www.esc.edu/weekendbus Business and Management Weekend Residencies Academic Descriptions ADVANCED MANAGEMENT THEORY Advanced, Liberal. Prerequisite: Principles of Management Meets General Education Requirement: None BME General Guidelines What are organizations? What do we know about them and how do we know it? How do we manage them? In this study, students examine these core questions by combining cultural, historical, sociological and philosophical approaches to the theoretical and practical issues of organization and management. Topics include a history of management and organization theories as well as a study of the original writings of the giants of management thought, including Taylor, McGregor and Maslow. Their contributions -- scientific management, Theory X and Y, the needs hierarchy, path-goal theory, the Vroom-Yetton model -- have become cornerstones in management. Students will learn not only theory, but also how to apply theory to the "real world" of business. AMERICAN HISTORY: A MUSICAL JOURNEY Introductory, Liberal. Meets General Education Requirement: The Arts and American History Music has always played an important role in America’s history. In this study, students gain an understanding of American social, political, economic, and cultural history using America's music as the lens for reflecting on American society and its development. They will explore the common institutions which influence American life, as well as the cultural and political impact America's music has had in relationship to the world. Students will learn about American musical forms, styles, and cultural, social, religious and political trends as well as gain an understanding of the creative process of writing and performing music. By reading the textbook, participating in weekly online discussions, and researching, developing and delivering a formal presentation at the final residency, students will gain a deeper appreciation for both the art form and the country’s rich history. BUSINESS ETHICS THROUGH LITERATURE Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Humanities Ebenezer Scrooge is not the only business owner with questionable business ethics. In this study, students will use classical and modern literature and films as texts and sources for discussions of ethical issues and challenges facing managers and emerging leaders in corporate, institutional, profit and not-for-profit settings. Students will engage with literary works in various genres (plays, films, short stories, essays) to gain an appreciation for the power of literature and its relevance to professional and personal life. Students will also read articles from current management literature. By participating in this truly interdisciplinary approach to learning, students will have the opportunity to sharpen critical reading, thinking and writing skills as they explore characters, themes and plot lines to better understand challenges in the management of people, particularly the challenges of ethical decision-making. COLLEGE MATH Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Mathematics BME Quantitative Let’s face it; much of what business people do involves some type of math. In this study, students ease back in to math by reviewing and relearning pre-algebra topics and some introductory algebra as well. They do so by completing a series of workbook assignments, designed to minimize the stress and anxiety that most adult learners face when returning to mathematics courses. These graded and corrected workbooks form the majority of the grade and are geared to prepare students for algebra, accounting and statistics courses at the undergraduate level, but will be insufficient for most M.B.A. program prerequisites. Still, this approach provides a strong foundation in introductory topics before students advance to more difficult material. COLLEGE WRITING Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Basic Communication (partial) Writing is a daunting task for most people, not just students. In this study, students become effective, confident writers by reviewing grammar and syntax rules, as well as learning and practicing a variety of essay formats (including description, narration, exposition and persuasion). Students will receive feedback from the mentor and fellow students online and at residencies. Based on this feedback, they will revise and refine their work. At the end of the study, students will be able to conceptualize and develop well- written college-level materials. CORPORATE FINANCE Advanced, Nonliberal Prerequisite: Accounting, Economics or the equivalent prior learning Meets General Education Requirement: None BME Quantitative The only way to evaluate the success of any organization is to understand its financial position. In this study, students will examine the problems related to the investment, acquisition, and distribution of financial resources. They will focus on integrating these areas into one system to facilitate and evaluate the operation of the finance function. They will examine and discuss topics such as cash flows, risk analysis, capital budgeting and structure, and international financial management. Financial Statements and long- Term Financial Planning; Valuation of Future Cash Flows; Capital Budgeting; Risk and Return: Cost of Capital and Long-Term Financial Policy; and Short-Term Financial Planning and Management. CREATIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: The Arts This study will explore activities and techniques that will develop human creativity and expression within the context of group dynamics and human interaction and performance. Through the process of theatre awareness games and improvisation exercises, which incorporate multiple forms of performing arts, the students will gain an understanding of the creative process inherent in visual and performing arts. This can be applied to a variety of environments including work with children, activity directors and coordinators, human service settings, etc. This study is a blended course and requires assignments and projects through ANGEL. CULTURAL DIVERSITY Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Social Science A vibrant workplace is created with diversity of opinions and approaches to performing duties. In this study students will develop an overall framework for considering the nature of cultural, ethnic and gender and other diversity aspects in the work place. Through online and residency discussions and assignments, students will explore the upsurge in ethnic awareness, the cult of ethnicity, and how these changes are being reflected in the work place. DATABASE MANAGEMENT Advanced, Nonliberal Prerequisite: MIS, PC applications or equivalent knowledge. Must also have MS-Access software. Meets General Education Requirement: None BME Information Management Information systems cannot effectively function without data. Mass volumes of data cannot be created, stored, accessed and updated without database management systems. This study takes an in-depth look at the various types of database management systems (DBMSs) in use today and focuses on how to appropriately design, develop and implement a complete relational database application using MS-Access. Topics include a history of DBMSs, data normalization, data modeling, user interface design and data security. A series of exercises around a term-long project re-enforce the application of the learning. ECOLOGY OF WESTERN NEW YORK Introductory, Liberal Meets General Education Requirement: Natural Science Well rounded business professionals need to understand the impact of business on the environment. In this study, students will learn about the environment within the framework of the ecology of Western New York. Topics to be covered include interactions between organisms and their environment, life history strategies, inter and intraspecific competition, predation, parasitism and disease, symbiosis and mutualism, energy flux through ecosystems, species richness and biodiversity, and conservation. Students will learn about these topics through chapter readings, residency and online discussions and in the field when possible, developing a solid foundation in understanding the sensitive relationships among the planet’s living organisms. ECONOMICS (4 Credits) Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Social Science BME General Guidelines Knowing the basic economic influences helps business people see their businesses in context. In this study, students will gain an understanding of how markets work, and when they fail. They will analyze producer and consumer decision making and related impacts on prices and output. Students will compare different market structures to see how structure impacts price and output. Students will not be passive recipients of information, but rather will learn to apply analysis to obtain predicted results. Specific topics include a brief economic history of the United States, resource utilization, demand and supply analysis, consumer preference, and the structure of markets (perfect competition, monopolistic competition, monopoly, and oligopoly). Students will use learned skills to analyze current events and case studies, and will have an opportunity to present their analysis in residency classes. ECONOMICS (Macro) (3 Credits) Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None; Must be taken concurrently with Economics (Micro) Meets General Education Requirement: Social Science BME General & Business Guidelines Global and National conditions and decisions have a dramatic effect on the economy. In this study, students will learn why this is the case. They will discuss measuring a nation's income; measuring the cost of living; production and growth; savings, investment, and the financial system; the basic tools of finance; unemployment; the monetary system; money growth and inflation; open- economy macroeconomics: basic concepts; a macroeconomic theory of the open economy; aggregate demand and aggregate supply; the influence of monetary and fiscal policy on aggregate demand; the short-run trade-off between inflation and unemployment and five debates over macroeconomic policy. Through online and residency discussions, papers and case-studies students will get the foundation in economics needed for additional studies. This study should be taken concurrently with Economics (Micro). ECONOMICS (Micro) (3 Credits) Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None; Must be taken concurrently with Economics (Macro) Meets General Education Requirement: Social Science BME General & Business Guidelines Individual citizen decisions as well as individual corporate decisions can have a dramatic effect on the larger economy. In this study, students will learn why this is the case. They will understand the ten principles of economics; thinking like an economist; interdependence and the gains from trade; the market forces of supply and demand; elasticity and its application; supply, demand, and government policies; consumers, producers and the efficiency of markets; application: the cost of taxation; application: international trade; externalities; public goods and common resources; the design of the tax system; the costs of production; firms in competitive markets; monopoly; oligopoly; monopolistic competition; the markets for the factors of production; earnings and discrimination; income inequality and poverty; the theory of consumer choice; as well as the frontiers of Micro-Economics. This study should be taken concurrently with Economics (Macro). EDUCATIONAL PLANNING Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: None There are an infinite number of degree program possibilities at Empire State College. In this study, students will learn about the school’s basic general education requirements, program concentration requirements and degree guidelines. They will also follow the prior learning assessment process (PLA/CBEs, etc.) and the degree planning process to create their individualized ESC degree plans. They will do this by working individually with their primary mentor, working in groups at residencies, and working together on- line. At the end of the course, students will have a degree program portfolio which will be submitted to the college for approval. FINANCIAL AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING Introductory, Nonliberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: None BME Accounting This study provides students with the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting which enables them to know accounting principles and concepts. At the end of the study, students should understand and be able to make managerial decisions about: 1) complete accounting cycle, 2) job order cost systems, 3) budgeting, 4) inventories, 5) financial statement analysis. In studying financial and managerial accounting, the students will learn to be aware of a firm’s financial reporting process, evaluate revenue and expense in the firm’s income statement, and understand inventories and cost of goods sold for making financial decisions. FRENCH, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Foreign Language Parlez-vous Francais? Un peu? If not, this course is for you! In this study, students will gain a solid base in both spoken and written French by participating in interactive online sessions and discussions as well as receiving instruction and practicing at residencies. Themes and topics at this introductory level include greetings, numbers, getting around town/travel, handling money, locating lodging, shopping, ordering and eating food, stating times, giving dates, describing people and places, asking questions, asking and giving directions, using the telephone, the car, and health. At the end of this study, students will be able to use their French in travel and business settings. HISTORY OF WESTERN ARCHITECTURE Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Western Civilization and The Arts From grand palaces and government buildings to more modest architect-designed homes and commercial structures, to mud huts and log cabins, what is built reflects the economic status, culture and beliefs of the building societies. In this study, the students will learn about the history of our built environment and how it mirrors economic, social and technological history. By participating in online and residency discussions and conducting individual research, they will learn about the development of the field of architecture, the evolution of the basic building types, their characteristics and how to "read" history in any building. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Advanced, Nonliberal Prerequisite: Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior or the equivalent prior learning Meets General Education Requirement: None All managers manage people, so understanding Human Resource Management topics is critical to overall success. In this study, students will learn how to make effective decisions about human resources. They will read texts and discuss, both online and at residencies, concept focusing on theory and research in employee relation’s practices of large/small, public/private, and domestic/international firms. They will also analyze case studies for their cause and effect relationships, all of which will help them develop the knowledge needed to perform their personnel-related duties. IDEAL WORLDS: UTOPIAN LITERATURE Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: Prior academic work or experience in literature and writing. Meets General Education Requirement: Humanities This is a study of utopian literature, a genre characterized by narratives about ideal communities -- places where people live without war, hunger, or need. Students will read a wide range of utopian writings, including 4 novels, and will have the opportunity to respond with both critical essays and the writing of their own utopian work. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: Basic economics, knowledge of geography, work experience related to foreign countries, economic background or permission of the mentor. Meets General Education Requirement: None BME General Guidelines To succeed in the ever more competitive marketplace, business people must think globally and creatively. In this study, students will be acclimated to the unfamiliar characteristics and requirements of global markets. They will discover the critical role of culture in conducting international business, and how culture influences politics and country regulations, and vice versa. Through text readings, class debates, online and residency discussions, and real life case analysis, they will gain a solid understanding of what influences international business and how to approach the global maze. LEADERSHIP Advanced, Liberal, 4 credits Prerequisite: None This study uses a Blended Learning Model that includes extensive use of our online ANGEL Learning platform in addition to face- to-face individual or study group meetings. The main purpose of this study is to build upon prior learning in principles of management and organizational behavior by focusing on a specific body of academic knowledge related to the theories and practice of leadership. The student will be expected to develop an advanced level understanding of the nature of leadership compared to other aspects of managerial work; understand various perspectives on effective leadership behavior; participative leadership; dyadic role making, power and influence, trait theory, charismatic and transformational leadership theories, and learn how to apply these theories and concepts to leading change within organizations, forming and leading teams and decision groups, as well as learn how to develop leadership skills. LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: Principles of Management or the equivalent prior learning Meets General Education Requirement: None Regardless of the size of an organization, there are laws to be followed. In this study, students investigate the dynamic nature of law, the American legal process and specific areas of law that guide business decisions. In this environmental approach to the study of business law, students also examine the aspects of law and its standards for human behavior that increasingly affect and constrain business activities. Students will gain an introduction to the legal system, contract and sales law, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency partnerships, and corporations, will identify and apply relevant legal concepts and principles to factual situations and explore the dynamic nature of law in responding to our changing social, political, regulatory and economic environment. MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (grad prep) Advanced, Nonliberal Prerequisite: Principles of Management, basic knowledge of computers Meets General Education Requirement: None BME General Guidelines Information Management For the past forty years, automated information systems have infiltrated organizations and become an integral part of how they do business. In this study, students gain an understanding of the role of information systems in modern organizations. They learn the basics of hardware and software, but, more importantly, they gain an understanding of how management can and should use the integration of hardware, software, data, procedures and people to further organizational effectiveness, efficiency and the quality of work life. They also learn to emphasize the development of a variety of computer-based information systems to serve the needs of the organization, rather than letting technology drive the organization. MESOAMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGY: AZTEC & MAYA CIVILIZATIONS Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Other World Civilizations A Material Study of Aztec and Maya Civilizations. The students will be introduced to the themes and issues surrounding the rise of Mesoamerican cultures, specifically the Aztec and Maya civilizations, in pre- and post-European contact Mesoamerica. Students will have the opportunity to experience the results of material exchange through hand-on contact with artifacts, food items, Aztec and Maya folklore, and historical documents dating from this period. By the completion of this residency, students will develop an understanding about the cultures of Mesoamerica, specifically the results of Aztec-Maya relations and Native-Spanish relations, and the importance of material exchange(s) between these cultural groups. NATIVE AMERICAN VOICE IN AMERICAN HISTORY Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: American History Almost 95 percent of Native American history took place before Europeans entered the Americas, yet the settlers’ encounters with America’s First Nations led to a fight for cultural survival. In this study, students will learn American history from the Native American perspective, including patterns of obtaining Indian land, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, ‘Indian Removal,’ Land Rights on the Frontier, the Civil War, and policies of assimilation and termination. From text readings, and online and residency discussions, students will understand that while the economic and political benefits of living in America led to a better life for Europeans, the complexities of Manifest Destiny became paramount and Native Americans were forced to defend their families and homelands in the wake of devastating epidemics, military force and annihilation, removal from homelands, missionizing and broken treaties. ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: Principles of Management or the equivalent prior learning Meets General Education Requirement: None BME General Guidelines Organizations are living, evolving constructs and as such, have their own personalities. In this study, students examine individual and group behavior in organizations and consider how that behavior affects the organization’s performance. Through a combination of readings and online and residency discussions, students will understand and apply the core concepts of perception, learning, attitude formation, motivation, communication, leadership, power, conflict, group process, organizational structure and work design. Most importantly, they will learn how these aspects combine to influence the effectiveness of the interactions between individuals, groups and organizational structures. PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT Advanced, Liberal Prerequisite: Equivalent of 2-years of college completed Meets General Education Requirement: None BME Guidelines How do organizations determine what is to be done; how it is to be done; who is to do it; and if those things were actually done? In this study, students will learn to accomplish these things by studying the major functional areas of management including planning, organizing, leading, controlling and decision-making. Since organizations exist in a larger environment, students also learn about the impact of this environment on an organization. Through readings, online and residency discussions and team presentations, students will gain an understanding of the basics of human resource management, motivation, group behavior, communication, conflict, Information Technology (IT), and operations management. PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING Advanced, Nonliberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: None Marketing can make or break an organization. In this study, students will learn how to market more effectively by understanding the marketing functions of pricing, promotion, distribution and product design as well as how to identify markets, focus on target markets and understand and anticipate customer needs. Once they have learned key terms and concepts, students will search the Internet for applications of marketing concepts and research the changing marketing environment. From these activities, combined with text readings and online and residency discussions, students will learn the importance of marketing and the key role it plays in the success of an organization. PUBLIC HISTORY: THE NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: American History This study will introduce students to the American Indian experience, pre- and post- European contact. This study will discuss the native tribes and nations occupying the US Eastern seaboard, with specific emphasis on the historical development of native society, politics, culture and religion. By the completion of this residency, students will have a more tangible understanding of the Native American cultural, religious, and historical experience. SPANISH Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Foreign Language As the US population continues to become more diverse, speaking a foreign language is virtually mandatory. In this study, designed and organized for the beginning language student, students get a solid base in Spanish by combining online instruction with FORUM residencies. Themes and topics include greetings, numbers, getting around town/travel, money, hotel, shopping, food taking, time, giving dates, describing people and places, asking questions, asking and giving directions, using the telephone, the car and health. At the end of this study, you will be able to use your Spanish in travel and business settings. STATISTICS Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: Basic Algebra Meets General Education Requirement: Math BME Quantitative Graduate management schools are increasingly requiring quantitative methods courses. In this study, students will meet that requirement as well as Empire State College requirements by getting a solid foundation in topics such as descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability rules, normal and binomial distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and analysis of variance. They develop this foundation through homework exercises and textbook readings, as well as by using statistical software such as Minitab and actively participating in ongoing online communications with the mentor and fellow students. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (capstone study for business administration concentration) Advanced, Nonliberal Prerequisite: Principles of Management, Economics, Marketing, Quantitative and Critical Reasoning Skills or equivalent prior learning. Meets General Education Requirement: None BME Capstone It is relatively easy for a new company to succeed, but it is rare for companies to succeed over time, especially in a constantly changing environment. In this study, students will increase their organization’s odds by leveraging the strategic management process. They will learn to plan, direct, organize and control a company's strategy-related decisions and actions. They will create a plan that, although it does not precisely detail future allocation of resources (human, financial and physical), does provide a framework for managerial decisions by reflecting a company's awareness of how, when and where it should compete; against whom it should compete; and for what purposes it should compete. SUSTAINABILITY: GOING GREEN! Introductory, Liberal Prerequisite: None Meets General Education Requirement: Natural Science BME Guideline According to the EPA, the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 declared as its goal a national policy to "create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans." Students in this course will be introduced to the "economy of nature" and will learn valuable information about sustainability in their personal and professional lives, and more importantly, how to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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