Business Administration

Cara Rex, MA, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8323
Email: rex.c@RhodesState.edu
Office: 239 Keese Hall

The objective of the Business Program is to provide quality, up-to-date education for individuals who desire to enter, advance or update their skills, knowledge and abilities in the fields of business administration, marketing, human resources, accounting, and office administration. All business majors are built on a blend of courses that stimulate critical thinking. These majors prepare students to enter or advance in today’s demanding business environment. The majors in this area are designed to prepare students for challenging and rewarding positions in business, industry, education, government, health care and public service.   Certificates provide an opportunity to secure expertise in special areas of concentration and the credits may be transferred to the more comprehensive business majors. Students may use a 2 + 2 or 3 + 1 program to transfer credits to Bachelor Degree Programs at several area colleges and universities after completing the two-year degree.

The Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resource, and Marketing degrees are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Business Administration Major provides a broad base of business and general education course requirements combined with the study of management and business.  The Business Administration Majodevelops the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a modern organization. Students have an opportunity to discuss the application of modern theories with faculty who have both academic credentials and management experience.  The program prepares graduates to manage a small organization, assume supervisory positions in a large organization or start a business as an entrepreneur. The major serves government institutions and non-profit organizations, as well as businesses run for profit.  Completion of the Business Administration degree is an academic accomplishment that increases employment potential and can be an important steppingstone toward attainment of a baccalaureate degree. This associates degree can be earned in the classroom, fully online or one night a week.

One Night a Week Business Administration Degree

Students begin the One Night a Week Program with a cohort of peers and graduate within two years. Classes are taught in an accelerated format.  (Generally 5 week sessions - one course at a time.)   Classes meet one night a week for a four-hour session making it easier for working adults to balance school, work and family responsibilities. The class sequence flows seamlessly. 

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Business Administration Major

(Available Traditional, Online Format and One Night A Week Cohort)

Associate of Applied Business Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
COM 1110 English Composition 3
COM 2110Public Speaking 3
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace 3
MGT 1010 Principles of Management 3
ECN 1410Macro Economics 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
ECN 1430Micro Economics 3
MGT 1250
   or MGT 1260
Team Building
   or Team Leadership
3
MTH 1100
   or MTH 1260
Math of Business
   or Statistics
3
PSY 1010 
   or SOC 1010
General Psychology
   or Sociology
3
BUS 2100Business Law 3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
ACC 1010Corporate Accounting Principles 4
AOT 2640Spreadsheet Software and Applications 3
MKT 1010 Principles of Marketing 3
HST 1620American History Since 1877 3
MGT 2000 Human Resource Management 3
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
ACC 1020Managerial Accounting Principles 4
MGT 2490   Applications in Business Administration 2
MGT 2010Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 2991Practicum 1
MGT 2992Seminar 1
Elective  2
 Term Hours13
 Total Hours 60

Portfolio Course

Capstone Course

1

If planning to pursue a bachelors degree, choose from one of the TAG approved Math courses. See MTH courses in Course Description section of this catalog.

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All online Business Administration majors are required to have webcam and microphones. 

Prerequisites:
Students should check course prerequisites before registering. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Tab.

ACC 1050Accounting Software (QuickBooks)2
ACC 1121Payroll Accounting2
AOT 2650Database Software and Applications3
FIN 1010Principles of Money & Banking3
FIN 2400Corporate Finance3
MGT 2060Employee and Labor Relations3
MGT 2410Employee Selection and Placement3
MGT 2435Benefits and Compensation3
MGT 2440Training, Development and Safety3
MKT 1600Customer Relations and Public Relations3
MKT 2000Internet and Social Media Marketing3
MKT 2210 Comprehensives Sales Technique3

Students are reminded to check course descriptions for prerequisites.

MGT 1010 — Principles of Management
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the basic concepts and methods of management in the business enterprise is presented through a comparison of evolving management approaches, and through an examination of motivation, ethics, leadership, communication, and decision-making processes within the management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Past and present business situations are examined through events currently reported in the news media for the purpose of promoting the application of management theories and techniques. Credit may be earned by proficiency examination.

MGT 1050 — Principles of Entrepreneurship
3 Credit hours  

Investigates the skills necessary in creating and establishing a small business. Students will learn about the start-up process, how to research fundamental small business issues, strategies, decision making, risk and reward considerations and techniques designed to help students to create and operate their own business. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able conceptualize the characteristics and entrepreneurial traits necessary for successful development of small business enterprises.

MGT 1250 — Team Building
3 Credit hours  

Offers real business team situations and develops critical leadership skills to interact effectively. Students will conduct meetings, develop teams, lead discussions, conduct self-assessments, practice assertiveness, do problem-solving and decision-making in a group environment.

MGT 1260 — Team Leadership
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the subject of team leadership including theories about interpersonal leadership skills. The course is designed to help students develop the personal skills necessary to take command of their own life, relate well with others and lead small groups. Time will be devoted to learning to listen well, to act with commitment and vision, value one's capabilities, handle conflict, communicate trust and empathy, lead wisely and truly value others.

MGT 1990 — Independent Study in MGT
1-3 Credit hours  

Provides Independent Study for students.

MGT 2000 — Human Resource Management
3 Credit hours  

Introduces students to the human resources function for future managers in all departments. The employment process will be covered from writing job descriptions and employment planning to recruiting, interviewing, testing and hiring. Orientation and training will be discussed followed by various methods used for performance reviews and compensation. Employees' legal rights and labor relations are included with practical applications.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010.

MGT 2010 — Organizational Behavior
3 Credit hours  

Examines the reactions, interactions, attitudes, and activities of individuals and groups within a goal-seeking organization. Includes business communication, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution. Course considers business relationships among supervisors and subordinates, business and its clients and informal groups with emphasis on the development of effective human relations.
Prerequisites: PSY 1010.

MGT 2060 — Employee and Labor Relations
3 Credit hours  

Provides students with a complete picture of labor relations from the initial establishment of a bargaining relationship to the interactions that occur in a long established mature relationship. After developing a theoretical perspective, the negotiation process and contract administration are analyzed with modern issues included.

MGT 2250 — Organizational Problem Solving
3 Credit hours  

Develops visible models on which to base both planning and problem solving activities. Planning tools include forecasting, demand management, and project management. Problem solving tools include both quantitative (e.g., revenue-limiting bottlenecks) and qualitative (e.g., cause and effect discovery) investigation techniques. Emphasis is placed both on why these tools are valuable to the organization and on the several methods by which each may be accomplished. Teamwork and collaborative learning processes will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010, MTH 1100.

MGT 2410 — Employee Selection and Placement
3 Credit hours  

Introduces legal and regulatory factors affecting selection and placement. Major topics include: Recruitment, Selection, Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Case Histories.

MGT 2435 — Benefits and Compensation
3 Credit hours  

Introduces legal and regulatory factors affecting benefits and compensation. Other major topics covered include tax and accounting treatment of programs; economic factors affecting compensation philosophy, strategies and policy; job analysis, description and specification; job evaluations, pay structures, employee benefit programs, managing employee benefit programs, and evaluating the effectiveness of total benefit programs.

MGT 2440 — Training, Development and Safety
3 Credit hours  

Examines legal and regulatory factors; HR training and the organization; training needs analysis; training and development programs; evaluation of training effectiveness, and presentation skills as well as introductory safety principles and practice; safety and the law, safety concepts, OSHA requirements, organization and administration effects, hazard control technology, human factors and relevant professional areas.

MGT 2490 — Applications in Business Administration
2 Credit hours  

Provides an opportunity for students to showcase their educational experiences in the major. Students will conduct case studies about applications and practices in a major area of program knowledge and make oral presentations. Exercises will demonstrate competency in hands-on business administration activities. In addition, individuals will write a self-growth awareness essay for their last individual portfolio assignment.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010, MGT 1250 or MGT 1260, COM 1110.

MGT 2530 — Application in Human Resources
2 Credit hours  

Emphasizes the application of knowledge gained from required classes in the Human Resource major. Individuals will conduct case studies about individual topics from a major area of human resource knowledge. Then, they will join a team to create a coherent oral team presentation. In addition, exercises will demonstrate the ability to engage in hands-on human resource activities. Finally, students will write a self-growth awareness essay for their individual portfolio assignment. This capstone course is offered once per academic year and prerequisites are enforced.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010, MGT 2410.

MGT 2991 — Practicum
1 Credit hour  

Requires the student to participate in an internship work experience in which the student will work for a minimum of 105 hours in a business administration, marketing or human resource related position. Exact duties will be agreed upon by the Faculty Member/Chair, Work Experience Supervisor and the Student. Student will be required to present a portfolio which summarizes their time spent in the work experience.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010, COM 1110
Corequisite: MGT 2992.

MGT 2992 — Seminar
1 Credit hour  

Brings practicum students together with their instructor to discuss achievements, progress, and challenges occurring during their internship work experiences.
Prerequisites: MGT 1010, COM 1110
Corequisites: MGT 2991.

Leslie Finley, MSEd, BA, SPHR
Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8313
Office: KH 247
Email: finley.l@rhodesstate.edu

The Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, and Human Resource majors are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213.

Certificates

To be eligible for the following Business Program certificates, a student must have received a grade of “C” or better for each course required for the certificate and completed all required courses within four years of applying for the certificate.

Applications for the certificates listed below can be obtained in the Office of the Dean, Business, Technology & Public Service. Please do not apply for a certificate until you have completed all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Prerequisites may be required for courses listed for each certificate. Please consult the course description section of this college catalog or see your advisor.

Business Administration Certificate 

COM 1110 English Composition3
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
MGT 1010 Principles of Management3
MGT 1250Team Building3
or MGT 1260 Team Leadership
MGT 2000 Human Resource Management3
MKT 1010 Principles of Marketing3
MTH 1100Math of Business3
Total Hours21

 Portfolio

See www.RhodesState.edu/GainfulEmployment for additional information on certificates.