Curriculum Sequence

Course   Credits Weeks
GEN 300X Critical Thinking and the Adult Learner 4 7
MGT 310X Contemporary Management and Leadership 4 7
ACC 304X Current Issues in Financial Accounting 4 7
ENG 361X Advanced Business Report Writing 4 7
MAT 203X Statistics for Today's Businesses 4 7
MKT 346X Managing the Marketing Function 4 7
ECO 301X Concepts in Economics 4 7
BUS 301X Legal and Ethical Issues in Business 4 7
FNS 203X Principles of Finance 4 7
MGT 366X Organizational Development and Behavior 4 7
ACC 315X Accounting Analysis and Decision Making 4 7
BUS 445X Case Studies in Global Strategy 4 7
BUS 470F Business Strategy Internship and Capstone (Fast Forward option only) 4 7
BUS 476X Business Strategy Capstone (Evening Program only) 4 7
Total   52 91
 

 

Course Descriptions

Course Credits Weeks
GEN 300X Critical Thinking and the Adult Learner 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of the Accelerated Learning Programs. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills as they are used in the analysis of significant ideas. In addition, the course specifically addresses self-directed and collaborative learning, the role of communication in conflict resolution, the conventions of academic research, an introduction to Medaille's General Education themes, and the study and personal skills required for success as an adult student. Study group formation, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included.
 
MGT 310X Contemporary Management and Leadership 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course examines the distinct traits and roles of leaders and managers, as well as the impact of each on successfully organizing and directing a business. The role of vision, commitment, empowerment, and emotional intelligence in leadership will be analyzed and applied to various corporate situations. Traditional and contemporary management theories, a systems approach to problem solving, and the four major roles of managers will be studied and applied. A review of current management practices, including Total Quality Management and Six Sigma, will afford insights into improving overall productivity and enhancing strategic advantage. Working individually and as groups, students will apply course content to both their current business roles and to pertinent case studies.
 
ACC 304X Current Issues in Financial Accounting 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides an in-depth examination of financial accounting theory and practices as they relate to the preparation, content, and analysis of financial statements. Additional current and advanced topics focus on the relevant issues that users of accounting information need to understand. These include, but are not limited to, accounting information technology, ethics, forensic accounting, international accounting standards, the costs and benefits of accounting regulation, and accounting for intangible assets.
 
ENG 361X Advanced Business Report Writing 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course teaches advanced critical thinking and writing skills for application in academic, business, and professional contexts. Students will produce professional and academic reports that are print-ready, coherent, and cohesive. Emphasis is placed on honing the students' skills in written, verbal, and electronic communication, producing an accomplished writer who is practiced in the conventions of written English and professional communication. Students produce a portfolio in both print and web-based media that will include an advanced research report and a proposal.
 
MAT 203X Statistics for Today's Businesses 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course presents an introduction to data collection and interpretation, descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling, hypothesis testing, and probability distribution as they apply to business planning and decision making. Emphasis is placed on the use of statistical software for data analyses and the ethical uses of statistics.
 
MKT 346X Managing the Marketing Function 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course examines the strategic role of marketing and the decision making role of marketing managers. Emphasis is placed on how the organization seeks to understand its customers while serving increasingly diverse markets. The course is designed to enhance the student's ability to make ethical, comprehensive decisions about product distribution, product promotion, and pricing issues. The use of modern technology is explored through e-business, the Internet, globalization, and evolving and new media sources.
 
ECO 301X Concepts in Economics 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course presents basic micro and macro-economic concepts and methods used to formulate and solve problems. Topics include demand and supply theories, production, profit maximization, pricing in different market structures, income determination, labor markets, international trade, aggregate demand and supply, and fiscal and monetary policy with an emphasis on how policy influences decisions made by management.
 
BUS 301X Legal and Ethical Issues in Business 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides a comprehensive look at the legal and ethical issues which shape modern business, integrating concepts from law, ethics and current management practice. Students will review government regulation, business structures, legal concepts, professional codes of conduct, individual personal value conflicts, and corporate values, morals, and ethical codes. Although the course focuses on the American corporation, international law and business transactions are covered as well. Extensive use of case studies will help students to integrate legal and ethical concepts with practical business applications.
 
FNS 203X Principles of Finance 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course is an introduction to the theoretical and practical uses of financial management principles with emphasis on financial analysis, decision making, and communication. Topics covered include financial ratios, along with concepts of risk, return and value. Emphasis is also placed on working capital management, cost of capital, capital structure, and long-term financing strategies.
 
MGT 366X Organizational Development and Behavior 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This case-study based course uses systems thinking to apply advanced organizational behavior concepts to real world problems and situations. Students will be asked to analyze the global implications of organizations, to distinguish between a business and the organization that conducts that business, and to develop proficiency in motivation and the creation of win-win environments. Students will use "framing" in decision-making models, analyze the traits of a learning organization perspective, and review the historical foundations of organizations. Ongoing individual assignments require synthesis of course concepts, as students act as an internal consultant to the CEO, recommending and evaluating various actions and their consequences.
 
ACC 315X Accounting Analysis and Decision Making 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides students with an understanding of how to use accounting information in the decision making process as well as the kinds of information found outside of traditional accounting systems that can be drawn upon to improve the quality of financial analysis and decision making. Topics include cost systems, budgeting, evaluation and control, performance measurement, human resource management, strategic planning (including game theory), forecasting, managing intellectual property, and costing and pricing challenges in an information-based economy. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the role of ethics in decision making, internal control, and global interactions.
 
BUS 445X Case Studies in Global Strategy 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course examines the strategies, competencies, policies, and procedures used to compete in a global business environment. Through in-depth study of the macro and micro-environments and the internal core competencies of an approved company, students will examine how a strategy can be crafted to build and maintain a competitive advantage. The forces which drive and control international business will be identified and their impact on conducting business in foreign countries analyzed. Through case study analysis, students will apply the material; in a final international business case, students will assess the overall success of a business venture and offer recommendations for long-term viability.
 
BUS 470F Business Strategy Internship and Capstone (for Fast Forward option only) 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides the student with both academic and experiential learning opportunities. Students participate in a year-long internship, ideally in the field in which the student will be seeking employment. Experience gained during the internship is analyzed in concurrent courses; course concepts are applied in the work situations. At the same time, students will engage in online discussion of current business readings and case studies to illuminate both classroom and work place learning. During the last semester, student teams will participate in an online business strategy simulation.
 
BUS 476X Business Strategy Capstone (for Evening Program only) 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This Capstone course integrates the knowledge and skills learned in the previous BBA courses, asking students to demonstrate integrative thinking and the ability to transfer theoretical knowledge from one setting to another. Using a business simulation, each study group will apply theory to real situations, analyze data statistically, employ appropriate problem-solving methodologies, and function effectively as a team. Each group will analyze its progress in a series of written and oral reports. Each student will evaluate his/her own growth and development through the BBA program in a series of reflective written and oral essays.
 

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