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Business Administration (BA)

Courses

BA 102  Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to the global business community, while also providing an overview of relevant business principles and practices, including those necessary for success in the aviation and aerospace industry. Students will be exposed to the unique challenges and career opportunities within the global business community. Via readings, case studies and guest lectures, students will also learn the lexicon of an aviation business professional, with an introduction to international regulatory agencies, airports, airlines and air cargo, and aerospace manufacturers.

BA 189  Introduction to Business  3 Credits (3,0)

This introductory business course covers basic topics including accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, organizational behavior, planning, and strategic management. Additional topics include business law, values and ethics, diversity, integrity, social responsibility, globalization, and benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration. Students are coached to build their skills in teaming, networking, career preparation, and the benefit of life-long learning.

BA 201  Principles of Management  3 Credits (3,0)

Provides an overview of relevant management principles and practices as applied in contemporary formal and informal organizations. Focuses on management theories, philosophies, and functions.

BA 215  Transportation Principles  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce the basic principles of several modes of transportation, including air, sea, rail, automobile, transit, and pipeline. The operating characteristics of each mode is discussed, as are issues associated with intermodal competition, compatibility, and interconnectivity, the importance of each in the economy, environmental issues, and future developmental prospects.

BA 221  Advanced Computer Based Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a continuation of BA 120. It covers advanced concepts of spreadsheet use, database management systems, presentation graphics and Internet usage that will assist in problem analysis, worksheet management and exchanging spreadsheet data with other programs. It introduces the student to project planning, project scheduling and project tracking using computer software. In addition, the course provides experience in the basics of retrieving graphical and text-based information and also explores webpage design and development to support management activities.

BA 222  Business Analytics Tools  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers advanced spreadsheet analysis techniques including: complex data sets, troubleshooting errors, worksheet collaboration, and information sharing between software products. Students are also introduced to project management including project planning, scheduling, cost tracking, and task tracking using computer software. This course provides experience in the basics of content management, document management, and collaboration through customized web portals.

BA 299  Special Topics in Management  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in management.

BA 308  Public Administration  3 Credits (3,0)

Characteristics of organization and management in government; impact of political processes and public pressures on administration action; role of regulatory agencies; governmental personnel and budgetary procedures; unique qualifications of the public administrator.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 309  Government Acquisitions and Contracting  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to the federal government acquisition and contracting processes, exploring the fundamental principles and techniques in detail. Students will gain an understanding of best practices from both a government and an industry perspective including a focus on contracting. The course will navigate the highly complex federal acquisition process including the governance roles, operational roles and how the intersection of these is integral to the success of each agency?s mission.

BA 311  Marketing  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******Marketing theory; marketing management, sales management; market research. Public and customer relations, advertising, distribution.
Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing.

BA 314  Human Resource Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine the functions to be accomplished in effectively managing human resources. An in-depth study of the interrelationship of managers, organizational staff, and/or specialists will assist the student in understanding and applying management theories to real-world human resource planning. Areas of concentration include human resource planning; recruitment and selection; training and development; compensation and benefits; safety and health; and employee and labor relations.

BA 319  Managerial and Organizational Behavior  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine the functions to be accomplished in effectively exploring managerial and organizational behavior. A study of the interrelationship of staff managers, specialists, and line managers will assist the student in understanding and applying management theories to real-world human resource planning and execution. Areas of concentration include human resource planning; recruitment and selection, training and development; compensation; safety and health; labor relations; and understanding individual, group, team, and social processes. Special attention is devoted to how technology has shaped the modern work environment.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 320  Business Information Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

A management approach to understanding business information systems. The general characteristics, potential, and limitations of business systems are covered. The major emphasis is on understanding the inputs, processing, and outputs of a variety of business systems; the ways in which business systems are interrelated and the inherent management problems involved in the implementation and control of such systems.

BA 322  Aviation Insurance  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to the basic principles of insurance and risk with its special application to the aviation industry. An in-depth review of the aviation insurance industry in the United States including the market and types of aviation insurers. Pre-Requisite: Sophomore Standing.
Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing.

BA 324  Aviation Labor Relations  3 Credits (3,0)

An investigation of labor-management relations with specific reference to the aviation industry. Examined are the history of unionism, structure of unions, legal environment and the Railway Labor Act, collective bargaining, public sector relationships, grievance procedures, conflict resolution, and contemporary trends affecting union membership.

BA 325  Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management  3 Credits (3,0)

A comprehensive inquiry into the major components of social responsibility including economic, legal, political, ethical, and societal issues involving the interaction of business, government, and society.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 327  Airline-Airport Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

Airline-Airport Operations is a comprehensive overview of the symbiotic and dynamic relationship between airline and airport operations. This course focuses on the day-to-day issues that airline and airport management must address in order to effectively operate. The student will develop an understanding of current issues impacting the relationship between airlines and airports. A historical overview, current airport and airline operational characteristics, regulatory perspectives, current political and financial environment, air service development, and future issues are studied.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 328  Professional Consulting  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******A practical introduction to problem solving by learning to assess, develop, and contribute one's expertise to the solution of problems that organizations face in a global environment. Emphasis is given to problem recognition, definition, and solution. Various types of non-mathematical problem-solving strategies are explored such as consulting, strategic planning and management, organizational change, conflict resolution, and facilitation. Concepts presented are applicable to all fields, such as aviation, engineering, computer science, environmental studies, security, and business management
Prerequisites: Junior/Senior Standing.

BA 335  International Business  3 Credits (3,0)

An analysis of economic development and international trade in modern times, with an examination of current U.S. relations with other nations. Attention will be focused on the impact of foreign trade on the aviation industry and the industry's contribution to economic development.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 337  Entrepreneurship  3 Credits (3,0)

This is an introductory course in career building, organization management, business development and technology commercialization in dynamic, early-stage, public and private sector product-markets with emphasis on entrepreneurism; the mentalities and processes of successful disruptive innovation.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 341  Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management  3 Credits (3,0)

It is vital to understand the roles of logistics and supply chain management (SCM) in a global economy where individuals and organizations have access to markets across the world. This course examines the key developments and the role of global logistics and SCM across all transport systems in increasing the competitiveness and efficiency of organizations. The course prepares and enables students to practice innovative and critical thinking skills and apply key drivers and measures to develop solutions to authentic logistics and supply chain problems that businesses regularly face both locally and around the world.

BA 352  Business Quantitative Methods  3 Credits (3,0)

Development, implementation, and utilization of business models for managerial decision making. Various techniques for modeling, such as statistical analyses techniques, data analysis, regression and correlation analysis, forecasting, simulation, and optimization models are covered. Developing models needed in decision support systems using Microsoft Excel.
Prerequisites: BA 221 or 222 and MA 222.

BA 353  Management of Production and Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

An intensive study of management in all organizations: service oriented and product oriented. Scheduling, inventory control procurement, quality control, and safety are investigated. Particular attention is given to applications of aviation-oriented activities.
Prerequisites: BA 201 and MA 222.

BA 370  Machine Learning and Big Data  3 Credits (3,0)

The rapid development of digital technologies and advances in communications have led to gigantic amounts of data with complex structures called Big Data being produced every day at exponential growth. This course provides an overview of machine learning techniques to explore, analyze, and leverage this data. Students will be introduced to tools and algorithms to create machine learning models that learn from data and to scale those models up to big data problems. The course will also discuss recent applications of machine learning such as to robotic control, data mining and autonomous navigation. This course is designed as a problem-based course for students to work as a team to tackle problems and industrial challenges applied to real-world scenarios.
Prerequisites: BA 352.

BA 390  Business Law  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of the legal aspects of business transactions. Areas covered include contracts, agency, bailment, negotiable instruments, partnerships, corporations, consumer credit, and the governments influence on business law.

BA 399  Special Topics in Management  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in management.

BA 408  Airport Management  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******An examination of the management of airports with an emphasis on the facilities that make up an airport system, including airspace, airfield, and terminal and ground access operations.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 410  Management of Air Cargo  3 Credits (3,0)

Intensive study of the practices and problems of management with respect to air cargo. Importance of air cargo service to the economy, rate and tariff problems, terminal facilities, competition, and future prospects.
Prerequisites: BA 201 and Junior or Senior Standing.

BA 411  Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines ways to optimize the physical flow of goods and materials in a firm from acquisition through production, and movement through channels of distribution. It focuses on applying logistics theory to aviation management problems in materials handling, managing inventory, planning capacities, and locating distribution centers. It includes case studies with aviation/aerospace applications using computer models.

BA 412  Airport Planning and Design  3 Credits (3,0)

The principles of airport master planning and system planning are studied. This course covers essential elements of current U.S. and international airport planning and design trends, including airport master planning and layout plans; geometric design and layout of the airfield and terminal facilities; obstruction analysis; signage and lighting; forecasting; airside and landside interface; and capacity and delay effects. The course also focuses on environmental planning, such as hazardous wildlife attractants, airport noise, and compatible land use.
Prerequisites: BA 408.

BA 415  Airline Management  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to the administrative aspects of airline operation and management. Topics include the annual profit plan, uniform system of accounts and reports, demand analysis, scheduling, the theory of pricing, fleet planning, facilities planning, and airline financing.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 421  Small Business Management  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******An analysis of the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to be successful in conceiving, initiating, organizing, and operating a small business. Special focus will be placed on small businesses in the aviation field.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 425  Trends and Current Problems in Air Transportation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course assists students in building skills that allow them to identify trends and current problems in air transportation. These trends are related to market growth, airline network structure, competition, schedule change, aircraft size change, pricing, delays and on-time performance, and financial conditions. Students will use available databases to extract data, perform descriptive and statistical analysis, and derive conclusions.

BA 427  Management of Multicultural Workforce  3 Credits (3,0)

An investigation into the multicultural workforce. The elements of cultural anthropology and international business, communicating across cultures, contrasting cultural values, and managing and maintaining organizational culture are addressed in the context of international aviation management.
Prerequisites: BA 201.

BA 430  International Trade and Regulations  3 Credits (3,0)

Economic analysis of international trade, capital flows, and labor migration with particular emphasis on the laws governing these factors. Aviation applications include code-sharing and other international airline agreements and the impact of trade subsidies and open skies treaties.
Prerequisites: EC 200 or EC 210.

BA 436  Strategic Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to strategic management principles involving strategy, formulation, implementation, evaluation and organization analysis are studied. Case analysis, employing strategic management principles, is used to solve and examine organizational problems. Total Quality Management concepts are studied for improvement of organizational effectiveness.
Prerequisites: Senior Standing and ABA Degree Program.

BA 437  Strategic Management and Consulting  3 Credits (3,0)

This business program capstone course blends strategic management principles with actual consulting applications. Coursework includes strategy formulation, implementation, evaluation, and organization analysis. A case analysis employing aviation and global strategic management principles is used to examine organizational problems. Students also work in teams to undertake a mandatory field consulting project. As faculty-led student consultants, students must rely on influence, professional experience and knowledge sharing - rather than managerial control - to assess and impact a client and/or organization. Prerequisite: Graduating Seniors in Business Majors Only.

BA 441  Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on entering the global market and understanding the process of growing and managing an international venture. Areas covered in the course include the selection of international export and import business opportunities, the development of the strategic and global business marketing plan, managing an effective global supply chain and finance and legal concerns. In addition, weaved throughout the course is the understanding of global trade management and an examination of such influencing factors as culture, documentation and compliance with government regulations.

BA 442  Global Marketing Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course offers an intensive study of international marketing management concepts, strategies and plan development, as required by firms interested in entering the global marketplace. Students are encouraged to become globally aware citizens as they seek to market goods and services internationally, as opposed to domestically. Marketing research will be conducted to explore cultural, societal, technological, physical/geographic, and economic challenges and opportunities associated with selected international markets. Students will team to create international marketing plans, containing useful strategic and tactics, deemed appropriate for the selected international market(s).
Prerequisites: BA 311.

BA 443  Trends and Current Issues in Commercial Air Transport  3 Credits (3,0)

This is a required foundational course for the upper-class students in the BS in Aviation Business Administration degree program. The course will provide and introduction to airline, airport and air traffic management, terminology and practice in the context of current economic, business and political opportunities and constraints.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing.

BA 499  Special Topics in Management  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in management.