Upper Division Courses
Prereq.: ACC-221, ACC-222. An introduction to finance with emphasis on the theories and problems of resource allocation, the cost of capital, capital budgeting, asset valuation, capital structures, financial control.
Prereq.: ECO-271, ECO-272, MAT-112 and MAT 151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred). Analysis of financial markets and intermediaries including theory and practice in financial intermediation, the nature and function of money, interest rate theory, money and capital market instruments, monetary theory and policy, and government regulation.
Fall. An analysis of international business from the viewpoint of entering into multinational business activities, examining cultural, social, economic, and political factors related to transnational operations. (CULTURAL DIVERSITY)
Prereq.: ECO-271, ECO-272, MAT-112 and MAT-151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred). This course will focus on the dichotomy inherent in any country or location where agriculture is pitted against the development of business. We will study the reasons and issues created by this struggle, using the wine industry as our business agriculture example. we will have a first hand look at how it is being played out in the U.S. and Australia.
Prereq.: ACC-221, BUS-150 and MAT-124 or MAT-311 or permission. A study of managerial decision making and how analytic frameworks are used to support decisions. Topics include decision modeling, forecasting, linear programming, and statistical quality control. Extensive use of computers.
Fall, spring. Prereq.: ECO-271, ECO-272, MAT-112 and MAT-151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred). The application of behavioral science theory and methods to better understand and manage individual and group behavior in organizations.
Fall, Spring. Prereq.: ACC-221. A foundation course in marketing which addresses the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of goods, services, and ideas to create exchanges that satisfy individual and organizational goals with consideration of the social, ethical, economic, and international environments. This foundation course is a prerequisite to all other marketing courses.
Winter. Prereq.: BUS-360. An analysis of the field of advertising, sales promotion, public relations, and personal selling management from an integrated marketing communications perspective. The course will focus on an examination of the marketing process, consumer behavior, communications theory, and the role of research to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate advertising and promotional programs.
Fall. Prereq.: BUS-150 or equivalent or familiarity with Internet research. Familiarity with the use of the Internet is assumed. Business opportunities, challenges, and strategies for use of the information superhighway will be explored, as will strategies and vision on how to leverage the emerging national and global information infrastructure. Includes review of the tools and technologies necessary for electronic commerce and the impact of the emerging electronic market and commerce reengineering in today's corporations.
Fall, spring.Prereq.: ECO-271, ECO-272, BUS-150, MAT-112 and MAT-151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred). A course which surveys the use of computer-based information systems in business. Uses a socio-technical approach to examine the organization, management, infrastructure and support for information technology in businesses preparing to become digital entities. Introduces topics covered in more depth in BUS 381, 482, 483, and 485.
Fall, spring. Prereq.: ENG-100 or ENG-101or WRI-102 and ECO-271, ECO-272, MAT-112 and MAT-151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred). An introduction to the fundamental principles of law affecting business. Topics will include contract law, UCC, property rights, partnerships and corporations, rights of creditors, business regulation, rights of shareholders, and other legal concerns of both profit and non-profit organizations. This is a writing intensive course and writing skills are part of the grading process.
Fall. Prereq.: BUS-330. Contemporary issues in finance. Topics can include liquidity management, asset valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, and financial strategy.
Fall. Prereq.: BUS-330 or permission. A study of the nature of investment, classification and analysis of bonds, stocks, etc., risk and return analysis, the Efficient Markets Hypothesis, CAPM, Modern Portfolio Theory, and the selection and management of financial portfolios.
Alt. years. Prereq.: BUS-330. Research and reports on selected problems or topics in finance.
Spring. Prereq.: BUS-330. Provides a framework for understanding financial management issues from a global perspective. Includes an introduction to the international financial system, the balance of payments, exchange rate determination, the management of multi-national corporations, and hedging currency and capital risks.
Fall.Prereq.: BUS-350 and MAT-124 or permission. Studies the development of operational planning consistent with the organization's business strategies. Topics include capacity planning, facility location and layout, allocating resources, inventories, scheduling, and projects. Extensive use of computers.
Prereq.: BUS-350, BUS-360 or permission. A study of the concepts and techniques necessary to design, conduct, and manage market research projects from their inception to completion. The course is centered on the market research process, including problem definition, research design, data collection methods, statistical analysis, as well as the interpretation, presentation, and application of results.
Alt. years. Prereq.: BUS-360. A study of how consumer psychological processes interact with both social and situational influences to shape consumer perceptions, decision-making processes, and purchase behavior. The social identity of distinctive groups of consumers who express ethnic, age-related, or lifestyle values through market and media choices will also be examined. (CULTURAL DIVERSITY)
Spring. Prereq.: BUS-360 and at least two courses listed in the marketing concentration. Capstone course in marketing focuses on the major issues faced by marketing managers, synthesizing the concepts, definitions, and models students have studied in prior marketing courses into a broad understanding of marketing and its strategic application. Case studies and a marketplace simulation will address problems and decisions found in profit and nonprofit, small, medium, and large firms operating in domestic, foreign, and multinational environments.
Alt. years. Prereq.: ECO-271, ECO-272, BUS-150, MAT-112 and MAT-151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred) or permission. Introduction to database management systems, including: relational models; normalization; security, integrity and recovery issues; query interfaces; data analysis, design, implementation and basic application development using Microsoft Access.
Alt. years. Prereq.: ECO-271, ECO-272, BUS-150, MAT-112 and MAT-151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred) or permission. Examination of how projects can be managed from start to finish, including specific emphasis on planning and controlling to avoid common pitfalls. Includes software applications and configuration management. Topics include identifying needs, defining requirements, project costing, scheduling, resource allocation, and project politics. All students, regardless of major, are encouraged to enroll.
Spring. Prereq.: ECO-271, ECO-272, BUS-150, MAT-112 and MAT-151 or MAT-123.1 (MAT-151 is preferred) or permission. Examination of analysis and logical design of business processes and management information systems focusing on the systems development life cycle; techniques for gathering and analyzing information systems requirements; and use of various techniques for logical system design. Topics include concepts, methods, and tools for the development of information systems management. This is a useful supplement to programming classes in the Mathematics department.
BUS-491 fall. BUS-492 spring. Prereq.: BUS-330, 350, 360 and 391. BUS-491 is the prerequisite for BUS-492. The Business Capstone course will provide opportunity for each student to integrate and apply all of what he/she has learned while at C of I. As a true liberal arts capstone, students will need to draw on their knowledge of areas such as politics, culture, history, math and business, to analyze organizational situations and recommend effective solutions. The first semester of the course will teach and practice organizational management models that will allow the student to develop their own models for how all the pieces fit together and can be used. Students will then integrate an apply their study by analyzing strategy, ethics and integrity, leadership, principles of management, human resource management, organizational behavior and international business. In both semesters, students will develop written analyzes and practical solutions for current organizational issues. Throughout the capstone experience, students will utilize simulations, case studies, individual research papers and team projects to learn how to be successful in twenty first century organizations.
Prereq.: Permission. Individually arranged and supervised internships with sponsors such as business organizations designed to provide practical experience in the field of concentration. Periodic reports and papers may be required. See internship guidelines. (INDEPENDENT WORK)
Prereq.: Permission. Seminars conducted by executives in residence or visiting executives on their industry or specific business. With the help of their advisors, participating students complete a research project related to their career interest and the topic of the seminar.
Prereq.: Senior standing. This interdisciplinary senior seminar will include visiting lectures from professionals in the arts and related businesses. Discussions will allow students to share common concerns and present senior projects.