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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Business Courses

BUAD 120 - Personal Finance

3 hours

An introduction to personal financial planning and the impact of economics, environment, age, geographic location, personal income and career choice on personal finances.  Some topics include planning processes, budgets, taxes, credit, loans, insurance, investing and retirement planning.

BUAD 202 - Introduction to Contemporary Business

3 hours

An introduction to business models and functions within the current cultural and technological environments. Careers in each of the major areas of Business and common career orientation skills are introduced.  The course further aims to provide practical research skills that are commonly used in the different functions of business.  Additionally, the course serves as an instrument where the students' knowledge of business upon entering the program can be assessed as well as a place to introduce graduation requirements of the business program.  Portfolio requirements are covered.

BUAD 211 - Profiles of Entrepreneurship

3 hours

A course exploring the essence of entrepreneurship as expressed by leading experts in the field and visiting business professionals who share their personal experience. Emphasis is placed on innovation and teamwork as class members engage in new venture development. (Spring)

BUAD 250 - Project Management and Leadership

1 hour

Course open to business and nonbusiness students who desire to learn and practice the intricacies of project management and leadership. Subjects include project planning, budgeting, scheduling, implementing, evaluating and reporting. Students will work as part of entrepreneurial teams to design, develop and implement projects. Each team will work independently, with the guidance of industry mentors and faculty coaches, to develop and implement specific projects. Enactus may be used as a means for accomplishing the practical aspects of the course. Lec & Lab. (Fall)

BUAD 251 - Project Management

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: BUAD 250 or permission of department chair

Course open to business majors to practice the intricacies of project management and leadership. Under the direction of a faculty member, a student will identify, plan, and implement a project that is congruent with his/her professional training and goals. Students will be active members of the Enactus team. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits. (Spring)

BUAD 270 - Management Information Systems

3 hours

Prerequisite: Grade of at least 70 on the computer entrance test, or CSIS 102 or CSIS 110 or permission of the department.

The fundamentals of information systems: hardware and software, extensive information on database systems, telecommunications, electronic commerce, and knowledge management.  Spreadsheet applications will also be covered in depth.  (Fall)

BUAD 295 - Health Care Management

1 hour

This course will explore the application of management theories in a regional hospital.  Lectures will be presented by visiting professionals currently managing a regional hospital.  Lectures will cover both the strategic planning and the day-to-day operations necessary to operate a regional hospital.

BUAD 301 - Principles of Management

3 hours

A foundation course introducing the key management function of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Emphasis placed on leading and managing international organizations in a global economy and marketplace. (Fall)

BUAD 302 - Advanced Software Applications

3 hours

Prerequisite: CSIS 102

Information systems, components of the Office suite, and integration of the individual software packages with one another and the Internet.  Projects will challenge students to apply advanced software functions to real-life business scenarios.

BUAD 311 - Business Law

3 hours

A study of the legal issues confronted in business operations. A general overview of the legal environment is presented, followed by an in-depth examination of contract law and the law of agency. This course covers materials tested on the CPA exam. (Spring)

BUAD 317 - Business Communication

3 hours

This course is designed to survey the principles and forms of communication frequently found in domestic and international organizations. Emphasis on oral and written communication theory and practice. This covers materials tested on the CPA Exam. (Spring)

BUAD 321 - Business Finance

3 hours

Prerequisite: ACCT 211

A survey of the field of finance, both private and public. Emphasis is placed on current problems in the field. Financial institutions are discussed, and loans and investment practices are analyzed. (Fall)

BUAD 372 - Human Resources Management

3 hours

A course designed to provide a working knowledge of personnel functions, with emphasis on recruitment, selection, training, job design, performance evaluation, wage/salary administration, and compliance with regulation. (Spring)

BUAD 383 - Finance Theory and Structure of Financial Markets

3 hours

Prerequisite: BUAD 321

Finance theories underlie the fundamentals in understanding finance and its role in markets. From measuring investment value, risk and return on investment, exposure to foreign currencies provide important tools for finance graduates. This subject will include foreign currency transactions, value at risk and portfolio theory. 

BUAD 422 - Portfolio Management

3 hours

Prerequisite: BUAD 321

This course will focus on portfolio optimization and asset allocation, the basics of bond pricing and debt portfolio management, the theory of asset pricing models and their pricing and debt portfolio management, the theory of asset pricing models and their implications for investment as well as techniques for evaluating investment management performance. The course will build upon the analytical skills developed in Financial Management. (Spring, even years)

BUAD 423 - Organizational Behavior

3 hours

Prerequisite: BUAD 301

A study of the understanding, prediction, and control of human behavior within organizations. Topics include motivation, learning, leadership, diversity, communication, interpersonal behavior, group dynamics, decision-making and change. (Fall)

BUAD 433 - Investment Principles

3 hours

Prerequisite: BUAD 321

Provides the student with the tools necessary for evaluating investments, including stocks, bonds, options and commodities. Evaluate the organization of securities markets, mutual fund investing, efficient market hypothesis, and fundamental analysis and valuation. Additionally, it presents a systematic methodology for constructing efficient portfolios and evaluating portfolio performance. (Fall)

BUAD 451 - International Business

3 hours

Prerequisites: BUAD 301, MKTG 343

An analysis of how culture and social values influence management and marketing practices throughout the world. Problems and perspectives encountered in operating business across boundaries are considered.

BUAD 452 - International Finance

3 hours

Prerequisites: BUAD 321; ECON 211

Financial management and economic theory in the international environment. The impact of regulation, taxation, capital and money markets, working capital management, capital budgeting, risk, and exchange rates on decision-making are considered. Consideration is also given to the development and application of economic principles within the world economy.  (Spring, even years)

BUAD 453 - Cross-Cultural Studies

3 hours

A study of communication between cultures in an ever-changing world.  This course will examine the interdependent global society, the structure and identity of culture, worldviews and cultural values.  The effects of cross cultural communication, both verbal and nonverbal, in business settings will be examined.  Practical applications are made for cultural differences, management expectations, and marketing practices. (Spring, odd years)


BUAD 454 - International Management

3 hours

Prerequisites: BUAD 301

This course will provide students necessary skills and knowledge to manage within organizations that are multinational.  There is an emphasis on the study and analysis of environmental forces, organizational design and organizational strategy in the global environment.   (Fall)

 

BUAD 460 - Ethics and Business Social Responsibility

3 hours

A study of the ethical, social, and legal responsibilities of business to its stakeholders, in relation to a dynamic macro-environment. Research paper required. (Fall)

BUAD 466 - Production and Operations Management

3 hours

Prerequisite: MATH 241

A study and analysis of the planning, design, direction, and control of physical and human resources used in the production of goods and services. Emphasis is placed on solutions to operational problems in the physical, locational, storage, and general service subsystems. (Fall)

BUAD 472 - Business Policies and Strategies

3 hours

Prerequisite: Open only to seniors majoring in the department. Subject to prior permission of department chair.

An integrative capstone course that explains what policies are, how they relate to strategies, and how a manager builds a strategic dimension into his or her actions. Any problem or opportunity - accounting, management, marketing, finance, production, organizational, personnel or other organizational dimensions - if it materially affects a firm's performance, is of strategic concern. The Peregrine Business Administration Common Professional Component exam is taken and student participates in the Business Strategy Game simulation. Portfolio requirement and completion is covered.   Lab Fee. (Spring)

BUAD 488 - Advanced Finance

3 hours

Prerequisite: BUAD 321

General survey of financial theories, from the viewpoint of both the financial officer or manager and creditor or stockholder.  (Spring, odd years)

BUAD 491 - Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. Alternatively, Selected Topics may be used for teaching special courses on a limited basis that are not listed otherwise in the bulletin.  This class may be repeated for different topics.

BUAD 492 - Business Internship

3-8 hours

An on-the-job, career-oriented internship program for training in business management. Variable credit of 3-8 semester hours is available. Admission to internship is limited to students who have completed 40 semester hours in the business core and concentration and have maintained a GPA of at least 2.50 in the major. Prior approval of the business internship coordinator and department chair are required before the internship is started. The internship may count as one three-hour elective course in the management concentration. Note: A student may not exceed a total of 8 hours for BUAD 492, ACCT 492, and MKTG 492 combined.  Eligible for IP grading.

BUAD 493 - Money and Banking

3 hours

Prerequisites: ECON 211

This course addresses classical and contemporary issues in the theory of money, banking, and financial institutions. Topics covered include: the gold standard, the structure of central banks and the Federal Reserve system, theories of money demand and money supply, the relationship between money supply and overall economic activity, the theoretical and practical aspects of monetary policies and money creation, the efficacy of fiscal policies versus monetary policies, and the role the Federal Reserve plays in economic stabilization. We shall pay particular attention to the money creation plays in economic stabilization. We shall pay particular attention to the money creation process, to endogenous money versus exogenous money, and to the ability of the Federal Reserve to stabilize the economy.   (Fall, even years)

BUAD 496 - Senior Business Seminar

1 hour

Preparation for meeting the demands of the work and academic worlds after graduation. Topics include current trends, issues, challenges, and opportunities in business and in graduate education. Portfolio requirement. Senior Exit Test given.

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