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BSMA Course Descriptions

MGNT 3000          Principles of Management

Prerequisite: 45 hours with 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the management functions and processes as applied to organizations and individuals in organizations. The course will focus on both theories and applications of management to practical problems in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. A survey of the history of management will provide context for current approaches and emerging concepts in both domestic and international organizations.

MGNT 3050          Human Resource Management

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: 45 Hours with 3 hours in BUSA or Permission of Professor.

This course examines the role of managers as human resource professionals. Key management functions of recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined. Implications of legal and global environments are appraised and current issues such as diversity, discrimination, sexual harassment policies, and rising benefit costs are analyzed. The student will be exposed to practical situations, problem solving, and application of laws affecting human resource issues.

MGNT 3100          Principles of Marketing

Prerequisite: 45 hours with 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the principles of marketing and the marketing environment with a focus on development of an understanding of ethical planning for marketing and implementing, and controlling marketing activities on a local, national, and global scale.

MGNT 3200          Financial Management

Prerequisite: 45 hours including MATH 1111 and 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON or Permission of Professor

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Introduction to managing an organization’s financial resources with the aim of achieving its business objectives, emphasis on defining objectives, understanding and evaluating resources, and making financial decisions in an environment of uncertainty.

MGNT 3341          Applied Statistics

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: 45 Hours including MATH 1001, 1111, or 1113 and  3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON or Permission of Professor.

This course is an introduction to managerial and administrative decision making utilizing statistical analysis. The emphasis will be on use of basic descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics including estimation and hypothesis testing using contingency tables, analysis of variance, and regression. Specific examples will utilize Microsoft Excel, emphasizing decision making using datasets drawn from both business and nonprofit environments.

MGNT 3400          Management Information Systems

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: BUSA 2101 or CSCI 1101; 9 credit hours in either ACCT, ECON, or BUSA

This cours introduces students to the study of organizations as systems supported by information processing. Students will learn to distinguish needs for information at different levels in organizations. They will learn to evaluate information system decisions. They will analyze business information problems using formal methods.

MGNT 3500          Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: 45 hours with 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON

This course explores fundamentals of entrepreneurship and managing the small business operation, including management, marketing, and finance. The course is intended to prepare students to launch and manage new and existing small businesses with an emphasis on practical application. The course will include case studies, profiles of effective entrepreneurs, market research methods, and business plan development.

MGNT 3600          Managerial Economics

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ECON 2106

This course will introduce students to how firms make managerial decisions to maximize profits and will equip students to understand the problems faced by a manager as well as how to solve those problems strategically and efficiently. Students will evaluate the theory and application of economic concepts such as cost, production, markets, and pricing decisions undertaken by firms. The course will conduct an analysis of the structure and performance of the market by investigating the four market structures of perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly.  Students will gain a strong understanding of economic concepts and the application of these concepts in the real-world business environment through case-studies.

MGNT 3700          Personal Financial Planning for Professionals

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MATH 1001 or above, ACCT 2101, and ECON 2105 or 2106, all with grades of C or better.

This course is designed as an introductory course to the Personal Financial Planning profession. In addition to covering an overview of the profession, the course will focus on time value of money, personal financial statement analysis, cash and debt management, housing, and education funding. An overview of other areas of the profession will be provided in order to provide students a comprehensive understanding of the overall personal financial planning process.

MGNT 4400          International Economics

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ECON 2105

This course will introduce students to basic global economics issues and their applications. To gain an understanding of global economics issues and markets such as international trade, trade deficits, exchange rates, capital flows etc. To look at the role of various organizations and international institutions in the global economy. To examine the impact, integration and markets of Latin American countries and countries such as India and China in the world economy.

MGNT 4500          International Management

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: 45 credit hours and ECON 2105

An introduction to globalization and the cultural, economic, political, and legal environments of international business including an overview of risks, challenges, and opportunities of competing in the global marketplace. This course will introduce students to the theory and applications of international management. The students will advance their understanding of global firms and markets so
that they can make managerial decisions and solve problems strategically and efficiently. The course will analyze the structure of multinational businesses and markets.

MGNT 4900          Management and Administration Senior Seminar

Credit Hours: 3 (3-1.5-1.5)

Prerequisites: Completion of 90 credit hours toward the BSMA degree with grades of C or higher.

The Senior Seminar provides a forum for carrying out the BSMA degree requirement for either an internship or a research project in a rigorous academic and intellectual framework.

MGNT 4990 Independent Study in Management & Administration

Credit Hours: 1 to 3 (0-3-1) or (0-6-2) or (0-9-3)

Prerequisites: Requires prior approval of the supervising instructor and the department head

Independent investigation of a topic through a research project or a program of directed readings. Topics will be developed by the student and the sponsoring faculty member.

Management & Public Service Electives

COMM 3100         Argument & Persuasion

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1102 and COMM 1110 and completion of a 2000 level English course.

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A survey and history of formal argumentation and the theories that dominate the field, with additional emphasis placed upon the rhetorical structure of and developmental strategies for persuading an audience within professional contexts.

COMM 3940         Small Group Communication

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1102 and completion of a 2000 level English Course.

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Working in small groups requires communication skills in building leadership, performing tasks, resolving conflicts and establishing norms. This course provides a foundation of theory, methods and skills for creating effective small groups and for becoming effective and ethical group members.

COMM 3950         Organizational Communication

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both ENGL 1102 and completion of a 2000 level English course.

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Contemporary theory and intellectual traditions applied to the study of organizations and the role of organizations in society and cultural practices.

ENGL 3920            Technical Writing

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1102 and completion of a 2000-level English course

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A study of technical communication practices in professional writing contexts including document analysis, the rhetoric of the scientific and technical professions, and the composition of technical reports, manuals, and articles.

HUSV 3001           Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Prerequisite: HUSV 2101 and MATH 2101 or MGNT 3341

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Introduction to the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research methods as applied in the social and behavioral sciences: formulating a research question, evaluating ethical issues in research, collecting and analyzing data, and developing appropriate presentation of findings.

HUSV 4010           Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation

Pre-requisites: HUSV 2101

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Study of planning, program development, and evaluations as the basic functions of human services agencies. Students will learn how to analyze social welfare programs and policies by using a variety of quantitative approaches and program models. Emphasis on developing different techniques of program planning and understanding diverse evaluation techniques as they relate to data collection.

HUSV 4081           Special Topics in Human Service Leadership

Prerequisite: HUSV 2101

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Interactive experience designed to provide a grounding in leadership theories and frameworks and to explore a range of leadership tasks and processes. Specific topics will vary.

PSYC 3040             Social Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

The scientific study of the behavior of individuals in social situations and how behavior and mental processes are affected by other people and groups. Topics covered include the social self, group processes, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes, conformity, attraction and relationships and helping others.

PSYC 3060             Organizational Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Study of the application of psychological principles to human behavior in the workplace with focus on how the workplace context of leaders, co-workers, and organizational policies, structure, and culture affect employee attitudes and actions. Topics include motivation, leadership, employee selection and assessment, team development, program design and evaluation, and occupational health.


Additional Lower Level Requirements

ACCT 2101            Principles of Accounting I

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A study of the underlying theory and application of financial accounting concepts.

ACCT 2102            Principles of Accounting II

Prerequisite: ACCT 2101

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A study of the underlying theory and application of managerial accounting concepts.

BUSA 2101            Introduction to Business Computer Systems

Prerequisite: Not open to students who are enrolled in EDUC 2401 or who have credit for EDUC 2401.

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A survey of Management Information Systems and the application of computers in business and related areas, including hardware, software, data, procedures, human resources, an operating environment, an electronic spreadsheet, a database management system, a presentation management system, and the Internet.

BUSA 2105            Communicating in the Environment of Business

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An analysis and practical applications of the external and internal communications of business organizations.

BUSA 2106            The Environment of Business

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the legal, regulatory, political, social, ethical, cultural, environmental, and technological issues which form the context for business, including an overview of the impact of demographic diversity on organization.

ECON 2105           Principles of Macroeconomics

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the concepts and analysis of economic aggregates and policies.

ECON 2106           Principles of Microeconomics

Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the concepts and analysis of the structure and performance of the market economy.