Courses

Business Administration

BUS 101 Management in a Global Environment
This course is designed as a first course in the Business major and provides an introduction to organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit (NGOs), and how they operate in a global environment. This course includes the topics of organizational structure and systems, workforce demographics, diversity and culture, political and social influences on organizations, social responsibility and ethics, forms of organizations, funding and finance issues in not-for-profits and for-profits, the legal environment of organizations, entrepreneurship, management processes, organizational sustainability and associated practices, decision-making tools, and the future challenges of organizations. Prerequisite: ENG 101. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 200 Business Law
This course focuses on practical business law principles. Students will be able to read and understand contracts, know the differences between business forms and when to choose them, think critically about legal issues, and develop a logical strategy for when and how to litigate. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of legal topics, including torts, crimes, constitutional rights of individuals and businesses, business formation, contracts, and property rights. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 201 Management Information Systems
This course is an introduction to the use of information systems in organizations to support decision making. Its scope includes computer hardware and system software concepts, application software concepts, and telecommunication concepts. Assignments require the use of information technologies to support written and oral communication. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 220 Financial Accounting
This course introduces students to accounting systems and terminology from a user perspective. Students will learn how to provide customers, lenders, shareholders, and others with the knowledge they need to understand financial accounts. Topics may include how to analyze company performance, how to understand a company’s annual report and accounts, the ethical responsibilities of accountants, and the role of the accountant in modern society. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 221 Managerial Accounting
This course introduces students to management accounting. Topics may include cost measurement, product costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting, treatment of budget variances, and evaluation of performance and capital investment decisions. Students will use spreadsheets to analyze planning and decision making. Prerequisites: BUS 220 (or ENT 220), ECO 102, and STA 105. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 260 Marketing
This course introduces students to major concepts and methods in marketing. Taking a managerial perspective and using case analysis, this course discusses the wide variety of decisions necessary for effective marketing and emphasizes the importance of research and planning, as well as ethical and legal issues pertaining to marketing. Prerequisites: ECO 101 and sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 300 Business Ethics
This course introduces students to utilitarianism, Kantianism, and virtue ethics, and considers their application within a business context. Also, this course considers the role of moral character in effective business leadership. Topics may include the relationship between ethics and politics, the importance of moral principles, and the relationship between ethics and wealth creation. This course also uses case analysis. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. WIC. Prerequisite: declared BUS major. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 320 Intermediate Accounting I
This course develops knowledge and skills in understanding and applying international accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements of entities and groups. This course also focuses on issues related to the statement of financial position and profit or loss. Prerequisites: completion of BUS 221 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

BUS 321 Intermediate Accounting II
This course builds on BUS 320 and further develops knowledge and skills in understanding and applying international accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements of entities and groups. Topics may include issues related to the statement cash flows, special topics in accounting, and how to analyze and interpret financial statements. Prerequisites: completion of BUS 320 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

BUS 330 Corporate Finance I
This course provides students with the fundamentals of corporate finance, which enables students to understand what capital funds the business needs, how funds are obtained, and how funds are managed. At the end of the course, students should understand and be able to make managerial decisions about (1) capital budgeting, (2) capital structure, (3) how to calculate the cost of capital from the various sources, (4) how to manage and minimize the use of working capital, and (5) how to calculate the results of bankruptcy and merger. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
This course introduces students to the theories and concepts of organizational behavior. Topics may include the development of skills in management, problem-solving, decision making, learning, group interaction, leadership, and communication. Students will have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge in analyzing cases and organizational situations. Prerequisite: declared BUS major. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 361 Consumer Behavior
This course introduces students to behavioral science concepts and principles and how they contribute to effective and efficient marketing activities from the perspective of the consumer, the marketer, and the public policy maker. Prerequisites: completion of BUS 260 or ENT 261 with a grade of C or better and junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 362 Marketing Research
This course introduces students to major concepts and techniques for designing and conducting research to assist in making marketing decisions. Topics include major approaches to marketing research, research objectives, research design, selection of data collection techniques, sampling, data collection instruments, statistical techniques for data analysis, and analysis of results. This course provides an opportunity to practice developing skills through primary research. Prerequisites: completion of BUS 260 or ENT 261 with a grade of C or better, STA 105, and junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 400 Internship
Students in Business Administration participating in a formal, academically structured work experience may seek faculty sponsorship for an internship. Internship opportunities must have observable, measurable, and documented learning outcomes and consist of supervised, practical experience focused on the major. To enroll, a student must secure faculty sponsorship of the internship, receive the Department’s and Dean of Faculty’s permission one term in advance of the experience, and complete a learning contract. AUBG guidelines on internship must be met. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of supervisor. Cr. 1-3 (2-6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

BUS 428 Topics in Accounting Practice
This course is a short course taught by a practitioner in accounting. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Topics will address contemporary, real-world business issues in accounting. Prerequisite: completion of BUS 221 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 429 Topics in Accounting
This course consists of advanced studies of issues of accounting topics, accounting theory, or current accounting issues. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Examples include auditing, international accounting standards, and advanced accounting. Prerequisite: completion of BUS 221 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 430 Corporate Finance II
This course is intended to give the student an operational knowledge of corporate finance by combining theory and application. It introduces the advanced concepts of risk, return, and cost of capital as applied to the valuation of capital budgeting decisions, and surveys the principles and practices underlying corporate financial management. This course also develops an understanding of the corporate financial decision-making process. Students develop knowledge in corporate governance issues such as corporate control, bankruptcy, liquidation, and reorganization. Prerequisite: completion of BUS 330 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

BUS 431 Investment and Portfolio Management
This course introduces the concepts and tools of security analysis and valuation and portfolio management. This course includes issues related to capital market structure and trade execution, client characteristics, asset and security allocation decisions, market efficiency and trading strategies, and the use of option and futures contracts to manage risk. This course provides the background to enter the investment industry or related fields. Students should already be familiar with net present value models, accounting statements, and basic statistical methods (including regression analysis). Prerequisite: completion of BUS 330 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

BUS 433 Company Valuation and Value Creation
This course aims to prepare students to use modern finance theory to understand better how companies are valued and to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. This course emphasizes applications and financial model building, and a portion of the course deals with company valuation and value-based management (i.e., merging financial, corporate, and business strategy to measure and manage the value of a corporation). Students develop knowledge about spreadsheet models and how to use Monte Carlo simulation as a risk and investment analysis tool. Prerequisite: completion of BUS 330 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

BUS 438 Topics in Finance Practice
This course is a short course taught by a practitioner in finance. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Topics will address contemporary, real-world business issues in finance. Prerequisite: completion of BUS 330 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 439 Topics in Finance
This course consists of advanced studies of issues in finance. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Examples include financial statement analysis, corporate financial distress and bankruptcy, the impact of mergers and acquisitions on stock prices of companies, and international corporate finance. Prerequisites: completion of BUS 330 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 448 Strategic Management
This course includes a study of international administrative decision making and policy setting with consideration of social and political forces and ethical values. This course is a capstone course in the Business Administration major. Prerequisites: BUS 300, BUS 330, and BUS 340. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 449 Topics in Management
This course consists of the advanced study of issues of management strategy, theory, or practice. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Examples include why companies succeed, quality management, international management, and social entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: completion of BUS 340 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 450 Human Resources Management
This course covers the policies, methods, and techniques utilized in human resources management and human relations to ensure that the organization has the best human resources available and that these resources are deployed in the most efficient and effective ways to meet the organization’s mission and to meet and/or exceed its goals. Specific attention is given to the problems and opportunities associated with recruitment, selection, retention, training and development, job analysis and design, performance management, benefits, compensation, incentive plans, health and safety, employee and labor relations, and career development. Prerequisite: BUS 340. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 458 Topics in Management Practice
This course is a short course taught by a practitioner in management. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests, but will always address contemporary, real-world business issues in management. Prerequisite: completion of BUS 340 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 468 Topics in Marketing Practice
This course is a short course taught by a practitioner in marketing. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests, but will always address contemporary, real-world business issues in marketing. Prerequisites: completion of BUS 260 or ENT 261 with a grade of C or better and junior standing. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 469 Topics in Marketing
This course includes the advanced study of issues of marketing strategy, theory, or practice. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Examples include new product development, international marketing, and services marketing. Prerequisites: completion of BUS 260 or ENT 261 with a grade of C or better and junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 490 Senior Project
This course allows the student to demonstrate a capacity to individually solve real-world problems in business areas under the supervision of department faculty. The student is expected to present the project proposal the semester before enrollment and to have the proposal approved by a faculty project supervisor. The student will work directly with the supervisor throughout the term on the project and will make a final written report and a presentation of the project to the department faculty. A completed senior project may count as a state examination. Prerequisites: permission of instructor, completion of 90 credits, completion of all required 300-level BUS classes, a 3.66 GPA in BUS, and an overall GPA of 3.50. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 491/492 Senior Thesis I and II
A senior thesis option, taken over two semesters, is available to senior students who have an interest in conducting original research under the direction of a faculty member. In BUS 491, students will be introduced to research methods in business and the social sciences and will complete the course with a thesis proposal, including a developed research question/hypothesis, a literature review, and an identification of data sources. Students who successfully complete this part of the requirement will move into BUS 492 to complete the thesis. Working with a thesis director in the second term (BUS 492), the student will conduct research and report the results in a formal thesis document, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results, with recommendations. It will be defended at the end of the second semester in front of a thesis committee. The thesis must be taken for two semesters. BUS 491 may be counted as a BUS elective, but BUS 492 does not count toward the major requirements. A completed senior thesis may count as a state examination. Prerequisites: permission of instructor, completion of 90 credits, completion of all required 300-level BUS classes, a 3.66 GPA in BUS, an overall GPA of 3.50, and grade of A- or better in BUS 300. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). BUS 491 offered every fall as contracted; BUS 492 offered every spring as contracted.

Entrepreneurship 

ENT 220 Financial Accounting for Entrepreneurs
This course introduces students to accounting systems and terminology from an entrepreneurial perspective. Students will learn how to provide customers, lenders, shareholders, and others with the knowledge they need to understand financial accounts. Topics may include how to analyze company performance, how to understand a company’s annual report and accounts, the ethical responsibilities of accountants, and the role of the accountant in modern society. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

ENT 261 Marketing for Entrepreneurs
This course introduces students to major concepts and methods in marketing. This course provides an entrepreneurial perspective on the wide variety of decisions necessary for effective marketing. It emphasizes the importance of research and planning, as well as ethical and legal issues pertaining to marketing. This course also uses case analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

ENT 300 Entrepreneurship
This course is inspired by real business experience. The goal of the course is to provide a learning-by-doing experience and to offer a test-start for business ideas. Each student company is expected to produce a final report (a business plan) and to present a prototype to a meeting of shareholders, investors, and outside consultants. Discipline and collection of primary data are emphasized. This course requires fast learning, adaptability, and a desire to deliver verifiable output. At the same time, it represents a robust academic challenge. Prerequisite: junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

ENT 400 Topics in Entrepreneurship
This course includes the advanced study of issues relevant to entrepreneurs. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests. Prerequisite: senior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

ENT 401 Topics in Entrepreneurship Practice
This course is a short course taught by a practitioner in entrepreneurship. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interests, but will always address contemporary, real-world business issues in entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: senior standing. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

ENT 402 Entrepreneurship Internship
Students in entrepreneurship participating in a formal, academically structured work experience may seek faculty sponsorship for an internship. Internship opportunities must have observable, measurable, and documented learning outcomes and consist of supervised, practical experience focused on the major. To enroll, a student must secure faculty sponsorship of the internship, receive the Department’s and the Dean of Faculty’s permission one term in advance of the experience, and complete a learning contract. AUBG guidelines on internship must be met. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of supervisor. Cr. 1-3 (2-6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

ENT 440 Conflict Management
This course introduces students to the skills necessary for successfully managing interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup conflict in organizations. It examines organizational dynamics and the theory and nature of conflict in organizations, conceptual frameworks diagnosing and assessing conflict and in developing and implementing appropriate interventions. It covers topics such as the nature of conflict, conflict management skills, common styles employed in managing conflict, conflict management strategies and steps, and the best and worst practices in managing conflict. Prerequisite: senior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the fall every two years.

ENT 441 Change Management
This course prepares students to lead change initiatives within a startup. This course aims to develop an understanding of the complexity and dynamics of change by identifying the different variables (technology, social structure, etc.) and their interrelationships that create or impede change and by discussing different strategies for implementing and leading change. Particular attention is given to employee reactions. Prerequisite: senior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the fall every two years.

ENT 462 New Product Development
This course will introduce students to the concept of innovation management. Students will learn how to develop a business model that strives to innovate continuously. Students will learn how to turn technology, business processes, and customer feedback into new business opportunities. Students will gain hands-on experience in managing innovation opportunities from idea generation to the launch of a product or service. Prerequisites: ENT 261 (or BUS 260) and junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

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