University Catalog 2021-2022

Business & Leadership Studies (BSLS)

Business & Leadership Studies (BSLS)

BSLS 1000  Economics for Non-Majors  (3)  

In this participative online course, students examine how the economy works as a whole and how individuals and companies make economic decisions and interact with one another within the economy; evaluate the frameworks economists use to analyze economic data and transactions; and investigate methodologies for projecting the allocation of resources for production and the distribution of goods and services among the individuals and households in the society. Notes: Only School of Professional Advancement students may receive credit for BSLS 1000. (Previously numbered as BSEC 1000)

BSLS 1110  Accounting I  (3)  

In this participative online course, students explore the concepts, techniques, and conventions for measuring and communicating the results of operations and the financial position of a business enterprise, based upon generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and using Microsoft Excel as a tool. The course emphasizes the development and the use of the financial information that is evaluated internally and reported to the public. Students master the preparation of the adjusting and closing entries and worksheet presentations necessary for monthly financial statements and the principles and theories supporting the proper accounting treatment of cash, accounts receivable, inventories, sales and payroll taxation, and other concepts. (Previously numbered as BSAC 1110)

BSLS 1120  Accounting II  (3)  

In this participative online course, which builds upon the accounting knowledge acquired in Accounting I and provides hands-on instruction in the use of accounting software systems such as QuickBooks, students will develop in-depth skills in financial accounting and examine the basic concepts of managerial and cost accounting and the role of accounting information in management decision-making for businesses. Pre- or co-requisite: BSLS 1110 or equivalent. (Previously numbered as BSAC 1120) Prerequisite(s): BSLS 1110* or BSAC 1110. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): BSLS 1110* or BSAC 1110.
* May be taken concurrently.

BSLS 1940  Transfer Coursework  (0-20)  

Transfer Coursework at the 1000 level. Departmental approval may be required.


Maximum Hours: 99

BSLS 2210  Accounting Information Systems  (3)  

Through further instruction in the use of accounting software systems, including QuickBooks and others, with software certification as a goal, students in this participative online course will investigate the development, use, interaction, and maintenance of the information systems currently used in the accounting profession and develop the skills necessary to employ these software systems effectively to enhance the accounting process. Pre- or co-requisite: BSAC 1120 or equivalent. (Previously numbered as BSAC 2210) Prerequisite(s): BSLS 1120* or BSAC 1120. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): BSLS 1120* or BSAC 1120.
* May be taken concurrently.

BSLS 2220  Intro to Finance  (3)  

In this participative online course, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze financial positions, risks, opportunities, and problems from the financial manager’s point of view, focusing upon the identification and assessment of discounted cash flow and the various analytical techniques and methods used to structure a firm's balance sheet. (Previously numbered as BSFN 2210)

BSLS 2230  Intro to Investing  (3)  

Through lectures and practical exercises focusing upon the principles and practices of security analysis and the methods commonly employed in the analysis of financial statements, students master the fundamental principles of investment and explore the analytical methods underlying the selection of investment securities to meet specific needs. (Previously numbered as BSFN 2540)

BSLS 2240  Personal Financial Planning  (3)  

Through lectures and practical assignments, students explore the process of making effective decisions and building financial security and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and engage competent bankers, brokers, accountants, insurance and real estate professionals. (Previously numbered as BSFN 3650)

BSLS 2250  Business Communications  (3)  

In this participative online course, students develop and improve business writing and communication skills by identifying and creating clear, concise, and correct business language; analyzing each audience to target and tailor messages appropriately; and using critical thinking and a problem-solving approach to analyze business issues. (Previously numbered as BSMT 2250)

BSLS 2310  Principles of Management  (3)  

In this participative online course, students examine the evolution of contemporary management approaches in response to changing circumstances; apply planning principles to set clear, verifiable or measurable goals and objectives; assess the methods managers use to plan in today’s dynamic environment; describe a socially responsible organization and the manager’s role in encouraging ethical behavior; identify the motivational principles that improve productivity and human relations, develop leadership and communication skills; and evaluate personal aptitude for management. (Previously numbered as BSMT 2310)

BSLS 2450  Career Success Strategies  (3)  

In this participative online course, students explore career options and develop long-term career plans, focusing upon in-depth investigation of lifestyle and career options and self-assessment and culminating in the creation and execution of a successful job search campaign. (Previously numbered as HRDV 2450)

BSLS 2500  Princ & Prac Real Estate  (3)  

Through lectures and practical exercises, students examine the laws governing real property and the tenets of real estate practice, including preparing for transactions; retrieving and compiling property information; performing title searches; preparing preliminary abstracts and opinions of title, mortgages and transfer of ownership; requisitioning deeds and leases; and other functions associated with real estate negotiations and closings. (Previously numbered as REAL 2320)

BSLS 2750  Intro to Franchising  (3)  

In this participative online course, students examine franchising as a business form, from the perspectives of both the franchisor and the franchisee, and addressing franchising agreements and related documents, financing, site selection, marketing, financial management and operations, the franchisee/franchisor relationship, contractual requirements, trademarks, territorial rights, compliance issues, legal considerations, and evolving issues. (Previously numbered as BSMT 2750)

BSLS 2910  Special Topics  (1-3)  

These courses introduce new business concepts to the curriculum. Courses are chosen based upon levels of activity, interest, and new trends in business.

BSLS 2940  Transfer Coursework  (0-20)  

Transfer Coursework at the 2000 level. Department approval may be required.


Maximum Hours: 99

BSLS 3210  Business Taxation  (3)  

Using the U.S. Internal Revenue Code as a basis, students examine the federal system of taxation, emphasizing the laws governing tax matters and analyzing the taxation of corporations, S corporations, and partnerships; and addressing payroll and sales taxation and the tax impacts of formation, ongoing operations, disposition of a business entity, and other transactions upon shareholders, partners, and other stakeholders. Pre-requisites: BSAC 2210 or equivalent. (Previously numbered as BSAC 3310) Prerequisite(s): BSLS 2210* or BSAC 2210. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): BSLS 2210* or BSAC 2210.
* May be taken concurrently.

BSLS 3250  Business Statistics  (3)  

In this participative online course, students examine and evaluate the key concepts and techniques of statistics, including time series analysis and index number and computer implementation of statistical procedures, through the lens of practical business operations. Successful completion of high school algebra is recommended. Note: Meets math proficiency requirement for School of Professional Advancement Bachelor of Arts degrees only. (Previously numbered as BSMT 3250)

BSLS 3310  Business Report Writing  (3)  

Through writing-intensive assignments and skill-building exercises, students examine and apply techniques for communicating effectively and professionally, organizing and presenting ideas clearly and concisely, and identifying the appropriate voice, style and channel for contracting business scenarios. Notes: This course is approved as a Designated Writing Course for School of Professional Advancement majors. (Previously numbered as BSEN 3310) Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010.

BSLS 3320  Compensation & Benefits  (3)  

In this participative online course, students analyze the purpose, structure and effectiveness of compensation systems; identify governing laws and resulting legal issues; examine methods of job design, analysis, and evaluation; review pay systems and the incentives and psychological and motivational aspects of pay, executive compensation, and compensation and benefits plan administration. (Previously numbered as HRDV 3520) Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

BSLS 3330  Intro To Human Resources  (3)  

In this participative online course, students examine the organizational, legal, and psychological frameworks governing modern human resources administration and evaluate both the overall human resources function and the key role of the human resources department in furthering employee and organizational goals. (Previously numbered as HRDV 3330)

BSLS 3340  Managing Org Behavior  (3)  

In this participative online course, students analyze the methods by which organizations function; identify techniques for diagnosing and responding flexibly to organizational needs; evaluate the key themes that drive modern organizations, including teams, globalization and diversity, interpersonal and group communication, and organizational cultures; and explore the challenges inherent in negotiating the fit between the individual and the organization. (Previously numbered as BSMT 3340)

BSLS 3350  Professional Interviewing  (3)  

Through lectures and practical exercises, students examine and demonstrate the art of interviewing victims, witnesses, suspects, job applicants, and other persons in contrasting scenarios, focusing upon revealing deceit and corroborating truthfulness, identifying the objectives of the interview, establishing rapport, and analyzing the role of stress and discomfort in the interview process. (Previously numbered as HRDV 3450)

BSLS 3360  Plan, Recruit & Selection HR  (3)  

In this participative online course, students examine, from the perspective of both the employee and the organization, the strategic, legal and administrative issues associated with recruitment and selection of employees, including the assessment of staffing needs, coordination of human resources planning and organizational competitive strategy, and psychological aspects of human resources flow systems. Pre-requisites: BSLS 3330 or Director approval. (Previously numbered as HRDV 3650) Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

BSLS 3370  Perf Appraisal & Productivity  (3)  

In this participative online course, students explore the development and implementation of performance appraisal systems consistent with an organization's competitive strategy and examine productivity-enhancing work designs such as Total Quality Management, teams, empowerment, and Business Process Reengineering. Pre-requisites: BSLS 3330 or Director’s approval. (Previously numbered as HRDV 3700) Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

BSLS 3380  Business Ethics  (3)  

In this participative online course, students apply theoretical critique and case-oriented methods to analyze the moral, ethical, and value issues that challenge business, industry, and corporate life, with a focus upon identifying the ethical principles and strategies that govern the management process and developing a personal business ethics code of conduct. Note: Satisfies one Humanities course requirement for School of Professional Advancement majors. (Previously numbered as BSMT 3380)

BSLS 3390  Employment & Labor Law  (3)  

In this participative online course, students explore the state and federal laws governing employment in the U.S., focusing upon the disputes that may arise in the workplace. Through practical exercises, students identify and apply best practices for establishing, maintaining and terminating the employment relationship; evaluating employment claims; and adhering to ethical practices. Pre-requisites: BSLS 3330 or Director’s approval. (Previously numbered as HRDV 3920) Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

Prerequisite(s): BSLS 3330 or HRDV 3330.

BSLS 3400  Legal Aspects of Business  (3)  

Through lectures and practical exercises, students examine the laws governing various business organizations and relationships, including sole proprietorships, agencies, partnerships, corporations; assess the responsibilities of businesses toward their consumers; evaluate the requirements, rights, and obligations that contracts create; recognize the impacts of bankruptcy laws upon creditors and debtors; evaluate the consequences of willful and negligent acts; and identify methods for functioning successfully in corporate and business transactions. (Previously numbered as BSBL 3400)

BSLS 3450  Commercial Law  (3)  

Through lectures and practical exercises, students evaluate the concepts, principles, and laws that govern business transactions; examine the drafting, execution, and enforcement of contracts, mortgages, pledge assignments, and other security devices; explore the allocation of liability; identify legal procedures for enforcement and collection; and develop the professional skills and judgment necessary to function ethically and successfully in a commercial endeavor. (Previously numbered as BSBL 3450)

BSLS 3500  Adv. Real Estate Princples  (3)  

Through lectures and practical written exercises, students identify and apply the principles that govern real estate marketing and inform the decisions necessary to the successful purchase and sale of real estate, examining factors of supply and demand, financing options, investment analysis, and the real estate development process. (Previously numbered as REAL 3320)

BSLS 3600  Entrepreneurship  (3)  

In this participative online course, students examine the history of entrepreneurship, identify the personality traits common to entrepreneurs, explore methods for analyzing new venture opportunities from marketing, production, and organizational perspectives; and analyze the legal considerations involved in developing and financing a new business venture and protecting intellectual property. (Previously numbered as BSMT 3600)

BSLS 3650  Developing a Small Business  (3)  

Through lectures and practical exercises, students analyze the essentials principle of small business start-up and management, including methods for identifying and evaluating opportunities, establishing the operating structure, developing marketing and financial plans, and using financial reports to enhance the effective management of nascent and growing small business. (Previously numbered as BSMT 3650)

BSLS 3700  Global Business  (3)  

In this participative online course, students, students examine the strategies, benefits, costs, ethical practices, and conduct of businessmen, government leaders, workers, and customers in the global marketplace, including the economic, legal, and cultural impact of global business and current business and political events upon local and national communities. Note: Satisfies one Non-Western Culture requirement for School of Professional Advancement majors. (Previously numbered as BSMT 3700)

BSLS 4100  Internship & Professional Dev  (1-3)  

This course is designed to prepare students for success in the career development process by gaining work experience in their chosen field of study, developing a portfolio of their work and accomplishments, and networking with industry professionals. Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience in an organization and attend classroom sessions that focus on career choices, job searching skills, and portfolio development. The course is to be taken during the student's last semester of study or with the approval of their program director. All internships must be approved by the program director or internship instructor.

BSLS 4910  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Limited to specifically defined circumstances, with prior Program Director approval only.