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2003-2005 UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG

College of Business Administration

Office: CF 111, McNichols Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-1200
Website: www.business.udmercy.edu
Dean: Bahman Mirshab
Telephone: (313) 993-1204
Associate Dean: Bruce M. Brorby
Telephone: (313) 993-1118
Fax: (313) 993-1052

The College of Business Administration provides professional education in business and related fields recognizing the importance of a liberalizing education as a foundation for a career of continuing self-education. The student has the opportunity to select from a wide spectrum of liberal arts courses and other non-business courses. The College aims to instill in its students, through a personalized educational process, a sense of personal integrity, a high measure of intellectual curiosity, and a deep awareness of personal and social values in contemporary society, particularly in its urban setting. To this end, the College notes the following mission:

Mission

The College of Business Administration prepares diverse students to serve business organizations and society with competence, compassion and conscience. Rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, the College champions academic excellence and good character by encouraging intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social growth. We achieve this mission by:

• Encouraging and expecting excellence from students, faculty, and staff in all we do;

• Helping students to develop knowledge, analytical and critical thinking, and skills to compete in a dynamic global business environment;

• Teaching students self-reflection, teamwork with diverse peoples, and responsible stewardship for the common good;

• Delivering quality teaching, research, and service to our University, our profession, and our community;

• Providing quality bachelor and master degree programs

 

Programs

The College offers various academic degree programs for students who wish to pursue a professional education in business and related disciplines: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Accounting and Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems with a major in Software Management. All classes are held at the McNichols campus and are available during the day, as well as in an evening and weekend format. The following study concentrations are available for the Business Administration major: Finance, International Business, Human Resource Management, Management and Marketing.

 

Accreditation

The College of Business Administration is nationally accredited, on both the undergraduate (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) and graduate (Master of Business Administration) levels, by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Organized in 1916, AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for bachelorÕs, masterÕs and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

 

Advising

In the College of Business Administration, academic advising is an integral part of the learning process. The faculty and staff are committed to taking an active role in the education, well-being and personal development of the students. Professional advising is available throughout the year and students are required to see an advisor prior to each registration.

 

University Core Curriculum (57 cr.)

Communication Skills1
9
Mathematical and Computer2
12
Scientific Literacy3
12
Meaning and Value4
9
History and Culture5
12
Social Responsibility6
3

 

1Students must complete CST 101; ENL 131 & 204.

2Students must complete MTH 111, 112 and 214; CIS 100. Students majoring in CIS are not required to take MTH 214.

3Students must complete ECN 295, 296 & 305; One course in Natural Science that meets Core Curriculum. Students majoring in CIS are not required to take ECN 305.

4Students must complete PHL 100; Two courses in Religious Studies and/or Philosophy that meet the Core Curriculum.

5Students must complete one course in History; one course in Literature; one course in Art, Drama, Music; and one course in the study of other cultures and/or foreign language. These courses must meet the core curriculum.

6Students must complete PHL 201 or ETH 259. Students majoring in CIS must also complete one course in Contemporary Socio-Political Problems.

 

Cooperative Education

The College of Business Administration offers its undergraduates the option of participation in the Co-op track. This planned program provides graduates in the College of Business Administration with 8-12 months of professional experience prior to graduation. Students must have a minimum of 63 credit hours, a 2.5 GPA, and have successfully completed CEC 300 before starting their first assignment. Students normally complete two Co-op assignments with the option of a third. These assignments are approximately four months in length and begin at the start of each semester. Students may choose either the alternating Co-op track or the parallel Co-op track. Students have the opportunity to integrate the Co-op experience into their academic program without delaying graduation.

 

Academic Recognition

Beta Alpha Psi - The National Honors Fraternity for Financial Information Professionals Membership is restricted to upper division students majoring in accounting or choosing a concentration in finance who have maintained a superior grade point average in the study of accounting and finance. This membership is one of the highest scholastic honors that accounting and finance students can attain. As the premier professional accounting and business information fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements membersÕ formal education by providing interaction between students, faculty and professionals, and fosters lifelong growth, service and ethical conduct. Beta Alpha Psi chapters may be chartered only in those schools of business and management accredited by AACSB International.

 

Beta Gamma Sigma - The National Scholastic Honor Society in the Field of Business and Management

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is an honor which must be earned through outstanding scholastic achievement. Such membership is one of the highest scholastic honors that a student in a school of business or management can attain. To be eligible for Beta Gamma Sigma membership, a student must rank in the top seven percent of his or her junior class, the top 10 percent of his or her senior class, or rank in the top 20 percent of those students receiving masterÕs degrees. Beta Gamma Sigma chapters may be chartered only in those schools of business and management accredited by AACSB International.

Requirements

A candidate for the bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours within the following areas:

• required University Core Curriculum

• courses in the major

• elective courses

Transfer students may substitute equivalent courses with approval from the College.

A candidate is expected to attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all hours attempted, in the major and in the last 60 hours. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours must be taken in the College of Business Administration at University of Detroit Mercy. The College reserves the right to add or delete course offerings and to redesign programs.

The College of Business Administration believes that service to the community is a most worthwhile endeavor of a business professional. As a result, participation in community service is strongly encouraged and there are a number of opportunities for student participation.

Undergraduate Business Core Courses: (36 cr.)

ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I 3 cr.
ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II 3 cr.
BUS 231 Business Law I 3 cr.
BUS 311 Organizational Management 3 cr.
BUS 312 Principles of Marketing 3 cr.
BUS 313 Financial Management 3 cr.
BUS 315 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making 3 cr.
BUS 316 Control of Operations Managementand Quality 3 cr.
BUS 317 Management of Information Systems* 3 cr.
BUS 318 Organizational Leadership 3 cr.
BUS 319 Business and Society 3 cr.
BUS 499 Strategic Policy and Management 3 cr.

*Accounting majors complete ACC 350

 

Typical Freshman and Sophomore Program for Business Administration and Accounting Majors

Freshman Year (30 cr.)

Term 1 Term II
ENL 131 3 cr. CST 101 3 cr.
MTH 111 3 cr. Obj. V-LIT 3 cr.
PHL 100 or RS 100 3 cr. PL 100 or RS 100 3 cr.
CIS 100 3 cr. MTH 112 3 cr.
Obj. V-HIS 3 cr. Obj. III-NS 3 cr.

 

Sophomore Year (30 cr.)

Term I Term II
ACC 201 3 cr. ACC 202 3 cr.
ECN 295 3 cr. ECN 296 3 cr.
ENL 204 3 cr. MTH 214 3 cr.
PHL 201 3 cr. BUS 231 3 cr.
or ETH 259 3 cr. Obj. V-A/D/M 3 cr.
Obj. IV-PH/RS 3 cr.    

 

Certificate in Business Administration

Special Program Available to Non-Business Majors (30 cr.):

ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I 3 cr.
ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II 3 cr.
CIS 100 Introduction to Computers 3 cr.
ECN 295 Microeconomic Principles 3 cr.
ECN 296 Macroeconomic Principles 3 cr.
ECN 305 Money and the Financial System 3 cr.
BUS 231 Business Law I 3 cr.
BUS 311 Organizational Management 3 cr.
BUS 312 Principles of Marketing   3 cr.
BUS 313 Financial Management 3 cr.

 

Accounting

Office: CF 101
Faculty: J. David; P. Wirtz; C. Zorski
Telephone: (313) 993-1215
Fax: (313) 993-1673

The UDM Accounting Program develops professional accountants who transcend narrow functional boundaries and can fill a variety of roles in any organization. A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting prepares graduates for lifeÕs career not just the next job. Students are taught the accounting skills and analytical tools necessary to succeed in todayÕs rapidly changing economic environment.

Upon completion of the 126-hour Accounting major, a student is qualified to take the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. Recent changes in MichiganÕs licensing rules mandate that prior to certification to practice as a CPA, the applicant must complete a total of 150 semester hours. While the additional hours can be obtained at the undergraduate level, the faculty recommends that students desiring to become a CPA consider a MasterÕs Degree in Business or Information Systems.

A number of other professional certification programs are available to the accounting program graduate. Students may choose to pursue certifications in management accounting, financial management, internal auditing, or forensic accounting, for example. Most certifications, like CPA licensing, have education, examination, experience

and continuing professional education requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with the faculty about career paths and certification.

Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Accounting Major (24 cr.)

ACC 311 Financial Accounting I 3 cr.
ACC 312 Financial Accounting II 3 cr.
ACC 331 Cost Accounting Systems and Procedures 3 cr.
ACC 350 Accounting Information Systems 3 cr.
ACC 413 Financial Accounting III   3 cr.
ACC 430 Federal Income Taxation I 3 cr.
ACC 440 Federal Income Taxation II 3 cr.
ACC 451 Auditing 3 cr.

 

Recommended Junior and Senior Programs Junior Year (36 cr.)

Term I Term II
ACC 311 3 cr. ACC 312 3 cr.
ACC 331 3 cr. ACC 350 3 cr.
ECN 305 3 cr. BUS 316 3 cr.
BUS 315 3 cr. BUS 313 3 cr.
BUS 311 3 cr. BUS 312 3 cr.
Obj.V-C/FL 3 cr. Elective(non-bus) 3 cr.

 

Senior Year (30 cr.)

Term I Term II
ACC 430 3 cr. ACC 440 3 cr.
ACC 413 3 cr. ACC 451 3 cr.
BUS 318 3 cr. BUS 499 3 cr.
BUS 319 3 cr. Elective (non-bus) 3 cr.
Elective (non-bus) 3 cr. Elective (non-bus) 3 cr.

 

Business Administration

Office: CF 117
Faculty: M. Bernacchi; J. Boettcher; L. Bossman; G. Cavanagh, S.J.; T. Crick; M. Hazen; M. Higby; R. Kesavan; S. Kim; O. Mascarenhas, S.J.; T. Mawhinney; C. Motlagh; E. Swinnerton; S. Taj; G. Ulferts; M. Whitty; L. Zeff
Telephone: (313) 993-1215
Fax: (313) 993-1673

A degree in Business Administration provides students with the knowledge base and functional skills required to meet the varied and complex responsibilities faced by managers in businesses and other kinds of organizations.

Students complete a set of business core courses which encompass all of the major functional areas essential to the successful operation of any organization. This ensures that graduates are prepared to enter a variety of positions upon graduation. Students must also take at least four advanced business electives beyond the business core: these may be used to expand the breadth of their knowledge in several subject areas or to increase their depth of understanding in one area. At least one of the four electives must be chosen from International Business.

A wide range of opportunities exist for business majors upon graduation. Large corporations, small or family-held businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies all have need for the skills and knowledge possessed by a business administration major. Participation in co-op often helps students to narrow their career focus to a specific occupation, firm, or industry.

Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Business Administration Major

Recommended Junior and Senior Programs

Junior Year (33 cr.)

Term I Term II
ECN 305 3 cr. BUS 313 3 cr.
BUS 311 3 cr. BUS 316 3 cr.
BUS 312 3 cr. BUS 318  3 cr.
BUS 315 3 cr. BUS 317 3 cr.
Obj V C/FL Elective 3 cr. Business Elec. 3 cr.

 

Senior Year (33 cr.)

Term I Term II
BUS 319 3 cr. Business Elec. 3 cr.
Business Elec. 6 cr. Electives 9 cr.
Electives 9 cr. BUS 499 3 cr.

 

Computer and Information Systems

Office: CF 117
Faculty: A. Drommi, D. Huff, W. Norfleet, D. Shoemaker
Telephone: (313) 993-1215
Fax: (313) 993-1673

The Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems is designed to produce a successful software professional. It offers a wide range of career options. Students can obtain a highly marketable degree in Software Production and Management which will prepare them to carry out a range of IT job functions including: software architect/designer, application and web programmer, software verification and validation tester, network operator and/or administrator, project manager, or information systems auditor. The curriculum conveys the entire body of professional knowledge in best practice with regard to IT work. Its content is derived from and fully conformant with recommendations for programs of this type established by the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems
Software Production and Management (39 cr.)

Required

CIS 103 Web Productivity Tools 3 cr.
CIS 201 Introduction to Programming 3 cr.
CIS 220 Programming for the Internet 3 cr.
CIS 281 Data Communications and Networks 3 cr.
CIS 305 Software Requirements and Design 3 cr.
CIS 325 Software Construction 3 cr.
CIS 345 Software Project Management 3 cr.
CIS 382 Database Design 3 cr.
CIS 405 Software Maintenance 3 cr.
CIS 484 SQA and Configuration Management 3 cr.
CIS 486 Software Testing and Methodologies 3 cr.

 

Plus any two of the following (6 credits total)

CIS 115 Visual Basic 3 cr.
CIS 335 Interface Design 3 cr.
CIS 387 Database Programming  3 cr.
CIS 390 Information and Society 3 cr.
CIS 445 Introduction to IS Auditing and CAAT 3 cr.
CIS 455 Process Control by Internal Audit 3 cr.
CIS 460 Technologies for Electronic Commerce 3 cr.
CIS 485 Information Governance and  Security 3 cr.
CIS 488 Special Topics in IS Audit and Control 3 cr.
CIS 489 International Seminar in   Computing 3 cr.
CIS 490 Lead Audit 3 cr.
ACC 350 Accounting Information Systems 3 cr.
BUS 317 Management of Information Systems 3 cr.

                

Recommended Program

Freshmen Year (30 cr.)

Term I Term II
ENL 131 3 cr CST 101 3 cr
MTH 111 3 cr MTH 112 3 cr
PHL 100 3 cr RS 100 3 cr
CIS 100 3 cr CIS 103 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Obj 5 Lit 3 cr

 

Sophomore (33 cr.)

Term I  Term II
ECN 295 3 cr. ECN 296 3 cr.
CIS 201 3 cr. CIS 220 3 cr.
Obj 5- HIS 3 cr. CIS 281 3 cr.
PHL 201/ ETH 259 3 cr. Obj 3 – NS 3 cr.
Electives 6 cr. ENL 204 3 cr.

 

Co-op recommended, in parallel with Junior/Senior Year

 

Junior Year (33 cr.)

Term I Term II
CIS 305 3 cr. CIS 325 3 cr.
Obj 5-A/D/M 3 cr. CIS 345 3 cr.
Obj 5-C/FL 3 cr. Obj 4-PHL/RS 3 cr.
Electives 6 cr. Obj 6-SOC/POL 3 cr.
    Electives   6 cr.

 

Senior Year (30 cr.)

Term I Term II
CIS 405 3 cr. CIS 382 3 cr.
CIS 484 3 cr. CIS 486 3 cr.
CIS elective 3 cr. CIS elective 3 cr.
electives 6 cr. electives  6 cr.

 

Special Policies for the College of Business Administration

Residence and Time Requirements

Candidates for the bachelorÕs degree must complete their final 30 hours of work in the College of Business Administration. Students are expected to complete their degree program within 10 years.

Pass-Fail Grading

Students in the College of Business Administration who have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better may take a maximum of four courses or 12 hours of course work on Pass-Fail. Only one course may be taken per semester. These hours must be taken in courses which are not specifically required for the degree. For further description of the University Pass-Fail Policy, see page 280.

 

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