Career Skills Module: Management Studies

Part I

  •  ORG 100: Exploring Business & Management (3 credits): This course examines fundamental issues in the world of business and the practice of management. It is designed to be an interactive and lively experience that provides students with a theoretical background of how organizations work and the role of management in organizations. Some of the areas and issues that will be covered include: the role of managers, the history of managerial thought, planning and problem-solving, individual responsibility, and the ever-changing world of business in a global environment. Students will be challenged to apply theoretical learning to their own experiences in business and organizations, and to look at organizations as integrated and dynamic systems.


  • ORG 202: Global Issues in Business & Society (3 credits): This course examines the impact of major social, political, and cultural forces on the global business environment and marketplace. Students will gain a better understanding of how society and social issues affect the business world and vice versa. Ethical challenges, diversity issues, technology, environmental issues, and social responsibility will also be examined.


  • ORG 203: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (3 credits): This course introduces students to the principles and concepts of financial accounting. Students will develop a basic understanding of business transactions and financial statements.


Part II

(Prerequisite: Management Studies Career Skills Module: Part I)

  • ORG 301: Managing Human Resources (3 credits): This course gives the student an overview of the broad subject of human resources management and an in-depth exposure to the key areas of this critical function. The most successful organizations know that human resources must operate at the strategic level, along with finance and law, the other core staff functions. The meaning of a strategic approach is explored in depth, providing a solid grounding in what management of human resources requires in today‚Äôs diverse, litigious, downsizing-prone, tough, often controversial world of organizational life.


  • ORG 321: Issues in Leadership (Prerequisite: ORG 100 or ORG 202 or ORG 302; 3 credits): This course examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership focusing on the role of the leader within business and community organizations. Leadership will be examined from historical, cultural, ethical and psychological perspectives with an emphasis on the changing nature of effective leadership in a global business environment. Students will have an opportunity to examine and develop their own personal leadership styles and potentials through collaborative and experiential learning experiences.


  • ORG 421: Strategic Leadership & Innovation (Prerequisite: ORG 321 or ORG 322; 3 credits): Understanding where to look for new ideas, how to nurture them, and how they can be used to maintain a strategic advantage, is vital to the success of an organization. This course examines the need for strategic leadership as well as the relationship between creativity and innovation in the context of modern organizations. Students will learn how to initiate creativity in their organizations and how to recognize and overcome obstacles to the creative process.