B.S. Degree, Business and Information Management

Business and Information Management Bachelor of Science
Type: BS
Major Code : BIM-BS
CIP: 1105212011

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Management (B.S.B.I.M.) degree is designed for students interested in making business organizations more efficient and effective through entrepreneurship and the use of business skills, including applying technology. This field requires a solid understanding of business practices combined with an understanding of the role information systems play within an organization. Professionals who practice in the field of Business and Information Management serve as a communication bridge between those who implement information systems technology and the business end users of these systems. They help ensure that organizations make information available in a timely manner and in an easily understandable format to provide strategic advantage.

The curriculum emphasizes skills necessary to sustain and grow a business through marketing, general business, management practices and the application of law and ethics. The curriculum also focuses on the analysis and implementation of information systems, data management, data communications, as well as currently emerging topics such as enterprise system processes and knowledge management. Students interested in careers as business analysts, business operations specialists, business support managers, chief information officers and management information systems managers will find this program especially beneficial. The B.S. degree in Business and Information Management consists of 120 credits including 36 credits of General Education courses.

Supply Chain Management Specialization: Supply Chain Management encompasses the flow of goods and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption and impacts every individual, organization and industry on the planet. The supply chain specialization prepares students for entry-level and mid-level positions within the supply chain field, as well as supplemental training for persons currently employed in the field. The curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary to manage supply chain functions with a focus on operations, quality, sustainability and global business. The combination of Business and Information courses and Supply Chain Specialization courses prepares students for careers as sourcing specialists, supply chain managers, operations analysts and logistics managers.

Entrepreneurship Specialization: Seminole State's Entrepreneurship specialization is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to succeed as an entrepreneur to start a business or to implement changes within an organization as an intrapreneur. Graduates will be trained on the specific skills needed to maintain a solid financial foundation for a business. Content will also include implementation of contemporary digital media technologies.

Interdisciplinary Specialization: This specialization is specifically designed for graduates of A.S. programs and provides the prerequisite coursework to enter the BS degree as part of the total program requirements.

European Business Experience Specialization: The European Business Experience provides students with the opportunity to study abroad in Salzburg, Austria. All twelve credits from this specialization will take place at Salzburg College. In addition to the twelve courses within the specialization, students will be required to take Elementary German I (GER 1120). The curriculum will have an emphasis on global branding, cross-cultural communications and public relations throughout the world. Students will be required to consult the Center for Global Engagement for details regarding travel and lodging arrangements.

Human Resources Specialization: The Human Resources specialization prepares students for positions within the human resource management (HRM) field and provides supplemental training for persons currently employed in this field. This specialization provides students with an in-depth study of the human resources processes throughout both large and small organizations. The core business and information curriculum is supplemented by courses in compensation, benefits, employee training and employment law.

Social Media and E-Marketing: The Social Media and E-Marketing specialization is intended for individuals who desire to pursue careers in social media and e-marketing related industries and has been designed to enhance one's knowledge and skills essential in these same areas.

Program Admission

Applicants seeking admission to Seminole State College's bachelor's degree programs must comply with the College's General Admissions procedures.  In addition, students must meet the following program-specific requirements listed below prior to being accepted into upper-division coursework:

  • Completion of an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or completion of an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in a Business-related field from any regionally accredited institution.

    All other degrees will be evaluated by the faculty committee on a case-by-case basis.

  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Program Progression Requirements: once admitted, students must achieve (or have achieved) a grade of "C" or higher in the following courses:
    • ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting
    • ACG 2071 Principles of Managerial Accounting
    • CGS 2100C Office Applications
    • ECO 2013 Principles of Economics (MACRO)
    • ECO 2023 Principles of Economics (MICRO)
    • MAC 2233 Concepts of Calculus
    • STA 2023 Statistical Methods I
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Available Courses
Required Courses
48
Students must complete all Required Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
With the balance sheet as a reference point, this course provides an introduction and overview of the acquisition, financing and management of business assets.
This course provides students with the skills necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur or to implement change within an organization as an intrapreneur. The fundamentals of starting and operating a business, developing a business plan, obtaining financing, marketing a product or service and developing an effective accounting system will be covered. Students will study cases of business and develop an in-depth business plan.
This course covers the management and use of information technology (IT) in organizations with an emphasis on how management information systems impact business operations and decision-making. The impact of management information systems on business strategy and initiatives will be explored within an entrepreneurial, global context. Topics will include ethical and social issues, hardware and software, applications, networking, databases and telecommunications.
This course is an introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems emphasizing integrated strategy for management and integration of information among organizations, suppliers and customers.
This course is a study of the project management of information systems from conception to implementation and the eventual transition to operational support. Includes resource and time management techniques, project proposal preparation and evaluation, quality control, testing and operational support planning.
This course introduces the latest advances in business process technologies and management such as business process planning, business process requirements analysis, business process modeling, workflow system design and implementation. The course will emphasize both theoretical issues and hands-on experiences in business process management.
This course introduces the business student to the prominent theories and philosophies affecting management and leadership. Through an interdisciplinary lens, students learn the differences between management and leadership and acquire the skills necessary to develop leadership and management styles. The curriculum provides a strong foundation for adding value to an organization by applying management and leadership theory within a practical setting.
This course covers the introduction to the theory and practice of managing formal organizations, including planning, organization theory, human behavior and control.
This course covers a complete and comprehensive review of human resource management concepts.
This advanced course covers the methodologies employed in a successful selling process. Course will include applications of selling techniques, understanding buying behavior and the employment of negotiating skills in the selling cycle. The essential sales theories and principles are developed and practiced through student involvement in sales presentations.
The purpose of this course is to provide students hands-on training using Excel for business, professional and personal use. The student will gain an in-depth understanding of a spreadsheet program. The student will create, edit and format spreadsheets and graphs, work with formulas and functions, sort, filter and subtotal data lists and create and edit macros.

Choose BUL 3130 or BUL 3130H:

This course involves an analysis of the law as a dynamic, social and political institution in the business environment, including contract law, torts and ethical consideration.

or

This course involves an analysis of the law as a dynamic, social and political institution in the business environment, including contract law, torts and ethical consideration.

Choose ISM 3424 or ISM 3424H

This course involves the development of simple high-level models and then progresses to advanced modeling and analysis. Statistical design and analysis of simulations is integrated into the course.

or

This course involves the development of high-level models to simulate businesses in that process. The class then progresses to advanced modeling and the analysis of simulations is integrated into the course. The course is designed to introduce students to the general concepts of modeling and computer simulation of real-world business scenarios. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the skills and tools required to accomplish valid business simulations useful for analysis and prediction. The Honors class will take more complex business processes and map them using software modeling simulation and explore process improvements and associated cost reductions. Modeling techniques learned from this class will be expected to be demonstrated in the final capstone class. The Honors version of this course will go beyond the standard course by addressing statistical analysis of output from terminating simulations. This output analysis will accomplish statistical comparisons of model variations called scenarios.
Choose ISM 4881 or ISM 4881H
This course is a culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required. This capstone course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

or

This course is a culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required. This capstone course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Choose MAR 3023 or MAR 3023H

This is an advanced course covering the essential knowledge required to ensure the success of a business as it launches and maintains product presence in the market place. We will also discuss the impact of marketing on businesses revenue, the relationship of marketing to other organizational functions and the development of marketing strategies for both the domestic and international marketplace. The course also focuses on the role that the Internet and direct marketing have on corporate marketing strategies.

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This is an advanced course covering the essential knowledge required to ensure the success of a business as it launches and maintains product presence in the market place. We will also discuss the impact of marketing on business revenue, the relationship of marketing to other organizational functions and the development of marketing strategies for both the domestic and international marketplace. The course also focuses on the role that the Internet and direct marketing have on corporate marketing strategies. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of “C” or higher. Honors students will design and implement a web-based marketing presence with the use of a recognized web tool and architected using social media techniques. They will be required to write a marketing plan associated with their product and link it to the web site.

Choose ENC 3213 or GEB 3213

This course prepares students to write professionally in support of management objectives. Students will analyze real-world scenarios to determine how and why a document serves its purpose in the workplace, discover the role of document design and learn how to respond effectively to the needs of clients and colleagues. The assignments, geared to both general and specialist audiences, provide practice in such essential career skills as problem-solving, time management and oral presentations. Proofreading skills are stressed.

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This course analyzes the principles of communication in the workplace. The course introduces students to common formats such as the memo, letter and report. In addition, it helps students improve writing skills to gain greater mastery of grammar, mechanics and style. Students learn techniques for writing informational, persuasive, sales, employment, positive and negative communications. Other topics include using the appropriate strategies for internal and external communication situations, audience analysis and communication through technology. This includes e-mail, online meetings, social media and presentations.
Elective Courses
36

Upper or Lower Division Electives

24
Credits

Choose 12 credits of elective courses from 1 of the following Specializations:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary
  • European Business Experience
  • Human Resources
  • Social Media and E-Marketing

Supply Chain Management

12

Specialization courses must be completed with a "C" or higher.

Overview of the history and current practices related to the quality movement. Students will study contributions of quality experts such as Deming, Juran and Crosby and will be introduced to the concepts of team management, group processes and problem-solving skills. Various measurement tools for process improvement and control will be examined.
This course covers the introduction of the theory and practice of operations research and logistics.
This course is intended to provide an overview of concepts, tools and techniques necessary to build and operate a sustainable organization. Topics covered include the role of leadership in sustainability, organizational design issues, capital investment, costing and risk management systems, incentives and rewards, measurement of social, environmental and economic impacts, green marketing concepts and internal and external reporting.
This course presents an overview of the management of sourcing, operations and distribution processes along a supply chain in domestic and international markets. Students will learn how firms gain a competitive advantage through supply chain activities. Topics include supply chain network design, purchasing, forecasting, inventory management, globalization and outsourcing, logistics and information technology.

Entrepreneurship Specialization

12

Specialization courses must be completed with a "C" or higher.

This course is focused on understanding business practices that are involved with intellectual properties or patentable technologies. These unique businesses frequently present characteristics and growth challenges significantly different from main stream non-technical businesses. A practical understanding of these distinctions is critical to technology commercialization.
This course is intended for students interested in starting or growing a small business. Students will analyze atypical business scenarios and apply critical thinking and generally accepted business development principles to identify appropriate growth strategies.
This course augments the financing skills specifically needed by the successful entrepreneur. The course focuses on specific tools and knowledge needed to build and maintain a solid financial foundation for a profitable business. It will provide students with essential skills and knowledge needed to develop effective small business finance strategies, priorities and practices.
This course involves the application of contemporary digital media technologies to marketing strategy development and decision-making.

Interdisciplinary Specialization

12

Specialization courses must be completed with a "C" or higher.

A study of budgeting and cost control systems, including a detailed study of manufacturing cost accounts and reports, job order costing and process costing. Includes introduction to alternative costing methods such as activity-based and just-in-time costing. Reviews planning of profit, cost, sales, cost and profit analysis, profit performance, pricing decisions and measurement.
This course deals with financial accounting practice and theory, including generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the conceptual framework, accounting information systems, including financial statement reporting and disclosures, the time value of money, cash controls, accounting and reporting for cash, receivables, inventories and long-term assets.
This is a travel/study course combining preparation on campus, travel and study in the discipline of business. Content is variable depending on the program in which the student enrolls and the specific topics to be covered. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure. Permission of the instructor is required.
This course involves the study of developing and using information to support business processes, managerial decision-making and organizational strategy. Topics covered include systems technologies, enterprise integration, business applications and critical analysis of organizational change through information systems.
Course topics include the structured design and development of information systems. Quality control, security and testing will be emphasized in the information systems lifecycle.
Knowledge Management (KM) is a discipline that promotes an integrated approach to identifying, capturing, sharing and evaluating an enterprise's information and knowledge assets. This course reviews and discusses existing enabling technologies in KM and new, emerging KM technologies and practices. Such technologies are presented in the context of emerging Internet, data mining, e-commerce and enterprise computing applications.
This course covers the introduction of the theory and practice of operations research and logistics.
This course covers issues involved in the multinational management of business firms with an emphasis on comparative management.

Any 2000, 3000 or 4000 level ACG, APA, BUL, CGS, COP, ECO, ENT, ETI, FIN, GEB, HIM, HSA, HSC, ISM, IST, LDR, MAN, MAR, MKA, MNA, OST, PLA, QMB, RMI, STA, TAX or TRA course not already required can satisfy the elective requirement

Any 3000 or 4000 level EUH, GER, INR, MUH, MUL or PUR course can satisfy the elective requirement.

 

COP 1000 or any 1000-level COP course

3
Credits

European Business Experience

12

Specialization courses must be completed with a "C" or higher.

This course discusses the history, process and institutions of the European economic and political integration. The first part focuses primarily on the EU member states. It starts with the historical institutional forerunner, sketching the early history of integration. The second part examines the European Union as such. Institutions are introduced and the decision-making processes are reviewed. The third part uses the basic historical and institutional knowledge to discuss issues of European integration. The development of the European monetary union and the introduction of a single European currency will be used to analyze the financial changes involved in European economic and political integration. The fourth part represent the effort to explain European integration and its actors. Using the conflict lines of European debate, the major approaches towards integration in politics, economics and ideology are introduced. The course will conclude with an analysis of European-US trade relations, the impact on the US economy, businesses and governmental institutions.
This course offers a mix of theory and practical applications as it covers globalization, global branding strategies, classification models of culture and the consequences of culture for all aspects of marketing communications. Topics include global public relations, culture and the media, culture and the internet and consumer behavior. It demonstrates the centrality of value paradoxes to cross cultural marketing and helps students see how their understanding of cultural relationships in once country/region can be extended to other countries/regions.
This course is designed to explore the theory and research related to the practice of public relations across cultural and national boundaries. It includes the application of various communication and public relations theories to practical problems in international for profit and not for profit settings. Following an introductory overview of the practice and theory of public relations, the course will focus on trans-national and intercultural dimensions of public relations, comparing US and European PR systems with special emphasis on Austrian-based companies. Another part of the course concerns the practice and differences of PR throughout the world. In addition to exploring the application of public relations in an international setting, strategies and approaches to PR will be explained from a theoretical base demonstrating the usefulness of theory-based public relations programs. Evaluate the most important aspects of integrated International and Intercultural PR.
This course has been designed as an introduction to European history, politics and culture. Through lectures, discussions, excursions and field assignments, this course offers insight into the culture students have chosen to live in for an extended period of time. Beyond the understanding of 'facts and figures', the course is intended to create an academic context for participants' growing understanding of Europe and its "personality." Students will be challenged to use this new knowledge on Austria and utilize the acquired tools for a final project in cross-cultural understanding and communication. Critical analysis will be done regarding the development of regions through political and cultural change.

Human Resources Specialization

12

Specialization courses must be completed with a "C" or higher.

This course teaches students about the strategic use of compensation and benefits systems for the purposes of attracting, retaining and motivating a competitive workforce. The course also covers job analysis, job description and job evaluation on the basis of compensable factors as well as designing an equitable pay structure. In addition, students analyze the influence of unions and government in determining the compensation of the labor force, including compensation of both hourly workers and managerial employees.
This course is an in-depth study of wage and nonwage related benefits made available to employees by the firm and various related social and governmental programs. Topics include retired health care benefits, life insurance, disability insurance and employer-sponsored health insurance programs.
This course focuses on professional development activities as performed by human resources specialists or organizational specialists. Theory, issues, practice and problems are discussed. Topics include talent and performance of management to ensure that the knowledge and skills, abilities and performance of the workforce meet current and future organizational and individual needs.
This course analyzes the federal and state regulation of the employment relationship, including wage and hour laws, EEO and affirmative action programs. Students will address human resource issues such as employee benefits, insurance, workers compensation, safety, health, employees' personal rights and collective bargaining legislation.

Social Media and E-Marketing Specialization:

12

Specialization courses must be completed with a "C" or higher.

This course involves the application of contemporary digital media technologies to marketing strategy development and decision-making.
This course introduces students to social media and e-marking functions and strategies that are essential to consumer involvement, community engagement and customer relationship management.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is becoming an important strategic tool in consumer goods, firms, financial, health and tourist services, business-to-business firms and in all of eMarketing.
A study of the metrics and systems needed to receive a return on every sales and marketing investment made. The course focuses on tools and approaches to gauge the impact of marketing expenditures.
Foundation Courses
Foundation courses may be applied towards elective and certain General Education requirements
Foundation courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of financial accounting. Topics include the accounting cycle, analysis of financial statement transactions, financial statement preparation, accounting for assets, liabilities, equities, revenues and expenses. Accounting for entities, including partnerships and corporations is introduced.
This course introduces the student to the use of accounting information by managers. Topics include the use of accounting information for planning and control, capital investment, performance evaluation, decision-making, cash flow statements and financial statement analysis.
This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course covering the nature, scope and methods of economics, economic concepts and economic institutions. Emphasis is placed upon production, consumption, determination of prices, distribution of income, fiscal policy, national income determinants, money and banking and comparative economic systems. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for AA degree seeking students.
or higher level ECO course
This course deals primarily with economic problems. Emphasis is given to markets, production functions, economic role of government, agricultural problems, labor-management relations, imperfect competition, interest and capital, economic security, international trade and finance and economic development. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
or higher level ECO course
This course is a study of Differential and Integral Calculus of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions with applications to business analysis. It is designed to provide the student of business and social sciences a course in applied calculus. This course is not intended for the student who is required to complete the calculus series.
or higher level MAC prefix course
This course introduces descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-sample inferences, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods for those students entering a science or business-related field. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level Statistics course
General Education Courses
36

Communications General Education courses

9
Credits

History General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education courses

6
Credits

Mathematics General Education course (MAC 1105 is recommended for students in this degree)

6
Credits
Science General Education courses
6
Credits

Social Science General Education courses

6
Credits
Total Credits:
120
Note:

ECO 2013 and ECO 2023 are both required. One ECO course may be used to meet Social Science General Education requirements. The additional ECO course may be used to meet lower division elective requirements.

Note:

Students must meet General Education requirements. Students awarded an Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree or who have official transcripts documenting "General Education Requirements Met" from a Florida College System or Florida State University System degree-granting institution shall be considered to have satisfied Seminole State's General Education requirements. Please refer to this catalog's General Education section for specific requirements.

Note:

Students enrolled in Seminole State College’s baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.  Additionally, per Florida Statute 1007.25, “Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an associate in arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language.” 

Note:

Honors in the Major is an indication that the student pursues academic excellence and exhibits leadership qualities. The Honors in the Major Program is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to do classwork and projects that expose them to the latest in technology and methodology. Refer to the Honors in the Major section of this catalog for details.

Note:

Mathematics General Education course MAC 1105 is recommended for students in this degree

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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