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Business Administration Courses


BA 140 Introduction to Business (4.00 SH). An introduction to the nature of work and organizations. The course will explore the functions of managers in work environments, and the issues that shape contemporary management such as global competition and information technology. This course cannot be taken for credit if you have received credit for BA 310 (or are currently enrolled). This course is not open to junior or seniors except by permission.

BA 160 Personal Financial Decisions (4.00 SH). An introductory course on the basics of financial decision making and personal finance. Topics will include basic accounting concepts, investment alternatives, budgeting, and the nature of risk and insurance. This course does not carry credit for any major in the Department of Economics and Business. Sophomore standing is recommended.

BA 221 Marketing Research Methods (4.00 SH). A course in the commonly used statistical methods. Broad coverage is given to research design and hypothesis testing. Included are chi-square test of independence, analysis of variance, multiple regression and correlation analysis, and non-parametric statistics. Applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Prerequisites: BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent) and MTH 131.

BA 225 Management Information Systems (4.00 SH). The course provides a basic understanding of how organizations develop, use, manage, and secure their information systems. The course examines the impact of information systems at the strategic and operational levels of an organization. Key system applications, such as electronic commerce and enterprise information systems, are examined as well as the technological infrastructure that supports them. Prerequisites: ACC 201 or BA 140 or ECO 150.

BA 240 Entrepreneurship (4.00 SH). This course addresses theory and practice fundamental to launching a new business venture. Students will be introduced to the nature of entrepreneurship, opportunity analysis, entry strategy, and financing and marketing problems related to business start-ups in the formative years. Each student will prepare and defend a comprehensive business plan commonly used in attracting investor interest and financing. Prerequisites: BA 140 and ECO 150.

BA 241 Entrepreneurship Practicum I (1.00 SH). This course is designed to give students a real-world view into entrepreneurship. Students will gain valuable experience interviewing prospective companies, working with a business mentor, developing due diligence reports, holding leadership positions and attending entrepreneurship meetings and Shark-Tank events. Grading will be Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

BA 242 Entrepreneurship Practicum II (1.00 SH). This course is designed to give students a real-world view into entrepreneurship. Students will gain valuable experience managing projects, coordinating events, developing content for and competing in entrepreneurship competitions, holding leadership positions and attending entrepreneurship meetings and Shark-Tank events. Grading will be Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Successful completion of BA 241.

BA 245 Small Business Management (4.00 SH). This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles, procedures, and opportunities in small business management. Topics covered will include: entrepreneurial opportunities, developing a business plan, marketing a small business, operations, and financial management. Additional topics highlighted in this course are record keeping, planning, and control. Prerequisites: BA 140

BA 250 Prin and Practices of Proj Mgmt (4.00 SH). This course provides students with a practical understanding of project management and highlights the roles and responsibilities of the project manager. Project managers are expected to break down complex projects into manageable segments, lead diverse project teams, and use effective tools and techniques to ensure that the project is completed within budget and on schedule. By completing a comprehensive real-life-scenario project plan, students will gain valuable experience with relevant project management tools, practices, techniques, and software applications.

BA 250C Princ and Pract of Proj Management (4.00 SH). This course provides students with a practical understanding of project management and highlights the roles and responsibilities of the project manager. Project managers are expected to break down complex projects into manageable segments, lead diverse project teams, and use effective tools and techniques to ensure that the project is completed within budget and on schedule. By completing a comprehensive real-life-scenario project plan, students will gain valuable experience with relevant project management tools, practices, techniques, and software applications.

BA 300 Cost Accounting (4.00 SH). Development and use of financial information for management purposes. Coverage includes cost determination, analysis and control, budgeting, decision making, and performance evaluation. Prerequisites: ACC 202. (Also listed as ACC 300.)

BA 305 Marketing (4.00 SH). A study of the process by which products or services are brought to targeted consumers. The discussion includes consumer behavior, formation of a marketing plan and strategy, and marketing ethics. The approach is from the position of a business; however, consumer issues and concerns will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 or SCSM 101 or ECO 150.

BA 310 Organizations and Management (4.00 SH). A course that studies the behavior of people in a work organization. Topics include motivation, leadership, group processes, job and organizational design, communications, effectiveness and ethics in the workplace. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

BA 326 E-Commerce Marketing (4.00 SH). The course examines fundamental areas of e-commerce: the economic and strategic implications of the Internet; the uses of Internet technology to manage and redesign a business’s value chain; financing and valuing e-commerce organizations; the economic, regulatory and technical environment of e-commerce; risk management issues associated with e-commerce. A number of case studies will be employed to illustrate the principles discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 and ECO 150.

BA 345 Sales, Business Dev, and Big Data (4.00 SH). For businesses to thrive, they must effectively sell their products and services and strategically pursue business development opportunities. Competent, ethical sales and business development professionals make this happen every day. This course will explore the sales and business development concepts of building successful relationships and rapport, developing effective sales strategies, understanding what consumers want from a professional salesperson, utilizing sales psychology, learning how to effectively prospect and maximize a thriving pipeline, and creating win win solutions. The theory of big data will also be covered as a mechanism to prospect, cultivate and screen sales leads and create business development opportunities. Prerequisites: BA 305.

BA 350 Finance (4.00 SH). A study of the financial principles involved in operating a business enterprise. Topics include asset management, creditor relationships, owners’ equities, budgeting for future capital needs and cash requirements, and the management of income and expenses. Prerequisites: ECO 150, ACC 202, ECO 220 (or equivalent), and MTH 131 or MTH 150.

BA 360 Human Resources Management (4.00 SH). A study of activities necessary for the recruitment, retention, development, and motivation of an organization’s human resources. The course covers typical personnel functions as well as theory on human behavior in organizational settings. Prerequisite: BA 140 or consent of instructor.

BA 362 Employment & Labor Law (4.00 SH). Examines the development and current operations of labor unions, the process and outcomes of collective bargaining and the impact on society and businesses, and law regarding workplace rights. Practical insights from National Labor Relations Board rulings and grievance cases will be addressed. Prerequisites: ECO 150, BA 360.

BA 365 International Finance (4.00 SH). An introduction to theories and policies concerning international trade, open economy macroeconomics, and international finance. Topics include traditional and modern theories of international trade, trade policies in advanced and developing countries, the balance of payments, fixed and flexible exchange rates, arbitrage and hedging, monetary and fiscal policies, currency areas, international debt, and the global capital market. Prerequisites: ECO 150.

BA 370 Business Law (4.00 SH). A study of law as it pertains to business. Legal principles pertaining to a variety of topics, including the Uniform Commercial Code, will be presented and applied to business entities. Text and case study will emphasize legal reasoning processes.

BA 380 Forecasting and Logistics (3.00 SH). This course provides a broad overview of the planning and execution of customer demand. It is divided into two parts: forecasting and logistics. In the first segment, we cover the three major building blocks of logistics networks: transportation, warehousing, and inventory. After completing this section, you will be able to differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transportation. You will understand what goes into designing and setting up a warehousing facility. Finally, you will be able to discuss the development of logistic networks that minimize costs and deliver top customer service. In the second segment, we cover planning and forecasting. Matching supply and demand requires planning. You will master different forecasting techniques essential for building a sales and operations plan. At the completion of this section, you will have the tools and techniques to analyze demand data, construct different forecasting techniques, and discuss the most suitable one for projecting future demand. Prerequisite: None

BA 385 Financial Economics (4.00 SH). The course presents the Black-Scholes theory of options, futures markets, the time value of money, the rate of return on investment, cash flow sequence, utility functions, expected utility maximization, mean-variance analysis, value at risk, optimal portfolios, and the capital asset pricing model. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and ECO 220 (or equivalent). (Also listed as ECO 385.)

BA 390 Buyer Behavior (4.00 SH). Study of major theories of consumer and industrial buying behavior, consumerism, and the ethics of marketing. Prerequisites: BA 220 and 305

BA 410 Global Marketing Management (4.00 SH). An introduction to the complexities of marketing goods and services to international consumers. The environment of international marketing will be addressed from conceptual and applied perspectives. Topics include the various economic, social, political and legal dimensions confronted in international marketing. Prerequisites: junior standing and BA 305.

BA 590 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH). Field Experience/Internship (1-4 SH) Will not be counted in the minimum number of courses needed in the major. All grading S/U. Prerequisites: six courses in accounting, economics and/or business, junior or senior standing, consent of department, and a GPA of at least 2.0.

BA 601 Strategic Management (4.00 SH). A capstone course that focuses on general management skills involved in choosing an organizational strategy, committing critical resources to implementation, and appropriately reevaluating that strategy as internal and external organizational environments change. The course integrates the major business functions using top management’s generalist view. The primary method of instruction is case analysis. Prerequisites: BA 305, BA 310, ECO 220, and senior standing.

BA 611 Advanced Topics (4.00 SH). A study of relevant topics and techniques pertaining to the current business and economics environment. Solution processes and problem defining are stressed. Prerequisite: consent of School of Business.

 

Supporting Courses


ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I (4.00 SH). A two-semester study of the basic principles and concepts underlying the measurement of financial activity, and the preparation and use of financial statements. Among the topics will be basic accounting theory, transaction analyses, income determination, asset and liability valuation.

ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II (4.00 SH). A continuation of the basic accounting concepts, plus issues that relate to the financial management of a company, cost behavior, cost control, capital budgeting and profit planning. Prerequisite: ACC 201 for ACC 202.

ACC 300 Cost Accounting (4.00 SH). Development and use of financial information for management purposes. Coverage includes cost determination, analysis and control, budgeting, decision making, and performance evaluation. Prerequisites: ACC 202. (Also listed as BA 300.)

ECO 150 Economic Reasoning (ST) (4.00 SH). Fundamental economic concepts and theories of supply and demand, resource allocation, taxation, international trade, externalities, public goods, market models, and labor markets. An emphasis on applications in both public policy and individual decision making will be recurrent throughout the course. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

ECO 220 Statistics (QR) (4.00 SH). An introductory course in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Attention is given to the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, sampling, introductory probability theory, and hypothesis testing. Real world applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Not available to students with credit in BIO 206, MTH 335, PSY 201, PS 301, SSC 251, or SSC 252. Prerequisite: MTH 131 (or concurrent enrollment in MTH 131).

MTH 131 Applied Calculus (QR) (4.00 SH). A one-semester study of applications of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on polynomials, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, business and economics applications. This course is for individuals with a good high school background in mathematics. This course does not provide the background for a student to continue on to Calculus II. Not available to students who have credit for MTH 150, MTH 152, or MTH 250. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 150 Calculus I (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of differential calculus. Topics considered include functions, limits, continuous functions, differentiation and integration of functions with one real variable, applications of differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will be introduced to some basic calculus proofs. This course is suggested for all students who expect to continue for any advanced degree including finance, law, and medicine. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 152 Calculus II (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of integral calculus, including techniques and applications of integration. Other topics include infinite series and introductory topics from differential equations. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 150 or the permission of the instructor. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 250 Calculus III (QR) (4.00 SH). An introduction to the calculus of several variables. Topics include the geometry of three-dimensional space, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and vector calculus. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 152. (Offered Fall semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

 

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