Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Business Administration accomplish the following objectives:
- Use skills in oral and written communication as well as mathematics, relevant general education coursework, and specific business knowledge in the basics of accounting, economics, management, and marketing.
- Discuss the basic business principles and operations, including management, marketing, and finance.
- Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and team-building skills in a business management environment.
- Examine basic tools for managing in organizations based on a fundamental knowledge of both individual and organizational behavior.
Associate of Business Administration
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Introduction to the purposes of financial accounting statements and the recognition, measurement, and disclosure concepts and methods underlying financial statements. Focus is on using and interpreting financial statements and on understanding the impact of transactions and events on financial statements and financial ratios. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: MATH110)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110)
A continuation of Accounting I, this course includes study of managerial concepts, analysis of financial statements, internal controls, and contemporary accounting standards, practices, and issues. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT100).
Pre Reqs: Accounting I(ACCT100)
Basics of Business
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the terminology, organization, and function of the American business system. The course will give the student a broad background about the contemporary American and global business environments as well as considering different business organizations, management principles and strategies. Topics covered include marketing, finance, personnel, customer relations, production and operations, e-business, world trade ventures, internal information systems and decision-making processes.
This course teaches students how to communicate professionally in the business community. It emphasizes business language and style. Included in the course are exercises that instruct students how to write clear, well-structured, effective letters, bulletins, e-mails, instructions, memos, manuals, reports, and other business writing. (Prerequisite: ENGL101).
Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)
Principles of Supervision
This course provides a basic overview of supervision in the workplace including the supervisor's role in management. The course explores goal setting, problem solving, staffing and the training and development of employees. Other topics covered include the Human Resource Professional's role in leading the workforce, effective communications and stimulating improved quality management within the organization. The course is designed as a practical guide for the supervisor or manager and provides key leadership concepts and skills to improve quality standards and achieve established goals within the organization, ultimately improving working relationships, and spurring the organization on to greater productivity and success. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)
Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)
Fundamentals of Marketing
This course is a comprehensive survey of marketing activities and the function of marketing. The course will familiarize the student with the scope, terminology, and procedures of marketing. Course topics include the analysis of markets, competition, consumer behavior, and the assessment of product, price, distribution, and promotion strategies. Consumer motivation and the diffusion and adoption of new goods and services are studied. The student will complete a marketing plan of his own.
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Applied Business Solutions
This course is an integrated-based approach to task-based, business problem-solving using various technology solutions such as productivity software products, the Internet, and free applications. Students will be challenged to use appropriate technology skill sets, while also learning additional skills working on real world business projects. Students will complete the course with an e-portfolio of their work, which can in turn be used in the job search process. While this course does not have a prerequisite requirement, students should note that this is not an entry level course.
Basic Productivity Applications
This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the word processing application in the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format documents; and use lists, themes, mail merge, watermarks, templates, graphics, navigation tools, tables, charts, citations and bibliographies. Students will also be introduced to the features and capabilities of PowerPoint, the presentation application in the Microsoft Office Suite. This course uses the Microsoft Official Academic Course textbook that is aligned with Microsoft’s Exam--Using Microsoft Office Word 2010. The book meets the topical requirements for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Word 2010 Certification; and contains a six month trial of Microsoft Office.
Advanced Productivity Applications
This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the electronic spreadsheet application in the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets; they will also manipulate data and use formulas, charts, workbooks, styles, hyperlinks, themes, functions, conditional logic, graphics, comments, and security features. Students will also be introduced to Outlook, the electronic mail application in the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. This course uses the Microsoft Official Academic Course textbook that is aligned with Microsoft’s Exam—Using Microsoft Office Excel 2010. The book meets the topical requirements for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Excel Certification; and contains a six month trial of Microsoft Office.
Foundations of Online Learning
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.