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Prerequisite Changes to the Following BUAD Courses

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Prerequisite Changes to the Following BUAD Courses

    Business Administration and Economics

    Department Proposal

Prerequisite Changes to the Following BUAD Courses:

BUAD 233 Marketing Management

     Currently: Economics 120 or 121 or BUAD 125

     Proposed Change: BUAD 125 and either Econ 120 or Econ 121

Rationale: Many students are currently entering the course under prepared in either the

    principles of Economics or basic Accounting. The instructor must therefore teach basic concepts

    for both in addition to the Marketing content of the class. The result is that students with both

    the proposed prerequisites are bored and the others are inadequately prepared. The proposed

    change would allow the instructor to teach Marketing concepts and theories at the same level to

    all students.

BUAD 244 Industrial Relations and Collective Bargaining

    (Cross-listed as ECON 244):

     Currently: Economics 120 or 121

     Proposed Change: Economics 120 or 121 or 122 or permission

Rationale: The additional prerequisite would expand the base of students available to take the

    course. ECON 121 (Microeconomics) and ECON 122 (Macroeconomics) no longer must be

    taken in sequence, therefore, we are allowing students who have successfully completed either of

    the basic courses in economic principles to build on that knowledge with labor relations

    concepts and theories.

    BUAD 258 Information Systems I Concepts and Applications

     Currently: BUAD 125 or permission

     Proposed Change: MATH 111 or permission and BUAD 125

Rationale: Ultimately, the addition of MATH 111 allows a classroom of students to all have the

    same foundation to begin the study of information systems. The addition of MATH 111 will also

    allow the instructor to spend more time on information system concepts and applications and

    less time on mathematical concepts that need to be understood prior to studying concepts in the

    course. Basic algebraic theories are needed to apply and understand many concepts in

    information systems.

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BUAD 415 Auditing

     Currently: BUAD 225

     Proposed Change: BUAD 315

    Rationale: BUAD 225 (Accounting Principles II) is the culmination of an introduction or survey of basic financial and managerial accounting principles. BUAD 315 (Intermediate Accounting)

    is the bridge to a more in- depth study of financial accounting concepts. The topics covered in

    Intermediate Accounting are topics introduced in principles of accounting, but in Intermediate

    Accounting the topics are studied at a higher level. We also cover topics which are not studied

    in an introductory course. The Auditing course is a very specific course in accounting. The

    course is designed to introduce students to financial statement auditing. To successfully

    complete the course, most students need the intermediate level of financial accounting to

    recognize and understand the audit implications. Prior to 2002-2003 academic year, the

    courses offering was such that we needed to allow students the opportunity to take BUAD 315

    and BUAD 415 concurrently. We have since changed the timing of BUAD 415 to be taught only

    in the spring semester to allow the prerequisite of BUAD 315 to be taken.

BUAD 425 - Advanced Accounting

     Currently: BUAD 225

     Proposed Change: BUAD 315

Rationale: BUAD 315 (Intermediate Accounting) is the bridge to a more in- depth study of

    financial accounting concepts. The topics covered in Intermediate Accounting I are topics

    introduced in principles of accounting, but in Intermediate Accounting I the topics are studied at

    a higher level or more in-depth. We also cover topics which are not studied in an introductory

    course. The Advanced Accounting course is the culmination of financial accounting and an

    introduction of new subjects like governmental accounting and non-profit accounting. Students

    need a solid understanding of the concepts in Intermediate Accounting I to successfully complete

    the course.

BUAD 499 Business Policy

    Currently: BUAD 233, 248, 254, 342, and 348

    Proposed Change: BUAD 227*, 233, 248, 254, 342, and 348.

*BUAD 227 (see also proposed course re-numbering for Business Law)

Rationale: Business Policy is considered to be the Business Administration’s capstone course.

    It represents the course that ties all other BUAD courses and concepts together in many ways

    (i.e., policy project, case studies). Successful students need an understanding of basic business

    law prior to entering the course. BUAD advisors have always highly recommended the

    completion of Business Law prior to Business Policy, but we would like it to be required.

ECON 244 Industrial Relations and Collective Bargaining

     See cross-listing (BUAD 244) above

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Name changes to the following BUAD Courses:

BUAD 244/ECON 244:

     Current name: Industrial Relations and Collective Bargaining

     Proposed Change: Labor Relations

    Rationale: The description to BUAD 244 has not been altered because the course content has not changed. We recommend the name change for two reasons:

    1. Students may have a better idea of the course material covered if the name reflects a

    terminology they are familiar with and have been introduced to in other courses.

    2. The business world, specifically the field of Human Resources, uses the terminology

    of Labor Relations. Future employers of our students will recognize that the students

    have studied this content specifically or more in-depth compared to the current

    course title that is vague and “antiquated” in the current business environment.

BUAD 353:

     Current name: Sales Management

     Proposed Change: Personal Selling and Sales Management

BUAD 210:

     Current name: Small Business Management

     Proposed Change: Entrepreneurship

    Rationale: The description to BUAD 210 has been altered to reflect a more specific idea of the course content. The course content has not changed. Similar to BUAD 244, we recommend the

    name change for two reasons:

    1. Students may have a better idea of the course material covered if the name reflects a

    terminology they are familiar with and have been introduced to in other courses, even

    in courses prior to college.

    2. The business world uses the terminology of Entrepreneurship. Future employers of

    our students will recognize that the students have studied this content specifically or

    more in-depth.

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Course Number changes to the following BUAD Courses:

BUAD 127 Business Law

Proposed Change: BUAD 227 Business Law

    (See also Description Changes).

Rationale: The material introduced in Business Law requires students to have writing and

    comprehension skills as well as presentation skills at a college level. We feel strongly that the

    current course number is misleading to most faculty and students. The one hundred level course

    number implies this is a first year course and would require little knowledge of basic business

    language and concepts. Students will be more successful if they are prepared with this

    knowledge prior to entering the course.

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Course Description changes to the following BUAD/ECON Courses:

BUAD 125 Accounting Principles I

Current: Development of a broad understanding of the ways and means by which the collection

    and handling of financial data serve decision makers. PC applications utilized.

    Proposed Description: An introduction to the field of accounting and to the development of a broad understanding and use of accounting information. PC applications utilized.

BUAD 210 Entrepreneurship

Current: A survey of the techniques for starting and operating a small business enterprise.

    Proposed Description: A survey of issues involved in starting and owning a small business including forms of ownership, acquisition of financing, marketing and operations concepts,

    and culminating in the preparation of a simplified business plan.

BUAD 211 Introduction to Global Management

Current: An introduction to the legal, economic, financial, and human aspects of conducting

    business internationally.

    Proposed Description: An introduction to the organizational, legal, economic, human and cultural aspects of conducting and managing business internationally.

BUAD 225 Accounting Principles II

Current: Continuation of broad understanding of how accounting and financial data assist

    decision makers. Topics include corporations, special reports, use of accounting information,

    and managerial accounting, including cost accounting, planning, and control. PC applications.

    Proposed Description: Continuation of broad understanding of how accounting principles, accounting practices, and financial data assist decision makers. Topics include corporations,

    analysis of accounting information, and managerial accounting, including cost accounting,

    planning, and control. PC applications utilized.

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BUAD 227 Business Law

Current: The principles of the law of contracts, partnerships, corporations, sales, negotiable

    instruments, property, employment.

    Proposed Description: An introductory survey of the basic transactional legal principles needed in business, including a summary of the judicial system, legal organizations, contracts,

    torts, administrative regulation, property rights, selected articles of the Uniform Commercial

    Code, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and employment laws.

BUAD 233 Marketing Management

Current: Principles, practices, and basic theoretical concepts in the field of marketing.

    Utilization of the case method in instruction.

    Proposed Description: Principles, practices, and basic theoretical concepts in the field of marketing. Utilization of the case method in instruction. Special attention will be given to

    sustainable business activities.

BUAD 245 Income Taxation

Current: Examination of the present federal tax law and development of the accounting

    principles and procedures involved in the preparation of tax returns.

    Proposed Description: Examination of the present federal tax law and development of the accounting principles and procedures involved in the preparation of tax returns. PC applications

    utilized.

BUAD 248 Quantitative Methods

Current: The use of quantitative techniques in decision making for applied work. Substantial

    PC application.

Proposed Description: The use of quantitative techniques in decision making for business

    management. Substantial PC application.

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BUAD 254 Organizational Behavior and Management

Current: An examination of theoretical principles and applications as related to managing

    individuals and groups in the work setting.

Proposed Description: An introductory examination of theoretical principles and practical

    applications related to managing and leading individuals and groups in the work setting.

BUAD 353 Personal Selling and Sales Management

Current: This course provides a comprehensive overview of principles and problems faced by

    sales managers. This includes the formulation and implementation of a sales plan as well as the

    evaluation and control of the sales force.

    Proposed Description: This course covers in-depth the steps associated with the personal selling process as well as the techniques required to effectively motivate and manage a high

    performance sales force.

    BUAD 358 Information Systems II Development and Management

Current: This course provides a comprehensive coverage of information technology in business

    organizations. It covers the management and applications of information systems from a

    managerial end-user perspective.

Proposed Descriptions: This course provides a comprehensive coverage of information

    technology in business organizations. It covers the management and applications of information

    systems and electronic business transactions from a managerial end-user perspective.

BUAD 415 Auditing

Current: The principles employed in the conduct of a financial audit.

    Proposed Description: This course studies the principles employed in the conduct of a financial statement audit.

BUAD 425 Advanced Accounting

Current: Basic concepts and procedures applicable to advanced accounting problems. Includes

    accounting for fiduciaries, advanced consolidated statements, foreign subsidiaries.

Proposed Description: This course provides a focus on the consolidation of financial

    statements. In addition, a brief introduction to international, governmental and nonprofit

    accounting is covered.

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BUAD 433 Marketing Research

Current: Designed to provide students with the skills to define a research situation, construct

    the research model, generate and test the response or solution, and integrate the steps into a

    coherent project.

    Proposed Description: A course designed to provide students with the skills to define a research situation, construct the research model, collect and analyze data, generate and test the

    response or solution, and integrate the steps into a coherent project.

BUAD 438 Systems Analysis and Design

Current: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the development of

    information systems in a business environment.

Proposed Description: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the

    development of information systems in a business environment through comprehensive real-

    world cases and projects.

BUAD 499 Business Policy

Current: A case method course enabling students to consolidate knowledge, skills, attitudes,

    and values relevant to the responsibilities of corporate general managers. The student is

    expected to develop criteria for distinguishing simple from complex general management

    requirements.

Proposed Description: The capstone course of the Business Administration curriculum. The

    students will use Strategic Management as the framework to integrate and apply the

    knowledge acquired from all the coursework in the Business Administration major. The

    course utilizes lecture, readings, case methodology, simulations, and a major project of

    starting a business entity.

ECON 120 Introduction to Economics

Current: A survey designed to develop an understanding of the role of economic principles in

    domestic and world affairs. (Not open to anyone majoring in Business Administration or

    Economics, or anyone having completed both Economics 121 and 122).

Proposed Description: A survey course designed to develop an understanding of economic

    principles in business decision-making and social issues. (Not open to anyone majoring in

    Business Administration or Economics, or anyone having completed both Economics 121 and

    122).

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     Revision of Concentration of Human Resource Management

Currently: A concentration in Human Resource Management is achieved by completion of the

    following program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0:

     BUAD 254

     BUAD 354

    And four courses selected from the following:

     BUAD 244

    BUAD 416

    COMM 217

    POLI 301

    PSYC 250

    PSYC 300

    SOCI 336

Proposed Change: A concentration in Human Resource Management is achieved by completion

    of the following program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0:

     BUAD 254

     BUAD 244 Labor Relations (moved from courses to select from)

    BUAD 354

    And three courses selected from the following:

     BUAD 364 Team Dynamics (added to selection)

    BUAD 416

    COMM 217

    POLI 301

    PSYC 250

    PSYC 300

    SOCI 336

Rationale: The Business Administration and Economics Department reviewed the list of possible

    courses in our Human Resource Management concentration. We believe that Labor Relations (previously entitled Industrial Relations and Collective Bargaining) is a core course for students with a Human Resource Management concentration and a core knowledge that a Human Resource specialist is expected to have. Although, Labor Relations is discussed in any Human Resource Management course, the Labor Relations course expands this knowledge to include a simulation on the topic.

    The Department also would like to add Team Dynamics to the list of choices presented to fulfill the concentration. Team Dynamics is a relatively new course designed and offered in our Business Leadership concentration. The topic is of growing importance in Human Resource Management. The team management concepts presented and discussed in this course are therefore appropriate to a focus in Human Resource Management.

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Revision of Concentration of Health Care Administration

    Currently: The concentration is achieved by completion of the following courses

     ECON 120 or ECON 121

     ECON 122

     ECON 227

     SOCI 223

     SOCI 323

     BUAD 125

     BUAD 258

     BUAD 354

Plus one course from the following selection:

     BUAD 254

     PSYC 250

     BUAD 416

     SOCI 416

Proposed Change: The concentration is achieved by completion of the following courses

     ECON 120 or ECON 121

     ECON 122

     ECON 227

     SOCI 223

     SOCI 323

     BUAD 125

     BUAD 258

     BUAD 254 Organizational Behavior (moved from optional selection of courses)

Plus one course from the following selection:

    BUAD 354 Human Resource Management (moved from required course to a

    selection of optional courses)

     PSYC 250

     BUAD 416

     SOCI 416

    Rationale: A few years ago, the Business Administration and Economics Department changed the required courses in its major. At that time, the Department decided to require BUAD 254

    (Organizational Behavior) in its program of study and to have BUAD 354 (Human Resource

    Management) as a business elective for the major. During the Department’s review of courses

    and programs, we discovered that the Health Care Administration concentration had not been

    updated to reflect the appropriate sequence of courses. BUAD 254 is a prerequisite for BUAD

    354; therefore, students in the Health Care concentration would be required to take BUAD 254

    to study in BUAD 354. The department recommends the above change to reflect the appropriate

    course sequence.

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