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Operations Management Online

Bachelor of Science in Business

Effective businesses and organizations create hundreds of processes that directly affect the bottom line. Operations Management professionals create and monitor those processes to make sure clients, customers, and businesses receive the information, services, and products they need. Operations managers organize people, things, and information in ways that help streamline the business to save time and money. That is why they are so valuable to every organization. Operations managers literally control the processes that determine outputs.

As an Operations Management major you’ll study how systems work, how to manage quality, how products and services are designed and delivered, how supply chains work and are managed to provide just-in-time resources for organizations, and how to ensure that businesses and organizations know what they have and where it is. You study how effective organizations deploy equipment, supplies, information, employees, and buildings and other resources to impact costs, customer behavior and customer satisfaction. You’ll learn about every step that goes into developing an outstanding product or service and how to make each step as efficient and beneficial to the organization as possible.

Your studies will give you the knowledge you need to identify and evaluate problems with a business’s existing processes, and the skills you need to improve the system to help turn the business into a strong competitor in the marketplace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for operations managers to grow by 12.4% with an additional 244,100 jobs created.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
ACC302 Cost Management 3

The primary objective of this course is to provide a more advanced treatment of the topics introduced in ACC101 (Introduction to Managerial Accounting), an expanded treatment of product costing including process costing and activity-based costing, and such new topics as regression analysis, variable costing, target costing, cost allocation for joint products and by-products, and capital budgeting. Students must complete a case analysis project. Prerequisite: ACC 200 and Junior Status Offered in the fall semester

BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

BUS334 Operations Management 3

You will learn the concepts involved with operations management including an emphasis on the relationship between operations and other leadership functions. This course emphasizes strategic and tactical decision-making, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and the role of technology in leading and managing organizations. Students will consider services operations, process analysis, and quality management through case studies that will be used to translate conceptual learning to real-world situations. Pre

BUS337 Quality Management 3

The 21st century belongs to those who can think and act based on sound business intelligence. Employers are seeking individuals that have the skills and techniques to problem solve and develop creative solutions based on data and sound analytical tools and techniques. The Quality Management course will provide you with a good understanding of basic quality tools such as: cause and effect diagrams, check lists, Pareto Charts, SWOT analysis, brainstorming techniques and the 5 Y’s technique. In addition, students will learn leadership skills needed for effective implementation of change management projects. Prerequisites: EXT 097 is required for all online classes

BUS339 Enterprise Resource Planning 3

Organizations consider ERP systems as vital operational tools because these integrated suite of software modules support and connect the basic internal business processes of a company. ERP systems gives a company an integrated real-time look at its core business processes such as production, order processing, and inventory management. Along with a common database information flows between all internal business functions, which allows the ability to track business resources such as raw materials, production capacity, and cash flow. This course allows students to understand the value of ERP systems for real-time data analysis, day-to-day operational decision-making and long-term strategic planning. Prerequisites: EXT 099 is required of all students taking online courses.

BUS491 Strategic Management & Policy 3

This course is all about connecting the dots, linking various functions of business and understanding the interdependency between marketing, sales, advertising, operations/supply chain and other business functions. The purpose of this course is to enable the student to integrate the lessons learned in previous business, accounting, finance, international business and management courses through the use of case studies analyzed from the general managers point of view. Students will also learn the importance of score card and metrics that are essential for running a business. Prerequisite: ECO212, BUS327 Offered in the fall semester

COM111 Computer Applications I 3

This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research and Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

WEL220 Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners 3

This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all students entering the One-Day Program a common experience and foundation for their education. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, academic requirements, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success in the One-Day undergraduate experience and beyond.

WEL330 Strategies for Personal and Career Growth 3

This required interdisciplinary course builds on the foundation created in WEL 220 to deepen students knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career, leadership and financial development. Through a focus on well being students will strategically delve into ways to manage their own growth and development while understanding the opportunities to build on their purpose, passion and potential.

WEL440 Leadership in Practice 3

This capstone course is an interdisciplinary course designed to give senior-level students an opportunity to create a learning experience that allows them to apply knowledge, skills and personal development to a project that also contributes to a family, organization and/or community. This course combines academic study with practical application of leadership, communications and technology skills as a springboard for the student to move forward into the future as an empowered woman. Students may choose to complete research, community-based projects and/or service learning projects. As a culminating experience, this course also provides the platform for assessing students progress and proficiency.