Online Program Course Experiences

The Eller Online Undergraduate Business Administration major's curriculum is designed to provide the student with a strong foundation in all business specialties. Each course is designed to emphases real-world application, group collaboration and critical thinking. The following Course Experiences are given to provide insights to the course and what you should expect to gain from completing them. Follow a link below to view Course Experiences by department, or scroll down for all Course Experiences:


 Accounting

ACCT 200 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 units)

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to financial accounting that concentrates on concepts, relationships, and the procedures involved in preparing and analyzing financial statements of for-profit business organizations. Concepts in this class include accounting for assets, liabilities, and owners' equity.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

ACCT 210 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 units)

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to managerial accounting that concentrates on concepts, relationships, and the procedures involved in understanding the strategic decision making process of managers in for-profit business organizations. Concepts in this class include the use of accounting data in the managerial process, cost allocation systems, and budgeting.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200
Offered:
Fall, Spring, Summer

ACCT 400E Intermediate Accounting for Business Administration Majors (3 units)

Course Description: Accounting 400E is an intermediate accounting course for Business Administration majors. This course has two goals. First, students will gain more experience taking business transactions and aggregating them into financial statements. Second, students will learn what types of information about a firm's performance and its strategy can be inferred from reviewing its financial statements.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will learn GAAP and how these policies impact financial statements. You will construct and evaluate income statements, balance sheets and statement of cash flows. You will learn to compute and interpret profitability, turnover, liquidity and solvency. Finally, you will work within a group to analyze the annual report and financial results of a publicly traded company. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall, Summer


Business Administration

BNAD 276 Statistical Inference in Management (3 units)

Course Description: This is a first course in business statistics, with an emphasis on techniques for data analysis and inference in management. Students are assumed to be familiar with basic descriptive statistics, probability theory, and probability distributions. Presentation of technical material is combined with hands-on analysis of data to aid managerial decision making. Meeting will be a mix of lecture and problem-solving. There are two objectives for the course. First, to develop a conceptual understanding of statistics and the role of data analysis in management. Second, to master the mechanics of applied statistics.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 116 (Business Calculus) or MATH 122A/B (Calculus 1)
Offered:
Fall, Spring, Summer

BNAD 277 Analytical Methods for Business (4 units)

Course Description: Corporations today are said to be data rich but information poor. For example, retailers can easily process and capture millions of transactions every day. In addition, the widespread proliferation of social and economic activity on the Internet leaves behind a rich trail of micro-level data on consumers, their purchases, interactions, retailers and their offerings, auction bidding, music sharing, so on and so forth. The business press, recruiters, and the companies that hire our students constantly tell us of the need for business people to manage very large data sets and use analytical modeling to achieve business results. This course will provide foundations of quantitative analyses to equip students with the necessary background to further develop their analytical skills in their business majors. It will focus on analysis of real business datasets in the context of business-related decision making. 
This course introduces and reinforces the concepts, methods, and applications of quantitative and statistical tools that are used by business decision makers. It will be taught as a sequel to BNAD 276, reviewing Statistics concepts and Single Linear Regression and moving to Multiple Linear Regression and other concepts that are useful to business analytics, such as visualization techniques and software. The course will have a heavy focus on hands-on analysis of real business datasets. It will use Excel and another business-relevant statistical package, such as SPSS or SAS.

Prerequisite(s): BNAD 276
Offered:
Fall, Spring, Summer

BNAD 301 Global and Financial Economics and Strategies (3 units)

Course Description: This is an applications based course which looks at the financial and economic operations of domestic and world markets. This course cannot be used towards any business major degree.

Prerequisite(s): ECON 200 (or Micro & Macroeconomics)
Offered: Fall Only

BNAD 302 Human Side of Organizations (3 units)

Course Description: This course is intended to provide an overview of organizational behavior, effective management skills, law and ethics in the workplace, and human relations. This course cannot be used towards any business major degree. 

Offered: Spring Only

BNAD 303 Marketing Principles, Concepts and Tools (3 units)

Course Description: This course is intended to provide an overview of marketing concepts with attention to consumer behavior, ethics, international and nonprofit components. This course cannot be used towards any business major degree. 

Offered: Summer Only

BNAD 304 Survey of Finance (3 units)

Course Description: An introduction to finance which provides an overview of the different areas of finance, introduces students to career options in finance, and provides a foundation in the basic tools and techniques of finance. It also covers the impact of markets and institutions on businesses. This course is simply an introduction to financial topics. This is a web-based course, which means that students must be self-directed to be successful in mastering course requirements. 

Offered: Fall Only

 


Business Communication

BCOM 214 Fundamentals of Business Communication (3 units)

Course Description: Introduce students to successful business communication strategies and practices and to help them improve and develop their business communication skills for increased success in future coursework and the workplace.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 and BNAD 276
Offered:
Fall, Spring, Summer

BCOM 314R Business Communications (3 units)

Course Description: Course intended to introduce students to the strategic nature of business communication. By the end of the course, students should be able to analyze business situations and prepare messages that fulfill all of the intended purposes of their communication, meet the needs and expectations of business audiences, and take into account other relevant contextual factors. Students must have adequate oral and communication skills to be able to effectively focus on developing the higher-order thinking skills that are necessary to succeed in the course. In order to help students devise successful communication strategies, the course will also therefore emphasize the development of these higher-order skills, which include analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Course Experience: In this course, you will learn effective communication practices necessary in a professional business setting. You will be engaging in weekly video conference meetings with teammates and the instructor though Cisco WebEx and Google Hangout.

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall, Summer

BCOM 315 Management Communications Review (2 units)

Course Description: This two credit, skills-based course gives you the opportunity to review and improve your written communication skills. You will examine and practice the written communication strategies and skills that are essential for your success in business.

Prerequisite(s): Transfer students who did not complete BCOM 214 prior to earning Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall, Spring, Summer

 


Economics

ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues (3 units)

Course Description: National and international economic issues. An introduction to economic analysis.

Prerequisite(s): two courses from Tier One, Individuals and Societies (INDV 101, 102, 103, 104). 
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

ECON 300 Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions (3 units)

Course Description: Examination of industrial structure; theory of prices under varying market conditions; applications to business problems.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will learn how to use economics to determine how cost constrains options. You will understand how to incorporate applications of game theory and behavior economics in a business setting. You will use economics to provide recommendations to improve business success such as profitability or efficiency. You will relate the theoretical economic concepts you learn in class to current events with the completion of weekly article reviews. Finally, you will work within a group to create a presentation that tackles the connection between real life and economic tools of analysis that are covered in the course. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Spring Only

ECON 330 Macroeconomic and Global Institutions and Policy (3 units)

Course Description: The study of how the macroeconomy is affected by institutions, technology and other forces, and governmental policy.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will learn how modern economies function at a macro level and how that relates to the business, world and financial sectors and markets. You will apply standard models of macroeconomics to address real-world problems, understand how international fiancé markets work, and recognize the impact of government policies on the marketplace. Finally, you will work within a group to create a presentation using the economic tools and analysis you learn in class to explain a current new article. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Spring, Summer

ECON 400 Economic Strategy for Business Decisions (3 units)

Course Description: The use of microeconomic analysis to formulate sound economic strategies for businesses of various types.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will learn economic strategy tools for analysis when writing and forming thoughts. You will learn to use economics to create recommendations to improve business success. You will learn to draw connections between economics and business through weekly article discussions. Finally, you will create a group presentation with your classmates that tackles the connection between real life and the economic tools of strategic analysis used throughout the course. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Spring Only

 


Entrepreneurship 

ENTR 420R Innovation Principles and Environments (3 units)

Course Description: Overview of entrepreneurial approach, strategies, and skills within a range of environments to advance technology and innovations. Students can pair ENTR 420R/520R with lab course to develop innovation-specific feasibility study or business plan.

Course Experiences: This course is designed to help you understand the innovation, ideation, entrepreneurship, and successful business models. Through collaboration within a group, you will learn to integrate and apply models of innovation, strategy, problem solving and critical thinking. You will learn to assess feasibility, unique value propositions, business models, pro forma development, and go-to- market solutions. Throughout the course you will work within a group to create a comprehensive business plan and investor pitch video. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Spring, Summer

 


Finance

FIN 301 Principles of Financial Management (3 units)

Course Description: This course is a seminar on the financial management within a business organization. The course covers sources of financing as well as the basic financial techniques used for making decisions in relation to costing and budgeting, pricing and investments. 

Prerequisite(s): ECON 200; ACCT 200 or ACCT 250; FIN 311 
Offered: Summer 5-Week Session 1

FIN 302 Personal Investing (3 units)

Course Description: Personal investing is a course focusing on the investment decision from the perspective of the individual, rather than the institutional investor. Coverage begins with a discussion of establishing investment objectives and a review of market efficiency. Additional course topics include risk and the principles of portfolio diversification, asset allocation, fixed income assets, equity assets, mutual funds, portfolio strategies and portfolio performance evaluation. Sources of investing information are also discussed. 

Prerequisite(s): ECON 200; ACCT 200 or ACCT 250; FIN 311 
Offered: Summer 5-Week Session 1

FIN 303 Small Business Finance (3 units)

Course Description: Small Business Finance is a seminar on the financial management of small businesses - sole proprietorships, partnerships and small private corporations. The purpose of the course is to prepare the student to effectively plan, research, acquire, and utilize financing for a small business. Among the topics covered are economic concepts in finance; small business management functions; business organizations; elements of a business plan; financial statement analysis and forecasting; break-even analysis; working capital management; and risk management. This is an online course. 

Prerequisite(s): ECON 200; ACCT 200 or ACCT 250; FIN 311
Offered: Summer 5-Week Session 2

FIN 304 Real Estate Principles (3 units)

Course Description: Real Estate Principles covers real estate essentials including property rights, legal concepts, regulation of real estate, real estate valuation and financing. This is an online course. 

Prerequisite(s): ECON 200; ACCT 200 or ACCT 250; FIN 311 
Offered: Summer 5-Week Session 2

Note: Finance Minors Only;  Course cannot be used as an elective in the Finance Certificate for Eller Majors

FIN 311 Introduction to Finance (3 units)

Course Description: Financial problems involved in the organization and conduct of business enterprise.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will learn to explain the Financial System and its role in the world economy, employ Time Value of Money computations, analyze and quantify Risk, compute the intrinsic value of stocks and bonds, perform Capital Budgeting methods and computations and recognize the role Financial Managers play in the modern corporation. You will learn the elements of Finance through a class wide stock picking contest while competing against your classmates and instructor. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall, Summer

FIN 460 Real Estate Finance and Investment (3 units)

Course Description: Investment analysis of real estate. Sources and costs of financing. Secondary markets and government programs.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will look at real estate as an investment through the perspectives of corporate, private, and public investor stakeholders. You will understand the legal issues that surround real estate ownership, the various types of mortgages, how to quantify the risk of different types of real estate investments, portfolio theory, alternative methods for investing in real estate, and evaluate various methods for disposition of real estate properties. Finally, you will work within a group on one investment case throughout the course and present your findings and recommendations. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall Only

 


Management

MGMT 310A Organization Behavior and Management (3 units)

Course Description: Integration of management and organization behavior concepts as applied to the administration of private and public organizations in various cultures.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will learn about human behavior within organizations, its causes, and its consequences for the individual, team, and organizational outcomes. Throughout the course, you will work within a group to complete 6 deliverables: SMART Goal, Project Plan, SWOT Analysis, Progress Report, Major Deliverable Paper, and After Action Review.  

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall, Summer

MGMT 330 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3 units)

Course Description: This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of human resource (HR) management. In addition to providing you with knowledge of HR management issues addressed by most managers, we will examine these issues from a broader organizational perspective.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will explore historical trends and best practices in managing human resources by evaluating actual approaches used by organizations in various industries. You will learn the importance of managing human resources, Equal Employment Opportunity and Safety, Creating and maintaining high-performance organizations, separating and retaining employees and establishing a pay structure. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall, Summer

MGMT 402 Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management (3 units)

Course Description: An interdisciplinary analysis of how fundamentals of economics, finance, accounting, marketing, management and information technology each raise ethical and legal considerations in the business environment.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will recognize the ethical and legal implications of economics, finance, accounting, marketing, management, and information technology in the business environment. Throughout the course, you will become familiar with the various political, social, and ethical considerations that influence organizations. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Spring, Summer

 


Management Information Systems

MIS 111 Computers and Internetworked Society  (3 units)

Course Description: This course introduces students to concepts of computer technology and the impacts of Internet on social, organizational, personal and ethical issues. Students develop a sufficient understanding of computers and other issues to form critical opinions about them, as well as acquire and hone skills to recognize and evaluate their role in interacting with the Internet.

Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

MIS 112 Computers and Internetworked Society - Lab  (1 unit)

Course Description: This is an integrated lecture-lab course designed to introduce students to the analytical methods and tools used for business problem solving with an emphasis on analysis techniques, algorithmic design, and implementation.
NOTE: Lab course was previously listed as MIS 111L

Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

MIS 304 Using and Managing Information Systems (3 units)

Course Description: Students will learn ways that organizations improve their business practices through the use of computer technology. Course emphasizes systems technologies, enterprise integration, business applications, and critical analysis of organizational change through information systems.

Course Experiences: The emphasis of this course is to understand how information technology may interact and shape businesses and organizations. You will obtain an understanding of IT and its role in business operations, how to effectively devise solutions to problems in an IT context, and effectively communicate throughout the entire business and IT spectrum. 

MIS 373 Basic Operations Management (3 units)

Course Description: OM is concerned with the creation of goods and/services. Topics include business processes, MRP, forecasting, facility planning and layout, inventory management, quality control and just-in-time manufacturing.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will learn quantitative and qualitative tools to aid with designing, controlling and improving the processes in the production of goods and services within an organization. You will cover best-practices, tools and techniques that are used to give an organization a strategic competitive advantage. Throughout the course, you will participate in weekly news reports and group discussions pertaining to operations management.

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Spring, Summer

MIS 478 Project Management (3 units)

Course Description: Project Management is the application of knowledge, analytical skills, scheduling software tools and techniques related to various project activities in order to meet project requirements. This course specifically addresses the nine project management "knowledge areas", the five project management "process groups" and the 4-way constraints of project management (i.e., scope, time, cost, quality). Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper or team-based PM Project with a real organization.

Course Experiences: You will learn the life cycle of project management from initiating to closing. You will learn to identify the critical path of a project, compress a schedule under budget constraints, use Earned-Value Management techniques, and conduct risk analysis for project management. In this course, you will participate in a online project management single-player simulation. In this simulation, you will be exposed to multiple scenarios that require you to make decisions based on scope, resources and schedules. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Spring Only

 


Marketing

 MKTG 361 Introduction to Marketing (3 units)

Course Description: Role of marketing in the economy and in business and nonprofit organizations; environmental factors affecting marketing; nature of marketing management decisions.

Course Experiences: In this course, you will study the role of marketing in an organization and learn to develop effective marketing strategies that meet customer needs. This course will cover topics in market segmentation, product development, promotion, distribution, pricing, and the ethical and social responsibility of all types of organizations. Throughout the course you will work within a group on case write-ups that mirror real world situations that face marketing managers. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall Only

MKTG 376 Marketing Analytics (3 units)

Course Description: Quantitative and analytical skills related to marketing; includes use of statistical packages and analysis with common marketing and financial metrics.

Course Experiences: This course will focus on three major topics in Marketing Analytics: Marketing Metrics, Predictive Analytics, and Marketing Technologies. Throughout the course, you will collaborate with classmates in groups to complete two Annotated Data Analyses (ADA) using real world cases and corresponding data sets. Your group will take the role of a small marketing insights team and present the results of your ADA projects to your classmates. 

Prerequisite(s): Professional Admissions as a Business Administration Major
Offered:
Fall Only

 


 

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