Course Descriptions



Introduction to Computers

Credit(s): 3

BUSA-100 is the study of computer systems and applications. This course includes computer terminology, an introduction to computer hardware, application and system software, and Internet concepts. It also includes societal issues and concerns of security, privacy, computer crime, and viruses. This course is required for the Business Administration, Business Education, and Accounting Assistant programs. It meets the computer science requirement for the A.A. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Introduction to Business

Credit(s): 3

BUSA 101 is an introductory overview of the organization, functions, and activities of business in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the terminology necessary to understanding business principles and practices. The course also includes an exploration of business environments, human resources, management, marketing management, finance, management information tools, and international marketing. Focus is on critical factors essential to understanding the interdependence between different facets of business operations. This course is useful for those who are considering a career in business or who want an overview of what the study of business encompasses. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Personal Finance

Credit(s): 1

Personal Finance is a course designed to empower students to analyze and develop their own personal financial plan. Students will be challenged to develop solid financial management skills through effective tax and savings strategies. Various financing options for large purchases such as automobiles and housing will also be discussed, along with developing techniques for controlling consumer credit. Students will learn how to evaluate different insurance options including life, health, and disability insurance. This course will also include some basic stock market strategies, including the choice to invest in stocks, mutual funds or bonds. Lecture: 15 hours


Principles of Management

Credit(s): 3

BUSA 211 provides an overview of theories and practices of management. Topic areas include the evolution and scope of management and the universal functions of management including planning, organizing, directing, staffing, controlling, coordinating, and delegating. Emphasis is also placed on the art of negotiating, leadership skills, team performance and productivity, and creative problem solving. This course fosters an awareness of the operational skills and administrative activities of managers, and it also helps in upgrading management skills. Prior completion of other courses is not required. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Principles of Marketing

Credit(s): 3

This is an introductory course designed to provide an overview of marketing segments and environments, and marketing mixes. Issues relating to product, promotion, pricing, and distribution are discussed. This course promotes an awareness of the operational and administrative activities of marketing managers; it also helps in upgrading marketing skills. This is a required course in the Resort/Recreation Management program. Prior completion of other courses is not required. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Ethical Conduct in Business

Credit(s): 3

BUSA 234 introduces basic business ethical concepts, principles, and examples. Topic areas focus upon solving moral dilemmas and introduce the stakeholder and issues management methods as a strategic and practical way for applying ethical reasoning in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on establishing solid decision criteria, moral creativity, and responsibility in ethical reasoning. This course also fosters an awareness of corporate responsibility in advertising, product safety and liability, and the environment. Timely ethical issues such as globalization, discrimination, sexual harassment, and whistle-blowing will be discussed as they relate to the workplace. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Introduction to Finance

Credit(s): 3

Introduction to Finance provides students with the general concepts, processes and tools necessary for the financial management of a business enterprise. The course also discusses the financial/business environment in which an enterprise operates. The course is designed to give students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests a foundational knowledge about the world of finance. Topics covered include time value of money, risk and return, capital asset pricing model (CAPM), cost of capital, and other topics that will increase student knowledge about finance. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete MATH-108 or higher with a minimum grade of C-.


Computer Systems & Business Applications

Credit(s): 3

This course provides applied instruction using computer systems and Microsoft Office suite application software within the business environment. The course includes both lecture and hands-on learning and emphasizes practical concepts of file management; the creation of documents using word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software; use of the Internet to access and retrieve data; and how various software components work together efficiently and effectively. This course is based on hardware and software that uses the Windows operating system. This is a highly recommended course for students majoring in the Business Administration and Business Education Associate of Science degree programs and meets the computer science requirements for the A.A. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Math skills equivalent to MATH-025 or higher.


International Business

Credit(s): 3

This course provides an overview of the international business environment and conditions affecting firms that do business overseas. The course explores the economic and cultural context for global business, cross-border trade and investment, the global monetary system, and competition in the global environment. The course addresses issues of international marketing, research and development, production and operations management, and human resource management. This course is useful for those who are considering a career in business or who want an overview of what the study of international business encompasses. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete BUSA-101 with a grade of C- or better.



Credit(s): 3

This is a principles course in e-commerce covering primarily the business strategies used in e-commerce but also addressing the technology needs. The course focuses on entry strategies, emerging web-based business models, legal and privacy issues, online payment systems, as well as contemporary web marketing, regulatory, technological, social and ethical issues. Website development processes and website architectures are presented. The course provides a solid foundation in conducting business in the networked economy. Emphasis is placed on online consumer behavior, customer service, online order and fulfillment, as well as capital and human infrastructure needs to make effective business decisions. This course should be of interest to students pursuing a career in business or anyone considering launching a web-based business, using e-commerce as a component of a traditional business or pursuing employment in occupations that involve e-commerce activities. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Principles of Banking

Credit(s): 3

Principles of Banking is an introduction to basic money, banking and financial market concepts. The course includes an analysis of financial instruments, markets and interest rates. In addition, depository institutions and the financial industry structure is discussed. A brief review of bonds and stock and the role the equity markets play in the banking sector is included, along with a look at various risk management tools such as futures, options and swaps. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Legal Environment of Business

Credit(s): 3

BUSA 265 provides an introduction to the areas of law including contracts and torts which apply most closely to businesses. This course is a required course in the Business Administration, Business Education, Accounting Assistant, Paralegal, Legal Administrative Assistant, and Administrative Assistant programs. Lecture/Lab: 3 hours per week


Statistical Inference and Decision Analysis

Credit(s): 4

BUSA 271 is an introduction to statistical methods used to describe and analyze data. It emphasizes recognizing types of problems and their solutions, and provides the student with an understanding of probability, decision theory, confidence intervals, sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and nonparametric techniques. This course is a required course in the Business Administration program. Credit is not allowed for both BUSA 271 and BUSA 251 or MATH 253. Lecture/Lab: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete MATH-130, MATH-143 or MATH-147 with a minimum grade of C-, or have an appropriate COMPASS, ACT, or SAT score.


Investment and Retirement Planning

Credit(s): 2

Investment and Retirement Planning will assist students in taking an active role in the planning process for their retirement. The course evaluates the problems associated with accumulating assets for retirement and managing assets to create and sustain retirement income. The course takes an in-depth look at the various investment products available as well as the associated risks. Students will have the opportunity to prepare a retirement plan "road map" designed to maximize assets, and maintain a predetermined standard of living. Lecture: 30 hours