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Applied Business Program Outcomes

Associate in Applied Business Program Outcomes

Human Relations Skills: Communication, collaboration, multiculturalism, and management/leadership

  • Communication. Communicate effectively in various forms using an appropriate channel for the situation.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration. Work effectively and ethically within and across groups/teams to achieve common goals.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Apply and analyze multicultural strategies to facilitate respectful and equitable inclusion of diverse individuals and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.

Core Business Principles: Quantitative and qualitative analysis, application, synthesis, and evaluation (economics, accounting, marketing, finance, ethics/legal)

  • Strategic Thinking. Use quantitative and qualitative business principles to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate business problems in order to design and execute effective and ethical business solutions.
  • Information Competency. Apply appropriate information location, selection, and attribution norms to solve business problems.

Business Model Orientation: Sustainability, entrepreneurship

  • Sustainable Business Model. Analyze and evaluate the impact of various business models on communities, the environment, and the society at large.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset. Demonstrate an action-oriented entrepreneurial mindset open to innovation, opportunities, and change in order to capture, create, and communicate value in business settings.

Core Abilities Outcomes

Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop ideas that lead to action.

Responsibility

Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Information Competency

Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods and tools.

Multiculturalism

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures and experiences and the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to engage others with civility and empathy.

Related Instruction Outcomes

Communication

Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.

Computation

Graduates utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, geometric, or statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.

Human Relations

Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Social Sciences

Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

Certificate in Business

Students will:

  • Identify different elements that distinguish capitalism, socialism, communism, and mixed economy.
  • Describe the role of competition, government involvement, and culture in a selected country's economic system.
  • Assess elements of the global economy such as labor, capital, trade, natural resources, etc. and develop an action plan that describes how they will compete in this environment.
  • Compare and contrast the functions of production, marketing, human resource, accounting, information, and financial management.
  • Analyze workplace scenarios identifying/debating legal, ethical and socially responsible

Certificate in Fashion Merchandising

Students will:

  • Utilize the vocabulary of fashion appropriately.
  • Recognize the impact of various brand and designer names on consumer buying behavior.
  • Discuss the fashion cycle, trends, and forecasting and analyze the effect these have on the fashion industry.
  • Analyze business strategies used in the fashion industry. Business strategies include branding, licensing, product development, distribution control, outsourcing, consolidation, public trading, and private investment.
  • Analyze various cultural, political, economic, technical, sociological and psychological factors that influence fashion and consumers.
  • Explain the interrelationship between various segments of the fashion industry: fiber and textile production, apparel design/manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and retail
  • Analyze major issues facing the apparel industry today including global production, trade deficits, sweatshop labor, technology applications, price/value perceptions, and market/consumer trends.
  • Analyze current and future dimensions of fashion retailing including traditional retail, non-store retail, and international expansion.
  • Identify fashion information resources and advisory services and utilize these in researching components of the fashion industry.
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability by attending class, actively participating, and meeting time commitments.

Certificate in Human Resources Management

Students will:

  • Identify and describe human resource departmental duties and responsibilities.
  • Differentiate between job analysis, auditing, job design, job description, job specifications, needs analysis, and job evaluation.
  • Identify factors influencing human resource trends and forecasts using workplace scenarios.
  • Identify and describe factors that impact individual and organizational performance and develop an action plan for improving personal performance.
  • Analyze current employment discrimination laws, identify factors impeding equal employment and develop a plan for minimizing the impact of these factors within an organization.
  • Develop a flow chart of a recruitment and selection process, using affirmative action guidelines.
  • Develop training and development plans for new or under-producing employee.
  • Analyze employee rights in the workplace using current laws and regulations and evaluate organizational compliance.
  • Compare an organization’s safety and health standards against OSHA and WISHA standards.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages to unionization
  • Identify determinants in union-management relations, and describe a method of reducing labor relations problems.
  • Analyze an actual performance appraisal system and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Compare various means of compensation, including incentives and benefits and evaluate how compensation is used to attract and retain employees.
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability by attending class, actively participating, and meeting time commitments.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Students will:

  • Identify and explain the advantages and disadvantages of small business ownership in a free enterprise economy.
  • Develop a preliminary business plan including business description, product strategy, legal requirements, market analysis, marketing plan, organizational structure, and financial plan.
  • Research a small business opportunity using a variety of information sources including forms of business ownership, federal/state/local tax implications, and resources for capitalization.
  • Identify various elements that distinguish a successful business plan from an unsuccessful business plan including professional presentation, organization of content, accurate data, and funding contingencies.  
  • Describe the interdependent relationship of various business functions related to small business including marketing, finance, and business operations.

Certificate in Supervision and Management

Students will:

  • Describe management as a process and illustrate what managers do, how they do it, and the tools and techniques utilized.
  • Distinguish between "management", "supervision," and "leadership" and describe the emphasis of each in transactional or transformational activities.
  • Explain the role of mission statements, policies, procedures, rules, and job descriptions within an organization and how they influence the responsibilities of supervisors/managers.
  • Analyze problems faced by management and apply appropriate theories to personal and/or work situations.
  • Recognize and manage the dynamics of organizational change as they relate to self and the supervision of others.
  • Distinguish between "good" and "poor" work ethics when given a variety of workplace situations.
  • Apply principles of recruiting, interviewing, selecting, orienting, training, and evaluating new employees in a real life or simulated activity.
  • Interact professionally in the workplace as determined by business/industry best practices and in accordance with applicable federal and state employment laws.
  • Assess multicultural factors that impact the management process to include the employment process and advancement opportunities.
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability by attending class, actively participating, and meeting time commitments.

Social Media Certificate Core Abilities and Outcomes

Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop ideas that lead to action.

Responsibility

Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Information Competency

Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Multiculturalism

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures and experiences and the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to engage others with civility and empathy.

Core Abilities Outcomes for all Business Certificates

Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.

Responsibility

Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.

Information Competency

Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Multiculturalism

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Related Instruction Outcomes for All Business Certificates

Communication

Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.

Computation

Graduates utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, geometric, or statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.

Human Relations

Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community, and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Social Sciences

Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.