Use technology to increase profitabilty with a specialized Business Administration degree
Companies need skilled managers to help them take advantage of technological advances. With a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a Technology emphasis, you could establish the business career you want.
This degree program helps you become more knowledgeable in computer applications, networking, and computer maintenance and security, so you can help companies be more productive and profitable. You’ll also gain a strong foundation in essential business areas such as accounting, sales, finance, and marketing.
- Business manager
- Office manager
- IT manager
- Service technician manager
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
IU's degree program for Business Administration with a Technology emphasis teaches essential knowledge and skills needed by employers,1 such as:
- Database programming
- Internet commerce
- Computer technology administration
- Network security administration
- Information security management
- Website management
Business Administration with a Technology emphasis
Implement database programming, network security administration, and more as you earn your degree in Business Administration with a Technology emphasis. Give your business skills a technological addition.
Accounting for Non-Accountants
This course presents a background in accounting principles and practices necessary to operate a business. The double-entry accounting system will be introduced, and common transactions discussed. Students will prepare and analyze financial statements in decision-making and performance evaluation.
Advanced Management of Information Systems
This course helps students see the connection between information systems and business performance. The goal of the course is to enable students to assess the opportunities and problems that managers use to add value to their organizations. It also aims to help students understand transformational changes within and across industries.
Advertising Fundamentals and Strategies
This course introduces students to advertising and its function and role within the business world, and its effect on society. The course will cover advancements in, and impacts from, technology and social media. Students learn advertising techniques and how to develop an advertising plan.
Students will prepare a formal proposal in one of the following areas: accounting, sales and marketing, operations management, human resource management, or banking and finance. Once the proposal is approved, the student will prepare an original paper of research and analysis utilizing appropriate APA format. The student will then present findings and conclusions to an approved audience. (Students may select an experiential learning opportunity with Dean approval of both a location and project.)
This course deepens the students? understanding of business and professional communication. Students will explore strategies for communication as a management tool, including rhetorical choices for diverse audiences. The student will practice developing effective oral and written messages.
Business Computer Fundamentals
This course explores the introductory use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Students will learn computer skills, including document and spreadsheet creation and presentation techniques. Emphasis is on utilization of basic application skills to complete general business tasks.
Business Law & Ethics
This course surveys the various legal issues that impact the business environment. The course will help students gain understanding into the American legal system. Students will be introduced to the concept of ethics in the workplace and social responsibility. The course will cover the impact of ethics in personal and professional situations along with ethical decision-making, workplace diversity, and politics.
Computer Networks & Security
This course presents an introduction to the design and analysis of computer communication networks. Topics include application layer protocols, Internet protocols, network interfaces, local and wide areas networks, wireless networks, bridging and routing, and current topics. In this course, students will learn about network attacks and vulnerabilities as well as current defenses. Topics include cryptography, confidentiality and authentication protocols, botnets, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and communication privacy and anonymity.
Data Communications & Management
In this course, students gain a practical understanding of relevant terminology, concepts and other information necessary to manage data communications. By the end of the course, students should be able to make intelligent decisions about the appropriate design, purchase, integration and use of data communication equipment and systems.
This course introduces students to database design and creation. Emphasis is on data dictionaries, normalization, data integrity, date modeling, and creation of simple tables, queries, reports, and forms. The course presents the fundamental concepts and techniques in database use and development as well as provides a foundation for research in databases.
Human Resources Standards, Strategy, and Management
The course outlines the functions of members in a human resources (HR) department. Students will review how HR impacts strategic management, recruiting, performance management, and ethical standards. Students will also examine various federal laws and regulations that impact an employee's job search, and discuss how organizations hire.
Introduction to Accounting & Workplace Relationships
This course will introduce the concepts of debit and credit and the principles of double-entry accounting. Students will analyze common business transactions, properly record them, and utilize this data to create basic financial statements. Students will explore the concepts of empowerment and accountability in the workplace and are introduced to various careers in the field.
Introduction to Business & Job Search Skills
This course introduces students to essential areas and functions of business. Additional topics include networking and job search strategies.
Introduction to Human Resources Management
This course introduces the human resources management functions in organizations. Emphasis is placed on staffing; training and development; employee relations; employee retention; workplace health, safety and security; compensation and benefits; and job analysis.
Management Principles & Professional Success
An introduction to the basic principles of management. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The course will cover professional success fundamentals.
Marketing and Business Etiquette
This course introduces students to the activities necessary to attract, gain, and retain a target audience. The course will cover product, people, place, price, and promotion. Addresses professional appearance, quality work relationships, and personal skills in business etiquette.
Operations Management & Problem Solving
This course emphasizes the best practices of operations management. Students will analyze the concepts, principles, and risks of operations management, both for manufacturing and service operations. Students will also explore core problem-solving techniques.
Organizational Design, Evolution, and Change Management
This course focuses on developing strategies and structures that impact organizational design and change. Students will review the effective elements of an organization, and organizational design in small, mid-size, and large organizations. This course examines the design, development, culture, and change management of organizations.
Payroll Accounting & Human Resources and Policies
This course presents practical applications of payroll procedures and human resource policies. Topics include the methods of computing wages and salaries, computing withholdings, keeping records, and the preparation of various federal and state government reports. Students are introduced to the basic functions of the human resource department.
Practical Business Spreadsheets
This course introduces students to the use of Excel as a business tool. The course will cover the use of Excel to sort and analyze basic research data. Students will be able to develop tables, graphs and charts, complete data analysis, and understand the importance and use of Excel in their career. Emphasis is on use of Excel to meet general business needs.
Principles of Business and Personal Finance
This course introduces students to the concepts of personal financial management. This course will cover personal financial management, money management, debt and income, use of credit, credit reporting, saving and investing, and basic identity theft prevention.
In this course, students apply the techniques and strategies learned within the Psychology of Motivation for more in-depth exploration of relevant employment resources, for the development of documents to submit in job application processes, including resumes, cover letters, reference letters, follow up correspondence, and other written communications. Through the course, students will enhance individual verbal communication and interview skills. Students will also learn how to prioritize job search activities, and to appropriately manage and organize relevant documents and records. Upon completion of this course, students will have completed a portfolio of resources and documents to support their current and future job searches and be more informed about the strategies and processes that can more effectively support such efforts.
In this course, students examine the aspects of project management. Emphasis will be placed on project management topics such as project management practices, planning, internal and external communication, monitoring, budgeting, scheduling, completion, and project management information systems.
Psychology of Motivation
This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers. Such a desire for goal-oriented behavior is commonly referred to as motivation, and such motivation can propel students toward accomplishing their academic and vocational goals. Couse topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, career planning and preparation, and a range of additional student success strategies. Upon course completion, students will be more informed and better prepared to progress in their programs and in their efforts to advance their desired career goals (i.e., students will be more academically prepared in knowledge and practical training within an occupational area and also enhance their abilities to support their job searches and submitting application documents such as documents created using standard writing guideline formats).
Strategic & Operational Management Planning
This course addresses the principles of business planning. Topics including both strategic planning and long- and short-term operational planning. Students will explore differences in tactical and strategic planning and how the two complement each other. Students will develop elements of a strategic plan for a business.
Supervision, Conflict, Negotiation, and Accountability
The course focuses on skills and competencies of effective supervision. It is designed to provide the framework and foundation of what it takes to be a first-line supervisor. This course reviews the importance of employee coaching, performance reviews, and organizational change management. This course introduces students to workplace conflict resolution. The course will cover negotiation strategies for managing workplace harassment and violence.
Technology in Marketing and Branding Strategy
This course will explore a range of digital marketing methods, with an emphasis on increased understanding of capabilities, pros and cons, and digital marketing best practices. The course will explore the history of the Internet and how it has changed business, marketing, and communication. Students will learn strategies for positive customer experiences online and digital customer retention.
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.
This course covers American history from colonization to the present. Emphasis is on the relevance of cultural, economic, political, and social developments in the United States.
This course covers introductory algebraic expressions, formulas, and solving equations. Students learn graphing, numerical sets, exponents, radicals, and inequalities.
Communication and Public Speaking
This course focuses on the principles of effective public speaking and presentation. Focus is on the preparation, presentation, and critique of various forms of oral communication. Emphasis is placed on development, delivery, presentation aids, and persuasive speaking.
This course is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking in a modern world. This course will challenge students to learn how to reflect, identify previous assumptions, and be able to analyze and apply common problem-solving techniques associated with the task of thinking critically and challenging the everyday norms.
English Writing Fundamentals
This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.
This course covers basic microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, the functions of markets in capitalism, and government interference in free markets. Emphasis is placed on students acquiring the critical thinking skills of economics.
Research Application Methods
This course explores real world applications in statistics. Topics covered will be analyzing and creating graphs, survey techniques, preparing surveys and analysis of data. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the use of graphs, surveys and the importance of statistical analysis in a business setting.
This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.
Prerequisites: MAT 225 or with the consent of the Dean.
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Why Choose Independence University?
IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.
- Employment focused
- Path to a better career
WANT TO EARN YOUR DEGREE ONLINE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A TECHNOLOGY EMPHASIS? HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT:
Make your schooling more convenient with an online degree program. At Independence University, we design our degree programs to be flexible so they fit into your life. Our degree in Business Administration with a Technology emphasis can give you the skills you need to succeed in your future career.
Your Tools for Success
As a new student, you’ll receive a laptop to use in school and keep once you graduate.
How Your Courses Are Structured
Each of your courses will be with a four-week module. For those courses, you’ll complete weekly assignments, assessments, and discussion board posts. In addition, you’ll have simple, daily checkpoints to keep your information fresh. As an example, you might read a business article, and then answer a question based on it.
In your courses, you’ll study lots of topics and skills such as:
- Database programming
- Computer technology administration
- Network security administration
Some of the courses you’ll complete in your modules include Database Management, Data Communications & Management, Professional Development, and others.
On to Your Business Administration and Technology Career: What You Can Expect
Our Career Services can help 2 you with finding a job. From interviewing tips, to resume building, to networking, you’ll have the support you need.
Once you have completed your program, you’ll be ready to move into a rewarding business administration career. Your potential career could include:
- Business manager
- Operations manager
- Marketing manager
- Self-employed business owner
Your success matters to us, so we’ve designed our curriculum, courses, and format to encourage that success. We want to make earning your degree in Business Administration with a Technology emphasis an experience that changes your future for the better.