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BUSINESS OPERATIONS Certificate

Certificate Offered

Credits Required: 30 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

The Business Operations Certificate is an entry-level certification. This program can be completed online or on-campus. All courses can be applied toward the Business Management Associate in Applied Science degree.

This certificate program provides an overview of core business operations and an introduction to its five major branches: management, marketing, accounting, economics, and information technology. This credential is useful for those who are planning to start their own business, who are reentering the business world, or who have studied or worked internationally and need to familiarize themselves with U.S. business practices.  A wide variety of job opportunities are available to graduates , including middle-management positions, first line supervisors, company owners, and other positions requiring leadership, decision-making, and critical thinking skills.

 

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Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 credits

CodeTitleCredits
ACCT 110Financial Accounting 3.00
BUSM 112Principles of Management 3.00
BUSM 255Macroeconomics 3.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
BUSM 110Introduction to E-Commerce 3.00

Second Semester - 15 credits

CodeTitleCredits
ACCT 111Managerial Accounting 3.00
BUSM 256Microeconomics 3.00
BUSH 241Human Resource Management 3.00
BUSM 108Entrepreneurship 3.00
BUSM 245Principles of Marketing 3.00

Course Descriptions

ACCT 110 - Financial Accounting

The accounting cycle in various types of enterprises is examined. Included is the practical application of the principles learned. 3-0-3

BUSM 112 - Principles of Management

This course provides an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of current day managers. It focuses on the basic functions of the management process - Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling and on the application of these functions through case study application. (3-0-3)

BUSM 255 - Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics examines the aggregate economy, with specific focus on unemployment, inflation, business cycles, and growth. Topics include economic reasoning, the economic organization of society, supply and demand, U.S. economic institutions, the world economy, national income accounting, money, banking, and the financial sector, the modern macro debate in reference to the aggregate production/aggregate expenditures model, demand management and fiscal policy, monetary policy, the debate about macro policy, the relationship between inflation, unemployment, and growth, international dimensions of monetary and fiscal policies, exchange rate and trade policy, traditional macro policy, supply-side macro policy, deficits and debt, and transitional economies. 3-0-3

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

BUSM 110 - Introduction to E-Commerce

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of E Commerce with an emphasis on understanding the foundations of this field. Specifically, technology, internet business models, establishing customer equity, and media convergence are explored as they apply to developing and sustaining a successful strategy for a company involved in ECommerce. 3-0-3

ACCT 111 - Managerial Accounting

This course is a continuation of Accounting I with emphasis on the use of accounting data in decision making, cost accounting and statement analysis. Prerequisite: ACCT110 3-0-3

BUSM 256 - Microeconomics

Microeconomics is the study of individual choice, and how that choice is influenced by economic forces. It considers economic reasoning from the viewpoint of the individual. Microeconomics focuses on the pricing policies of firms, households’ decisions on what to buy, and how markets allocate resources among alternative ends. Topics include supply and demand elasticities, individual choice and the foundation of supply and demand, production and cost analysis, perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly strategic pricing, competition in the real world, politics and economics and the case of agricultural markets, microeconomics policy and economic reasoning, government’s role in the economy, economic impact on the environment, antitrust and industrial policy, the distribution of income, the labor market, nonwage and asset income, international trade restrictions, growth and the microeconomics of developing countries, and socialist economies in transition. Prerequisite: BUSM255 or ECON255. 3-0-3

BUSH 241 - Human Resource Management

This course uses the competitive advantage approach in the study of key human resource management (HRM) practices of recruitment, selection, training, compensation, performance appraisal, and employment law. Focus is on developing an understanding of the managers role in the HRM process and developing an understanding of how HRM practices can be successfully developed and implemented in the context of today's global environment. Prerequisite: BUSM112 3-0-3

BUSM 108 - Entrepreneurship

This course explores the challenges and problems of small business operations including business plans and funding, forms and records, financial problems, ordering and inventory, layout of equipment and offices, methods of improving business, and employer employee relations. 3-0-3

BUSM 245 - Principles of Marketing

The four P’s of the marketing mix, product, place, promotion, and price, are studied and applied to current market issues. The concepts and techniques used in product development, pricing tactics, promoting a product, and in choosing a distribution channel are outlined. Some of the quantitative aspects of marketing analysis are covered. 3-0-3