Department of Business Education

http://www.ncat.edu/cobe/departments/bued/index.html

Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder, Chairperson

MISSION

The Department of Business Education prepares business educators and information technology professionals for the ever-changing workforce. The program builds students’ business knowledge and enhances their skills in technology, communication, critical thinking, leadership, ethics, and team building. Graduates are prepared for careers in education, business, industry, government, and other organizations.

ACCREDITATION

The Business Education program is included in the programs accredited by AACSB International. Additionally, the Business Teacher Education concentration is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (previously known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.

DEGREES OFFERED

Business Education (Business Teacher Education) – Bachelor of Science – offered on campus and online (Curriculum Guide)
Business Education (Information Technology) – Bachelor of Science – offered on campus and online (Curriculum Guide)

GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students in the College of Business and Economics must earn a minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 100, 101, MATH 111, 112, ACCT 221, 222, BUED 260 (formerly BUED 360), ECON 200, 201, 206, FINC 343 (formerly FIN 253), MGMT 110 (formerly MGMT 220), MGMT 132 (formerly MIS 241), MGMT 201 (formerly MGMT 422), MGMT 303 (formerly MGMT 361), MGMT 315 (formerly MGMT 481), MGMT 495 (formerly MGMT 520), and MKTG 230 (formerly MKTG 430). Students in the College of Business and Economics must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in BUED 110 (formerly BUED 210).

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Students in the department must earn a “C” (not C-) or better in the 18 credit hours listed on their curriculum guide as their required concentration courses. Students who select the Business Teacher Education concentration must choose one of three specialization areas: Computer Technology, Economics, or Marketing. Business Teacher Education majors complete general education courses, the required business core courses in the College of Business and Economics, and teacher preparation courses offered in the College of Education. Students must maintain an overall 2.80 GPA, pass both Praxis I and Praxis II exams, demonstrate proficiency through 400 hours of directed work experiences (or document two years of full-time work experience), and complete several field experiences in school placements including methods observations and a 16-week student teaching internship. To be approved for licensure, students must meet all the requirements of the College of Education’s Teacher Education Program. Students submit these requirements to the College through Taskstream, an online e-portfolio system.

Students who select the Information Technology concentration complete general education courses, the required business core courses in the College of Business and Economics, and select additional Information Technology electives from an approved list. Students are required to complete business work experience as part of their curriculum requirements.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Depending on the concentration selected, graduates of the Department of Business Education are prepared for career opportunities as business teachers in middle and secondary grades or as information technology specialists in business, industry, government, and other organizations.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN BUSINESS TEACHER EDUCATION

BUED 101. Data Entry and Digital Input Applications (formerly BUED 301) Credit 2(1-2)
This course is designed to develop speed and accuracy in data entry and the use of various digital input devices. Emphasis is placed on using software for formatting basic business documents. Requirements for successful completion: 40 gross words per minute. (DEMAND)

BUED 110. Business Computer Applications (formerly BUED 210, Microcomputer Usage in Business) Credit 3(3-0)
This course emphasizes the theory and application of business computer applications to communicate information. Students will learn word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentation software. (F;S;SS)

BUED 239. Computer-Mediated Communication (formerly BUED 329, Information Processing Applications) Credit 3(3-0)
This course will examine fundamental aspects of computer-mediated communication and consider how different types of technologies impact communication. The course is designed to improve critical thinking skills when communicating online, giving the students the tools to consider how and why impressions are made differently in computer-mediated environments. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or approval of the chairperson. (F;S;SS)

BUED 260. Business Communications (formerly BUED 360) Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the study and application of communication theory using state-of-the-art communication technology and techniques to develop correspondence and reports. Attention is also given to oral communication, business ethics, and global interaction. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 and sophomore standing. (F;S;SS)

BUED 279. Personal Finance (formerly BUED 379) Credit 3(3-0)
This course examines the problems faced by individuals in managing personal incomes and expenditures. Emphasis is also placed upon credit, budgeting, borrowing, saving, and insurance. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (S)

BUED 298. Internship I Credit 1(1-0)
This course provides credit for work experiences that contribute practically to the total development of the students’ educational experiences. A minimum of 100 hours must be completed. Students will receive “S” for “Satisfactory” or “U” for “Unsatisfactory” grades. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or approval of the chairperson. (F;S;SS)

BUED 342. Business Programming Credit 3(2-1)
This course introduces computer programming for management decision making. Emphasis is on using the computer as an aid to problem solving and report generation, essential to an efficient and effective management information system. Prerequisite: MGMT 132 or equivalent. (F;S;SS)

BUED 398. Internship I (formerly BUED 670, Directed Work Experience) Credit 2(2-0)
This course provides credit for work experiences that contribute practically to the total development of the students’ educational experiences. A minimum of 200 hours must be completed. Students will receive “S” for “Satisfactory” or “U” for “Unsatisfactory” grades. Prerequisite: Junior standing or approval of the chairperson. (F;S;SS)

BUED 400. Business Reports and Presentations Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on advanced applications of business and technical writing principles. Reports, proposals, and procedures manuals are produced. Emphasis is placed on research, formal writing, and oral presentations supported by appropriate software and multimedia technology. Prerequisites: BUED 260 (formerly BUED 360) or approval of the chairperson. (F;S;SS)

BUED 424. E-Commerce Design and Implementation (formerly BUED 624) Credit 3(3-3)
This hands-on course focuses on the design and implementation of an e-business site on a live server. Emphasis is given to effective design of web pages, particularly the data collection forms such as the order and credit forms and how they interface with other business systems. A final project requires students to demonstrate the efficiency of their designs to a panel of external evaluators. (F)

BUED 444. Data Communications and Networks Credit 3(3-0)
This course emphasizes a formal approach to modern data communications and networks, including a theoretical and practical framework. It places special attention on enterprise and global systems covering voice, data, software, hardware, cellular/wireless, and mobile technologies. Prerequisites: BUED 110 or MGMT 132 or ECT 213 or approval of chairperson. (F)

BUED 447. Advanced Microcomputer Applications Credit 3(2-1)
This course focuses on advanced computing concepts and applications related to information design, production, and management. It includes hands-on applications using integrated software packages. The course also introduces project management skills and addresses trends in information and end-user computing. Prerequisite: BUED 110 or ECT 210 or approval of chairperson. (S)

BUED 468. Business Research Methods and Technologies (formerly BUED 568, Organizational Information and Records Management Credit 3(3-0)
This course addresses contemporary research methods with an emphasis on gathering, analyzing, and communicating business-related data. Students will think critically about business problems, ethically design a research project, and use technology tools to gather and analyze data. Students will practice effectively communicating research findings to various audiences and stakeholders. Prerequisite: BUED 260 (formerly BUED 360) or PSYC 101 (formerly PSYC 320) or SPCH 250; and ECON 205 (formerly ECON 305) or ECON 206 or PSYC 322 or MATH 224. (F)

BUED 475. Instructional Methods in Business Education (formerly BUED 675) (Credit 3 (3-0)
This course focuses on helping teacher candidates develop strategies for teaching and assessing business and information technology, including the development of units of instruction, lesson plans, enrichment materials, and assessments for effective teaching at the secondary level. Provisions are made for observing and participating in teaching demonstrations. This course includes 60 hours of observation in a public school business classroom. (F)

BUED 482. Business Education Planning and Leadership (formerly BUED 682) Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the principles of effective administration and supervision of public school business education programs. It includes the foundations of career and technical education from the federal and state perspectives, major issues, and trends in business education. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consultation with chairperson. (S)

BUED 487. Directed Work Experience (formerly BUED 672) Credit 2(0-2)
This course includes observation and fieldwork in selected business firms to contribute practically to the total development of the student’s educational experiences. A minimum of 100 hours must be completed each semester. Four hundred hours are required for Business Teacher Education majors. Students will receive “S” for “Satisfactory” or “U” for “Unsatisfactory” grades. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (DEMAND)

BUED 498. Internship II (formerly BUED 671, Directed Work Experience) Credit 1(3-0)
This course provides credit for work experiences that contribute practically to the total development of the students’ educational experiences. A minimum of 300 hours must be completed. Students will receive “S” for “Satisfactory” or “U” for “Unsatisfactory” grades. Prerequisite: Junior standing or approval of the chairperson. (F;S;SS)

DIRECTORY OF FACULTY

Sherrie Drye
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jorge A. Gaytan
Associate Professor
B.B.A., Western Michigan University; M.B.A., Ed.D., The University of Texas at El Paso

Stephanie Kelly
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Murray State University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Ewuukgem Lomo-David
Associate Professor
B.S., Mankato State University; M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Memphis

Beryl C. McEwen
Professor and Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
B.Ed., University of Technology, Jamaica; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder
Professor and Chairperson
B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.Ed., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Alexander Yap
Associate Professor
B.A., University of the Philippines; M.A., Williams College; M.B.A., Exeter University; Ph.D., Copenhagen Business School