BUSN100 Basics of Business (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the terminology, organization, and function of the American business system. The course will give the student a broad background about the contemporary American and global business environments as well as considering different business organizations, management principles and strategies. Topics covered include marketing, finance, personnel, customer relations, production and operations, e-business, world trade ventures, internal information systems and decision-making processes.
BUSN120 Real Estate Principles (3 semester hours)
This course provides an introduction to real estate as a business and profession. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts and best practices for the real estate industry. Topics will include the real estate market, property rights, deeds and leases, contracts, the closing process, urban economics, brokerage, appraisal, land uses, and insurance.
BUSN121 Real Estate Practice (3 semester hours)
This course provides an introduction to real estate from an operations viewpoint. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts and best practices on how to manage the basic functions within the real estate industry. Topics will include structure of leases, real estate development, negotiations, marketing, and other issues associated with the real estate practice.
BUSN220 Real Estate Finance (3 semester hours)
This course is an investigation of institutions, instruments, and structures by which investment in real estate is financed. It reviews capital markets, the sources and use of real estate funds, and the role of government in real estate finance. The course also covers technical skills involved in real estate finance, to include risk analysis, portfolio theory and management, REITs, and capital market trends.
BUSN221 Real Estate Appraisal (3 semester hours)
This course examines property rights and their valuations. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts, and best practices on the factors affecting the value of property rights as they relate to general economic theory and the real estate process. Topics will include real estate appraisal methods, valuation of residential and income-producing property, influences on market value, and trends in the appraisal industry.
BUSN222 Real Estate Property Management (3 semester hours)
This course explores the role and major functions of the property manager. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and review terminology, concepts, and best practices for landlord policies, operational guidelines, leases and lease negotiations, tenant relations, habitability laws and the Fair Housing Act. Topics will include the impact of electronic technology on the industry and fair housing regulations.
BUSN235 Personal Finance (3 semester hours)
This course addresses the fundamentals of personal finance. Students will develop an understanding of the financial world and how it directly affects their life on a day-to-day basis as well as planning for their long term fiscal security. Topics include money management, consumer credit, home financing, insurance, and investing.
BUSN250 Analytics I (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to provide a foundational knowledge in analytics, and how it is used in business to strengthen the decision-making process. As technology has changed the landscape of business processes, it has also created a necessity for decision-makers to have the ability to use various tools to create, manipulate, and report data. Students will learn operational statistical theories, software options to work with data, and begin to integrate concepts into objective decision-making.
BUSN299 Applied Business Solutions (3 semester hours)
This course is an integrated-based approach to task-based, business problem solving using various technology solutions such as productivity software products, the Internet, and free applications. Students will be challenged to use appropriate technology skill sets, while also learning additional skills working on real world business projects. Students will complete the course with an e-portfolio of their work, which can in turn be used in the job search process. (Prerequisites: ENGL225 and ITCC111 or ITCC112)
BUSN310 Business Theory (3 semester hours)
This course provides an understanding of the corporation, each of the business functions (to include accounting, finance, marketing, technology, management, and planning), and the relations between and among functions in the operation of the firm.
BUSN311 Law and Ethics in the Business Environment (3 semester hours)
This course develops skills for inquiry into the business environment from a legal and ethical perspective. Students explore the relationships between modern business and the environment, in addition to the ethical issues that arise when diverse interests intersect. Relevant topics will include contracts, commercial law (sales, secured transactions and creditors remedies), forms of business entities (including limited liability companies and corporations), agency, employer-employee relationships, real property concepts, bankruptcy, and negligence and strict liability concepts. Students will examine corporate governance and business ethics, with emphasis on case studies.
BUSN312 Operations Research (3 semester hours)
This course introduces Operations Research and includes the application of operations research and management science techniques to management decision problems. Operations research techniques and methods can be applied to problems in virtually all-functional areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, production and human resources. Examples from each of these areas will be covered during the course. A feature of the course is that Microsoft Excel is used to implement some of the techniques covered. This means that you will become proficient in using Excel; the most widely used electronic spreadsheet in business today. (Prerequisites: MATH110, MATH111, or MATH225)
BUSN313 Global and Competitive Strategy (3 semester hours)
This course is concerned with the formulation and analysis of business strategy. Business strategy is the set of objectives and policies that collectively determine how a business positions itself to increase its returns and create economic value for its owners and stakeholders. Students will be introduced to analytical techniques for diagnosing the competitive position of a business, evaluating business strategies, and identifying and analyzing specific business options.
BUSN316 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on the actual tasks and activities of the entrepreneur-from researching venture feasibility, to launching the venture, to managing growth. Covered are descriptions of real entrepreneurs in action, facing the challenges that entrepreneurs must deal with, and making good and even some not-so-good decisions. This study relates the excitement of the entrepreneurial adventure.
BUSN318 Small Business Management (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on the unique aspects facing the small business, to include issues of strategy, marketing, personnel, operations, profitability, surviving in the market, financing, among other issues. Resource constraints are covered as a major topic.
BUSN320 Principles of E Business (3 semester hours)
This course is a study of the fundamental principles of e-business. Students will learn how to build a successful e-business operation with step-by-step guidance for writing an e-business plan and simplified guidance for the development and management of a start-up customer focused website. Students will select an e-business of their choice and, using worksheets from their textbooks, follow a step-by-step process to develop eight sections of the e-business plan: business description, product and services, marketplace analysis, marketing planning, management and organization, operations, business location and equipment, and financial plans. Students will integrate basic start-up web site design plans and concepts into their e-business plan. The major objective of this course is for every student to apply the principles of e-business, e-marketing and basic website design and develop an e-business plan for immediate application or for future reference.
BUSN330 Fundamentals of Business Analysis I (3 semester hours)
This course explores the use of standard spreadsheets and historical data for developing and organizing data into lists, creating tables and charts from the data, and utilizing basic formulas to understand summaries of the data. Students will develop skills with analyzing business data utilizing Microsoft Excel, a standard spreadsheet tool, in order to draw conclusions regarding historical data.
BUSN331 Fundamentals of Business Analysis II (3 semester hours)
This course explores the use of Relational Databases to analyze business data, create queries regarding specific areas of interest, and generate reports regarding trends. Students will develop skills utilizing Microsoft Access, a relational database, to demonstrate proficiency in manipulating database elements of interest to a business.
BUSN332 Business Use Cases (3 semester hours)
The course provides practical knowledge in documenting user business functions. Students learn how to document business functions in user’s scenarios, develop use cases, and the application of use cases into the development life cycle activities.
BUSN333 Project Management for Business Analysts (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on project requirements as the basis for managing development life cycles. Students learn to define project cycle time, measure and estimate project efforts, and set priorities.
BUSN334 Strategic Alignment in Business Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course applies the database and spreadsheet manipulation, analysis, and reporting skillsets developed in BUSN330 and BUSN331. Both spreadsheets and databases will be utilized in case study scenarios that include historical data. The objective of this course is to further develop a student's skills at organizing, analyzing, summarizing, and reporting areas of interest within a company's historical data. (Prerequisites: BUSN330 and BUSN331)
BUSN350 Analytics II (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to provide a intermediate knowledge in analytics, and how it is used in business to strengthen the decision-making process. Students will focus on managerial level of statistical methods, advanced Excel functionality, and continue to work on applying concept to strengthen the ability to integrate concepts into objective decision-making processes. (Prerequisite: BUSN250)
BUSN410 Critical Thinking Strategies for Business Decisions (3 semester hours)
This course provides students opportunities for analysis, synthesis, and application of critical thinking applied to decision making at all levels in an organization. This course equips students with critical thinking skills to identify problems utilizing rational decision making. Students learn to solve organizational problems and provide strategic direction based on critical thinking.
BUSN412 Quality Management Systems (3 semester hours)
This course examines quality management and views quality as a systematic process leading to customer satisfaction. The course covers methodologies that will aid managers in implementing and assuring an organization's quality system is effectively meeting the organization's business goals.
BUSN415 Small Business Growth and Development (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to prepare you to take a small business from the startup stage to the growth stage. This step is often a huge leap for businesses and requires special skills and management approaches. This course will focus on organizing for growth, intensive marketing for growth, creating growth strategies, and financing growth.
BUSN419 International Business Management (3 semester hours)
This course focuses on the organization, management strategies, and essential operations of international business and cross cultural management. It provides a managerial perspective and a framework of analysis for examining the similarities and differences in the philosophy and practices of management around the world. Topics include the methods and importance of effective strategic planning when organizing and administering international marketing, finance, and human resource management areas toward efficient business, government, and global market relationships. By focusing on the analysis of national and organizational cultures and the impact of individual behaviors, the course gives a strong basis for managers to successfully manage in different countries and different populations.
BUSN450 Advanced Analytics (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to lead students through various projects and business problem scenarios to enable them to apply concepts learned to quantify elements of alternative elimination, assess data pertinent to the overall decision-making process, and to gain and understanding of the different business functions and how data is used differently in each area. This course requires Microsoft Excel 2010 or higher. (Prerequisite: BUSN350)
BUSN490 Business Administration Independent Study (3 semester hours)
An opportunity for Business Administration students to pursue an independent research project or examine a specific area of Business Administration under the mentorship of a single professor. Course is open to upper division students only. Participation is at the discretion of the faculty member. This course will require students to produce a major research paper of approximately 25-30 pages; there will be no examination. Students will submit a proposal prior to the start of the project, an annotated bibliography, and a final paper at week 8, all of which will count toward the final grade. To be eligible for an independent study, students must be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program, must have completed 24 hours at APUS toward their current degree program, and should have already contacted a professor and gained approval for the independent study topic. Once these conditions are met the student should contact their academic advisor. Once the course is open the student must complete an official online registration for the course.
BUSN499 Senior Seminar in Business Administration (3 semester hours)
The Capstone course is a senior level course designed to allow the student to review, analyze and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in Business Administration. The student will complete an approved academic project or paper that demonstrates mastery of their program of study in a meaningful culmination of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program. NOTE: THIS COURSE MAY REQUIRE USE OF ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD ON YOUR COMPUTER OR OTHER DEVICE.