Business Administration Foundation Courses
Accounting for Business Operations | ACC 20364 (4 credits)
Introduces operating activities of business. Emphasis on using income statements to plan and evaluate the operations of a for-profit entity.
Macroeconomics | ECO 20163 (3 credits)
Focuses on inflationary consequences of monetary and fiscal policies designed to eliminate poverty and unemployment, significance of money and government deficits on attainment of goals of high employment and economic growth in a non-inflationary environment and role of the dollar in international trade.
Microeconomics | ECO 20263 (3 credits)
Study of the role of prices in allocating and developing scarce resources to meet the needs and demands of consumers, the impact of the profit motive on business size and efficiency, the economic power of large-scale business firms, the interplay of private and public choice through price controls, business regulation and taxation.
Business Mathematics | MAT 20143 (3 credits)
Focuses on basic mathematics skills, business mathematics applications and problem solving strategies. Concepts include properties of real numbers, fundamental operations of rational numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, numerical and graphical descriptions of data, basic probability and logical thinking.
Business Statistics | MAT 20044 (4 credits) OR
Focuses on basic methods of research design and analysis of data including descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include mean, median, mode, frequency distribution, range, standard deviation, probabilities of sampling selection, Z-score, T-value, regression and correlation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and Chi-square analysis.
Introduction to Statistics | MAT 20044 (4 credits) OR
Offers the student an intuitive introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include data organization, averages and variation, elementary probability theory, binomial and normal probability distributions, Central Limit Theorem, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite: Score of 16 on non-math track initial placement or MAT 10443 Intermediate Algebra.
Quantitative Methods in Business | OAD 31564 (3 credits)
Introduces use of quantitative methods in business emphasizing quantitative analysis techniques using Microsoft Excel. Includes spreadsheet preparation of financial and operational schedules and application of financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, economic and investment opportunity analysis, data analytics, programming and mathematical functions relating to supply and demand decision-making.
Business Ethics | OAD 31664 (3 credits)
Introduces development of personal and group norms required for work places. Topics include moral reasoning in business, employee rights and responsibilities of corporations.
Business Administration Major Courses
Applied Field Practicum | APR 30000 (1 credit)
Must be taken concurrently with FIN 30000 and OAD 30063.
Students participate in a practicum led by a faculty member. The practicum experience provides students the opportunity to apply and integrate knowledge acquired through core course offerings and to demonstrate leadership, independence, and originality in the applied project’s completion. The student must complete a minimum of 40 contact hours with an employer, or an equivalent project as determined by the faculty member, during the practicum course. Can be repeated up to three times. Required for BA in Business Administration majors and must be taken concurrently with FIN 30000 and OAD 30063.
Foundations in Finance | FIN 30000 (3 credits) + Applied Field Practicum | APR 30000 (1 credit)
Examines financing of an organization from the administrative viewpoint. Consideration of internal financial management as well as external financing and capital structures. Prerequisites: ACC 20364 Accounting for Business Operations.
Behavior in Organizations | OAD 30063 (3 credits) + Applied Field Practicum | APR 30000 (1 credit)
Study of human behavior in work organizations. Focuses on individual satisfaction and motivation as related to organizational structure, nature of task and locus of power. Topics include small group formation, maintenance, organizational conflict, communications and leadership.
Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace | OAD 30141 (4 credits)
Research shows emotional intelligence (EI) is more important than IQ in determining outstanding job performance. Examines variety of instruments and writings used to build EI in workplace.
Quantitative Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making | OAD 31565 (4 credits)
Emphasis on the managerial application and implications of quantitative analysis techniques. From the management of resources to financial forecasting, financing and investment, the course incorporates the use of quantitative analysis techniques using software applications including Microsoft Excel and Tableau to assist in practical business decision-making and managing organizational goals and strategies. Students employ quantitative analysis to an integrated case study.
Marketing Management | MKTG 31864 (4 credits)
The focus of this course is on formulating marketing strategy from a managerial perspective. This perspective looks at segmentation, targeting, positioning, and marketing mix factors that contribute to the company's competitive advantage in the marketplace. The application of these factors is used in market opportunity assessment along with marketing planning, implementation, evaluation, and control. Prerequisite: OAD 31863 Principles of Marketing.
Human Resources Administration | OAD 32563 (4 credits)
Focuses on process and management of the personnel function including task specialization, selection and placement, development and training, collective bargaining, appraisal and compensation.
Introduction to Management Information Systems | OAD 38064 (4 credits)
This course represents an introduction to management information systems (MIS) as a bridge to solving business-driven issues and strategic decision-making. Emphasis is on theory and practical application in the business environment concentrating on MIS concepts and technology that supports business activities.
Business Simulation and Strategy | OAD 49800 (4 credits)
This course represents the capstone for those students enrolled in the Strategic Business Administration major. The goal of this capstone course is for students to apply practical knowledge with strategic application between functional areas within a business environment. Students engage in a business simulation that helps fortify learning from prior courses and an opportunity to administer theory and practice within a realistic setting. In the simulation, students are confronted with issues surrounding accounting, finance, marketing, production, ethics, and human resources within an integrated business environment. Prerequisites: completion of core courses.
Business Administration Bridge Option
The Bridge Option represents an opportunity for Ottawa University undergraduates who plan on pursuing a graduate degree at the University the chance for advanced, graduate learning as an undergraduate. The Bridge Option helps bridge the transfer between the undergraduate and graduate levels. The programs open to Bridge students will vary depending on when the courses are offered and student readiness.
As a senior in the Bridge Option, students will enroll in up to three graduate-level classes that will count toward the total degree requirements of 120 credit hours for the bachelor's degree and toward the 36 hours required for the graduate program. A special course number has been assigned to courses in the Bridge Option. Students will need to understand the requirements for these courses are more rigorous.
Eligible students who meet the following criteria may qualify for Ottawa University's Bridge Option.
- Junior standing or higher (at least 90 credit hours)
- A minimum cumulative OU grade point average of 3.0
- Have earned a minimum of 12 credits in residence at Ottawa University
OU students should talk with their advisor about this opportunity and their qualifications for the Bridge Option in their junior year before degree completion.
For the complete Business Administration curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.
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