Business Administration

Oregon Coast Community College offers an associate degree and career pathway certificates within Business Administration. The two-year degree emphasizes skills to be used on the job upon completion of the degree requirements and are not designed for students intending to transfer to four- year schools. If transferability of courses is a concern, students should consult with the institution of their choice regarding transfer possibilities. State- approved Career Pathway Certificates vary in length but are designed to be completed in less than one year. These certificates help students attain skills for targeted entry-level jobs in specific areas of accounting.

Due to the rapid changes in employment opportunities, technological advances and certifying agency regulations, Business programs are subject to change. Students must meet OCCC’s writing and math competencies prior to graduation. Additional requirements for individual business courses are listed in the Course Description section of this catalog.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

BA 101 : Introduction to Business

Survey course in the field of business including topics such as management, finance accounting, marketing, production, computers, international business, small business, investments and other areas of general business interest.

Introduction to Business is designed to expose the interested student to many functions of modern business. The course shows the student how these functions exist in a changing society and the type of decisions which must be made within that environment. The course is also designed to expose the student to the multitude of career fields in the areas of business. The importance of business in the modern society is also stressed throughout the course.

Topics such as business environment, management, organization, marketing, finance, accounting, and data processing are discussed in an introductory manner. Credits will be acceptable as required and/or elective for Business Administration and Business Technology Certificate or Degree Programs.

This course is not designed to provide for entry level employment or job upgrading except to provide background knowledge of business.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of BA 101, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the forces that shape the business and economic structure of the United States of America.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major functions of business including Management, Accounting/Finance, Marketing, Investments, and Information Technology.
  • Explain why business ethics is an integral part of every business organization.

BA 111 : Introduction to Accounting

Presents double-entry accounting as related to service and merchandising business. Covers accounting cycle, including journalizing, posting to the general ledger, preparation of financial statements, petty cash, bank reconciliations, combined journal , special journals and payroll.

This is an introductory course targeted at students that have had no prior accounting. The emphasis is on the analytical skills and procedures needed by business and accounting students, as well as those with financial record-keeping responsibilities in their current job.

An understanding of accounting is necessary to examine the performance and financial health of business. For this reason, accounting is often referred to as the ‘language of business’. This course is the ideal way for students to acquire a valuable skill as well as begin to develop an appreciation of the role of accounting in the assessment and management of a business. Accordingly, it is recommended as a preliminary course both for students interested in business generally, and for those planning a career in accounting.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of BA 111, the student will be able to: 

  • Explain the conceptual foundation of the double-entry accounting model
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the steps in the accounting cycle
  • Apply knowledge of accounting procedures to rudimentary financial record-keeping requirements of a business
  • Communicate effectively using basic accounting terminology

BA 131 : Introduction to Business Technology

Covers computer concepts and the use of information technology in business organizations including the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Includes introduction to hardware, software, databases, system development, and tools that businesses use for communication and collaboration. Includes appreciating the value of ethical conduct in a business/computer environment and the impact of technology on industry and society.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to: 

  • Apply an understanding of how organizations utilize computer and communications technology to collect, process, and store data and information.
  • Apply technology to support business planning, operations, marketing, strategy, and decision-making
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software in the business environment.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to ethics, environmental responsibility, and privacy issues associated with information technology use in business and society.
  • Analyze how businesses use the Internet, social media, and technology to connect with customers and employees, market and deliver their products, and create competitive advantage.
  • Apply an understanding of the rapidly changing technological environment to make business decisions.

BA 150 : Intro to Entrepreneurship

Introduces the managerial practices of successful entrepreneurship in all types of organizations. Evaluates the business skills, leadership skills, traits, and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture. Reviews the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Examines entrepreneurial businesses in the United States and their impact on the economy. Considers recent trends in social entrepreneurship.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of the multiple contexts in which entrepreneurs may work: as business owners, as employees working in small, mid-size or large companies, or as consultants.
  • Identify the values and personal traits that strengthen an individual’s likelihood of successfully launching and operating an entrepreneurial venture and assess personal skills against those of successful entrepreneurs. 
  • Identify opportunities in the marketplace, and the steps to develop a business plan/canvas for operating a business, and the options for securing funding for a new business venture.
  • Understand the reasons small businesses fail, and how businesses that fail exit their markets.
  • Identify the importance of creativity, leadership, innovation, continued learning, ethics, and networking for successful entrepreneurs.

BA 177 : Payroll Accounting

Learn fundamental skills and basic knowledge in the area of business payroll. The focus of the course is primarily in the following areas: payroll and personnel record keeping, calculation of gross pay using various methods, calculation of Social Security and Medicare taxes, calculation of federal and state income taxes, calculation of federal and state unemployment taxes, journalizing and posting payroll entries, and completing various federal and state forms.

Students will prepare a business payroll in both a manual and computer format.  Fundamentals of payroll accounting will be learned. Major topics include: record keeping, wage calculation, federal and state regulations and how they impact business, and payroll journalizing. A manual and a computer based payroll project are assigned. This course is a requirement for the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Either

Upon successful completion of Payroll accounting, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic payroll accounting function and tasks.
  • Prepare payroll reports containing gross taxable compensations, common withholdings, net pay amounts, and do the related accounting for an unsophisticated employer.
  • Prepare many routine reports and forms.
  • For an unsophisticated payroll system, be able to determine the employer’s taxes to be paid and understand how payments are made.

BA 203 : Introduction to International Business

Explores processes of international trade, whether the company is an importer, exporter, or a multinational firm. Forms a basis for further study and specialization in the international business field.

In the Introduction to International Business Course, students will gain an understanding of the institutions, environments, forces, and problems that are involved when businesses operate in foreign economies. Its primary emphasis will be the dynamics of Business.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

  • Communicate effectively using basic international business vocabulary enabling them to successfully follow and engage in higher-level
  • international business courses.
  • Fully comprehend basic concepts of international business that will facilitate employment in entry-level positions in international trade and commerce.
  • Identify major governmental and non-governmental sources of information and import / export assistance and apply that knowledge through development of research reports tied to global business activity and country-specific business conditions.
  • Identify sources of information on cultural and business practice differences between countries enabling students to prepare themselves to do business with foreign nationals from those countries or brief other business managers on proper protocols for conducting business in those countries.
  • Use concepts of global business management as outlined in Domain 1 of the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional Practice Delineation in order to successfully respond to questions specific to the global business management knowledge portion of the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional exam.

BA 205 : Business Communication Using Technology

Focuses on using current technology to create, revise, and design business documents: letters, memos, e-mail, reports, minutes, simple instructions, and resumes. Incorporates the use of library and Internet resources to collect information. Includes oral presentations using technology presentation tools.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to

  • Communicate personal and organizational information using standard business document formats and business presentation techniques and tools.
  • Research, write, and edit business documents using on-line and library resources and business software applications common to the contemporary business environment.
  • Identify and select appropriate technology, including social media and mobile computing, for business communication needs based on the message and audience.
  • Work collaboratively with teams to communicate business information in a project environment.
  • Create a resume and cover letter.
  • Work cooperatively with business employees with diverse cultural backgrounds.

BA 206 : Management Fundamentals

Introduces business management theory, including the basic functions of planning, organizing, directing, leading, and controlling as well as factors contributing to change in current management approaches.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Management Fundamentals, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall role and importance of the management function.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the management process.
  • Communicate effectively using standard business terminology.

BA 207 : Introduction to E-Commerce

Presents concepts and skills for the strategic use of e-commerce and related information technology from three perspectives: business to consumers, business-to-business, and intra-organizational. Examination of e-commerce in altering the structure of entire industries, and how it affects business processes including electronic transactions, supply chains, decision making and organizational performance.

The phenomenal growth in the last few years of the Internet and its related technologies has created new ways of communicating and trading. The most obvious effects of this change appear negligible; there are easier and less costly ways of doing the things we would do anyway. Overtime, however the cumulative effect of these changes has had a significant effect, such as the impact of e-commerce on business transactions. Entire supply chains are being re-engineered, as are the industries that participate in them.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of BA 207, Introduction to E-Commerce, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations and importance of E-commerce
  • Demonstrate an understanding of retailing in E-commerce by: 
    • analyzing branding and pricing strategies,
    • using and determining the effectiveness of market research
    • assessing the effects of disintermediation. 
  • Analyze the impact of E-commerce on business models and strategy
  • Describe Internet trading relationships including Business to Consumer, Business-to-Business, Intra-organizational.
  • Describe the infrastructure for E-commerce
  • Describe the key features of Internet, Intranets and Extranets and explain how they relate to each other.
  • Discuss legal issues and privacy in E-Commerce
  • Assess electronic payment systems
  • Recognize and discuss global E-commerce issues

BA 208 : Introduction to Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Surveys the role of the nonprofit and voluntary organizations in American society including the history, theory and challenges of the third sector. Includes the Students4Giving service learning project where students serve as philanthropists to their local community.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

  • Apply their knowledge of the nonprofit sector and its interrelationships with government and business to frame their perspectives on social issues.
  • Respond appropriately to basic legal, governing and ethical issues faced by nonprofit organizations.
  • Critically evaluate factors impacting the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations around them.
  • Appreciate the diversity of social issues served by the nonprofit community.
  • Participate in civil society using various tools including philanthropy, volunteer service or nonprofit employment.
  • Respond appropriately to issues and potential conflicts involving international work performed by American nonprofits.

BA 209 : Introduction to Grant Writing

Covers identifying and evaluating appropriate funding sources, developing community relationships, and crafting successful funding proposals. Develops skills and knowledge necessary to prepare a competitive grant application.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compile a proposal needs assessment.
  • Identify and evaluate the potential funding sources most appropriate for a nonprofit organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Build community relationships necessary for the support of a proposal.
  • Write grant proposals including effective documentation and statistics.
  • Respond appropriately to requirements of accepted grant proposals.

BA 211 : Principles of Accounting I

Introduces financial accounting theory, including the accounting cycle, analysis and recording of transactions, and reporting financial information in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

This is the first term of the traditional accounting principles sequence. The course emphasizes the theoretical foundations of accounting and analytical skills needed by business and accounting students. Those with financial record-keeping responsibilities in their current employment will find it essential.

An understanding of accounting is necessary to examine the performance and financial health of business. For this reason, accounting is often referred to as the ‘language of business’. This course is the ideal way for students to acquire a valuable skill as well as begin to develop an appreciation of the role of accounting in the evaluation and management of a business. Accordingly, it is recommended as a course both for students interested in business generally, and for those planning a career in accounting.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Use debit and credit accounting to record and adjust basic business transactions.
  • Prepare multi-step income statements, classified balance sheets, and statements of retained earnings.
  • Use basic financial statement ratio analysis to evaluate financial performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of each step in the accounting cycle.
  • Know and apply organizational internal control components.  
  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to record common business transactions involving merchandise inventory, cash, and accounts receivable transactions.  

BA 212 : Principles of Accounting II

Continues the presentation of fundamental issues begun in BA 211. Introduces statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis.

This is the second term of the traditional accounting principles sequence. The course emphasis continues to be on the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to the recording and reporting of financial information, the underlying theoretical foundations of accounting, and the analytical skills needed by business and accounting students.

An understanding of accounting is necessary to examine the performance and financial health of a business. For this reason, accounting is often referred to as the ‘language of business’. This course is the ideal way for students to acquire a valuable skill as well as begin to develop an appreciation of the role of accounting in the evaluation and management of a business. Accordingly, it is recommended as a course both for students interested in business generally, and for those planning a career in accounting.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Use debit and credit accounting to record and adjust basic business transactions.
  • Prepare multi-step income statements, classified balance sheets, statements of retained earnings and statements of cash flows.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of each step in the accounting cycle. 
  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to record common business transactions involving long-term assets, investments, liabilities and stockholders' equity.
  • Use basic financial statement ratio analysis to evaluate financial performance.

BA 213 : Managerial Accounting

Covers accounting information from management perspective for planning, performance evaluation and for decision making purposes. Includes cost concepts, product costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, profit planning, variance analysis, responsibility accounting and capital budgeting.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Incorporate and use basic managerial accounting terminology and concepts in a business environment and communicate effectively.
  • Use an understanding of cost concepts for product costing and to analyze relevant costs.
  • Understand the nature of costs and apply to cost-volume-profit relationships and activity based costing.
  • Apply budgeting for business planning and standard costs to perform variance analysis.
  • Use knowledge of responsibility accounting to evaluate and measure business performance.
  • Apply an understanding of capital budgeting for decision making.

BA 218 : Personal Finance

Explores the role of the consumer in our economy, problems of financing family and individual needs, including budgeting, banking relationships, borrowing, insurance, risk management, real estate, investing, portfolio management, retirement and personal taxes.

Personal Finance is designed to expose the interested student to many functions of personal finance. The course provides the students with information that can be used to develop an overall financial plan and an understanding of critical areas where decisions should be made.

Topics such as the economy, budgeting, taxes, shopping, real estate, credit, retirement and estate planning are discussed in an introductory manner.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Personal Finance, the student will be able to:

  • Use a framework for financial planning to understand the overall role finances play in his/her personal life.
  • Apply financial principles to demonstrate sound, practical decision-making in personal financial situations.
  • Communicate effectively in dealing with personal business matters.

BA 222 : Financial Management

Covers basic financial concepts and practices and includes analysis of company resources, types and sources of financing, forecasting and planning methods, and the roles of the money and capital markets.

Finance Management is designed to expose the student to the financial issues of determining the monetary resources needed by a business, the mix of these resources, the sources and uses of funds, the benefits, risks and costs associated with different types of resources and financing.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Financial Management, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall role and importance of the finance function.
  • Demonstrate basic finance management knowledge.
  • Communicate effectively using standard business terminology.

BA 223 : Principles of Marketing

Provides a general knowledge of marketing emphasizing marketing mix elements and target markets for consumer and industrial products, marketing strategies, customer behavior, market planning and promotion.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Principles of Marketing, students will be able to:

  • Use an understanding of marketing and the market driven enterprise to differentiate market-driven enterprises from non market-driven enterprises in a market economy as a foundation for future course work and employer selection.
  • Identify some of the basic approaches to formulating a marketing strategy in order to participate effectively when working with marketing policy coordinators.
  • Identify key stages of the market planning process in order to create marketing plans through development of key sections common to most plans, as well as execution of rudimentary primary and secondary research.
  • Use knowledge of elements of the marketing mix and the functional disciplines of marketing such as research and marketing communications in order to guide future course selections.
  • Use understanding of both the product and marketing lifecycle including professional roles and responsibilities within that lifecycle to guide
  • marketing career selection and to correctly identify key stakeholders in the business workplace.

BA 224 : Human Resource Management

Covers human behavior, employment, employee development, performance appraisal, wage and salary administration, employment and job rights, discipline and due process, and labor-management relations.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 

  • Understand and apply key human resource management perspectives.
  • Strengthen organizational effectiveness by applying job description, human resource planning, recruiting and selection factors that meet company human resources requirements.
  • Understand and apply various aspects of motivation as they relate to job satisfaction, compensation, and security.
  • Incorporate and articulate effective methods of training and developing employees.
  • Comply with current federal and state regulations pertaining to employment.
  • Articulate and apply human resource strategies to facilitate improved employee-management relations.

BA 226 : Business Law I

Discusses fundamental concepts, principles, and rules of law that apply to business transactions. Includes the function and operation of the courts, business crimes, torts, contract law, intellectual property, the application of the Uniform Commercial Code to business activities and recent developments in business law, such as cyberlaw and electronic commerce.

Business Law is designed to expose the student to the American Legal System and it’s affect on business activities. The course provides the student information about the difference between trial courts and appellate courts, public law and private law, civil law and criminal law. Other topics will include: legal procedure, tort law, computer and intellectual law, business crimes, contract law, and sales of goods. This course is applicable as elective credit toward an Associate degree and may be transferable to a four year institution.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Business Law I the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Legal Environment of Business.
  • Apply basic legal knowledge to business transactions.
  • Communicate effectively using standard business and legal terminology.

BA 228 : Computer Accounting Applications

Introduces double-entry, fully integrated computerized general ledger software. Topics include general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, fixed assets, bank reconciliations, and inventory.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Computerized Accounting Applications, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of accounting theory.
  • Apply accounting procedures using microcomputer software.
  • Communicate effectively using standard accounting terminology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of accounting reports and records.

BA 234 : International Marketing

Covers nature and concepts of international marketing including techniques for identifying potential markets and assessing uncontrollable elements such as economic, political and sociocultural environmental factors. International marketing strategies related to product/service, pricing, promotion and distribution are examined.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

  • Communicate effectively using basic international business vocabulary enabling them to successfully follow and engage in higher-level international business courses.
  • Identify issues in marketing unique to the global business environment in order to facilitate employment in entry-level positions in international trade and commerce.
  • Identify major governmental and non-governmental sources of information and import / export assistance and apply that knowledge through development of marketing plans tied to global business activity and country-specific business conditions.
  • Develop basic workflow for international market planning and identify major components of a marketing plan such that they will be able to participate in entry-level support activities in a marketing department of a globally oriented business.
  • Identify sources of information on cultural and business practice differences between countries enabling students to prepare themselves to do business with foreign nationals from those countries or brief other business managers on proper protocols for conducting business in those countries.
  • Use concepts of global marketing as outlined in Domain 2 of the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional Practice Delineation in order to respond to questions specific to the global business management knowledge portion of the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional exam.

BA 235 : Social Media Marketing

Covers the use of social networks and emerging media in marketing and the role of social media in developing corporate, institutional or brand identity.

Due to the nature of the course, all students will be required to access and use social media for course completion both for research purposes and for exploration of communication options within social media networks. Protection of privacy and the legal ramifications of social network use is a significant topic of this course and will be stressed throughout the class duration.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Write a social media marketing plan for a new or existing product.
  • Identify primary social media channels used by corporations and analyze the function of each channel in order to participate in channel decisions and discussions within marketing teams.
  • Use terminology related to use of social media in a marketing context.
  • Develop both proactive and reactive strategies to manage corporate messaging in a social media environment.
  • Identify and respond to significant legal and ethical issues related to social media including laws and voluntary agreements covering protection of individual information protection.
  • Use understanding of privacy and data integrity issues associated with social media to identify both personal and institutional data privacy threats and maintain both personal and institutional data integrity.

BA 238 : Sales

Offers a blend of practicality and theory on industrial, commercial and retail sales. Demonstrates and practices basic sales techniques, explores communication and motivation as they relate to selling and examine the function of sales relative to the total marketing program.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

  • Define and explain selling.
  • Understand the psychology of selling
  • To develop selling skills that involve prospecting, planning, presenting, handling objectives, closing, follow-up, and servicing customers after the sale.
  • To familiarize students with current issues and certain situations that may be different from the norm.
     

BA 239 : Advertising

Covers the basics of planning, creating, using, and placing advertising in the business world. Reviews entire field of advertising as basis for students who select advertising as a career or as an integral part of a marketing program.

Advertising is designed to expose the interested student to the many aspects and functions of advertising. The course provides information about the history of advertising, commission schedules used in the advertising industry, the organization of a typical advertising agency, how an advertisement is created, and media coverage.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Advertising, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall role advertising plays in the business world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of advertising strategies and budgets.
  • Identify and understand the various advertising media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how an advertising agency operates.

BA 240 : Nonprofit Financial Management and Accounting

Develops conceptual foundation underlying the financial management and accounting procedures, records and statements for non-profit organizations.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Nonprofit Accounting and Finance, the student will be able to:

  • Apply key concepts of fiscal management, policies and internal controls in an entry-level accounting position with a nonprofit entity.
  • Apply basic concepts of budgeting and fund accounting as they relate to nonprofit entities.
  • Communicate effectively through the preparation and interpretation of nonprofit financial reporting.

BA 242 : Introduction to Investments

Covers popular investment vehicles--what they are, how they can be utilized and the risk and return possibilities. Emphasizes stocks and bonds, mutual funds, options and real estate. Examines securities exchanges and the functions of the broker.

Introduction to Investments is designed to expose the student to the financial world of investments. The course provides the student information about primary and secondary markets, the various exchanges and the OTC market. It covers margin trading and short selling, as well as options. Where and how to find security information will be covered. In real estate the student will be exposed to commercial investments, such as apartments.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of investing including the concepts of risk and return.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major investment vehicles.
  • Communicate effectively using basic terminology associated with the investment environment.

BA 249 : Principles of Retailing and E-tailing

Covers analyzing target market, developing retail marketing mix elements, and reviewing store planning techniques used by retailers. Includes discussions of changing retailing environment and impact of government regulations.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 

  • Use their understanding of the history of retailing to inform development of contemporary retail strategy.
  • Articulate and implement industry standard approaches to the site selection, store planning, and visual merchandising.
  • Develop a merchandise plan and budget.
  • Understand and apply the promotional elements of retailing.
  • Identify the environmental factors that impact retailing and develop short and long-term plans to address existing and emerging issues.

 

BA 250 : Small Business Management

Designed for students and prospective small business owners and managers. It emphasizes the general functions, procedures, and specific subject areas related to initiating, organizing, and operating a successful small business. It specifically prepares the student to develop a business plan for opening a business.

Small Business Management provides the background concepts and practices necessary for a successful owner and/or manager. The student will be made aware of the importance and the functions of such things as: marketing surveys, marketing targets, financing, choosing a form of legal organization, managing the risk involved in operating a small business, and focusing on customers through products, price, promotion, and placement.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion of Small Business, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of small business in the economy.
  • Prepare a comprehensive Business Plan.
  • Analyze a financial statement and plan.
  • Choose a legal form of business.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the tax implications of a small business

BA 255 : Project Management - Business Environments

Showcases the evolving interpretation of project management by providing practical information useful to project managers from all disciplines. Discussion topics will include: integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource management, communication, risk, and procurement management. Project management is a broad term that can include many areas of a business.

Project Management has become an academic discipline, a management function, a way of thinking, and a language with its own jargon. Project managers have become the chameleons of companies. The position requires managers to have the ability to juggle “hard” and “soft” skills as they orchestrate projects in departmental communities. Furthermore, PM’s are being requested to interface with internal and external clients to manage change, conflict, and motivation for project acceptance. This course will blend theoretical concepts, industry tested instruction, and practical application to ready students for project management positions.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

  • Use the five stages of the project management process as supported by the PMP model
  • Implement the primary soft skills of Appreciative Inquiry, conflict management, and the Balanced Scorecard.
  • Showcase the basic mapping of a Project Charter, SOW, WBS, CP, and EVA
  • Apply the core elements of Project Management which include scope, quality, risk, and procurement management.

BA 256 : Income Tax

Introduces preparation of federal individual and sole proprietorship income tax returns. Provides brief overview of partnership and corporate returns.

This course is designed to introduce students to the Federal tax system for individuals and businesses. Students will learn how to complete basic schedules and forms, including the W-2, W-3, and W-4 forms.

Credits

3

Upon successful completion of BA 256, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to complete a basic set of forms and schedules for an individual taxpayer 
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of current tax rules and regulations 
  • Calculate the correct of amount of tax using tax tables and/or tax formulas provided by the government

BA 277 : Professional Ethics in Business

Introduces ethics as an ongoing conversation about human relationships in business. Integrates ethics across all parts of business, including finance, accounting, and organizational behavior. Explores understanding how choices and actions affect themselves and others in business settings. Provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and resolving ethical dilemmas encountered throughout working life.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply contemporary ethical standards in relation to corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line to make effective and ethical on-the-job decisions.
  • Use the stakeholder model in decision making for approaching ethical issues in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate the codes of conduct and statements of values found in a profession and/or business setting.
  • Recognize and evaluate the ethical demands encountered by management in a global business environment and distinguish between multicultural ethics, etiquette, and behavior.
  • Apply analytical thinking to business ethics problem solving.

BA 278 : Eco-Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Introduces the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability, and social entrepreneurship within the business environment with a focus on global, domestic and internal business methods, practices and policies. Investigates sustainable business, social innovation and intrapreneurship evolution and trends. Includes opportunities to interact with local social entrepreneurs, analyze initiatives, and develop market-based solutions to social problems. Examines individual and corporate decision-making and best practices. Includes team projects and a community-based service learning experience.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental definitions and concepts of environmental sustainability, social entrepreneurism and intrapreneurism.
  • Analyze claims about sustainable business and social entrepreneurial practices and policies critically.
  • Develop and apply systems-thinking, writing, and analytical skills effectively in the workplace. 

Sustainability-focused Learning Outcomes from the SPARC Council

  • 4. Critically examine the complex and interconnected relationship between human economic behavior and the environment through a lens of sustainability and “the triple bottom line” (people, planet, profit).
  • 5. Build an awareness of the impacts of environmental sustainability issues and policies on communities of diverse backgrounds, on the local, regional, national and international level, in order to interact with sensitivity, respect and a sense of responsibility to others and to the future.

 

BA 280A : Cooperative Education: Business Experience

Offers relevant field experience in business environments in one of the following areas: bookkeeping, marketing, management, international business, advertising, banking, purchasing, investment, finance and customer services (sales or credit services). Allows exploration of career options. Course may be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.

Credits

1 - 6

Prerequisites

Completion of 12 BA credits and instructor permission.

Upon completion of the training, students shall have the ability to:

  • Work in the business field.
  • Obtain further training in their selected field.
  • Write learning objectives for their subsequent field experience plan.
  • Have a better understanding of the skills and demands of their chosen field.
  • Further explore the career field of their choice.
  • Apply the job skills they acquired to help them become more employable.

BA 280B : Cooperative Education: Business Experience - Seminar

Supplements on-the-job experience through feedback sessions, instruction in job-related areas, and linkages to the student's on-campus program.

Provides classroom, lecture and assignment activities coordinated with work experience activities.  The seminar supplements the on-the-job experience through feedback sessions, instruction in job-related areas and linkages to the student's on-campus program.

Seminar is in discussion format.  It coordinates the on-the-job training to provide insight into various issues related to the student's job
performance.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Department permission required.

BA 285 : Human Relations-Organizations

Explores interactions in organizations by examining human perceptions, communications, small group dynamics and leadership. Includes dynamics of change, cultural diversity, substance abuse, work stress, ethics and social responsibility, and the challenges of globalization.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to: 

  • Use an understanding of self-esteem development and motivation to facilitate increased organizational productivity.
  • Use professional and industry appropriate communication skills with employees, co-workers and customers to improve organizational effectiveness and resolve conflict in a diverse workplace.
  • Identify different types of work teams and incorporate this knowledge into effective project delegation.
  • Apply the tenets of effective leadership and different leadership styles to strengthen an organization.
  • Incorporate and articulate the stages of personal change and models of organizational change to more effectively implement organizational goals.
  • Identify and apply organizational standards of health, ethics, social responsibility, and globalization to facilitate sustainable growth and success of the organization.

BA 290 : Basic Income Tax Preparation

Covers elements of basic tax preparation. Meets the statutory educational requirements for those wishing to be licensed income tax preparers in Oregon.

Credits

8

Upon successful completion, students will be able to: 

  • Use knowledge of the I.R.S.  tax code to prepare individual federal tax returns.
  • Identify and apply appropriate exclusions on an individual tax return.
  • Identify and apply savings determined by legitimate tax deductions, credits and depreciation.
  • Understand and apply knowledge to calculate tax owed on individual returns.
  • Follow the tenets of Oregon’s tax law to prepare Oregon state tax returns.
  • Fulfill the 80 hour requirement for the Oregon Tax Preparers exam.