Associate Degree in Business Administration

Associate Degree

Associate of Science in Business Administration

(CIP Code: 52.0201)

Program Description:

The purpose of the online Associate of Science in Business Administration degree is to prepare students for entry-level positions in business, industry and non-profit organizations. This degree is designed for students who seek to acquire a complete framework in basic business concepts and skills in order to contribute and create solutions for contemporary business problems in a broad range of business careers.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of general education and specific program courses, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to apply management, marketing and accounting concepts to improve operational performance and aid in decision-making skills.

  • Use analytical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills to solve real-world, global problems.
  • Demonstrate a foundation of business knowledge and technical skills that supports and facilitates lifelong professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Use critical thinking and creative and logical analysis strategies and techniques to differentiate and evaluate theories and approaches to solving complex business problems.
  • Implement current technology and apply it to business activities, systems, and processes.
  • Apply sound management and ethical principles to the functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
  • Apply strong oral and written communication skills to research, evaluation, and presentation in appropriate business situations.

Associate of Science in Business Administration - Degree Map:

Term Zero: Orientation
Allied Online Orientation+
This course provides tutorials and instructions to help you better understand AAU’s Learning Management System. While this orientation course does not provide semester credit hours, your completion of this course provides the foundation for proper completion of further courses.
Term 1
English Composition I **+
This course is designed to help students master the traditional five-paragraph essay along with its variations. Students will learn how to support a thesis with specific evidence and how to write an effective introduction, conclusion, and title. Students will learn how to develop the nine patterns of essay development. Throughout the course, students will review all the basic grammar rules, and they will also review and apply proper APA Style.
Prerequisite: ENG 105
MS Office Fundamentals+
This course will help students develop basic proficiency with Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® through the completion of hands-on projects.
Term 2
Physical/Biological Science Elective 3
College Algebra**+
This course provides students a working knowledge of college-level algebra. Algebra is the study of equations, inequalities, and functions. This course concentrates on linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations. The students also learn graphs and applications of algebra to the real world.
Prerequisite: MAT 110
Term 3
English Composition II **+
In this course, emphasis is on creating arguments that persuade, convince, and inspire. The goal is to develop writing skills that will enable students to develop powerful and persuasive arguments. Students will learn the fixed types of questions that an argument can address, helping them develop answers to significant questions concerning facts, definitions, causes, values, and actions.
Prerequisite: ENG 160
Essentials of Management+
This course offers a skill-based and practical approach to management education. It provides a concrete understanding of how processes such as planning and decision-making, theories of organization, leadership, and motivation relate to business activity. Through exercises and case studies, the student will develop managerial skills and sharpen critical thinking skills.
Term 4
Introduction to Macroeconomics+
In this introductory course, students learn basic economic concepts and analyze individual and economy-wide decisions, using the supply and demand framework. The course also focuses on aggregate economic behavior through the study of economic growth, inflation, unemployment, and money supply. It addresses a number of policy questions and issues related to the way these variables affect the health of the economy in the near and long terms.
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Term 5
Accounting I**+
This course provides a strong foundation in accounting principles. It introduces the critical role of accounting in business and answers the need for business students to understand the essentials of accounting: the basic accounting problem, various accounting issues and concepts, and related practical applications.
Prerequisite: MAT 115 or MAT 120
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Term 6
Principles of Speech Communication+
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches. Effective communication skills will be emphasized throughout the course, and students will learn how to organize a successful speech. Audience demographics, such as size, heterogeneity, status as captive or voluntary, and composition, will be focused upon.
Introduction to Microeconomics+
In this introductory course, students learn basic economic concepts, analyze the decision making process of individuals and firms within the supply and demand framework, and its effects on the micro economy. The course also focuses on the theories of firm behavior under different market structures and studies the process of resource allocation through the invisible hand of the market, sometimes helped by government regulation to ensure a balance between equity and efficiency.
Term 7
Accounting II**+
This course is a continuation of Accounting I and builds on the foundation in accounting by introducing the managerial aspects of accounting. This course explores the critical role of management accounting in managing a business, and it answers the need for business students to understand the essentials of the subject: costing, management operations, reporting of assets, debt financing, and stocks and bonds.
Prerequisite: ACC 225
Introduction to Psychology+
This course is the study of the facts, principles, and theories of psychology.
Term 8
Personal Finance+
This course provides decision making tools that are useful in personal financial activities such as spending, saving and borrowing. It helps students improve their current personal financial literacy, identify financial goals, and equips them with strategies to achieve these goals.
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Term 9
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Physical/Biological Science Elective 3
Term 10
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Principles of Marketing+
This is an introductory course designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the bedrock concepts of marketing. It will introduce you to the basic principles of marketing that have existed for many years, plus the marketing principles that are on the cutting-edge of current marketing thinking. These cutting-edge subjects are largely being driven by technology and the Internet.

**Course has prerequisite requirement. Total Credits: 60

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