Course Descriptions

MIS 173 - Information Systems and Business Applications (3 hours)
Application of spreadsheet software to solve business problems. Use of linking functionality between varied applications to create integrated presentations. Brief introduction to the data analysis functions of spreadsheet software and specialized statistical analysis software. Business use of information systems in organizations; electronic commerce and the Internet. The impact of information systems on organizations; system development; ethical and legal issues; data and knowledge management; information security. Prerequisite: business major or minor or consent of department chair.

MIS 175 - Introduction to Developing Business Applications (3 hours)
Provides an introduction to object-oriented computer programming using VisualBasic.NET. Demonstrates the advantages of using a programming environment to efficiently develop computer programs. Focuses on developing logical approaches to problem solving and implementing programmed solutions to those problems.

MIS 272 - Management Applications of Personal Computers (3 hours)
Survey of computer applications in business, personal computers, and business information systems. Emphasis on personal computer applications from the perspective of the individual user. Intermediate-level software packages. Prerequisite: BMA 172 or BMA 173 or consent of instructor.

MIS 275 - Business Applications Using Visual Basic (3 hours)
Object oriented business application development using Visual Basic. Emphasis on object classes, events and properties, and data structures, controls, and objects. Prerequisite: BMA 175.

MIS 276 - Developing Information Systems for E-Commerce (3 hours)
Provides an introduction to developing e-commerce solutions and their components using various tools. Also explores the business models available for implementing these solutions within and between organizations. It focuses on the application of networked information technologies to implement a rich variety of business applications.

BMA 280 - Entrepreneurial Creativity (3 hours)
Toolkit to think more innovatively. Students will gain knowledge of various theories of creativity and innovation and will learn how to rebuild cognitive models. By the end of the semester, students will develop at least one marketable business opportunity.

ENT 281 - The Entrepreneurial Career (1 hour)
This course is designed to give students a feel for an entrepreneurial career. The course will consist of entrepreneurs and investors as guest speakers, case studies, and opportunity recognition theory and activities. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the benefits and risks of being an entrepreneur and how entrepreneurs recognize opportunities.

BLW 289 - The Law According to Seinfeld (1 hour)
Ever wondered about re-gifting, laws of privacy, insider trading, truth in advertising, discrimination, and a host of other legal topics covered at one time or another during the nine seasons of Seinfeld? Clips from the popular show will be used to introduce a myriad of legal topics. Discussion of legal issues based on cases and articles will be assigned and read in advance of class.

BLW 342 - The Legal Environment of Business (3 hours)
Social, equitable, and ethical considerations influencing the development of the law. Procedure, constitutional law, contracts, torts, international law, and agency. The influence of government regulation of business: antitrust, labor, securities, environmental, and consumer law. Emphasis on analytical legal reasoning and the case method. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

BLW 345 - Law of Business (3 hours)
Principles of law in commercial paper, agency, business organizations, sales, and contracts, with application of the commercial code. Prerequisite: BMA 342.

BLW 347 - Law and the Entrepreneur (3 hours)
Introduces students to legal requirements of forming a business and how to anticipate legal concerns and risks during the life of the business. Covers legal issues, such as intellectual property, contracts, entity formation, and venture capital funding. Prerequisite: Junior Standing

BLW 355 - Labor-Management Relations (3 hours)
Collective bargaining as a social innovation in labor-management relations. Current public policy, major substantive issues in management and union policies, and tactics in collective bargaining and dispute settlement. Case studies. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing; BMA 352 or consent of BMA department chair.

MIS 372 - Management Information Systems (3 hours)
Management of information resources. Use of information systems for competitive/strategic advantage. Advances in information technology, including industry trends and innovations. The information systems function in organizations. Electronic commerce and the World Wide Web. The impact of information systems on organizations. Ethical and legal issues in information use. Information security. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing; Foster College of Business Administration computer skills proficiency requirement.

MIS 373 - Business Data Communications (3 hours)
Study of the theories, design and technologies utilized in modern business data communications networks. Study of the functionality, performance and management of multiple network designs. Prerequisite: BMA 272 and junior/senior standing.

MIS 374 - Database Management and Administration (3 hours)
Investigation and application of advanced database concepts: administration, technology, and selection and acquisition of database management systems. In-depth business practicum in data modeling and system development in a database environment. Overview of future trends in data management. Prerequisite: BMA 272 and junior/senior standing.

MIS 375 - Business Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)
Information systems in business applications. Emphasis on relationship of information systems planning to overall business goals, policies, plans, management style, and industry condition; analysis, design, and implementation of information systems. Overview of future trends in data management. Prerequisite: BMA 272 and junior/senior standing.

MIS 378 - Human-Computer Interaction and Usabitly Testing (3 hours)
Provides an introduction to the theory of human factors and process of usability testing. Explores current theory of human factors and human-computer interaction and how they should be applied to designing business systems. Emphasis placed on the scientific approach to systems testing to ensure systems meet usability standards and on the statistical benchmarking these tests provide. This is a non-technical course designed for those interested in managing the development of technical products and evaluating the usability of existing products and processes.

MIS 379 - Information Systems Security (3 hours)
An introduction to the various technical and administrative aspects of information security and assurance. Provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. Prerequisite: Junior/senior standing

ENT 381 - Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Students (3 hours)
This course is designed for students throughout the Bradley campus, except for those majoring in business. Whether your major is the arts, engineering, education, or science, the focus will be on how to launch a new venture enterprise. Students may have a serious interest in starting a business or only want to explore the world of entrepreneurship. The course will answer the question,"Would creating my own enterprise be for me?" Subjects include finding an opportunity, determining if there would be satisfied customers, the use of a business plan, obtaining financing/resources, and deciding on the next steps to take. Students will develop an idea for starting a new venture. Prerequisite: Junior Standing, Not open to Business Majors, Cannot earn credit if taken BMA 382

ENT 382 - Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
Activities involved in starting, financing, growing, and harvesting a new business venture. Entrepreneurs and their behavior, analysis of opportunities, obtaining capital, and venture strategies. Prerequisite: ATG 157; 42 credit hours and a declared entrepreneurship first major or junior standing for other majors.

ENT 383 - Managing Entrepreneurial Growth (3 hours)
Students will gain a better understanding of the challenges of growing an entrepreneurial business. The course will focus on adapting growth strategies, marketing, cash management and personnel in changing competitive environments. Prerequisite: BMA 352.

ENT 384 - Entrepreneurial Finance (3 hours)
Planning and strategies involved in starting or expanding a business. Emphasis on capitalization, record keeping, liquidity management, fixed asset management, financial analysis, expansion strategies, establishing firm value, and exiting the firm. Cross-listed with FIN 384. Prerequisite: BMA 352; FIN 322.

ENT 385 - Technology Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
This course focuses on fostering the analytical and conceptual skills required to develop and test the feasibility of technology-based product-focused business concepts. The course will expose the student to issues that a product-focused company would face when attempting to launch a new venture. Prerequisite: Junior Standing

ENT 386 - Social Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
This course is designed to give students some of the tools and knowledge necessary for understanding, launching and managing a social venture (not for profit or for profit). Social entrepreneurship combines the passion of a social mission with the techniques of the discipline of business. The social entrepreneur applies practical solutions to societal problems. The result may be a new product, new service, or new approach to a social problem. Prerequisite: Junior Standing

BLW 395 - Real Estate Principles (3 hours)
Basic principles of real estate and real estate practices in property rights (contracts, deeds, and mortgages), property ownership, financing and management, real estate brokerage, valuation, planning, public housing, and urban renewal. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

BLW 446 - Employment Law (3 hours)
Legal issues surrounding employment-at-will and collective bargaining, including hiring and firing, discrimination, workers' compensation, personnel handbooks, alcohol and drug abuse, federal wage and hour law, and federal labor law. Prerequisite: BMA 342, 352.

M L 452 - Strategic Management and Business Policy (4 hours)
Integrated capstone course. Top level management activities; strategic analysis, planning, strategy development, policy formulation and implementation. Case material and applied projects. Prerequisite: FIN 322; BMA 352; MTG 315; senior standing.

MIS 478 - Implementing Business Computer Systems (3 hours)
Development of a business computer system application with the life cycle methodology. Specific concepts and skills of project management. Team projects. Prerequisite: BMA 375.

MIS 479 - Topics in Management Information Systems (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic and prerequisite stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: stated in current schedule of classes

ENT 482 - The Entrepreneurial Experience (3 hours)
This entrepreneurship course is for students who have one or more ideas for starting a business (or nonprofit). The idea could be a retail shop or a biotech product, whatever the students decide. The course is heavily focused on actually creating an enterprise, ideally up to selling products or services. It is also possible to work on an existing venture concept and contribute to its actual development. This "hands on" course will enable students to launch ventures after the course concludes, with mentoring and assistance from the Turner Center. Prerequisite: BMA 382 or BMA 381 or consent of instructor

ENT 488 - Internship in Entrepreneurship (1-3 hours)
Supervised experience with an approved new or emerging firm or with an agency providing assistance to emerging high-technology firms. Application of entrepreneurship skills. Written application required (available from internship director). May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing; entrepreneurship major; 2.5 overall GPA; at least one entrepreneurship-related course.

ENT 489 - Topics in Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
Topics of special interest, which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic and prerequisite stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Independent Studies (1-3 hours)
Studies undertaken by academically qualified students under the guidance of a faculty member, with the approval of the chair of the Department of Business Management and Administration. Business Management and Administration majors only. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

Independent Studies (1-3 hours)
Studies undertaken by academically qualified students under the guidance of a faculty member, with the approval of the chair of the Department of Business Management and Administration. Business Management and Administration majors only. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

BLW 542 - Legal Environment of Business (2 hours)
Analysis of the legal environment in which business operates. Ethical and equitable influence on legal development emphasized. Study of specific areas of procedure, constitutional law, contracts, torts, international business law, business organizations, and the regulatory environment related to antitrust, labor, securities, environmental, and consumer law. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisite: consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 613 - Advanced Algorithms for Business (3 hours)
Study of advance algorithms focusing on complex data structures and nonlinear systems using chaos and fractal theory for quantitative analysis. Course implements graphical geometry to represent recursion, termination of solution progress, limits, self-similarity and moving target analysis as it applies to business based financial approximations. This course is tailored to the needs of Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSQF) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) students. Various programming environments will be used to program solutions. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor or BMA 275 or CIS 275\x09\x09

BMA 614 - Topics in Advanced Business Technology (3 hours)
The course will cover the study of advanced topics in business technology. Topics may vary each time course is offered. Topics will be stated in current schedule of classes. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor\x09\x09

BMA 658 - Topics in Business Administration (3 hours)
Topics of special interest, which may vary each time the course is offered. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

BMA 660 - Readings in Business Administration (1-3 hours)
Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy; consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

BMA 671 - Productivity Software for Managers (3 hours)
The use of packaged software to improve personal productivity in the business environment: spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, database retrieval, statistics, word processing, and electronic mail. Problem-solving laboratory exercises using the different software packages.

BMA 672 - Information Systems Management (2 hours)
Knowledge and application of information-related resources from a management perspective: identifying information needs, strategic uses of information systems, emerging information technologies, managing information resources effectively.

BMA 673 - Data Communications for Managers (3 hours)
Data communications for supporting management decision making and group coordination: communication technologies, idea generation and group collaboration, data and video conferencing, emerging technologies for communication and coordination. Prerequisite: BMA 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 675 - Managing Systems Development (3 hours)
Tools and techniques needed to manage the development of information systems. Systems analysis techniques, rapid application development, data modeling, data management and administration, project management tools and techniques. Prerequisite: BMA 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 676 - Electronic Commerce (3 hours)
Introduction to electronic commerce (EC). Managerial and organizational issues surrounding EC. History of Internet, emerging technologies for EC, electronic data interchange, digital libraries, data warehouses, interactive advertising and marketing, kiosk systems. Relation of EC to organizational strategy. Prerequisite: BMA 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 682 - Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
This course is for MBA students who wish to explore launching a venture of their own or immersing themselves in another actual venture. Beyond the readings, a variety of exercises, live cases and other learning opportunities will enable participants to partially customize the course content to fit their needs and interests. Several specialists and entrepreneurs will serve as distinguished guest entrepreneurs for certain sessions. This is an applied, experiential course that allows for the application of knowledge from other MBA courses. A primary focus will be on conducting a venture feasibility or other project.