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SUMMARY

Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Business Administration major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Core Courses (38 units)

This course provides an introductory exploration of individual and group behavior within organizations. Its purpose is to provide business students an understanding of how organizations can be managed more effectively and at the same time enhance the quality of their employees work life. Topics include: organizational commitment, job performance and satisfaction, motivation, stress, ethics, learning and decision making, leadership, team dynamics, and organizational structure and communication.

This course explores how technology can better enable the strategic business functions of an organization in order to provide a greater competitive advantage in the market place. Thus, this course examines the effective design, implementation, use and maintenance of information systems as well as providing an introduction to such related areas as ebusiness, business intelligence, cybersecurity, systems infrastructure, emerging business technologies, and relevant MIS ethical considerations.

This course provides a fundamental overview of both financial and managerial accounting from the perspective of a non-accounting manager. Topics include the language of business, bookkeeping, financial reporting and analysis, and other essential concepts of accounting for managers. Quantitative tools such as CVP analysis and NPV are presented. At the successful completion of this course, students will have a fundamental knowledge of GAAP and the AICPA code of ethics for accounting.

A general explanation of the law as it pertains to profit and not-for-profit organizations including its sources, development, and terminology. Specific legal doctrines and principles that affect business including an introduction to contracts, legal documents, and property are covered. Business entity structures such as sole-proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations are addressed.

This course provides a biblical foundation for Christian ethics in the marketplace. It utilizes the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as a primary text for the formulation of Kingdom ethics and a basis for personal decision making. It also makes specific applications to the business world through the analysis of real-world dilemmas and challenges.

A general explanation of the analysis of marketing opportunities; planning of marketing programs with emphasis on product, price, promotion and distribution; control of the marketing effort; social and ethical responsibilities of marketing.

This is an upper-division introductory course in corporate (managerial) finance designed for undergraduate students majoring in business. This class explores the foundational principles and practices necessary to be an effective financial manager of a for-profit firm. Topics include industry ethics, the role of financial institutions and markets in finance, cash management and planning, financial statement reporting and ratio analysis, debt and equity usage, capital budgeting, leverage and capital structure fundamentals, dividend payout policy formation, and other relevant topics in managerial finance.

This course is a study of management functions and practices in an international context. It includes the comparison of management and business practices from various political and cultural perspectives, with an emphasis on what managers need to be aware of in order to successfully unction as Christians in the international business environment.

An overview of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods and services; helps students understand the importance of operations management and how it interacts with other parts of the organization; develops skills in applying appropriate analytical tools to business operations challenges.

Integrative capstone seminar analyzing interrelationships of managerial decisions/actions within and between the firm and its environment. Applies multi-disciplinary techniques to diagnose and recommend actions appropriate to specific company situations, using case method.

Challenges students to consider how general revelation (creation) and special revelation (the Scriptures) of God affects every aspect of life. Each student will be encouraged to develop a truly Christian world view and understand and critique competing world views.

This course explores the core leadership tenets of servant leadership and spiritual leadership, particularly as they pertain to the business environment. It examines key biblical principles and ways in which to apply them consistently and accurately for leadership in the contemporary world.

Students will explore a number of spiritual practices that can help them flourish spiritually amidst the pressures of academia and of life. The course will briefly consider practices such as meditation, Sabbath, gratitude, simplicity, servanthood, spiritual friendship, and discernment. Students will participate in a half-day mini-retreat where they will explore these practices further.

Not for traditional undergraduate students.

Business Administration Concentrations

Students must choose a concentration listed below.

Management Concentration (12 units)

A study of the theories and practices of human resource management; strategies to secure, develop and maintain a productive workforce; job analysis, work design, HR planning, recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, compensation and benefits, EEO, OSHA, labor relations, employee rights and discipline.

This course introduces tools and techniques used in project management including computer software. Topics include: defining project scope; identifying and tracking project risks; evaluating, controlling, monitoring, and closing a project. This course examines the Christian perspective on projects, organizations, team building, conflict, leadership and ethics. Project management software (Microsoft Project and others) are utilized to develop an integrated project plan and create a project work breakdown structure (WBS) and GANTT schedule in order to track milestones.

This course provides an insight into the characteristics of entrepreneurs and examines the growth of entrepreneurship. Students will apply the methods used to create, identify and evaluate opportunities for new ventures and the skills that are needed to start and manage new ventures. Students will develop a preliminary business plan including problems and factors involved in launching and operating small profit and nonprofit organizations. Emphasizes entrepreneur characteristics sought by venture capitalists and investors, role of the business plan and evolutionary stages of start-up activity.

This course explores the concept of business management leadership through the lens of a Christian worldview. Students will examine the theoretical context of leadership theory and determine application in the practices of noted business leaders and through interactions with local Christian business leaders. Finally, students will develop a leadership portfolio describing their personal leadership characteristics and capabilities.

Project Management Concentration (12 units)

This course introduces tools and techniques used in project management including computer software. Topics include: defining project scope; identifying and tracking project risks; evaluating, controlling, monitoring, and closing a project. This course examines the Christian perspective on projects, organizations, team building, conflict, leadership and ethics. Project management software (Microsoft Project and others) are utilized to develop an integrated project plan and create a project work breakdown structure (WBS) and GANTT schedule in order to track milestones.

This course analyzes the importance of cost management in executing a project plan and incorporates the elements of mid-project changes and cash flow management. Topics include: cost estimation; creating a realistic baseline; evaluating project performance; and effectively presenting project benefits to the stakeholders. Quantitative and qualitative cost and budgeting tools will be examined such as: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Cost Variance (CV), Schedule Variance (SV), Cost Performance Index (CPI), Schedule Performance Index (SPI), Estimate to Complete (ETC), & Earned Value Management (EVM). Microsoft Excel is utilized to develop an integrated project cost and budget plan and track project milestones. The course also explores various areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), considered to be the industry standard by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

This course analyzes the importance of quality management in executing a project plan. An emphasis is placed on a Christ-centered approach to quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control. Topics include biblically ethical approaches to problem solving tools, such as flow charts, checklists, cause and effect diagrams, and audit techniques to assess compliance with company-documented processes. Students will be exposed to 1. Quality management theory, 2. Quality planning, 3. Quality assurance, and 4. Quality control. Major topics include Total Quality Management (TQM), quality and organizational culture, change implementation, quality and global competitiveness, quality function deployment (QFD), and quality plan implementation. The course also explores various areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), considered to be the industry standard by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

This course analyzes the importance of assessing and managing risk in a project from a biblical basis. An emphasis is placed on a Christ-centered approach to project risk management plan, identifying and documenting risk in a project, performing qualitative (RBS, OPA & EEF) and quantitative risk analyses (EVM & PERT), planning risk responses and applying PMBOK® and PMI® standards to a project. Students will be exposed to 1. Risk Management Planning, 2. Risk Identification, 3. Risk Analysis, 4. Risk Response Planning, and 5. Risk Monitoring and Control. The course also explores various areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), considered to be the industry standard by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

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