Business and Human Resources Management (ASPIRE)

An organization's greatest assets are its people, and the responsibility for retaining and managing those people is a critical component of the workplace. ASPIRE's Business and Human Resources Management degree, teaches the core fundamentals to be successful in a variety of fields. You'll learn the dynamics of interactions between organizations and people, and how to manage those dynamics to successfully lead, motivate and manage a professional organization's resources.

ASPIRE's unique class structure is designed to accommodate your busy schedule. Take one class at a time-- one night a week for five weeks--and build on the knowledge gained in each class. It's a process that optimizes learning, leading to greater assimilation and stronger retention of the knowledge and tools you need to compete in the marketplace.

Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior

This course provides a survey of current management theory related to the management of modern corporations and business operations. A review of the interrelationships of the major business disciplines is made within the context of achieving an organization's goals. The historical evolution of organizational designs and theories and their impact on planning, organizing and controlling modern profit and non-profit businesses are also considered.

Business Ethics & Law

This course studies the legal framework within which management decisions are made. Emphasis is placed on the sources, functions and processes of United States business law. The areas of negligence, contracts, negotiable instruments, forms of legal business entities, product liability and constitutional law are surveyed. A brief review of the current regulations in the fields of consumer protection, antitrust and labor law are made.

Introduction to the Bible

A survey of the Bible from an evangelical perspective. The course will affirm biblical authority and relevance to everyday living. Biblical content will be studied and analyzed.

Human Resource Management

The area of study in this field is limited to current California practices. Topics in this course include assessing human resource needs, job analysis, recruitment and selection, orientation and training, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, safety and health, career development, labor relations and government regulation.

Business Statistics

This is an introductory course in statistics and their application to business situations. Topics of study include data presentation, types of distribution, probability theory, sampling and hypothesis testing. Parametric and non-parametric statistical tests will be examined, including t-tests, correlation tests, Chi-square and ANOVA.

Christianity and World Religions

An introduction to the history and central beliefs of Christianity and other world religions with emphases on the ethical implications of each religion for modern society and understanding divergent worldviews.

Managerial Finance

This is a study to the conceptual and analytical framework guiding financial decision-making within the business entity. Emphasis is placed on financial analysis, evaluation of investment opportunities and alternative means of financing a firm.

Managerial Economics

This course explores current management decision making in private or public firms as they compete in a global economy. Topics include: marginality, opportunity costs, product markets, production efficiency,technology, competitive markets, price and non-price competition, generic industry environments and competitive strategies.

Managerial Accounting

A foundation course designed to provide a basic understanding of the theory and practices of accounting as they relate to the principle concepts of costing, budgeting, and reporting to internal management. Preliminary concepts of job costing, inventory control, cost centers and managerial accounting are examined.

Principles of Marketing

This course surveys the terminology and basic concepts of marketing. Emphasis is placed on a consumer orientation and managing the marketing function in an uncertain environment. The marketing mix of product development, pricing, distribution and methods of promotion are studied. A survey of modern consumer and shopping behaviors is made.

Production Operations Management

The production/operations management of both manufacturing and service industries is described in this course. Topics include: analysis and decision techniques in the location, design and layout of facilities and production processes. Work forecasting, scheduling, quality measurement and queuing models are studied as well.

Seminar in Strategy, Policy and Ethics

This is the capstone course for the major and must be taken as the final course of study. The students will study the current issues in managerial strategy and corporate policy that integrate the concepts of organization theory, marketing, finance, human resources, production/operations, accounting, economics and entrepreneurship. The class will emphasize case studies and integrate all previous course materials to decide the best options for local, regional and trans-global businesses.

A Bachelor of Arts in Business and Human Resources Management gives you many career options. With a strong foundation in the skills and techniques necessary to manage any organization's diverse challenges, you'll be well prepared for such careers as:

 Human Resources Manager/Director     Organizational Development
 Specialist Benefits Administrator         Employee Relations Specialist
 Employee Relocation Specialist   Employee Assistance Program Manager
 Benefits Analyst  HR Information Systems Analyst
 Training Specialist    Labor Relations Manager

Your training will also open doors outside of traditional human resources, to careers such as:

 Public Relations  Marketing Director
 Home-Care Contract Administrator       Advertising
 Account Manager  Call Center Manager
 Payroll Specialist  Auditor
 Government Services Analyst  Promotions
 District Sales Representative  Systems Consultant/Engineer

Some of these occupations may require additional coursework in another area.

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