II
  • BUS-F 444 Applications in Financial Management (3 cr.) P: BUS-F 301, BUS-F 302, or consent of instructor. An analytical approach to problems facing the financial executive. Cases selected cover financial decision-making processes with particular emphasis on valuation, working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and dividend policies. In addition, the course will utilize the computer in solving a variety of financial problems. II
  • BUS-F 446 Bank and Financial Intermediation (3 cr.) P: BUS-F 301. This course covers the broad area of financial intermediation. The main topics studies are (i) the economic role of financial intermediaries--with an emphasis on commercial banks; (ii) the management of financial intermediaries; (iii) the regulation of commercial banks and other financial institutions. I
  • BUS-F 490 Independent Study in Finance (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Supervised individual study and research in student's special field of interest. The student will propose the investigation desired and, in conjunction with the instructor, develop the scope of work to be completed. Consent of instructor and written report required.
  • BUS-F 494 International Finance (3 cr.) P: BUS-F 301 or consent of instructor. Covers the international dimension of both investments and corporate finance. Develops strategies for investing internationally, estimating a corporation's exposure to real exchange rate risk, adjusting to client preferences and home currencies, evaluating performance, and hedging risk.  Also covers international capital budgeting, multinational transfer pricing, and international cash management. I, II
  • BUS-H 320 Systems of Health Care Delivery (3 cr.) This course examines the foundations and historical precedents for the current health care system in the United States.  It also covers the structures, processes, and policies for delivering health care services, and briefly reviews alternative systems used in other countries. I
  • BUS-H 352 Health Care Financial Management (3 cr.) P: BUS-A 201, BUS-A 202. An introductory course that includes an overview of financial statements, costing of health care services, breakeven analysis, pricing decisions, budgeting, cost control, and basic financial management concepts such as time value analysis and financial risk. II
  • BUS-H 354 Economics of Health Care (3 cr.) P: ECON-E 103, ECON-E 104. This course acquaints students with the application of economic principles to the delivery of health care services.  It examines the demand-side and supply-side characteristics of health care, the economics of private and public health insurance, and the economic perspectives of health care policy. II
  • BUS-H 402 Hospital Organization and Management (3 cr.) An overview of the governance, organization, and operational management of major institutions of health care delivery.  Topics such as performance measurement, quality and economy, and organized physician and nursing services are included. I
  • BUS-H 411 Management of Long-Term Care Facilities (3 cr.) This course covers the organization and management of long-term care facilities, with particular emphasis on skilled care nursing homes.  Topics include community and client exchanges, the legal and regulatory environment, financing and reimbursement, clinical organization and processes of care delivery, and managing the organization. II
  • BUS-J 401 Administrative Policy (3 cr.) P: BUS-B 399, BUS-D 300, BUS-F 301, BUS-K 321, BUS-M 301, BUS-P 301, BUS-Z 302. Strategic planning; environmental analysis; internal analysis; policy formulation; organization methods; and executive control. Contemporary case studies are used to develop action-oriented plans affecting long-run consequences of both national and international operations of the firm. I, II, S
  • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3 cr.) Introduction to computer basics, information systems, and their application to managerial decision making. The course stresses end-user computing responsibility and explores current managerial issues in the hardware and software markets. Major topics include: microcomputer orientation; systems software; development software (BASIC language); commercial applications software (word-processing, spreadsheet, SBMS, and business graphics). I, II, S
  • BUS-K 301 Enterprise Resource Planning (3 cr.) P: BUS-K 201. This course will provide an overview of EPR systems. Topics will include principles of ERP, evolution of ERP and business process management, and ERP project planning and implementation. Will also include latest development in ERP application and exposure to an ERP software. I
  • BUS-K 302 Introduction to Management Science (3 cr.) P:  BUS-K 201 or equivalent. Introductory management science; a forecasting component comprises approximately 25 percent of the course. Introductory management science; a forecasting component comprises approximately 25 percent of the course. Topics to be covered include multiple regression, smoothing techniques, network analysis; coverage may also include inventory theory, Markov processes, and goal programming. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the application of these topics to business decision making using computers.  II
  • BUS-K 321 Management of Information Technology (3 cr.) P: BUS-K 201. An introduction to information systems and technology and their role in the modern business enterprise. Topics include computer based information systems; managers' role in use, acquisition and control of information systems and technology for a competitive advantage; ethical use of information; global information systems; and emerging information technologies. I, II, S
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3 cr.) P: Sophomore standing. Emphasis on nature of law through examining a few areas of general interest: for example, duty to avoid harming others (torts), duty to keep promises (contracts), and government regulation of business. I, II, S
  • BUS-L 303 Commercial Law 2 (3 cr.) P: BUS-L 201 or BUS-L 203. Emphasis on Uniform Commercial Code (sales, negotiable instruments and secured transactions), business organizations and relationships; bankruptcy; law of ownership. I, II, S
  • BUS-M 255 Topics in Marketing (1-3 cr.) Variable topic, variable credit course in Marketing.
  • BUS-M 301 Introduction to Marketing Management (3 cr.) P: ECON-E 103. Overview of marketing.  Marketing planning and decision-making examined from the firm's and consumer's viewpoints; marketing concept and its company-wide implications; integration of marketing with other functions of the firm; international aspects. I, II, S
  • BUS-M 303 Marketing Research (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 301, ECON-E 270, or consent of instructor. Focuses on the role of research in marketing decision making.  Topics include defining research objectives, syndicated and secondary data sources of marketing information, exploratory research methods, survey research design, observational research techniques, experimental design, sampling procedures, data collection and analysis, and communicating research findings. I, II, S
  • BUS-M 401 International Marketing (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 301. Application of strategic marketing concepts and theory to the international arena. Stresses development of global perspective in understanding the uncontrollable forces affecting international operations and their impact upon the marketing mix. Examines the various marketing functions within an international perspective. I, II
  • BUS-M 405 Consumer Behavior (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 301, or consent of instructor. This course provides a detailed understanding of how marketers create value for customers, what motivates shoppers to buy, how consumers process information and make decisions, persuasion techniques, cross-cultural influences on consumer behavior, and the impact of sustainable business practices on consumer choice. I, II
  • BUS-M 415 Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 301, or consent of instructor. Students must take BUS-M 415 in the fall semester to enroll in BUS-M 418 in the spring semester. Basic advertising and sales-promotion concepts. The design, management, and integration of a firm's promotional strategy. Public policy aspects and the role oof advertising in marketing communications in different cultures. I
  • BUS-M 418 Advertising Strategy (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 415, or consent of instructor. Students must take BUS-M 415 in the fall semester to enroll in BUS-M 418 in the spring semester. Major managerial problems of promotion administration; advertising research, agency relationships, media concepts and strategy, appropriations and budgets, evaluation, coordination, regulation, and campaign planning. II
  • BUS-M 419 Retail Strategy (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 301, or consent of instructor. The course objective is to critically analyze the key marketing processes and strategic decisions made by major retail companies within the U.S. retailing industry. The course examines business challenges and opportunities related to driving and sustaining retailer¿s shareholder value. Topics include financial requirements for publicly held retail firms, sustaining store-as-brand identity, developing and refining merchandising plans, pricing tactics, in-store execution, and customer's experience management.
  • BUS-M 426 Sales Management (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 301, or consent of instructor. Students will engage in an interactive exploration of the strategic and tactical issues important to managing a professional sales organization.  Key topics will include organizing a sales force, recruiting, training, compensation, motivation, forecasting, territory design, evaluation, and control. Lectures and case studies. I
  • BUS-M 450 Marketing Strategy (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 301, one advanced marketing course, and senior standing; ideally taken in student’s last semester. Focuses on marketing's role in gaining a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include competitor analysis, customer analysis, marketing environmental analysis, market potential analysis, and managing competitive interaction. Emphasis is on applications through the use of case studies and/or marketing game simulation of competitive interaction and the development of a strategic marketing plan. II
  • BUS-M 490 Special Studies in Marketing (1-3 cr.) Supervised individual study and research in student's special field of interest. The student will propose the investigation desired and, in conjunction with the instructor, develop the scope of work to be completed. Consent of instructor and written report required.
  • BUS-P 301 Operations Management (3 cr.) P: Junior standing and ECON-E 270, BUS-K 321. A survey course concerned with the production and distribution of goods and services. It is a part of the integrative core, along with survey courses in finance and marketing. Topics include: inventory management, demand forecasting, aggregate production planning, materials requirements planning, shop scheduling, project management, quality control, and layout and process design. The primary focus for integration is a case problem at the end of the semester. I, II, S
  • BUS-P 490 Independent Study in Operations Management (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Supervised individual study and research in student's special field of interest. The student will propose the investigation desired and, in conjunction with the instructor, develop the scope of work to be completed. Written report required.
  • BUS-S 307 Data Management (3 cr.) P: BUS-K 321, CSCI-A 201. The course is designed to improve the understanding of - and develop skills in - the design and implementation of business databases using database management systems (DBMS). Emphasis is on the practical aspects of database design and development. Topics include conceptual design of database systems using the entity-relationship (ER) model, logical design and normalization, physical design, and the relational database model with SQL as a language for creating and manipulating database objects. There is a significant hands-on use of DBMS technology and its use in systems design and implementation. I
  • BUS-S 310 Systems Analysis and Project Management (3 cr.) P: BUS-S 307. Analysis of an organization and the subsequent design of solutions to meet business requirements are at the heart of the information systems field. This course follows a structured process called the systems development life cycle that companies use to identify and solve business problems. Alternative methodologies are also covered. Students learn tools and techniques for conducting projects, including: how to gather system requirements; how to identify project feasibility, how to construct models of business processes using data flow diagrams; and how to implement a new solution. While S310 emphasizes the system analyst role, all business students can benefit from the ability to analyze the processes, data, and computer systems that they will encounter in their work. This knowledge will also benefit them when working with the system analyst to define strategic business solutions. II
  • BUS-S 410 System Implementation (3 cr.) P: BUS-K 301, BUS-S 310.

    Effective development of an information system depends on proper utilization of a broad range of information technology, including database management systems, operating systems, computer systems, and telecommunications networks. The second course in a two-course sequence that addresses the multi-phased process for developing information systems, this course covers the phases from physical system design through the installation of working information systems. The course would concentrate on using the results of systems analysis and design, typically documented in CASE technology, and either building or generating systems to meet these specifications. A semester-long field project and various hands-on exercises provide experience in building, testing, and installing a system. II

  • BUS-S 433 Information Systems Security (3 cr.) Examines the potential security risks in the informational systems, both technical and behavioral, and the security controls that can be used to minimize those risks. Covers topics such as security reviews, viruses, computer attack strategies, encryption, authentication, firewalls, and disaster recovery.
  • BUS-S 435 Advanced Topics in Computer Information Systems (3 cr.) P: BUS-K 301, BUS-K 321, BUS-S 310 and consent of the department chairperson.

    Variable topics course; topics offered will depend on student interest and faculty interest and expertise. Possible topics include telecommunications and networking, advanced systems development methods, data administration, and management of the information systems function. II

  • BUS-W 311 New Venture Creation (3 cr.) P: BUS-M 303.

    Primarily for those interested in creating a new business venture or acquiring an existing business. Covers such areas as choice of a legal form, problems of the closely-held firm, sources of funds, preparation of a business plan, and negotiating. I

  • BUS-W 406 Venture Growth Management (3 cr.) P: BUS-W 311 and Junior standing.

    By the end of this course students should be able to identify and solve key challenges faced by growing firms. II

  • BUS-W 408 Practicum in Small Business (3 cr.) P: BUS-W 311 and BUS-W 406, or consent of instructor.

    Application of theory, knowledge, and techniques learned in previous business courses in analyzing actual business problems and in offering recommendations for their solutions. Students are assigned to small businesses in the local or nearby communities. II

  • BUS-W 430 Organizations and Organizational Change (3 cr.) P: BUS-Z 302. The objective of this class is to introduce the principles of organization design - the blueprint by which different parts of the organization (e.g., production, marketing, financial, accounting, and MIS systems) fit together to create an effective organization. Organization design provides the means by which strategy and goals are implemented so it is as important to a firm's overall  performance as financial performance, operational efficiencies or market share. I, II
  • BUS-W 490 Independent Study in Business Administration (3 cr.) P: P: BUS-Z 302 and consent of instructor.

    Supervised individual study and research in student’s special field of interest. The student will propose the investigation desired and, in conjunction with the instructor, develop the scope of work to be completed. Consent of instructor and written report required.

  • BUS-X 102 Freshman Seminar in Business (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 233, POLS-Y 211, POLS-Y 214, POLS-Y 234.

    Small class experience with faculty instructors. Introduction to college level business topics in thinking, research, and writing in a small group context. Topics will vary. Open only to Freshman.

  • BUS-X 220 Career Perspectives (1-2 cr.) Assists students in their academic programs and post-college plans by providing information for career and course decision making. Scores of managers, senior executives, faculty, upper-class student mentors, alumni, community leaders, and others are involved in group interaction. Behavioral tests and career exercises aid in considering various career options based upon perspectives involving globalization, total quality management, workforce diversity, leadership, volunteerism, etc. I, II.
  • BUS-X 310 Business Career Planning and Placement (1 cr.) Assists students in obtaining positions consistent with career goals. Career planning, organized employment campaign, job application methods, interview, initial conduct on job. Includes addresses by prominent business persons. Also open to juniors and seniors of other schools. I, II
  • BUS-X 481 Undergraduate Internship in Business and Economics (3 cr.) This course engages students to learn in an area of a business of a non-profit organization that permits the student to apply the concepts, applications and skills that they have learned in the classroom.  Each intern is mentored by a faculty from the School of Business and Economics.
  • BUS-X 482 Undergraduate Field Project in Business and Economics (3 cr.) This course engages students in conducting field projects in local businesses.  Teams of up to three students work with host firms to identify real business problems ordered to their fields study in business and economics.  The team of students work with a faculty advisor to formulate and implement solutions to "real world" business problems.
  • BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations (3 cr.) P: Junior standing. Integration of behavior and organizational theories. Application of concepts and theories toward improving individual, group, and organizational performance. Builds from behavioral foundation toward an understanding of managerial processes.
  • BUS-Z 404 Effective Negotiations (3 cr.) P: BUS-Z 440.

    Negotiation, art and science of securing agreements between two or more parties who are interdependent and need each other to meet professional or personal goals. You can think about negotiation as a decision-making process by which two or more people try to come to agreement on how to allocate resources.

  • BUS-Z 440 Personnel: Human Resources Management (3 cr.) P: BUS-Z 302. Nature of human resource development and utilization in American society and organizations; government programs and policies, labor force statistics, organizational personnel departments, personnel planning, forecasting, selection, training, development. Integration of government and organizational human resource programs.
  • BUS-Z 441 Wages and Salary Administration (3 cr.) P: BUS-Z 440.

    Survey of problems faced by modern managers of compensation systems. In-depth look at the role of company, government, union, and employee in the design and administration of total compensation systems. A description of the type of wages and salary systems currently in use, the advantages and disadvantages, and extent of current use.

  • BUS-Z 444 Personnel Research and Measurement (3 cr.) P: BUS-Z 440.

    Personnel research through review and evaluation of studies in appropriate journals. Opportunity to master personnel measurement techniques. Job analysis, job evaluation, wage curve computation, predictor validation techniques, morale measurement, and personnel auditing.

  • BUS-Z 490 Independent Study in Personnel Management and Organizational Behavior (3 cr.) P: BUS-Z 302, for senior personnel students with consent of instructor. Research, analysis, and discussion of current topics. Written report required.

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