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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2010-2011
Last updated 10/8/2010


01514/Business Administration (BUS ADM)

Foundational Courses

1901. Honors Research Methods in Business (1 s.h.) S. RCI: HO.

(Formerly: BUS ADM 0091.)

Students are introduced to a variety of research methods, including online and library research. They also learn the basics of statistical analysis and statistical software. Finally, students receive instruction in writing, with particular attention to how one presents research. This course is restricted to students in the Fox School Research Scholars Program.

Note: This course is restricted to students in the Fox School Research Scholars Program.

2101. Professional Development Strategies (1 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: BUS ADM 0100.)

Prerequisite: Special authorization is required for all students who are not enrolled in the Fox School of Business.

Prepare students to enter the internship and permanent job marketplace. Emphasis on career planning, interview preparation (including behavioral event interviewing), expected behaviors and legal issues. Presentation and writing skills will be included.

Note: It is recommended that all FSBM students take this course as soon as they have completed 45 credit hours.

2196. Business Communications (3 s.h.) RCI: WI.

(Formerly: BUS ADM 2102/3101.)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 1002 (C050) or English 0802/0812/0902 (Analytical Reading & Writing), IH 1196 (X051)/1297 (X052) or Mosaic 0851/0852, HR MGMT 1101 (0083).

Business Communications is a workplace-oriented course designed to help students develop and refine the written and oral skills necessary to communicate effectively in professional settings. Students will review the purpose and style of business writing and complete a variety of focused writing exercises based on actual work settings and scenarios. Students will also plan, compose and analyze letters, memoranda and electronic messages; prepare and present brief oral presentations, collaborate with others and revise business communication. Teaching methods used will include large group lecture, classroom discussion and a break-out session utilizing a workshop format that relies heavily on in-class discussion and exercise that require active participation.

Note: This course fills University Core writing and is a lower level Business Core Course. Students who take this course to fill either requirement, need a C- or better for the class to count towards graduation.

2996. Honors Business Communications (3 s.h.) RCI: WI.

(Formerly: BUS ADM 2902.)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 1002 (C050) or English 0802/0812/0902 (Analytical Reading & Writing), IH 1196 (X051)/1297 (X052) or Mosaic 0851/0852, HR MGMT 1101 (0083) or their honors versions.

Business Communications is a workplace-oriented course designed to help students develop and refine the written and oral skills necessary to communicate effectively in professional settings. Students will review the purpose and style of business writing and complete a variety of focused writing exercises based on actual work settings and scenarios. Students will also plan, compose and analyze letters, memoranda and electronic messages; prepare and present brief oral presentations, collaborate with others and revise business communication. Teaching methods used will include large group lecture, classroom discussion and a break-out session utilizing a workshop format that relies heavily on in-class discussion and exercise that require active participation.

Note: This course fills University Core writing and is a lower level Business Core Course. Students who take this course to fill either requirement, need a C- or better for the class to count towards graduation.

Upper Division Courses

3102. Business Society and Ethics (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: BUS ADM 0215.)

This course challenges students to consider the ethical obligations of corporations and their employees to a wide variety of societal stakeholders. Students are exposed to a broad range of ethical dilemmas that can arise in the business world and are offered the tools and taught the skills to respond to such dilemmas. Most significantly, the course encourages students to critically examine a preeminent societal institution of which they are a part, with the possibility that they can ultimately be forces for positive change.

3103. Integrative Business Applications (3 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of lower division business foundation and Finance 3101.

This course integrates various functional business disciplines to help the student develop an understanding of business practices. Students will learn to view organizations as integrated systems based on the knowledge accumulated to date in the BBA Core and provide students with an opportunity to address problems faced by organizations from an integrated perspective. This course will bridge the gap between theoretical class work and business practice.

Note: Students will use business simulation software to allow them to test alternative ways to operate a business in a competitive environment.

3531. Sustainability on the Ground (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: HRM 2511 and Legal Studies 3511.

Explores how sustainable business practices influence an organizationís success by working individually or in teams on sustainable projects at a local company in the Philadelphia region. Topics covered include: consulting skills, communication, presentation skills, employee engagement, leadership development, project management and more based on the consulting opportunity provided by the company. Part of the final grade comes from the company.

3580. Special Topics - Business Administration (1 to 3 s.h.)

Special topics in current developments in the field of business administration.

3581. Co-operative Experience in Business (3 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: Completed 45 credits with a 2.5 or higher GPA. Transfer students must have one full semester completed with grades before applying.

The course is designed for Fox students who have a full time business co-operative which will take place over a semester, and which requires them to stop attending classes during that semester.

Note: Arrangements are made through the Center for Student Professional Development. This course is for Fox School of Business undergraduate majors only.

3582. Independent Study (1 to 3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: BUS ADM 0395.)

Prerequisite: Consultation with a faculty member and approval of department chair.

Readings and/or papers in consultation with a faculty member.

3902. Honors Business Society and Ethics (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: BUS ADM 0295.)

This course challenges students to consider the ethical obligations of corporations and their employees to a wide variety of societal stakeholders. Students are exposed to a broad range of ethical dilemmas that can arise in the business world and are offered the tools and taught the skills to respond to such dilemmas. Most significantly, the course encourages students to critically examine a preeminent societal institution of which they are a part, with the possibility that they can ultimately be forces for positive change.

Note: Honors section of Business Administration 3102 (0215).

3903. Honors Integrative Business Applications (3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of lower division business foundation and Finance 3101/3901.

This course integrates various functional business disciplines to help the student develop an understanding of business practices. Students will learn to view organizations as integrated systems based on the knowledge accumulated to date in the BBA Core and provide students with an opportunity to address problems faced by organizations from an integrated perspective. This course will bridge the gap between theoretical class work and business practice.

Note: Honors section of Business Administration 3103. Students will use business simulation software to allow them to test alternative ways to operate a business in a competitive environment.

4196. Global Business Policies (3 s.h.) F S SS. RCI: WI.

(Formerly: BUS ADM W361.)

Prerequisite: Restricted to graduating seniors in their final semester. All lower and upper division foundation requirements must be successfully completed before registering for BUS ADM 4196.

An integrative course that focuses on strategic planning, policy formulation, implementation, and corporate-wide decision making through the use of comprehensive case problems.

4996. Honors Global Business Policies (3 s.h.) S. RCI: WI.

(Formerly: BUS ADM H391.)

Prerequisite: Restricted to graduating seniors in their final semester. Open only to business designated Honors students or with special permission. All lower and upper division foundation requirements must be successfully completed before registering for this course.

An integrative course that focuses on strategic planning, policy formulation, implementation, and corporate-wide decision making through the use of comprehensive case problems.

Note: Honors version of Business Administration 4196 (W361).


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