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The Business Management program at North Central State College is designed to be an academically rigorous, highly practical, and immediately applicable course of study. This program provides students with the broad range of essential business skills, which are considered prerequisites to success and advancement by contemporary business organizations. The Business Management program at North Central State College is designed to be an academically rigorous, highly practical, and immediately applicable course of study. This program provides students with the broad range of essential business skills, which are considered prerequisites to success and advancement by contemporary business organizations.

The necessity of a positive business ethical perspective is an underlying theme within this curriculum. Common ethical issues are interwoven and discussed within the study of the various technical disciplines of marketing, personnel management, and computerized information technology. Demand for successful business graduates comes from all segments of the economy. Non‐profit institutions, as well as profit‐oriented organizations in the manufacturing, service, transportation, healthcare, and government sector, continue to experience a growing need for personnel who possess essential business expertise. Students have the opportunity to complete a cooperative work experience to gain practical work experience.

The Business Management program at NC State provides an ideal foundation for those who seek the flexibility of obtaining an immediate marketable skill as well as the necessary academic prerequisites for advanced collegiate achievements at the baccalaureate level and beyond.

The Associate of Applied Business degree is awarded for the completion of this program. The long‐range plan for this department is reviewed, modified, and updated on an annual basis. The Business Administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Distinguish and summarize basic accounting concepts
  2. Distinguish and summarize basic marketing concepts.
  3. Distinguish and summarize basic economic concepts.
  4. Distinguish and summarize basic management concepts.
  5. Identify and apply appropriate computer applications to record business data and presenting business information for operational use.

Where You Could Go

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online. NC State has a unique 3+1 agreement with Franklin University allowing Business Management, Marketing, and Accounting graduates to complete their bachelor’s degree at the Kehoe Center. Additional transfer opportunities are also available.

Job Demand

The need for successful business graduates comes from all segments of the economy. Companies in manufacturing, service, transportation and government, along with non-profit organizations, continue to seek qualified business personnel.

Program Accreditation

This program is Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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Graduate Testing

Graduates take the Major Field Test covering accounting, management, marketing and economics. The test is administered by Education Testing Services (ETS), the same company that oversees SAT testing. NC State graduates have scored in the top 15% of community college students taking this exam nationwide.

Year One

Fall Semester

ACCT 1010 - Financial Accounting

This is an introductory course of study in financial accounting and financial reporting for business entities. (TAG# OBU010)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 4

BUSM 1010 - Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship

In this course the student is exposed to a broad view of the business enterprise. Special emphasis is placed upon the role and importance of entrepreneurship and small-business management. The student will gain insight into the necessity and mutual interdependence of such key business functions as management, human resources, operations and quality, marketing, accounting, and finance. Additionally, the topics of globalization and economics are introduced. Throughout this course, the student will gain extensive experience in problem solving by means of applying basic business math skills to typical business scenarios.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040, (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test score

CISS 1210 - Microsoft Word

This course is an introductory course in word processing using Microsoft Word for Windows. Through a series of hands-on exercises, the student will create, edit, format, and print documents. Topics include: creating, saving, retrieving, formatting, editing, printing, inserting graphic elements, merging, maintaining file organization, and using the help system. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp, Su Evening - F, Sp, Su

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take CISS 1020

ENGL 1010 - English Composition I

This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience. (OTM for First Writing Course TME001)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040; (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test scores

STAT 1010 - Probability and Statistics

This course provides the student with an overview of probability and statistics. Probability terminology, concepts and rules are emphasized in solving probability problems. Descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, charts, tables and diagrams are used to summarize data. The student is introduced to the binomial, Poisson, hyper-geometric, normal and t-distributions. Confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression are used to make conclusions concerning population parameters from sample data. This course meets the requirements for OTM Introductory Statistics TMM010.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

MATH 1110 - College Algebra

A study of: 1) polynomial operations, rational expressions, exponents, radicals; 2) linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, absolute value applications and their graphs; 3) graphs of elementary functions and non-functions including inverse functions, combining functions, and translating and transforming functions; 4) study of polynomial functions including the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, zeroes of polynomials, rational functions, partial fractions; 5) exponential and logarithmic functions including graphs and applications; 6) Gauss-Jordan elimination and Cramer's Rule. This course meets the requirements for OTM College Algebra TMM001.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 4
Required Prerequisite Course: MATH 0084 (Minimum grade of C- required) or qualifying placement test score

Spring Semester

BUSM 1050 - Management

A study of the principles and practices relating to the successful management of modern business. Topics include planning, organizing, designing, and decision making. Ethics and organizational change are also covered. Cases are used to provide practice in the application of management concepts.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take BUSM 1010 or BUSM 1015 or completion of 22 semester credit hours.

BUSM 1110 - Business Law & Ethics

This course is a study in the legal and ethical environment in which businesses operate. (TAG # OBU004)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

CISS 1220 - Microsoft Excel

This course is an introductory course in spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel for Windows. Through a series of hands-on exercises, the student will create, edit, format, and print worksheets. Topics include: creating, saving, retrieving, formatting, editing, printing, creating formulas, using functions, naming cells and ranges, creating tables, creating charts, defining range names, validating data, sorting and filtering data, maintaining file organization, and using templates. Semesters available: Day - F, Sp, Su Evening - F, Sp, Su

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take CISS 1020;

COMM 1010 - Speech

This course involves instruction and experience in giving a presentation. Students are taught the principles of speech content and delivery so that they can effectively participate in a variety of practical speaking situations. Presentations will include the informative speech, persuasive speech, visual aid/demonstration speech, impromptu speech, and group presentation. (OTM for Oral Communication TMCOM and TAG# OCM013)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

ECON 1510 - Microeconomics

This course of study focuses upon how the condition of scarcity affects the decisions of individuals, households, and business firms in their roles as producers and consumers. In particular, the price mechanism is addressed at length and explained by the conceptual and graphical representations of supply and demand. Applications of such concepts as elasticity of demand, as well as marginal cost and revenue calculations are used by the student to determine optimum pricing, profit, and revenue strategies for the firm. The advantages and disadvantages of relative economies of scale in both the long-run and short-run are explored. The market conditions of monopoly, oligopoly as well as perfect competition are analyzed with the goal of giving the student an understanding and appreciation of their socio-economic implications.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: MATH 0084 (minimum grade of C-) or qualifying placement test scores

ENGL 1030 - English Composition II

This is a course in argument and research writing. Students read issue-based works and write summaries, responses, and an argument and research paper. Students learn to organize research projects, find and evaluate sources, incorporate ideas and quotations from sources, document their sources in MLA and APA style, analyze and use argumentative strategies and persuasive appeals, and prepare and revise effective, coherent papers. (OTM for Second Writing Course TME002)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ENGL 1010 with a minimum grade of C- or better.

Year Two

Fall Semester

ACCT 1030 - Managerial Accounting

This course provides information for assisting the management of a business entity in making decisions and for evaluating the effectiveness of those decisions by developing a student's understanding of managerial accounting principles. (TAG# OBU011)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 4
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ACCT 1010

BUSM 1150 - Marketing

Marketing activities, analysis, strategies, and decision making in the context of other business functions. Topics include: integration of product, price, promotion, and distribution activities; research and analysis of markets, environments, competition, and customers; market segmentation and selection of target markets; and emphasis on behavior and perspectives of consumers and organizational customers. Planning and decision making for products and services in profit and nonprofit, domestic and global settings. (TAG# OBU006)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ECON 1510

BUSM 1270 - Quality

Quality improvement is recognized as an essential function in any successful organization. Leading corporations have demonstrated that improved quality raises profits, reduces costs, and provides competitive advantage. This course will explore the foundations of quality, tools and methods for analytic study, and administrative systems for quality management.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

BUSM 2050 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business

This course is designed to expand and enhance the student's entrepreneurial knowledge and small-business leadership skills. The "big-picture" view of the role of the entrepreneur in our economic and social environment is explained and discussed in depth. In-class and personalized student exercises and assistance is a component of this class in which numerous challenges of a start-up business are explored. Each student is assigned the task of exploring entrepreneurship and/or small-business as a career choice. The gamut of essential elements of running a small business is covered in this course. Students will gain practice in the art of decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and incomplete data.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

BUSM 2090 - Logistics

This course explores the essential nature and strategic role of logistical operations for the American business enterprise. Included will be the design and control of the flow of goods, services and personnel to its destination and management of the flow with the supply chain. Focus will include inventory, warehousing, packaging, environmental concerns, and transportation modes. Special attention will be given to the global and web-based context for logistical decision-making.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

CISS 1280 - Microsoft Excel Advanced

This second level course covers expert Excel features, including formatting with advanced techniques, working with templates and workbooks, working with lists, using analysis tools, managing and auditing worksheets, collaborating with workgroups, and using advanced format functions. Semesters available: Day - Sp Evening - Sp

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take CISS 1220

Spring Semester

BUSM 2030 - Human Resource Management

Human resource management investigates a variety of functions considered essential to the personnel function of institutions, including legal compliance, job analysis, recruiting, selection, motivation, training, evaluation, compensation, and employee relations/labor relations. A key component of the course is the practical application of HR concepts to a small/medium sized business scenario.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ENGL 0040 (with minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test score.

BUSM 2272 - Case Studies in Business

An application course in which some of the methods of identifying and solving business problems are applied to case studies. Emphasis is given to qualitative analysis and the application of the material and concepts taught in previous courses.

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take BUSM 1050 or BUSM 2050 and BUSM 1150, ENGL 1030,

BUSM 2280 - Cooperative Work Experience

The cooperative work experience is an opportunity for students to obtain practical work experience in the Business field while earning college credit. This on or off campus employment experience can be paid or unpaid. The work experience is coordinated by a faculty member who visits the job site for a conference with the student and the supervisor at least once per semester. Students must complete 150 hours of work experience. This class is Pass/No Pass (P/NP).

Credit Hours: 1
Required Concurrent Course: Take BUSM 2285;

BUSM 2285 - Seminar

This course is taken concurrently with BUSM 2280 - Cooperative Work Experience. Students will discuss their work place experiences that occur during their Co-op Work Experience. Students must get permission of the instructor in order to enroll in this class. This class is Pass/No Pass (P/NP).

Credit Hours: 1
Seminar Hours: 1
Required Concurrent Course: Take BUSM 2280;

ECON 2510 - Macroeconomics

This course will prepare the student to understand, critique, and predict how the various schools of macro-economic thought would diagnose and attempt to solve questions of national economic interest. Extensive investigation of the underlying principles of Keynesian, Neo-Keynesian, Monetarist, supply-side and Austrian perspectives is accomplished using both an analytical as well as a socio-economic/historical approach. Understanding these perspectives will enable the student to both understand and successfully participate in rational discussion regarding such issues as fiscal policy, monetary policy, trade policy, taxation, taxation theory and economic growth. (TAG# OSS005)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: MATH 0084 (minimum grade of C-) or qualifying placement test scores

PHIL 1110 - Ethics

This course involves an examination of several ethical theories, including ethical relativism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, social contract ethics, theological ethics, and rational ethics. Subjects covered may include the ethics of nuclear war, the ethics of suicide, ethical issues in abortion, the ethics of euthanasia, ethical issues in genetic engineering, sexual ethics, racism and sexism, capital punishment, ethics and the environment and so on. This course meets the requirements for OTM Arts and Humanities TMAH and slso TAG# OAH046.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 64‐65

Technical Electives

Courses

BUSM 1030 - Supervision

This course is an introduction to the supervisor's role in management. Challenges for supervisors include: planning and problem solving; organizing, staffing, training; leading; and working with individuals and teams along with controlling costs and improving results. Supervision provides a basic understanding of the new role requirements in business organizations. A strong focus of this class is application of sound supervisory principals through role-plays and hands-on practice with real-world scenarios.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040 (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test score

BUSM 1130 - Principles of Selling and Customer Service

This course provides a conceptual understanding of the skills, duties, and responsibilities required of salespeople and those involved with customer service. The selling process and such concepts as relationship selling, trust and connections are presented within a context of ethical behavior. After sales support and effective customer service strategies are described. Negotiation, conflict management and creative problem-solving skills are applied.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040 (either with minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test score

BUSM 1230 - E-Commerce

This course surveys the opportunities and challenges faced in an increasingly digital world. More and more product information and selling strategies are linked to the World Wide Web. Topics include the buying and selling processes supported by electronic means. The exchange process via the Internet has become more customer controlled. Practical exercises will focus on the push/pull market strategies needed to increase sales and complete the exchange process.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

BUSM 1250 - Customer Service

Customer service is about keeping the customers you have and attracting new ones. Providing a level of service to accomplish this mission does not just happen; it's the result of effective strategy. This hands-on course provides practical lessons on how customer service will increase the organization's bottom line.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

BUSM 1260 - Project Management

In this course, students will learn ways to manage all aspects of a project. Project Management (PM) concepts enable projects to be planned, managed, and delivered on time, on budget, and with high quality. This course covers nine major sub-disciplines of Project Management based on the Project Management Institute's PM Book of Knowledge (PMBOK). This course satisfies the education requirement for the Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) test. Certification testing is governed by the Project Management Institute, and this is not a prep class for the exam. PMI Certification is internationally recognized and highly portable to a number of industries and businesses.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

BUSM 2110 - Promotion and Advertising

The purpose of this course is to examine advertising as both a science and an art. We will attempt to blend the basic skills as detailed in the textbook with a variety of practical experiences that will culminate in group ad presentations. Topics covered will include the structure of the advertising business, knowing the consumer, selecting appropriate media, the uses of research, the preparation of "ad" copy and design layouts, and the future of advertising. Special attention will be directed to the goals of local advertising. (TAG# OCM012)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040 (minimum grade of C-) or qualifying placement test score.