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Course Descriptions

BADM 101 Introduction to Business
A survey course that acquaints students with the fundamental concepts of business operations, familiarizes them with spreadsheets and the application of spreadsheets to common business problems, introduces common accounting reports used in managing businesses, and presents an overview of career opportunities that exist in business today.

BADM 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
Prerequisite: MATH 104 or MATH 105
Required of all business sophomores
A study of the origins of capitalism and the development of economic institutions; an introduction to economic principles, including an analysis of the determination of national income and its fluctuations, and an introduction to money, banking, and government finance. (May be taken after BADM 202.)

BADM 202 Principles of Microeconomics
Prerequisite: MATH 104 or MATH 105
Required of all business sophomores
A study of value and price, including factors affecting short- and long-run adjustments of the individual firm with respect to prices, costs, and levels of production; value and price determination; market adjustments in competition and monopoly; distribution of income; international economics; and current economic problems. (May be taken before BADM 201.)

BADM 205 Business Statistics I
Prerequisite: MATH 104 or MATH 105
Required of all business sophomores
This course introduces the student to the concepts and techniques necessary to organize and analyze data. Topics covered in this course include data collection and presentation, probability distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and simple regression analysis. Students will be introduced to computer-based tools used in the analysis of statistical data.

BADM 211 Introduction to Financial Accounting and Reporting
Required of all business sophomores
Part one in a two-part series on introductory accounting concepts required of all business sophomores. This course provides an introduction to the basic theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting in an ethical environment. The course focuses on the fundamental concepts, terminology, and techniques for the preparation and interpretation of the corporate financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of retained earnings.

BADM 212 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Prerequisite: BADM 211
Required of all business sophomores
Part two of a two-part series on introductory accounting required of all business sophomores. This course focuses on the interpretation and use of accounting information for external and internal decision-making. Topics include preparation and interpretation of the statement of cash flows; financial statement analysis; an integrative annual report project involving the study and interpretation of the corporate annual report; ethics; and the fundamental concepts, terminology, and techniques necessary for the development and use of reports for internal purposes such as cost analysis, budgeting, and decision analysis.

BADM 217 Computer Applications in Business
Required of business juniors
The application of computer software to assist in analyzing common business decisions, with an emphasis on advanced techniques in spreadsheet and database development and design. Includes a major business project utilizing presentation software and the Internet.

BADM 300 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Prerequisite: BADM 212
Required of all accounting majors
This course includes a rigorous study of the theory and practice of financial accounting. It focuses on the concepts underlying financial accounting, the preparation of corporate financial statements utilizing generally accepted accounting principles, and accounting ethics. Emphasis is on cash, receivables, inventories, non-current and other assets, current liabilities, and the time value of money.

BADM 301 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Prerequisite: BADM 300
Required of all business majors with a major in accounting
This course is a continuation of BADM 300's rigorous study of financial accounting and the preparation of corporate financial statements. Primary emphasis is on non-current liabilities, equity, investments, and revenue accounting. Other topics include the accounting for taxes, pensions, and leases, as well as current accounting topics and ethics.

BADM 302 Managerial Accounting
Prerequisite: BADM 212
Required of all business majors with a major in accounting
This course is a rigorous study of accounting in the manufacturing environment. It focuses on how costs are accumulated and communicated inside the organization. The course emphasizes how accounting information is used for decision-making, planning, and control.

BADM 305 Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
Required of all business juniors
An introduction to the legal system, with special emphasis on its relation to business. Students will contend with federal and state regulations as well as the common law to arrive at an understanding of the legality, ethics, and social responsibility of business decisions. Topics include an introduction to the judicial system, torts and product liability, administrative law and consumer protection, agency and partnership, contracts, the Constitution, criminal law, ethics, and fiduciary trust.

BADM 309 Marketing Principles
Prerequisite: BADM 202
Required of all business juniors
Introduction to basic concepts and terminology in marketing: the process of developing marketing strategy, the role of marketing activities within the firm, external influences that affect the development of marketing strategy, and basic analytical tools appropriate to marketing decision-making. International and ethical issues in marketing are examined.

BADM 318 Commercial Law
Prerequisite: BADM 305
Required of accounting majors
A detailed examination of commercial law topics including sales, commercial paper, secured transactions, bulk transfers, and bankruptcy.

BADM 320 International Business
This course focuses on decisions in international business operations for small and large firms. Of particular interest are international business climate/culture, foreign exchange rates, international trade, overseas direct investment, and operations management. Students will incorporate case studies dealing with aspects of international business.

BADM 321 Business Finance
Prerequisite: BADM 211
Required of all business juniors
An introductory course combining both a description of the structure of business financing and a study of financial principles and practices, with special emphasis on their relation to managerial planning and control.

BADM 322 Business Finance Cases and Applications
Prerequisite: BADM 321
This course considers problems arising in the financial management of operations of nonfinancial firms. Emphasis is on the role of the finance executive in a business. This course builds on the tools and concepts introduced in BADM 321 Business Finance. 

BADM 323 Quality Management
Prerequisite: BADM 205, STAT 160 or equivalent
Students will develop an overall framework within which they can understand quality as a system. Content includes a look at the impact of the quality movement on our world during recent decades for both manufacturing and service organizations. The course focuses on management, leadership, organization, and tools needed to build and continuously improve quality and customer value throughout the supply chain. Included is a review of the contributions of those who are considered prime movers in the quality revolution, including Demin, Crosby, Juran, and Taguchi; a survey of current developments in the field; and practice in use of typical Quality Management techniques, tools, and processes including Lean, Six Sigma, SPC, ISO 9000, business process improvement, QFD, and others.

BADM 324 Purchasing and Materials Management
Prerequisite: BADM 205, STATE 160 or equivalent
The course introduces students to the critical role of purchasing in the supply chain. Topics may include the evolution of supply management and its strategic nature in world-class organizations; the supply manager's responsibilities; the "boundary-spanning" nature of supply management; the purchasing process, objectives and responsibilities; supplier evaluation and selection; supplier quality and risk management; negotiation framework and planning; cost concepts (e.g., direct and indirect costs, fixed, step, and variable costs, and target costs) and cost analyses; "Make or Buy" decisions; developing in-country sources of supply versus "offshoring" decisions; ethical and professional standards expected among supply management professionals; and environmental considerations in purchasing and materials management.

BADM 326 Principles of Real Estate
This course provides a personal and professional perspective of the legal, financial, and ethical rights and obligations of all parties in a real estate transaction. Topics include organizing, functioning, financing, marketing, brokering, appraising, and managing of real estate transactions.

BADM 327 Principled Entrepreneurship and the Free Enterprise System
This course explores the role of entrepreneurship in the free enterprise system, how government policies affect entrepreneurial activity within the United States and globally, and the moreal and ethical dimensions of principled entrepreneurship. This course focuses on using the tools of economics to understand the entrepreneurial process, including the role of profits and losses, discovery, and creative destruction. The course examines the legal forms of business organization and the challenges involved in opening a business and writing a business plan.

BADM 329 Project Management
Although there are no formal course prerequisites, this course is designed for students who have taken courses in management and organizational behavior, introductory finance, and statistics. Students without these courses are likely to have to devote more time to topics briefly reviewed and may have to supplement their learning on their own for some topics. This course introduces students to the concepts and tools currently being used in the professional field of Project Management. Students will obtain a basic understanding of project management principles and practices, increase their ability to function effectively on a project team and as a project manager, and improve their ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. The course includes coverage of management in a wide range of project applications from concept through operations. Planning, scheduling, controlling, economic analysis, quality, and customer satisfaction are stressed. The topics in this course cover essential concepts from the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

BADM 331 Financial Modeling
Prerequisite or corequisite: BADM 321
This is a hands-on course in financial modeling, primarily using Microsof Excel. The topics covered follow those in financial management and investment courses. The emphasis will be on the practical application of financial theory.

BADM 332 Financial Markets and Institutions
This course provides an overview of the key financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, government entities, etc.), markets (stock, bond and foreign exchange among others) and the wide array of financial instruments that are available to businesses and individuals. Particular attention will be paid to risk management and how the various markets and institutions interact with each other. Activities that take place in financial markets and institutions have a direct effect on personal wealth, the behavior of consumers and businesses, and the well-being of the overall economy.

BADM 338 Management and Organizational Behavior
Required of business juniors
A study of the fundamental concepts of management and organizational behavior. Emphasis is placed on the study of human behavior, attitudes, and performance in organizations, and on the development of positive interpersonal relations. A major focus is on the managerial roles of leader and decision maker necessary for effective planning, organizing, influencing, and control of the organization. The dynamics and links among individuals, groups, and the national and international environment are analyzed to highlight the determinants of organizational effectiveness.

BADM 371 Leadership in Organizations
Prerequisites: PSYC 371 or BADM 338
Using a case approach as well as a significant experiential component, this course involves the application of leadership theory and practice covered in this class and in other classes in the interdisciplinary minor in Leadership Studies. The course draws from cases in business and other organizations to focus the student's learning in both individual and team projects. Issues of motivation, persuasion, ethics, power, diversity, teams, etc. will all be explored. Guest speakers/leaders will also be an important component of the course.

BADM 402 Advanced Accounting
Prerequisite: BADM 300
Prerequisite or corequisite: BADM 301
This course focuses on accounting and reporting issues in specialized organizations such as consolidated entities, governmental bodies, and not-for-profit organizations. Topics include the specific accounting rules and techniques that apply within each of these areas.

BADM 404 Investments
Prerequisite: BADM 321
A survey course that introduces different types of securities, markets, transaction costs, security regulations, and taxes. The basic techniques for analyzing the potential returns and risks of individual securities and for combining them efficiently into portfolios are also studied.

BADM 405 Marketing Management
Prerequisite: BADM 309
A study of marketing planning and decision-making from the point of view of the marketing manager in a changing economic, social, and legal environment. Basic concepts and methods of analysis used in formulating product, distribution, promotion, and pricing strategy are studied.

BADM 406 Professional Selling
A study of the stages of the professional selling process, and the role of sales in today's marketing environment. Emphasis on learning adaptive selling techniques and developing effective interpersonal communications skills. Sales careers are examined.

BADM 407 Money and Banking
Prerequisite: BADM 201
The nature and functions of money, the various monetary standards, the development of our monetary system, the factors affecting the value of money, methods and objectives of money and credit control, international exchange, and analysis of recent developments in money and credit.

BADM 408 Advanced Professional Selling
Prerequisite: BADM 406
A continuation of the study of the professional selling process, and the role of sales in today's marketing environment. Emphasis will be placed on further learning adaptive selling techniques and developing effective interpersonal communication skills. National and regional sales competitions will be discussed and possibly attended depending on the semester.

BADM 409 Human Resource Management
A contemporary course in the management of personnel as a resource concentrating on the historical, legal, social, economic, and ethical framework of labor relations with a focus on forecasting, planning, staffing, compensating, developing a career, labor relations, performance management, and control and evaluation of human resources.

BADM 410 Operations Management
Prerequisites: BADM 205 or STAT 160, BADM 212, and BADM 338
Required* of all business seniors
Operations management focuses on the systematic direction of the processes involved in the sourcing, production, and delivery of products and services. This course addresses managerial issues such as production, and delivery of products and services. This course addresses managerial issues such as facility location and layout, service design, demand forecasting, production scheduling, project management, quality management (for example, Lean, JIT, Six Sigma, TQM, etc.), inventory management, supply chain management, maintenance and reliability, and capacity management. Included are applications of decision models, statistical methods, or optimization techniques such as linear programming, queueing theory, simulation, or others.

*Not required for those completing all four Supply Chain Specialization core courses.

BADM 413 International Marketing
Prerequisite: BADM 309
Introduction to global problems, cultural and ethical issues, and decision areas facing the marketing manager. Primary emphasis rests on the value of cross-cultural understanding and the need for careful adaptation of marketing efforts.

BADM 414 Consumer Behavior
Prerequisite: BADM 309
The study of behavioral science theories and related marketing models useful to managers in understanding consumers in the domestic and global marketplaces.

BADM 415 Relationship Marketing
This course helps students understand and develop the basic persuasive skills which are important to people in all walks of life. Assignments are designed to help students improve their skills in communicating effectively, establishing relationships, solving problems, and leading and persuading others.

BADM 416 Auditing and Assurance Services
Prerequisite: BADM 300
Prerequisite or co-requisite: BADM 427
Required of all accounting majors
The study of the basic concepts of auditing including ethics, risk analysis, evaluation of controls, evidence-gathering, the effects of Sarbanes-Oxley, and reporting as applicable to financial statement, compliance, and operational audits. Professional auditing standards will be utilized throughout the course.

BADM 417 Management Information Systems
Information systems (IS) support the overall strategy of an organization in many ways. This course reviews the issues associated with managing and improving the IS function within an organization, including using IS to support decision making, manage the firm’s assets, and develop and support customers. Additional topics include the critical role of IS in an organization’s strategic plan, security issues, and the harnessing of technological advances for organizational growth.

BADM 419 Federal Taxation
Prerequisite: BADM 212
Required of all accounting majors; open to all business majors.
This course provides a study of the basic principles of federal income tax law applicable to individuals and sole proprietors. Emphasis is given to research, compliance, and tax planning. Topics include an understanding of tax legislation as well as discussions on inclusions, deductions, exclusions, credits, gift and estate tax, and property transactions, with a limited emphasis on other tax entities.

BADM 420 Management of Change
Prerequisite: Senior standing in business 
This course uses knowledge and skills from the social sciences to develop strategies for achieving effective change within organizations. Implementation of these strategies to achieve more effective organizations is the core of this course. Topics include team building, process consultation, confrontation and the management of conflict, and technostructural change.

BADM 421 Logistics Management
Prerequisite: BADM 205 or STAT 160 and BADM 429
Logistics is that part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, 2003). The course covers the role and importance of the key logistics intermediaries that facilitate global trade. It describes the functions comprising logistics, describes how these functions interact, and explains how logistics can be managed as a system to reduce total cost.

BADM 422 Strategic Management
Prerequisites: BADM 201, BADM 202, BADM 211, BADM 212, BADM 309, BADM 321, BADM 338
Required of all business seniors
A capstone course designed to give the student practice in integrating the numerous theory courses in all phases of business management. The student develops problem-solving and decision-making skills by assuming the role of top management in a simulated company and through the study of actual business cases.

BADM 423 Personal Finance
Personal Finance focuses on the application of basic financial tools and principles to the student's personal life. Concepts and tools covered include: the financial planning process, liquidity management, debt management, asset management, and risk management. The course will also include retirement, education, and estate planning. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be prepared to create and manage their own personal financial plan

BADM 425 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in business 
This course covers the environment of small business, factors of success or failure, small business management tools, and sources of financing. Student teams will prepare business plans for the start-up of a business. In some instances, the teams will work with local entrepreneurs in developing business plans. The course is supported by a multi-media business planning system.

BADM 426 Risk Management
Prerequisite: BADM 321
Risk Management is a study of the identification, evaluation, financing and control of both financial and non-financial business risk as well as the techniques that are used to manage those risks. Integrated risk management of the entire portfolio of risk in the business enterprise is emphasized throughout the course. Risk Management techniques to include hedging, diversification, and insurance are examined.

BADM 427 Accounting Information Systems
Prerequisites or co-requisites: BADM 217, BADM 300 and BADM 302
Required of all accounting majors
This course reviews the core concepts of accounting information systems that support and enable business processes. The course reviews the accountant's role in designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining an accounting information system. Topics include software, hardware, security issues, systems documentation, and systems development, as well as privacy issues and ehical concerns. New topics are introduced each semester to reflect technological changes in the marketplace. Students will utilize specialized software to support the accounting functions and be able to evaluate various software packages.

BADM 428 Technology and Entrepreneurship
Prerequisite Junior or senior standing in business 
Technology ventures are significantly changing the global competitive landscape. This course explores the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship, including both the development of new technology-based businesses and the use of technology in launching and marketing new businesses. Students will learn about models of technological change, models of new firm strategy development, and models of organizational strategy in high-tech start-ups. Topics include: matching new technologies and markets, making money from innovation, competition between technologies, strategies for competing against established incumbents, technology portfolio development, and theories of diffusion and adoption.

BADM 429 Supply Chain Management
Prerequisite: BADM 205 or STAT 160  or equivalent
This course focuses on basic principles and essential concepts of supply chains and their effective operation and management. Topics may include methods of resource acquisition, contract management, procurement, production, packaging, shipping, warehousing, inventory placement, distribution, transportation, logistics planning, risk, quality, information technology, and product support.

BADM 430-435 Seminar in Business 
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in business 
These courses are designed to provide students of exceptional ability and background with the opportunity to explore a variety of advanced, business oriented, analytical techniques. Specified topics covered within these courses will be offered at the discretion of the instructor and under the supervision of the department head.

BADM 450 Internship
Prerequisite: Senior or Junior Standing
Open to junior and senior business majors
This course gives junior and senior students real-world work experience to complement the classroom education they have already received. Interns will learn about the variety of issues faced by today's firms and their managers, the kinds of information firms collect and use, and the development of solutions for business problems. Interns will spend ten to twelve hours each week working alongside a senior-level manager in a Charleston-area business.

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BADM 490 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Senior standing with at least a 3.0 academic average. Approvals for enrollment during preregistration from sponsoring professor and department head are required.
This course may be taken by seniors desiring to engage in a scholarly research project of mutual interest to the student and the faculty member who directs the study. The project should culminate in a formal student research paper.
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