MaconCatalog : The Stetson-Hatcher School of Business : COURSES OF INSTRUCTION : BUSINESS (BUS)
 
BUSINESS (BUS)
UNV 101. The First-Year Student Experience (1 hour)
Prerequisite: This course is open only to first-semester freshmen in SHSB.
The goal of this course is to prepare business students for the journey ahead. It introduces students to the structure of higher education and to specific Mercer policies. Issues such as successful study skills, cultural diversity, critical thinking, ethics, personal relationships, health, and safety are introduced and discussed. It will also orient students to the business curriculum and acquaint them with academic and support resources in SHSB. Students are evaluated on a S/U grade basis. (Every fall)
BUS 102. Mediation Skills for Student Leaders (3 hours)
This course is particularly relevant for students active in campus leadership and seeking to learn how best to serve their communities upon graduation. Participants will: (1) increase their understanding of conflict and the role of mediation, (2) develop skills to enhance their ability to use mediation to empower others, and (3) engage diverse groups and communities to help identify common interests and develop transformative processes of change. Priority registration is given to Business Scholars and others in the University Honors Program. The course will require a team-based, service-learning project. (This course does not count toward any business major or minor.) (As needed)
BUS 275. Entrepreneurship Practicum I (2 hours)
Pre-requisites: MGT 427
Under the direction of the instructors, students create, research, prepare, and present projects that demonstrate how the private-ownership, free-market economic system works, as well as how individual businesses start up and operate. These projects target groups that include school children, college students, television and radio audiences, newspaper readers, Internet users, civic and professional organizations, business owners, and potential business owners. (Every fall)
BUS 276. Entrepreneurship Practicum II (2 hours)
Pre-requisites: MGT 427 and BUS 275
Under the direction of the instructors, students create, research, prepare, and present projects that demonstrate how the private-ownership, free-market economic system works, as well as how individual businesses start up and operate. These projects target groups that include school children, college students, television and radio audiences, newspaper readers, Internet users, civic and professional organizations, business owners, and potential business owners. (Every spring)
BUS 281. Business Communication and Report Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: INT 101 and sophomore standing.
Intensive instruction and practice in the organization, content, and style of business letters and reports. Letters of inquiry, refusal, persuasion, credit, and collection, as well as oral communication, job application letters with resumes, sales letters, and basic forms of business reports, are studied in the course. (Every semester)
BUS 305. Gaining Experience (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Junior standing, and 9 or more credit hours in business.
This course is designed to support a student as he or she gains real-world exposure by means of reading, discussion, and practical work experience. The student will be involved in an internship or co-op directly related to his or her current or expected postgraduate employment, thus creating opportunities for examining the fit between personal gifts, desires, and expectations and the realities of the workplace. Students will examine ways in which one’s work may become a meaningful experience. It is recommended that this course be taken in the second semester of the junior year or the first semester of the senior year. BUS 305 may be repeated only with permission from the Office of the Associate Dean. (Every semester)
BUS 346. The Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
This course is an introduction to law and the legal system. Topics discussed include the court system, constitutional law, administrative law, contract law, torts, product liability, criminal law, business organizations, agency, and an introduction to the governmental regulations of business. The ethical responsibilities of business will be emphasized. (Every semester)
BUS 347. The Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: BUS 346.
This course is a continuation of the discussion of a variety of legal topics. Particular emphasis is placed on those areas that an accounting major would find on the law part of the CPA examination. These areas include: contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, sales, commercial paper, debtor-creditor relationships, bankruptcy, business organizations, government regulation of business, and real and personal property. (As needed)
BUS 350. Business Quantitative Analysis (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ECN 150; MAT 133, and STA 126 (or equivalent).
In this course, an emphasis will be placed on the practical application of quantitative analysis as it is used in business. Specific topics to be covered include: probability, forecasting, linear regression, linear programming, critical path method, program evaluation and review techniques, decision theory, and related techniques. (Every semester)
BUS 413. Business Studies Abroad (1-6 hours)
Prerequisites: ECN 441, FIN 451, and MGT/MKT 472; or consent of the instructor.
Travel to a foreign country is required. This involves visitation to corporations, factories, banks, and government organizations. Students are given a reading list and a basic book on international business as early as three months in advance of the trip and are required to attend lectures on different topics prior to the trip. A research topic will be chosen based on each student’s interest or based on the itinerary presented by the coordinator of the studies abroad. Students will present their research to the class upon their return to Atlanta/Macon. Direct costs, such as airfare, meals, and lodging, are added to normal tuition charges. (Summer) (As needed)
BUS 477. Special Topics in Business (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing.
This course provides a framework for an intensive study of some significant topic in business that is not otherwise covered by the school’s course offerings. Topics will be chosen by faculty in consultation with students who register for the course. (As needed)
BUS 478. Research in Business (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and the consent of the instructor.
This course provides a framework for a research-oriented study of an important topic in business that is not otherwise covered by the school’s offerings. The course features student research, independent study, and discussion. Topics will be chosen by faculty in consultation with students who register for the course. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (As needed)
BUS 482. Business Education Assessment (0 hour)
Corequisite: MGT 498
This exam is administered at the end of the students’ business core studies. It is used to evaluate students’ abilities against learning objectives and is intended for assurance of learning. No grade is assigned. (Every semester)
BUS 494. Honors Thesis (1 hour)
Prerequisite: admission to the honors program.
This course requires individual research leading to the completion of an honors thesis. Students admitted into the honors program register for one credit hour in each of three successive semesters (including summer). Only grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory will be assigned. (As needed)