Business Course Descriptions

Business & Entrepreneurship Course Descriptions

BUSN101 Principles of Marketing

This course deals with concepts in the development of the proper promotional mix of product, place, promotion, and price are presented. The course includes the principles of market research and consumer preference, needs, and desires. Students will learn the STP as the basic marketing concepts (Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning). In addition, students will learn about basic concepts of branding and international marketing. This is an introductory marketing course, which will usher students into the discipline of marketing.

BUSN202 Information Technology in the 21st Century

Increasingly organization survival and/or efficiency are related to the ability to acquire and maintain excellent information about itself and competing organizations. Information treated as a resource for strategic planning and operational management has a value like other assets in the organization. The information asset must be quantified and accounted for as such assets as land and equipment. This course will explore necessary management actions, which will ensure that information is available, correct, protected, and archived in proper forms. The objective of this course is to meet the challenges which are seemingly unending. Information Technology Services departments will be required to increase system performance and improve availability while simultaneously cutting costs and improving quality, measured by customers’ satisfaction.

BUSN210 Financial Accounting for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship requires innovation, strategy, reiteration, and execution. Within this process, it also demands aptitude with the language of commerce. Entrepreneurs must be able to speak fluently with those who fund, oversee, and support them about the financial dynamics of their operations. This course teaches essential financial terms, tools, and concepts. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and standards underlying financial accounting systems as failure boosted research in each field, influencing the designs of all models, and technological advancement has been contingent on learning from previous failures. for the entrepreneur. We will cover the entrepreneurial process, key accounting terms/concepts, valuation, expectations of investors/funders and the practical application of these topics to financial planning and performance analysis. Students will become familiar with financial statements (income statements, balance sheets, statements of cash flows) and with related accounting issues. While learning key concepts and practices, students will apply this knowledge by constructing integrated financial plans for proposed (or hypothetical) ventures.

BUSN220 Business Finance

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of business finance. The course requires an understanding of mathematics as well as economic concepts and accounting principles. The course is corporate- oriented with emphasis on practical applications and problem-solving techniques. The primary objective is to provide the student with the tools to understand and solve the basic financial problems confronting business today. The topics covered include the time value of money, valuation of assets, capital budgeting techniques, capital structure theory and dividend policy assessment. The application of the topics to international markets will be made whenever possible.

Prerequisite: BUSN210 Financial Accounting

BUSN280 Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The essence of entrepreneurship is starting something from nothing. The journey of taking an idea from its conceptual stage and turning it into a product/service applicable to the marketplace demands a comprehensive understanding of the different components of starting a business. This course teaches the fundamental concepts, processes, and tools of starting an entrepreneurial venture, with an emphasis on developing a business plan from a concept. We will cover the entrepreneurial perspective (challenges, characteristics, self-assessment), starting a new venture, developing the business idea, the business plan, including the marketing/financial/organizational plans, financing the new venture, managing the new venture and coverage of issues such as legal, franchising and international entrepreneurship.

BUSN410 Managing Growth and Failures

Growing a business beyond the start-up stage can be equally as daunting and challenging a task as the creation of a business. However, to transition to this stage of growth as a small and medium size business requires the entrepreneur, owner/manager to adopt a very different, almost opposing, set of management skills to be successful. The course is focused on the challenges and opportunities of managing a growing company and emphasizes practical management methods and techniques. Failure is simply inevitable. We all make mistakes! The second part of the course focuses on analyzing failure and managing it to take advantage of it. Failure is demystified and also analyzed in a social context across different cultures. Finally, the positive outcomes of failure are discussed, such as failure boosted research in each field, influencing the designs of all models, and technological advancement has been contingent on learning from previous failures.

BUSN420 Strategic Management

This course introduces the key concepts, tools, and principles of strategy formulation and competitive analysis. It is concerned with managerial decisions and actions that affect the performance and survival of
business enterprises. The course is focused on the information, analyses, organizational processes, and skills and business judgment managers must use to devise strategies, position their businesses, define firm boundaries and maximize long-term profits in the face of uncertainty and competition. Strategic Management is an integrative and interdisciplinary course. It assumes a broad view of the environment that includes buyers, suppliers, competitors, technology, the economy, capital markets, government, and global forces and views the external environment as dynamic and characterized by uncertainty.

BUSN430 Statistics for managers

This course examines how managers use data for systematic business problem-solving. Topics include collecting data, describing and presenting data, probability, statistical inference, regression analysis, forecasting and risk analysis. Special emphasis will be given to computer techniques, especially using Microsoft Excel, for statistical analysis and problem-solving. Common business processes and business skills practiced are gathering and organizing data, quantitative data analysis, forecasting, decision- making under uncertainty and communicating or presenting results.