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Adams State University Correspondence Master of Business Administration

• Open enrollment, 36 credit program • Convenient self-paced study • Improve professional management, leadership, and analytical skills • Enhance career/earning potential

Adams State University Extended Studies Correspondence Master of Business Administration Program 208 Edgemont Boulevard Suite 3000, Alamosa, CO 81101 719-587-7671 • Fax 719-587-7974 correspondencemba.adams.edu

$350.00 per credit • 36 Credit Program Extended Studies and the School of Business have partnered to create the Correspondence Master of Business Administration Program.

Mission Adams State University Master of Business Administration will provide access and opportunity for local, national and international students to further their education by improving their professional management, leadership, and analytical skills, thus enhancing their career and earning potential. Our mission works with the mission and goals of Adams State University and the Graduate School. The Master of Business Administration program will provide high quality courses that are rigorous, transferable at the graduate level, and provided at a reasonable cost. Key features that will benefit you on your MBA journey • Focus on leadership and teamwork • Build skills in interpersonal, oral and written communication, and group processes • Outstanding faculty committed to personal interaction with learners • Learners from diverse backgrounds with varied professional experience • Regionally accredited University • Study at your own pace • One year to complete each course • Affordable • Convenient self-pace study

Accreditation Adams State is currently in probationary status with the Higher Learning Comission. Adams State remains fully accredited during the probation period. Other institutions of higher education will continue to accept ASU credits in transfer or for admission to a program at a higher level.

Academic Policies Transfer Credit A maximum of six semester hours of transfer credit from other accredited institutions may be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students must request permission to transfer course work by contacting the MBA advisor. Students must provide official transcripts and course syllabi. Students requesting transfer or substitution of prior coursework must declare so within their first semester of study. Unofficial Evaluation For purposes of this review, the transcripts may be unofficial but must be legible. The “unofficial” evaluation attempts to show where previous college credits fit into the ASU degree requirements. The unofficial evaluation does not guarantee credits will transfer. The “unofficial” evaluation is subject to change based on the formal evaluation and acceptance of previous college transfer course work by the ASU graduate school and appropriate academic departments. Unofficial evaluations cannot be made over the telephone.

Application Procedures Admission Requirements The Adams State Correspondence MBA is a program that offers students a quality education at an affordable tuition rate of $350.00 per credit hour. The Adams State Correspondence MBA program is a 36 credit program that offers students the opportunity to study at their own pace. The following are the admissions requirements for the program. 1. Completed MBA application for admission 2. $30.00 application fee 3. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions 4. Resume 5. Letter of intent 6. Two letters of recommendation (non-family members) 7. Undergraduate accounting course (recommended)



8. Undergraduate finance course (recommended) 9. Conferred bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution

Non-degree seeking students are only allowed to take nine (9) hours of credit with a conferred bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution or senior level status with a 2.75 GPA with ASU. Upon completion of 9 hours of credit, the non-degree seeking student will be required to seek formal admission as a degree-seeking student. All applications should be sent to: Adams State University Extended Studies 208 Edgemont Blvd. Suite 3000 Alamosa, CO 81101 If you have any questions, please contact the MBA advisor at 719-587-7671 or [email protected] Admission to ASU Soon after the admission application and required official documents are received at ASU and your admission file is complete, a letter will be sent to you indicating your admission status. Tuition, Fees, and Books Tuition for the ASU Correspondence MBA program is $350.00 per credit. Course textbooks can be purchased through the ASU Bookstore. To determine book prices, contact the ASU Bookstore by phone at 719-587-7912 or by mail at: ASU Bookstore 208 Edgemont Blvd. Suite 3140 Alamosa, CO 81101 Financial Aid Financial aid is available for online MBA students (not correspondence MBA). Please contact the MBA office for more information.

Awarding of Degrees Degrees are conferred at the end of the semester in which final courses are completed. A minimum cumulative scholastic GPA of 3.0 must be earned. An application for graduation must be submitted to the office of the department chair in which the student’s degree is housed. The application must be completed within the first month of the semester prior to the semester of anticipated graduation. All necessary paperwork must be on file in the Records Office before the student will be approved for graduation. Please contact your advisor for more information.

General Course Instructions Course Attendance and Time Limits Information regarding course time limits and the minimum amount of time required to complete a course can be found in each course syllabus. No open enrollment course may be completed in less than six weeks.

Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course You may drop a course within the first 30 days after course registration. Refunds for dropped courses will be issued at 90% if requested in writing within the first 30 days after course registration. Requests for course drops and refunds must be made in writing to ASU Extended Studies, 208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 3000, Alamosa, CO 81101; Fax 719-587-7974 and must include the student’s signature. Telephone requests will not be honored. Refunds cannot be issued for requests submitted more than 30 days after the registration date. If you are not receiving federal or private financial aid for a course, you may withdraw from an open enrollment course within the first six months after course registration. No refunds will be issued for course withdrawals. Students are responsible for initiating a formal, written withdrawal request, which must include the student’s signature. Submit written requests for drops or withdrawals to ASU Extended Studies via postal service mail or fax. Telephone requests will not be honored.

References, Resources, and Library Materials Students who are enrolled exclusively in print-based correspondence courses have access to library resources, but should first seek assistance from their prison library before sending requests to Adams State. If the prison library cannot fulfill a request, students may contact the Distance Education Librarian at ASU Nielsen Library in writing, by calling 719-587-7173, or by email at: [email protected] To receive research, refer to your Research Topic Materials Request Form located in your course study guide in specific MBA courses. In the request form, include your full name, ASU Student I.D. number (900 number), and the course(s) for which you require assistance. Requests must also include a topic, thesis statement if applicable, and several key terms that describe your research. Requests may take between two and ten weeks to process depending on the time of year and the number of other research projects pending. To contact the ASU Nielsen Library in writing: Adams State University ATTN: Nielsen Library, Distance Education Adams State University 208 Edgemont Blvd. Suite 4010 Alamosa, CO 81101

Distance Learning Course Information and ASU Policies Course Examinations Correspondence courses may include proctored examinations. Exams must be ordered using the examination request form(s) provided in the course study guide. The following guidelines must be followed for all proctored exams: 1. Please send your exam request form two to three weeks before you plan to take the exam to: Adams State University - Extended Studies 208 Edgemont Blvd. Suite 3000 Alamosa, CO 81101 2. No more than one exam may be taken on the same day, therefore multiple exams will not be sent together. 3. Exams may not be sent to or taken at a residential address. 4. The main requirement of a proctor is the willingness to preserve the academic integrity of the examination. To avoid a conflict of interest, the student shall not propose his/her relative, immediate work supervisor, co worker, athletic administrator, athletic coach or assistant coach as a proctor. Proctored exams must be taken at a verified testing center: • College or university testing center • Correctional facility testing center • Military education testing center 5. Adams State University reserves the right to verify a proctor’s identity, require additional proof of eligibility, or require the selection of a different proctor.

Official Transcripts Upon completion of each course, a complimentary official transcript will be mailed to the student. Official transcripts are issued by the Registrar’s Office and bear the University seal and Registrar’s signature. Official Transcripts are not processed if the student has an outstanding obligation, financial or otherwise, due ASU. Adams State University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide transcript ordering via the Web. To order an official transcript, login to the National Student Clearinghouse here: www.getmytranscript.com and select Adams State University. For details, please refer to the ASU Records office web site: adams.edu/records. Students who do not have Internet access may contact the Records Office toll-free at 1-800-8246494 or by mail at: Adams State University Attention: Records 208 Edgemont Blvd. Suite 2110 Alamosa, CO 81101 Affirmative Action Policy Adams State University (the University) is committed to an affirmative action policy. The University subscribes to the policy that there is no place in an academic community for discrimination based on race, creed, sex, or ethnic background. The University will use its influence to discourage such discrimination, whether it is on the campus or in the community. A faculty member serves as affirmative action officer and is responsible for coordinating compliance efforts and investigating any complaints concerning discrimination. This responsibility includes institutional compliance with Title IX. Accessibility Services The Adams State University Counseling Center manages services for students with disabilities. If you have or suspect you have a disability impacting your academic performance, you will be required to present documentation of that disability to the ASU Counseling Center. To present that documentation for review and arrange for timely accommodations, students with disabilities should contact the ASU Counseling Center prior to starting a course. The ASU Counseling Center can be reached at 719-587-7746 or by mail at: Adams State University 208 Edgemont Blvd. Alamosa, CO 81101

Academic Integrity and Academic Dishonesty Academic integrity is essential to the foundation of all higher learning environments. It requires individuals to take responsibility for their learning being individually accountable for completing assignments, projects, exams, practicums, research, and internships while demonstrating intellectual honesty. Integrity is a key component to the growth and success of the student and is something that is carried with the student through their professional life. Ethical behavior through independent thought between faculty and students allows for the highest level of academic achievement. These virtues in an environment which requires shared effort allows for quality exchange of ideas and learning through the building of mutual trust and respect. Adams State University, to preserve academic integrity, does not tolerate academic dishonesty or misconduct. Every student is required to practice and adhere to the principle of academic integrity while undertaking studies at Adams State University. Students and faculty at Adams State University value academic honesty as a virtue essential to the academic process. Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials, or the falsification or fabrication of one’s academic work will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty is regarded as an offense, which is disciplinary in nature although its control is essential to the academic enterprise. The list that follows includes examples, although not all-inclusive, of academic dishonesty: • • • • • • • • • • •

Copying from another student’s exam Purchase of term papers turned in as one’s own “Padding” items on a bibliography Feigned illness to avoid an exam Submission of same term paper to another class without permission Study of a copy of an exam prior to taking a make-up exam Providing another student answers during an exam Use of notes or book during the exam when prohibited Turning in a “dry lab” without doing the experiment Sabotage of someone else’s work (on disk, in lab, etc.) Collaboration on homework or take-home exams when instruction called for independent work • Providing test questions to student(s) in another section of the class • Sharing of answers during an exam by using a system of signals • Plagiarism: appropriating or passing off as one’s own work the writings, ideas, etc. of another, i.e., copying without giving credit due, forgery, liter-

• • • • • • • • • •

ary theft, or expropriation of some other’s work Writing a term paper(s) or completing assignments for another student Alteration or forging of official university document Submission of tutor or other resource work assignments as one’s own Violation of copyright(s) Cheating on exams, papers, assignments, etc. Purchasing or requesting the service of completing course requirements from a third party source. Utilization of unapproved electronic devices during testing (i.e. Cell phones, tablets, media players, etc.) Attempting to coerce or conspire with a proctor to disregard test proctoring procedures. Coercing with a third party to complete an exam on your behalf. Providing falsifying information on registration, exam request forms, and to online proctoring services in an attempt to bypass test administration policies and procedures.

In the event an instructor discovers a student has intentionally violated the academic integrity provision of the ASU General Catalog and ASU Student Handbook, the instructor may assign a failing grade for the assignment or course. If a failing grade is assigned on an assignment or for the course, the instructor will provide supporting documentation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will create a confidential file concerning the matter. In the unfortunate event a student has violated the academic integrity policy on more than one occasion, the file will reflect all additional episodes. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may determine action is warranted beyond the instructor level. In such instances the case will be forward to the Vice President of Student Affairs for further disciplinary action.

General Policies Adams State University expects all students, as well as faculty and staff, to observe national, state, and local laws and to respect the rights and privileges of other individuals. The University expects each individual within the academic community to refrain from behavior that would disrupt the University function of education; cause injury to persons; cause damage or loss of property on the campus; or interfere with the freedom of movement of students, school officials, employees, or guests at facilities of the University. The University will not tolerate interference in any manner with the public or private rights of other individuals or conduct that threatens or endangers the health and safety of any person. The President or Vice President or designee, may summarily suspend any student in violation of these standards, pending a hearing of the case before the University Magistrate, when it appears that reasonable cause exists to believe the continued presence of the accused student on campus poses a threat to the safety of the student, other persons, or property, or a threat to disrupt University functions or activities. Students should be aware that such misconduct may also subject them to any penalties that may be prescribed by municipal, state, or federal laws. The imposition of such additional penalties does not constitute double jeopardy, inasmuch as University punishment is not criminal in nature. The Colorado General Assembly has passed a trespass and interference law with the education act. Violation is a Class 3 misdemeanor (Colorado Revised Statutes, 1973, 18-9-109). Code of Conduct All students share a common and heavy responsibility to maintain a climate suitable to a community of scholars. They have equivalent responsibility with the faculty for studying and learning and for conducting themselves with academic integrity in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution. The University has a duty and the corollary disciplinary powers to protect its educational purposes through the regulations of the use of facilities and through the establishment of standards of scholarship and conduct for the students who attend the institution. Disciplinary proceedings should play a role substantially secondary to example, counseling, guidance, and admonition. When the preferred means fail to resolve problems regarding student conduct, proper procedural safeguards should be observed to protect the student from the unfair imposition of serious penalties for violation of the University policies. Students violating the Code of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action.

The following constitutes prohibited conduct: 1. Forgery, alteration, misuse, mutilation, or unauthorized possession or use of university documents. 2. Unauthorized entry to, or use of, any University facility. University facilities are interpreted to mean buildings, grounds, equipment, or materials including but not limited to vehicles. 3. Failure to identify yourself or comply with directions of University officials and their authorized agents acting in the performance of official duties. 4. Knowingly furnishing false information to any University official or organization acting in performance of their duties, or intentionally initiating any false report. 5. Any violation of federal and state laws, local ordinances and University policies pertaining to illicit drugs and alcohol. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on university-owned or controlled property. 6. The use of possession of equipment, products, or materials that is used or intended for use in manufacturing, growing, using, or distributing any drug or controlled substance. 7. Legal and Medical marijuana The possession of a valid and appropriately held Medical Marijuana Registry identification card does not authorize a resident (or his or her guests) to possess, use, or distribute marijuana in any residence hall or apartment, institutional-owned property or in any public area of the Institution. Residence halls are not considered the residents’ private residence, and it is therefore not permissible for medical marijuana to be stored or used in the residence halls. 8. Gambling in any form. 9. Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the university, including but not limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the university or to a member of the institution community acting in an official capacity. 10. Observe rules, regulations and safety guidelines as set forth in specific University facilities. 11. Impeding freedom of movement of students, school officials, employees, or invited guests to all facilities 12. Disorderly conduct which infringes upon the rights of any member of the community, which includes but is not limited to unreasonable noise on University premises or in any building. 13. Harassment and abuse, directed toward individuals or groups may include at least the following forms: the use or threat of physical violence, coercion, intimidation, and verbal harassment and abuse. Harassment and abuse may be discriminatory or may be nondiscriminatory. Although all forms of harassment

and abuse-both discriminatory and nondiscriminatory are equally prohibited, university commitment to nondiscrimination means that discriminatory harassment may be punished more severely than nondiscriminatory forms of harassment. 14. Bullying of any type, including but not limited to, physical bullying or cyber bullying. “Bullying or harassing behavior” is defined as any pattern of gestures or written, electronic or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatened communication, or any physical acts or any threatening communication, or act reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, that takes place on any property owned by the University, or during any activity in whatever place sponsored by, directed or controlled by the University. And that also fulfills one of the following conditions: • Places a student, faculty or staff member in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property • Creates or is certain to create a hostile environment but substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, op portunities or benefits. 15. Violent conduct, including, but not limited to: domestic violence; fighting with another person; discharging or displaying a firearm; or spitting on, striking, shoving or kicking another person. Any student who observes a violation of this provision should report the violation to a University official. 16. Attempted or actual theft of, damage to, unauthorized use of, “borrowing” or possession of other persons’ or University property or identity; unauthorized entry, use, or occupation of University facilities, property, or vehicles; or unauthorized possession, duplication and/or destruction, or use of University keys or access devices. Any student who observes a violation of this provision should report the violation to a University official. 17. Possession or use of any weapons-including but not limited to firearms, ammunition, pellet guns, air guns, paintball guns, stun guns/lasers, smoke devices, bows and arrows, large knives, collapsible batons, explosives, and fireworksis strictly prohibited anywhere on ASU campus and property because of the potential for personal injury, theft, unauthorized use, or disruptive impact on the campus. In addition, verbal or written threats by individuals indicating they have a prohibited weapon or explosives will be addressed as an actual threat, whether or not weapons or explosives actually exist. ASU does not currently have a written policy on carrying concealed handguns on campus. ASU follows Colorado law, which states that individuals carrying concealed weapons must have a concealed weapons permit issued by a Colorado sheriff in accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 18-12-206.

18. Obscene, lewd or indecent conduct or sexual exploitation. Acts or acts committed through non-consensual abuse or exploitation of another person’s sexuality for the purpose of sexual gratification, financial gain, personal benefit or advantage, or any other non-legitimate purpose. Examples include: observing another individual’s nudity or sexual activity; nonconsensual streaming or texting of images, photography, video or audio recording of sexual activity or nudity, or distribution of such without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved; prostituting another individual; or exposing one’s genitals in a non consensual circumstances; directing obscene or sexually offensive utterances, gestures or displays at another; engaging in physical, psychological or chemical (by use of drugs of alcohol) coercion or constraint of another; or engaging in sexual activity with a person who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to give consent. 19. Denying lawful freedom of movement, lawful use of University facilities, or the right of lawful entry or exit from the physical facilities of the University to any other student, school official, employee, or invited guest. Not impede, through the use or threat of restraint, abduction, coercion, intimidation, force, or violation any staff or faculty member in the lawful performance of official duties or any student in the lawful pursuit of educational activities. No student shall willfully refuse or fail to leave the property of any building or other facility used by the University upon being requested to do so by the President or other authorized University official. 20. Violation of federal, state, and municipal laws, or University policies on or off campus and any other conduct not Included above which adversely affects the function of the University and the pursuit of its educational purposes and objectives. 21. Any act of theft, illegal utilization, misappropriation, alteration, destruction, or unauthorized possession or sale of institution property or any such act against a member of the institution community or a guest of the institution. 22. Adhere to all ASU Computing Services Policies. 23. Rioting including, but not limited to: aiding, abetting, encouraging, participating in or inciting a riot. Disperse at the direct request of police or University officials. 24. Unauthorized soliciting or selling in violation of the University solicitation policy. 25. Abuse of the Student Conduct System including: failure to obey the notice to appear for a meeting or hearing; falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information; disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a hearing; failure to comply with any requirements involving no contact with Complainants or witnesses or limitations related to access to specific facilities; harassment or intimidation of any person involved in a conduct proceeding;

failure to comply with disciplinary sanctions or requirements. 26. Verbal or written abuse beyond a reasonable expression of opinion which is likely to cause another person humiliation, stress, psychological harm or which is harassing in nature. Using foul language in a disrespectful manner in verbal or written correspondence will also be considered a violation of this policy. 27. Violating any university policies· outlined in this handbook while on an Adams State University funded conference, workshop, event or activity. Violations of rules and regulations as set forth in specific University Handbooks, by departments, or AS&F are subject to sanctions and/or restitution of funds granted for attendance. 28. Any form of academic dishonesty or academic misconduct, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials, falsification, or facilitation of acts of dishonesty. A student may be subject to disciplinary action for any violation of the general Code of Conduct requirements, as well as any violation of written University policies and any violation of federal, state or municipal law committed on or off campus, in connection with University activities, or that affects the campus community, whether committed on or off campus property. All students are responsible for adhering to the expectations, policies, and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook as authorized by the Trustees of the Consortium of State Colleges in Colorado. This handbook is available in the Office of Student Affairs, Richardson Hall Suite 2080; or on the ASU Web site: adams.edu/pubs

Notification of Rights Under FERPA ASU FERPA Web site: adams.edu/records The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or Buckley Amendment as it is often called, affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include: 1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will arrange for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. 3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. • One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff ); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. • A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. 4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Adams State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:



Family Policy Compliance Office 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605

Adams State University considers the following to be directory information:

• Name • Enrollment status (full-time, half-time, etc.) • E-mail address • Phone number(s) • Address • Major field of study • Honors and awards received • Degrees received • Degrees pursued • Weight and height of members of athletic team members • Past and present participation in officially recognized sports activities • Date of birth • Date of attendance • Last school attended • Classification (i.e., freshman, junior, etc.) Note: the actual number of credit hours is not directory information

Directory Information can NEVER include: • Social security number • Ethnicity • Student ID number • Nationality • Race • Gender A student may request non-release of directory information. You may find a downloadable version of our Restriction of Release of Information form here: adams.edu/records/forms/forms.php. Complete the form, sign, and have it notarized before submitting it to the Office of Records for processing.  

Correspondence MBA Curricula BUS 500 - Leadership Skills for Managers (3 Credits) This course teaches practical skills required for effective management at all levels of an organization, and is designed to increase a learner’s understanding of key concepts and procedural guidelines related to organizational management, human resource, and leadership. The purpose is to be equipped to deal effectively with managerial challenges dealing with people. BUS 505 - Creating Consumer Value (3 Credits) This course presents learners with a comprehensive approach to creating consumer value. This includes marketing and brand management in for-profit firms as well as identifying and meeting consumer needs in non-profit and governmental organizations. Topics include segmentation and targeting of consumers; the positioning levers of product, price, promotion, and distribution; and brand management. ECON 505 - Managerial Economics (3 Credits) This course demonstrates how economics theory is applied to national and international managerial decision-making. The course covers topics such as demand analysis, production and cost functions, market structure, managerial understanding of public policy, and international trade finance topics. BUS 510 - Global Business Perspectives (3 Credits) This course deals with management of organizations that operate, directly and indirectly, in more than one country. While the major focus will be the multi-national corporation, management of smaller firms, which only export, will also be considered. The primary emphasis will be on the special management problems, which are unique to multi-national operations. BUS 520 - Managerial Accounting (3 Credits) This course provides a review of financial reporting standards and statements and analysis of those financial statements. Managerial accounting principles will be explored as well as budgeting, cost allocation, accumulation, cost behavior, and relevant costs; revenues are approached from a manager’s perspective. BUS 525 - Financial Analysis (3 Credits) Students will embark on studying basic financial principles and enhance that with understanding various valuation concepts and methods. Emphasis is also placed on capital budgeting and long term financing as well as working capital management. The course will blend time-tested finance principles and the latest advancements with the practical perspective of the financial manager.

BUS 530 - Organizational Behavior (3 Credits) This course deals with human behavior in a variety of organizations. Conceptual frameworks, case discussions, and skill-oriented activities are applied to each topic. Topics include communications, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, the influence of technology, and organizational design and development. Class sessions and assignments are intended to help participants acquire the skills that managers need to improve organizational relationships and performance. BUS 540 - Strategy (3 Credits) In this course, learners examine tools and techniques for competitive analysis, strategic planning, and strategy implementation. Learners gain knowledge of the tools and concepts needed to develop a business strategy including macro environmental scanning, industry and competitive analysis, value chain analysis, SWOT analysis, identification of critical success factors and driving forces, and development of strategic alternatives and recommendations. BUS 545 - Leading Entrepreneurial Organizations (3 Credits) Successful organizations emphasize learning to sustain their competitive advantage. This course will study entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Areas of emphasis include uncovering the methodologies and characteristics that foster innovation and achieve meaningful change in business that lead to the creation and implementation of profitable business opportunities. BUS 550 - Technology and Innovation (3 Credits) This course adopts the perspective of a general manager - an individual charged with diagnosing complex situations and resolving them in ways that enhance organizational performance. The course emphasizes how general management decisions contribute to the creation and appropriation of economic value through innovation. BUS 555 - Leading for Results (3 Credits) This course focuses on how leaders mobilize others within their organization to get extraordinary things done. You will analyze what characteristics you need to develop to achieve your own professional goals and reflect on ways you can develop your competencies as a leader. BUS 560 - Leadership Capstone (3 Credits) This capstone course integrates knowledge gained in the previous graduate business courses. It centers on the theme that organizations achieve sustained success when their managers have astute, timely, strategic game plans, and they implement these plans with proficiency. This class incorporates the “big picture” and cuts across the whole spectrum of business and leadership.

Adams State University Extended Studies 208 Edgemont Blvd. Suite 3000 Alamosa, CO 81101 719-587-7671

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