Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance
bachelor of science in business administration – finance
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Every organization, whether privately owned, publicly traded or nonprofit, requires financial expertise. THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY’s online B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance equips financially focused business professionals to succeed in organizations by providing the leadership skills and knowledge necessary to obtain, administer and manage funds. Career opportunities for business finance professionals are abundant. Graduates may pursue employment as loss prevention managers, management analysts, investment fund managers and more.  

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree equips graduates with a knowledge of business theories, policies, and procedures that prepares them to assume a responsible position within the world of business. In addition to fundamental business and management procedures, graduates also acquire skills in decision-making, problem solving, and leadership.

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Upon completion of the program, students should be able to do the following:

  • Interpret business concepts, principles, and financial strategies.
  • Examine the effects of globalization on their work environment.
  • Analyze financial statements.
  • Apply managerial decision making through utilizing best practices in business.

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The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree program equips graduates with a knowledge of business theories, policies, and procedures that prepares them to assume a responsible position within the world of business. In addition to fundamental business and management procedures, graduates also acquire skills in decision making, problem solving, and leadership. Prepares students to make managerial decisions to assist organizations in obtaining, administering, and managing funds.

Major Requirements | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

Major Requirements – Group A : Total Required Semester Hours: 30 HOURS
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Examines the dynamics of ignition, flame spread, and room fire growth and explores all phases of fire and explosion investigation, financial management, and other fire department functions related to incendiary fire analysis and investigation.

Objectives

  1. Identify physical properties associated with different types of fuels.
  2. Recognize the need for an analytical approach to fire investigation and analysis.
  3. Define fire science analysis and investigation organizations and describe their basic characteristics and how these can be applied to fire department personnel and management.
  4. Analyze the primary and secondary sources of ignition, also including appliances, smoking, and electricity.
  5. Describe the various stages of fire development and the role environmental conditions have on fire behavior.
  6. Summarize the combustion process involving flammable liquids, gaseous, and solid fuels.
  7. Identify the investigative process for a fire involving a structure, grass or wildland, a vehicle, or a ship.
  8. Explain how clothing and fabric can be the source of fires and contribute to fire growth.
  9. Recognize the need for and use of laboratory services during the investigative process.
  10. Explain the fire investigator’s role involving fire-related deaths and injuries.
  11. Compare explosions and explosive combustion.
  12. Describe how fires involving chemicals and hazardous materials present their own challenges compared to other types of fire.
  13. Define arson as a crime and other related topics.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Kirk’s fire investigation (Rev: 7th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson Education (2012)
Author: DeHaan, J. D., & Icove, D. J.
ISBN: 9780135082638
Price: $68.97

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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Major Requirements – Group B : Total Required Semester Hours: 6 HOURS
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General Concentration : Total Required Semester Hours: 12 HOURS
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Overview of key issues and practices related to the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession. Examines the legal aspects of OSH in the United States, the origin and application of OSH related consensus standards, hazard identification and control, and tools necessary for successful management of OSH related efforts.

Objectives

  1. Discuss historical aspects of occupational safety and health (OSH).
  2. Examine the regulatory framework of OSH.
  3. Describe important OSH related standards.
  4. Explain the integration of key processes necessary for the control of occupational injuries and illnesses.
  5. Recommend strategies for the control of common workplace hazards.
  6. Apply hazard assessment tools as they relate to industrial hazards.
  7. Apply management tools for successful decision making for OSH-related endeavors.
  8. Discuss the complex environment in which the OSH professional works.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

The basics of occupational safety (Rev: 2nd ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Goetsch, D. L.
ISBN: 978-0-13-349607-9
Price: $111.41

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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Presents the importance of financial markets and institutions in a global society. Illustrates how financial institutions work for both businesses and the consumer. Broad coverage of different financial institutions within the context of a global society is presented. Includes the role of financial markets in society, financial transactions in a global society, and the commercial banking system.

Objectives

  1. Investigate the many ways that funds can flow from lenders to borrowers.
  2. Analyze the important role of commercial banks in a modern economy and dynamic financial system.
  3. Examine how regulating financial institutions can regulate modern economies.
  4. Interpret how interest rates play an important role in any financial system.
  5. Estimate the effect inflation has on interest rates and the prices of consumer and business loans.
  6. Appraise the importance of the Federal Reserve System in controlling the money supply.
  7. Explain the importance of investment options such as U.S. Treasury bills, mutual funds, and hedge funds.
  8. Explore the roles played by financial institutions in areas such as insurance companies, pension funds, and finance companies.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Financial institutions management: A risk management approach (Rev: 9th ed.)

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2018)
Author: Saunders, A., & Cornett, M. M.
ISBN: 9781259717772
Price: $233.74

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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Investigates financial management from a globalized world perspective through trends and integration of new approaches in international finance. The scope and content establishes the theoretical foundations of international financial decision making and the extensive applications of theory to financial practice. The main objective is to develop critical-thinking skills regarding the theory and practice of international financial management.

Objectives

  1. Evaluate the importance of international financial management.
  2. Compare and contrast the characteristics of international financial management and domestic financial management.
  3. Outline the evolution of the international monetary system.
  4. Survey how foreign exchange rates reflect supply and demand and other economic flows that make up the balance of payments.
  5. Evaluate the major characteristics of the foreign exchange markets.
  6. Discuss how governments control the flow of currencies across borders, including international investments.
  7. Discover the factors that produce transaction exposure.
  8. Examine the strategies that can be used to manage the risks that arise in international trade.
  9. Distinguish the types of international banking organizations from other organizations.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Fundamentals of multinational finance (Rev: 5th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson Education (2015)
Author: Moffett, M. H., Stonehill, A. I., & Eiteman, D. K.
ISBN: 978-0-205-98975-1
Price: $173.49

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

GENERAL EDUCATION | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

History
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Examines the dynamics of ignition, flame spread, and room fire growth and explores all phases of fire and explosion investigation, financial management, and other fire department functions related to incendiary fire analysis and investigation.

Objectives

  1. Identify physical properties associated with different types of fuels.
  2. Recognize the need for an analytical approach to fire investigation and analysis.
  3. Define fire science analysis and investigation organizations and describe their basic characteristics and how these can be applied to fire department personnel and management.
  4. Analyze the primary and secondary sources of ignition, also including appliances, smoking, and electricity.
  5. Describe the various stages of fire development and the role environmental conditions have on fire behavior.
  6. Summarize the combustion process involving flammable liquids, gaseous, and solid fuels.
  7. Identify the investigative process for a fire involving a structure, grass or wildland, a vehicle, or a ship.
  8. Explain how clothing and fabric can be the source of fires and contribute to fire growth.
  9. Recognize the need for and use of laboratory services during the investigative process.
  10. Explain the fire investigator’s role involving fire-related deaths and injuries.
  11. Compare explosions and explosive combustion.
  12. Describe how fires involving chemicals and hazardous materials present their own challenges compared to other types of fire.
  13. Define arson as a crime and other related topics.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Kirk’s fire investigation (Rev: 7th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson Education (2012)
Author: DeHaan, J. D., & Icove, D. J.
ISBN: 9780135082638
Price: $68.97

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

Humanities and Fine Arts
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Explores the social, political, and economic history of the United States from the advent of the Gilded Age to the early 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the impact of industrial expansion on the evolution of big business in the United States.

  2. Identify influences toward urban blight in 19th-century America.

  3. Compare and contrast the turn-of-the-century values of Twain’s Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.

  4. Summarize the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on America’s societal infrastructure.

  5. Contrast varied perspectives concerning America’s presence in the world.

  6. Explain the United States’ role as a superpower during and after the world wars.

  7. Describe the modern challenges and opportunities concerning the United States around the globe.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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Traces the history of Western civilization, examining developments in Western thought and culture from the 18th century through the 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the evolution of philosophy in the modern West.

  2. Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

  3. Describe the migration of peoples across the Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Contrast political systems in the Western world.

  5. Explain the changing scope of Western civil roles.

  6. Analyze worldwide political conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  7. Discuss the role of a nation as a world superpower.

  8. Utilize academic resources within the field of history to develop creative and well-reasoned arguments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

A history of Western society: Vol. 2. From the age of exploration to the present (Rev: 12th ed., concise ed.)

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s (2017)
Author: McKay, J. P., Crowston, C. H., Wiesner-Hanks, M. E., & Perry, J.
ISBN: 9781319073893
Price: $70.20

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

English Composition
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Introduces the basic concepts and requirements of college-level writing. This course provides students with the opportunity to implement effective communication skills via the written word.

Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proper use of Standard Written English and the conventions of APA documentation style.
  2. Employ the concepts of audience and perspective when approaching others in the writing situation.
  3. Construct different genres of writing.
  4. Effectively incorporate relevant academic sources containing both qualitative and quantitative data.
  5. Demonstrate critical reading skills that translate to improvement in writing practices, such as the crafting of effective sentences and paragraphs.
  6. Utilize pre-writing and planning strategies for the writing process.
  7. Assert argumentative thesis statements that are supported by structured essays that have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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Description

Traces the history of Western civilization, examining developments in Western thought and culture from the 18th century through the 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the evolution of philosophy in the modern West.

  2. Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

  3. Describe the migration of peoples across the Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Contrast political systems in the Western world.

  5. Explain the changing scope of Western civil roles.

  6. Analyze worldwide political conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  7. Discuss the role of a nation as a world superpower.

  8. Utilize academic resources within the field of history to develop creative and well-reasoned arguments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

A history of Western society: Vol. 2. From the age of exploration to the present (Rev: 12th ed., concise ed.)

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s (2017)
Author: McKay, J. P., Crowston, C. H., Wiesner-Hanks, M. E., & Perry, J.
ISBN: 9781319073893
Price: $70.20

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Mathematics
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Presents a variety of fundamental algebraic topics including, linear and quadratic equations, equations of lines, polynomials, rational expressions, systems of equations, and radical expressions. Students entering this course should be proficient in pre-algebra concepts.

Outcomes

  1. Solve algebraic functions.

  2. Apply algebraic principles to solve inequalities.

  3. Utilize algebraic principles to graph systems to include inequalities.

  4. Graph unique functions.

  5. Perform mathematical computation on complex numbers.

  6. Solve linear systems with two variables to include inequalities.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

College algebra essentials (Rev: 5th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2018)
Author: Blitzer, R. F.
ISBN: 9780134469294
Price: $177.06

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Natural Science
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Introduces basic ecological concepts and their relevance to human impacts on natural systems. Students explore ecosystem structure and function, population ecology, and current environmental issues related to sustainability and the use of natural resources.

Outcomes

  1. Explain the importance of ecological concepts in everyday life.

  2. Describe the various factors that affect population growth regulation.

  3. Identify the various ways in which organisms interact with their environment.

  4. Summarize the importance of biodiversity within the environment.

  5. Detail the global exchange of nutrients through biogeochemical cycles.

  6. Describe the various factors that affect the evolution of ecological systems.

  7. Identify ways in which ecology can be used to solve environmental issues.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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BIO 1100 – Non-Majors Biology

Description

Explores the principles of biology, including the scientific method, cell theory, cellular process, theories of heredity, evolutionary theory, ecology, human physiology, and a survey of the diversity of organisms.

Outcomes

 

  1. Define the basic concepts of biological sciences.

  2. Apply the scientific method.

  3. Explain nutrition in terms of micronutrients and macronutrients.

  4. Explain Mendel’s approach to studying genetics.

  5. Interpret Darwin’s theory of evolution to include natural selection and common descent.

  6. Describe human anatomical systems to include their disease states.

  7. Discuss relationships between living organisms and nonliving factors in ecosystems.

  8. Interpret biological data.

 

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Biology: Science for life with physiology (Rev: 6th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2019)

Author: Belk, C., & Maier, V. B.

ISBN: 9780134555430

Price: $126.16


* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

Social and Behavioral Science
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Examines government and politics in America by focusing on the origins, entities, processes, and functions of our political system and the influential role of interest groups and the media.

Outcomes

  1. Summarize the origins of American political thought.

  2. Identify the distinctive attributes of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  3. Describe the three branches of government.

  4. Explain how the U.S. government functions at the federal, state, and local levels.

  5. Identify the role of political parties in the United States political system.

  6. Discuss how policies affect change.

  7. Identify the impact of media on public opinion and politics.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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Description

Examines government and politics in America by focusing on the origins, entities, processes, and functions of our political system and the influential role of interest groups and the media.

Outcomes

  1. Summarize the origins of American political thought.

  2. Identify the distinctive attributes of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  3. Describe the three branches of government.

  4. Explain how the U.S. government functions at the federal, state, and local levels.

  5. Identify the role of political parties in the United States political system.

  6. Discuss how policies affect change.

  7. Identify the impact of media on public opinion and politics.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Electives | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

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Provides fundamental concepts of classical physics with minimized computation in a conceptual and practical manner intended for non-science major students. Main topics covered are Newtonian mechanics, properties of matter and energy, and basic ideas of thermodynamics.

Outcomes

  1. Describe standard units of measurement to include components of a valid measurement.

  2. Illustrate the scientific method within everyday situations.

  3. Explain Newton’s laws of motion at work in common phenomena.

  4. Explain the concepts and applications of momentum, work, mechanical energy, and general relativity.

  5. Identify the building blocks of matter to include their influence on physical properties.

  6. Describe thermodynamic concepts and their applications.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Conceptual physics (Rev: 12th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Hewitt, P. G.
ISBN: 978-0-321-90910-7
Price: $90.71

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

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Fundamentals of personal computers are examined with an emphasis on current application software. Provides an overview of personal computers, operating systems, and Internet technologies. Includes extensive and valuable hands-on experience using several applications in the Microsoft Office Suite.

Objectives

  1. Explain the fundamentals of computer hardware and computer software.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental techniques within a word-processing application.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental desktop-publishing techniques by designing the layout for a professional file.
  4. Perform fundamental data-manipulation techniques.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Microsoft official academic course: Microsoft Office: 2013 edition

Publisher: Wiley (2015)
Author: Gambrel, B. (Ed.)
ISBN: 978-0-470-13306-4
Price: $114.40

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An examination of data communications fundamentals, including the transmission and reception of data signals, networking and network architecture, and communications protocols. Provides a baseline level of knowledge for success in industry and preparation for networking certifications, including the Network , Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designations.

Objectives

  1. Differentiate between several data networking standards, including the seven layers of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack.
  2. Classify common network hardware and utilities used for troubleshooting.
  3. Examine the concepts of switching and routing, regarding local area network servers (LANs) and wide area network solutions (WANs).
  4. Explain how Microsoft Windows network communication protocols are implemented in a TCP/IP network.
  5. Illustrate network diagrams for network topologies.

PreRequisites

  1. ITC 3001

Textbook(s)

Data communications & computer networks: A business user’s approach (Rev: 8th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2016)
Author: White, C. M.
ISBN: 978-1-305-11663-4
Price: $204.71

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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Exploration of structured systems analysis and design terminology and techniques. Presents a foundation in systems design and documentation necessary for effective communication and career advancement for all technology professionals.

Objectives

  1. Identify Information Technology tools and services that satisfy the needs of various organizational structures.
  2. Recognize design methodologies, to include prototyping, development life cycle and structured analysis.
  3. Examine the use of data flow diagrams, data dictionary definitions, and Structured English as used in the Information Technology field.
  4. Apply techniques of system analysis and design to an information systems problem.
  5. Assess the value of information technology when addressing global, national, and local industry needs.

PreRequisites

  1. ITC 3001

Textbook(s)

Systems analysis and design (Rev: 11th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2017)
Author: Tilley, S., & Rosenblatt, H.
ISBN: 9781337687157
Price: (No information available)

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]