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 Associate of Applied Science in Business
Program Information: [School of Business]
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration (AAS) program provides students with skills in general education, technology and business necessary to succeed in today’s competitive environment. The program prepares graduates to assume entry level business management positions and enhances the knowledge and skills of those students who are currently employed, by developing the ability to acquire and apply business administration, leadership and managerial skills. The Associate’s program serves as a foundation for students to develop a firm knowledge of business and serves as a pathway to seek advanced degrees. AAS Degree Program objectives: The AU AAS graduate will be able to accomplish the following: 1. Demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world problems. 2. Develop their personal leadership style in relationship to the situation. 3. Evaluate ethical business behaviors and relate them to business policies. 4. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and decision making techniques to solve complex business problems 5. Analyze the effects of globalization on their work environment. 6. Implement and apply technical solutions to business activities, systems and processes. 7. Analyze and promote marketing plans for successful product launch. 8. Prepare a financial cost analysis for a business, a product or a service. 9. Pursue advanced degree programs within business. Level and Type of Research Required: Associate Level Introduction and application of quantitative and qualitative business research methodologies involving real world case studies and academic research assignments throughout the completion of the core curriculum of the associate level degree programs.
PROGRAM DETAILS
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Prerequisite Course
[3 credit] Academic Writing and Research (?)
Course Description

This course is specifically designed to enhance the academic writing and research skills of AU learners. A major focus of the course is to provide learners with an overview of the skills and practices that will allow them to be successful during their studies with Apollos University and beyond. Successful leaders and managers possess effective research and writing skills and this course introduces learners to theories and practices that effective leaders employ to improve their communication skills. Students will also be introduced to study skills and other strategies that will help them meet and exceed the required expectations of Apollos University.  (Prerequisite course and does not count toward degree credit requirements)

Core Courses And Seminars
[3 credit] Accounting I (?)
Course Description

This course introduces the student to the basic principles and practices of accounting and the role of daily accounting activities of running a business. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic accounting equation and the proper reporting of the culmination of business transactions at the completion of the account cycle. Other topics include financial reporting and analysis and an overview of the accounting information systems available within the business world today.

[3 credit] Accounting II (?)
Course Description

This course is the second of two accounting courses that introduces the student to the basic principles and practices of accounting and the role of daily accounting activities of running a business. Emphasis is placed on understanding the budgeting process and analyzing the differences in accounting within various business environments. In addition, this course will introduce elements of managerial accounting that managers engage in daily during the transaction cycle. Other topics include financial reporting and analysis and an overview of the accounting information systems available within the business world today.

[3 credit] Skills for Academic Success (?)
Course Description

To be successful in the online, undergraduate degree programs at Apollos University, students need to possess a core set of skills. This course provides new students with an overview of these core skills, focusing on 8 specific items: navigating the AU systems; AU policies and procedures, AU student services and resources; university expectations; the LIRN Library Database; APA Style and academic writing; study and test taking skills; time management and staying motivated.

[3 credit] Introduction to Business (?)
Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to terms, business concepts, and business activities related to the organization and the operation of a business enterprise as an institution in a global business environment. With particular focus and emphasis on Economics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance & Accounting functions within a business enterprise.

[3 credit] Cross Cultural Communication (?)
Course Description

This course is an exploration of issues of culture and communication in the international business context, the relationships among cultural environments of an organization, and how companies and individuals communicate. Topics include the importance of learning about and understanding culture; the role of language and nonverbal communication in cross-cultural business communication; techniques for communication cross-cultural situations; legal and governmental aspects to cross-cultural communication; and the relationships between business structure, corporate culture, and intercultural dynamics in the international firm.

[3 credit] Macroeconomics (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with an introduction to the basic macroeconomic principles of economics; resource utilization, supply, demand, and elasticity; economic sectors: consumption, investment, government and import/export; gross national product; fiscal policy; money and banking; monetary policy; economic theory; growth and productivity, poverty; and international economics.

[3 credit] Microeconomics (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with an introduction to the basic micro economic principles of economics and the economy; supply, demand, and elasticity (product markets); resource markets, microeconomics of governments; microeconomics and policies; and international economics. The course will provide the student with a framework of knowledge to conduct economic experiments. Case studies and role-playing as consumers, producers, citizens, and policy makers will afford the student with the opportunity to synthesize the subject matter.

[3 credit] Business Math (?)
Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of basic business math skills and knowledge that you can apply to solve financial problems. Finance plays a major role in our lives--car loans, mortgage payments, retirement plans, real estate investments, and knowing how to calculate the cost of borrowing or the return on investment is important to us. The course provides step-by-step guidance through sample problems and solutions related to banking, credit, basic finance and investment. You will also gain an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business finance such as compound interest and promissory notes.

[3 credit] Marketing (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with information about the most important and current concepts of marketing. The course surveys current marketing trends and issues that affect today’s businesses. Topics covered are the marketing mix, developing marketing strategies and plans, marketing ethics, the marketing environment, consumer behavior, the B2B buying process, global marketing, segmentation, targeting, positioning, marketing research, product branding and packaging, product mix, new product development, services marketing, pricing, supply chain and channel management, retailing, multichannel marketing, integrated marketing communications, advertising, public relations, sales promotions, personal selling, and sales management.

[3 credit] Leadership (?)
Course Description

The course presents the student with an overview of the importance of leadership in conjunction with various leadership traits, styles, and qualities. Enhances the importance of having a vision, the motivation to lead, social motives in the workplace, levels of morality and values, and the significance of empowerment for effective leadership. Topics include situational leadership, organizational climate, moral dilemmas, personal integrity, servant leadership, participative management, human relations, high-performance teams, diversity, cultural and interpersonal differences, workplace stress, performance management, and organizational change.

[3 credit] Financial Management (?)
Course Description

This course introduces the student to the basic principles and practices of financial management and the role finance professionals play in running a business. Financial management is critically important to the success of any business organization and this course will emphasize the key financial concepts central to corporate finance. Specifically, we will focus on one particular area of finance, financial management, which tends to concentrate on valuing things from the company perspective. Many of the tools and techniques for handling the financial management of a firm can also be used for personal finance decisions.

[3 credit] Information Systems Management (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with a foundation on the organization and structure of information management systems. It focuses on the design and implementation of information management systems and the evaluation of hardware and software requirements as well as the development of information management system policies.

 

[3 credit] Computers and Technology (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with information about the most important and current concepts of information technology. This is a survey of current information technology trends and issues that affect today’s businesses. Topics covered are the Internet, the Web, electronic commerce, software, hardware, storage, databases, networking, privacy, security, system analysis and design, and programming languages.

[3 credit] Business Communication (?)
Course Description

In this course the student has the opportunity to develop the fundamentals of organizational communication. The student will learn forms of communication, techniques, and strategies for successful communication in the workplace including: the writing process; forms of business messages; using visuals, appropriate style; good-news, neutral, bad-news, and persuasive messages; researching and writing reports; oral communication; job search skills; and use of technology. Students in this course will develop the skills they need to successfully communicate.

[3 credit] English Composition I (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with a review of the basics of sentence structure, paragraph construction, and essay composition. A major focus of the course is on reading analytically and writing clearly and effectively. The subject matter used for the majority of the writing exercises will be based on the student’s personal experiences and on fundamental research techniques and exercises.

[3 credit] English Composition II (?)
Course Description

This is a composition foundation course that allows the student to advance their knowledge and ability in composing an essay or research paper. The course focuses on the basic writing skills of pre-writing, writing, and revising or editing. Reading, discussing and analyzing rhetorical models are stressed as part of the learning methodology. (Prerequisite: ENG 1301 or permission of the Department Chair)

[3 credit] US History I (?)
Course Description

The course provides a survey of U.S. history to 1865. It includes the major events that shaped the course of American history. Topics of study include the colonial origins, colonial development, independence and the Revolutionary Period, the Early National Period, the Antebellum Period, the seeds of discontent leading to and resulting in the American Civil War, and the reconstruction of the Union.

[3 credit] US History II (?)
Course Description

The course provides a survey of U.S. history from 1865 to the present. It includes: the issues associated with reconstructing the Union after the Civil War, the emergence of the U.S. as a world power, American involvement in foreign military conflicts in the twentieth century, the growth of a consumer oriented society, and the cultural and political challenges of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s

[3 credit] Algebra I (?)
Course Description

The design of this course is to provide a solid foundation in algebra for students who have moderate to no previous experience with algebra, as well as to help students succeed with non-mathematical courses that require an understanding of algebraic fundamentals. The concepts examined in this course will include a review of the real numbers, linear equations, exponents and polynomials, rational expressions and functions, and radicals and rational exponents. 

[3 credit] Algebra II (?)
Course Description

Review of functions and their graphs, linear and quadratic functions, factoring. Polynomial and rational functions. Review of exponents, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs and systems of equations, theory of equations.

[3 credit] Critical Thinking (?)
Course Description

This course introduces participants to the process of critical thinking. A focus of the course is on mastering critical thinking skills so as to effectively apply them to everyday life and modern day issues.

[3 credit] Earth Science (?)
Course Description
This course provides the student with a foundational knowledge of the earth and the processes, which have and continue to shape it. Topics of discussion are space & near-earth objects, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, rocks & minerals, mountain building, weathering, erosion, streams & floods, oceans, the atmosphere, weather systems, and global change.
 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Program Information: [School of Business]
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Apollos University’s School of Business offers the BSBA degree program that provides the student with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and tools required within the business world today. The program enables the graduate to deal effectively within an increasingly complex global business environment. It stresses skill development in the areas of management, critical thinking in decision-making, managerial finance, accounting, and economics; marketing; business law; cultural awareness; and business ethics. The program makes use of case studies and actual business problems. The capstone strategy course allows the student to reflect and utilize the knowledge and tools they have mastered in the program. BSBA Degree Program objectives: The AU BSBA graduate will be able to accomplish the following: • Apply concepts, theories, and analytical methods in the functional areas of business. • Create an organizational philosophy that provides for appropriate recruitment and development strategies. • Construct goals and requirements for short and long-term financing. • Measure ethical behavior against social norms and legal requirements. • Employ correct ethical policies to business decisions and activities. • Apply managerial decision making processes to challenges that business leaders are likely to face and recommend solutions, using critical thinking skills and ethical decision making models. • Employ appropriate leadership styles and strategies based upon the situation. • Demonstrate effective collaboration and teamwork skills.
PROGRAM DETAILS
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Prerequisite Course
[3 credit] Academic Writing and Research (?)
Course Description

This course is specifically designed to enhance the academic writing and research skills of AU learners. A major focus of the course is to provide learners with an overview of the skills and practices that will allow them to be successful during their studies with Apollos University and beyond. Successful leaders and managers possess effective research and writing skills and this course introduces learners to theories and practices that effective leaders employ to improve their communication skills. Students will also be introduced to study skills and other strategies that will help them meet and exceed the required expectations of Apollos University.  (Prerequisite course and does not count toward degree credit requirements)

Core Courses And Seminars
[3 credit] Accounting I (?)
Course Description

This course introduces the student to the basic principles and practices of accounting and the role of daily accounting activities of running a business. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic accounting equation and the proper reporting of the culmination of business transactions at the completion of the account cycle. Other topics include financial reporting and analysis and an overview of the accounting information systems available within the business world today.

[3 credit] Accounting II (?)
Course Description

This course is the second of two accounting courses that introduces the student to the basic principles and practices of accounting and the role of daily accounting activities of running a business. Emphasis is placed on understanding the budgeting process and analyzing the differences in accounting within various business environments. In addition, this course will introduce elements of managerial accounting that managers engage in daily during the transaction cycle. Other topics include financial reporting and analysis and an overview of the accounting information systems available within the business world today.

[3 credit] Skills for Academic Success (?)
Course Description

To be successful in the online, undergraduate degree programs at Apollos University, students need to possess a core set of skills. This course provides new students with an overview of these core skills, focusing on 8 specific items: navigating the AU systems; AU policies and procedures, AU student services and resources; university expectations; the LIRN Library Database; APA Style and academic writing; study and test taking skills; time management and staying motivated.

[3 credit] Introduction to Business (?)
Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to terms, business concepts, and business activities related to the organization and the operation of a business enterprise as an institution in a global business environment. With particular focus and emphasis on Economics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance & Accounting functions within a business enterprise.

[3 credit] Cross Cultural Communication (?)
Course Description

This course is an exploration of issues of culture and communication in the international business context, the relationships among cultural environments of an organization, and how companies and individuals communicate. Topics include the importance of learning about and understanding culture; the role of language and nonverbal communication in cross-cultural business communication; techniques for communication cross-cultural situations; legal and governmental aspects to cross-cultural communication; and the relationships between business structure, corporate culture, and intercultural dynamics in the international firm.

[3 credit] Macroeconomics (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with an introduction to the basic macroeconomic principles of economics; resource utilization, supply, demand, and elasticity; economic sectors: consumption, investment, government and import/export; gross national product; fiscal policy; money and banking; monetary policy; economic theory; growth and productivity, poverty; and international economics.

[3 credit] Microeconomics (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with an introduction to the basic micro economic principles of economics and the economy; supply, demand, and elasticity (product markets); resource markets, microeconomics of governments; microeconomics and policies; and international economics. The course will provide the student with a framework of knowledge to conduct economic experiments. Case studies and role-playing as consumers, producers, citizens, and policy makers will afford the student with the opportunity to synthesize the subject matter.

[3 credit] Business Math (?)
Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of basic business math skills and knowledge that you can apply to solve financial problems. Finance plays a major role in our lives--car loans, mortgage payments, retirement plans, real estate investments, and knowing how to calculate the cost of borrowing or the return on investment is important to us. The course provides step-by-step guidance through sample problems and solutions related to banking, credit, basic finance and investment. You will also gain an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business finance such as compound interest and promissory notes.

[3 credit] Marketing (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with information about the most important and current concepts of marketing. The course surveys current marketing trends and issues that affect today’s businesses. Topics covered are the marketing mix, developing marketing strategies and plans, marketing ethics, the marketing environment, consumer behavior, the B2B buying process, global marketing, segmentation, targeting, positioning, marketing research, product branding and packaging, product mix, new product development, services marketing, pricing, supply chain and channel management, retailing, multichannel marketing, integrated marketing communications, advertising, public relations, sales promotions, personal selling, and sales management.

[3 credit] Leadership (?)
Course Description

The course presents the student with an overview of the importance of leadership in conjunction with various leadership traits, styles, and qualities. Enhances the importance of having a vision, the motivation to lead, social motives in the workplace, levels of morality and values, and the significance of empowerment for effective leadership. Topics include situational leadership, organizational climate, moral dilemmas, personal integrity, servant leadership, participative management, human relations, high-performance teams, diversity, cultural and interpersonal differences, workplace stress, performance management, and organizational change.

[3 credit] Financial Management (?)
Course Description

This course introduces the student to the basic principles and practices of financial management and the role finance professionals play in running a business. Financial management is critically important to the success of any business organization and this course will emphasize the key financial concepts central to corporate finance. Specifically, we will focus on one particular area of finance, financial management, which tends to concentrate on valuing things from the company perspective. Many of the tools and techniques for handling the financial management of a firm can also be used for personal finance decisions.

[3 credit] Information Systems Management (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with a foundation on the organization and structure of information management systems. It focuses on the design and implementation of information management systems and the evaluation of hardware and software requirements as well as the development of information management system policies.

 

[3 credit] Organizational Theory and Behavior (?)
Course Description

This course is for business students interested in the practice of organizational theory and behavior. This course is about the study of what people think, feel and do in and around organizations. This course will focus on what makes organizations and people effective and successful.

[3 credit] Business Statistics and Decision Making (?)
Course Description

This course will provide an overview of business research and statistical analysis. The student will learn about statistics from the perspective of the consumer and the producer. The focus of this course is to prepare students to make sound business decisions by applying the foundational principles of business research and statistical analysis to their specific jobs.

[3 credit] Program Management in Business (?)
Course Description

This course is an integrated study of information systems from a business and problem-solving perspective. It brings together the business strategies and information technology so that managers can use information systems to improve their critical thinking and decision-making process. Application of the principles of information technology to real-world situations is examined using case studies and current events. The focus of the course is to provide tools that allow the student to imagine, create, implement, and analyze computer-based solutions for business problems.

 

[3 credit] International Business (?)
Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with the framework, terminology, tools, and knowledge for understanding the world of international business and the related challenges. Particular emphasis is on three environments of International business - Domestic, Foreign, and International. Students learn about different forces influencing international business such as: investment; property, culture, politics, trade, intellectual thought property, monetary and financial systems, and the labor force.

[3 credit] Human Resources Management (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student the opportunity to explore the role and need for an effective human resource (HR) function in order for an organization to achieve its business goals and objectives. The common roles, structure, issues, and elements of an effective HR function are analyzed and discusses.

[3 credit] Production and Operations Management (?)
Course Description

This course is based on “real operations, real solutions” principle. “Real operations” means that most of the chapters are written from the perspective of a specific company. The text uses a wide variety of companies, small and large, representing services, manufacturing, and retailing. “Real solutions” means that the book doesn’t use only the equations and models, but rather how to apply the models from start to finish in a realistic operational setting. This course looks at organizations as entities that must match the supply of what they produce with the demand for their product. This course represents the essential body of knowledge for and introductory operations management course, including chapters on project management, sustainable operation, and business model innovation.

[3 credit] Business Ethics (?)
Course Description

Ethical business actions are rooted in a series of personal moral standards or ethical principles. This course is a survey of business ethics and examines personal standards as well as the standards and principles of various companies. This course encourages critical thinking about how our moral and ethical compass should guide business and personal decisions.

[3 credit] Contract Law (?)
Course Description

This course is designed to provide the students with a real-world global perspective of the basic law with a deep dive into contract law. The students will learn the similarities and differences in criminal, tort, constitutional, and administrative law. They will focus their attention to understanding how contracts solidify agreements in the business world and in what ways these agreements may become unenforceable or even terminated. Additionally, the students will learn how different types of agreements require specific contractual elements. The three key components of the course include an overview and textbook readings related to effective legal contracts, discussion questions and exams to facilitate learning and information retention, and case study exercises to improve analytical and critical thinking skills. The students will gain a thorough understanding of the themes and concepts associated with legal contracts while experiencing firsthand some of the most effective and least effective legal agreements that impacted business decisions over the years.

[3 credit] Advertising (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with an in-depth study of the concepts, strategies, and planning associated with advertising and the effects of advertising in the marketing concept. Emphasis is placed at the small business and retail level.

[3 credit] Bank and Financial Services Management (?)
Course Description

This class provides an overview of the importance of financial markets and institutions in a global society. Illustrates how financial institutions work for both businesses and the consumer. Broad coverage of different financial institutions in the context of a global society is presented. Includes the role of financial markets in society, financial transactions in a global society, and the commercial banking system.

[3 credit] Contemporary Management (?)
Course Description

This course is for business students interested in Contemporary Management theory and application. This course is about how to decide the best way to use an organization’s resources to produce goods or services. An organization’s resources include employees, equipment, and money. How a manager uses these resources is an extremely complex dance to master.

[3 credit] Cultural Awareness in Business (?)
Course Description

This class introduces the student to understanding behavior, human relations and performance. The student will explore how personality, attitudes, values and ethics play a role in everyday relationships as well as the workplace. They will further explore interpersonal skills for communication and the relationship between organizational structure and communication. They will learn theories to resolve conflict. Unlike most courses which teaches the student concepts, this course takes the student to the next level, as they apply the concepts learned, and use them to develop their human relations skills. They will learn how to recognize their own personal low and high human relations ability and skill levels.

[3 credit] Managerial Accounting (?)
Course Description

This course introduces the student to the principles and practices of managerial accounting and the role managerial accounting plays in operating the day-to-day operations of a business. Managerial accounting provides financial and nonfinancial information to an organization’s management team for the purpose of making educated decisions, thus this course will emphasize the key financial concepts central to managerial accounting and how they play into managerial decisions. Specifically, this course will provide an overview of the costing methods used in industry and will provide to you many of the tools and techniques used to help provide accurate information for company management.

[3 credit] Strategic Marketing (?)
Course Description

This course is designed as a research survey class under the general topic of Strategic Marketing and is presented from a real-world global perspective. The student will learn and work through material that ranges from a general introduction of marketing strategies to understanding how different types of audiences require specific strategies. The three key components of the course include an overview and textbook readings related to effective marketing strategies, discussion questions and exams to facilitate learning and information retention, and case study exercises to improve analytical and critical thinking skills. The student will gain a thorough understanding of the themes and concepts associated with marketing strategies while experiencing firsthand some of the most and least effective marketing campaigns that propelled companies to new heights or doomed them to mediocrity.

[3 credit] Procurement and Supply Chain Mgmt (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with a practical understanding of production and operations management concepts and tools and focuses on effective management within today’s competitive, global environment. It addresses concepts and methods to support the management of operations in both service and manufacturing environments. Understanding the organizational processes and how production and operations management is embedded into the overall strategy of the organization is paramount to the success of the organization. Some of the concepts and tools studied in the course are: linear programming, queuing theory, PERT/CPM, decision theory, Kaizen, and lean manufacturing.

[3 credit] International Management (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with a study of the challenges that confront the managers of organizations and individuals in global settings. Special focus on benefits from diversity that exists across international cultures, markets, economics, governments, and organizations. A general overview of the process and effect of internationalization in contemporary business.

[3 credit] Corporate Financial Management (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with an in depth discussion concerning standard financial techniques in a practical and intuitive way. Course emphasis is on the managerial implications of financial analysis that affect the corporation’s ability to meet its mission and goals.

[3 credit] Risk Management (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with an overview of the application of the risk management process, including risk control and risk financing techniques, to business risk management problems. Includes a focus on enterprise risk management and the related tool and techniques.

[3 credit] Strategy and Policy Management (?)
Course Description

This course is a cornerstone to the business environment. It explores the need for and issues associated with defining corporate mission, objectives, and goals. The student focuses on the use the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis’s tool along with case studies and current global events to understand how to identify and create a competitive advantage within the business world. Topics focus on strategy formulation, implementation, and control; regulatory issues facing all businesses; and the need for leadership to drive the strategic plan into reality. Prerequisite: Senior level standing.

[3 credit] Computers and Technology (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with information about the most important and current concepts of information technology. This is a survey of current information technology trends and issues that affect today’s businesses. Topics covered are the Internet, the Web, electronic commerce, software, hardware, storage, databases, networking, privacy, security, system analysis and design, and programming languages.

[3 credit] Business Communication (?)
Course Description

In this course the student has the opportunity to develop the fundamentals of organizational communication. The student will learn forms of communication, techniques, and strategies for successful communication in the workplace including: the writing process; forms of business messages; using visuals, appropriate style; good-news, neutral, bad-news, and persuasive messages; researching and writing reports; oral communication; job search skills; and use of technology. Students in this course will develop the skills they need to successfully communicate.

[3 credit] English Composition I (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with a review of the basics of sentence structure, paragraph construction, and essay composition. A major focus of the course is on reading analytically and writing clearly and effectively. The subject matter used for the majority of the writing exercises will be based on the student’s personal experiences and on fundamental research techniques and exercises.

[3 credit] English Composition II (?)
Course Description

This is a composition foundation course that allows the student to advance their knowledge and ability in composing an essay or research paper. The course focuses on the basic writing skills of pre-writing, writing, and revising or editing. Reading, discussing and analyzing rhetorical models are stressed as part of the learning methodology. (Prerequisite: ENG 1301 or permission of the Department Chair)

[3 credit] US History I (?)
Course Description

The course provides a survey of U.S. history to 1865. It includes the major events that shaped the course of American history. Topics of study include the colonial origins, colonial development, independence and the Revolutionary Period, the Early National Period, the Antebellum Period, the seeds of discontent leading to and resulting in the American Civil War, and the reconstruction of the Union.

[3 credit] US History II (?)
Course Description

The course provides a survey of U.S. history from 1865 to the present. It includes: the issues associated with reconstructing the Union after the Civil War, the emergence of the U.S. as a world power, American involvement in foreign military conflicts in the twentieth century, the growth of a consumer oriented society, and the cultural and political challenges of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s

[3 credit] Algebra I (?)
Course Description

The design of this course is to provide a solid foundation in algebra for students who have moderate to no previous experience with algebra, as well as to help students succeed with non-mathematical courses that require an understanding of algebraic fundamentals. The concepts examined in this course will include a review of the real numbers, linear equations, exponents and polynomials, rational expressions and functions, and radicals and rational exponents. 

[3 credit] Algebra II (?)
Course Description

Review of functions and their graphs, linear and quadratic functions, factoring. Polynomial and rational functions. Review of exponents, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs and systems of equations, theory of equations.

[3 credit] Critical Thinking (?)
Course Description

This course introduces participants to the process of critical thinking. A focus of the course is on mastering critical thinking skills so as to effectively apply them to everyday life and modern day issues.

[3 credit] Earth Science (?)
Course Description
This course provides the student with a foundational knowledge of the earth and the processes, which have and continue to shape it. Topics of discussion are space & near-earth objects, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, rocks & minerals, mountain building, weathering, erosion, streams & floods, oceans, the atmosphere, weather systems, and global change.
Elective Courses
[3 credit] Leadership, Culture and Change (?)
Course Description

This course continues where BUS 4303 Cultural Awareness in Business left off. The class continues the student’s understanding of behavior, human relations and performance as well as teaches them leadership skills and how to use them to develop team dynamics and performance. The student will learn how to apply the appropriate supervisory style to the situation. The course will address the importance of motivation and how it affects behavior and performance. Students will discuss motivational theory and which type of theory is best for what type of personality. Students will further explore power, politics and ethics and how they affect human relations and performance. They will discuss the two sources of power—position power and personal power and learn techniques to increase ones power bases. This class will discuss organizational change and the different types of change and how to get employees to buy into change. Finally, students will explore how to value diversity and look at how laws affect employment opportunity. Unlike most courses which teaches the student concepts, this course takes the student to the next level, as they apply the concepts learned, and use them to develop their human relations skills. They will learn how to recognize their own personal leadership ability and skill levels. (Prerequisite: BUS 4304 Cultural Awareness in Business or permission from the Department Chair)

[3 credit] Business Law (?)
Course Description

This course is designed to provide the students with a real-world global perspective of how business law is entwined with most significant business decisions today. The students will learn how titles and warranties operate within the sales world. They will have the opportunity to understand the impact bankruptcy has on shareholders, employees, and the economy as a whole. The students will focus their attention on understanding the different tools and resources involved with owning property. Additionally, the students will learn how to take extra precautions with intellectual property and computer privacy to avoid industrial espionage in the cyberspace age. Students will also delve into the world of the employer-employee relationship and understand how business law impacts the continuity of this arrangement. The three key components of the course include an overview and textbook readings related to effective legal contracts, discussion questions and exams to facilitate learning and information retention, and case study exercises to improve analytical and critical thinking skills. The students will gain a thorough understanding of the themes and concepts associated with business law while experiencing firsthand some of the most effective and least effective legal arrangements that paved the way for business decisions over the years.

 Doctor of Business Administration
Program Information: [School of Business]
The DBA is a doctoral professional degree program in which the students master and demonstrate their business leadership expertise. The curriculum is designed in a way in which the students are able to develop an advanced appreciation andknowledge of the tools and processes needed to succeed as corporate leader within the global business arena. The DBA advances careers by developing strong corporate leaders with a proven background that leveraging individual talent and experience. Offered online, the program makes extensive use of business research, case studies, and real-world business situations. The capstone segment of the program is the Doctoral Business Project (dissertation). This project affords the student the opportunity to expand and demonstrate their knowledge within their professional area of expertise.
PROGRAM DETAILS
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Prerequisite Course
[3 credit] Survey of Business Topics (?)
Course Description
The course provides the student with a practical understanding of production and operations management concepts and tools and focuses on effective management within today’s competitive, global environment. It addresses concepts and methods to support the management of operations in both service and manufacturing environments. Understanding the organizational processes and how production and operations management is embedded into the overall strategy of the organization is paramount to the success of the organization. Some of the concepts and tools studied in the course are: linear programming, queuing theory, PERT/CPM, decision theory, Kaizen, and lean manufacturing.
[3 credit] Business Statistics and Decision Making (?)
Course Description

The course familiarizes the student with the use of business statistical procedures for the purpose of generating decision-making information. Understanding the conceptual basis of the methods will be emphasized, which enables students to identify and apply the appropriate statistical procedure to the decision problem.

[3 credit] Academic Writing and Research (?)
Course Description

This course is specifically designed to enhance the academic writing and research skills of AU learners. A major focus of the course is to provide learners with an overview of the skills and practices that will allow them to be successful during their studies with Apollos University and beyond. Successful leaders and managers possess effective research and writing skills and this course introduces learners to theories and practices that effective leaders employ to improve their communication skills. Students will also be introduced to study skills and other strategies that will help them meet and exceed the required expectations of Apollos University.

Core Courses And Seminars
[1 credit] Doctoral Level Success (?)
Course Description

To be successful in the online, doctoral level degree programs at Apollos University, students need to possess a core set of skills. This course provides new students with an overview of these core skills, focusing on 4 specific items: navigating the AU systems and expectations; AU policies and procedures; student services and university resources; and the LIRN Library Database.

[0 credit] Mid Program Qualifying Examination (?)
Course Description
This examination is taken after the student has successfully completed the equivalent of one year of full-time enrollment in the DBA program. The examination will be taken online and consist of two sections, a multiple choice section that measures knowledge of the material covered in the basic degree program courses and a written part that measures the student's qualifications to continue and successfully complete the program.
[0 credit] Comprehensive Examination (?)
Course Description
This examination is taken after the student has successfully completed all core courses. The examination is a comprehensive review of the course material taken during the DBA program and is designed to demonstrate the student's academic and professional proficiency and mastery of the material. The examination will be taken online and consist of two sections, a multiple choice section that measures knowledge of the material and the written part that measures application of the material
[3 credit] Corporate Managerial Finance and Accounting (?)
Course Description

This course addresses financial and accounting concepts and their applications to the management of an organization, and presents a framework for financial decisions the organization. The student will analyze and evaluate the various managerial aspects of accounting and finance using an academic approach. The three key components of the course include an overview of accounting, an overview of the fundamental concepts of financial management, and the theories and applications that are closely tied to managerial accounting and finance. The student will then use the course assignments to gain practical exposure to such theories as capital structure, market efficiency, investments, risk/mitigation management, corporate restructuring, and corporate governance.

[3 credit] Survey of Global Business Opportunities and Issues (?)
Course Description

This course surveys and analyzes the major themes that are found within today’s international business environment. The student will be immersed into the four major subject areas of global business issues and strategies which are management, economics, political science, and strategy. The coursework encourages student to think critically about international issues through a combination of real world case studies and group discussion of theoretical frameworks. The course provides the student with a global perspective that can be utilized as either a practitioner or as a scholar.

[3 credit] Ethical Leadership (?)
Course Description

This course examines business ethics and leadership from both theoretical and applied perspectives. The student uses fundamental ethical theory to analyze, discuss, and draw conclusions concerning contemporary business phenomena and current events. The course allows the student to examine differing ethical approaches to business issues such as corporate responsibility, corporate accountability, human resources, and international business through a variety of lenses. The focus throughout the course is on developing a baseline for ethical leadership.

[3 credit] Corporate Strategic Planning (?)
Course Description

This course focuses on creating the value proposition as a driver of sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include translating key emerging trends into business opportunities; strategic challenges of global expansion; opportunities and constraints posed by regulatory change; competitor intelligence; scenario planning/planning for multiple futures; maximizing core business value; differentiating the value proposition; distribution channel development and integration; tailoring the value chain; building successful strategic alliances; and off-shoring models and approaches. The course utilizes cases studies which affords the student the opportunity to simulate real world experience in the development and implementation of corporate strategy.

[3 credit] Supply Chain Management Design and Operations (?)
Course Description

This class provides the doctoral student with an in-depth survey of the engineering design and supplier integration strategies that are necessary in the design and development of the supply chain for purchasing, materials, and logistics systems. Course case studies include analyzing and critiquing the strategies used by various companies in the development of their supply chain system.  Course topics included: engineering design & supplier strategies, supply chain design and cost management implications, supply chain management design & strategies, sustainability issues, supply chain analysis project, systems approach, global supply chain issues, and trends in supply chain design.

[3 credit] Marketing Strategy and Practice (?)
Course Description

This course addresses the key components of marketing strategy and tactics which are identification, analysis, and selection of target markets and planning, implementing, and evaluating a marketing strategy. The student will examine the major forces impacting marketing strategy, such as electronic marketing and multi-media marketing, face-to-face marketing, consumer trends, and competition. The Course Research Project for this class helps the student obtain practical marketing experience by performing research on a specific company or industry and then developing a marketing plan which incorporates the research as well as the student’s knowledge of marketing.

[3 credit] Leadership: Concepts and Theories (?)
Course Description

This course provides the student with an in-depth overview of the theories and concepts of leadership through behavior theory and business practice learning. The balancing of people and task-related skills necessary for influencing others to get their job done efficiently and effectively will be explored. Students will identify and hone their personal leadership skills, creativity, charisma, and other leadership skills that are necessary to be an effective leader.

[3 credit] International Financial Management (?)
Course Description

The course aims at providing students with a comprehensive view of how international corporate financial markets work and how MultiNational Enterprises (MNEs) tap international markets for raising capital, hedging risks and defining their investment decisions.

[3 credit] Project Management (?)
Course Description

This course surveys the field of project management and prepares the student to work in and lead a project team.  The course surveys the tools to plan, monitor and control project schedules, manage resources, budgets and specifications. The assignments provide the opportunity for the student to learn to develop effective plans that first identify the need for a project and second identify the project scope, constraints, stakeholders, and risks/risk mitigation plans.

[3 credit] Topics in Human Resource Management (?)
Course Description

This course analyzes various aspects of human development and behavior such as human capital acquisition, development, and retention from theoretical, best practices, and business results perspectives. Through the use of the class discussions, case studies, and academic research, the student will gain an appreciation of the managerial aspects of personnel planning and job analysis, personnel selection, performance appraisal, and training and development from the vantage point of the manager. The Course Research Project offers the student with the opportunity to explore and synthesize such topics as establishing high performance cultures, systems dynamics models, innovative compensation and reward strategies, and return-on-investment metrics.

[3 credit] Organizational and Group Dynamics (?)
Course Description

This course examines the dimensions and culture of an organization and the group dynamics that help shape it. The leader’s role in developing, maintaining, or changing the culture is explored and the student will use case studies and journal articles to apply the tools that are discussed within the course. These tools provide the student with the ability to measure the dimensions of an organization’s culture. The overall theme of the course is to provide an opportunity for the students to analyze their own leadership attributes and to further develop their ability to lead the organization. The Course Research Project affords the student the opportunity to analyze and further develop their leadership attributes within their current or future professional environment.

[3 credit] Computers and Internet Applications and Management (?)
Course Description

This course focuses on the organizational issues and applications that are related to developing IT strategy and managing IT staff and functions. It examines the research topics such as IT strategy formulation and business alignment; IT organization, structure, and governance; implementation and change management; organizational learning and knowledge management; and evaluation of IT impacts on the organization. The Course Research Project provides the student with the opportunity to perform academic research and develop a blueprint for a successful corporate IT department.

[3 credit] Survey of American Business and its Leaders (?)
Course Description

This course provides with business professional with a survey of the historical aspects of American business, its leaders, and the events of the world environment that helped mold the business world of the United States. The course places an emphasis on the historical aspects of the forces, both internal and external to the United States, create these opportunities and threats in which the businesses operated.

[3 credit] Fundamentals of Business Research (?)
Course Description

This course surveys the fundamental data skills and analytical capabilities needed for graduate-level research. The focus is on reviewing published research using basic statistical techniques and determining the appropriate techniques for a given situation. It covers data mining and analysis, sampling, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and selected nonparametric tests.  The student will obtain practical business research experience while completing the Course Research Project for the course. (This course cannot be transferred into AU)

[3 credit] Advanced Study in Research Methods (?)
Course Description

This course presents an overview of the general approaches to research methodology for doctoral-level research. Learners investigate the quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology approaches to rigorous scholarly inquiry in their field. Emphasis is placed on reliability, validity, dependability and ethical considerations for developing dissertation designs. The student analyzes the relevance and appropriateness of specific research methodologies for use in their dissertation. The Course Research Project for this course will build upon the project that was started in RES 9311 and affords the student the opportunity to apply the theories they are learning. (Prerequisite: RES 9311 – This course cannot be transferred into AU)

Doctoral Research Seminars
[1.5 credit] Doctoral Research Seminar I APA Workshop (?)
Course Description

This is the first of four online seminars designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to perform sound research and document their findings in APA Style formats.  Learning to write well is important and students can make great strides in stylistic improvement if they are constantly concerned with proper format. Therefore, this seminar is designed to provide the student with the skills needed to understand and master the stylistic requirements of the APA format.

[1.5 credit] Doctoral Research Seminar II Research Methodology Overview (?)
Course Description

It provides the student with an in-depth overview of the doctoral research methodology. The seminar covers the following areas: research study methods; development of problem statements, research questions and hypotheses; testing methods; populations and samples; as well as the value of the research to the study on the student’s profession and society. The student will come away from the seminar with an outline and methodology plan that will evolve into the student’s doctoral dissertations project. (Prerequisite RES 9311)

[1.5 credit] Doctoral Research Seminar III Doctoral Plan (Proposal) (?)
Course Description

This seminar is designed to provide the doctoral student with an overview of the entire dissertation project from proposal to submission of the final project. The key areas of focus in this seminar are the design of the sections of the dissertation with emphasis on the requirements for Chapters 1, 2, and 3. The student will utilize the plan that was developed in DOC 8001 and work on expanding the outline to ensure that the proposal methodology is synthesized. (Prerequisite DOC 8002)

[1.5 credit] Doctoral Research Seminar IV Doctoral Plan (Dissertation) (?)
Course Description

This seminar is designed to facilitate the process form an approved proposal to the final submission of the dissertation project. The student will receive an in depth overview of the requirements for Chapters 4 and 5. The required content and format are reviewed and practiced. The student will develop a template for the final two chapters of their dissertation. (Prerequisite DOC 8003)

Doctoral Dissertation Project
[3 credit] Doctoral Dissertation Project I (?)
Course Description
This course is the first of three courses that are facilitated by the doctoral student’s chair. It is taken after the doctoral student has completed all required core courses including DOC seminars I, II, III, and IV and passed the DBA program comprehensive exam. The purpose of this course is to support the doctoral student in developing the proposal for the dissertation project. The student will be advised by the chair and potentially by the dissertation committee throughout this course. Primary emphasis of the course is placed on Chapter 2 of the proposal. The planned outcome of the course is to have an agreement by the student’s chair on a draft of Chapter 2 along with the outline of Chapters 1 and 3 of the student’s proposal. Prerequisites: Comprehensive Exam. (This class can be retaken as needed.)
[3 credit] Doctoral Dissertation Project II (?)
Course Description

This course is a directed study course and is intended for the student’s that have completed the draft of their dissertation proposal and received an agreement to proceed by the student’s chair. The areas of focus of this course will be the items that are needed in order to finalize the dissertation proposal. The course will provide the opportunity and information for the student to prepare and submit the Institutional Review Board Process (IRB) application and to complete the dissertation proposal. Prerequisite: RES 9350. (This course can be retaken as needed)

[3 credit] Doctoral Dissertation Project III (?)
Course Description

This final course is a directed study course and is intended for the doctoral student that has passed the dissertation proposal conference and completed the planned research for the dissertation. During this course the student will receive the support that is needed in order to revise, if needed, the proposal chapters 1, 2, and 3. The student will then complete chapters 4 and 5 and submit the draft of the dissertation project to the entire committee for review and approval. A major milestone of the course is the successful completion of the Dissertation Committee Conference (Oral Defense). Once the dissertation is approved by the committee, the chair and committee format specialist will work with the student to ensure the dissertation manuscript will be ready to submit to the Apollos University for publication. Prerequisites: RES 9360. (The course can be retaken as needed)

 Master of Business Administration
Program Information: [School of Business]
Apollos University offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) online. The program is designed for students with a bachelor level degree in business or a related field. Mirroring the practice of successful organizations, the MBA program emulates the business environment, emphasizing both academic and practical knowledge along with technological skills that can be placed into immediate use. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume and succeed in leadership roles within today’s business world. The program provides maximum flexibility and is designed to enhance the student’s career opportunities while developing successful and ethical business leaders. The MBA degree program is designed to meet the student’s professional needs by offering a quality advanced degree providing the students with the tools needed to succeed as a leader in today’s domestic and international business world. The program is provides both practical and hands-on experience and offers opportunities for the student to network with peers and business leaders within the global community.
PROGRAM DETAILS
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Prerequisite Course
[3 credit] Survey of Business Topics (?)
Course Description
The course provides the student with a practical understanding of production and operations management concepts and tools and focuses on effective management within today’s competitive, global environment. It addresses concepts and methods to support the management of operations in both service and manufacturing environments. Understanding the organizational processes and how production and operations management is embedded into the overall strategy of the organization is paramount to the success of the organization. Some of the concepts and tools studied in the course are: linear programming, queuing theory, PERT/CPM, decision theory, Kaizen, and lean manufacturing.
[3 credit] Business Statistics and Decision Making (?)
Course Description

The course familiarizes the student with the use of business statistical procedures for the purpose of generating decision-making information. Understanding the conceptual basis of the methods will be emphasized, which enables students to identify and apply the appropriate statistical procedure to the decision problem.

[3 credit] Academic Writing and Research (?)
Course Description

This course is specifically designed to enhance the academic writing and research skills of AU learners. A major focus of the course is to provide learners with an overview of the skills and practices that will allow them to be successful during their studies with Apollos University and beyond. Successful leaders and managers possess effective research and writing skills and this course introduces learners to theories and practices that effective leaders employ to improve their communication skills. Students will also be introduced to study skills and other strategies that will help them meet and exceed the required expectations of Apollos University.

Core Courses And Seminars
[1 credit] Masters Level Success (?)
Course Description

To be successful in the online, masters level degree programs at Apollos University, students need to possess a core set of skills. This course provides new students with an overview of these core skills, focusing on 4 specific items: navigating the AU systems and expectations; AU policies and procedures; AU student services and resources; and the LIRN Library Database.

[0 credit] Comprehensive Exam (?)
Course Description
This course is taken after the student has successfully completed all core courses. The examination is a comprehensive review of the course material taken during the master's program and is designed to demonstrate the student's academic and professional proficiency and mastery of the material. The examination will be taken online and consist of two sections, a multiple choice section that measures knowledge of the material and the written part that measures application of the material.
[3 credit] Research Methods (?)
Course Description
The course presents the student with an overview of the general approaches to research methodology. The student learns to investigate the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology approaches to rigorous scholarly inquiry in their field. Emphasis is placed on reliability, validity, dependability and ethical considerations for developing relevant, appropriate, and professional research methodologies
[3 credit] Production and Operations Management (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with a practical understanding of production and operations management concepts and tools and focuses on effective management within today’s competitive, global environment. It addresses concepts and methods to support the management of operations in both service and manufacturing environments. Understanding the organizational processes and how production and operations management is embedded into the overall strategy of the organization is paramount to the success of the organization. Some of the concepts and tools studied in the course are: linear programming, queuing theory, PERT/CPM, decision theory, Kaizen, and lean manufacturing.

[3 credit] Managerial Accounting (?)
Course Description
The course covers the use of accounting information by managers for decision-making purposes. Topics include analyzing and interpreting financial statements (including cash flow analysis), overhead allocation and product costing, budgeting, accounting, and capital budgeting. Case studies based on actual management decisions are the central method used in this course to enhance student learning of key accounting concepts.
[3 credit] Managerial Finance (?)
Course Description
The course provides the students with the tools and techniques to meet the financial and budgeting challenges they will face in the professional environment. The course provides the non-financial student with practical tools and concepts for corporate financial management. (Prerequisite: BUS 5321 or Permission of the Instructor)
[3 credit] Managerial Economics (?)
Course Description
This course provides students with an integrated understanding of the concepts of economics. The emphasis is on the application of economics and the use of actual economic events to encourage the study of the principles of economics and to show how these concepts can help the students understand the complex and dynamic international economy.
[3 credit] Ethical Issues in Business (?)
Course Description
The course provides the student with information on the legal and ethical challenges found in today’s business environment. The course is an analytical exploration of the global, organizational, and personal factors of making legal and ethical decisions. It includes an introduction to the western legal system and its effect on current business entities and practices.   The student explores current issues and trends in the ethical dealings of the business environment and provides the student with the opportunity to explore their own company’s legal and ethical dilemmas.
[3 credit] Contracts and Procurement Management (?)
Course Description
This course provides the student with the tools and skills to understand the complicated and often confusing contractual business environment. The course serves as a survey of the entire acquisition management process from the project management point of view. It spans the life cycle of a program and describes the appropriate contractual requirements for each phase of the program. The student gains knowledge and experience in needs assessment, requirements development and documentation, solicitation development, supply chain management, proposal writing, negotiations, contract writing, contract administration, and contract closeout.
[3 credit] Marketing Management (?)
Course Description
This course provides the student with a survey of marketing management theories and tools. It deals with strategies, tactics, and programs for getting, growing, and keeping mutually beneficial relationships with international and domestic customers. Course assignments provide experience with techniques, analyses, and frameworks necessary for informed decision making for marketing decisions.

[3 credit] International Business (?)
Course Description

The course provides an overview and insight into the international environment of business including cultural, economic, financial, political, legal, and ethical issues that cut across the functional areas of business such as management, marketing, finance, and accounting. It examinations the opportunities and threats that exist for both large and small businesses engaged in international and or global business activities.

[3 credit] IT Management & Strategies (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with an overview of Information Technology (IT)-enabled transformation and the strategic issues associated with the management of an integrated enterprise IT program. Additionally, the course provides an opportunity for the student to develop a well balanced repository of IT skills that support enterprise wide decision making strategies. Case studies provide students with the opportunity to apply their critical thinking skills and explore the world of IT Management from an enterprise wide strategic management view point.

[3 credit] Strategy and Policy (?)
Course Description
This course is the capstone course for the MBA program and is the final course taken in the program. It provides the student with the opportunity to consolidate and utilize the knowledge, tools and concepts that the program provides. In this course the student will complete a detailed case analysis while developing a business strategy which includes concepts and tools such as macro environmental scanning, industry and competitive analysis, value chain analysis, SWOT analysis, identification of critical success factors and driving forces, and development of strategic alternatives and recommendations. Throughout the course the student applies these concepts and tools as they develop the strategic profile for the company or industry that is described in the case study. (Prerequisite: Senior standing or written permission from the Dean of the School of Business).
[3 credit] History of American Business (?)
Course Description
This course provides with business professional with a survey of the historical aspects of American business, its leaders, and the events of the world environment that helped mold the business world of the United States. The course places an emphasis on the historical aspects of the forces, both internal and external to the United States, create these opportunities and threats in which the businesses operated.
[3 credit] Organizational Leadership and Change Management (?)
Course Description

The course provides student with an overview of the theories found within the study of leadership and management during periods of transition. The course explores and analyzes the attributes found in successful leaders and how the leaders deal with periods of transition. The students explore current theories and strategies for leading an organization through a period of change and the course provides them with the tools to improve their own managerial and leadership skills.

[0 credit] APA Workshop and Tutorial (?)
Course Description

This workshop and tutorial provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform sound research and document their findings in the APA format. To be successful in graduate level courses, students must master APA Style and be able to reproduce the general formats for academic documents, proper citing and referencing techniques, and present information in an academically preferred style. Therefore, this workshop and tutorial is designed to provide the student with the skills needed to understand and master the stylistic requirements of APA Style. (Prerequisite course and does not count toward degree credit requirements)

Elective Courses
[3 credit] Marketing and New Business Management (?)
Course Description

The course concentrates on the marketing concept and its impact on the strategic decision-making process of the firm. This course emphasizes planning and managing market activities of multi-product firms and provides an understanding of the fundamental issues, which influence marketing decisions. The specifics of implementing a marketing plan (product, price, promotion, and distribution) are discussed using management cases. In addition, the effects of the global marketplace and sources of marketing research information are discussed.

[3 credit] Elective Project (?)
Course Description

This course offers the opportunity for the student to select a topic that broadens or encapsulates the MBA program learning goals through the use of a real world project. The topic and course content will be approved by the student’s advisor as well as by the professor that will facilitate the student’s project. Can be substituted for BUS 5313, BUS 7314, or BUS 7335 but requires advisor approval to register for this class. The Department Chair must approve and assign the professor to facilitate the class.

[3 credit] Entrepreneurship and Innovation (?)
Course Description

This course explores entrepreneurship and innovation as it relates to the leadership of an organization. This is accomplished by analyzing the entrepreneurial mind in both an individual and organizational environment.  The course take developmental cycle of an entrepreneurial organization or organizational unit, including the stages of resource development, launching, managing growth and evaluating progress. Approaches to problem- solving are developed with applications made to organizational responsibilities and personal growth.

[3 credit] Leadership Communications and Writing (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with the background knowledge and guidelines that will enable them to analyze their organizational environment and develop effective leadership communication strategies. It will provide the skills that will allow the student to analyze their environments, develop their leadership communications strategy, apply the strategy and formulate alternative approaches. Both oral and written communications are covered at five levels: intra-personal, interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural. Concepts from several academic disciplines along with actual leadership examples from a variety of organizations are examined. The course includes current topics of concerns for ethics, increasing diversity, greater job stress, and technological advances and how these topics affect our organizational communications.

[3 credit] Issues of Management (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with information about individual behavior within the context of the business environment. The course surveys current trends and issues that affect today’s businesses. Topics covered are group behavior, high performance teams, goal-framing effects, perceptions, motivation, leadership, and organizational design and change.

[3 credit] Human Resource Management (?)
Course Description

This course focuses on organizational planning, staff acquisition, and team development. This includes assigning project roles and responsibilities, staffing, motivating, leading, team building, and conflict resolution. The relationship between human resource management and project management are explored along with how HR relates to the project life cycle. You will gain an understanding of the processes required to make effective use of people and resources on a project. Techniques are covered related to interfacing with project stakeholders, designing effective organizational structures, dealing with conflict on projects, fostering communication, and managing stress. Practical self-assessment exercises are used to determine learners' communication, conflict resolution, and leadership styles in addition to power orientation, personality type, and motivations to manage.

[3 credit] Organizational Behavior (?)
Course Description
The course provides the student with an overview of the paradigms in organizational group dynamics. It will explore the way in which humans act and organize themselves into groups. It will explore the "norms" that are utilized by organizations and the forces leaders exert upon those organizations. The course is designed to create an understanding of the interactive forces that affect and influence organizations.
[3 credit] Critical Thinking and Decision Making (?)
Course Description

This course provides the tools and skills each student needs to examine and fully develop their analytical skills. It explores the skills of the critical thinking and decision-making process and provides the students with concrete skills that can enhance their decision-making abilities. These skills will allow them to identify and solve organizational problems and enhance their strategic thinking abilities. Topics include problem identification, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and ethical implications.

[3 credit] Strategies in Organizational Leadership (?)
Course Description

This course builds on the leadership, business, and management concepts contained in the MSOM program. It provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize prior learning and experiences, both personal and professional. It will allow the student to expand personal thinking and explore the arena of leadership and how it will impact the future of the individual, the organization, and the world.

 Master of Science In Orgranizational Management
Program Information: [School of Organizational Management]
The Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM) program is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in business, or a related field. The degree includes 36 Credits of graduate level courses which are designed to enhance the career opportunities as well as knowledge and skills of leaders and administrators. The program provides students with a 36-credit core curriculum of in-depth leadership and organizational management topics. This MSOM degree program includes the key organizational leadership elements of ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, teamwork, group development, technology, customer service and organizational development. The MSOM program is a professional degree designed to support the development of managers to ensure the organization’s staff is organized, trained, guided, and motivated in such a way as to reach their greatest potential. The MSOM provides a broad based perspective of organizational leadership and the student gains the knowledge and competencies needed to support the organization in its effort to fulfill its missions. Finally, the MSOM promotes opportunities for career advancement, employment mobility and lifelong learning opportunities for leaders of organizations.
PROGRAM DETAILS
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Prerequisite Course
[3 credit] Survey of Business Topics (?)
Course Description
The course provides the student with a practical understanding of production and operations management concepts and tools and focuses on effective management within today’s competitive, global environment. It addresses concepts and methods to support the management of operations in both service and manufacturing environments. Understanding the organizational processes and how production and operations management is embedded into the overall strategy of the organization is paramount to the success of the organization. Some of the concepts and tools studied in the course are: linear programming, queuing theory, PERT/CPM, decision theory, Kaizen, and lean manufacturing.
[3 credit] Academic Writing and Research (?)
Course Description

This course is specifically designed to enhance the academic writing and research skills of AU learners. A major focus of the course is to provide learners with an overview of the skills and practices that will allow them to be successful during their studies with Apollos University and beyond. Successful leaders and managers possess effective research and writing skills and this course introduces learners to theories and practices that effective leaders employ to improve their communication skills. Students will also be introduced to study skills and other strategies that will help them meet and exceed the required expectations of Apollos University.

Core Courses And Seminars
[1 credit] Masters Level Success (?)
Course Description

To be successful in the online, masters level degree programs at Apollos University, students need to possess a core set of skills. This course provides new students with an overview of these core skills, focusing on 4 specific items: navigating the AU systems and expectations; AU policies and procedures; AU student services and resources; and the LIRN Library Database.

[0 credit] Comprehensive Exam (?)
Course Description
This course is taken after the student has successfully completed all core courses. The examination is a comprehensive review of the course material taken during the master's program and is designed to demonstrate the student's academic and professional proficiency and mastery of the material. The examination will be taken online and consist of two sections, a multiple choice section that measures knowledge of the material and the written part that measures application of the material.
[3 credit] Ethical Issues in Business (?)
Course Description
The course provides the student with information on the legal and ethical challenges found in today’s business environment. The course is an analytical exploration of the global, organizational, and personal factors of making legal and ethical decisions. It includes an introduction to the western legal system and its effect on current business entities and practices.   The student explores current issues and trends in the ethical dealings of the business environment and provides the student with the opportunity to explore their own company’s legal and ethical dilemmas.
[3 credit] Strategy and Policy (?)
Course Description
This course is the capstone course for the MBA program and is the final course taken in the program. It provides the student with the opportunity to consolidate and utilize the knowledge, tools and concepts that the program provides. In this course the student will complete a detailed case analysis while developing a business strategy which includes concepts and tools such as macro environmental scanning, industry and competitive analysis, value chain analysis, SWOT analysis, identification of critical success factors and driving forces, and development of strategic alternatives and recommendations. Throughout the course the student applies these concepts and tools as they develop the strategic profile for the company or industry that is described in the case study. (Prerequisite: Senior standing or written permission from the Dean of the School of Business).
[3 credit] History of American Business (?)
Course Description
This course provides with business professional with a survey of the historical aspects of American business, its leaders, and the events of the world environment that helped mold the business world of the United States. The course places an emphasis on the historical aspects of the forces, both internal and external to the United States, create these opportunities and threats in which the businesses operated.
[3 credit] Entrepreneurship and Innovation (?)
Course Description

This course explores entrepreneurship and innovation as it relates to the leadership of an organization. This is accomplished by analyzing the entrepreneurial mind in both an individual and organizational environment.  The course take developmental cycle of an entrepreneurial organization or organizational unit, including the stages of resource development, launching, managing growth and evaluating progress. Approaches to problem- solving are developed with applications made to organizational responsibilities and personal growth.

[3 credit] Leadership Communications and Writing (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with the background knowledge and guidelines that will enable them to analyze their organizational environment and develop effective leadership communication strategies. It will provide the skills that will allow the student to analyze their environments, develop their leadership communications strategy, apply the strategy and formulate alternative approaches. Both oral and written communications are covered at five levels: intra-personal, interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural. Concepts from several academic disciplines along with actual leadership examples from a variety of organizations are examined. The course includes current topics of concerns for ethics, increasing diversity, greater job stress, and technological advances and how these topics affect our organizational communications.

[3 credit] Issues of Management (?)
Course Description

The course provides the student with information about individual behavior within the context of the business environment. The course surveys current trends and issues that affect today’s businesses. Topics covered are group behavior, high performance teams, goal-framing effects, perceptions, motivation, leadership, and organizational design and change.

[3 credit] Human Resource Management (?)
Course Description

This course focuses on organizational planning, staff acquisition, and team development. This includes assigning project roles and responsibilities, staffing, motivating, leading, team building, and conflict resolution. The relationship between human resource management and project management are explored along with how HR relates to the project life cycle. You will gain an understanding of the processes required to make effective use of people and resources on a project. Techniques are covered related to interfacing with project stakeholders, designing effective organizational structures, dealing with conflict on projects, fostering communication, and managing stress. Practical self-assessment exercises are used to determine learners' communication, conflict resolution, and leadership styles in addition to power orientation, personality type, and motivations to manage.

[3 credit] Organizational Behavior (?)
Course Description
The course provides the student with an overview of the paradigms in organizational group dynamics. It will explore the way in which humans act and organize themselves into groups. It will explore the "norms" that are utilized by organizations and the forces leaders exert upon those organizations. The course is designed to create an understanding of the interactive forces that affect and influence organizations.
[3 credit] Critical Thinking and Decision Making (?)
Course Description

This course provides the tools and skills each student needs to examine and fully develop their analytical skills. It explores the skills of the critical thinking and decision-making process and provides the students with concrete skills that can enhance their decision-making abilities. These skills will allow them to identify and solve organizational problems and enhance their strategic thinking abilities. Topics include problem identification, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and ethical implications.

[3 credit] Survey of High Performing Organizations (?)
Course Description

This course provides the skills and tools required by today’s leaders to move from managing yesterday’s organizations to leading the organization to its greatest capacity. The student will participate in projects that will allow them to understand how to move an organization through a vision into action. Focus will be placed on evaluating and developing the students own leadership skills and how to project the appropriate leadership image that will motivate and inspire others.

[3 credit] Organizational Leadership and Change Management (?)
Course Description

The course provides student with an overview of the theories found within the study of leadership and management during periods of transition. The course explores and analyzes the attributes found in successful leaders and how the leaders deal with periods of transition. The students explore current theories and strategies for leading an organization through a period of change and the course provides them with the tools to improve their own managerial and leadership skills.

[3 credit] Strategies in Organizational Leadership (?)
Course Description

This course builds on the leadership, business, and management concepts contained in the MSOM program. It provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize prior learning and experiences, both personal and professional. It will allow the student to expand personal thinking and explore the arena of leadership and how it will impact the future of the individual, the organization, and the world.

[0 credit] APA Workshop and Tutorial (?)
Course Description

This workshop and tutorial provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform sound research and document their findings in the APA format. To be successful in graduate level courses, students must master APA Style and be able to reproduce the general formats for academic documents, proper citing and referencing techniques, and present information in an academically preferred style. Therefore, this workshop and tutorial is designed to provide the student with the skills needed to understand and master the stylistic requirements of APA Style. (Prerequisite course and does not count toward degree credit requirements)

Elective Courses
[3 credit] Integrative Project (?)
Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for the student to select a topic that broadens or encapsulates the MSOM program learning goals through the use of a case study or real world project. The topic and course content will be approved by the student’s advisor as well as by the professor that will facilitate the student’s project.

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