Temple BA 3103 Spring 2016 Integrative Business Applications (3)

Temple BA 3103 Spring 2016 Integrative Business Applications (3)

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Integrative Business Applications: BA 3103-013 11423 Spring 2016 Alter Hall 237 M W F 3:00 to 3:50 PM Phone: 856-261-6762 (Dire Circumstances Only) E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: ½ hour before and after class Course Overview and Objectives: This course is intended to provide undergraduate junior-year business majors with an opportunity to integrate the material in the lower and upper BBA core courses in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Statistics, Human Resource Management, Ethics, MSOM, and Risk Management and Insurance. It will prepare students for the analytical rigors of decision-making in complex business environments. BA 3103 is not a review course , and is designed to integrate the core material in an applications context with emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and business communications. There will be discussions of core business concepts in the context of the Capsim simulation, but you are responsible for knowing and demonstrating an ability to apply the concepts covered in the core business curriculum. We will not spend class time going over, in detail, concepts covered in the BBA core. There are many online sources, such as Wikipedia, that you can use if you need to review BBA core material. The course goal is to help you synthesize the tools you have learned in order to draw meaningful conclusions as a basis for developing effective organizational strategies and programs. BA 3103 will bridge the gap between theoretical class work and business practice. We will use the Capsim business simulation as a vehicle to test alternative ways to manage a business in a competitive environment. Emphasis will be on developing planning and problem solving skills. We will also explore concepts in classroom discussions, case presentations, and critical analysis of current topics. Your participation in class discussions is important and expected. Course Objectives: BA 3103 is intended to give students the following skills:
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1) Learn how to “frame” business problems; apply critical thinking and utilize appropriate business concepts. 2) Apply the scientific method to problem-solving: Conduct macro/micro-environmental analysis; apply a core body of discipline- specific knowledge to business situations. Identify viable solutions to business problems. Use cross-disciplinary knowledge to identify problems and their causes, generate alternative solutions, and arrive at reasoned conclusions. Make sound and well-supported business recommendations; formulate reasoned arguments orally and in writing. 3) Understand business problems in a systems context: Support key arguments with relevant data. Assess the objectivity, currency, and reliability of information. Work effectively in a team setting to develop comprehensive managerial solutions. Apply teamwork and communications skills to present and support conclusions.
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