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The Associate of Science in Business

Course Offerings for New Students Starting Spring 2010

This 60 credit degree may be completed in just 1 year, 4 months. The degree features a 4-semester sequence, in which students explore up to 3 different concentrations.

The 60 credit Associate of Science in Business Course Offerings Beginning Spring Semester 2010

 LEGEND:  Constructive Action Course General Education Course Business Course

PURPOSE Semester 1
Self Assessment & Career Planning
Semester 2
Working in Groups
Semester 3
Market Analysis, Planning & Promotion
Semester 4
Entrepreneurship and Managing the Small Business
CONSTRUCTIVE ACTION FLD 112 PCA
Developing Career Goals
FLD 122 PCA
Developing Team Dynamics
FLD 232 PCA
Crafting a Marketing Strategy
FLD 242 PCA
Identifying Ventures
VALUES & ETHICS ENG CC 110
Critical Thinking & Writing
ETH CC 120
Contemporary Values & Classical Ethics
SPE CC 160
Public Speaking & the Art of Persuasion
GOV CC 150
American Government
SELF & OTHERS BIO CC 180
Human Biology
SOC 121 SEL
Introduction to Sociology
MKT 231 SEL
Principles of Marketing
MGT 241 SEL
Entrepreneurship
SYSTEMS BUS 111 SYS
Principles of Business
BUS 121 SYS
Principles of Management
ECO 231 SYS
Macroeconomics
ECO 241 SYS
Microeconomics
SKILLS MIS CC 130
Computer Applications: For Profit and Non-Profit Management
MTH 123 SKI
Business Math
ACC 231 SKI
Principles of Accounting I
ACC 241 SKI
Principles of Accounting II

Purpose 1

Constructive Action Dimension: Developing Career Goals (FLD 112 PCA) (3 credits)
To create a Constructive Action document that will highlight personal assessment and the professional development of oneself. Applications of business research to areas of management and decision making; students engage in applications of primary and secondary research to business problems; students learn to develop and implement research strategies, and learn to analyze and present their findings. 3 credits.

Values & Ethics Dimension: College Writing I: Critical Thinking & Writing (ENG CC 110) (3 credits)
The central/main themes and rhetorical strategies /modes will help students understand the interconnectedness of writing, reading, and grammar, which will be discussed in class. Focus will be placed upon structuring the expository essay, the comparison/contrast essay, the cause-and-effect essay and the argumentative essay. After completion of this course students will have many of the basic skills that will enable them to analyze, build a thesis statement, a paragraph, the body and conclusion of the essays discussed above, in order to prepare them for the modern day business professions. 3 credits.

Self & Others Dimension: Human Biology (BIO CC 180) (3 credits)
Human groups largely share a common biology, but they may also be differentiated according to the biological challenges they face. This course presents human biology in a way that connects the topic directly with the life sciences and issues of health. It starts with the concept of a healthy body and explores the mechanisms that enable the body to maintain biological order. This course will provide the student with examples of how human biology ties to current issues and problems that are relevant to their lives. Topics include human body structure and function, reproduction and development, and genetics. An emphasis is placed on the application of principles to current issues in the life sciences, including, but not limited to, common human diseases, genetic engineering, and stem cell research. 3 credits.

Systems Dimension: Principles of Business (BUS 111 SYS) (3 credits)
This course emphasizes management as a process that includes planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling for establishing and accomplishing business objectives. The interrelationships that exist in various businesses will be examined. The economic structure of the private sector will be examined and students will be introduced to major concepts in finance, marketing, and other functional management areas. 3 credits.

Skills Dimension: Computer Applications: For-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations (MIS CC 130) (3 credits)
In this course students will learn the most important aspects of Microsoft Office. The course will begin with a quick overview of the Office Suite, as well as the Windows OS and Internet Explorer. After which student will then move on to the essential features for Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Hands-on labs will include the use of Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) to create integrated Office documents. The last section of the course provides an overview of Outlook. 3 credits.

Purpose 2

Constructive Action Dimension: Developing Team Dynamics (FLD 122 PCA) (3 credits)
This weekly seminar serves as the work group for the Constructive Action. Classes and individual sessions with students center around discussions of the processes and materials necessary to accomplish the project for the Purpose. The Constructive Action for Purpose II focuses on becoming effective group leaders and members through an understanding of group behavior at all levels. Readings and materials are presented to supplement the other classes and clarify the performance area, with special emphasis on persuasion skills, group dynamics, and the influence of cultural variables. 3 credits.

Values & Ethics Dimension: Contemporary Values & Classical Ethics (ETH CC 120) (3 credits)
This seminar examines the development and application of values, work ethics, and codes of conduct to address individual differences and major ethical issues. Topics include an historical review of value systems; work ethics and human nature; the implications of value systems for the development of careers, work, life, and business organizations; and how different ways of thinking can be used to enhance judgment and decision-making. 3 credits.

Self & Others Dimension: Principles of Sociology (SOC 121 SEL) (3 credits)
This course will introduce you to sociology as way of asking and answering questions, as a way of thinking, and as a scientific study. In general, sociologists are interested in the relationship between individuals and society, between personal experiences and larger social conditions and historical events. To understand the perspectives, methods, and theories that sociologist use, we will focus on inequality, and, in particular, on social class, gender, race and ethnicity. 3 credits.

Systems Dimension: Principles of Management (BUS 121 SYS) (3 credits)
This course examines the nature of management and the interpersonal and analytical skills managers need to be successful. Students will examine the manager's role with emphasis on planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in a variety of organizations including profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students will examine management theories on leadership, motivation, and communication and how these can be applied to manager’s every day role. 3 credits.

Skills Dimension: Business Math (MTH 123 SKI) (3 credits)
This survey course is designed to provide students with fundamental quantitative concepts and skills essential in today’s business world. Various mathematical areas, including decimals and fractions, are introduced in light of business problem solving. In addition, other topics covered are annuities, present value, interest, insurance, taxation and investments. Equations and graphing will also be illustrated. 3 credits.

Purpose 3

Constructive Action Dimension: Crafting a Marketing Strategy (FLD 232 PCA) (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to analyze the role of corporate finance techniques (theory) in the strategic planning process, and to develop a conceptual and analytical understanding (skills) of financial management by using in-class (hands-on) application exercises relevant to several formulas taught during class sessions. 3 credits.

Values & Ethics Dimension: Public Speaking and the Art of Persuasion (SPE CC 160) (3 credits)
While refining the business writing and communication skills acquired in Purpose I, this course will help students develop the skills necessary for successful interactional communication (i.e., meetings, conferences, oral presentations, essay structure) in a professional setting. 3 credits.

Self & Others Dimension: Principles of Marketing (MKT 231 SEL) (3 credits)
Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of marketing theory and practice. Topics include: the marketing environments, marketing mix and segmentation, product planning, distribution, promotion, and service marketing. Students will examine marketing concepts in relation to key constituencies of companies. Current topics will be used as examples. 3 credits.

Systems Dimension: Macroeconomics (ECO 231 SYS) (3 credits)
This course is an introductory macroeconomics course that provides students with an overview of how the economy operates and choices made given scarcity and limited resources. Students in this course will examine the major factors that affect output, unemployment, and inflation. Using the tools of economics such as supply and demand analysis students will examine how the gross domestic product is measured (GDP), what impacts economic growth and productivity as well as unemployment and inflation. Students will also examine how monetary and fiscal policies are developed and in the U.S and the role of the Federal Reserve System, money markets and government influence economic outcomes. 3 credits.

Skills Dimension: Principles of Accounting I (ACC 231 SKI) (3 credits)
An introduction to accounting instruction is provided with microcomputers as an accounting tool. In addition, accounting is examined as a tool for organizing business information. Financial accounting is the field of accounting that provides economics and financial information for external users, such as investors and creditors. 3 credits.

Purpose 4

Constructive Action Dimension: Identifying Ventures (FLD 242 PCA) (3 credits)
Examines the various aspects of starting, acquiring, and operating a small business enterprise. It involves comprehensive discussions of problems encountered by small businesses. A study of management principles and procedures provided methods of resolving these problems. 3 credits.

Values & Ethics Dimension: American Government (GOV CC 150) (3 credits)
An analysis of current political systems with emphasis on the United States, including decision making under different ideologies, and how individual interests become positive or negative forces for group decisions, at local, national, and international levels. This course explores the structure and dynamics of American national government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary United States. 3 credits.

Self & Others Dimension: Entrepreneurship (MGT 241 SEL)
Course combines the necessary research and methods necessary to provide students the skill to complete a detailed analysis of their small business idea. Students will learn the research and opportunity recognition as well as evaluate processes and plans for successful venture launches. This course will also explore the individual and team mindset of seizing and growing opportunities within business as well as growth strategies.

Systems Dimension: Microeconomics (ECO 241 SYS) (3 credits)
This course will cover the area of economics commonly defined as microeconomics which is concerned with the individual parts of the economy such as individual businesses or industries, individual consumers, and individual products. Students examine the theories and concepts underlying individual areas of economic activity, as well as the dynamics of price, market structure, and operations of the firm. 3 credits.

Skills Dimension: Principles of Accounting II (ACC 241 SKI) (3 credits)
Accounting procedures in relation to payroll; valuation of resources and intangibles; the differences between partnerships and corporations; analysis and interpretation of financial statements; the impact of taxes upon business decisions. The course strives to make students versant in accounting so that they feel confident in the business setting and have the tools to excel in their work. 3 credits.

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