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B.S. in Business Management: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

Greenville University’s online B.S. in Business Management features core business topics like accounting, law, human resources, economics, and marketing. You will learn to solve problems, collaborate with others, and lead teams to success.

This program includes 57 major credits of business management courses online. In addition to courses required for the major, you will need to complete general education and elective courses for a total of 120 credits.

Greenville’s business management classes are 8 weeks in length. Students who transfer the maximum amount of credits can complete their program in just 1 to 2 years.

Required Courses

Nature and purpose of accounting; basic accounting concepts and procedures, double entry bookkeeping, methods of processing, summarizing, and classifying financial data; balance sheets and income statements.

Intermediate-level course with emphasis on how accounting information can be interpreted and used as a tool of management in planning and controlling business activities of the firm.

What makes some for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations excel while other fail to thrive? Often, it’s due to the quality of management within the organization. Management of people is a distinct skill set that is critically important, and these skills can be studied, understood, and practiced. In this course, students will learn the elements of business management, the theory behind them and practical tools with which to apply them. Key topics such as communication, leadership, teamwork, conflict management, change, and more will be covered. No matter where a person works or volunteers, they will be able to contribute to the success of any organization when they have a clear understanding of management theory and techniques.

A study of contracts, torts, agency, bailments, and property with emphasis on the social forces that have and will affect our legal rights and duties.

This course is about applying analytical theory of business decision-making to provide products and service design, capacity planning, process and location selection, inventory and supply management, quality assurance, and scheduling. These real-world management tools will heighten the comprehension of business applications and provide a competitive edge in school and beyond.

A course designed to provide students with an understanding of the theories, principles, and practices of personnel management.

Students will understand the forces of globalization, why nations trade, problems of trade restrictions and international payments, and multinational corporations as international change agents. They will work from the manager’s perspective to discover how working internationally affects the functional areas of business through influences of the land, the political environment, and the cultural heritage of the people.

This course examines how national and local managers explain the development of their careers with a particular emphasis on leadership development, ethics, and the integration of faith in their management practice. These, together with the course material and group projects, help students develop appropriate career skills. In addition to the weekly speaker summaries, students write a business case study, make microfinance loans to overseas entrepreneurs, and develop individual career plans, resumes, and job search skills.

Strategic Management explores how companies analyze their strategic environments, identify strategic choices, and implement chosen strategies. Analytical tools include employing frameworks to analyze internal strengths and weaknesses as well as external opportunities and threats. The course is taught through an online strategic management simulation in which students compete in teams to enable them to evaluate their effectiveness in developing and implementing strategies for the firm.

Each department offers a practicum or internship course numbered 405. In this course, the student applies theories and skills learned in the major. Each experience should include significant learning opportunities related to the student’s major field. Two supervisors are involved, a work supervisor and an academic supervisor. Registration must occur prior to the activity. Forty to sixty hours of work experience is required for each credit awarded. The experience may be paid or unpaid. Letter grades will be assigned unless otherwise stated in the departmental description. Students must consult with their academic supervisor at least twice during the experience. A learning experience summary paper following departmental guidelines is required as well as a final interview with the academic supervisor. A maximum of twelve credits may be applied to the degree.

Throughout this course, cases will be read, discussed, and critiqued. Critical thinking skills will be necessary to successfully and comprehensively address the strategic issues depicted in the cases. Companies will be researched and potential actions will be put forth for consideration in this writing intensive course. In addition to the case and text assignments, students will be asked to create a case addressing a current issue that an entity is facing.

This course delivers economics from individually focused, microeconomics to the infrastructure focused, macroeconomics. This semester will provide a foundation for both business and non-business majors.

This course is structured to be a more detailed, deeper coverage of both micro- and macroeconomics. This semester builds upon the broad, fast-moving introduction to the micro- and macroeconomics course. This course covers applied economics, or the rest of the economics story for business majors. At the completion of the course, students will have had comprehensive instruction and application of micro, macro, U.S., and global economics.

This introductory course examines business from an entrepreneurial perspective. It will provide students with an introduction to the potential and pitfalls of entrepreneurship and its impact on the economic development within a community. Throughout the course, students will examine the various methods for starting up, managing, and financing a new business enterprise. This process will culminate in the development of a viable business plan. The overarching goal of this course is to familiarize the student with business terminology in order to introduce him or her to the business program at Greenville University.

This course is an experience- and project-based course designed to encourage hands on innovation. Students will gain insight into the roles and responsibilities of entrepreneurs in organizations both large and small. Students will also engage in a semester long project on campus or with local partners to enhance their understanding of innovation, strategic planning, implementation strategy, research and development, product design, product marketing, and market research.

Introduces the student to corporate financial management through the study of financial systems, techniques of financial analysis and working capital decisions, financial forecasting, financing current assets, capital budgeting, the cost of capital and the target capital structure quantity, statistical decision-making, and financial techniques.

Marketing is not just about advertising or social media posts. It’s a broad field encompassing all aspects of discovering customer – consumer and organizational buyers – wants and needs and then meeting them. Setting the mission and strategies, understanding buyer behavior, reaching global markets, researching market options, and making decisions concerning the 4 Ps of marketing – product, price, place, promotion – are all critical areas to understand. Knowing terms and concepts is not enough, however, so application opportunities are given throughout the course. No matter in what field or in what position a person finds themselves, marketing is a part of it.

Beginning with theory as taught in MRKT 201 and ECON 102, students deal with selected marketing cases and learn to apply their theoretical principles. Work is both individual and in groups and includes the creation and development of a new product.

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Advances in biology have pushed the development of statistical methods and depended on those methods for decades. Biostatistics focuses on three core areas: 1) general statistical concepts; 2) correct use and interpretation of statistical methods commonly used in biological sciences; and 3) basic familiarity with the R statistical software language, which has become an important tool in dealing with many kinds of data, including genetic data.

In this course, students explore how data analysis is applied to the research of behavior. Basic methods of summarizing, analyzing, and presenting research data are explained. Statistical concepts such as probability, correlation, analysis of variance, distribution, and hypothesis testing are explored. Students will gain experience with using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion; probability, correlation, and regression analysis; and parametric (t-tests and ANOVA) and non-parametric (chi-square) tests of significance. A basic introduction to Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software is provided.

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