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session i

May 15 - July 3, 2019

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
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
In this course students will gain awareness of cultural differences
as they affect our daily lives, and will develop methods to bridge
those differences. Globalization, the effect of social conventions
on daily interactions, and the impact of cultural norms will
be studied. Each student will participate in a group research
project examining the challenges of conducting business and/or
communicating on an intercultural basis.
Prerequisite: COMM 247
This introductory writing course is designed to build writing skills
and to increase students’ enjoyment of writing through extensive
practice. The course focuses on teaching students to discover
and develop ideas they wish to communicate, and then on the
numerous technical skills necessary to make communication
effective and engaging. Students will develop their voices, their
styles, and their mechanics through multiple writing projects and
through a focus on revision. Readings will illustrate the styles
and organizational patterns of effective student and professional
writers. Students who take this course cannot also take ENGL 212
– Analytical Writing.
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
Become an informed and curious citizen of the world by exploring
the current global events and chronic global problems of our time.
Learn basic French, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese, and learn how
gestures vary across cultures. Engage in critical thinking regarding
your own culture and prepare to work with people from around
the world.
This course offers an introduction into the concept of values,
morality, as well as cultural beliefs and upbringing in all areas
of business, including international, from consumer rights to
corporate social responsibility. Decisions made by shift managers
or corporate presidents may affect thousands of individuals or
entire communities across the globe. Consumers and international
markets today expect and demand integrity, honesty, and
transparency in all levels of their environment. Understanding
those expectations is the key to communicating core values and
behavior not only to employees, but society in general.
Prerequisite: MGMT 227
A hands-on course designed to introduce the student to the
software they will be using at Nichols and beyond. Students will
become fluent with Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel)
and digital media.

This course examines the mechanisms and models of humor, interpersonal humor, and the linkages of humor to personality, the practical use of humor in multiple settings, the biological and psychological connections humor has to one’s health and well-being, and how to bring humor to everyday life.

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
Through intensive, experiential learning and practice, students
will be immersed in the study of leadership, and will directly apply
themselves in leadership opportunities. This course takes a cross-
curriculum approach to exposing students to the many facets
of leadership and, in a motivational setting, encourages them to
find their own personal leadership style, ultimately identifying the
emerging leader within.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to project
management and how the role of project manager can enhance
the success of both large and small projects within a business.
Students will gain an understanding of the nine different project
management knowledge areas and the five process groups:
initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing, and apply
these as a framework and context for managing information
technology projects.
Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227
This course provides a set of Operations Management concepts
and tools for your use in managing your organization and in
gaining competitive advantage. The course is structured to
provide you with practical and relevant applications of these tools.
It recognizes the key role of processes in business and explores
the elements which impact these business processes. It is equally
suited for either the manufacturing sector or the service sector.
Key elements include operations strategy, process design
and improvement and process layout, capacity management,
technology, the role of quality and quality systems, and the
management of the supply chain, including inventory, forecasting
and scheduling.
Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227, and ECON 221
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.
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.

Register by May 10, 2019

session X

June 19 - August 14, 2019

In this overview course, students will learn the principles and applications of psychology for practical purposes and across disciplines. The practical applications of psychological research to issues and problems facing the world will be addressed. Students will learn and be actively engaged in how psychological findings can be used in a large variety of contexts. This course is a core requirement for all psychology majors.

session ii

July 10 - August 28, 2019
Students analyze cost behavior, accumulation and allocation
concepts in job and activity based costing and process costing
systems. Students also examine estimated cost systems;
budgetary control with standard costs; and cost and profit
analysis for decision-making purposes. Computer usage is
Prerequisite: ACCT 238
The class focuses on the creation of visual material using several
industry-standard software programs, and will be conducted in
the computer lab and Visual Media Studio. Students will learn to
generate visually interesting, informational, professional-level
material using programs such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro
that are necessary for the production of video, infographics, and
photographic imagery. Students will learn which software to use
and combine to generate visual material effectively.
Using the sports programs at Nichols as well as issues and events
in the larger sports world, students will develop the writing skills
of bona fide sports writers. The course will involve reporting on
actual sports events, writing feature stories about athletes and
their sports, and composing columns that combine good research
with thoughtful opinion. Along the way, students will learn
planning and interviewing skills and reinforce the foundations
taught in their first-year writing courses.
Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212
An introduction to the environmental geologic forces and
man’s interaction with them. Concentrates on environmental
management that reduces geologic hazards and sustains
natural resources. Topics include coastal erosion, groundwater
management, river flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers,
global warming, rock types, energy production, and global
changes. Laboratory.
General principles of business finance focusing on markets,
analysis, interest rates, the time value of money, the valuation of
securities and capital allocation within the firm.
Prerequisite: ACCT 238, MATH 117
Analysis of long-term corporate financial decisions, including
capital budgeting, cost of capital, leverage, dividend policy, debt
and equity financing, working capital management, business
combinations, and international finance.
Prerequisite: FIN 203
This course introduces students to the fundamental practices
involved in effective human resource management, such as
recruiting, performance evaluation, compensation, employment
law, and employee rights. HR theory and practice is emphasized
within the context of improving organizational productivity and
developing employee potential.
This course provides an overview of the unique problems
faced by enterprises engaging in international activities, and
the importance of understanding the international economic,
social, political, cultural, and legal environment. This course also
provides practical information on the mechanics of importing
and exporting, joint venture, franchising, and subsidiaries,
international dimensions of management, marketing and
accounting, international financial management. Other subjects
covered in this course includes special problems faced by
multinational enterprises, recent problems of the international
economic system, country-risk analysis, and the increasing use of
counter trade..
Prerequisite: MGMT 227
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
Through intensive, experiential learning and practice, students
will be immersed in the study of leadership, and will directly apply
themselves in leadership opportunities. This course takes a cross-
curriculum approach to exposing students to the many facets
of leadership and, in a motivational setting, encourages them to
find their own personal leadership style, ultimately identifying the
emerging leader within.
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
Synchronous session meets on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30.
A first course in probability and statistics covering descriptive
statistics, correlation, linear regression, probability, probability
distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
Practical applications using the Microsoft Excel software package
will be stressed.
Prerequisite: MATH 117 or MATH 122 or MATH 190
This course provides fundamental knowledge and skills in
entrepreneurship which focus on the process of establishing and
successfully operating a new business.
Entrepreneurship is setting up a freestanding new business and
accepting the risks of time, effort, and money associated with
such a venture. Successful completion of this course will enable
the student to craft an initial plan for the start-up of a new
business, including a working knowledge of permits, fees and
municipal registration requirements and the development of a
simple business plan.
Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227
This course focuses on the strategies and tactics for conceiving,
developing, initiating and managing innovation and change
within an established corporate structure. Topics include
attributes of corporate entrepreneurs, bases of creativity and
innovation, interpersonal and interdepartmental relationships,
promoting innovation and change within the corporate structure,
organizational politics, strategic organizational changes, and
corporate culture.
Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227
An investigation of the functions and activities of sales managers.
Topics include recruiting, organizing, training, compensating,
leading, motivating, and managing the sales force.
Prerequisite: MKCM 361
This course examines the factors impacting human relationships.
Emphasis is placed on interpersonal attraction, attitude formation,
social perception and cognition, altruism, aggression, small group
behavior, and social identity and influence.
Prerequisite: PSY 151

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