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Accounting, Finance, and Business Law

Accounting

ACCT 2301 Principles of Accounting I [TCCN: ACCT 2301]
An introduction to the financial statements and their use in decision-making. Topics include the accounting cycle; concepts and principles used in recording equity, revenues and expenses, and internal controls.

ACCT 2302 Principles of Accounting II [TCCN: ACCT 2302]
Accounting concepts and methods used in managerial planning, control, and decision-making. Topics include budgetary planning, control and analysis, responsibility accounting; costing techniques; standard costs; cost-volume-profit relationships; and capital budgeting. Prerequisite: ACCT 2301.

ACCT 3300: Survey of Accounting
Basic topics in financial and managerial accounting. This course is designed for non-business and non-accounting major students. Accounting majors will not receive credit for this course. Topics include financial statements and analysis; accounting for assets, liabilities and owners' equity, and elements of managerial accounting.

ACCT 3311 Intermediate Accounting I 
Accounting theory and practice relating to problems of asset valuation and classification in accounts and statements. Prerequisite: ACCT 2301 

ACCT 3312 Intermediate Accounting II
Accounting theory and practice relating to problems of valuation and classification of liabilities and stockholder's equity, statement of cash flows, financial statement analysis, and other topics. Prerequisite: ACCT 3311.

ACCT 3315 Cost Accounting
Accounting for manufacturing operations; emphasis on standard costing, process costing and relevant analysis for decision making. Prerequisite: TECH 2323 or equivalent; ACCT 2302.

ACCT 3325 Income Tax I
Statutes, regulations, administrative ruling, and court decisions relating to federal income taxes of individuals. Prerequisite: ACCT 2302 or concurrent enrollment in ACCT 2302.

ACCT 3326 Income Tax II
An introduction to federal income taxation of corporations and partnerships and increased coverage of tax research. Prerequisite: ACCT 3325 

ACCT 4320 Advanced Accounting
Accounting problems in respect to multiple ownership; consolidated financial statements and partnership accounts; institutional, social and fiduciary accounting. Prerequisite: ACCT 3312.

ACCT 4330 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Accounting for governments and not-for-profit organizations. Coverage includes budgets, revenues, expenditures, tax levies, appropriations, general funds, special funds, and financial reports. Prerequisite: ACCT 3311.

ACCT 4370 Special Topics in Accounting
Studies in accounting to include such topics as forensic accounting, advanced auditing, international accounting and advanced accounting information systems. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied to a degree. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 

ACCT 4375 International Accounting & Financial Reporting
Introduces and examines accounting issues unique to multinational enterprises and international business activity. Course includes International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); financial reporting outside the USA; International financial disclosure issues such as segmental social and environmental; accounting harmonization; ethics; taxation; foreign exchange; and cultural issues. Prerequisite: ACCT 3312.

ACCT 4380 Auditing
Auditing procedures, auditing standards and auditing reports. Responsibilities and ethical standards of independent public accounting firms. Prerequisite: ACCT 3311.

ACCT 4385 Accounting Theory
Evolution of financial accounting theory and practice; survey of contemporary accounting, with emphasis on latest developments and issues. Prerequisite: ACCT 3312. 

ACCT 4391 Accounting Information Systems
Structure of financial data flow systems within an organization. Development of logic, flow and control concepts and reporting techniques of these systems. Prerequisite: TECH 2323 or equivalent and ACCT 3312 or concurrent enrollment in ACCT 3312.

ACCT 4395 Undergraduate Internship
An 8 to 16 week program providing for a learning experience in an off-campus environment. CR/NC Option. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair and 3.0 minimum GPA.

ACCT 4199-4699 Independent Study 

Independent study in special areas of accounting not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may apply toward an undergraduate degree. Independent study courses are available only to degree seeking students. The student must request a faculty member to supervise the independent study, write a proposal and have it approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the department chair. The proposal and the final report become part of the students permanent record. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.

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FINA 3311 Principles of Finance
The study of money and its management. Examines financial institutions and how they function within the economy; studies alternative investments for inclusion in a portfolio; explores the techniques used by financial managers of small or family businesses and corporations in deciding how to acquire and invest funds. Prerequisite: ECON 2301 and ACCT 2301 or ACCT 3300.

FINA 3315 Personal Finance
Develops proficiency in financial planning and management for the individual, sole proprietorship, and small partnership. The proficiency includes learning budgeting, cash flow management, and the proper use of credit, tax planning, risk management, investments, retirement, and estate planning. Not intended for finance majors. Prerequisite: ECON 1301, ECON 2301, or ECON 2302.

FINA 3330 Investments 
A study of securities, the markets in which they are traded, and sources of financial information. The features and characteristics of a variety of financial instruments are analyzed including money market instruments, stocks, bonds, real estate, tax shelters, international securities, options and future contracts. Prerequisite: ECON 2301 and ACCT 2301. 

FINA 4310 Management of Financial Institutions
A study of the structure and functions of financial institutions; their sources and uses of funds; analysis of the nature and function of credit; the effects of financial institutions on macroeconomics analysis. Prerequisite: FINA 3311 and FINA 3330.

FINA 4330 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
This course explores the principles of valuation and the application of alternative techniques in determining the worth of equity, fixed-income, and derivative securities. Examination of the process of setting suitable investment objectives and constructing multi-asset portfolios to meet the specific needs of individual and institutional investors. Prerequisite: FINA 3330.

FINA 4340 Managerial Finance
A study of the conceptual and analytical framework guiding the investment, financing and dividend decisions of the firm. Prerequisite: FINA 3311.

FINA 4345 Financial Services Operations
Focus on the products and processes in the financial system. The course examines creation and distribution of financial products and services and discusses the strategies, channels, and risk-controls employed in their delivery. Prerequisite: FINA 3311

FINA 4350 International Finance
Balance of international payments, exchange rate determination, export-import financing, currency arbitrage and international capital movements. This course is aimed at grounding the student in basic principles of international finance, which are becoming increasingly relevant to U.S. business and investment decisions. Prerequisite: FINA 3311 and FINA 3330.

 

FINA 4365 Regional Financial Analysis
A course designed to enable students to grasp and conduct analysis of regional financial metrics. Students will learn essentials of data collection and mapping, as well as statistical analysis aimed at producing researcha nd client reports. Prerequisite: Instructor's consent. 

FINA 4370 Special Topics In Finance 
Areas of study in finance that reflect contemporary topics not covered by organized courses. May be repeated once for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Instructors Consent.

FINA 4395 Undergraduate Internship
An 8 to 16 week program providing for a learning experience in an off-campus environment. CR/NC option. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair and 3.0 minimum GPA.

FINA 4199-4699 Independent Study
Independent study in specific areas of finance not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Independent study courses are available only to degree-seeking students. The student must request a faculty member to supervise the independent study, write a proposal and have it approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the department chair. The proposal and the final report become part of the student's permanent record. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.

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BLAW 3301 Business Law and Social Responsibility
Introduction to the legal environment of business, legal reasoning, and historical perspective. The influence on economic activity by regulatory agencies in their pursuit of public policy goals is stressed. An introduction to business and professional ethics is included.

BLAW 4340 Business and Professional Ethics 
A study of business and professional ethical concepts, processes, and problems related to organizational decision making. Topics and issues include ethical reasoning, integrity, objectivity, independence, social responsibility, and organizational relationships.

Management and Marketing

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MANA 1300 Introduction to Business
Provides a brief survey of the major functional areas of business including management, marketing, accounting, finance, and information technology, as well as core topics such as ethics and social responsibility, forms of ownership, small business, and international business.

MANA 3170 How to Get a Job
Develop job search, networking, and career management skills including business etiquette, salary negotiations, interviewing, and career management. Students will understand the concept of a personal brand, and develop resumes and cover letters to help meet career objectives.

MANA 3305 Operations Management
Management of the production function in business firms with special attention given to production, transportation, inventory, quality and cost control. Prerequisite: TECH 2323 and MATH 1342.

MANA 3311 Managing People in Organizations
An understanding of individual characteristics and behavioral management concepts. Topics include personality, attribution theory, individual bias, ,motivation, team building, conflict resolutions, change management, leadership, interpersonal communication, and organizational design. (MANA 3311 and HRD 4333/3333 are the same course. You will not receive credit for both) 

MANA 3315 Managing Modern Organizations
An analysis of the structure and processes of organizations and their implications for managers. An organization theory perspective is used to analyze topics such as organizational environments, structural arrangements, technologies, resource dynamics, power, politics, and the development of the learning and knowledge-based organization. 

MANA 3320 Human Resource Management
An examination of the human resource functional areas of 1) planning, selection and recruitment, 2) compensation, 3) human resource development, 4) employee and labor relations, and 5) safety, health, and security. Prerequisite: MANA 3311 or HRD 3333.

MANA 3325 Entrepreneurship
Exploration of all aspects of entrepreneurship and the process of creating new ventures. Topics will include the role of entrepreneurship in the economy, opportunity recognition and evaluation, bootstrapping, entrepreneurial strategies, venture financing, and managing the growth process.

MANA 3330 Management Information Systems
A survey of the tools and techniques for the gathering of business information and structuring and manipulation of data to support managerial decision making. Main topic area includes decision support system technology, artificial intelligence tools, expert systems and business applications such as SAP. Prerequisite: TECH 2323 or equivalent.

MANA 3370 Business Writing and Oral Presentations
Opportunity for development of clear and persuasive business communication skills, study of interpersonal communication channels in internal and external environments, and experience in writing business letters, reports, and other professional communications. Prerequisite: Admission to BBA program.

MANA 4310 International Management
Focuses upon the globalization of markets, technologies and business practices and how organizational leaders and managers deal with these changing forces. Topics include managing international trade, foreign manufacturing and global service industries such as transportation and mass communications.

MANA 4315 Managerial Decision Making
This course develops integrative decision-making skills in business. Topics include problem definition, generation of alternatives, data collection, quantitative analysis, and qualitative analysis. Course requires familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and SAP. Prerequisite: MATH 1342 and TECH 2323.

MANA 4320 New Venture Planning
An application course designed to show students how to identify potential business opportunities, determine what constitutes a good business model, and how to implement a new business model. Students will prepare and present business plans during the semester. 

MANA 4325 Compensation Administration
Job analysis and evaluation; development of a comprehensive compensation program including incentive systems, supplemental compensation, executive compensation, and benefit analysis. Prerequisite: MANA 3311 or HRD 3333.

MANA 4335 Labor Relations
Overview of labor law, rights of employers and unions in organizing and bargaining, grievance processing, arbitration, and collective bargaining strategy and tactics. Prerequisite: MANA 3311 or HRD 3333.

MANA 4345 E-Commerce
The effective use of e-commerce applications is becoming increasingly important to sustain competitive advantage in today's global environment. The course topics include e-commerce business models, internet consumer retailing, key e-commerce applications, support services strategy and implementation and website development. Prerequisite: TECH 2323.

MANA 4350 Database Information Systems
The basics of constructing, managing, and deploying relational database and ERP systems such as SAP in support of electronic-based commerce activities. Topics include the requirements of defining and using data in relational databases, and incorporating the collection, management, and use of data as an integral part of successful e-business endeavors.

MANA 4365 Undergraduate Internship
An 8 to 16 week program providing a learning experience in an off-campus environment. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor and 3.0 minimum GPA.

MANA 4370 Special Topics In Management
Studies in management to include such topics as organizational theory and structure, global challenges in management, and ethical issues confronting management. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied to a degree. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor.

MANA 4385 Strategic Leadership
Application of leadership theories across all levels of the firm. Topics may include top management team dynamics, team building, transformational change processes and corporate restructuring. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor.

MANA 4395 Strategic Management
Capstone course that integrates accounting, economics, law, finance, management, and marketing in the solution of an organization's problems. Focus on the problems and perspectives of the firm's top management team as they attempt to achieve and retain competitive advantages. Prerequisite: Completion of Common Business Core.

MANA 4199-4699 Independent Study
Independent study in specific areas of management not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Independent study courses are available only to degree seeking students. The student must request a faculty member to supervise the independent study, write a proposal and have it approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the department chair. The proposal and the final report become part of the student's permanent record. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor.

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MARK 3311 Principles of Marketing
Marketing institutions, current market practices and structure of the market. Analysis of marketing functions, institutions, pricing, promotion, costs, marketing legislation and international marketing.

MARK 3325 Retailing in the 21st Century
Fundamental operations of retail institutions. Consideration is given to store location, merchandising, sales promotion, inventory control, store organization, and the use of enterprise resource planning systems such as SAP to integrate activities. Prerequisite: MARK 3311.

MARK 3350 Consumer Behavior
Analysis of psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects of human behavior affecting consumer's actions in the market place. Consumer purchase decision processes are also analyzed. Prerequisite: MARK 3311.

MARK 4300 Services Marketing
Decision making in the service industries such as accounting, education, finance, health, and other professional fields will be studied. Emphasis will be on problem solving for marketing in areas that are unique to the service sector. Prerequisite: MARK 3311. 

MARK 4305 Integrated Marketing Communication
Special attention is given to planning, strategy, analysis, and measurement of advertising effectiveness. Explores the subject of ethics and truth in advertising. Prerequisite: MARK 3311. 

MARK 4310 Sports Marketing
A study of basic marketing concepts with applications to sport organizations, both amateur and professional. Topics include promotions and public relations, sport behavior, strategic market planning, marketing information management communications, and sponsorship.

MARK 4350 Personal Selling
This marketing course includes the principles of personal selling for both industrial and retail sales persons. Topics included prospecting, approaching, presenting, closing, and follow-up. The major emphasis is to understand the customer's needs, and contributing to the success of customer. Prerequisite: MARK 3311

MARK 4360 International Marketing
This course focuses on marketing strategy and management within the context of global and international markets. It evaluates cultural differences and aims to enhance your skills in developing and implementing marketing strategies and decision making in international contexts. Prerequisite: MARK 3311

MARK 4365 Sales Management
Decision making for sales executives. Organization and administration of sales departments with special attention to sales forecasting. Prerequisite: MARK 3311.

MARK 4370 Special Topics In Marketing
Areas of study in marketing that reflect contemporary topics not covered by organized courses. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: MARK 3311. 

MARK 4375 Undergraduate Internship
An 8 to 16 week program providing a learning experience in an off-campus environment. Prerequisites: Consent of academic advisor and 3.0 minimum GPA.

MARK 4380 Marketing Research
Informational input for decision making, scientific method, research design, and sampling relative to the research process for the solution of marketing problems. Prerequisite: MARK 3311 and MATH 1342. 

MARK 4199-4699 Independent Study
Independent study in specific areas of marketing not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Independent study courses are available only to degree-seeking students. The student must request a faculty member to supervise the independent study, write a proposal and have it approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the department chair. The proposal and the final report become part of the student's permanent record. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor.

Human Resource Development and Technology

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HRD 3301: Introduction to HRD and Performance Management Systems
An overview of human resource development to include training, organizational development, career development and performance management techniques.

HRD 3306: Team Building
This course provides an insight into the use of teams in business and industry. Topics include the purpose of teams and the team-building process, conflict resolution, talent management, and team-building activities. The course will aslo examine the basic structure of teams, why they are important, how they are developed, and how they are managed and evaluated.

HRD 3312: Training, Selection and Recruiting
Overview of the process of planning, implementing, and the evaluation of training and development in a variety of settings; includes conceptual tools needed to develop and design training. 

HRD 3333: Human Relations
Study of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships among teachers and trainers in educational, industrial, and business settings. (HRD 4333/3333 and MANA 3311 are the same course. You will not receive credit for both) 

HRD 3342: Career Development and Human Resource Plannings
This course covers topics on evolving career development theories. Focus will be placed on knowledge and skills that enable students to effectively develop and link personal competencies to organizations.

HRD 4331: Workforce and Organizational Development
Evaluation of the workforce of the nation and identifying, assessing and evaluating the needs of industry and education for a quality work force.

HRD 4370 & 4371: Undergraduate Internship Program
An eight to 16 week program providing for a teaching experience in an off-campus environment. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair and 3.0 minimum GPA.

HRD 4199-4699: Independent Study
Independent study in specific areas of career and technical education not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor.

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TECH 2323: Introduction to Computer Applications
A study of personal computer applications in the business environment with emphasis on specifying, installing, and using business applications and ERP systems such as SAP.

TECH 2330: Information Technology and Communications
An investigation of the concepts behind modern telecommunications systems. Students will explore the means by which systems are interconnected. Information will be provided regarding emerging developments in telecommunications hardware and software.

TECH 3303: Introduction to Nanotechnology
An overview of the history, manufacture and applications of nanomaterials. An emphasis will be placed on the ethics, societal impacts and the future of nanotechnology.

TECH 3310: Total Quality Management
An analysis and application of total quality management principles to include statistical process control, graphical problem solving techniques, acceptance sampling standards, and six sigma quality. This is an applied computer course.

TECH 3311: Manufacturing Processes
Study of manufacturing related to materials processing. Students will be required to use various manufacturing processes in laboratory assignments.

TECH 3324: Plant Layout and Facilities Planning
An introductory course in facilities planning including a wide range of topics such as: real estate, financing, insurance, ergonomics, site selection, architecture, management, and plant layout. 

TECH 3333: Polymer Processing
A study of processing methods for polymer-based materials. Processing methods include: injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming, compression molding, extrusion, filament winding, lay-up methods, and vacuum bag molding and poltrusion.

TECH 3341: Public Domain – Texas
Disposition of the Public Lands of the State of Texas.
This course investigates the basis of all land mineral development in the State of Texas.  

TECH 3342: Applications of Photogrammetry
Elements of map, photograph, and image interpretation in land use and site mitigation. Topics include: botany, wetlands, flood land hazard and waste sites.

TECH 3343: Advanced Technologies for Surveyors
This course covers High Definition Surveying (HDS) which is becoming the industry standard for surveying projects and any additional new surveying topics. Students will gain experience in using a pulsed laser which moves across a target recording an unprecedented number of measurements in minutes. In addition, students will learn how to manipulate these scanned measurements with application software that will allow them to create three dimensional maps of the land to be surveyed.

TECH 3344: Industrial Safety
Study of environmental health and safety management as it relates to business and industry. Emphasis is places on accident theory, hazard identification, safety organizations, environmental stressors, loss control and risk analysis.

TECH 3355: Supply Chain Management
An overview of supply chain operations covering logistics, outsourcing, distribution, warehousing, site location, and globalization.

TECH 4173: E-Portfolio
Students will compile an electronic portfolio of acquired managerial and technical concepts. Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: TECH 4372.

TECH 4301: Supervision
Designed to provide supervisors the opportunity to acquire knowledge with respect to their relationship to management, employees, unions, and special personnel. Emphasizes activities associated with production, quality control, personnel training, materials, equipment, records and reports. 

TECH 4317: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Study of the application of computer-aided design, computer-aided-manufacturing, computer numerical control, robotics, programmable electronic controllers, and communication networks to achieve automated manufacturing.

TECH 4320: Job Analysis and Design
Provides a systematic procedure for identifying and analyzing tasks related to specific jobs.

TECH 4323: Lean Production
Applications of metal materials processing with an emphasis on lean manufacturing tools for reducing waste and streamlining production.

TECH 4341: Legal Principles in Surveying and Mapping
Boundary law including topics on conflict and litigation, courtroom presentation, determination of boundaries, evidence and procedures and special boundaries such as gradient and riparian. 

TECH 4342: Applied Geodesy
Application of precise surveying technology in boundary location and surveying. Topics covered are: photogrammetry, GPs, GIS, remote sensing, coordinate systems, and map projections.  

TECH 4343: Advanced Manufacturing Processes
A survey of the latest manufacturing processes that are used in order to produce products that cannot be produced with conventional manufacturing processes. Processes covered will include non-traditional machining methods, abrasive machining, advanced casting methods, specialized welding methods, and other high-end processes used in manufacturing industries.

TECH 4370 & 4371: Internship in Technology
An 8- to 16-week program offering learning experiences in an off-campus industrial, business or manufacturing environment. A minimum of 150 clock hours of learning experiences in an approved internship activity is required for 3 hours of credit. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor.

TECH 4372: Capstone Experience
An end-of-program review of technical and managerial concepts. Students complete an electronic portfolio of acquired competencies.

TECH 4199 - 4699: Independent Study
Independent study in specific areas of technology not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours for independent study courses may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Prerequisite: Consent of academic advisor.

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