Introduction to Accounting
Spring and Fall: 9 units
This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for the student to understand financial statements and financial records and make use of the information for management and investment decisions. Topics include an overview of financial statements and business decisions; the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement; sales revenue, receivables, and cash; cost of goods sold and inventory; long-lived assets and depreciation, and amortization; current and long-term liabilities; owners? equity; investments in other corporations; an introduction to financial statement analysis; and international issues dealing with financial statements.
Writing for Information Systems Management
Professional writing, or writing for business-focused, industry-specific contexts, differs from academic writing in objective, audience, structure, style, and format. It focuses more on problem solving than on exposition of ideas and is generally targeted to diverse audiences with varying levels of expertise. Therefore, effective writing in the workplace often requires adapting writing skills and habits to meet reader's needs. Additionally, when hiring recent graduates for a mid-level position, employers identify writing skills as one of the top five factors signaling leadership potential. Whether you're looking to maximize the impact of your communications at work, seeking project funding, or looking to increase your visibility on-line, this seven-week mini course will prepare you to assume a leadership role in your industry through effective written communication. This course will not only help you refine the essentials of workplace writing, but will also provide strategies, guidelines, and best practices for writing the kinds of industry-specific documents that policy, information security/systems, and creative industry professionals need.
Strategic Presentation Skills
Strategic Presentation Skills provides practical instruction for preparing and delivering professional presentations. Activities and assignments include: impromptu speaking exercises, interview preparation, motivational speeches, instructional presentations, and a briefing. Students will target and engage specific audiences through a clear objective, tactical material, structured delivery, cohesive visual design, and a communication style (both verbal and nonverbal) suitable for workplace environments. Overall, the course will help students develop confidence as presenters and apply effective techniques when speaking in front of an audience.
Organizational Design and Implementation
Fall: 6 units
This course draws on insights and knowledge about organizational behavior with an eye toward using such information for managing in complex organizations. It is intended to provide managers with skills and perspectives that will enable them to work successfully in organizations. Specific topics will include work motivation, leadership, job design, biases in managerial decision making, understanding group processes, building bases of power in organizations, managing conflict, and the relationship between the organization and its environment.