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Supervisory Management is designed to enable first-level supervisors to understand their roles and to use appropriate management tools to build and maintain quality performance by their subordinates. The supervisor’s job has been changing dramatically in recent years. In personnel management, supervisors now work with a more diverse workforce in terms of race, gender, and ethnic background. Personnel reporting to supervisors carry broader responsibilities in actual tasks, team relationships, and matrix/project responsibilities. To get the most out of today’s agile workforce, corporate management hierarchies are now flatter and more project-driven.

As management recognizes the value of the participation and commitment of employees, effective supervision is vital to the success of the organization.

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The course is built on the traditional belief that “rhetoric” means the art of persuasion. The course focuses on communication that has a purpose, directed to an audience whose interests, abilities and biases are known. Students and instructors discuss the need to consciously project an appropriate image (persona), where “appropriate” is measured by intent and the audience being communicated with. Finally, the course will focus on fashioning logical discussions that challenge writers and the audience as readers.

The objectives for this course can be divided into two areas: knowledge base and skills application. The student must have some basic knowledge of the factors that influence business decisions. However, knowledge of these factors alone does not mean that the adult learner understands how such knowledge can be translated into building effective and efficient business transactions. The basic objective of this course is to blend the academic and the practical, both development of theoretical concepts and application of concepts in daily business.

Over the past decade, public attention has been brought to numerous social and ethical issues that frame the business societal relationship. Because the news media have a flair for the dramatic, it is not surprising that the reporting of these issues has been characterized by criticism of various actions, decisions and behaviors on part of business management.

No matter the career you choose, information technology will play a role in the way you accomplish your goals. The objective for this course is to give adult students an introduction to computer hardware and software concepts, the Windows operating system and standard business applications, and to help students build the basic computing knowledge and skills that are essential in today’s business environment. To that end, the course will provide a solid foundation in the terminology, functions, and uses of computer systems, along with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics presentation programs that make up the basic business tools available to those with access to a computer. Although this course focuses on the Microsoft Office applications, we remain aware that training the adult student to become an expert user of any of these particular software applications is not among the learning objectives for this course. These applications are representative of the types of tools that have been developed to serve real world business and personal needs. The course is designed to provide functional familiarity with each of these tools and their use in supporting problem solving activities and increasing productivity and quality of work. Software tools will change rapidly in the coming years but the basic principles of their application in the areas of communication and information processing will not be likely to alter radically.

The objective of this course includes both knowledge and skills acquisition. The student must acquire basic knowledge of the factors that influence communications and the communication process. However, knowledge of these factors alone does not mean that the adult learner understands how such knowledge can be translated into effective and efficient communications. This course blends the academic and the practical and stresses development of theoretical concepts and meaningful tools for enhanced communications.

The primary objective of management should be to increase the value of the company which maximizes stockholders' wealth by maximizing the stock price. Free cash flows are the cash flows available for distribution to shareholders and creditors (investors) after paying all expenses and making the required investments in operations to support growth. The value of a firm depends on the size of the firm's free cash flows, the timing of those flows, and their risk.

Smart companies know that effective people management strategies increase an organization's human resource value. Corporations have learned that designing and implementing the right human resources policies and programs increases loyalty and commitment to the organization, promotes better decision making for the organization and the employee, and generates measurable returns (e.g. increased productivity, cost reduction). In today’s globally competitive and constantly changing business environment, effective human resource management skills are more important than ever before. If managed carefully, human resource management becomes a strategic advantage to the company. To meet this challenge, effective and competitive organizations realize that human resource recruiting and selecting employees, with professional expertise as well as ongoing training, is the key to achieving corporate goals.

Fierce global competition and technological changes, along with a shift in the way corporations currently do business, has redefined the marketing function. This course will help students be prepared to make both the latest internet-based tools, as well as time-tested marketing principles, relevant to either old or new economy companies.

Marketing management provides managers and entrepreneurs with the marketing tools, perspectives, and analytical frameworks needed to play an effective role in the overall strategic development of organizations, whether or not that manager holds a formal marketing position. The course specifically focuses on strategic decision-making— developing the ability to confidently and competently handle the strategic and tactical marketing decisions that managers and entrepreneurs make every day. These decisions are critical as they impact the organization and its efforts to grow and prosper as an organization—or to turn around a stymied organization.

Students will use research, the text, and the experiences of others, as well as their own, to analyze, synthesize, and integrate course concepts applying them to real world situations at the workplace. They will analyze markets and the competition, explore how technology and the internet have changed the way corporations do business, and identify the key resources vital to decision making within a firm.

This course explores the behavioral sciences to demonstrate an understanding of the importance and interrelationships between behavior at the individual, group, and organizational level. As a result of this study, the student will have an opportunity to apply behavioral science knowledge toward creating and sustaining the high-performance organization.