ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS
This semester-long course is an introduction to the goals, processes, and operations of business enterprises for students. The main focus is on the functions that a company – whether a multinational corporation or a corner grocery store – must manage effectively to be successful. These include accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, operations management, and strategic planning. Attention is also given to the legal environment in which businesses operate, and the importance of business ethics and corporate citizenship.
Throughout the course, students may be asked to answer questions or to reflect on what they’ve read in their notes. The notes are not graded. Rather, they are a way for students to extend their thinking about the lesson content. Students may keep handwritten or typed notes.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Apply business concepts to their lives
- Compare and contrast market economies with a controlled economy
- Describe the six areas of human resource management
- List and define the legal forms of business ownership
- Name and describe the components of successful business communication
- Analyze ways in which technology is changing business operations
Anna Gilbert, Casey Mulvihill, Dawn Tornquist, Mandy Cramer