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BAM Upper Division Courses

Upper Divison Requirements (90 credits)

(Year 3 & Year 4)

Management Core

BC 301 Critical Thinking (5 Credits)

Critical Thinking introduces the student to critical thinking processes used to analyze today’s business issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. The course focuses on building and analyzing arguments; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information. Students learn foundational skills that will serve them throughout the program and their business careers.

BC 306 Ethics and Leadership (5 Credits)

This course provides an overview of various philosophical approaches to ethical decision-making and practical applications involving ethical problems that arise in business. In addition, it introduces the student to the theory and practice of leadership. Topics include the major ethical constructs, approaches to self-knowledge and practical leadership skills. Students will be able to find solutions to ethical dilemmas they may confront during a business career, and have the self-knowledge and leadership skills to follow through with the solution.

BSC 407 The Effective Organization (5 Credits)

Organizational effectiveness is a function of leadership, decision-making, individual talent/people, processes and organizational culture. This course will assist students in developing their own skills and the ability to identify and manage these structures in their work environment. At the end of this course, students will understand: their own leadership style and how to modify leadership practices for cultural fit; comprehend the process for making and implementing decisions; working in teams as both a peer and a leader; how to motivate others; and how to design processes and procedures that align with the organization’s culture.

BSM 304 Organizational Communications (5 Credits)

This course covers internal and external communication in the contemporary, evolving organization. Students will assess their management communication style and identify areas for improvement. Topics include interpersonal and small group dynamics, use of communications technology, motivation, conflict resolution, and communicating with diverse audiences.

BSM 414 International Management (5 Credits)

International Management introduces students to the global economy. Students will investigate the internal business environment and its complexity in the international setting. Understanding and practical application of concepts and processes of globalization; the political, legal, and technological environment; ethical behavior and decision-making; the role of culture and its impact on behavior; and management of international strategies will be emphasized. Cross-cultural management and problem-solving techniques will be examined

ENT 300 Entrepreneurship (5 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship. Topics include business planning, financing, market development, operations, management, legal issues and social responsibility as they relate to starting and running an entrepreneurial venture. Topics are presented in the context of developing an overall new venture business plan where students will develop a plan for a real or imaginary new venture.

HR 405 Strategic Management Of Human Resources (5 Credits)

This course provides students an understanding of the use of marketing in the healthcare sector, including the creation of a marketing plan, the use of focus groups, and the creation of a marketing budget. Emphasis is placed on identifying market demographics, targeting, and positioning as well as decisions about product and service design, pricing and placement, and the promotion of health services. Students will gain an understanding of market research and the application of marketing strategies and tactics to support an organization’s core strategies.

MG 360 Financial Fundamentals for Managers (5 Credits)

This course introduces students to the basic principles, terminology and application of financial concepts in a project management context. This course will enable managers to enhance decision-making aptitude by incorporating financial theory and concepts. Students will learn to integrate concepts such as net present value, weighted cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, and forecasting into a project management context

MG 495 Management Strategy (5 Credits)

Management Strategy is the capstone course for the Bachelor of Arts in Management. Students integrate discrete skills gained from coursework in management, critical thinking, ethics and leadership, marketing, project management, and human resources.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BAM program is required. Prior to enrolling in MG495, students must be in their last quarter of study. Any exceptions must have special permission from the BAM Program Director.

MK 300 Principles of Marketing (5 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to basic marketing concepts. Topics include the marketing mix, new product development, consumer behavior, customer relationship management, strategic planning and e-commerce. Students will develop a comprehensive marketing plan and apply course concepts to real or imaginary products.

BC 401 Business Ethics Seminar (5 Credits)

The ethics portfolio is an opportunity for students to engage in a community to practice ethical decision making.  Each term as indicated in the schedule, students meet once with classmates and faculty for 4 hours to discuss and resolve their own personal or professional ethical dilemmas.  Over the duration of the program, they will submit milestone artifacts including:  notes from the ethics meetings; reflective journal entries; and short papers on ethical dilemmas.  A total of 5 credits are earned for the portfolio awarded on a pass/fail basis.  Students must obtain 5 credits to pass the course.

*Organized as a seminar series over five quarters with 3 seminars totalling 10 hours equivalent to 1 credit per quarter.

PM 401 Introduction to Project Management (5 Credits)

Introduction to Project Management uses a real team project to manage a project’s life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control.

Specialized Study Courses

BC 307 Corporate Social Responsibility (5 Credits)

This course introduces sustainability frameworks that companies can use to make business decisions that strike a careful balance between corporate profits, environmental stewardship, and social justice. Emphasis is placed on strategies to resolve ethical conflicts using values-based strategies that respect the needs of all stakeholders. Students will analyze business practices to identify ethical conflicts that are a result of an overemphasis on corporate efficiency and profits and will have the opportunity to suggest alternative corporate strategies that are beneficial and responsible to all parties.

NAS 331 Biodiversity and Conservation (5 Credits)

Biodiversity and Conservation incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to the study of biodiversity and conservation, with a foundation in ecological theory and principles as a basis for the conservation and management of natural, production, and disturbed systems. Students explore biodiversity as an ordered progression in biological complexity, from genes to ecosystems, and the mechanisms behind the development of species and ecosystems. The key processes that threaten biodiversity conservation are examined. The impact of humans on the earth’s biodiversity and current issues in the conservation of biodiversity are examined, in both global and regional settings. The scientific basis of species and habitat conservation and current practices and problems are also explored.

NAS 332 Sustainable Resource Use (5 Credits)

Sustainable Resource Use provides students with an understanding of the principles of sustainable development, with a focus on the environmental impact of current land and resource uses. Human impacts and land use over the past 200 years are examined, along with the limitation of current environmental policies and legislation. Forestry, fisheries, mining, energy, agriculture, and urban development, and the impact of each of these on the environment, are reviewed, both locally and on a global scale. Economic growth and traditional management practices are analyzed. Current approaches to land and resource use and planning, including worldwide environmental policies and legislation, are evaluated in terms of their contributions to global sustainability and options for the future. Students leave the course with an appreciation of the challenges of sustainable resource use.

MK 403 Public Relations (5 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to the role of public relations, responsibilities and duties of the PR professional, as well as functions of the PR department. Topics include crisis communication, issue management, and building and managing an organization’s image. Students will develop a public relations campaign, write news releases, fact sheets, media advisories, feature articles, etc.

PM 409 Leadership and Teams (5 Credits)

In this course, students will explore techniques for effective leadership and team management. Students will examine how to lead and participate on teams and manage change. Special emphasis is placed on team development and the ability to lead and work on geographically distributed teams. This course focuses on how to build and sustain alignment among team members by focusing on improved coordination, communication, and collaboration among team members, regardless of geographical location.

SOC 305 Social Media and Society (5 Credits)

Social media has become one of the most important tools of human interaction. Social media is also a source of information. In this course, students will examine how various types of social media shape people’s lives and social reality. This course will also look at social inequalities, such as age, gender, and socio-economic status, and their impacts on perception, access, and society.

BSM 405 Operations Management (5 Credits)

BSM 405, Operations Management explores operations management in the manufacturing and service environments. Topics include: cost accounting information for improving efficiency, product and service quality, total quality management, project management, materials resource planning, value creation, supply chain management and economic value. Students will focus on how to apply these concepts to real world operation functions of both manufacturing and services. It is strongly recommended that College Math and Quantitative Methods be taken prior to this course.

BSM 411 Introduction to Geopolitics (5 Credits)

This course introduces students to the study of geopolitics on national, regional and global levels. The course focuses on political, geographic, cultural, economic and related themes. This interdisciplinary approach aims to help students explore geopolitics within the context of our interrelated world.

BSC 401 Interpretation of Financial Statements (5 Credits)

Interpretation of Financial Statements focuses on the analysis of publicly issued financial statements for decision making, and is taught from a user perspective. Students will learn to read, understand, and analyze a set of financial statements in a broad, decision-making context. Emphasis is placed on the consequences of recording accounting transactions on financial statements and the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). A basic knowledge of math, algebra, and general business principles is needed to succeed in this class.

BSC 402 Financing Organizations (5 Credits)

Financing Organizations is an examination of the analytical tools used to manage and control finances. Concepts studied include the acquisition and oversight of working capital, intermediate and long-term financing, and the cost of capital and capital budgeting. Current issues in CSR reporting and ethics will be examined.

For full course descriptions please visit the current university catalog. 

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