Course Descriptions

Bachelor of Applied Management Curriculum

BAS 301, Managerial Accounting

This course is intended for students in the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Applied Management program where understanding of the basic principles of financial and managerial accounting is essential in the successful execution of management responsibilities. The course defines financial statement interrelationships, financial analysis, product costing, budgetary control systems, and information reporting for the planning, coordinating, and monitoring the performance of a business. (5 credits)

BAS 310, Foundations of Management Theory and Practice

An exploration of the organization theory literature focusing on major theoretical perspectives and content area; includes: design of organizational structure and control systems; analysis of organization-environment relations, including inter-organizational relationships; managing organizational technology and innovation; information processing and decision making; and organizational culture, conflict and power. (5 credits)

BAS 320, Organizational and Interpersonal Behavior

Course provides the tools for understanding the organizational actions of individuals, groups and organizations; relates theory and research to organizational problems by reviewing advanced concepts in motivation and perception, leadership, decision-making, communication and influence, group behavior, conflict and cooperation, politics, corporate culture, organizational structure and environmental influences. (5 credits)

BAS 325, Legal Environments in Business

This course provides an introduction to the traditional and emerging legal principles and theory involved in business management. The focus will be placed on how to manage employees and other relationships without stepping on legal landmines. Emphasis will be placed in preventative law as well as strategies to resolve workplace conflict without protracted litigation. (5 credits)

BAS 340, Applied Financial Management

An introduction to the application of financial management principles. It includes the analysis of financial statements for planning and control, cash and capital budgeting, risk and return, capital structure, and financing the short- and long-term requirements of the firm. Students will apply the basic tools and techniques used to value a firm and evaluate and fund prospective investment opportunities. (5 credits) Prerequisite: BAS 301.

BAS 353, Global Political Economy

This course examines the politics of global economic relations. The interplay of both economic and political forces shapes outcomes in global affairs. The importance of understanding the interactive nature of these forces is particularly important in this current era of unprecedented global economic integration. Topics explored include globalization, international trade, the international monetary system, multinational corporations, global institutions such as the WTO, etc. (5 credits)

 

BAS 358, Social Media Management

Social media is how business is conducted today. As the number of social platforms increases, there is a greater need to establish an internal an external business strategy, policy, and culture to keep pace and build competitive advantage. This course will connect business objectives with social media strategy, platforms, and tactics. (5 credits)

 

BAS 380, Project Management

In management projects are major undertakings that have a limited duration (i.e., finite completion point) and as such, they require a unique approach for administration. This course covers the theory and practice of project management in the context of technical and human resource constraints. Students learn to apply the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques for project activities necessary to meet project requirements through the use of software and the approaches prescribed by the PMBOK. (5 credits) Prerequisite: BAS 310

BAS 390 Human Resources Management (course under review for approval)

This course explores human resources management as a way to achieve high levels of organizational performance. In this class we will evaluatee the strategic importance, ethical issues, and organizational impact related to the following areas of human resources: talent acquisition and talent management; organizational development; the legal environment of business; global human resources; training and development; diversity; and total rewards (compensation and benefits). (5 credits) Prerequisite: BAS 310.

BAS 435, Operations Management

Unique aspects of managing and growing small to medium sized businesses including strategic and operational planning; ethical issues; organizational controls and tools; marketing management and techniques; financial analysis and accounting; risk management; human resource management; and international opportunities. (5 credits) Prerequisites: BAS 301, 310

BAS 485, Decision Making and Problem Solving

Managers will face many important and far-reaching decision situations in their professional life. This course provides a systematic way to approach decision situations. It analyzes complex decision problems by breaking them into manageable pieces and by providing important insights that will lead to clarity of thought and commitment to action. Students will immediately implement conceptual and analytical tools using cutting-edge decision software. Prerequisites: BAS 310 and BAS 435 or permission of instructor.

BAS 490, Strategic Management and Policy

Strategic issues facing organizations, including top management decision making and social responsibility; environmental and industry analysis; establishing organizational mission and objectives; corporate, business and functional level strategy formulation; global and multi-domestic strategies; strategic implementation and control; integrating operations, finance, marketing and human resource strategies; case analysis. (5 credits) Prerequisites: BAS 310, 320, 435, 485 and MATH& 146

 

ENGL 325, Professional and Organizational Communication

Business writing course required for students seeking the four-year bachelor of applied science, applied management (BAS) degree. Production of business documents, including reports, proposals, letters, memos, essays, emails, and performance evaluations. Group projects and oral presentations. Review of business writing style, paragraphing, grammar, and document formatting. (5 credits) Students will be required to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to complete assignments. Prerequisite: English 101.

MATH& 146, Introduction to Statistics

Introduction to methods and applications of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics; summarizing data graphically and numerically, probability, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, correlation and linear regression. Prerequisite: 2.0 or higher in MATH 099 or equivalent. Graphing calculator required (TI-83/84 preferred). (Formerly MATH 281). (QS, NS)

Integrated Studies

BAS students are required to complete one course in each of the following areas:

  • Integrated Studies – Humanities Seminar
  • Integrated Studies – Social Science Seminar
  • Integrated Studies – Science Seminars

Humanities Seminars

IS 302 – Visions of Utopia

If some forms of social life are better than others, which form would be best? This course will investigate this question in a cross-disciplinary manner by examining conceptions of the ideal utopian society as expressed in classic writings from philosophy and literature. Authors include Plato, More, Marx, Nietzsche, Thoreau, Skinner, Burgess, and Nozick. (5 credits) Prerequisites: ENGL& 102 or ENGL 325. Preference to the students in the BAS program.

IS 330 – Explorations in the Humanities

Explorations in the Humanities approaches the humanities by focusing on the arts—painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, drama, music, dance, film, television and video art, and photography—forms which provide people with a variety of ways to examine and express their insights and questions about what it means to be human. In the context of this arts-centered approach, engagement with all the disciplines in the humanities, as well as with the natural and social sciences, will be made. (5 credits) Preference to students in the BAS program.

Social Sciences Seminars

HIST 360A – Labor Movements

Whether one works in a union or non-union environment, the peculiar nature of the American workplace has been shaped by the history and development of labor movements. By the nature of America’s formation, overt hostility or formalized containment, American capitalism has distinguished itself from its European antecedents by sustained resistance to worker self-organization and representation. With a strong commitment to “employment at will” and a generalized aversion to employee participation in decision-making, the American management system has emphasized control rather than cooperation or negotiation. This course will attempt to understand the American system by examining its employment relations from a labor perspective. It will be historical, because it follows the history of American labor development, and theoretical, because it will reflect on the meaning of that evolution. (5 credits) Preference to students in the BAS program.

ECON 350 – Political Economy

Theories of political economy are used to critically examine the laws governing the distribution of income between classes. This analysis is informed by the historical transformation of capitalism from feudalism, and involves a study of original texts, including orks by Smith, Mill, Marx and Veblem. (5 credits) Prerequisites: ENGL 112 or 325, or permission of instructor required. (5 credits) Preference to students in the BAS program.

SOC 350 – Social Stratification

A survey of the nature of social inequality in America, including its causes and consequences to the individual and society. Key issues include the social distribution of wealth, power and status; dimensions of inequality and their measurement; and explanations of stratification and inequality.

Natural Sciences Seminars

ENVS 321 – The Nature of Science: Going Green

This course explores the process and nature of scientific discovery, environmental challenges and possible solutions, and the realities of making a business “green.” The course includes lecture, lab/discussion, the science behind everyday things, weekly writing assignments, student presentations, and a business-, campus-, city-, or county-based project utilizing scientific methods in sustainability. (5 credits) Preference to students in the BAS program.

BIOL 323 - Conservation Biology

Study the major themes of the conservation of biodiversity: ecosystem diversity and distribution; ecological processes; and human impacts. Case studies will be used to examine natural resource conservation in the context of socio-economic values. Prerequisites: General knowledge of biology and college-level skills in math and English. Prerequisite: MATH& 146. 

Internships

Students must complete two 5-credit internships. These may be in the same or two different sectors. Prerequisites: BAS 301, 310, 320, 340, 435, ENGL 325

  • BAS 460, 461 – Private Sector Internship
  • BAS 462, 463 – Public Sector Internship
  • BAS 464, 465 – Tribal Sector Internship