Business Administration (BA)


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

Introduction to the global business community and relevant business principles and practices necessary for success in the aviation and aerospace industry. Exposure to unique challenges and career opportunities within the global business community; lexicon of aviation business via readings, case studies and guest lectures; 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 199  Special Topics in Business Administration  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

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

Relevant management principles and practices as applied in organizations with focus on management theories, philosophies, and functions. Operating principles, activities, and theories that form the basis for the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

BA 215  Transportation Principles  3 Credits (3,0)

Basic principles of several modes of transportation, including air, sea, rail, automobile, transit, and pipeline. Operating characteristics of each mode; intermodal competition; compatibility; interconnectivity; and the importance of each mode 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.

BA 302  Data-driven Managerial Decision Making  3 Credits (3,0)

Data driven business analysis for managers. Fundamental statistical and decision analysis applied to business problems. Implemented on spreadsheet based platforms. Foundation for business analytics courses.
Prerequisites: BA 222 and MA 222

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 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)

Relevant principles, processes, and practices as applied in organizations with focus on effectively managing human resources (HR) theories, philosophies, and functions. Interrelationship of managers, organizational staff and/or specialists. Areas of concentration include human resource planning; recruitment and selection; training and development; compensation and benefits; safety and health; international HR, and managing HR in small and entrepreneurial firms.

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)

Management approach to business information systems; general characteristics, potential, and limitations of business systems; the ways in which business systems are interrelated; the inherent management problems involved in the implementation and control of such systems; business analytics implementations.

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)

Labor-management relations with applications to the aviation and aerospace industries. Historical development of management-workforce public policy and laws. Current methodologies, processes and tools used to promote cooperative workforce relations, to resolve workforce conflicts, and to promote employee trust in high reliability organizations.

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

Inquiry into ethics and social responsibility for managers. Economic, legal, political, environmental, technological social issues. Interactions between government, business, and society.
Prerequisites: BA 201

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

Aspects of the dynamic relationship between airlines and airports; day-to-day challenges and current issues facing airline and airport management; airport and airline operational characteristics, regulatory implications, political and financial environment, and air service development through historical and contemporary perspectives.
Prerequisites: BA 201

BA 328  Professional Consulting  3 Credits (3,0)

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.
Prerequisites: Junior/Senior Standing Must be in ABA BA FAFE GBSCM.

BA 335  International Business  3 Credits (3,0)

Impact of foreign trade on the broader aviation industry and its contribution to economic development. Opportunities and threats of the complex environment of international business and current U.S. relations with other nations.
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 Analytics for Decision Making  3 Credits (3,0)

Practical skills for optimization and decision analytics. Development, implementation, and utilization of optimization and managerial decision-making models in business. Applies various prescriptive analytics techniques for driving optimal business decisions based on a variety of data types.
Prerequisites: BA 221 or BA 222 and MA 222

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

Operations management in service-oriented and product-oriented organizations. Forecasting, inventory management, quality control, work design and measure, capacity planning, product and service design.
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.

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)

In-depth understanding of the air cargo industry and the complexities involved in the movement of air cargo to include the evolution of the air cargo industry, management of air cargo operations; regulations governing airfreight; significance to economy and society; and future growth of the industry.
Prerequisites: BA 201 and Junior or Senior Standing

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

Optimization of the physical flow of goods and materials within a firm from acquisition through production, and movement through channels of distribution. Apply logistics theory to aviation management problems in materials handling, managing inventory, planning capacities, and locating distribution centers. Aviation/aerospace case studies analyzed with computer models.

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

Principles and essential elements of current U.S. and international airport planning and design trends; 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; capacity and delay effects; environmental planning.
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)

Management of the multicultural workforce. Elements of cultural anthropology pertaining to international business and communicating across cultures. Managing contrasting cultural values while 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 432  Global Sales Management  3 Credits (3,0)

Personal sales and sales management on a global scale. Effective leadership and decision-making for global sales management issues and simulations.

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)

Problem recognition, definition, and solution in a consulting environment. Strategic planning and management; challenges to organizational change; negotiated scope of work; conflict facilitation and resolution.
Prerequisites: Senior Standing and ABA Business Admin Global Business GBSCM

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)

An analysis of selected contemporary issues, problems and trends facing management in various segments of the commercial aviation industry. Introduction to airline, airport and air traffic management in the context of current economic, business and political opportunities and constraints. Discussion of innovations in commercial aviation; impact of aviation-related innovations on modes of air transport.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing

BA 499  Special Topics in Management  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.