Study Abroad in London

Business

Department Dean: Allan R. Plath, PhD

Degrees:
  • Ph.D., Brunel University, 1994
  • M.B.A., Syracuse University, 1978
  • B.A. University of Minnesota, 1965
A U.S. national who has lived abroad most of his adult life, Dr. Allan Plath is uniquely suited to bring an international perspective to the Business and Marketing classes he teaches at AIU London. Not only has he lived around the world—in such places as Hungary, Slovakia, Pakistan, Holland and Asia to name but a few—he has worked around the globe as well. Dr. Plath understands international business well beyond the textbook. And, of course, he shares this all with his AIU students.

AIU London Business Courses*

London Business Syllabi

ACG 241 ACCOUNTING course offered online

Prerequisites: None
This course studies the fundamentals of double-entry debit/ credit business accounting preparation, and analysis of business financial statements, and practical accounting procedures for understanding assets, liabilities, and owner's equity.

ACG 242 PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Prerequisites: MTH 120
This course is an extension of the basic principles of accounting, covering the preparation of detailed income statements and balance sheets, as well as retained earnings and cash flow statements.The course will also cover accounting practices applied to unincorporated entities, such as sole proprietorships and partnerships.

ACG 243 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

Prerequisites: MTH 120, ACG 242
This course emphasizes the role of accounting in decision making. Concepts and techniques for analyzing corporate annual reports, accounting methods for budgetary operations and long-range planning are discussed.

ADV 301 PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING

Prerequisites: MKT 244
This course is a survey of advertising, including media, point of purchase, direct mail, newspaper, magazine, radio and television, and areas of study within the organization comprising the philosophy of advertising, principles of copyrighting and layout, print and broadcast production, and budgeting.

BUS 141 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS course offered online

Prerequisites: None
As an introductory survey of the business world, this course considers the structure and forms of business enterprise, the nature of business relationships, and the diversity and choice of business careers.This course explores perceptions and misperceptions of business and its role in a multicultural society.

BUS 240 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS course offered online

Prerequisites: BUS 141, ENG 101
This course covers the applications of effective communication principles in writing business letters, memoranda and reports. Psychological elements of business correspondence and oral communication are studied.

BUS 241 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS

Prerequisites: MTH 120
Economic theory of the firm, resource allocation and price determination, the free market supply/demand mechanism, and pure and imperfect competitive models are analyzed.

BUS 242 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS

Prerequisites: MTH 120, BUS 241
Factors determining aggregate economic performance (employment, output, income, price level, economic growth and fluctuations, monetary and fiscal governmental policy) and the evolution of economic doctrines are studied.

BUS 243 PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

This course covers fundamentals of personal finance including salary and compensation, budgeting, savings, investments, renting, establishing a home, property acquisition, installment contracts, purchase acquisition, scams and frauds, credit, insurance, retirement, taxes, and other financial issues. Exploration of current technology tools available for planning, organizing, execution, and evaluation in wealth generation will be made.

BUS 325 E-COMMERCE

Prerequisites: CIS 101, BUS 141, MKT 244
This course introduces students to the resources of the World Wide Web. Students evaluate existing web sites applying basic principles of marketing, management, and informational technology.Web design software and HTML are used for designing web pages that

BUS 340 BUSINESS LAW

Prerequisites: ENG 101
Consideration is given to law of contracts, negotiable instruments, transactions, agency, sales contracts, bailments, bankruptcy, common and public carriers, commercial paper, formation of corporations, mergers and antitrust legislation. This course focuses primarily on UK business law.

BUS 345 BUSINESS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Prerequisites: BUS 242
Consideration is given to the comparative analysis of market conditions and business practices in the global economy, with an emphasis on international economic factors and institutions, including trade, financing, exchange rate development, and government policies. Selected topics in international management are covered.

BUS 346 PUBLIC RELATIONS

Prerequisites: MKT 344
The theory and practical application of publicity; planning, execution and evaluation of public relations; mass media relations; internal and external public relations; and trade and professional associations are covered.

BUS 401 PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to develop the personal and professional qualities that will assist individuals in searching for employment and adjusting to the corporate work environment; portfolio development and presentation will also be addressed.

BUS 442 BUSINESS IN EUROPE

Prerequisites: BUS 345
This course covers doing business in Western and Eastern Europe from the perspective of domestic and foreign firms; the structure, ontogeny, and political economy of the European Community, European Free Trade Association and other multinational zones in Europe; the historical evolution of the economy and business forms in the region; public policy and social and legal attitudes toward business; local customs and the international business executive; and current trends and issues in the region.

CSM 220 COMPUTER CONCEPTS course offered online

Prerequisites: None
This course introduces students to the basics of computers. It addresses categories of computer knowledge, such as the Internet, hardware, software, applications, careers, and the future of computing.

MGT 246 PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE

Prerequisites: ACG 242
This course begins with cash-flow projections and evaluation of financial strengths and weaknesses. Capital structure is dealt with, followed by cost of capital and evaluation of capital investment opportunities.

MGT 250 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT course offered online

Prerequisites: ENG 101
This course combines the elements of management (planning, organizing, implementing, controlling and evaluating) and leadership principles and characteristics to the exercise of these functions. Management and leadership as topics of study are analyzed and compared. Interpersonal skills required for effective leadership are explored.

MGT 255 CONTEMPORARY ETHICS course offered online

Prerequisites: MGT 250
This course introduces students to the ethical context of business operations. It introduces students to a cooperative framework, which will embrace the foundations of regional differences and influences with respect to ethical decision making. The difficult issue of ethical relativism and other problems associated with multiple ethical systems are examined from theoretical, as well as case-based applied perspectives.

MGT 310 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS

Prerequisites: CIS 101, MTH 120 or MTH 200
This course ensures that business students have exposure (beyond the learning outcomes of CIS 101) to the effective use of spreadsheets in analytical situations and also includes a serious, in-depth introduction to relational databases.The overall aim of this course, taken at the beginning of the junior year, is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to use information technology as part of managerial decision making.

MGT 320 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Prerequisites: MGT 250
This course studies the behavior of individuals in organizations and applications of psychological principles to business problems. Topics include personnel selection, vocational satisfaction, interpersonal relations, training, motivation and leadership.

MGT 325 PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Prerequisites: BUS 141, MGT 250, QMB 240
This course introduces students to the interrelationship between the functions and activities of the typical manufacturing organization. Focus will be on the production strategic management chain from materials to customers.Topics include types of production processes, job flow and batch, inventory control, plant capacity, computer utilization, and delivery and dispatch.

MGT 341 INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

Prerequisites: ACG 242, MGT 246
This course is an analysis of the nature and underlying theory of investments and its utilization by the individual investor and portfolio manager.Topics include capital market theory, portfolio theory and management, options contracts, interest rate futures, factors influencing security prices, and the New York and London stock exchanges.

MGT 342 CORPORATE FINANCE

Prerequisites: ACG 242, MGT 246
This course studies the principles and practices of managerial finance and considers financial instruments, sources and applications of funds, financial ratios, capital market analysis, capital budgeting, investments and dividend decisions.

MGT 343 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Prerequisites: BUS 141, MGT 250
This is an introduction to the principles and practices of human resource management.The personnel role in modern business organizations will be the main focus. Students can develop proficiency in the solving of human resource problems through lectures and case studies.This course focuses primarily on UK business law and practices.

MGT 345 PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Prerequisites: MGT 246, MKT 244, MGT 320
This course draws upon the applied fields of organization behavior, management theory/science and finance to develop a theoretical and very practical understanding of project management for students.The practical learning from this course is accomplished through team-based project simulations.

MGT 440 ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Prerequisites: MGT 246, MKT 244
This course is an overview of small business management and includes methods and procedures for establishing a small business, problem-solving techniques required for successful operations, entrepreneurial traits and risks, location selection and franchising.

MGT 445 CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

Prerequisites: MGT 250, MKT 244
This course introduces the principles and strategies for the enhancement of creativity and innovation in the addressing of business-related issues. Case studies and original problem analyses are featured as strategies for developing more creative approaches to problem solving.

MGT 450 INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCE

Prerequisites: BUS 345, MGT 246
This advanced elective course considers the current theories and the practical consequences of international trade. A variety of forms of commercial policy as a means of regulating trade are examined. Internal financial flows and exchange rate mechanisms are considered.The domestic consequences of exchange rate policy are examined.

MKT 244 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING course offered online

Prerequisites: None
This course is a study of the integration and coordination of product development, promotion strategy, physical distribution and pricing strategies that direct the flow of social, ethical, legal, economic and international environments.

MKT 344 MARKETING RESEARCH

Prerequisites: MKT 244, QMB 240
This course is a systematic study of conducting and evaluating marketing research activities within a firm.Topics include survey planning, questionnaire construction, interviewing, data collection, data analysis, demand analysis and forecasting, and population sampling procedures.

MKT 442 CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

Prerequisites: MKT 344
The emphasis of this course is on the descriptive and conceptual analysis of consumer buying behavior with a focus on the theory and research essential to understanding individual choice behavior.

MKT 444 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

Prerequisites: MKT 344, BUS 340
Incorporating the marketing concept into the framework of the world marketplace and international business is the purpose of this course.Topics include global market segmentation; international physical distribution, pricing, product life cycle; and regulations and embargoes.

QMB 240 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS STATISTICS

Prerequisites: MTH 111 or MTH 120
This foundation course in descriptive and inferential statistics is inclusive of frequency distribution, grading techniques, correlation, linear regression, probability, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals.


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