Introduction to business systems, processes, and the general business environment. Students explore marketing, management, finance, accounting, business law, information technology, human resources, entrepreneurship, and emerging business topics. (E)
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Introduction to the fundamentals of business law and the principles of the American legal system including criminal, tort, and business law, contracts, sales, Uniform Commercial Code, and employment. Familiarity with Washington’s RCWs (Revised Codes of Washington) and WACs (Washington Administrative Codes) emphasized through researching regional business law cases. (E)
Designed for those who are thinking about starting their own business or who wish to expand an existing small business. Focus is on the basics of how to run a business. Students will create a business plan for a business of their choice that includes sections on business form, production, management, marketing, and financials.
An introduction to the basic principles of the procurement-and-sourcing process, including approaches for managing it. Key modules include purchasing, organization, policies and procedures, linkages and relationships, tools and techniques, price-and-cost analysis, and negotiations.
An in-depth review of strategic supply management concepts, issues, and activities that support the procurement and sourcing process. Key modules are strategies, insourcing/outsourcing, supplier management and development, global sourcing, supplier quality, legal issues, and contract creation and management.
An introduction to management concepts, including topics of planning, organizing, leading, managing, and motivating available human resources and business assets to optimally and ethically accomplish performance goals.
This course is designed for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Participants must bring a defined business idea and will develop a comprehensive business plan that works as a road map for future growth. No prerequisites. This class will include students from multiple sections.
This course examines the basics of international business through social, economic, political, and cultural systems perspectives. Topics include foundation concepts, the international business environment, ethics in international business, theories of international trade, emerging markets, and international business strategy. Planning and organizing international operations are integrated with the study of analyzing international business opportunities.
A study of current payroll and Washington State excise tax laws, record keeping requirements, preparing payrolls, payroll reporting, and accounting procedures. Addresses such issues as excise tax and business taxes, employee vs independent contractor, Fair Labor Standards Act, and statutory federal and state reporting requirements. Uses computer-simulation software.
Designed to present operations management tools that can be used to develop a competitive advantage in commercial environments. Topics will be studied using an operations management framework: Introduction to operations management thinking, strategic and operational planning, ethical issues, organizational controls and tools, risk management, and the role of technology in operations management.
Introduces the fundamental concepts about management information systems and the integral role they play in a successful business. Course objectives embrace the notion that management of a modern organization requires knowledge of information systems to gain a competitive advantage, defining what they are, how they affect the organization and its employees, their strategic importance, and the role of emerging technologies in business processes. Students will develop and demonstrate proficiency in the use of key business application technologies.
Focuses on maximizing economic value or wealth for business owners: a study of how to allocate scarce resources over time under conditions of uncertainty. Students will consider such financial decisions as when to introduce a new product, when to invest in new assets, when to replace existing assets, when to borrow from banks, when to issue stocks or bonds, and how much cash to maintain. Concepts of cash flow analysis and financial planning, time value of money, net present value of cash flows, valuation of stocks and bonds, capital budgeting, and ratio analysis will be explored.
Students develop an understanding of the criteria lenders and investors use to make decisions regarding credit facilities. Topics include personal financial readiness, business financial statement structure, cash flow management, and principals of lending. No prerequisites.
Examines the role of marketing in general business activities. Students will learn the marketing process that develops products and services, methods and techniques of market research, target markets, market segmentation, product planning, distribution, pricing, and promotion.
A broad introduction to Human Resources Management (HRM.) HRM is the implementation of organizational behavior knowledge to effectively manage people at work. Specific topics include legal issues, job analysis, recruiting and selection, performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, training and development, and career planning.
Provides opportunities to assume the role of employees in a business and gain practical experience prior to paid employment.
Credits1 - 5
Choose a topic in the business area you wish to investigate and complete the project in some depth.
Credits1 - 5
In this capstone honors course, students will complete a project relevant to their career pathway and program. The project will integrate at least two Business and IT programs (Business Administration, Administrative Office Systems, Computer Applications Technology, Multimedia Communications, Cybersecurity & Computer Forensics, or Information Technology) to provide breadth and relevance to the project.