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Course Descriptions - Technology Business & Management

Technology Business & Management Department Course Descriptions
2015-2016 College Catalog

BS101 - Principles of Accounting (3 Credits)
Presents the theory and techniques of financial accounting. The course encompasses the basic functions of collecting, processing, and reporting accounting information for interested third parties (e.g. owners, investors, and government) and enables students to analyze, interpret, and use accounting information. (Offered in the spring and summer)

BS108 - Introduction to Human Resources Management (3 Credits)
Examines the role of the human resources manager in the areas of selection and placement; training and development; performance appraisal; wage, salary, and benefit programs; and labor-management relations. (Offered in the spring)

BS110 - Introduction to Business (3 Credits)
This course serves as an introduction to business in the U.S. and how it exists within a global marketplace.  Business practices and concepts will be central to the learning process throughout the semester.  Each unit during the semester will focus on the different operational functions within business including finance, human resources, management, and marketing. In addition, the various forms of business ownership, operation, and governance will also be explored. (Offered in the fall and spring)

BS120 - Introduction to Marketing (3 Credits)
This course educates students about the basic principles of marketing a business or a product and applying these principles in the workplace.  Students in the course will explore multiple avenues of marketing and branding that will focus on the theories surrounding price, promotion, product, and placement in order to generate revenue and increase customer satisfaction.  Students will explore consumer behavior and reactions. (Offered in the fall and spring)

BS201 - Small Business Management (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to the fundamental practices of small business management. Topics will include basic business planning principles, inventory management, sources of funding for small businesses and marketing strategies.  Content will focus on the risks and opportunities in the Opticianry Field. (Offered in the fall)

BS210 - Entrepreneurship (3 Credits)
This course serves as an introduction to business ownership, the steps involved in creating a business plan, and securing funding to launch the business.  Students will assess a business idea and evaluate its position in the marketplace through SWOT analysis and the completion of a competitive analysis. This course will prepare students for their capstone project and presentation. (Offered in the fall)

BS220 - Introduction to Quality Systems (3 Credits)
Manufacturing facilities and high tech companies within the United States are able to outcompete overseas enterprises by establishing and maintaining strict quality standards to offset higher domestic labor costs.  This course provides students with the fundamentals of various measures of quality along with techniques to evaluate and apply those measures to maintain and improve products, processes, and services.  Topics include process control statistics, fundamental lean principles and techniques, six sigma, continuous improvement cycles, and quality across the supply chain.  The role of quality in cost reduction, customer satisfaction, and regulatory compliance will be explored. (Offered in the fall)

BS230 - Financial Management of Technical Enterprises (3 credits)
This course serves as a springboard for students to understand the various financial management techniques necessary for the technology-focus business lifecycle. Students will expand their learning regarding the funding of a technical business and the tools used to maintain a financially viable enterprise. Students will gain a strong understanding of managerial decision making from a financial perspective and have a solid understanding of how decisions can impact an organizations bottom line. (Offered in the spring)

BS250 - Summer Seminar (1 credit)
Through weekly seminar meetings, guest speakers and directed observational notes, students will apply their business and technology knowledge to gain an understanding of a current or past workplace.  The role of technology in generating a profit will be examined. (Offered in the summer)

BS285 - Technology Business Capstone (1 Credit)
Working in teams, students will develop a technological idea into a business plan and then pitch that plan to a panel of representatives from potential funding sources.  Students will consult with each other and with technology majors to build the knowledge-base of the plan. (Offered in the spring)

BS311 - Microeconomics (3 Credits)
A broad introductory survey in which special attention is given to the role of economic principles in analyzing and understanding current economic problems. Emphasis is placed on the functioning of markets and on examining the behavior of individual economic units such as the business firm and the consumer. (Offered in the fall)

BS312 - Advanced Concepts in Information Literacy (3 Credits)
This project-based course covers the process of information literacy; from determining information needs through evaluating, managing and disseminating information; by integrating academic research strategies with advanced applications of desktop software. Best practices for effective communication of information in multiple formats will be examined with emphasis on integrating software programs through merging, transferring and linking files. (Offered in the fall)

BS324 - Managing Organizations (3 Credits)
Examines theory, research, and practice in the management of organizations.  Students learn to make use of analytical tools for recognizing, diagnosing, and acting on managerial problems related to organizations, to the objectives, and to the development of human resources. The course emphasizes topics at the macro level, such as organizational analysis and design, and at the micro level, such as managerial behavior, motivation, and interpersonal relations. (Offered in the spring)

BS332 - Financial Accounting (3 Credits)
Presents the theory and techniques of financial accounting. The course encompasses the basic functions of collecting, processing, and reporting accounting information for interested third parties (e.g., owners, investors, and government) and enables students to analyze, interpret, and use accounting information. (Offered in the spring)

BS334 - Business Law and Legislation (3 Credits)
This course reviews the American legal system, organizational structures, and the regulatory environment pertinent to business. Critical examination is conducted regarding: business ethics; contracts; business associations (agency, partnerships, corporations); and other legal entities. (Offered in the spring)

BS431 - Management Accounting (3 Credits)
Presents the theory and technique of managerial accounting from the particular perspective of the manager.  The course covers the identification and analysis of the behavior of costs within the organization, and illustrates how managers use such knowledge for planning and control. Major topics include responsibility accounting, comprehensive and cash budgeting, and standard job order and process cost systems. Prerequisite: BS332 (Offered in the fall)

BS432 - Human Resources Management (3 Credits)
Examines the role of the human resources manager in the areas of selection and placement; training and development; performance appraisal; wage, salary, and benefit programs; and labor-management relations. (Offered in the fall)