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Vandra Lee Huber
ADMIN 510
Seattle Campus

Fundamentals of Business Administration

Includes materials basic to study and application of business theories and practice; accounting; business economies and financial control; and business strategy; commercial law; human resources and negotiations; marketing; operations management. Faculty team-teaching approach. Not open to master of business administration majors. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) program is designed to provide participants basic information regarding core business areas. The 15 credit program focuses on core business areas -- finance, accounting, marketing business law and economics, international business, finance, strategy, human resources management and business negotiations. Team taught by faculty experts, the course includes case discussions, lectures, and student presentations. To tie concepts together, students engage in a business planning/development activity and develop a business plan for a new business venture. Students must enroll and successfully complete both the winter and spring terms of the course to receive credit (Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9:15 p.m.). Summer term the course is taught Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student learning goals

Acquire a working knowledge of finance, accounting, marketing, human resources,negotiations and strategy and business planning.

Be able to analyze an enterprise's competitive and marketing strategy (cost leadership, differentiation and focus).

Read and analyze financial and income statements and prepare a budget for a business

Develop a business scorecard including metrics and supporting initiative.

Understand the basics of managing human capital to attract, attain and motivate individuals.

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, case analysis, and group projects and negotiations.

Recommended preparation

The courses assumes no prior knowledge of business. The class is usually composed of adult learners with various background -- technology, sciences, nonprofits. The majority are employed in functional specialties. However, some students are taking time out for a career transition and others are in various graduate programs (engineering, education, construction management, health sciences). Some are international students who wish to supplement their home country students with business knowledge in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Students should be open to sharing their experiences and learning in traditional ways as well as from one another.

Class assignments and grading

Each learning module requires successfully completion of a learning assignment (e.g. quiz, case analysis). Additionally, there is an integrative group project in which student teams develop and present a business plan for a new venture. Project includes market analysis, SWOT analysis, financial analysis, budget preparation, written and oral presentations. Students will learn all these skills in class. Students must participate in 80% of the classes, the group project and its oral presentation and a group negotiation simulation.

The course is graded credit or no credit. No letter grade is assigned. The course is typical eligible for tuition reimbursement programs. However, students should check with their employer to ensure eligibility.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Vandra Lee Huber
Date: 06/09/2010