Business Administration and Management
BADM 101. Introduction to Business Leadership and Business Ethics (4E)
This course will introduce students to the role of business leadership in a market economy. It will consider issues such as the relationships between businesses and consumers, the function of business leadership in working with diverse employees, the political and legal climate of business, the social responsibility of business including environmental stewardship, and the function of multinational corporations in the global economy. In working with these issues business leaders must practice ethical decision-making with the goal of being managers of socially responsible businesses. Consequently, this course will focus on the ethical standards required of business leaders. It will pay special attention to the norms of ethical business behavior in addressing the issues the course will consider. The study of ethics in this course will lay the foundation for the study of ethics that will be continued in other courses in the major.
BADM 197/297/397/497. Directed Research in Business Administration (1-4E)
Under the direct supervision of a faculty member, a student participates in business research. A learning contract that specifies the student’s role in the research process, including specific responsibilities and learning outcomes, must be filed with the Office of the Registrar. To qualify for upper-level credit student responsibilities must include consequential analysis. A maximum of four credit hours of directed research in business (397 or 497 only) may be applied to major requirements in Business Administration. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Learning contract filed in the Office of the Registrar.
BADM 199/299/399/499. Independent Study (1-4E)
This course consists of an independent creative or research project designed by the student and supervised by an economics or business faculty member. The nature of the project, the schedule for accomplishment and the means of evaluation must be formalized in a learning contract prior to registration.
BADM 201. Principles of Accounting I (4F)
Accounting is the language of business. This course introduces the student to that language through the study of the basic principles of financial accounting for recording, classifying, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting financial data. The accounting cycle is presented using the double-entry system for all three forms of business, including sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Prerequisite: ECON 102 or ECON 103 or BADM101.
BADM 202. Principles of Accounting II (4S)
A continuation of the basic principles of financial accounting for recording, classifying, summarizing, reporting and interpreting financial data. In this course a distinction is made between the users of the data, such as internal planning or external analysis. Prerequisites: BADM 201.
BADM 301. Principles of Management (4E)
Management is the method by which organizations are able to get their members to work together. That method employs five functions to meet its goal: planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. Each of these functions is based on theories and practices of what it takes to be an effective manager as derived from the disciplines of economics, political science, psychology and sociology. Prerequisites: BADM101, BADM 201, ECON 102, and ECON 103.
BADM 302. Principles of Marketing (4E)
Marketing is the process of getting goods and services from the producer or provider to the consumer. It considers all the actions businesses and other organizations must take to sell their goods and services. It is derived from the economic theory of product distribution as applied to business and is thereby a social science as well as a business practice. The course will take the student through the entire process of producing a good or service, determining a reasonable price, getting the good or service to a place where a consumer can purchase it, and promoting the product to make the consumer aware of its existence. It will consider traditional marketing methods appropriate for shopping in person as well as internet marketing. Prerequisites: BADM101, BADM 201, ECON 102, and ECON 103.
BADM 303. Corporation Finance (4E)
Examines the legal basis for the corporation and the instruments used to establish and finance its growth. Investigates the types of securities used by corporations to raise funds in terms of their risk level. Emphasis on solutions of financial policy faced by corporate financial managers. (Cross-listed as ECON 353). Prerequisites: ECON 102 and ECON 103, and BADM201 and BADM301.
BADM 304. Business Law (4E)
Legal rights and responsibilities in ordinary business transactions. Prerequisite: BADM101, ECON 102, or ECON 103.
BADM 305. Marketing Research (4F)
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the tools of marketing research so that they will be able to apply those tools in their careers and to understand their use if they are not practitioners. The course covers quantitative research tools such as applied statistics, data mining of the internet and demographics as well as qualitative research methods such as surveys and focus groups. Prerequisite: BADM 302.
BADM 306. Human Resource Management (4S)
This course provides an introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management, the methods used by organizations to manage the human beings who work within it. It explores the legal system of the U.S. that oversees the manner in which employees are hired, fired, rewarded, and managed; it also considers the diversity of values that motivate humans to work. The overall goal is to enable future managers to appreciate the importance of hiring employees, evaluating their performance, and rewarding them. Prerequisite: BADM 301.
BADM 310. Business Communication (4F)
Communication is an essential human activity that includes a variety of techniques from the written word to the oral speech and the analysis of data. The main purpose of communication is to influence other humans by gaining their attention, arousing their interest, and getting them to act in the way the communicator desires. Business communication involves the telling of the story of the business, its product, its values, and its people. This course will focus on how to use the diverse media that are available for businesses to communicate their stories to a wide array of audiences. Prerequisite: BADM 301 and BADM 302.
BADM 340. Contract Management (4S)
This course will cover the ways in which businesses and other organizations such as government agencies manage the contractual basis for the purchase of goods and services from vendors and other providers. It will consider the initial request for a purchase, the awarding of a contract, and the management of the contract until it is fulfilled as promised. Prerequisites: BADM101, ECON 102, Econ 103, and BADM 201.
BADM 345. Supply Chain Management (4S)
Supply Chain Management consists of the logistics, operations, planning, and sourcing of a good or service as it makes its way from production to the consumer. The course will consider topics such as transportation, warehousing and inventory, and the design of the networks that integrate them. It will also stress the importance of building sustainable relationships with suppliers all along the supply chain. Prerequisites: BADM101, ECON 102, Econ 103, and BADM 201.
BADM 350. Budget Analysis and Forecasting (4F)
Budget analysts are engaged in helping business or other organization such as a government agency manage its resources by gauging how well money is spent and forecasting future expenditure needs. The key element in this work, as will be described in this course, is the budget as a picture of where the organization strives to be in the future. It also involves revising forecasts and the budgets that are based on them. Prerequisites: BADM101, ECON 102, Econ 103, and BADM 201.
BADM 360. Topics in Business (4)
This course is an in-depth examination of a specific topic related to business. It will explore the theory and research on the topic and their application to the topic. Content of the course will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: BADM101, ECON 102, ECON 103, and BADM 301 or consent of the Instructor.
BADM 398/498. Off-Campus Internship (4-16)
A variety of off-campus experiential learning opportunities can be arranged through the Career Development Center. The off-campus internship is an individually-designed experience that allows the student to explore the relationships between learning in the classroom and the practical application of knowledge in everyday work situations. Prerequisites: Admission to the internship program and approval of the coordinator of the Business Administration Major . (See “Internships” under the “Academic Policies” section of the course catalog.) Credit/no credit grading.
BADM 401. Seminar in Business (4E)
The Seminar in Business is a capstone experience in which students will be challenged to integrate their accumulated businesss knowledge, technical, and professional skills. Specific topics and approaches vary with interest of faculty. May be repeated for credit with consent of the instructor. Prerequisites: ECON 102, ECON 103, BADM 201, BADM 302, and BADM 303, or consent of the instructor.
BADM 493/494. St. Mary’s Project in Business Administration (4-8E)
The St. Mary’s Project in Business Administration is a two-semester experience. Students initiate the project, identify an area to be explored and propose a method of inquiry appropriate to the topic. A faculty mentor supervises the project research. The objectives of the St. Mary’s Project in Business Administration are to furnish a vehicle for students to build on the theory and methods of business learned during the first three years, to allow students to gain a high degree of expertise in the particular topic area they choose to study and to improve student research skills in organizational and planning competency, writing ability, and oral communication. The project must be shared with the College community through posters, presentations, or other means.