BUAD - Business Administration

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This is a semester-long experience where a business student can gain hands-on work experience in a sponsor company. Students benefit from this employer-employee relationship as an extension of classroom theory/applications and learn to work within corporate rules/regulations as expected of a newly hired worker. Satisfactory completion of this training, as well as related assignments, is required.

  • Three lectures per week.  When this course serves as the prerequisite for another course, the student must receive a grade of C or better.  Learning to locate and operate the keys by touch; improving techniques and keyboarding speed and accuracy; and application activities to help to improve related language arts skills.

  • Leadership and Military Science introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and communication. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, mental/physical resiliency, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession.

  • In this course students will develop a high-level ability in spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, word choice, capitalization, and punctuation with direct application to business writing and speaking.  This course encourages application of this knowledge through editing activities.  Attention is given to diagnosing fragments, run-ons, comma splices and parallelism errors.  Emphasis is placed upon mastery of grammatical structure needed for effective writing of sentences, paragraphs, and essays.  When this course serves as the prerequisite for another course, the stu

  • Students will develop skills in communication within business activities. In addition to learning fundamentals of communication theory and principles, special attention is given to preparation of letters, researching techniques, written and oral reports. Emphasis is also given to preparing students for the job search process including preparation of application letters, resumes, interviews, and the follow-up activity.

  • BUAD 1103 Pre-requisite preferred.  An introduction to Windows XP and the Internet with coverage of Microsoft Word.  Instruction and immediate practice in using software to solve contemporary computer applications such as letters, reports, and tables.  Presentation of introductory concepts of micro-computer applications using current Word programs.  This course affords the student the opportunity to learn word processing for employment, personal, and home use utilizing a microcomputer.  An individualized diagnostic and prescriptive method of developing accuracy and

  • This course offers a general inquiry into the nature of law and the legal system in the United States.  Areas covered include, but are not limited to, the different schools of jurisprudential thought, the Common Law tradition, Alternative Dispute Resolution, court procedures, legal research and case citations.  Special attention is given to Constitutional Law and business, Torts and Crimes, Intellectual Property and the Common Law of Contracts.

  • The course presents concepts of tourism relating to food and geography, using Italy as its example. The course is relevant to students of all backgrounds but was designed specifically for students of hospitality, business, and culinary arts. Students will study international organizations operating in tourism (i.e. WTO) and the different types of tourism, with particular attention paid to sustainable tourism. Students will be asked to investigate the tourism geography of Italy, becoming familiar with the most important tourist sites in Italy and Campania (through several excursions).

  • The course will develop an understanding of management theories and management skills through an examination of the basic functions of management.  The concepts of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling are enhanced to show how these basic principles can be used to create a healthy and thriving organization in today's global environment.  Special attention will be given to decision making, problem solving, and leadership in an environment where productivity improvements is a major concern.

  • This course offers the student a step-by-step approach to starting a business.  The course covers the fundamental principles of marketing, law, management, and office administration as applied to beginning a new venture.  The class will be divided into teams that will prepare a comprehensive individualized business plan to include a market profile, site analysis, competitive analysis, financials, goals and objectives, pricing and marketing strategies, and executive summary.  A major focus of this course is to explore each step necessary in structuring and launchi

  • An examination of the law of sales, commercial paper, agency-employment relationships, business organizations and government regulation of same.  Article 2 of the UCC is used in the sales area with special attention paid to contract formation, title and risk of loss, performance and product liability.  In examining commercial paper, Article 3 of the UCC is referenced with emphasis on function and form, holders in due course and liability and discharge.  Attention is also given to employer/employee relationships, and distinguishing between sole proprietorships, partnerships, l

  • This course is designed to be an introductory course in investments.  Topics covered are sources of information, establishing investment goals, investment returns and risks, time value of money, investing in common stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, tax aspects of investing, analysis of financial statements, portfolio management techniques, and introduction to futures and options.
  • This course covers one of the six components of financial planning.  This course will describe the techniques a financial planning/risk manager will use to analyze risk and assess alternate strategies.

  • This course is an introduction to personal finance covering those areas which are necessary for an individual to make better financial decisions throughout one's lifetime. Topics include: developing financial statements, plans, budgets, time value of money, money management, credit management, tax planning, insurance, investments, retirement planning, and estate planning.  Computer, business calculator applications, and case studies will be used throughout the course.

  • Review of business applications used in general office environments. Continuation of advanced theories and applications in microcomputer applications are stressed using the current computer software packages. Students must demonstrate the ability to keyboard at a minimum keyboarding speed of 30 gross words per minute. (Prerequisite BUAD 1103 is minimum 30 wpm).

  • Three lectures per week.  Prerequisite: BUAD 1103 (Keyboarding) or CISY 1003 (Intro to Microcomputer Apps).  The preparation of business documents using Word 2007 processing software.  The course includes study of basic page layout and design structure and computer graphics to produce professional looking business documents, such as letters, resumes, memoranda, and reports, as well as the creative production of flyers, advertisements, and newsletters.

  • A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chair. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • This course is designed to provide the student with the range of communication issues a manager will face in the future.  Enduring issues on how to write and speak effectively and devise a successful communications strategy as well as how to make the best use of telecommunications technology will be explored.

  • This course is an examination of the theory, practice, and principles of leadership within the realm of management. Major topics include the evolution of leadership theory, an examination of the major leadership theories operating in modern organizations, and the impact of each on organizational effectiveness. The development, refinement, and application of effective leadership principles and skills are also examined.

  • This course is designed to provide the students with an understanding of human resource management, and how they can improve their use of human resources through management tactics. It will discuss what human resource management contributes to the organization in terms of effectiveness and competitiveness. Discussion and research will take place on some of the challenges and workforce issues being faced in this area. Some of the topics covered include strategic human resource planning, staffing, training and development, compensation, employee and labor relations, and workplace safety.

  • This course provides an overview of the retirement planning process. It will describe the ongoing, systematic procedures a financial planner will utilize to assist a client in establishing meaningful retirement objectives and creating appropriate strategies. Topics will include employer sponsored retirement plans, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, post retirement health and quality of life issues, as well as investment, estate, and tax planning strategies.

  • This course explores the complex nature of ethical issues confronted by modern business leaders and managers. It integrates perspectives from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, philosophy, law, management, economics, marketing, and public policy. Course work is designed to illustrate the ethical principles applicable in a business setting while considering policies concerning employees, customers, and the general public, and while building trust, commitment, and effort within the business organization.

  • Software Applications in Business prepares students to analyze and solve real-life business problems using spreadsheet, database, word processing, and Web tools. It challenges students to use critical thinking, research, and analysis to find efficient and effective solutions to typical business situations. Students will be assigned case problems in accounting and finance, marketing, manufacturing, and human resources, and they will present the solutions in class.

  • A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • This course is a comprehensive examination into the theoretical and practical approaches to financial management. Analyzing, planning, controlling investment and short and long term financing are examined for decision-making purposes. Topics include: the financial environment, risk and rates of return, capital budgeting techniques, the cost of capital and capital structure, analysis of financial statements, financial planning and control, and ethics in finance.

  • This course is intended to provide the student with a basis for the analysis and application of creative problem solving solutions for problems that managers typically address in technology-based environments. Emphasis is on fostering creative thinking as a way to approach and solve problems, and analyze our thinking styles. Preparation and presentation of written and oral reports is required.

  • This course is intended to provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to business in the European Union. The course describes how economic, political and social factors interrelate, and influence business in Europe. Students will use a framework to research select bachelor business administration program outcomes (economics, communication, management, and marketing) from different European Union member state's perspective. Guest lecturers and field trips are planned for students enrolled in the study abroad program.

  • Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the key concepts of social media and their application in today's business environment. This course is designed specifically to address business needs related to the design, development, and implementation of social media projects in areas such as customer relationship management (CRM), marketing and public relations, and internal organizational communication.

  • This course provides a comprehensive approach to project management tools and applications in an interdisciplinary and global environment. Emphasizing concepts, techniques, and principles associated with project management, this course is vital to students entering the management field. Students will be able to plan, schedule, budget, estimate, control, and monitor projects. In addition, they will become familiar with resource allocation, resource loading, CPM, CMM, GANTT, and PERT.

  • This course is an introduction to the key concepts of systems thinking applied to complex business challenges. The Systems Thinking course focuses on the interrelationships of elements within economic, social, political, technological, environmental, and other types of systems. This course is designed to help students understand and apply the principles of systems thinking in a business context to resolve complex issues and difficult problems.

  • This course offers the student a step-by-step approach to starting and managing a small business. The course covers the fundamental principles of marketing, law, management, and office administration as applied to beginning a new venture. Each student will prepare a comprehensive individualized business plan to include a market profile, site analysis, competitive analysis, financials, goals and objectives, pricing and marketing strategies, and executive summary.

  • This course will explore the unique financial planning needs of small to medium size business owners. Special emphasis will be given to their common retirement, business succession, business valuation, and estate planning problems as well as the appropriate strategies and techniques utilized by planners to assist these clients in reaching their objectives.

  • This course is designed to expose students to the legal environment within which businesses operate. It focuses on business' relationship with government agencies (public law issues) as well as with other businesses, consumers, suppliers, etc., (private law issues). The course specifically addresses the global, political, social, environmental and regulatory legal issues confronting businesses, with a special emphasis on the law of technology.

  • Upon completion of this course, the student will understand modern (quantitative and qualitative) concepts in production management and their application to problems relevant to today's workplace, for both industrial and service organizations. This course specifically deals with and addresses the impact of operations decisions on the firm and emphasizes cross-functional decision making.

  • This course is an introduction to quantitative problem solving methods used in business applications. Topics include General Linear Programming and Sensitivity Analysis; Transportation, Assignment, and Transshipment Problems; Network Flow Algorithms; Project Scheduling: PERT/CPM; Inventory Models; Waiting Line Models; and Markov Processes. Software applications will be utilized whenever possible to aid students in the problem solving process.

  • This course is designed to create an understanding of the behavior of people in organizations. The purpose of this course is to improve the effectiveness of human resources, both at the individual's level and organizational level. Students will integrate their learning through active participation in experiential exercises, personal experiences, case analysis, and general behavior experiments and study. The course will also focus on personal growth and development.

  • This course focuses on a management perspective of information systems activity from development through implementation. The goal of this course is to help business students learn how to use and manage information technologies to revitalize business processes, improve business decision making, and gain competitive advantage. This course places major emphasis on up-to-date coverage of the essential role of Internet technologies in providing a platform for business, commerce, and collaboration processes among all business stakeholders in today's networked enterprises and global markets.

  • This course is an application of theoretical approaches to the globalization of business. Major concepts, tools, and processes will be explored through lecture, readings, team activities, and case study applications. Major topics include the examination of how businesses and managers focus and succeed in the global economy including an overview of the economic, political, legal, social, and cultural systems involved.

  • This course is an application of theoretical approaches to Strategic Management. Major concepts, tools, and processes will be explored through lecture, readings, team activities, and case study applications.