The School of Business: Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Apply qualitative and quantitative analytical skills in business decision making
    1. Use analytical methods to make decisions
    2. Utilize decision support systems technology to analyze data for managerial decision making
    3. Gather and utilize primary and secondary data to support decisions
  2. Communicate effectively and professionally
    1. Use standard written and spoken American English, including accuracy in spelling, grammar and punctuation, when communicating with various audiences
    2. Demonstrate a knowledge of and ability to create, analyze and evaluate communications appropriate to one's professional discipline
    3. Employ technology to prepare professional reports and presentations
  3. Utilize information technology for business solutions
    1. Use and apply software for decision support systems
    2. Use technology to gather and analyze data
  4. Understand the fundamentals of financial reporting and analyze and use financial information when making business decisions
    1. Comprehend accounting terminology, concepts and methods
    2. Analyze how business transactions impact the financial statements
    3. Analyze and interpret financial reports
    4. Explain the cost of capital and its components
  5. Employ leadership and interpersonal skills to effectively manage
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical context, practices, and theories related to management
    2. Apply communication principles that underlie group problem solving and decision making, and principles of leadership to motivate groups
    3. Analyze how organizations build strong customer relationships using current theory about customer value and relationship marketing
    4. Analyze various styles of management and leadership and solve common management problems
  6. Comprehend, evaluate, and apply ethical and legal responsibilities in business
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of legal terminology and develop an awareness of legal rights and responsibilities
    2. Apply legal principles to solve business, employment, and consumer problems
    3. Understand, evaluate, and apply ethical principles and social responsibility in business interactions
  7. Comprehend and analyze the impact of dynamic global market and social forces on the exchange of goods and services
    1. Identify key micro and macroeconomic terms
    2. Identify international institutions and agreements that influence business
    3. Recognize the interaction between social, economic and political forces in the global market and domestic economies
    4. Predict the outcomes of events in competitive and noncompetitive markets
    5. Recognize the importance of having a consumer focus
  8. Integrate skills across disciplines to design, implement and evaluate business strategies
    1. Apply the strategic management process to analyze and solve business problems
    2. Create and manage business strategies using an interdisciplinary approach
    3. Analyze the competitive position of a business and evaluate how it relates to strategic planning
  9. Understand and value multicultural, diversity and social issues relevant to a global business environment
    1. Identify the cultural differences and how they affect the management process
    2. Appreciate diversity in building productive relationships among co-workers, team members, customers and other stakeholders
    3. Use cross-cultural awareness in business interactions

Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Strategic thinking using accounting, economics, information systems, technology, finance, management and marketing principles to apply knowledge in the global marketplace
    1. Gather and utilize the appropriate information in order to make strategic management decisions
    2. Build strategies based on the assessment of how global and industry related forces effect business
  2. An understanding of organizational dynamics in a business environment
    1. Differentiate between the various management theories and their impact on organizations
    2. Apply knowledge of group dynamics, communication, diversity, and leadership to improve organizational performance.
  3. The ability to use quantitative and qualitative tools to identify and address business problems and opportunities
    1. Utilize decision support systems technology to analyze primary and secondary data in the managerial decision making process
    2. Use accounting and finance methods and concepts to solve problems relating to accumulating, controlling, and investing organizational resources
    3. Use quantitative tools and statistical analysis to address and interpret business problems
  4. An appreciation of social responsibility, legal and ethical standards and corporate governance issues
    1. Apply and evaluate ethical principles and social responsibility in business interactions
  5. Appropriate written and oral communication and technological competencies that support and enhance managerial effectiveness
    1. Prepare reports for various constituencies that clearly and rationally explain strategies
    2. Demonstrate effective communication skills

MS Human Resource Management
Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Comprehend and ethically apply Human Resource Management concepts throughout organizations
    1. Demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills in human resource management
    2. Assess the environment and conditions under which human resource management operates
    3. Demonstrate comprehension of training methods and different learning styles related to human resource management
    4. Understand the uniqueness of performance management as opposed to performance appraisals
    5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues facing human resource management and a framework for making ethical decisions
  2. Understand and apply the regulatory framework for HRM in the private sector
    1. Differentiate the relationship between federal, state and local laws affecting employees in the workplace
    2. Explain legal requirements associated with recruiting, selection and development of employees

MS Nonprofit Management
Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Comprehend and apply management theory, strategic decision making and principles of governance in the nonprofit setting
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the unique characteristics of the nonprofit sector
    2. Link the relationship of development and finances to strategic planning, service delivery and administration
    3. Specify how laws and regulations affect NPO's
    4. Identify ethical decision-making processes
    5. Identify organizational models and practices that result in strong organizational cultures
    6. Recognize technology appropriate to resource management
    7. Describe strategies to effectively recruit, develop and supervise personnel in the nonprofit environment
    8. Develop and implement a strategic planning process
    9. Use appropriate tools to evaluate NPO performance
    10. Conduct quality research relevant to issues in the nonprofit sector

MS Taxation
Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of each particular area of substantive tax law, such as individual, corporate, estate and trust income taxation, property dispositions, state and interstate taxation, estate and gift taxation and planning, partnership taxation, deferred compensation and profit sharing, corporate consolidations and reorganizations.
    1. Identify the relevant tax issues through analysis and research of the applicable substantive tax law.
    2. Apply research and reading abilities to arrive at the appropriate conclusion or course of action to respond to substantive tax issues.
  2. Think critically, balancing technical and functional business knowledge.
    1. Use research and analytical methods to make tax and business decisions.
    2. Utilize electronic technology to research tax issues for decision making.
    3. Evaluate tax law for compliance and planning purposes.
  3. Analyze and interpret tax law, regulations, cases, and related tax material.
    1. Be able to read and interpret the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations.
    2. Utilize electronic information resources to research case law and learned treatises.
    3. Be able to read and interpret case law.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of United States Constitutional issues related to taxation.
    5. Analyze research of the United States Constitution, Internal Revenue Code, regulations and case law to answer tax issues.
  4. Communicate tax issues and research results effectively.
    1. Demonstrate a knowledge of and ability to communicate results of tax research and problem solving in standard legal written format.
    2. Present tax issues, research results, and legal conclusions individually and in groups.
  5. Comprehend, evaluate, and apply ethical and legal responsibilities in tax planning and compliance.
    1. Research and analyze criminal tax statues and criminal investigation methods used to ensure tax compliance.
    2. Understand distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion.
    3. Understand ethical and legal responsibilities to client, employer and taxing authorities.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal responsibilities through written and oral presentations.