Course Descriptions

BU 201 Organization Management     3 CR
An interdisciplinary study of the management of organizations and decision making utilizing behavioral and quantitative approaches. Topics include: decision making, motivation and behavior, leadership, group behavior, organizational change, planning, control and allocation of resources.  These topics are addressed against a backdrop of management reponses to isssues to ethics, social responsibility, and globalization.  Lecture and case study format.

BU 202 Organizational Behavior     3 CR
Organizational behavior is about people and how they act and interact, mostly as members of groups. Current theories of organizational behavior are examined through the use of self-administered tests, experiential exercises, discussion and case analysis. Prerequisite: BU 201

BU 203 Cross-Cultural Relations      3 CR
Being able to work well with people from other cultures, both outside and inside your country, is vital in the changing global environment.  Cultural sensitivity and awareness of different perceptions, value, and traditions are important individual skills.  Many people identify with more than one culture, adding to the complexity of cross-cultural relations.  In this course students learn to be alert to possible cultural differences.   Students come to understand these differences and to learn not to rely on self-referential criteria.

BU 207 Management of Human Resources     3 CR
Explores the contemporary human resources function and basic processes involved in the recruitment, selection, training, development, and evaluation of an organization's human resources.  Additional topics include today's emphasis on talent management as well as legal issues in HR management, labor relations, performance assessment and improvement, career paths, termination, compensation and benefit systems, and managing diversity.  Prerequisite:  BU 201

BU/CA 221 Business Writing      3 CR
Corporate business-focused oral and written communication skills are analyzed and practiced.  Individual and group presentations, memos, letters, reports, resumes, and interview preparation are included.  Laptop required. Prerequisites: C or better in EN 110 and CA 101

BU 231 Business Law I   3 CR
Provides a general survey of law adapted to the business environment.  Areas of study include the judicial system, constitutional law, criminal law, tort law, contract law, international law, and employment law.

BU 232 Business Law  II     3 CR
Provides an advanced survey of law adapted to the business environment.  Areas of study include certain articles of the Uniform Commercial Code, agency law, business organizations, property law, securities law, secured transactions and bankruptcy.  Prerequisite:  BU 231

BU 233 International Business Law     3 CR
A general survey of international law including treaties and international organizations. Topics include: the European community, WTO, U.S. trade policy, international contracts and international payment mechanisms. Prerequisite: BU 231

BU 234 Human Resources Law   3 CR
A survey of the laws which create, regulate and terminate the relationship between the employer and the employee, including contract law, federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, wage and hour statutes, and other applicable law.  With a micro analysis of the life of an employee complaint, from internal filing to litigation. 
Prerequisite:  BU 231

BU 257 Business Ethics     3 CR
Investigates the ethical questions that arise in normal business situations. The case study method is used to examine topics such as justice and the market system, whistle-blowing, trade secrets and conflict of interest, privacy, discrmination and affirmative action, marketing, safety and employment issues. Special emphasis is given to ethics as it rates to finance, corporations and international business.  Prerequisites:  PH 101 and BU 201

IS 272 Dynamics of Information Technology     3 CR
Presents information systems concepts from a managerial perspective to understand how information systems work and how they are used for business purposes. This course is designed to help students understand and use fundamental information systems principles so that they will efficiently and effectively function as future business employees and managers. Topics include: hardware and software of computers, telecommunication and networks (including the Internet), database management, e-commerce, systems development and systems security. Prerequisite: CS 100

 

BU 275 Operations Management   3 CR
This course serves as the introduction to the operations function of business.  All organizations, for profit or
not-for-profit, manufacturing, processing, or services, have operations as their central function.  Despite their diversity, these organizations share common objectives and problems; in most cases, the same principles can be applied to help manage the operations. Major topics include determining operations strategy and objectives, planning the operations process, controlling operations, and managing its quality.  The course introduces concepts to help understand how operations are organized and how operations decisions affect virtually every aspect of the firm. Prerequisite:  BU 201 and MA 133

BU 278 Principles of International Business     3 CR
Surveys the scope of international business with special emphasis on various environments including political, economics, legal, technological, and socio-cultural.  Also discusses the managerial process of planning, organizing, controlling, and leading in a global context, and its application to achieve success in international business. Prerequisite:  BU 201 

BU 299 Special Topics in Business     3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent offerings. Courses capitalize on a timely topic, a faculty member's particular interest, an experimental alternative to existing courses, etc. Prerequisites established by the department as appropriate for the specific course. Consult the current course schedule for available topics and current prerequisites.

BU 301 Business Policy     3 CR
Explores the formulation and administration of policy, integration of the various specialties of business and development of an overall management viewpoint. Prerequisite: Senior standing

BU 303 Frontline Supervisory Skills   3   CR
Explores supervisory skills required to effectively manage and deal with people in the workplace.  Emphasis is on strategic human resource issues of recruiting and managing to retain talent.  Includes skill-building applications to practice supervisory skills such as interviewing, providing feedback, conducting effective meetings, resolving team conflict, dealing with emotional behavior, and managing separations, terminations, and outplacement. Prerequisite:  BU 202

BU 311 The Welch Way  3 CR
Introduces Senior Business majors to methods and ideology pioneered by Jack Welch during his stewardship at General Electric.  Students gain a deep understanding of Welch-like leadership methods through study and debate. Human resource aspects of management are also covered.  Emphasis is on practice rather than theory. Guest speakers, in-class exercises and simulations, and applications of methods are the fundamental elements of this course.
Prerequisites:  BU 201 and Senior standing

 

BU 373 Entrepreneurship      3 CR
Students utilize their skills in various business disciplines to explore the passion of creativity.  The course enables students to conceptualize and pursue the development of a new idea or concept or the improvement/new application of an existing product or service.  Students utilize their knowledge of the market and competitive landscape, research, financial models, and management skills to determine the feasibility of a project and evaluate risk and the process of raising venture or risk capital. Prerequisite:  BU 201, FN 215, and Junior or Senior standing

BU 374 Small and Family Business Management     3 CR
This course introduces the student to the challenges, opportunities and rewards of owning a small business and provides the tools needed to be successful from startup through growth.  The course is also directed to students who will enter into the management of family business, either their own family's or someone else's, and who will do business with family firms, consult to them, work with them in private wealth manaagement, mergers and acquisitions, banking, consulting, outsourcing, etc. Prerequisite:  BU 373

BU 380 Creativity in Management  3 CR
This interdisciplinary course is designed to help students understand the genesis of an idea for a new product or service and how that idea is converted into a commercially viable business using marketing and finance concepts.  Guest speakers illustrate the creative process, and case studies are used to demonstrate their conversion in the context of a business enviroment.  Prerequisite:  BU 201, FN 215 and MK 201

BU 390 Internship     3–9 CR
Students are directly involved in various dimensions of business. Emphasis is on the practical application of business principles and skills to a specific industry or organization. An on-site business professional supervises students. Prerequisites: Senior status and permission of the department chairperson.

BU 397-398 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) 1-3 CR
The SIFE course provides students with an opportunity to engage in experiential learning.  Through SIFE, students design and implement business focused community service projects.  To receive three credits for SIFE, students must be involved during both the Fall and Spring semesters of one school year.  During the Spring the group creates a presentation summarizing their activities and presents the results at regional and national competitions judged by business executives.

BU 399 Independent Study     1–3 CR
Students work on a special topic under the direction of an instructor. Permission of the instructor and department chairperson is granted to qualified Business majors on the basis of a written proposal from the student.