Foundations Of Business – bus210 (3 credits)

In this course students will explore the foundation of business by reviewing topics regarding the structure and culture of the modern business environment. Additional topics include the evolution of business, the role of the business ethics, communication, technology, operations, leadership, and human resources. Upon completion, students are better prepared to make informed decisions regarding their educational and professional goals.  

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

The Changing Environment of Business

  • Explain the different forms of business organization.
  • Describe how business has evolved from feudalism, mercantilism and capitalism.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Business

  • Recognize the effects of ethics decisions in business.
  • Compare and contrast business ethics and the law.

Organizational Behavior and Culture

  • Explain how organizational culture can impact a business.
  • Identify theories of work motivation.
  • Identify the characteristics of high-performing groups and teams.
  • Compare and contrast different types of organizational structure.

The Human Side of Business

  • Outline the four functions of management.
  • Describe the roles and behaviors of entrepreneurs, managers and employees.
  • Examine a business plan using SWOT analysis.


  • Discuss the components of persuasive communication.
  • Explain the types of political tactics used in business.
  • Summarize the major components of the contingency theory of leadership.

Human Resource Management

  • Explain the ways that Human Resource Management impacts a business.

Technology, Goods, and Services

  • Identify standard IT applications used in business.
  • Describe the typical hardware and software components of business technology.
  • Examine the effects and costs of operations and material management in business.

The Big Picture

  • Identify career paths within the business environment.
  • Create a portfolio based on core business principles.

Introduction to Business

  • Compare and contrast profit and profitability.
  • Describe the impact of supply and demand on a market economy.
  • Identify the main components of business.

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