Thomas More College

Curriculum

The Associate of Elected Studies program is a 64 semester hour program.  The following ten courses represent 32 hours toward that requirement.  Students will take the following sequence of courses.

BUA104 Introduction to Business Management (3)
Course Requirement: Enrollment in TAP. Provides an introduction to the accelerated college-level business program, providing a contemporary overview of the business environment, and reviews and coaches students in the core skills for success in the program. The business overview comprises study in the current business environments, stressing global entrepreneurial opportunities, management techniques and the management functions of leadership, controlling, planning, and organization. The review and coaching of core skills includes reading for comprehension, time management, techniques for knowledge retention, written communication, teamwork, and test taking skills.

BUA106 Fundamentals of Business and Academic Writing (3)
Course Requirement: Enrollment in TAP. Students will develop academic and business writing skills. The course will emphasize effective writing and communication skills needed in academic and professional settings. Students will learn to create concise, professional documents for internal and external stakeholders. Legal and ethical standards for business and academic writing, including plagiarism, writing with integrity, and using bias-free language will be covered. Cross-listed as ENG 106.

BUA107 Mathematics for Business Decision Making (3)
Course Requirement: Enrollment in TAP. This course explores fundamental mathematical techniques necessary for business decision making. Examples will be emphasized, and will point to decision making techniques in economics, finance, marketing and other business disciplines. This course will satisfy the Algebra pre-requisite for TAP students in the BBA program only. It will not fulfill the Algebra pre-requisite for any other student.

BUA108 Financial Analysis for Managers (3)
Course Requirement: Enrollment in TAP. An introduction to finance and accounting. The foundations will be set for understanding financial statements, the accounting process, the time value of money, and basic financial decision-making. Some basic business problem solving will be incorporated into the course material.

BUA110 Introduction to Teamwork (3)
BUA 110 is an introduction to teamwork in the workplace and academic settings. The course will focus on the characteristics of and skills required for high performance work teams. Upon completion of the course, students will understand the benefits and challenges of working in teams, the stages of teams (forming, storming, norming, and performing); the types of teams; efficient practices for teams; team member roles; and the interpersonal skills needed to succeed in multi-cultural, cross functional teams. The importance of trust and consistent, open communication as necessary components of successful collaboration will be the foundation for understanding effective teams.

BUA204 Business and Professional Communication (3)
The principles and practices of communications as applied to the business world are examined. Topics included are group communication, interviewing, and presentation making. Cross-listed as COM 204. This course fulfills the core requirement in Communication.

BUA205 Supervision and Management (3)
The objective of Supervision Management is to facilitate the acquisition of essential supervisory skills by increasing the student's levels of thinking from knowledge to comprehension to application. The course will include a review of what makes up a supervisor's job, unique challenges of the 21st century; planning and control; organizing, staffing, and employee growth; stimulating individual and group performance; and coping with the dynamic workplace.

BUA263 Social Responsibility for Managers (3)
Course Requirement: Enrollment in TAP. The course seeks to provide a framework for managers to use in making judgments related to the social responsibility of business. Topics considered include ethics and ethical reasoning, the distinction between ethical and legal behavior, diversity, managerial values, stages of moral development, ethical criteria, and stages of corporate citizenship. Tools for achieving socially responsible behavior within the firm such as codes of ethics, audits, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc. are also considered.

BUA264 Marketing and Consumer Value (3)
Course Requirement: Enrollment in TAP. An introduction to the customer-value concept. Students will learn how a firm creates customer value through its value-delivery system, which includes logistics, product and service transformations, marketing and after-sales service, and customer retention. Students will also study how to leverage core competencies within the customer-value system to create and sustain competitive advantage.

ECO101 Introduction to Microecomomics (3)
Introduction to Microeconomics introduces concepts like scarcity, cost and choice, supply and demand, theories of the firm and market structure, and welfare analysis.