BUS 302 Business Information Systems (3) (Module 7) The Importance of technology and information systems and their impact on business today is addressed. This course does not focus on gaining proficiency in the use of technology, but rather seeks to provide a greater understanding of the function and capability of various types of technology, software, and information systems. Topics covered include the internet, intranets, networks, productivity software, database systems, etc.
ECN 306 Macroeconomic Applications for Managers (3) Students will use macroeconomic principles and analysis tools to analytically synthesize how various topics taught in this course effect the student’s place of employment or other organization. Topics will include supply and demand, market structure, market equilibrium, firm/market behavior, and the role of government in the economy. A case study approach will generally be used to help students apply their understanding of the concepts. (Prerequisite: ECN 101 or 221, or waiver documenting introductory level knowledge obtained through the Prior Learning Committee).
IDS 300 Biblical Perspectives (3) (Module 8) This course reflects the commitment of Spring Arbor University as a Christian liberal arts University, to nurture an appreciation for the rich resources of the Scriptures for creative personal faith and human life in the modern world. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature and history of the Bible and the integration of faith, living and learning.
IDS 400 Values: Personal and Social (3) (Module 13) A capstone course in which the student formulates a philosophy of life as a base for ethics in business, accountability in government, respect for human rights and responsible life-style in the contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values examined through readings, analysis of the workplace and classroom discussion.
ORM 301 Organizational Communication (3) (Module 5) This course examines theories and models that help explain how communication functions in organizational settings and takes into account different communication styles and situations. Students practice interviewing, listening, leading, speaking, and writing.
ORM 368 Management of Financial Resources (3) (Module 10) This course will assist students in understanding the basic concepts of financial management. An overview of how financial statements are developed and commonly used financial terms will provide students with an understanding of how financial management is an integral part of corporate business strategy. Students will study concepts that include the balance sheet, the income statement, statement of cash flows, the annual report, return on investment, supply chain and outsourcing.
ORM 403 Organizational Behavior (3) (Module 4) This course examines key theories within the field of organizational behavior and their practical implications. Organizational, group, and individual behaviors are considered, encompassing a variety of issues such as leadership styles, performance, motivation, group dynamics, interpersonal relationships, and other sub-topics.
ORM 405 Principles of Leadership (3) (Module 11) This course introduces students to various theories and approaches to leadership and their applications/implications in a managerial setting. Topics explored include servant leadership, contingency theory of leadership, traits of effective leaders, and the comparison of management vs. leadership.
ORM 432 Human Resource Management and Supervision (4) (Module 9) This course assists students in understanding and applying principles and practices related to human resource planning, recruitment, selection, utilization and labor relations. Special attention is given to the legal environment and to management and human resources supervisory issues. Accomplishing human resource management functions in different sized organizations will be considered.
ORM 437 Organizations/Global Environments (3) (Module 3) The structure and design of organizations with primary emphasis on the organization as an open system. Social, legal and economic environments and their impact on the organization are reviewed. Students learn to utilize a systems approach in basic organizational diagnosis. Contingency theory provides a theoretical framework for understanding the impact of the environment on organizational effectiveness and design.
ORM 456 Business Proposal Development (4) (Module 12) Students will use the concepts learned to identify an organization’s systems and recognize organizational influences in order to research and develop an effective written formal business proposal which is orally presented to the instructor and learning group.
PSY 310 Adult Development and Life Planning (3) (Module 1) This module emphasizes the experiential nature of nontraditional education and adult development theory. Students will be familiar with various theories and instruments that will provide a cognitive basis for personal analysis and understanding. The objective of the module is personal discovery and affirmation through examination of one’s strengths and the subsequent adjustments that may assist areas of personal growth.
WRT 312 Critical Analysis and Research Writing (3) (Module 2) This course equips students to become more competent and confident writers through an emphasis on the interrelationship between one’s ability to think critically, read actively, and write proficiently. Narrative, research and analysis are each employed as a means of increasing student mastery of the important technical components of college-level writing. Students are also taught how these skills can be used in the process of demonstrating experiential learning for college-level credit. This course does not meet the general education communications skills requirement.