Courses

Business Administration

BUS 200   Business Law
Develops critical thinking through an analysis of unstructured legal problems.  Emphasis is placed on learning and understanding commercial law in the sale of goods, including the American commercial code and its analog, the Convention on the International Sale of Goods, product liability law in the European Community, aspects of European Community law, and ethics in law and business. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.

BUS 201  Management Information Systems
This course is an introduction to the use of information systems in organizations to support decision-making. Scope includes computer hardware and system software concepts, application software concepts, and telecommunication concepts. Assignments require use of information technologies to support written and oral communication.  Prerequisite: BUS 260, BUS 220. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.

BUS 220 Financial Accounting
This class is an introduction and overview of financial accounting. Topics include basic concepts and principles of accounting, the accounting cycle, the four financial statements, and a note on merchandising operations. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 221 Managerial Accounting
An introduction to management accounting including cost measurement, product costing, cost-volume profit relationships, budgeting and the treatment of budget variances, and performance evaluation. Prerequisites: STA 105, BUS 220. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 260   Marketing
Introduces students to major concepts and methods used in marketing goods, services, and other products and develops students' ability to use their understanding in business situations. The course takes the managerial perspective, focusing on the wide variety of decisions necessary for effective marketing: in product, promotion, distribution, pricing, and targeting.  It emphasizes the importance of research and planning, as well as ethical and legal issues pertaining to marketing.  Uses case analysis.  Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102. Cr.3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.

BUS 300  Business Ethics
In a world dominated by business, questions constantly arise regarding the propriety of various business relations and practices. This course will focus on a number of these relationships, including those between corporations, between business and customers, between professionals and clients, and between management and labor. Topics may also include the role of money in modern society, different kinds of discrimination in the workplace, Marxist and neo-Marxist critiques, and alienation. Gen. Ed: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. (WIC) Prerequisites: declared BUS major, junior standing.  Cr. 4. (8 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.

BUS 301 Entrepreneurship
The entrepreneurship class 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. During the class, students are required to legally form a limited company and fill specialist roles. 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 strong academic challenge. Prerequisites: Junior standing. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

BUS 320   Intermediate Accounting I
This course covers the analysis of traditional financial reporting topics and theory. It examines developments in accounting measurement and promulgations of the leading professional accounting organizations.  The course focuses on issues related to reporting assets and liabilities. Prerequisites: Completion of BUS 220 with a grade of C or better, BUS 221, BUS 201. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.

BUS 321   Intermediate Accounting II
This course provides continued analysis of traditional financial reporting topics and theory. It examines developments in accounting measurement and promulgations of the leading professional accounting organizations.  The course focuses on issues related to reporting components of equity and to special reporting problems. Prerequisites: Completion of BUS 320 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the 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: declared BUS major. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.)  Offered every semester.

BUS 340  Organizational Theory and Behavior
The purpose of this course is to increase the student's knowledge and understanding of organizational behavior theories and concepts as applied in organizations; to provide an understanding of the behavioral aspects of the following areas as they impact the organization, individuals, and groups: to facilitate the development of skills in managing, problem-solving and decision-making, learning, group interaction, leadership, and communication through class activities and assignments; and, to provide opportunities for students to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding in analyzing cases and organizational situations. Prerequisite: declared BUS major. Cr.3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.

BUS 341  Introduction to Operations Management
Analysis of concepts, tools, and techniques used to control manufacturing and service operations. Topics include PERT/CPM, forecasting, materials management, inventory control, facility layout and location, and quality management.  Particular attention is directed to the study of production process alternatives.  Prerequisites: Completion of BUS 201 with a grade of C or better, junior standing. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

BUS 361  Consumer Behavior
Behavioral science concepts and principles and how they contribute to effective and efficient marketing activities from the perspective of the consumer, marketer, and public policy maker.  Prerequisites: BUS 203, junior standing. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Spring.

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

BUS 400  Decision Science
Introduction to deterministic and probabilistic models applied to business decision-making. Topics include linear programming, integer programming, multi-criteria decision-making, network models, decision analysis, simulation, and queuing analysis. Emphasis is on the development and solution of mathematical models and their interpretation by business decision makers.  Prerequisite: BUS 341. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

BUS 429  Topics in Accounting
This course consists of advanced studies of issues of accounting topics, theory, or current issues. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interest. Examples include Auditing, International Accounting Standards, or Advanced Accounting. Prerequisites: declared BUS major, junior standing, BUS 320. 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 valuation of capital budgeting decisions, and surveys the principles and practices underlying corporate financial management. It 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 in the Fall.

BUS 431 Investment and Portfolio Management
This course introduces the concepts and tools of security analysis and valuation, and portfolio management. The 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 future contracts to manage risk. The course provides the background to enter the investment industry or related fields. Students should 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 in the Spring.

BUS 432  Financial Statement Analysis
The course provides an overview of financial reporting and analytical aspects relating to firms' financing, investing and operating activities. Topics include analyses of cash flows, profitability, and return on invested capital. Credit analysis and company valuation are integrated into the different facets of financial statement analyses. Prerequisite: BUS 330. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

BUS 433 Company Valuation and Value Creation
The primary objective of this course is to prepare students to use modern finance theory to better understand how companies are valued and to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. The emphasis of the course is on applications and financial model building. 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 in the Spring.

BUS 448  International Strategic Management and Policy
This course includes a study of international administrative decision making and policy setting with consideration of social and political forces, and ethical values. (WIC) Prerequisites: BUS 330, BUS 340, BUS 300, senior standing, declared BUS major. Cr. 4. (8 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.

BUS 449  Topics in Management
Advanced study of issues of management strategy, theory, or practice. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interest. Examples include Why Companies Succeed, Quality Management, International Management, or Entrepreneurship. Prerequisites: declared BUS major, junior standing. 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 the following activities: 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 Organizational Theory and Behavior. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 451 HRM Issues I: Staffing and Compensation
This course focuses on the strategic issues of acquiring human resources for the global organization and providing the appropriate compensation and benefits packages to ensure the attraction and retention of high performance employees. It examines recruitment plans and strategies, identifies "best practices" in recruitment and compensation, and focuses on the development of business strategies to maximize human resources within the organization. Prerequisite: Completion of BUS 450 with a grade of C or better. Cr.3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall semester.

BUS 452 HRM Issues II: Performance Management
This course emphasizes the role of the human resources department and the supervising manager in maximizing the performance of individuals and teams within the higher performance organization. It covers performance evaluation systems and their implementation, including the processes of mentoring and coaching, it identifies methods for team development and examines models used, and it provides opportunities for students to develop and deliver training and development programs. Prerequisite: Completion of BUS 450 with a grade of C or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring semester.

BUS 469  Topics in Marketing
This course includes advanced study of issues of marketing strategy, theory, or practice. Topics will vary according to instructor and student interest. Examples include New Product Development, International Marketing, or Services Marketing. Prerequisites: declared BUS major, junior standing. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

BUS 481  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 documental 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's permission one term in advance of the experience, and complete a learning contract. AUBG University guidelines on internship must be met. Prerequisite: junior standing, permission of supervisor. Cr. 1-3. (2-6 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester as contracted.

BUS 490 Senior Project
This course allows the student to demonstrate a capacity to solve real world problems in the business areas individually under the supervision of department faculty. The student is expected to present a proposal the semester prior to enrollment and to have it 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 professor, completion of 90 credits, completion of all required 300-level BUS classes, 3.66 GPA in BUS and overall GPA of 3.5. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

BUS 491/492 Senior Thesis I and II
A senior thesis option is available to senior students who have 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 professor, completion of 90 credits, completion of all required 300-level BUS classes, 3.66 GPA in BUS, overall GPA of 3.5, BUS 300 with grade of A- or better. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). BUS 491 offered as contracted.

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