Bachelor of Science Degree (Tennessee residents will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree.)

Business Management (Online Bachelor's Program)

This program exposes students to fundamental knowledge and skills utilized in entry-level business positions. Students are exposed to a variety of concepts in marketing, sales, accounting, communications, finance and management. Students are also exposed to teamwork concepts, technology and problem solving.

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level business positions.

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

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 and e-mail account.

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.

Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional requirements.

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.

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Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified General Education Courses+
22.5
EN3220
Written Analysis+

This course introduces theories and principles of critical and creative thinking with the goal of analysis and production of comprehensive written documents. Focus is on critically evaluating ideas and arguments. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, SS3150 Research Methods or equivalent

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4.5
HU4640
Ethics+

This course introduces fundamentals of, and differences in, the morals and rules of conduct among individuals. Focus is on the identification and analysis of a variety of theoretical moral constructs and their application to individual and personal behavior. Prerequisite: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent

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4.5
MA3110
Statistics+

This course introduces descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include probability and probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and linear regression. Prerequisites: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent, MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
PY3150
Psychology+

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioral, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, information gathering and analysis to practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
SC4730
Environmental Science+

This course explores the issues of environmental science using an integrative approach against a political, geographic, cultural and economic backdrop. Through hands-on and virtual labs and applied problem sets, students will study the impact humans have on the environment and the costs and benefits of mitigating the impact. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
SP3450
Social Psychology+

This course is a survey of theories and research concerned with how individuals behave in social constructs, and how they influence and are influenced by other people. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, SS3150 Research Methods or equivalent

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4.5
SS3150
Research Methods+

This course introduces a step-by-step approach to conducting research. Topics include scientific reasoning, applying critical thinking principles to assess validity and reliability in research, and production of research-based documents. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, MA3110 Statistics or equivalent or MA3310 Calculus I or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 54.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Core Courses**
54.0
BU3110
Business Negotiation+

This course examines topics in business negotiation, such as general contracts, labor agreements and sales contracts. Students will use standard scenarios to practice developing settlements that are fair for all parties involved in a negotiation. Prerequisites: BU1110 Introduction to Business or equivalent or PM3110 Introduction to Project Management or equivalent, FN2640 Fundamentals of Finance or equivalent or FN3140 Accounting and Finance for Business or equivalent

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4.5
BU3210
Quality Management+

This course explores quality principles, decision-making techniques, business compliance and quality processes and procedures. Students will study business cases to develop recommendations for improving the quality and compliance of an organization. Prerequisites: MK2530 Fundamentals of Marketing or equivalent, MG2650 Fundamentals of Management or equivalent

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4.5
BU3310
Operations Management+

This course examines operational workflow processes in a business organization. Topics include productivity measurement, operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness and designing need-to-product conversion workflows. Prerequisite: MA3110 Statistics or equivalent

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4.5
BU3315
Quantitative Analysis+

This course focuses on mathematical methods used in decision making. Topics include linear programming, queuing theory, transportation method and working under conditions of uncertainty to make choices that improve business outcomes. Students will use software to practice solving business problems. Prerequisite: MA3110 Statistics or equivalent

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4.5
BU4610
Business Forecasting+

This course involves topics in business valuation, risk and return, options and derivatives, and problem-solving skills that can be used to evaluate a business. Students study financial forecasting and the influence of corporate governance in valuing an enterprise. Prerequisite: MK4530 Marketing Management or equivalent

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4.5
BU4615
Business Policy+

This course focuses on the link between corporate governance and strategic management. Topics include exercises in developing corporate strategy and the roles of technology and innovation in an enterprise. Students will compare and contrast issues facing for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. Prerequisite: FN3440 Corporate Finance or equivalent

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4.5
BU4799
Business Management Capstone Project+

This is a project course in which students solve a business problem that is designed to combine elements of courses in the program. The instructor must approve the scope and depth of the student's project and acts as a resource for the student during the execution of the project. A formal written document and presentation are required. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 171 credits earned in the program of study

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4.5
FN3440
Corporate Finance+

This course explores topics in the management of corporate assets. Focus is on the theory and practice of corporate finance, stock and bond valuation, the cost of capital, capitalization mix, internal and external financing, and investment opportunities for excess cash. Prerequisite: AC1420 Financial Accounting or equivalent

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4.5
HR3460
Management of Human Capital+

This course focuses on the role of the human resources manager as a strategic member of the management team. Students will review the role of the human resource professional in defining workforce plans, recruiting goals, employee satisfaction programs, pay scales, performance appraisals and ethical processes within the organization. Prerequisite: MG3250 Trends in Leadership or equivalent

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4.5
MG3250
Trends in Leadership+

This course presents a variety of topics in leadership, including leadership theory, leadership framework, leadership styles, and trends and challenges in leadership. Prerequisite: MG2650 Fundamentals of Management or equivalent

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4.5
MG4550
Management of Business Teams+

This course examines methods used to manage business teams in which all participants may not be at the same location. Emphasis is on managing both internal and external teams, empowering team members, cooperation and competition, and problem solving techniques. Prerequisite: MG3250 Trends in Leadership or equivalent

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4.5
MK4530
Marketing Management+

This course presents perspectives of marketing management and the role of the marketing manager in the organization. Students will review structure, attributes and processes of a knowledge-based enterprise. Focus is on the design and implementation of marketing/sales systems, measuring outcomes, impacts, and benefits of marketing strategy and tactics. Students will review the management of information and knowledge in organizations. Prerequisites: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent, MA3110 Statistics or equivalent

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4.5
PM3110
Introduction to Project Management+

This course explores the discipline of project management. Topics include characteristics and phases of a project, the project life cycle, project process groups, project knowledge areas and project standards. Students will compare project management to program management.

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4.5
Subtotal 112.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Elective Courses+
13.5
Subtotal 13.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Minimum required credit hours for the Baccalaureate degree (Grand total)
180.0
Subtotal 180.0

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Notes

+ In this program, this(these) distance education course(s) is(are) taught completely 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, including 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. The Unspecified General Education courses must include 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.

**Examples of the subject matter included in the Unspecified Core courses are as follows: marketing, sales, accounting, communications, finance and management. Courses offered at this school that may satisfy the Unspecified Core course requirement are AC1220, AC1320, AC1420, BU1110, BU1410, BU2620, BU2760, MG1350, MG2650, MK2530, FN2640 and BU2799. The course descriptions for these courses are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog .

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.