Associate of Applied Science Degree (Ohio residents will receive an Associate of Applied Business Degree.)

Business Administration (Online Associate's Program)

Objectives

This program offers a foundation to help students develop business knowledge and skills. It combines the study of fundamentals of marketing, finance and communication. The program also emphasizes the impact of the dynamic, global information age on business and how to make efficient use of technology. The program includes three major focuses. The business focus provides an introduction to functional areas of business. The marketing focus offers marketing principles and practices with emphasis on consumer behavior. The communication focus offers a foundation in professional communication, including principles of professional business communication and methods and techniques used in the information age. The program also offers instruction on teamwork, technology and problem solving and includes general education coursework.

Career Opportunities

Business administration skills are important in every organization, from government to the private sector and from small local companies to multi-national companies. This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them begin careers in a variety of entry-level business and related positions.

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Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

Online Course Orientation

Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student must complete the online course orientation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

Equipment

The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software and Internet service.

Online Courses

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Online Student Preparation - Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student is encouraged to complete the online student preparation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

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Computer, Software Requirements and Specifications and Internet Service

The student must have access to a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment), software and Internet service that satisfy the following specifications:

Minimum Requirements for Computer: Pentium III or equivalent PC-compatible (MacIntosh or Unix-based machines are not supported), 256MB RAM (512MB preferred), CD-ROM, 2GB free space (5GB preferred) on master hard drive.

Minimum Requirements for Software: Windows XP or 2000 (or higher), Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (or higher), Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher), and functional e-mail address with file attachment capabilities. The student will be required to obtain any software tools, plug-ins and/or applications identified in the course syllabus for any course in the program of study.

Minimum Requirements for Internet Service: 56Kb modem (Cable or DSL connection strongly preferred).

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 25 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified General Education Courses+
16
GE273
Microeconomics+

This course introduces the economic way of thinking as it provides the basic principles of microeconomics. It is the study of choices made by households, firms, and government and how these choices impact the market economy. Prerequisites: GE117 Composition I or equivalent, GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4
GE274
Macroeconomics+

Building on the concepts of microeconomics, this course is the study of aggregate economic activity. Students will apply the basic principles to measures of economic performance and to explain economic phenomena such as unemployment, inflation and economic growth. Prerequisite: GE273 Microeconomics or equivalent

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4
Subtotal 24.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
BU111
Accounting I+

This course addresses fundamental concepts of accounting and lays a foundation for all other financial accounting courses. Focus is on the principles of accounting, accounting cycles, procedures, concepts and methods. Prerequisite: TB184 Problem Solving or equivalent

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4
BU112
Accounting II+

This course builds on the Accounting I course by integrating financial statements and the related accounting assumptions and principles. Emphasis is on uses and purposes of various accounting and financial statements and an overview of automated and accounting information systems. Prerequisite: BU111 Accounting I

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4
BU121
Introduction to Business In a Global Society+

This foundational course presents an overview of the functions of business in a contemporary global, information and technical environment.

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4
BU131
Business and Information Systems+

This course integrates fundamentals of information systems and technology with aspects of business operation and management. The importance of information systems and its relationship to business operations from an end-user perspective is also addressed in this course. Prerequisite: TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing or TB150 Computing and Productivity Software

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4
BU151
Principles of Supervision+

This course addresses the skills used by first-line supervisors in the workplace, including critical thinking skills as they apply to the supervisor's role in solving problems, conflict resolution and motivation of individuals and groups. Prerequisite: BU121 Introduction to Business in a Global Society

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4
BU213
Financial Accounting: Reporting and Analysis+

This course focuses on financial statement analysis and offers an overview of the tools of financial analysis by studying financial statement reporting and analysis from a liquidity, solvency and profitability perspective in relation to performance measurement. Prerequisite: BU112 Accounting II

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4
BU214
Fundamentals of Tax Preparation+

This course studies how taxes interrelate with financial accounting by distinguishing between taxation and financial accounting aspects in business transactions. Focus is on tax preparation, types of taxes and tax law. Prerequisite: BU213 Financial Accounting: Reporting and Analysis

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4
BU222
Business Law and Regulation+

This course offers a basic foundation in business law and regulation in a variety of areas, including bankruptcy, employment, consumer and contract law. Instruction on ethics, social responsibility and technology is integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite: GE217 Composition II or equivalent

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4
BU241
Principles of Marketing+

Focused on customer relationships, this course introduces the student to basic principles and practices of marketing. Students explore some of the challenges faced in developing and adapting the marketing plan to the changing global environment. Prerequisites: GE117 Composition I or equivalent, BU121 Introduction to Business in a Global Society

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4
BU242
Consumer Behavior+

This course builds on the concepts presented in Principles of Marketing. Emphasis is on consumer behavior, motivation, decision-making processes and the impact of cultural differences on consumer decisions. Prerequisite: BU241 Principles of Marketing

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4
BU271
Principles of Professional Communication+

This course lays a foundation for business communication in a wide variety of venues. Areas of instruction include electronic and hard-copy communication media, multicultural communication, and communicating with internal and external customers. Prerequisites: GE117 Composition I or equivalent, BU121 Introduction to Business in a Global Society

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4
BU272
Professional Presentation+

This course emphasizes skills necessary to conduct different types of successful professional presentations. Focus is on audience analysis, developing effective visual aids and presentation teams. Prerequisites: GE117 Composition I or equivalent, BU121 Introduction to Business in a Global Society

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4
BU323
Money and Banking+

This course introduces basic concepts and principles relating to money and banking, financial institutions and monetary policy, and how these concepts relate to economic activity and the activities of the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury and international economy. Prerequisites: GE274 Macroeconomics or equivalent, BU112 Accounting II, BU121 Introduction to Business in a Global Society

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4
EC311
Introduction to Project Management+

This course is an introduction to the discipline of project management. Topics include an overview of its evolution, its various processes and principles, tools and techniques and project life cycle. Students will also be introduced to a project management software. Prerequisite: TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing or TB150 Computing and Productivity Software

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4
Subtotal 56.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB139A
Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment+

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society and including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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4
TB141
Introduction to Productivity Software+

The course covers the fundamentals of productivity software. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and presentations as well as integration of productivity software.

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4
TB150
Computing and Productivity Software+

The course covers the fundamentals of computing and the use of computers in communications and networks. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer technology, Internet and the World Wide Web in enterprise computing and working environments. The course will also focus on using productivity software and hands-on applications to problem solving in business and other working environments.

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4
TB332
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

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Subtotal 16.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

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Notes

+In this program, this course is a distance education course that is taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses.

++In this program, the Unspecified General Education courses are distance education courses taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

*General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. Students must satisfactorily complete at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.