Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Management will have completed the following objectives:
- Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills necessary to be a successful supervisor in a business environment.
- Explain key concepts, methods and practices for managing human capital in an organization.
- Compare and contrast ethical theories as they relate to organizational and individual behavior.
- Prepare a development program for a potential direct report.
Associate of Management
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Total Credits - 61 Hours
In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in Management, Human Resources concentration, also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of Human Resources, graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:
- Supervise people in the workforce environment.
- List the necessary steps to take in the recruiting, grievance and corrective action processes.
- Communicate an organization’s mission, vision, goals and objectives to direct reports.
- Discuss the challenges that human resources face in modern organizations
- Describe team-management skills with a focus on the group dynamics and ethics of an increasingly diverse workforce.
Microeconomics is an overview course that covers how households (consumers), firms (producers), and governments interact in competitive and other markets to set prices, and determine what and how much is produced. Key concepts introduced include the role of scarcity and choice, incentives and competition, and the law of supply and demand.
This course is designed to provide basic principles from the behavioral sciences that apply to establishing positive relationships among individuals in the work setting. Through readings, critical thinking, problem solving, writing, role-playing, and case studies, students will develop basic human relations skills essential to effectively functioning in the modern workplace. These skills are applicable to relations with co-workers, supervisors, subordinate workers and customers. The student will be presented with basic concepts for interpersonal relations, including individual differences, communications, group/team activities, cultural relations, leadership, mentoring, customer satisfaction and ethics. This knowledge will then be applied in their analysis of case studies, scenarios, and problem solving exercises in order to develop interpersonal skills that can be used in actual work situations. (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)
Recent scandals have shown us that in business, there’s a lot more at stake than the bottom line. Ethical behavior in organizations is a topic that warrants exploration. The purpose of this course is to investigate some of the ethical issues facing businesses including acceptable risk, intellectual property, workers’ rights, whistle-blowing, ethical leadership, outsourcing, and ethical issues in marketing. Students will be asked to reflect and examine how one comes to terms with being a good citizen and business person that attempts to prevent the dark side of business ethics.
Human Resource Fundamentals
This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing human capital in an organization. The purpose of this course is to discuss practices in the selection, training, job analysis, evaluation, wage setting, incentive principles, merit rating, job efficiency, and labor/employee relations of human resources as applied to both private- and public-sector organizations. This course is designed to provide students with a foundation to explore human resource fundamentals effectively across a number of disciplines. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)
Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)
Choose 6 Credit Hours from the following:
Employee Training and Development
In the emerging global economy, only those organizations dedicated to continuous learning are expected to grow and thrive. This course is an examination of individual and organizational strategies designed to stimulate creative approaches to learning in organizations, and will facilitate an understanding of individual development from both an organizational and personal perspective. Theoretical foundations and practical issues involved in employee training and development in business organizations are explored.
A comprehensive study of the basic communication skills
necessary for business and industry, including techniques in reading, writing, listening
and speaking. Emphasis will be placed on clear concise written and spoken
communication in terms of business correspondence and oral presentations. Topics
include communication skills such as listening, writing, verbal and non-verbal
communication, conflict resolution and interviewing skills with emphasis on the
importance of effective oral communications.
Students taking this course should not take RTMG150. This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing an organization. The purpose of this course is to discuss how people and organizations function based on the latest research on work, workers, managers, and organizations. Successful management requires knowledge of the behavior of people in organizational settings and of the processes that occur in those settings. This course is designed provide students with an overview of the challenges that arise for managers in organizational settings and to provide an introduction to the concepts and theories that can be useful in facilitating effectiveness.
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.
Seminar course must be taken as last course in the AA in Management program.
This course is a culminating course for the Associate of Arts in Management degrees. It is designed to allow the student to review, analyze and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in Management. The student will complete an approved academic project or paper that demonstrates your grasp of management study. This is a culminating course to be taken after all other Associate of Arts in Management courses have been satisfactorily completed. Student must have SOPHOMORE standing to register.
This course is to be taken as the LAST course in the AA in Management program
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.