This course allows students to develop effective written and verbal communication strategies specifically for the workplace. From idea gathering to drafting to delivery, this course will prepare students to effectively write, present, and communicate in a variety of methods and styles, tailored to professional audiences.
Business Law and Ethics
This course will introduce you to the laws and ethical standards that managers must abide by in the course of conducting business. Laws and ethics almost always shape a company's decision-making process: a bank cannot charge any interest rate it wants to charge; that rate must be appropriate.
This course will introduce you to business statistics, or the application of statistics in the workplace. Statistics is how we gather, analyze, and interpret data. If you have taken a statistics course in the past, you may find some of the topics in this course familiar. You can apply statistics to any number of fields, from anthropology to hedge fund management, because many of us interpret data best when it is presented in an organized fashion.
This course allows students to develop effective written communication strategies specifically for the workplace. From idea gathering to drafting to delivery, this course will prepare students to write a variety of documents, including memos, letters, and reports, tailored to professional audiences.
Human Resource Management
Human resource management (HRM), also called human capital management, refers to how organizations strategically allocate their most valuable resources – their employees – to areas of the company where they will be the most productive. HRM requires more than a strong human resources department: it requires smart, capable team managers working together with the human resource (HR) department to carry out common goals.
Introduction to Business
This course is designed as a survey course that will expose you to business terminology, concepts, and current business issues, with the intent of helping students develop a viable business vocabulary, foster critical and analytical thinking, and refine business decision-making skills.
This course will cover five major OB areas including managing individuals, managing groups, power and politics, conflict management, and organizational change. Before delving into more rigorous content, it is important to understand what an organization is and the history of organizational behavior as a discipline. In taking this into consideration, this course will begin with a look at the basics of an organization.
Small Business Management
This course introduces Entrepreneurship and Business Planning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze the entrepreneurial process through which business ideas are evaluated; identify the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs; demonstrate an awareness of strategies supporting entrepreneurship; distinguish between business ideas and opportunities; write a formalized business plan; write a marketing plan; examine their personal entrepreneurial potentials; know how to finance their business ventures; demonstrate an understanding of team-building dynamics.
"Effective communication takes preparation, practice, and persistence. There are many ways to learn communication skills; the school of experience, or 'hard knocks', is one of them. But in the business environment, a 'knock' (or lesson learned) may come at the expense of your credibility through a blown presentation to a client."
This course will begin with an introduction that will help further the distinction between leadership and management, and then you will be introduced to major theories and models of leadership and of leadership development from a variety of perspectives. Next, you will be introduced to the process of decision-making in a variety of leadership settings. You will then study the processes of leading independently, or without direct authority. The final unit will focus on managing groups and teams.
Principles of Management
This course will illustrate the ways in which the practice of management evolves as firms grow in size. Historically, middle managers have served as so-called “gatekeepers” who collect, analyze, and pass information up and down the management chain within an organization. But two recent developments at the turn of the 21st century, namely, low-cost data manipulation in computers and the emergence of widespread, real-time communication (in the forms of inexpensive, long-distance global calling, email, text messaging, and social media) have reduced the need for these middle-manager gatekeepers, and companies have eliminated thousands of such positions. The goal! To speed the flow of information and decision-making and reduce the number of layers that separate the customer from the leadership of an organization.
Crisis communication is one of the many specialized areas or functions of public relations. This course will specifically focus on the use of crisis communication to protect and defend a company or organization facing a problem or challenge that threatens to harm its brand or reputation
Negotiations and Conflict Management
This course will start with the conceptual framework of negotiations as it applies to all areas of negotiation in both the public and private sectors. As the course progresses, you will focus on business negotiation skills and strategies designed to help you maintain healthy business relationships. Specifically, you will learn about the concepts, processes, strategies, and ethical issues related to negotiation as well as appropriate conduct in multicultural business contexts. You will also learn to better understand the theory, processes, and practices of negotiation, conflict resolution, and relationship management so that you can be a more effective negotiator in a wide variety of situations. If you take advantage of the opportunities this course offers, you will be more comfortable and more productive managing negotiations as well as professional and personal relationships.
This course will walk you through the nuts and bolts of project management. From understanding the project life cycle to setting priorities and expectations to controlling expenses and reporting results, project management touches several resources within organizations. You will examine roles and environments and various techniques of planning, evaluation, and control. An overview of the tools used in contemporary project management will also be discussed throughout the course.
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