Business Administration Courses (BA)
101 International Business (4 credits; Fall, Spring) This course is a basic survey of the fundamentals of business administration, looking at both external and internal factors that influence organizational decisions. External factors include the political, economic and legal systems as well as culture. Internal factors include marketing, management, accounting, human resources, and finance. Considering the above, students examine the role of the organizational decision-maker operating in the global marketplace. Prerequisites: Mathematics proficiency at least at the level of MA 100.
180 Personal Finance (4 credits; Summer) This course covers basic money and life management skills that, although important under any circumstances, have become increasingly crucial during the 21st century. This course demonstrates how basic methods like budgeting, cash flow management, and the balanced scorecard can be successfully applied on a personal basis. The course combines the theoretical (time value of money, portfolio theory, variance analysis) with the practical (balancing one's checkbook, prioritizing to-do lists, managing credit card debt). In addition to teaching basic skills that every adult should have (but many don't), the course also provides an introduction to concepts that are helpful to students who later take business and career-oriented courses.
201 Financial Accounting (4 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer) This course is designed to provide students with fundamental exposure to the steps in the accounting cycle leading up to the preparation and analysis of financial statements. The focus of the course is on how accounting provides information to users so they can then make more informed decisions. Specific topics include asset and equity measurement, income determination, cash flow and working capital. Prerequisite: Facility in working with quantitative material is required for this course. Such facility may be demonstrated by appropriate mathematics courses that were completed recently, by a sufficiently high, recent SAT or ACT score, or by a placement examination through the University or an outside testing association. Students who need review in mathematics will need to take MA 100 prior to BA 201. MA 145 is recommended.
202 Managerial Accounting (4 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer) This course is a continuation of BA 201 and an introduction to the use of accounting information for managerial decision making. Topics include cost accounting systems, budgeting, decision-making information and performance reporting. Prerequisite: BA 201 or equivalent.
222 Intermediate Accounting I (4 credits, Fall) This course is an extensive examination of accounting theory, the accounting process, and problems associated with presenting fairly the financial position and operating results of business entities. It includes in-depth study of current and non-current assets and current liabilities. Offered in day in even years and evening in odd years. Prerequisite: BA 202.
223 Intermediate Accounting II (4 credits, Spring) Continuation of BA 222 This course examines generally accepted accounting principles and problems associated with presenting fairly the operating results, financial position and changes in financial position of business entities. It includes detailed consideration of shareholders’ equity, earnings per share, tax allocation, pensions, leases and price level changes. It introduces preparation, analysis and interpretation of financial statements. Offered in day in odd years and evening in even years. Prerequisite: BA 222.
225 Cost Accounting (4 credits, Fall) This course is a detailed examination of principles and practices of industrial and commercial cost accounting. It includes cost planning and budgeting, cost controls, job order and process costing systems, standard costing and variance analysis, variable/direct costing, performance reports and relevant costs in management decision making. Offered in day in even years and evening in odd years. Prerequisite: BA 202.
230 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits; Fall, Spring)
This first-level course surveys the business legal environment and legal subjects of practical utility to business. It emphasizes basic contractual concepts including formation, operation and discharge. It provides an introduction to governmental control of business.
232 International Environmental and Legal Issues for Business (4 credits; Spring) This course covers the international legal environment that influences business decisions. It includes international treaties, sources of international laws, environmental laws, contracts, tariffs and trade, licensing, agency and employment, and regulatory issues. Particular emphasis is given to the European Economic Community and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the effect they have on the multinational enterprise.
261 Introduction to Sports Management (4 credits; Spring) This course explores the organization of national sports and their international parent bodies and agencies. Although the course has an emphasis on the Australian sports system, the course (and the text) also provides a range of international examples to allow a comparative analysis of systems and structures elsewhere in the world, for example: a) the overviews of sport in the US, UK, Singapore and New Zealand facilitates a comparison between government and sporting agencies responsible for sport policy and programs; b) case studies examine Sport Canada and its role in terms of sports policy formulation and its relationship to provinces and territories; and c) sporting examples are drawn from the Scotland, Malaysia, the United States, Europe, India and China. Prerequisite: Sophomore year or above.
285 Selected Topics in Business Administration Not regularly scheduled.
326 Federal Tax Accounting (4 credits; Spring) This course is introductory exposure to federal income tax legislation, rules and regulations applicable to tax determination for individuals, corporations and partnerships. It emphasizes the relationships among tax theory, tax preparation and tax planning. Offered in day in even years and evening in odd years. Prerequisite: BA 202.
327 Auditing (4 credits; Fall) This course is a survey of auditing theory, objectives, and practices related primarily to the responsibilities of the independent professional accountant. It includes an overview of professional ethics, generally accepted auditing standards and internal control procedures. It examines data processing, statistical and sampling methods and report writing. Offered in day in odd years and evening in even years. Prerequisite: BA 202.
328 Advanced Accounting (4 credits; Spring) This course is a detailed examination of the problems associated with business combinations and consolidations, inter-company profit transactions, complex affiliation transactions, branch operations, foreign operations and transactions, and state and local government fund accounting. Prerequisite: BA 223; or permission of the Dean if taken concurrently with BA 223.
340 Principles of Marketing (4 credits; Fall, Spring) This course is an examination and analysis of marketing management in the modern organization. Basic marketing concepts, including a target market and the four Ps—product, price, place and promotion—are covered. It evaluates the marketing manager’s task in relation to the strategic and economic goals of the organization and in terms of environmental factors, including the international milieu. Prerequisites: EC 211 and junior standing.
341 Advertising and Sales Promotion (4 credits; Fall) This course is a study of the communication-promotion decision process of organizations. It examines the effects of source, message, and media variables on audience, response to communication campaigns, and the interactions among these variables. It emphasizes the promotion model consisting of the roles of personal selling, sales, promotion, publicity and advertising. Prerequisite: BA 340.
344 International Marketing (4 credits; Spring) This course is an examination of potential international market entry strategies. It includes exporting, the use of agents and licensing. It also studies the historical and theoretical background of foreign trade, world marketing environment and patterns, and international marketing organization and management. Prerequisite: BA 340.
348 Marketing Research (4 credits; Spring) This course is a consideration of marketing research that involves the gathering and analysis of information to assist management in making marketing decisions. It examines the application of the research process, methods and technique as an integral part of strategic decision-making in marketing management. Prerequisites: BA 340, MA 141.
349 Marketing: An International Experience (4 credits; Fall)
This course explores international marketing with respect to Europe in an experiential fashion. Students study on the Arcadia University campus for two weeks then engage in two weeks of study in England, returning to Arcadia University for two final weeks. Specific topics covered include the European Economic Community, product planning, U.S. brands in the British marketplace, British advertising and promotion techniques, and comparisons of the U.S. and British markets. Prerequisite: BA 340.
362 Human Resources Administration (4 credits; Fall, Spring) This course is a study of the functions performed by the personnel department in an organization, including human resource planning, recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, training and development, wage and salary administration, employee benefits, safety and health and employee management relations. It includes discussion of the various theories, concepts, approaches, tools and techniques appropriate for each function. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
363 International Organizational Behavior (4 credits; Fall, Spring) This course is an application of psychological principles to human relationships within an enterprise. It studies the dynamics of intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships, emphasizing the manager’s leadership role in utilizing and developing human resources. It includes motivation, interpersonal communications, leadership and influence, socialization, organizational development and career development. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
367 Operations Management (4 credits; Fall, Spring) This course is a study of the selection, design, control and updating of systems concerned with providing goods or services. It emphasizes quantitative tools and techniques for dealing with system problems. It includes program management, statistical quality control, inventory control, process optimization, global supply chain, queuing theory, material requirements planning, and enterprise resource planning. Prerequisites: Junior standing, MA 141, and either MA145 or 201/207.
369 Management Information Systems (3 credits; Fall, Spring)
This course is an analysis and design of computer-based information systems for business applications. It studies relationships between various categories of information system architectures and organizational strategic and management requirements. Prerequisites: Junior standing and CS 104 or MA 145 or familiarity with computer software such as Excel and Access.
380 Principles of Finance (4 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer) An introduction to corporate finance stressing the management approach as it applies to asset management and capital structure, this course emphasizes capital budgeting, capital structure and working capital management, and sources of funds. It illustrates basic principles through a problem-solving approach. Prerequisites: BA 202 and junior standing. MA 145 is recommended. May not be taken by students who have completed HA 301.
381 Advanced Financial Analysis (4 credits; Fall) This course is an introduction to corporate finance stressing the financial operations of publicly held corporations. The concepts of time value of money, risk, rates of return, capital budgeting, and securities valuation are presented in theory as well as practice. It illustrates basic principles through a problem-solving approach. Prerequisite: BA 380.
382 Investments (4 credits; Spring) This course is an examination of investment principles and methods: business condition analysis, portfolio management, and evaluation of other investment opportunities. It focuses on analysis of corporate securities and issues of governmental bodies as investment vehicles. Prerequisite: BA 380.
390 Seminar in Business Administration (4 credits) This seminar course in business administration, focusing on current problems and issues in business administration, requires a research paper as a major component of the course. Prerequisites: BA 340, 369, 380 and senior standing in Business Administration.
470 Internship in Business Administration and 471 International Internship in Business Administration (4 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer) The international internship is done as part of study abroad or in the international unit of a domestic corporation. The domestic Internship course is designed to allow the student to complete 80 hours of out-of-class work experience. The full-time student has the following options. 1) Traditional: In consultation with the employer and the instructor, the student identifies an internship site and undertakes a project in an area of business administration. 2) Administrative Rotation: The student shadows professionals in a business setting, observing and experiencing the interaction of people and tasks within the organization. 3) Arcadia University Student Business Consulting Group – AUSBCG) The student works with the as a student consultant, providing assistance to an AUSBCG client as assigned. 4) Personal Business Plan: The student researches an industry and creates a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture of his or her own choosing in consultation with one or more mentors. Prerequisites: BA 340, 369, 380; senior standing in the School of Global Business or permission of the School of Global Business Dean.
495 Policy Formulation and Administration (3 credits; Spring) This integration course in policy making and administration from the point of view of top management develops a total organization approach to problem solving through readings, case studies, and a general management simulation. Prerequisites: BA 340, 369, 380 and senior standing in Business Administration. BA 367 is recommended but can be taken concurrently.
Economics Courses (EC)
210 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer, TBA) This course surveys the concepts of supply and demand, national income accounting, fiscal and monetary policy, theory of income determination, and the problems of inflation, unemployment and economic development. Topics covered include the meaning and measurement of gross domestic product, the causes of business cycles, the role of government expenditures and taxation in maintaining economic stability, the role of money in domestic and international economies, international trade, the determination of exchange rates and the balance of payments. The course concludes by evaluating the performance of governments in financing their public debt and the resultant effect on financial markets and the trade deficit. Prerequisite: Facility in working with quantitative material is required for this course. Such facility may be demonstrated by appropriate mathematics courses that were completed recently, by a sufficiently high recent SAT or ACT score, or by a placement examination through the University or an outside testing association. Students who need review in mathematics will need to take MA 100 prior to EC 210. MA 145 is recommended.
211 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer TBA) This course is an examination of the theory of price. It surveys the concepts of supply and demand, utility, elasticity, cost and production. It compares price determination in different markets, perfect competition, monopolistic competition, monopoly and oligopoly. This microeconomics course focuses on the decision-making of the individual economic agent. Prerequisite: Facility in working with quantitative material is required for this course. Such facility may be demonstrated by appropriate mathematics courses that were completed recently, by a sufficiently high recent SAT or ACT score, or by a placement examination through the University or an outside testing association. Students who need review in mathematics will need to take MA 100 prior to EC 211. MA 145 is recommended.
212 Money and Banking (4 credits; Fall) This course studies the role of money, interest rates and financial intermediation in the operation of the U.S. economy. The intent of the course is to give students an overview of the U.S. financial system and its global ramifications. This course includes the organization, administration, and regulation and deregulation of commercial banks and financial markets. It includes a detailed examination of the role of central banking authorities in influencing the macro-economy. Prerequisite: EC 210.
216 Intermediate Microeconomics (4 credits; Spring)
This course is a detailed study of price determination and resource allocation under conditions of perfect and imperfect markets. In addition to supply and demand analysis, key economic concepts such as diminishing marginal utility, elasticity, production and cost, optimization theory, producer and consumer surplus, dead weight loss and firm behavior under alternative market structures are explored. Prerequisites: EC 210, EC211.
285 Selected Topics in Economics (Not regularly scheduled.)
300 Seminar in Economics (4 credits; not regularly scheduled.)
322 Health Care Economics (4 credits; Fall) This course illustrates how economic principles can be used to analyze health care issues and explain the behavior of patients, medical care providers, third-party payers, and employers in health care markets. The course explores the causes and policy remedies of three important health care issues: Medical care spending, medical care access, and medical care outcomes. Prerequisite: EC 210, EC 211
330 Natural Resource Economics (4 credits; Fall) The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and practice of applying economic methods of analysis to issues relating to natural resources and the environment. Concepts of sustainability and the discounting of future costs and benefits are studied in depth, and these techniques are then applied to the use of non-renewable and also renewable resources. Prerequisite: EC 211 or permission of the instructor.
350 International Economics (4 credits; Spring) Analytical treatment of theories and empirical findings in the explanation of trade flows, foreign exchange markets, balance of payment, international liquidity, and world economic institutions. Prerequisites: EC 210, EC211.
Health Administration Courses (HA)
150 Introduction to Health Services (3 credits; Fall, Spring) This foundation course provides an overview of the current health delivery system, including healthcare institutions, long-term care, health manpower, financing and managed care. Students also are introduced to diverse topics such as quality care, healthcare planning/policy and ethics.
320 Health Care Planning and Policy (3 credits; Fall) This course covers the theoretical and historical foundations of health planning and policy development as well as current concepts and controversies provide the basis for this course. Case studies provide an opportunity for students to apply both healthcare strategic planning models and policy development skills.
Prerequisites: HA 150, BA 201, and junior standing.
385 Selected Topics in Health Administration (3 credits; Fall or Spring) This senior-level course provides the Health Administration major with up-to-date perspectives on current issues such as reimbursement, healthcare financial management compliance, healthcare marketing, healthcare laws, healthcare ethics, and healthcare systems design. It is designed to be taken concurrently with HA 490 in the student’s last semester.
470 Internship in Health Administration (3 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer) The Internship course is designed to allow the student to complete 80 hours of out-of-class work experience in a healthcare environment. The full-time student has the following options:
1) Traditional: In consultation with the employer and the instructor, the student identifies an internship site and undertakes a project in an area of health administration.
2) Administrative Rotation:: The student does an administrative rotation in a healthcare setting, observing and experiencing the interaction of people and tasks within the organization.
3) Arcadia University Student Business Consulting Group – AUSBCG) The student works with the AUSBCG at Arcadia University as a student consultant, providing assistance to a AUSBCG client in the healthcare field.
4) Personal Business Plan: The student researches the healthcare industry and creates a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture in health administration in consultation with one or more mentors.
Prerequisites: BA 340, 369, 380, HA 320, senior standing or permission of the Chair.
490 Seminar in Health Administration (3 credits; Spring) This Capstone course in Health Administration requires students to see organizations from a total management point of view and to integrate their learning from prior courses. The students work in teams to generate a business plan for an organization in the healthcare industry. Prerequisites: BA 340, 369, 380, HA 320, senior standing or permission of the Chair.