Department of Business

Vangstad 115
Department Chair:
Morgan Keasler
morgan.keasler@vcsu.edu
Assistant: LaDonna Anderson
ladonna.anderson@vcsu.edu
800.532.8641 extension 37521
701.845.7521
FAX: 701.845.7361

busdept.vcsu.edu

Today’s global economy is more competitive than ever, and VCSU is a great place to launch a successful career. Faculty bring real-world experience to the classroom so they know how to apply the principles they teach. Faculty members build relationships with area businesses to create more opportunities for job shadowing and internships.

The overall objective of the Department of Business is to prepare students for satisfying careers in a diverse and ever-changing global economy by developing the skills employers identify as vital in a highly competitive global economy. 

Aberle, Amber Ussatis (2013) Instructor; B.S., M.Ed. Valley City State University

Finger, Brenda (2009) Associate Professor; B.S. Minnesota State University - Moorhead, M.S. University of Mary, D.M. Management Colorado Technical University

Hooper, Ralph (1979) Associate Professor; B.S. J.D. University of North Dakota CPA

Keasler, Morgan (2013) Assistant Professor; B.S. Iowa State University, M.S. Louisiana State University SPHR

Moser, Jeffrey (2016) Instructor; B.S., M.M., M.B.A. University of Mary C.T.E. Valley City State University

Tyre, Brenda (2013) Assistant Professor; B.S. Minnesota State University Moorhead, M.B.A. University of Mary CPA

ACCT 200. Elements of Accounting I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to accounting systems with a special emphasis on journalizing and posting business transactions and preparation of the balance sheet and income statement.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ACCT 201. Elements of Accounting II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of ACCT 200 with a special emphasis on accounting for corporate entities, preparing the Statement of Cash Flows, and locating and using information presented in financial statements.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: ACCT 200 with a grade of C or better.

ACCT 307. Managerial Accounting and Finance. 3 Credits.

A course designed to help students understand how to use information to effectively plan and control operations. Topics include concepts and tools used in planning, control and decision making.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: ACCT 201.

ACCT 321. Financial Reporting and Analysis I. 3 Credits.

A study of the financial reporting and analysis process. Students will learn how to extract information in a public company¿s annual report and/or Form 10-K, and understand how investors and creditors use the information in their analysis of an entity¿s profitability, liquidity, and solvency.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisite: ACCT 201.

ACCT 322. Financial Reporting and Analysis II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of ACCT 321 with a focus on financial reporting and application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in a broad range of business transactions.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: ACCT 321.

ACCT 355. Federal Income Tax. 3 Credits.

A study of the fundamentals of federal income tax law with a major emphasis on reporting business and investment activities.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisite: ACCT 201.

ACCT 399. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

ACCT 494. Undergraduate Research. 3-12 Credits.

The course is designed to integrate subject matter from major coursework and other disciplines into a project that leads to the creation of an original body of knowledge.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

ACCT 499. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

BUSI 102. Keyboarding Methods. 3 Credits.

An exploration of keyboarding techniques in speed and accuracy; formatting of business communication forms for use in a classroom. Students will acquire keyboard curriculum while exploring different methods and trends of teaching keyboarding as part of a Business Education program. Special emphasis will be placed on technology, variety of instructional strategies, and lesson design.
Typically Offered: Spring.

BUSI 199. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

BUSI 214. Business Communications. 3 Credits.

A focus on the improvement of oral and written communication skills for application in today¿s global business environment. This course includes exploration and application of modern communication theory, legal and ethical concerns, and technology use. Intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group communication processes and skills are reviewed, as is public presentation of information.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: ENGL 125.

BUSI 246. Introduction to Agricultural Finance. 3 Credits.

A study of agricultural finance. Students will develop an understanding of financial statements, cash flow budgets, money and interest rates, loan analysis, loan repayments, leases, time value of money, capital budgeting and investment analysis.
Typically Offered: Spring.

BUSI 249. Introduction to Business. 1 Credit.

An introduction to the business professions with emphasis on program requirements. The study, practice and performance of marketing, management, entrepreneurship, finance and human resources.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

BUSI 299. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

BUSI 315. Business in the Legal Environment. 3 Credits.

A study of the legal environment of business, governmental regulation, contracts and property.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

BUSI 336. Business Data Solutions. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the advanced concepts of spreadsheets and database tools. This course provides intermediate/advanced students with the theory and ability needed to apply such knowledge in a business environment.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

BUSI 337. Authoring Digital Publications. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the advanced concepts of word processing and desktop publishing. This course provides intermediate/advanced students with the theory and ability needed to create effective professional business publications.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

BUSI 341. Agricultural Economics. 3 Credits.

An introductory course in agricultural and environmental economics. Explores the relationships between production, food systems, world markets, government programs, farms, agribusiness and the environment.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisites: ECON 201 and ECON 202.

BUSI 342. Introduction to Agriculture Management. 3 Credits.

Economic and managerial concepts related to farm or agribusiness production process, development of cost data, enterprise analysis, organization and management of production inputs.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisite: ACCT 201.

BUSI 346. Agriculture Commodity Marketing. 3 Credits.

Explores the basics of commodity marketing and demonstrates how to use those tools in risk management. The course will include a commodity market simulation called Commodity Challenge.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: BUSI 342.

BUSI 350. Operations Management. 3 Credits.

A study of performance measurement tools, quantitative tools and operations strategy. Students will learn how the concepts and applications used enhance the decision making process through the development of statistical and quantitative analysis.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: MGMT 330.

BUSI 399. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

BUSI 442. Advanced Farm Management. 3 Credits.

A course that applies economic and financial measurements to production processes and agribusiness operations. Students will focus on profit maximization through proper management and analysis of inputs and outputs.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: BUSI 342.

BUSI 480. Strategic Planning. 3 Credits.

A study of strategic management processes on how organizations formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies. The course integrates the knowledge acquired in the functional areas of marketing, human resources, productions/operations and finance.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing.

BUSI 485. Entrepreneurship. 3 Credits.

A review of the application of business policies and procedures to the small business environment. BUSI 485 includes the basic steps in creating, building, operating and selling an enterprise.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
Repeatable: Up to 3 Credits.

BUSI 490. Methods and Materials for Teaching Business Subjects. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the curriculum, methods, materials, trends, and philosophy in the teaching of business education. Students will be exposed to the Teaching and Learning Capstone requirements. Special emphasis is placed on technology, various instructional strategies, and Technical Education Teacher Credentialing Requirements in lieu of CTE 490, Methods for Teaching Career and Technical Education Subjects. The course must be taken before student teaching.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisite: Admitted to Teacher Education.

BUSI 491. Senior Seminar. 1 Credit.

An exploration of job search and soft skills necessary for success in the workplace. Students will participate in a variety of activities to develop a professional persona.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing.

BUSI 497. Internship. 3-12 Credits.

An opportunity for students to apply classroom learning to an on-the-job work experience. Internship must be related to the student's major or minor course of study and may be in any geographic location. Credit is granted in the range of three to twelve hours per semester and may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. Application and approval through Career Services.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisites: Junior Standing or Senior Standing and cum GPA of 2.50 or higher.
Grading: S/U only.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

BUSI 499. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

FIN 375. Managerial Finance. 3 Credits.

An introduction to corporate finance. Emphasis will be placed on valuation techniques and long-term financial planning for business entities.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisite: ACCT 201 and MATH 103.

FIN 376. Managerial Finance II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of corporate finance with an emphasis on capital budgeting, risk and return, cost of capital, and long-term financial policy.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: FIN 375 with a grade of C or better.

FIN 380. Principles of Investments. 3 Credits.

A course designed to provide the student with an understanding of the mechanics and principal problems of investing. Topics include the stock market, real estate, mutual funds, gold and collectibles.
Typically Offered: Spring.

FIN 480. Advanced Managerial Finance. 3 Credits.

Short-term financial planning and management and the following topics: enterprise risk management, the use and valuation of options, leasing, international financing issues.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisite: FIN 376.

FIN 499. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MGMT 235. Diversity in the Workplace. 3 Credits.

A course exploring several aspects of the role of diversity in the workplace, including its importance across business functions. Topics include legality of diversity in the workplace, managing inclusion and varying perspectives and contributions of diverse groups.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

MGMT 270. Business Ethics. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the ethical dilemmas that the contemporary American and global business worlds face. The course examines the role of business in society, the nature of corporate social responsibility, environmental issues, and the influences of the social, political, legal, and regulatory environment. The course also challenges students' thinking about the impact of diversity on organizations, the relationship between business and the media, and the growth of e-business.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

MGMT 299. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MGMT 330. Principles of Management. 3 Credits.

A study of management and organizational theory with special attention given to functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in business organizations.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

MGMT 340. Human Resource Management. 3 Credits.

A study of human resource management (HRM) including HRM planning, labor relations and labor law, job analysis, recruitment, selection, evaluation, compensation, benefits, training, discipline, safety/health, and international labor issues.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: MGMT 330.

MGMT 372. Foundations of Leadership. 3 Credits.

A course designed to introduce the foundations of leadership. The course examines a theoretical background and practical information. Major theories of leadership will be examined and leadership will be integrated to various internal and external organizational factors. Student will learn to think critically about the leadership phenomenon and about the boundary conditions of leadership theories.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

MGMT 381. Project Management. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the project management techniques and appropriate software used to effectively manage projects. This course covers the knowledge areas and other topics as defined by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Cross-referenced with CIS 381 and SE 381.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Same As: CIS 381/MGMT 381/SE 381.

MGMT 399. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MGMT 427. Recruitment and Selection. 3 Credits.

A study of the principles and practices of recruitment and hiring in organizations. The course focuses on taking a strategic approach to analyzing staffing needs, developing recruitment plans, and completing the selection process to best meet the needs of an organization while maintaining compliance with the law.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: MGMT 340.

MGMT 430. Organizational Behavior. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary study of behavior in the work environment to improve skills in leadership, motivation and communication.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: MGMT 330.

MGMT 498. International Experience. 6-12 Credits.

An opportunity to apply classroom learning in a foreign setting. The experience must be related to the student¿s area of study and is granted in a range of six to twelve credits per semester with a maximum of twelve hours available. Application is made through the Department of Business.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing or Senior Standing.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MGMT 499. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MRKT 199. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MRKT 305. Principles of Marketing. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the activities, set of institutions, and processes for facilitating the exchange of products, services, and information. Topics include strategic planning; marketing segmentation, targets, and positioning; marketing research; sales; and public relations; creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

MRKT 319. Website Authoring. 3 Credits.

A course designed to provide knowledge and skills to complete website project management. Students will learn to assemble and organize websites, production teams, develop goals, management schedules and budgets, and evaluate and evolve a commercial Web presence and students will perform a redesign and maintenance schedule of a professional website.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

MRKT 340. Professional Sales. 3 Credits.

A course designed to focus on the principles and fundamentals of selling psychology, customer motivation, and sales steps with emphasis on techniques and human relations in selling situations. Students will determine client needs and wants and respond through planned, personalized communication that influences purchase decisions and enhances future business opportunities. Students will participate in product knowledge, analyzing the customer, and investigating the competition and capitalizing on the sale through experience exercises.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: MRKT 305.

MRKT 370. Advertising and Promotions. 3 Credits.

A thorough exploration of the communication process and consumer responses throughout that process. Students will acquire the skills needed to make strategic decisions regarding the use of traditional and/or new media to develop and carryout advertising campaigns.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisite: MRKT 305.

MRKT 394. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Directed reading, study, and/or activities in selected topics.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MRKT 399. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.

MRKT 405. Retailing. 3 Credits.

A study of the field of retailing. Topics include establishing and maintaining relationships, basic principles of strategic planning, goods/services categories, targeting customers, gathering information, choosing a store location, merchandise management and pricing, and communication with the customer.
Typically Offered: Fall.

MRKT 414. Social Media Management. 3 Credits.

An exploration of managing social media and analytical tools. This course explores the tools and strategical use of social media in promoting the goals and mission of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, covering advertising, marketing, public relations, and promotional strategies within the media scope of social media. Cross-referenced with COMM 414.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: COMM 314 or COMM 315 or MRKT 305.
Same As: COMM 414/MRKT 414.

MRKT 415. Marketing Research. 3 Credits.

A study of the role of marketing research in strategic decision-making and the basics of scientific research. Topics include the marketing research process; exploratory, descriptive, and casual research designs; scales of measurement; questionnaire and focus group design; fieldwork; data preparation; and basics of interpreting statistical results of research.
Typically Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite: MRKT 305.

MRKT 499. Special Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Courses not offered in the regular catalog that provide an opportunity to extend student learning.
Typically Offered: On sufficient demand.
Repeatable: Up to 12 Credits.