Wilkes University

Accelerated Bachelors of Business Administration

Accelerated BBA Program

Director: Dr. Marianne Rexer

The Sidhu School offers a Bachelors of Business Administration degree through an accelerated degree completion option for adult learners, Applicants are required either: 1) to have five or more years of professional, military, and/or equivalent experience; and to have completed undergraduate coursework at an accredited institution of higher education; or 2) to possess an earned associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.

In order to fulfill the requirements for graduation, students are responsible for satisfying all Wilkes bachelor’s degree requirements, including general education requirements and the Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (ABBA) curriculum. A total of 66 credit hours, covering the general education requirements for a Wilkes undergraduate degree and free electives, must be earned outside the courses specifically included in the Accelerated BBA.

The program provides preparation that is equivalent to the traditional undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration degree. It consists of 54 credits earned through eighteen courses, each of which is worth three credits. The design ensures that students will receive complete equivalent coverage of all learning outcomes in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Students may take three courses each term, including fall, summer, and spring, leading to the completion of the program in six trimesters over a period of two years.

Business Administration Major (Accelerated BBA Program) Required Courses and Course Sequence

Trimester 1

Trimester 2

ABBA-151 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ABBA-152 - The Leadership Process

ABBA-153 - Business Communications

ABBA-154 - Business Economics

ABBA-161 - Financial Accounting

ABBA-162- Managerial Accounting

Trimester 3

Trimester 4

ABBA-235 - The Legal Environment and Business Law

ABBA-251 - Principles of Management

ABBA-257 - Information Technology for Business

ABBA-319 - Statistics for Business

ABBA-221 - Principles of Marketing

ABBA-240 - Corporate Finance

Trimester 5

Trimester 6

ABBA-352 - Production and Operations in Business

ABBA-353 - Management of Human Resources

ABBA-354 - Organizational Studies

ABBA-358 - International Business Management

ABBA-461- Business Strategy and Decision-Making

ABBA-462 - Professional Business Experience

Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (ABBA)

ABBA-151. Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Credits: 3

This course takes students through the entrepreneurial process from the creative practice of developing a business concept, to planning the venture, to launching and operating the business, to harvest and closure of the firm. Students learn how businesses operate through the study of functional areas such as marketing, management, human resources, accounting, finance, and operations. Most importantly, students learn and experience how to integrate the functional areas by tracking information and performance using financial statements.

ABBA-152. The Leadership Process

Credits: 3

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex process of leadership. Students will have the opportunity to explore both leadership theory and the practical application of leadership within different contexts (i.e. group, community, not-for-profit, small business and large organizational environments). The course will also focus on current issues that impact the leadership process including culture, diversity, and global perspectives. Additionally, the course will explore skills and behaviors associated with leadership including ethical decision-making, communication, influences, conflict resolution, and motivation.

ABBA-153. Business Communications

Credits: 3

This course emphasizes written and oral communications used in business. Students practice writing major business correspondence, including letters containing persuasive requests and refusals, inquiries, orders, sales, applications, credit, collection, and goodwill. Investigative techniques of research and analytical report writing are examined. Students learn the major techniques of effective oral presentations - such as organizing for impact, gaining and keeping audience attention, multimedia applications, and adapting to cross-cultural audiences.

ABBA-154. Business Economics

Credits: 3

This course introduces the student to macroeconomic and microeconomic theories and principles. Core issues in both areas of Economics such as supply and demand, fiscal policy and monetary policy, employment, and pricing and output determination are explored in a business environment context.

ABBA-161. Financial Accounting

Credits: 3

This course studies the nature, function, and environment of accounting, including the accounting information system, account analysis, and decision-making. The course also provides an understanding of accounting issues and objectives for proper interpretation and analysis of financial accounting information.

ABBA-162. Managerial Accounting

Credits: 3

This course develops managerial accounting as an internal tool used to generate information for managerial planning and control. Students will develop an understanding of how costs flow through the manufacturing process and how financial and non-financial information is used to make budgeting and other managerial accounting decisions.

ABBA-161 with a minimum grade of 2.0

ABBA-202. Personal and Professional Development I

Credits: 2
This is the first part of a two course series on Personal and Professional Development and explicitly targets personal and professional competency assessment, development, practice and evaluation.  This course will challenge students to become self-aware in areas including: personality style, leadership style, team oriented qualities. Self-awareness and examination will be expanded and consistently reviewed and will establish the discipline of lifelong learning, goal setting and planning.

ABBA-221. Principles of Marketing

Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the planning and activities of marketing. The course will provide an understanding of the dynamic role marketing plays in the global and national economy as well as the organization. The student will have the opportunity to build a knowledge base about the following areas: strategic marketing, research, consumer behavior, segmentation and targeting, marketing mix planning, the selling process, implementation, and evaluation. Marketing challenges, ethical thinking and action, and global dimensions of the practice of marketing and retailing will be identified.

ABBA-235. The Legal Environment and Business Law

Credits: 3

This course provides a foundation for business managers to operate within the legal environment in which all businesses in our society function. It provides an overview of law and our legal system, the lawmaking and adjudicatory processes, and the roles of economic, social, and political forces in the shaping of constraining legal rules and regulations. It also provides a study of the laws protecting consumers and employees; and the law of contracts, sales, and business organizations.

ABBA-240. Corporate Finance

Credits: 3

This course provides a study of the financial theories and decision-making models relating to: financial analysis and planning; working capital management; cash budgeting; capital asset acquisitions; capital asset financing; cost of capital; capital structuring; acquisitions; divestitures; and reorganizations.

ABBA-251. Principles of Management

Credits: 3

This course introduces the theory and practice of managing organizations. Students analyze the concepts required in overseeing a company including planning, organizing, and controlling. Interdisciplinary in nature, social and ethical dimensions of managing are also examined.

ABBA-151 with a minimum grade of 2.0

ABBA-257. Information Technology for Business

Credits: 3

This course explores the assumptions, concepts and theories of information technologies for digital business in the knowledge economy. Topics will include examining critical issues of communication and connectivity of information systems for the organization from both the strategic and technical perspectives. Digital opportunities for organizational connectivity, development of standards and motivating strategic alliances will be emphasized.

ABBA-319. Statistics for Business

Credits: 3

This course serves as an introduction to the primary calculations and tools needed in business and economics. Topics include, but are not limited to, algebraic functions, interest rates, defining and describing data, numerical and graphical summaries of data, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation analysis. Mathematical modeling in the business environment is emphasized.

ABBA-352. Production and Operations in Business

Credits: 3

This course introduces principles of decision-making, how competition is enhanced, product and process development and management, quality management, and fundamentals of supply chain and inventory management.

ABBA-319 with a minimum grade of 2.0

ABBA-353. Management of Human Resources

Credits: 3

This course deals with acquiring skills and understanding of the planning and technologies involved with local, regional, national, and global human resources management. Topics such as selection and recruitment, and job analysis and design are explored. Also included are appraising and rewarding performance, compensation and benefits, and labor management relations.

ABBA-251 with a minimum grade of 2.0

ABBA-354. Organizational Studies

Credits: 3

This course emphasizes organizational theory and structure enhancing the student’s ability to take action in organizations. The role of the employee and manager in the organizational change process will be discussed, highlighting the complexity of change. Topics such as motivation, risk, social influence, communication, organizational structure, team dynamics, leadership, culture, and power will be presented.

ABBA-251 with a minimum grade of 2.0

ABBA-358. International Business Management

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the field of international business. It provides an overview of the world economy; trade channels; and the effects of economic, political, and the social environment on international management. It also provides an insight to problems that exist in international operations, as well as the role of government in fostering international business.

ABBA-251 with a minimum grade of 2.0

ABBA-402. Personal and Professional Development II

Credits: 2
This is the second part of a two course series on Personal and Professional Development and explicitly targets personal and professional competency assessment, development, practice and evaluation.  This course will expose you to a series of experts in Leadership in order to examine your own leadership competencies as well as learning about the legacy you leave when you move to later jobs and positions.
A grade of 2.0 or better in ABBA 202

ABBA-461. Business Strategy and Decision-Making

Credits: 3

This first capstone course integrates the functional areas of business from the perspective of top management. Emphasis is on the role of management in the formation and execution of strategic plans and a particular emphasis on improving a company's performance. ADVISOR PERMISSION REQUIRED.

ABBA-354 with a minimum grade of 2.0

ABBA-462. Professional Business Experience

Credits: 3

This second capstone course is a professional business experience in which students apply their accumulated knowledge, skills, and abilities in a private or public organization related to the students' academic objectives and career goals. The course will include cooperative education, independent study, and/or an experiential component. ADVISOR PERMISSION REQUIRED

ABBA-251 with a minimum grade of 2.0, ABBA-221 with a minimum grade of 2.0, ABBA-240 with a minimum grade of 2.0