BA101 4 credits
Introduction to Business
Introduces the history of business and economic systems in America. Covers the structure of business organizations by taking students through each of the functional areas of business: management, marketing, finance and accounting. The purpose of the class is to familiarize students with basic business principles and concepts through the use of terminology and examples. Students will also become familiar with the major sections of a basic business plan and the key elements found in each section.
Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test scores.
BA109 2 credits
Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job
Prepares students for employment by focusing on resume, cover letter, and application preparation; interview presentation; job search techniques; work ethic and professional image; interpersonal relationships; and business etiquette in the workplace. Students are expected to have completed most of their coursework toward a certificate or degree program before enrolling in this class. All students, both in-class and online, must complete an in-person, panel interview to pass the class (telephone or video-conferencing interviews do not meet this requirement).
Prerequisites: BA131 or CS120 and BT113 or WR115.
BA131 4 credits
Introduction to Business Computing
Covers basic computer applications for business. Students will gain hands-on experience with Microsoft Office 2016 applications using file management, email, word processing, spreadsheet, media presentation, and desktop information management software to create a variety of business documents, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint slide shows. Students must have access to the following Microsoft applications: Word 2016, Excel 2016, Outlook 365, and PowerPoint 2016.
Prerequisite: MTH20 and BT113 or designated placement test scores; CS60 as needed.
BA177 3 credits
Payroll and Tax Procedures
Emphasizes understanding of the federal and state payroll laws and regulations, calculating earnings and deductions, preparing payroll records, understanding and preparation of federal and state payroll tax deposits and tax returns, and accounting for payroll.
Prerequisites: BA131, BA211 or BT151; BA285 or CS125SS recommended.
BA199 Variable credit
Special Studies: Business
Offers selected topics of study in business through workshop, seminar, and independent study formats. Offered on demand.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
BA206 3 credits
Emphasis is on the four functions of management (planning, organizing, directing and controlling) from a socially responsible and ethical view. Students will be able to distinguish among different types of plans, develop mission statements, set goals and objectives, design an organizational structure and recognize staffing and training issues. Exposure to motivation and leadership theories, managing human resources, working in teams, and evaluation of the planning process are included.
Prerequisites: BA101; BT101 and BT102 recommended.
BA211 4 credits
Financial Accounting I
Introduces financial accounting theory including the accounting cycle, analysis and recording of transactions, and reporting financial information in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Includes accounting for cash, receivables, long-term assets, inventory, internal controls, ethics and accounting technology ecosystems.
Prerequisites: BA131 and BT160 or higher level math.
BA212 4 credits
Financial Accounting II
Continues the study of financial accounting theory with more in-depth study of asset, liability, and equity accounting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Includes accounting for receivables; plant assets, natural resources, and intangibles; current and long-term liabilities; investments; payroll; stockholders’ equity; and secondary stock markets.
Prerequisites: BA211 or approval of instructor.
BA213 4 credits
Covers the preparation of the statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis, the foundations of management accounting including various types of business enterprise cost accounting systems, analyzing cost/volume/profit relationships, management planning and budgeting, evaluating performance, and capital investment decisions. Uses word processing, spreadsheet, and general ledger software when applicable.
Prerequisite: BA212 or approval of instructor.
BA214 4 credits
Focuses on planning, creating, writing, and revising typical business documents such as letters, memos, reports, and presentations using current communication technologies (word processing, spreadsheets, graphical presentations, email, and the Internet). Understanding the purpose of communication in business is also covered. Use of word processing software for in-class/online assignments and examinations is required.
Prerequisites: BA131 or CS120, BT114 or WR121, Internet access and working email account; LIB127 (may be taken concurrently); CS125WW recommended.
BA218 3 credits
Introductory course designed to acquaint the student with principles, terminology, and concepts of personal financial management. Examines consumer protection, budgeting, wise spending habits, avoiding frauds/swindles, purchasing/leasing cars, home rental/purchase decisions, wise use of credit, comparison of home/health/life insurance, investing, estate planning, and other issues affecting personal financial decision making.
Prerequisites: BT160, RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test scores.
BA223 3 credits
Principles of Marketing
Comprehensive course designed to acquaint the student with basic marketing principles, terminology, and applied marketing concepts. Introduces basic concepts of product development, branding, pricing, promotion, and distribution. Consumerism, social and legislative issues, and marketing research are also covered.
Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 and RD90 or designated placement test scores; BA101 recommended.
BA224 3 credits
Human Resource Management
Builds on the information contained in BT101 and BT102. Introduces traditional, current and emerging human resource management (HRM) practices. Students will develop practical and realistic approaches to HRM by focusing on the functions of a human resources department and the responsibilities of a human resources director. Students will be able to assess HRM skills; describe current best practices in HRM; explain the process of selecting, placing and training employees; explain how diversity is managed in the workplace; prepare employee performance appraisal tools; tie compensation to performance; describe minimum health and safety measures required to protect employees; and explain how to effectively deal with labor unions.
Prerequisites: BT101 or PSY101 and BT113 or WR115; BT102 and BA206 recommended.
BA226 4 credits
Presents a brief introduction to the American legal system, structure of state and federal court systems, pertinent business legislation, Uniform Commercial Code, and obligations arising from tort law. Emphasis on formation, performance, discharge, and interpretation of contracts. Third party contracts, warranties, and product liability issues are also covered.
Prerequisites: BT114 or WR121.
BA228 2 credits
Computer Accounting Applications
Covers the application of integrated software (QuickBooks) as an accounting tool in service and merchandising companies. Includes general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, and payroll. Emphasis is on incorporating knowledge of manual accounting into a computerized system.
Prerequisites: BA131 and BA211 or BT151.
BA238 3 credits
The Art of Selling
What does it take to be a highly successful professional salesperson? This course guides students to explore and understand successful sales and sales management behaviors. Students will develop competency in professional selling approaches, conversations and presentations, and sales management techniques. Course topics include creating value in the buyer-seller relationships, prospecting, sales call planning, communicating the message, negotiating for win-win solutions, closing the sale, as well as how to motivate, compensate and train sales people.
Prerequisites: BA131; BT114 or WR115 and RD90 or designated placement test scores.
BA243 3 credits
Social Media Marketing
Covers the basics of social media marketing, creating online conversations through social media outlets, social media strategy, branding through social media sites, value in the organization's content, aligning offline marketing strategies with social media, and why a social media consultant may be a viable solution to social media goals.
Prerequisites: BT114 or WR121 and RD90 or designated placement test scores; BA223 recommended.
BA249 3 credits
Introduces students to the field of retailing and provides an understanding of the types of businesses, strategies, operations, formats and environments through which retailing activities are carried out. Course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to consider the process and structure of retailing. Topics include planning, research, consumer behavior, store design and layout, merchandising strategy, management strategy, promotional strategy, and pricing strategy. Students will be able to discuss the overall importance of retailing and how it fits into the marketing environment, understand who the retail customer is, and apply the “four Ps” of marketing to the retail sector.
Prerequisites: BA101 and BT114 or WR121; BA223 recommended.
BA280 Variable credit
Cooperative Work Experience/Business
Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program.
Prerequisites: BA109 and permission of Business Technology CWE instructor.
BA282 4 credits
Applied Business Statistics
Builds on the basic knowledge and skills learned in MTH243 and utilizes spreadsheet skills gained in BA285. Students will use Excel extensively to solve statistical problem. Emphasis is on the understanding and application of hypothesis testing, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation and regression, and Chi-square techniques. Designed to provide students with analytical skills they will need in upper-division business courses including accounting, finance, operations management and applied research. Dual numbered as MTH244.
Prerequisites: RD90 or WR91 or designated placement test score, BA131 or CS120, and MTH243; BA285 or CS125SS recommended.
BA285 4 credits
Advanced Business Applications: Excel
Course designed for students in any discipline. Includes hands-on approach to develop a competency in basic and advanced concepts and commands of spreadsheet software. Students will learn to design, set up, and print a variety of spreadsheet applications. Microsoft Excel will be used to develop materials. Emphasis will be placed on using spreadsheet data for problems analysis. Dual numbered as CS125SS.
Prerequisites: CS120 or BA131 and MTH65 or BT160.