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Online BS in Applied Technology Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

The online BS in Applied Technology program prepares students to use advanced technology to solve business problems with hands-on courses in project management, computer information systems, database management systems, enterprise resource planning and more. The 40 required courses will prepare students for careers in a variety of industries.

This program also offers a choice between three unique concentrations: financial management, healthcare management and supply chain management. These concentrations give a stronger focus for students who know they want to go in a particular direction with their future careers.

Lower Level Courses

An introduction to the nature and scope of economics. Emphasis is placed upon macroeconomic aspects of the study of economics. Topics include: supply and demand analysis, inflation, unemployment, aggregate output, economic growth and money and banking. Monetary and fiscal policy options are emphasized.

An introduction to economics with primary emphasis on microeconomic aspects of the United States economy, such as: supply and demand, profit maximization, market structure, factor markets, public policies toward business and some current economic problems.

A study of accounting principles and concepts related to the preparation of financial statements and communication of economic information to management and other interested parties.

A continuation of the study of financial accounting emphasizing corporate accounting. Payroll accounting, cash flow management and financial statement analysis will be covered for all forms of the business organization. In addition, management accounting and management’s use of accounting data will be studied. Prerequisite ACC 201.

An analysis of organizing and summarizing data, probability concepts, probability distributions, statistical inference (estimation and hypothesis testing), Chisquare analysis, regression and non-parametric analysis. Prerequisite: MTH 111 and CIS 115.

An introduction to a broad range of topics in the field of management science including: decision theory, linear programming, non-linear and dynamic programming, transportation and assignment models, network models (PERT-CPM), Markov chains, game theory, inventory models, queuing theory and simulation models. Prerequisite: BUS 263.

MTH 111. Precalculus with Trigonometry (3) Analytic geometry; the concept of function with analysis of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, their properties, graphs, and use in applied problems. This course is intended for students planning to take MTH 121 or MTH 140. Prerequisite: MTH 010, satisfaction of placement criteria (based on high school mathematics background and College Board test scores), or equivalent demonstrated proficiency. A grade of C- or above is required to pass the course; otherwise, a NC (no credit) is assigned. Subsequent retakes will result in the student receiving a letter grade of (A-F).

MTH 121. Calculus I (4) Analytic geometry, functions, limits, continuity, the derivative and its applications, the integral and its applications. Prerequisite: MTH 111, satisfaction of placement criteria (based on high school mathematics background and College Board test scores), or equivalent demonstrated proficiency.

This course will develop and enhance written and oral communication skills with particular attention to the skills required for successful communication in the business firm. The course is designed to assist students in developing their skills in interpersonal communication, public speaking, and effective business writing. (Bibliographic instruction course. Writing enhanced course.) Prerequisites: ENG 123 and at least one sophomore-level English course.

An introduction to the role of business in society highlighting the importance of Ignatian business and leadership principles and global business citizenship. Students will also study the traditional business disciplines of accounting, finance, economics, information technology, marketing, management and business ethics and strategy. Moreover, this course will have a service-learning component.

Upper Level Courses

This course will give an introduction into many areas of the law, including contracts, torts, criminal law, civil procedure, corporate law, property, the court system and all areas of employment law. Practical application of such law will be heavily emphasized.

A study of the nature and principles of management. An integrated approach to the study of principles is taken through consideration of the functional, behavioral and management science schools of thought. Prerequisites: ECO 101 and ACC 201, or permission of instructor.

A basic study of principles and policy for marketing decisions concerning the distribution of goods and services in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Special attention is given to formulation of policies and strategies as they relate to products, price, promotion, and distribution channels within the internal and external environment of the business. Prerequisites: ECO 101 and ACC 201, or permission of instructor.

 Introduction to the concepts and techniques of financial management within a business organization. Topics include the financial marketplace in which business decisions are made, valuation, forecasting, capital budgeting, financing decisions, and working capital management. Prerequisites: ECO 101, ACC 202, or permission of instructor.

An examination of major ethical theories and their application to the professional problems and conduct of persons engaged in business and management.

A capstone course in top management strategy and policy formulation. Actual cases are used as a basis for discussions and preparation of reports which call for executive decision-making. The course builds upon and integrates the core subjects in the business curriculum, including the topic of sustainability. This is the comprehensive experience for all business majors and must be taken in the senior year of study. (Writing enhanced course.)

An overview of business in an international environment, incorporating economic, management, marketing and financial implications of international transactions. Topics include exchange rates, trade policy, international institutions, global theory and cultural aspects of business.

Required Technology Courses

This is a new course in development. Information will be updated soon.

An introduction to the Windows-based applications used for solving business and non-business problems. Emphasis is placed on spreadsheets using Excel, word processing using Word, presentation design using PowerPoint and database design using Access. Substantial Windows lab work will be required. Ethical issues in computer applications are addressed.

A course designed to introduce the student to website development incorporating data technology. Technologies used to create dynamic data-driven web pages will include Dreamweaver, PHP, MySQL, XHTML and CSS. In addition, the student will learn to interact with and manage a website on a remote server. Substantial lab work will be expected. Cross-listed as ART 371.

An intensive study of the effective application of database design, development and management functions in businesses. Database projects in Access database software and investigation of e-commerce techniques will be covered. Ethical and policy issues related to database development and e-commerce (data mining, data retrieval, World Wide Web, privacy issues, etc.) will be discussed. Prerequisites: CIS 115 and junior standing.

Structure, management and design of databases including hierarchical, network and relational database models. Students will utilize Microsoft Access to develop a complex and complete database application. Prerequisite: CIS 381 or consent of the instructor.

This course is an introduction to Enterprise Information Systems (ERP) used within manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain management operations. The integration of most of an organization’s information systems needs into one system that connects suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers is the focus of the course. The courses will also cover other specialized information systems.

Design of communication systems and components, including modems, multiplexers, switching and routing equipment, transmission protocols and network topologies. Students will consider different networking technologies from the vantage point of business policy and technical implications. Prerequisite: CIS 381.

A course designed to address topics of special interest to CIS students. Possible areas include neural networks, Oracle database programming and modeling and simulation. Permission of discipline director.

Financial Management Concentration

Theory of demand and value, pricing, production, resource allocation and general equilibrium.

This course provides coverage over the full range of business analytics — descriptive, predictive and prescriptive.

A study of the operations and roles of the major participants in the financial system and the factors influencing them. Topics include: financial institutions, central banking, monetary policy, interest rates, financial markets, financial innovation and regulatory reform.

The course will examine such investment alternatives as stocks, bonds, options and various specialized investment alternatives. The importance of both fundamental SHC 2021 TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS 42 DIVISION OF BUSINESS | 42 and technical analysis will be explored. There will be a strong emphasis on evaluating appropriate risk-return trade-offs and the implications of modern portfolio theory. Prerequisite: FIN 301 or permission of instructor.

Healthcare Management Concentration

Management concepts in context of health care organizations and the external environment; planning and goal setting; decision-making and problem solving; personnel selection; performance appraisal; and risk management. Prerequisites: MGT 301, or permission of instructor.

This course covers principles of law and the U.S. legal system as applied in health care organizations; documentation, privacy, security, and release of information; liability, consent, and malpractice; and social and ethical issues encountered in trying to balance the interests, needs and rights of individual citizens against those of society. Prerequisites: BUS 301 (Business Law).

Principles of contemporary approaches to logistics and supply chain management.  Topics discussed include inventory control, forecasting, vendor management, procurement, transportation, warehousing, global logistics, lean logistics, reverse logistics, and supply chain integration techniques.

An overview of the business of health, emphasis on evaluating the challenges facing health care organizations using competitive analysis, identify their past responses, and explore the current strategies they are using to manage these challenges (and emerging ones) more effectively. Prerequisites: MGT 301, MKT 311, FIN 301.

Supply Chain Management Concentration

Principles of contemporary approaches to logistics and supply chain management.  Topics discussed include inventory control, forecasting, vendor management, procurement, transportation, warehousing, global logistics, lean logistics, reverse logistics, and supply chain integration techniques.

The course explores the principles of the procurement process within organizations. Purchasing policies and procedures, supply chain management integration, supplier evaluation and selection, supplier management, supplier quality management, supplier development, worldwide sourcing, strategic cost management, negotiation and conflict management, contract management, and purchasing law and ethics are analyzed in this course.

An analysis of domestic and international transportation in support of logistics and supply chain management operations.  Topics include third party evaluation and selection, transportation mode selection, logistics network design, transportation regulations, and routing and scheduling.

This writing intensive course is an evaluation of warehousing operations and management practices. Topics explored include warehouse design, material handling equipment and techniques, inventory control best practices, productivity improvement, warehouse safety, and an analysis of tools and techniques used in warehouse and inventory management.

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