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session i

September 2 - October 18

A basic course focusing on the accounting systems, preparation of financial statements, selected balance sheet items and financial statement analysis as applied in various business organizations. This course will assist the organization manager with decision making.

An intensive course designed to broaden and strengthen the foundation laid in the introductory courses. Accounting principles are analyzed and applied in the preparation of financial statements, utilization of time value of money concepts, and examination of cash, short-term investments, receivables, and inventories. Includes computer applications.
Prerequisite: ACCT 238

The accounting professional is an information specialist. As a result, the profession requires a depth of technical understanding in a dynamic and evolving business environment. This course will teach students about the fundamental technical concepts underlying corporate information. This will include a how to document and follow the flow of data throughout an organization, an understanding of the systems and processes used to generate information, an explanation of the common accounting transaction cycles and how to protect information from fraud or abuse.
Prerequisite: ACCT 238, ITM 209

This course introduces the principles of effective speaking that will allow students to increase their effectiveness in a wide range of public and social settings. Topics covered include: content selection and organization, audience analysis, the use of technology, non-verbal communication analysis, and the use of visuals. Students will develop and deliver a minimum of six speeches on a wide range of topics. The primary goal is to increase students’ skill and comfort level in delivering presentations extemporaneously.

The course is designed to develop students as critical writers, readers, and researchers. It will prioritize critical reading, interpretation of both primary and secondary texts, and analysis of these texts. The course will focus on fostering original thinking and interaction with a variety of scholarship and research methods as students are introduced to college-level, academic research. This course will help students to reflect on the uses of reading and writing in an effort to better understand themselves, their communities, and the world. CritWRR sections will explore topical content related to contemporary themes and controversies.
Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212

An introductory course in microeconomics focusing on individuals as consumers, producers, and resource owners operating in a market system. The supply and demand model is used to analyze how prices and output are determined in both the product and factor markets. Decision making in the firm is studied under different market structures.

This course focuses on the essential features and functions of money and credit in a capitalist economy operating with a fiat currency in a flexible exchange rate regime such as the U.S. economy. We study the role of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed), the U.S. Treasurer and the commercial banking sector in the U.S. economy, the banking and financial systems. The fundamental elements of financial markets, instruments and investments, and their links to the monetary and banking systems are examined. Special attention is given to the institutional structure and the accounting procedures through which the Fed and the Treasurer coordinate monetary policy. We examine the endogenous nature of crises and financial instability in capitalist economies. Here, we study the theories provided by prominent 20th century economists – Hyman Minsky and J.M. Keynes – whose names and theoretical contributions have been widely evoked during the 2008 Financial Crisis. We identify the causes and implications of financial crises, and understand possible policy solutions. Such policies emphasize the need to understand the recent evolution of the regulatory framework in the financial and banking industry.
Prerequisite: ECON 221, ECON 222

Today’s organizations must compete globally and their most important asset for success is a highly competent and effective workforce. This course focuses on how top businesses attract, hire, and retain the best and the brightest talent while respecting and protecting civil and employment rights.
Prerequisite: HRM 213

Examines management theory and practice as applied to business activities that cross national boundaries. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of strategic, cultural, behavioral, functional, legal, and socio-ethnical aspects of international management in a global economy with multinational business enterprises.
Prerequisite: MGMT 227

ITM 202 prepares students to analyze data and solve real-life business problems, using spreadsheets, databases, and other technology tools. This course introduces students to the problem solving, decision-making, and presentation skills they will need to be successful both at the College and in a business environment. Using intermediate/advanced functions in Excel and beginner/intermediate functions in Microsoft Access, students will complete exercises and case studies to solve problems in a variety of business disciplines that include accounting, finance, marketing, management, and information systems.
Prerequisite: ITM 123 and FIN 203

MGMT 227 provides an introduction of leading and managing organizations. Leadership is the ethical application of power to influence the decisions and processes of a group. Management is the attainment of organizational goals in an effective and efficient
manner through planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational resources. MGMT 227 will explore the interrelation and differences of these two important business concepts as they apply to organizational behavior.

This course examines the biological, social and psychological perspectives of the American female experience through the reading of autobiographies and a review of contemporary research. Theories on the development of stereotypes, self-concept, achievement motivation, and cognitive and moral reasoning of women are discussed. Both traditional and nontraditional roles of women from birth to old age are examined. Mental health and social issues specific to women are also discussed.
Prerequisite: PSY 151

Students will acquire an awareness regarding the concepts of juvenile delinquency, the sociological and developmental views of delinquency as well as environmental influences. Selected theories on delinquency and causes of juvenile delinquency will be presented. The role of the different components of the juvenile justice system including the police, courts, and correctional facilities will be discussed; their impact on prevention and rehabilitation will be emphasized. Juvenile justice advocacy, intervention, preventions and the future of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice will also be presented.

Register by August 28, 2019

session ii

October 28 - December 20

Examines the uses of accounting data for planning and control in organizations. Topics include cost classification, profit planning, activity based costing, flexible budgets, marginal and break-even analysis. Computer usage is integrated. Not open to Accounting concentration.
Prerequisite: ACCT 238

A continuation of ACCT 241. Topics include long-term assets, current liabilities, long-term debt and contingencies, and owners’ equity. Includes computer usage.
Prerequisite: ACCT 241

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the crimes and actions most encountered by the private industry and the public law enforcement officer. We will also examine recent court decisions. Students will become acquainted with concepts of search and seizure, individual restraint, and limitations of personal freedom and expression.

This course includes a survey of basic theories of the human communication process, and an examination of communication in the following contexts: (1) interpersonal communication, (2) inter/intra cultural communications, (3) group communication, (4) mass communication, and (5) organizational communication.

An introduction to the macroeconomic concepts of employment, income, and output, with an emphasis on their measurement and determination. The impact of policy decisions on the business cycle is investigated.

Intensive practice in a variety of approaches to professional writing tasks: memoranda, correspondence, proposals, and both brief and longer reports.
Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212

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Hiring qualified talent is no guarantee that these employees will achieve their potential. Without nurturing, much of this talent will remain untapped and wasted. High performing workforces are the result of continuous development and effective motivational strategy. Based on sound motivational theory, this course examines why people work and what organizations should know and do in order to create winning teams.
Prerequisite: HRM 213 or PSY 151 or SOC 161

This course introduces students to the world of information systems from a manager’s perspective. The modern business relies on hardware, software, networks, and databases. This class will delve into those technologies and learn how they support a firm’s operations. We will pay particular attention to analytics and how data informs business decisions and predict future trends. Modern case studies and issues relating to technology in business, like ethics and cyberthreats, will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: ITM 123

Leading Strategic Initiatives provides seniors the opportunity to apply their mastery of the business core knowledge, learned during four years of study at Nichols College. Students are expected to look at their roles in business as applied to local, corporate and international level strategies. Students will demonstrate business and leadership knowledge through an intensive case study pedagogy designed to assess and reinforce key intellectual disciplines and leadership skills.
Prerequisite: LEAD 101, MGMT 365, and 72 completed credit hours

A working knowledge of business law is important to every member of society, as the law applies to us all --- from individuals to organizations. This course is a broad introduction to U.S. law, concentrating on basic knowledge of the legal system and its impacts on commerce. Business Law begins with an overview of the judicial system and alternative dispute resolution. After a brief look at criminal law and civil liability, we focus on contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), business formation, agency relationships and intellectual property. This course will also introduce students to ethical constructs and ethics-based decision making.
Prerequisite: A minimum of 27 completed credits

Governments and nonprofits play critical functions in modern societies, as do the businesses that create much of the wealth and societal well-being. As firms create that wealth, their actions impact a variety of societal stakeholders who, in turn, shape the rules and expectations that businesses are expected to fulfill. This dynamic interaction between corporations and society can be examined and understood through the lens of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Through the course students will engage in a critical evaluation and discussion of different views on the meaning of CSR, the triple bottom line philosophy, sustainable business, and related concepts.  Students will also consider different perspectives on the “proper” role of CSR in business and society. Recognizing entrepreneurs and managers differ in the values-based and other motives for pursuing a CSR agenda, a case will be made for the merits of adopting a strategic lens to manage CSR so as to best serve any and all underlying interests and motives.  In so doing, CSR practices are transformed from “the right thing to do,” when firm can afford it, into a potential source of sustained competitive advantage that provides greater benefit to stakeholders. Moreover, to enhance student development per the College mission, the curriculum integrates contemporary approaches to leadership and CSR’s implementation through the use of leadership and strategic management frameworks.

A comprehensive introduction to the various facets of marketing in contemporary organizations. Topics include marketing strategy, product development, pricing, distribution channels, and promotion; as well as the environments in which marketers work in the United States and around the world.

Investigates the interaction of ethics with the operation of business, political, academic and religious institutions. Examines ethics and the law, and attempts to establish guidelines for personal and institutional conduct.

This course is designed to enhance students professional and communication skills in order to develop and maintain a professional career path. As a seminar course it is highly interactive and will cover the following topics: interpersonal communication, professional writing, networking, the job search process, career resources, and mock interviewing. It is recommended to take this course as close to the student’s anticipated graduation date as possible. At the end of this course, students will have an updated resume and cover letter to prepare them for their professional lives.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio development. It provides a series of structured activities and systematic approaches for the student to prepare for petitioning for credit for learning outside the traditional classroom. SEM 445 satisfies the requirement for SEM 444.

Register by October 23, 2019

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