School of Continuing Studies Programs of Study

Accounting Certificate (26 credits)

ACCTCS 210 Principles of Financial Accounting and Reporting (4 Credits)

Explore financial accounting and reporting concepts and procedures used in daily business operations. Examine the use of economic resources, as well as the obligations and activities of financial entities. Learn how financial information is used to analyze the financial health and performance of an enterprise.

ACCTCS 220 Principles of Managerial Accounting (4 Credits)

Analysis of financial and relevant non-financial information used in planning, directing, motivating and evaluating economic behavior. Concepts, terms and techniques from financial accounting, economics and behavioral sciences are applied to operational situations.

ACCTCS 310 Intermediate Accounting I (4 Credits)

Study of the financial accounting environment and the authoritative accounting literature that provides a guide to the recording of economic resources and obligations, and the related economic activities of a business enterprise. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 220.

ACCTCS 320 Intermediate Accounting II (4 Credits)

Study of the financial accounting environment and the authoritative accounting literature that provides a guide to the recording of economic resources and obligations, and the related economic activities of business enterprise. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 310.

ACCTCS 410 Auditing (4 Credits)

Examine the purposes, expectations, and responsibilities of independent public auditors as the profession evolves in society. Emphasis on the auditor’s decision process. Topics: legal liability, ethics, sampling theory, evidence, and audit standards. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 310.

ACCTCS 415 Tax Accounting (4 Credits)

Determine federal and state income tax liability for individuals, corporations and partnerships. Topics: calculating taxes, filing returns, paying taxes, refunds, and legislative and judicial development of tax law. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 210.

ACCTCS 421 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting (2 Credits)

Learn accounting principles and practices related to state and local government agencies and not-for-profit entities, including hospitals, colleges, religious groups, and social service organizations. Topics: fund accounting and financial analysis. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 210. 

Healthcare Administration Certificate (16 credits)

HADCS 302 Healthcare Leadership Principles and Practice (3 Credits)

Explore the principles of leadership, supervision, and management within the healthcare system.

HADCS 303 Healthcare Quality and Performance Management (2 Credits)

Learn to improve organizational quality, effectiveness, and performance in the areas of patient care, safety, risk management, healthcare operations, staff supervision, regulatory reporting and compliance, customer satisfaction, and business results.

HADCS 304 Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics (2 Credits)

Explore the managerial perspective on effective use of data and information technology to improve performance in healthcare organizations.

HADCS 305 Healthcare Human Resources Management and Labor Relations (3 Credits)

Review of HR management practices in healthcare organizations.

HADCS 306 Healthcare Finance (4 Credits)

Examine financial management principles and practice in healthcare services, with an emphasis on accounting, financial statements, finance and payment systems, cash flow analysis, risk management, budgeting, and capital finance.

HADCS 307 Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development (2 Credits)

Learn the role, function, and application of strategic planning and market development in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, product/service development, and implementation.

Human Resources Management Certificate (18 credits)

HRCS 310 Human Resources Management (4 Credits)

Study the theory and practice of the human resource personnel function in organizations, including labor relations. Current issues in human resources management will be addressed.

HRCS 311 Legal Aspects of Human Resources Management (3 Credits)

Review state and federal regulations governing human resources management including labor law, discrimination, sexual harassment, occupational safety and health (OSHA), unions, and labor relations.

HRCS 312 Employee Recruitment and Selection (3 Credits)

Explore recruitment and staffing processes, including analyzing position requirements, preparing job descriptions, recruiting candidates, selecting finalists, and orienting new employees.

HRCS 313 Compensation and Benefits Administration (3 Credits)

Explore the design, development and administration of common employee compensation and benefit programs, including pay strategies, administration of health care and retirement plans, and reward systems.

HRCS 314 Performance Management (3 Credits)

Review of best practices in measuring, analyzing and monitoring job performance. Topics include: assessing performance, preparing and delivering performance reviews, documenting disciplinary actions, and aligning job performance with organizational goals and objectives.

Human Resources Management Certificate Electives (2 credits)

Complete 2 of the following 3 courses:

HRCS 316 Ethics in Human Resources Management (1 Credits)

Review ethical issues and dilemmas human resources professionals face in the workplace. Explore organizational culture, the role of human resources manager, laws and legal constraints, and rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.

HRCS 317 Risk Management and Workers Compensation Administration (1 Credits)

Explore the identification and management of risk from a human resources perspective, including workers’ compensation liabilities, workplace health and safety concerns, adequate or appropriate insurance coverage, and hostile work environments.

HRCS 318 Training and Development (1 Credits)

Examine current trends and issues in workplace training and development with special attention to the design, development, and application of training programs to improve productivity, safety, and quality.

Marketing Certificate (19 credits)

BUSCS 340 Principles of Marketing (4 Credits)

Introduction to the concept of marketing and marketing principles, with a focus on how marketing creates value for the customer. Survey the marketing mix (product, price, promotion and place/distribution) and its application to products and services in profit and not-for-profit enterprises in a local, national, and international environment.

BUSCS 341 Marketing Research (3 Credits)

Learn how to make effective marketing decisions using marketing research. Explore market research sources, data collection, analysis, surveys, research theories, and strategies. Evaluate quantitative and qualitative research with an emphasis on the value and limitations of various sources. Identify how to blend and manage marketing research sources.

BUSCS 342 Customer Experience Management (3 Credits)

Develop an appreciation for the various ways customers experience products and services from brand awareness to product and service fulfillment to loyalty programs. Examine the customer and brand experience. Identify how to create a customer experience management system. Learn to deliver exceptional customer service.

BUSCS 343 Internet and Social Media Marketing (3 Credits)

Explore Internet marketing, including its components, structure, and technology, as well as the application of marketing concepts to social media. Learn the strategies, tools, and tactics related to Internet marketing with special attention given to the development of messaging techniques designed for specific social media tools.

BUSCS 344 Integrated Marketing Communication (3 Credits)

Survey the integration of advertising, sales promotion, public relations, direct marketing, and the marketing mix to support marketing strategy. Learn the linkages of segmentation, targeting, positioning, buyer behavior, and branding. Explore planning, budgeting, and the execution of a comprehensive, integrated marketing communication program from message development through media selection and evaluation.

BUSCS 345 Marketing Analytics (3 Credits)

Learn how marketing measurement relates to business return on investment using analytics. Review top view campaign performance, tactical management, and real-time campaign monitoring. Explore how to integrate results from multiple media and channels, including retail, sales, direct marketing, and online media. Covers use of analytics tools.

Organizational Leadership Certificate (12 credits)

BUSCS 320 Managing Individual Performance (3 Credits)

Explore the roles and responsibilities of supervisors and managers in developing, monitoring, and managing performance standards. Topics include motivation, goal setting, supervisory excellence, communication skills, reward systems, vision, and values.

BUSCS 322 Leading and Managing Teams (3 Credits)

Examine how effective teams are led and managed even when you may not have direct authority over team members. Understand hierarchies, team dynamics, managing expectations, coaching, mentoring, aligning teams with organizational goals, and communication.

BUSCS 323 Managing and Resolving Conflict (2 Credits)

Develop effective conflict management skills. Learn how and when conflicts arise and identify approaches to manage conflicts with subordinates, peers, and supervisors. Know how to engender goodwill and develop win-win conflict management tactics. 

BUSCS 324 Organizational Change Management (2 Credits)

Identify when, how, and why organizational change occurs. Create approaches to manage change by using intervention strategies, creating buy-in, communicating in a productive and positive manner, identifying the sequence of change, and managing resistance.

BUSCS 325 Organizational Leadership Principles and Practice (2 Credits)

Explore organizational leadership roles: visionary, manager, director, change agent, supervisor, coach, and mentor. Identify how leadership styles influence the direction of the organization. Develop an appreciation for how leaders affect daily operations.

Professional Financial Planning Certificate (21 credits)

BUSCS 350 Financial Planning, Principles, and Practice (3 Credits)

Learn how financial plans are developed. Topics include: establishing a client-planner relationship, gathering client data and determining client financial needs for investment, insurance, estate planning, and retirement benefits. Understand the roles and responsibilities of the financial planner, including professional ethics.

BUSCS 351 Insurance Planning and Risk Management (3 Credits)

Develop life, health, casualty, and liability insurance planning strategies as part of a comprehensive financial plan. Topics include: assessing and managing risk, evaluating insurance products for tax and estate planning consequences, and understanding the role of insurance in retirement and businesses.

BUSCS 352 Investment Planning (3 Credits)

Survey various investment vehicles available to meet financial planning goals. Topics include: evaluating risk tolerance, asset allocation strategies, security analysis, bond and security valuations, modern portfolio theory, market analysis, alternative investment instruments, and special topics.

BUSCS 353 Income Tax Planning (3 Credits)

Develop an understanding of income tax planning opportunities, issues, and challenges. Topics include income tax law, compliance, calculations, accounting, tax of business entities, trust and estate tax, tax basis, depreciation, like-kind exchange consequences, property tax, alternative minimum tax (AMT), tax reduction techniques, passive activity rules, special circumstances, and deductions.

BUSCS 354 Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning (3 Credits)

Learn how employee benefit plans and comprehensive retirement planning help clients meet their financial goals. Topics include retirement needs analysis, Social Security, types of retirement plans, qualified plan rules, investment considerations, distribution rules and consequences, employee benefit plans and options.

BUSCS 355 Estate Planning (3 Credits)

Survey estate planning principles as they relate to the development of a comprehensive financial plan. Topics include property titles and transfers, documents, including wills and trusts, gifting strategies, tax consequences and compliance, liquidating estates, charitable giving, life insurance, business transfers, fiduciaries, and special topics.

BUSCS 356 Financial Plan Development (3 Credits)

Develop professional financial planning strategies, approaches, and techniques. Upon completing the course, each participant will have developed and presented a comprehensive financial plan based on various client concerns, life stages, and risk tolerances.

Project Management Certificate (15 credits)

PMCS 301 Project Management Principles and Practices (3 Credits)

Overview of project management processes and principles used in planning and monitoring project activities from inception through closure.

PMCS 302 Project Leadership, Teambuilding, and Communications (3 Credits)

Learn essential qualitative areas necessary for effective project management, including leadership, personnel and team management, communication, and strategic planning.

PMCS 303 Project Quality and Risk Management (3 Credits)

Examine the principles and practices associated with project quality assurance and risk management including quality assurance and risk management strategies, executing an effective quality assurance plan, and monitoring and controlling quality and risks. Project management best practices and standards are explored using the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

PMCS 304 Project Planning, Procurement, and Cost Management (3 Credits)

Learn the essential project management tools and techniques involved in planning and scheduling projects, procuring supplies and services, and managing project costs. Topics include collecting project requirements; developing scope of work procedures and documentation using work breakdown structures; conducting source selections; estimating and controlling costs; and closing out project activities.

PMCS 305 Project Management Practicum (3 Credits)

Capstone experience to the project management certificate. A practical and applied approach for review and reinforcement of previously learned project management skills, strategies, and techniques.

Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate (12 credits)

BUSCS 310 Supply Chain Management Principles and Practices (3 Credits)

Survey of supply chain management, including defining the scope of service, procurement, and purchasing and materiel management. Business concepts include return on investment, value chain principles, contracts and legal issues, and operations management.

BUSCS 311 Supply Chain Management Logistics (3 Credits)

Examine transportation and distribution concerns, including production scheduling, third-party logistics, calculating costs of services, warehousing, materiel management, analyzing value of services, staffing and supervision, and technology.

BUSCS 312 Supply Chain Management Procurement (3 Credits)

Explore procurement management and contract administration, including procurement policies and procedures, supplier selection, cost analysis, contract negotiation, strategic sourcing, bidding and requests for proposals, and overall project management.

BUSCS 313 Supply Chain Management Practicum (3 Credits)

Capstone experience focusing on the application of industry best practices. Topics include aligning supply chain management operations with business practices. 
Prerequisites: two of the following courses: BUSCS 310, BUSCS 311, or BUSCS 312.