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2012-02-22 / Education

College of Business Administration offers essential non-credit online courses

Business classes offered for professionals, could lead to certificate
By Julie Navejar Texas A&M-Kingsville

The College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University- Kingsville will begin offering noncredit online courses aimed at helping the business professional hone their skills or add new ones. Beginning in this spring semester, but continuing throughout the summer and fall, the classes will be offered to adult learners interested in improving their fundamental business knowledge.

“Because these courses are offered online, individuals with family, work or community commitments can take advantage of the courses without having to travel to campus,” said Thomas Dock, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Having a resume that displays your professional experience plus Business Essentials courses, will give you that extra edge in a crowded and competitive workplace.”

None of the courses have prerequisites, and if one professional takes at least seven of the courses offered, he/she will earn a business administration certificate. The courses will be taught by College of Business Administration faculty or working professionals in the field.

Business Essentials provides basic information about essential areas of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance and information systems.

Several different courses will be taught over the course of the year, with several being offered twice. The deadline to register for the course is two weeks prior to the date the course is set to begin. All the courses are $350, except for Introduction to the World of Business, which is $175.

Courses include:

BUAD 1205 – Essentials of Accounting. This course teaches students how to interpret basic financial statements. Students will learn the parts of annual reports issued by companies, the differences between balance sheets and income statements and basic accounting terminology used in the financial press. This course will be taught Thursday, Aug. 16, through Thursday, Sept. 27. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1.

BUAD 1215 – Essentials of Human Resource Management. This course teaches policies and practices relating to recruitment, selection, training and development, performance appraisal, reward systems and employee relations. The course will be taught from Thursday, Aug. 16, through Thursday, Sept. 27, with a registration deadline of Wednesday, Aug. 1.

BUAD 1220 – Essentials of Personal Finance. This course teaches the skills needed to successfully manage your own finances. Students will learn how and why to track your spending, set up a personal budget, recognize and avoid hidden costs in every day transactions and save and invest for the future. Students also will learn personal finance terminology used in the financial press. The course will be taught from Thursday, April 26, through Thursday, June 7, with the registration deadline Thursday, April 12.

BUAD 1225 – Essentials of Marketing. This course focuses on basic marketing principles. Students will learn the role of product, price, promotion and distribution in the marketing process. The course introduces the student to basic marketing principles including the marketing concept, marketing mix, customer segmentation and target marketing. This course will be taught Thursday, June 21, through Thursday, Aug. 2, with the registration deadline Thursday, June 7.

BUAD 1230 – Essentials of Management. This course introduces students to the skills needed in a management role. Students will learn about planning, organizing, directing and controlling organizational activities. This course will be taught Thursday, April 26, through Thursday, June 7, with the registration deadline Thursday, April 12. This course will be taught again from Thursday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 22, with the registration deadline of Thursday, Sept. 27.

BUAD 1235 – Essentials of Business Communication. This course introduces students to the basics of good business communication. Students will learn the mechanics and the psychology of business communication, how to analyze the audience, determine the most effective means to communicate and plan, revise and polish communication for business. The oral component will emphasize web-based meetings and presentations. The course will be taught Thursday, June 21, through Thursday, Aug. 2, with a registration deadline of Thursday, June 7.

BUAD 1240 – Essentials of Information Systems. This course offers a focus on personal information systems to enhance business productivity in today’s digital environment. It emphasizes computer use, tool integration and support of business processes. This course will be taught Thursday, April 26, through Thursday, June 7, with the registration deadline Thursday, April 12. This course will be taught again Thursday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 22, with the registration deadline Thursday, Sept. 27.

BUAD 1250 – Essentials of Investing. This course teaches the basics of financial investments. Students will learn tools to help identify the right investments and how to decide when and how much to invest. Coverage includes the rent versus buy decisions for real estate, financial instruments such as CDs, stock and insurance annuities. Student also will learn the basic finance terminology used in the financial press. This course will be taught Thursday, June 21, through Thursday, Aug. 2, with the registration deadline Thursday, June 7.

BUAD 1255 – Essentials of Leadership. Students will learn how good leadership has evolved, how to become a leader and the roles of effective leaders. Students will analyze emotional intelligence, communication skills, team facilitation, motivation and strategy as tools to develop leadership skills and impact any organization. This course will be taught Thursday, Aug. 16, through Thursday, Sept. 27, with the registration deadline Thursday, Aug. 2.

BUAD 1260 – Essentials of Quick- Books. Students will learn how to use QuickBooks software. QuickBooks is an accounting program that includes sales order and purchase order processing, banking, inventory management and payroll. This course will be taught Thursday, June 21, through Thursday, Aug. 2, with the registration deadline Thursday, June 7. This course will be taught again Thursday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 22, with the registration deadline Thursday, Sept. 27.

For more information, call 361- 593-3301 or visit the website at www.tamuk.edu/cba/essentials.

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