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Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Business 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.

Major Courses (9 Units)

The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements or must be taken as part of a student’s major elective choices.

This course provides a survey of the study of microeconomics for individuals and business managers with a focus on major economic concepts from a Christ-centered perspective. This course will include an examination of the principles of scarcity, supply, demand, elasticity, price, production, strategy and other important elements of microeconomics relevant to making effective economic decisions for households and firms. In addition, this course will relate macroeconomic concepts which pertain to individuals and firms. Economists who have significantly contributed to the field of economics will also be examined.

An overview of the business applications of various useful statistical methods, concepts, and business tools. Topics include: an introduction to business statistics and ethics, descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous random sampling, distributions and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, comparing means and proportions, regression analysis, model building, and decision theory. This course is required for all business majors.

An introduction to the concepts of effective communication. It will enhance communication in building teams and in other organizational settings and addresses important interpersonal exchange issues, such as conflict resolution.

Core Courses (41 Units)

This course focuses on character-based Christian leadership in business. Within this course, students learn to cultivate character traits that are essential to ethical and moral decision making. This course also incorporates a series of guest speakers from the industry who have successfully demonstrated character-based Christian leadership during their careers.

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 survey of the major concepts of macroeconomics, which include an examination of GDP, the business cycle, unemployment, inflation, fiscal and monetary policy, the national debt, foreign exchange and international trade. The Federal Reserve, banking system and interest rates will also be explored along with the economics of developing nations. Thus, this course provides both a U.S. and International focus regarding the study of macroeconomics.

This course provides an overview of best practices in managing your personal finances. Starting from a Biblical perspective, the course explores a breadth of money issues and common pitfalls that a Christian face while in college and after graduation. Topics include: God owns it all, budgeting, credit cards, debt, savings, compound interest, retirement planning, purchasing large assets like automobiles, investment alternatives, home buying, contentment, and generosity.

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of financial accounting and describes how these essential concepts operate throughout a business organization. Specific topics include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for financial reporting, internal control procedures, the fundamentals of the accounting process, operating decisions and the accounting cycle, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), financial statement preparation and balance sheet-income statement analysis. At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to prepare and properly interpret the major GAAP financial statements of a public for-profit corporation.

Managerial accounting is focused on internal institutional performance. Thus, this course will examine the use and reporting of accounting data for the vital tasks of managerial planning, cost control, and organizational decision making. The course includes broad coverage of managerial accounting concepts, classifications, and behaviors of costs. Topics include cost systems, the analysis and use of cost information, cost-volume-profit analysis, master budgeting, contribution margin analysis, profit planning, standard costs, relevant costs, and capital project/budgeting evaluation.

A general explanation of the law 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 organizations such as corporations and partnerships are described.

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.

A study of management functions and practices in an international context; comparison of management and business practices from various political and cultural perspectives; emphasis on what managers need to be aware of in order to perform in the international 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.

A directed educational experience with a business, nonprofit organization, or church. It involves supervision by a manager of the business and a faculty advisor as the business intern applies business principles in a practical environment.

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.

Business Concentrations

Students must choose a concentration listed below.

Accounting Concentration (15 units)

This course builds upon the basic financial accounting course with a focus on external generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) reporting. The course begins with an examination of the accounting objectives, the qualitative characteristics and the accounting cycle. This course expands the student’s knowledge about the comprehensive GAAP balance sheet and income statement.

This course builds upon Intermediate Accounting I and focuses on external generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) reporting. The course begins with an examination of fixed assets, intangibles, debt instruments and investments and wraps up with an exploration of leases, shareholders’ equity and the statement of cash flows. This course expands a student’s knowledge in preparing and interpreting the comprehensive GAAP financial statements. This class is designed for those concentrating in accounting but may also be taken as an upper division business elective.

This course explores managerial accounting concepts used in planning and controlling operations, determining cost of production, inventory control and evaluation, budgeting, and long-range planning. Emphasis is placed on cost determination, cost accumulation, cost allocation, cost-volume-profit relationships, standard costs, variances analysis and reporting, and the relationship between controlling costs and controlling operations.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to financial statement auditing. Students will examine techniques used for gathering, summarizing, and analyzing, appropriate/sufficient audit evidence regarding a firm’s financial statements. Procedures consistent with PCAOB/GAAS and GAAP standards will be explored. An emphasis will be placed on auditing the balance sheet. Ethical and professional standards examined in this course will provide a foundation for effective financial statement auditing.

BUS442. Federal Tax I
This course focuses on the federal taxation system for individuals and small business owners. Students will learn how to determine a taxpayer’s federal tax liability by understanding the tax ramifications for items such as gross income inclusions and exclusions, capital gains, itemized deductions, and employee and small business expenses. The final project is the preparation of a comprehensive tax return.

BUS443. Federal Tax II
This course explores the regulatory structure of the current federal tax code pertaining to business in the United States. The course will examine effective tax practices and planning strategies for U.S. corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Students will also gain a fundamental working knowledge of the content and preparation of required tax documents and filings via federal tax law. This course is designed for those concentrating in accounting but is suitable for business majors interested in business tax preparation and planning.

Entrepreneurship Concentration (12 units)

This course provides a management focused perspective on information security. This course will provide the student exposure to Information Security Governance, Information Risk Management, Information Security Program Development and Management and Information Security Incident Management. The student should gain an understanding of how to implement and manage a security program in an enterprise.

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 connects the concepts of finance principles to the needs of a new venture and small businesses. Topics include incorporation, venture capital, business models, financial analysis, valuation, capital structure, cash flow forecasting, growth, and exit strategies. Students will understand the difference between debt and equity financing and how and why to use each through real world causes. This course will build on the knowledge gained in the entrepreneurship and finance courses so students will understand specific small business applications such as deal structuring and valuation techniques. Students can determine if a new venture will turn a profit, how to calculate needed capital, and how to determine risk.

This course builds on the initial course in entrepreneurship by focusing on managing and growing an operating new venture. Topics include hiring, expanding markets, finding financing, selecting locations, and balancing risk. This course will include a hands-on case study to apply the concepts to an existing enterprise.

Finance Concentration (12 units)

This upper division business course explores the history, use, and functions of money as well as the topic of interest rate determination. It also surveys the two major perspectives of financial market theory (efficient markets and behavioral finance). In addition, money and capital markets (equity and debt) are examined. Students also learn how the Federal Reserve Bank deploys its three major monetary tools. A study of commercial banking, financial analysis and stewardship completes the course.

This course is designed to explore the fundamental strategies of enterprise-wide risk management. Students will develop an awareness of the challenges, the tools, and the process of designing and implementing an effective risk management program. Students will learn ways in which businesses assess, control, mitigate, and transfer/share risk using insurance and other risk strategies. An effective risk management program reduces losses and improves performance, while increasing organizational sustainability.

The course builds upon the corporate finance theories related to the financing and investment policies of the firm and attempts to develop more effective decision-making skills in these areas. Areas include mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, financial planning, treasury/cash management, investment strategy, capital structure, IPOs and stock offerings, dividend policy, bond issuance, loans/lines of credit options, leasing options, venture capital, asset/liability management, advanced capital budgeting, and current issues regarding international finance.

This course is designed to understand procedures and tools necessary to evaluate investment variables, determine value, and analyze risk/return characteristics of equity, fixed income securities, and alternative individual investments from a Christ-centered standpoint. The course further emphasizes responsible decisions and provides background for comprehensive portfolio analysis.

General Business Concentration (12 units)

Choose 12 units of business electives not found in the business core requirements.

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 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.

An overview of project management from both strategic and operational points of view. Quantitative methods include project planning, budgeting, evaluation, selection, scheduling and control. Project management software will be used to illustrate the concepts. Qualitative methods include project organization structure, staffing and team building. The role and responsibilities of the project manager will be discussed.

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.

Marketing Concentration (12 units)

Evaluate the major forms of marketing communications channels. Topics address advertising, sales, e-commerce, public relations, integrating promotional ethics.

Focus on the business of global marketing. Focus will include the major economic, technological, industrial, political and demographic forces affecting international trade integrated with the marketing management functions.

This course is a practical application of contemporary methods for gathering, analyzing, and developing market research for use in business decision making. Research methodology includes specific topic areas as the research process, primary and secondary data, qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, and utilization of technology. Questionnaire and experimental design, attitude measurement, sampling and data analysis are emphasized along with applications to marketing decision-making.

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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