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Business Management

10-102-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 67 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Also Offered in Accelerated Format Locations*: Appleton, Chilton, Clintonville, Oshkosh, Waupaca

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Do you tend to take charge in group settings? Do people say you are a natural leader? This degree will give you the skills for employment in a variety of business settings or help you start your own company. You’ll learn management theory, human resources management, accounting and other quantitative methods, organization and production, marketing and business decision making. You’ll become a successful supervisor, able to solve problems and control costs. Choose from one of nine specialties. An internship will help you practice and hone your skills in a real-world business environment.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (31 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
MS Office Suite, Introduction
10-103-120
2
Focuses on beginning computer concepts, Windows operating system, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and the basic integration of the various components of the Microsoft Office Suite application.
Business Law 1
10-102-103
3
Introduces legal principles and standard business law concepts and their implications for business. It emphasizes contracts, sales, commercial paper, bailment, agency and real property, with references to the Uniform Commercial Code and recent consumer legislation.
Business Management Internship
10-102-105
3
Provides on-the-job supervised work experience in various businesses. Weekly in-school seminars emphasize career-related topics. Each student completes a minimum of 216 hours working as an intern. Completion of a minimum of 34 program credits is highly recommended.
Business, Introduction to
10-102-112
3
Provides an overview of the variety of activities in the world of business. It focuses on the responsibilities connected with operating a business from both organizational and managerial viewpoints. It also examines the role of government in business.
Marketing 1, Principles of
10-104-151
3
Introduces modern marketing practices. The course examines the role played by marketing in society and covers consumer motivation, market segmentation, product development, advertising and channels of distribution.
Effective Business Practice
10-106-118
3
Provides hands-on experience and practice using a variety of business communication techniques providing students with knowledge, poise, tact and the skills to conduct themselves in the business world with confidence. Included in the course is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People developed by Stephen Covey.
Cost Controls and Budgeting
10-196-110
3
Examines how financial information is interpreted and applied by supervisors/managers in planning and controlling business activities. This managerial accounting course emphasizes the budgeting process.
Problem Solving
10-196-131
2
Presents basic problem-solving techniques. Emphasizes the importance of identifying the real problem, identifying the causes, looking at alternative solutions, arriving at a solution and following up to ensure implementation.
Supervision
10-196-191
3
Uses a practical approach to training people in the basics of supervision and management. This course emphasizes the application of theory and covers management functions, the skills needed to perform those functions, the history of management, contemporary management trends, ethics, communication and total quality management.
Accounting, Principles of
10-101-107
3
Introduces basic concepts and general principles of accounting to non-accounting students. Topics include financial statements, merchandising accounting for cash, inventory, payroll, budgeting and accounting software.
Global Business Fundamentals
10-138-150
3
Provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of global business foundations, global business environments, organizing and managing global business, marketing in a global economy and global financial management.

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-166
3
Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Contemporary Amer Society
10-809-197
3
Analyzes public policy issues relating to government, media, education, family and the workplace. This course also looks at the impact of global, multicultural and technological trends on American life and explores these issues by using critical thinking skills, advocating points of view, and participating in political processes.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123
3
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.

Specialty Tracks

This program offers specialty tracks to help you focus your study in one area. Select one specialty track below.

Accounting (15 Credits)

Learn accounting in preparation for a career in business, industry or government. You will prepare for an entry-level position as assistant auditor, tax accountant assistant, junior accountant, accounts receivable clerk or internal assistant auditor.

QuickBooks Accounting Applications
10-101-102
1
Lays the foundation for students to gain experience using QuickBooks Pro. Students practice creating a company using a chart of accounts, creating vendors and customers, demo payroll, record transactions, and generate and use financial reports. Being familiar with Windows, business experience or completion of an accounting course is helpful.
Prerequisite: Financial Accounting 1 (10-101-180) for Accounting and Accounting Assistant students OR Accounting, Principles of (10-101-107) for Business Mgmt students or active in Exploring Business, Mgmt & Finance cert or Bank/Finance
Peachtree Accounting Applications
10-101-103
1
Lays the foundation for students to gain experience using Peachtree. Students practice creating a company using a chart of accounts, creating vendors and customers, record payroll and other transactions, and generate and use financial reports. Being familiar with Windows, business experience or completion of an accounting course is helpful.
Prerequisite: Financial Accounting 1 (10-101-180) for Accounting and Accounting Assistant students OR Accounting, Principles of (10-101-107) for Business Mgmt students or active in Exploring Business, Mgmt & Finance cert or Bank/Finance
Spreadsheets, Beginning
10-101-145
1
Covers developing, constructing and printing basic business-related worksheets and reports using spreadsheet software. Students create, modify and print various charts based on worksheet data.
Corequisite: MS Office Suite, Intro (10103120) or Microcomputer Applications (10107150)
Spreadsheets, Intermediate
10-101-152
1
Covers developing and editing business-related worksheets. Students examine various functions such as If, Round, Sum, Average and Pmt. They also use Data Tables, Goal Seek, Scenarios and Solver to assist in decision making.
Corequisite: Spreadsheets, Beginning (10-101-145)
Financial Accounting 1
10-101-180
4
Prepares students to analyze, record, summarize and interpret accounting information. The course focuses on business transactions, financial statements, merchandising, inventory, special journals, internal controls, receivables, plant assets and payroll.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT (Read/Math) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not currently pursuing a degree.
Financial Accounting 2
10-101-181
4
Presents basic concepts for partnerships and corporations. It introduces bonds, cash flow statement preparation, financial statement analysis, budgeting and job cost procedures. The course includes a practice set using job costing.
Corequisite: Math w Business Apps (10-804-123); Prerequisite: Financial Accounting 1 (10-101-180)
Payroll Accounting
10-101-187
3
Presents payroll calculation and preparation of payroll-related entries. Topics include federal and state laws, calculation and payment of payroll taxes, completion of government forms and journal entries. A computer practice set is included. Proficiency with electronic calculators is recommended.
Prerequisite: Financial Accounting 1 (10-101-180); Corequisite: Keyboarding Speed Development (10-106-112)

Agribusiness-Dairy Livestock (15 Credits)

Build your skills in the agribusiness field of dairy and livestock production. You will study principles in animal herd health, nutrition, balance livestock rations, and genetics/reproduction. You will also develop management skills to help advance your career.

Dairy/Livestock Nutrition
10-006-113
3
Acquaints the students with the nutrients essential for livestock growth, production and reproduction. The anatomy and physiology of digestion and nutrient absorption will be discussed for the single stomach and ruminant animal. Proper feed sampling techniques, feed analysis and other nutritional information will be covered in preparing the student for Dairy/Livestock Ration Balancing.
Dairy/Livestock Ration Balance
10-006-114
3
Teaches students the mechanics of balancing livestock rations using the National Research recommendations and other information. Computers will be used to develop rations. The makeup and functions of the nutrients essential for livestock will be discussed in the preparation of dairy and beef rations. The student will complete a cost analysis of all rations.
Dairy/Livestock Herd Health
10-006-145
3
Covers the herd health and reproductive systems of the dairy and livestock animals. The class will cover various herd health problems, including mastitis, milk fever and similar common livestock health problems. A herd health and reproductive management program will be developed.
Dairy Genetics and Reproduction
10-006-148
3
Designed for the student who needs a comprehensive knowledge of dairy genetics and reproduction. Emphasis is on basic genetic principles and sire selection. Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the bovine female reproductive tract and the management of the estrous cycle in cattle.
Dairy/Livestock Records Management
10-006-149
3
Acquaints the students with herd management programs using traditional and computerized herd record keeping systems. Students will have hands-on experience with the latest available programs used in dairy record keeping.

Agribusiness-Plant Science (15 Credits)

Improve or add to your skills in the agribusiness field of agronomy. You will study principles in plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, and crop application, develop nutrient management plans, and sharpen your management skills.

Integrated Pest Mgmt & Weed Identification
10-006-102
3
Acquaints students with the general use, safety, laws and regulations for chemical application in Wisconsin. Completion of the Wisconsin Commercial Applicators Certification is an optional portion of the course. Identification of the major weeds found in Wisconsin crop lands is emphasized.
Plant Science
10-006-141
3
Provides fundamental knowledge of plant components and their functions. Topics include pollinating and propagating plants, germinating seeds, plant nutrients, and factors affecting photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration. Students will experience plant components and their functions through the completion of hands-on activities.
Introduction to Soils
10-006-143
3
Provides fundamental knowledge of soils and growth media. Course topics include soil formation and development, soil components, soil profile, soil classification and soil conservation. Students will experience soils concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Agronomy Equipment
10-006-150
3
Provides students with an overview of various types of agronomy-related equipment including chemical and fertilizer applicators, planters and grain drills. Equipment operation, maintenance, calibration and safety will be emphasized. Both large and small equipment will be operated during the class.
Nutrient Management Principles
10-006-155
3
Focuses on balancing commercial crop nutrient products and on farm nutrient credits to formulate economical and environmentally safe crop nutrient recommendations. Students will learn how to complete a nutrient management plan utilizing real farm data.

Banking (15 Credits)

Banking courses give you a broad knowledge of business activities which relate to the operation of various banking departments. Prepare for operating positions within financial institutions such as proof, bookkeeping, accounting, loan, credit, brokerage, trust, investment, savings counseling and customer service.

Financial Institutions
10-114-104
3
Examines a balanced view of the United States financial system. Includes an understanding of all financial institutions, financial markets and financial instruments. Introduces the operation, mechanics and structure of the financial system.
Corequisite: Money and Banking (10-114-124)
Credit Procedures
10-114-115
3
Covers consumer and commercial credit management. It focuses on what the seller must know and do when using credit selling to produce maximum sales with minimum losses. Topics include types of credit, investigation and evaluation of risk, sources of information, decision making, and collection policies and practices.
Money and Banking
10-114-124
3
Provides a study of money and its creation, monetary systems, the operation of the Federal Reserve System, commercial banking systems and international monetary problems. It also examines the factors that determine the value of money and the operation of the banking system in relation to price level, employment, savings and investment, and economic activity.
Financial Planning
10-114-175
3
Approaches planning from the perspective of an individual who applies specific financial concepts and principles to setting financial goals, choosing a career, budgeting and cash flow management. Topics include credit, income taxes, asset protection, investments, retirement and estate planning.
Stock and Bond Investments
10-114-176
3
Provides an overview of the problems of investing; the stock, bond and mutual fund investment vehicles available; and the markets in which investments are traded.

Diesel (16 Credits)

Learn to repair and maintain electronic controlled diesel engines, air conditioning systems and electronic controlled air brake systems. Our fleet of 60 diesel powered tractors puts you "in the shop" every day dealing with customer and vehicle issues. You will build technical expertise and learn to operate the sophisticated equipment used to diagnose and correct problems.

Introduction to Diesel Technology
10-412-101
4
Introduces the student to the diesel shop environment, and emphasizes shop safety and general shop practices. The course prepares the student for success in the core diesel program classes.
Corequisites: Diesel H.D. Brake Systems, Diesel Steering and Suspension, Diesel Preventative Maintenance, Drive Train, Tune-up & Diagnostic Testing, Diesel H.D. Fuel Systems, Diesel Engine Rebuilding, or Diesel Elect Fuel Management
Diesel Heavy Duty Brake Systems
10-412-112
3
Focuses on the air brake system component operation and maintenance for trucks and tractor/trailers. Students will learn to perform overhaul procedures for cam; wedge and disc air operated foundation brakes, as well as heavy-duty hydraulic brakes. It provides the opportunity for students to test and troubleshoot the entire air and hydraulic brake systems, including ABS systems found in trucks.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Program Prep; Coreq: Intro to Diesel Mechanics 10412111; Diesel H.D. Brake Systems 10412112; Diesel Steering and Suspension 10412113; Diesel Preventative Maintenance 10412114; Drive Train 10412118
Diesel Steering and Suspension
10-412-113
2
Focuses on heavy-duty truck suspensions and steering systems. Students will learn about the operation, maintenance and overhaul of various types of heavy-duty suspensions. It provides technicians with the opportunity to perform total vehicle alignments. Testing and troubleshooting of power steering systems and steering complaints are also covered.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Program Prep; Coreq: Intro to Diesel Mechanics 10412111; Diesel H.D. Brake Systems 10412112; Diesel Steering and Suspension 10412113; Diesel Preventative Maintenance 10412114; Drive Train 10412118
Diesel Preventive Maintenance
10-412-114
3
Focuses on the techniques for performing preventive maintenance and DOT criteria for performing annual inspections. Discussion includes the importance of vehicle maintenance and inspections. Students learn record-keeping requirements and earn an annual inspection certificate upon successful completion of the test at the conclusion of the class.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Program Prep; Coreq: Intro to Diesel Mechanics 10412111; Diesel H.D. Brake Systems 10412112; Diesel Steering and Suspension 10412113; Diesel Preventative Maintenance 10412114; Drive Train 10412118
Drive Train
10-412-118
4
Focuses on the operation and maintenance of the power train. Students will learn the procedures for overhauling, adjusting and troubleshooting heavy-duty transmission, clutches and various final drives found on over-the-road trucks and tractors. Students will learn how to calculate the change driveline angles.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Program Prep; Coreq: Intro to Diesel Mechanics 10412111; Diesel H.D. Brake Systems 10412112; Diesel Steering and Suspension 10412113; Diesel Preventative Maintenance 10412114; Drive Train 10412118

Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)

Investigate the relationship between entrepreneurial thinking and opportunity, and learn how to turn that creative spark into a new business venture. You will learn to research, develop and write detailed start-up business plans. You’ll be ready to start your own successful business.

Entrepreneurial Venture-Your Business Plan
10-145-100
3
Focuses on the business planning process of business concept development through financial projections and planning. This is a blended-learning course designed to teach students how to research, develop and write detailed start-up business plans which can be used to create successful businesses. The blended-learning environment combines the flexibility of Internet-based e-learning with the benefits of face-to-face instruction.
Entrepreneurial Mindset
10-145-101
1
Inspires and engages participants in fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Empowers learners through entrepreneurial thinking and immerses them in entrepreneurial experiences that enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills.
Entrepreneurship, Introduction to
10-145-104
3
Provides students with opportunities to investigate, understand and apply the process of choosing entrepreneurship as a career path. Explores the entrepreneurial experience by focusing on an awareness of entrepreneurship, opportunity recognition, business concept development and preliminary feasibility testing. Students gain the knowledge, skills, concepts and strategies relevant for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs. The practical hands-on approach encourages students to immerse themselves in the entrepreneurial experience.
Entrepreneurship: Managing Your New Venture
10-145-105
3
Introduces how to manage an entrepreneurial venture through the three developmental stages of growth, expansion and maturity.
Entrepreneurial Sales
10-145-110
3
Examines concepts of the selling process. Topics include function of selling in business, personal selling, buying behavior, structuring the sales presentation, product presentation and account servicing. Sales Principles (10-104-166) will be accepted for this course requirement in the Business Owners' Entrepreneurship certificate.
Entrepreneurial Venture Financing
10-145-181
2
Deals with developing a financial management system for a small business, calculating financial reports, and acquiring an appreciation for the importance of accurate report and recording keeping. Identifies potential financial and technical support resources.
Prerequisite: Entrepreneurial Venture-Your Business Plan (10-145-100) or prior approval from instructor

General Emphasis (15 Credits)

Gain a broad background in management theory, human resource management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, organization and production, marketing and business decision making. Learn the business knowledge and skills you will need as a management trainee, assistant manager, or team leader in a wide cross-section of business, manufacturing, government and not-for-profit sectors of our economy.

Intro to Sales
10-104-166
3
Examines the basic concepts and principles of sales as they apply to retailing. It includes wholesaling and industrial selling, the function of selling in business and living, careers in personal selling, requirements and rewards, buying motives, product knowledge, prospecting and approach, product presentation, sale closing, account servicing and handling objections.
Employment Law
10-116-150
3
Introduces employment and labor law. This course emphasizes human resource management and labor relations. It explores employment and labor and social issues in the work environment through the laws that govern the employer/union and employer/employee relationships.
Human Resources Management
10-116-193
3
Covers the supervisor's role in human resources planning. Topics include human resource development, employee selection, performance appraisals, compensation, training, labor relations, organizational productivity, motivation, teamwork and affirmative action.
Leadership Development
10-196-190
3
Covers the supervisor's role in leadership effectiveness. Topics include theories of leadership, development and implementation of teams, impact of leadership style, philosophy of corporate culture and leadership in the global marketplace.
Introduction to Diversity Studies
10-809-172
3
Develops workplace skills needed to work with diverse groups of people. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives. Students examine their biases and gain awareness of differences and common ground shared. The course emphasizes how personal and cultural diversity enhances the effectiveness of work groups.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

Marketing (15 Credits)

Explore principles of marketing, sales, retailing, advertising and marketing research. You will gain experience and participate in activities which will be useful in your career when developing and executing marketing plans, participating in teams, utilizing information technology and developing leadership skills.

Marketing Research
10-104-113
3
Focuses on the skills and techniques necessary to conduct basic marketing research. It covers problem definitions, planning studies, use of secondary data, questionnaire design and development, instrument administration, and data collection and interpretation.
Prerequisite: Marketing 1, Principles of (10-104-151) or Marketing 1 (10-104-156DE)
Marketing Management
10-104-114
3
An advanced marketing course that instructs students in creative decision making relative to the marketing mix, channels of distribution and industrial and international marketing. Emphasizes the development, organization, implementation and control of the marketing plan.
Corequisites: Marketing 1, Principles of (10-104-151); Promotion Principles (10-104-147); Marketing Research (10-104-113)
Promotion Principles
10-104-147
3
Examines the theory, practice and management of advertising. Uses a comprehensive advertising project to simulate the decisions and practices made in the real environment. Topics include the development of an advertising plan, selecting the media, budgeting, and the relationship of advertising to the marketing problem and the marketing mix.
Prerequisite: Marketing 1, Principles of (10-104-151) or Marketing 1 (10-104-156DE)
Sales Management
10-104-163
3
Gives a detailed look at the position of sales manager as an organizer, administrator and decision maker. Emphasizes the decision-making processes used in sales management.
Corequisite: Sales Principles (10-104-166) or are not currently pursuing a degree
Intro to Sales
10-104-166
3
Examines the basic concepts and principles of sales as they apply to retailing. It includes wholesaling and industrial selling, the function of selling in business and living, careers in personal selling, requirements and rewards, buying motives, product knowledge, prospecting and approach, product presentation, sale closing, account servicing and handling objections.

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