BS419 Self and Team Management Skills II (3 credits, 5 weeks)
In this course, the student focuses on skills needed for group interaction and the management of individual and professional priorities. Included in this course are: an introduction to the LEAD approach to learning and the APA style, listening as part of servant leadership and group participation, aspects of a personal vision and elements of healthy group dynamics, study team formation and the role of diversity and conflict in groups, and resources for doing research and elements of effective presentations.
EN314 Writing for the Professions (3 credits, 5 weeks)
Designed as an individualized and relevant professional writing experience pertaining to the technical field of professional interest of the student, this workshop/course culminates with activities that result in producing a researched report and a portfolio.
BS470 Principles of Management and Leadership (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course will introduce students to the academic discipline of management through the study of leadership and management principles and practices. Students will examine a variety of concepts pertinent to leadership and management. Topics discussed will include leadership theories, the impact of leadership in business and society, different leadership styles and appropriate applications in the workplace, and current leadership practices and trends. Additional topics will include the evolution of management theory, facts and fads in management, management’s commitment to quality and productivity, and current business trends toward "teaming" and group problem solving.
BS319 Information Systems Today (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course provides an introduction to the foundations of information systems, their underlying technologies, and their role in contemporary organizations. The primary emphasis is to help students understand what information systems are, what types of organizational information systems are currently in use, and how they have become a vital part of modern organizations. The organizational, social, technological, security and international aspects of information systems will be examined with the most current applications and case studies. Major topics include: organizational information systems that span the operational, managerial, and executive levels, how to make a business case for an information systems, benefits and challenges of data and knowledge management within organizations, the internet and approaches for ensuring IS security, the E-commerce strategies organizations are adopting to compete in cyberspace, and the options to develop or acquire an information systems, including in-house development, external acquisition, outsourcing, and end-user development.
BS361 Integrated Marketing Communications (3 credits, 5 weeks)
Analyzes the numerous methods used to communicate with customers. Organizations in the private as well as the public sectors understand that the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with their targeted audiences is critical to the long-term success of the organization. Topics such as public relations, selling, advertising, and promotion will be explored. Students will complete the design and implementation of an integrated communication plan.
LA310 Christian Tradition (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course examines the history of the Christian church and nature of the Christian faith. Also emphasized is the notion of individual spiritual pilgrimage and its relation to culture, community, family, business/vocation, and ethical decision-making.
BS365 Organizational Theory and Design (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course incorporates the study of the history, development, theory, and philosophy of systems of organization. Concepts of formalization, structure, environment, human resource, goals, power, authority, and boundaries, all within a larger system context, will be explored.
LA320 Epoch-Making Events in Science (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course is based on the premise that an understanding of the role and importance of science is essential in today’s society. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the historical development of science; survey those ideas from contemporary science that are relevant to an understanding of current events; and examine the impact of science on various aspects of modern culture and the resulting conflict that may emerge.
BS305 Economics & Society (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course will provide an examination of economics and its unique relationship to current issues and the social sciences. Students will gain an understanding of the major components of the nation’s economic systems, how they relate to political and other institutions, and their impact upon our national heritage, international relations, and current events.
BS481 Employment Law (3 credits, 5 weeks)
Students will examine topics such as the legal issues underlying the selection, hiring, promotion, and termination of employees, pay equity and age discrimination, disability discrimination and workers’ compensation laws, employee privacy topics, and major acts such as the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, labor law topics that will be explored include: coverage of protection for contingent workers, the legality of employee involvement (EI) programs, and more.
BS475 Ethics for Business (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course provides and understanding of ethical issues involving equity, fairness, respect for individual rights, and corporate social responsibility. Students are challenged to develop and defend personal viewpoints relating to economic justice, capitalism, and socialism, as well as responsibility of the corporation to society, the environment, and questionable business practices. Through readings and case problems that view ethical problems from various viewpoints, students develop an appreciation for the ramifications of business decisions and a stronger ability to deal with similar issues in their own professional careers.
BS355 Organizational Psychology (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course will examine organizational effectiveness in relation to leadership styles and practices; personnel selection and appraisal; employee satisfaction; individual and group motivation and organizational communication. An understanding of the overall climate of an organization is paramount to understanding organizational effectiveness. An analysis of the formal organizational hierarchy and informal structure of an organization (the political environment) will be explored. The impact of organizational change and development, and conflict and stress management will also be assessed. Ergonomics in terms of human-machine interaction will be considered.
BS436 Training and Development (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course provides an overview of training and development with an emphasis on process, the psychodynamics of the human resource, and specific training tools. By presenting both theoretical information and opportunities to participate in experiential exercises, the course will serve to improve the student’s knowledge of training and development.
BS331 Comparative Economic Systems (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course focuses on the description and analysis of economic goals, institutions, and policies in different countries, with an emphasis on organizational principles and decision-making structures.
LA400 Living Issues (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course focuses on moral philosophy and is designed to assist the adult learner with integrating personal and social ethics. Various approaches to pressing individual, social, and political issues are considered.
BS375 Industrial Relations (3 credits, 5 weeks)
Students will examine contemporary labor-management relations in the U. S. Consideration will be giving to the internal dynamics of management, the structure, governance, and goals of labor unions, and labor relations in unionized and non- unionized workplaces in various sectors of the economy. Topics covered will include the development of industrial relations policies by management, the impact of the evolving international economy on labor, the collective bargaining process, and decision-making processes within unions.
BS433 Business Policy and Strategy (3 credits, 5 weeks)
This course examines the concepts of business policy and strategic management within the context of today’s rapidly changing business environment. Analytical and decision-making skills, developed through the course of the program, are applied to resolving complex policy and strategic issues.
BS446 Capstone Project (6 credits, 10 weeks) This course is a 10-week intensive course, culminating in a comprehensive research paper and oral presentation. the topic will be a business related issue, integrating and synthesizing the skills and information learned and applied throughout the bachelor curriculum. Evaluation will be focused on the quality and depth of the research, and the student's critical thinking, writing and oral presentation abilities.
Bachelor of Arts in Management; 2 + 2 at Massasoit