2014-15 Catalog

Small Business Management

Certificate

The Small Business Management certificate is designed for students wishing to start their own business in an entrepreneurial environment or for students who are interested in managing a small business in a variety of business sectors, including wholesale, manufacturing, health care, food service, and governmental agencies. This certificate will provide students with an introduction to business organization and operations. It will also provide students with the knowledge and insight necessary to develop strong management skills, which are often necessary for advancement to supervisory positions in a small business. Students pursuing this certificate are permitted six semester hours of directed electives. This level of flexibility will allow students to select courses specific to their individual strengths, interests, and goals.

Admission to the Program: Open

First-Time Enrollees

  1. Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

 

For Additional Program Information Contact the Welcome Center
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu
309.345.3500

Certificate

First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
BOC.100Business Mathematics 3
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
Fall Semester
ACC.101Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BLA.202Business Law 3
BUS.100Introduction to Business 3
CIS.112Computer Software Applications *3
BOC.110Small Business Principles 3
Spring Semester
ACC.102Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ACC.203Accounting Software 3
BOC.120Customer Service 2
BUS.201Management Fundamentals 3
Directed Electives  6
 Total Program Hours: 38.0
 
*

Students who do not satisfy the course prerequisites for CIS.112 Computer Software Applications will be required to enroll in preparatory coursework.

Directed Electives

BUS.291Professional Internship 13
BUS.292Professional Internship 23
BUS.101Marketing Fundamentals3
BUS.102Sales Fundamentals3
BUS.200Advertising Fundamentals3
BOC.107Tech Skills for Business Environment3
ENG.120Report Writing3
OMS.200Human Resources Management3

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Dean of Social/Business Sciences prior to enrolling in a directed elective course.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

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Courses

BUS.100 Introduction to Business33

This course is a comprehensive overview of business principles, practices, and trends that are influencing today's business and affecting tomorrows competitive environment. The impact of globalization, technology, ethics, diversity, and culture, in addition to various emerging issues, is studied in application or relation to all business disciplines. This course provides a general orientation to business organizations for students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree. Also, it is useful to individuals who desire a basic understanding of the business community for occupational or personal reasons.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BUS.101 Marketing Fundamentals33

This course introduces the business activities involved in planning, pricing, promoting, and distributing want-satisfying goods and services to present and potential customers.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: BUS.100
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BUS.102 Sales Fundamentals33

This course presents the basic principles underlying the sales process. The basic philosophy is to promote an understanding of the salespersons' obligation to themselves, the company, the customer, and society.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: BUS.100
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.110 Introduction to E-Business33

This course is designed for students with an interest in business who want to integrate business capabilities with available Internet technology. Students will learn performance, management and support functions of a business as related to the use of the Internet. Students who take this course may be working for a business looking to establish an online presence, an online business, or looking to create their own online business.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS,AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.120 Innnovative Business Technology33

This course provides a background for students who look to use technology to the fullest in their business careers. This introduction to technological mediums will allow the student to not only understand the function of each medium, but feel well versed in each to communicate needs to those specializing in each medium. The course will include topics such as data knowledge and management, information security, social networks and computing at the enterprise level.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.200 Advertising Fundamentals33

This course presents a general survey of the field of advertising and is designed for students seeking initial or improved employment opportunities. Concepts included are those which relate to three basic questions: 1) What is advertising? 2) Why is advertising used? and 3) How can advertising be used effectively?
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: BUS.101
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.201 Management Fundamentals33

This course provides a basic study of the field of management for individuals preparing for initial or improved employment. Several streams of management theory are reviewed. The basic functions of the business manager (planning, organizing, leading and controlling) are considered. Management in a global business environment and current management technologies and processes are stressed.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: BUS.100 or equivalent background as evaluated by instructor
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.204 Business Ethics22

This course introduces philosophical ethical theory and its application to business decisions. It considers theories of economic justice, social responsibility of corporations, regulation, conflict of interest and obligation, ethics of advertising, product quality and safety, environmental responsibility, hiring practices, and rights of employees and employers.
Offered: As Needed
Prerequisites: BUS.100
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS,AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BUS.291 Professional Internship 1153

Students who are currently employed will perform a business-related research project on a topic of interest to the student and his/her firm. The project will be supervised by the supervising instructor and a job site supervisor. Permission of the supervising instructor, program Coordinator, or Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Science.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.292 Professional Internship 2153

The objective of this course is to integrate classroom theory with business practice. Students will receive on-the-job training with selected area businesses in the public and private sectors. All internship positions will be supervised by the supervising instructor and a job site supervisor. The positions associated with this internship will be non-paying positions. Courses applicable toward the chosen curriculum and permission of supervising instructor, Program Coordinator or Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Science programs. Applicable towards graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits: Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.293 E-Business Professional Internship153

Students who are currently employed will perform a research project on a topic of interest to the student and his/her firm. The project will be supervised by the supervising instructor and a job site supervisor.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificate where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BUS.294 E-Business Professional Internship 2153

The objective of this course is to integrate classroom theory with business practice. Students will receive on-the-job training with selected area businesses in the public and/or private sectors. All internship positions will be supervised by the supervising instructor and a job site supervisor. The positions associated with this internship will be non-paying positions.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

Johnson, Jill L
assistant professor, psychology
associate dean of social & business sciences

Williams, Keith W
instructor, economics/business administration
cordinator, business programs