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Curriculum
The Degree Completion Program is an intense, accelerated program. Study times vary from class to class and student to student. Normally, students can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week outside of class.

   Courses Completed by All Four Majors
 20 s.h.
 BUS 200
 Foundation for Professional Development
 1 s.h.
 BUS 386
 Dynamics of Group & organizational Behavior
 3. s.h.
 THE 376
 Faith & World Views
 3 s.h.
 CST 373
 Intercultural Communication
 3 s.h.
 BUS 482
 Personal & Professional Christian Ethics & Values
 3 s.h.
 MAT 270
 Statistical & Mathematical Functions
 3 s.h.
 ENG 481
 Applied Organizational Research Proposal
 4 s.h.
     
   Accounting Major
 24 s.h.
   Accounting Prerequisites
 
 ACC 225
 Principles of Accounting I
 
 ACC 226
 Principles of Accounting II
 
 ACC 325
 Intermediate Accounting I
 
 ACC 326
 Intermediate Accounting II
 
     
 BUS 302
 Principles of Financial Management
 3 s.h.
 ACC 306
 Strategic Cost Analysis
 3 s.h.
 ACC 312
 Individual Taxation
 3 s.h.
 ACC 412
 Business Taxation
 3 s.h.
 ACC 422
 Advanced Topics in Accounting
 3 s.h.
 ACC 416
 Auditing & Assurance Services
 3 s.h.
 ACC 451
 Accounting Colloquium
 2 s.h.
 ACC 204
 Computerized Accounting with Peachtree
 2 s.h.
 BUS 323
 Advanced Excel for Business Applications
 2 s.h.
     
   Entrepreneurial Studies Major
 21 s.h.
 BUS 302
 Principles of Financial Management
 3 s.h.
 ENT 301
 Entrepreneurial Innovation
 3. s.h.
 ENT 325
 Entrepreneurial Start Ups
 3 s.h.
 ENT 340
 Entrepreneurial Marketing
 3 s.h.
 ENT 425
 Entrepreneurial Leadership
 3 s.h.
 ENT 440
 Entrepreneurial Projects
 3 s.h.
 ENT 450
 Entrepreneurial Venture Plan
 3 s.h.
     
   Management Major
 22 s.h.
 BUS 322
 Employment Law
 3 s.h.
 ACC 228
 Accounting for Decision Making
 5 s.h.
 BUS 304
 Essentials of Management
 3 s.h.
 BUS 215
 Intro. to Project Management
 3 s.h.
 BUS 420
 Leadership in Organizations
 3 s.h.
 BUS 428
 Organizational Strategy
 3 s.h.
 BUS 451
 Management Colloquium
 2 s.h.
     
   Project Management Major
 26 s.h.
 ACC 228
 Accounting for Decision Making
 5 s.h.
 BUS 215
 Introduction to Project Management
 3 s.h.
 BUS 230
 Project Management Tools
 3 s.h.
 BUS 322
 Employment Law
 3 s.h.
 BUS 345
 Project Performance & Quality Assurance
 3 s.h.
 BUS 420
 Leadership in Organizations
 3 s.h.
 BUS 435
 Project Risk Management
 3 s.h.
 BUS 445
 Project Management Capstone
 3 s.h.
     
   Social Work Major
 12 s.h.
  Core Liberal Arts Courses
 
 THE 140
 Introduction to the Bible
 3 s.h.
 THE 376
 Faith and World Views
 3 s.h.
 ENG 481
 Research Proposal (LAR 112 equivalent)
 3 s.h.
 EXS 200
 Dimensions of Wellness
 3 s.h.
     
   Social Work Courses
 40 s.h.
 SWK 341
 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
 3 s.h.
 SWK 342
 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
 3 s.h.
 SWK 302
 Cultural Diversity
 3 s.h.
 SWK 309
 Social Welfare Policy Analysis
 3 s.h.
 SWK 362
 Individuals and Family
 3 s.h.
 SWK 363
 Groups  3 s.h.
 SWK 364
 Social Welfare Organizations and Community Practice
 3 s.h.
 SWK 430
 Field Practicum
 3 s.h.
 SWK TBD
 Social Work Elective
 3 s.h.
 PSY 250
 Research  3 s.h.
   DCP Requirement (1 s.h.)
 1 .h.


Course Descriptions

Each course or "module" is either two, three, four or five semester hours. The modules in the Degree Completion Program total 41, 42, 44, 46 or 53 semester hours. The order of the modules may change. All the modules described are required for the program, and no substitutions or exemptions are permitted. Click here for a printable version of the Course Descriptions. 


ACC 228
Accounting for Decision Making (Management and Project Management)
This course focuses on the use of accounting information for management decision making and explains when and why accounting information is a key source of data for making informed strategic choices. The students will first learn the fundamentals of financial accounting and then utilize this foundation to better understand how to interpret accounting information and how to utilize accounting information to manage costs and make decisions. The content of the course will specifically focus on understanding (1) business activities as the source of accounting information, (2) measuring revenues and expenses, (3) reporting earnings and the financial position of the organization, (4) reporting and analyzing cash flows, (5) the analysis and interpretation of financial information, (6) understanding cost categories and cost flows, (7) understanding how costs can be tracked and managed when producing goods and services (8) cost allocation and activity-based management (9) analyzing cost behavior, (10) budgeting processes and planning business activities, (11) cost variances, (12) quality management, and (13) fundamental time value of money concepts and capital investment decisions. (5 s.h.)
ACC 240 Computerized Accounting with Peachtree (Accounting)
This is a computerized simulation in basic accounting; journalizing, posting, adjusting, ledger worksheets and financial statement preparation. Students will be exposed to Peachtree software. Prerequisite: ACC 225 (2 s.h.)
ACC 306 Strategic Cost Analysis (Accounting)
This course examines the costing tools and techniques necessary to effectively manage an organization. The course will focus on the accumulation of costs within an organization, the use of costs for planning and control, relevant costs for decision making and performance measurement and evaluation. Prerequisite: ACC 325 & 326. (3 s.h.)
ACC 312 Individual Taxation (Accounting)
This course is a study of the United States federal taxation system. This course will examine the application of present tax laws as they pertain to the individual taxpayer. Prerequisite: ACC 325 & 326.(3 s.h.)
ACC 412 Business Taxation (Accounting)
This course will examine the fundamental concepts governing the taxation of various types of corporations and corporate-shareholder transactions. Prerequisite: ACC 325, 326, & 310. (3 s.h.)
ACC 416 Auditing & Assurance Services (Accounting)
This course examines audits and related attest, and assurance services performed by accountants.The emphasis is on audits of financial statements, including auditing standards and procedures. Engagement planning, assessment of risk and internal control, evidence accumulation and evaluation, and the creation of the appropriate audit report are among the topics covered. Prerequisite: ACC 325 & 326. (3 s.h.)
ACC 422 Advanced Topics in Accounting (Accounting)
This course examines governmental and non-profit accounting and accounting for partnerships and consolidated companies. Prerequisite: ACC 325 & 326. (3 s.h.)
ACC 451 Accounting Colloquium (Accounting)
In this capstone course, students will research and present emerging issues in the accounting field in order to understand the changes being made by the profession and regulatory agencies.  Various career options and certifications will be discussed and students will assess their level of professional competencies using the AICPA Core Competency to help determine career development and learning opportunities. Prerequisite: all core courses.  (2 s.h.)
BUS 200 Foundation for Professional Development (Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course provides the student a better understanding of the financial aid and student account process, technology at the University of Sioux Falls, program policies and procedures, and academic support services.  This course also prepares students for what is expected of them as self-directed learners in the Degree Completion Program.  Clarifies their own expectations of the program and provides awareness of the vital task of managing their time in regard to family, professional, and academic responsibilities. (1 s.h.)
BUS 215
Introduction to Project Management (Management and Project Management)
This course investigates the increasing use of projects to accomplish important organizational goals and the unique style of administration required to manage such projects.  Topics addressed include the selection and role of the project manager; organization and planning; budgeting and cost estimation; scheduling and resource allocation among multiple projects; and monitoring, controlling, auditing, and terminating projects. Current software tools will be used to track and report on assign projects. (3 s.h.)
BUS 230
 Project Management Tools (Project Management)
This course provides a short review of project management concepts and then develops the application of these concepts utilizing Microsoft Project software. This course emphasizes a step-by-step, hands-on approach by using automated project tools such as Micrsoft Office Project to help effectively plan, analyze, estimate, managema dn control the resources, schedule and cost of the project. This course also provides a roadmap for developing project management skills for a successful career in project management. This includes topics such as the Project Lifecycle, Work Breakdown Schedules, Tasks, Estimation, Assigning Resources, Resource Leveling, Project Baselines, Tracking the Project, taking corrective action, integrating MS Project with other programs and creating a master project to enable Organizational Capacity Planning. This course also provides the basis for the more advanced development of project management skills in subsequent project management courses. Prerequisite: BUS 215. (3 s.h.)
BUS 302 Principles of Financial Management (Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course examines the theory and concepts of corporate finance. Topics covered include risk and return, the time value of money, bond and stock valuation, and the cost of capital and capital budgeting. (3 s.h.)
BUS 304 Essentials of Management (Management)
Introduces students to managerial roles and functions; covers planning, organizing, controlling, leading, decision-making and problem-solving in contemporary organizations; reviews foundations of management thought and managerial processes that lead to organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Prerequisite: BUS 386. (3 s.h.)
BUS 322 Employment Law (Management and Project Management)
This course examines and applies, mindful of the doctrine of pre-emption, federal and state laws that govern the employer-employee relationship. Particular attention is paid to using these legal principles to critique employment policies as presented in employee handbooks. (3 s.h.)
BUS 323
Advanced Excel for Business Applications (Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course is designed for students who desire to learn advanced Excel skills for a greater competitive edge and improved analysis of business decisions. The content will include how to use formulas, functions, charts, graphs and tables in a variety of business applications, specifically related to case studies and business scenarios. In addition, the student will learn advanced functions and perform financial analysis and what-if analysis (sensitivity analysis). Prerequisite: basic Excel knowledge or COM 104 (2 s.h.)
 BUS 345
Project Performance and Quality Assurance (Project Management)
In this course students will explore the history and importance of quality in organizations and projects. This course will introduce the concepts needed to define, design and implement total quality into organizations. This course will also explore the three different levles of quality and the different philosophies for quality. Students will be able to understand the benefits of each of these philosophies and proactively plan for quality. The quality assurance concepts and principles within the total project quality managment framework is applicable to a variety of organizations and industries, including manufacturing, service organizations, healthcare, education, not-for-profit and public sector. This course also provies the basis for the more advanced development of project management skills in subsequent project management courses. Prerequisite: BUS 230. (3 s.h.)
BUS 420 Leadership in Organizations (Management and Project Management)
This course provides an introduction to the profession of project management in organizations. This course builds the foundation for a successful career in project management. This course includes topics such as the project lifecycle, organizational and project structure, prioritizing and project selection, defining the project, work breakdown schedules, estimation and communications planning. Students learn the project management framework relating to the project lifecycle including starting the project, as well as organizing and planning the project based upon the process groups describd in the PMBOK. This course also provides the basis for the more advanced development of project management skills in subsequent project management courses. (3 s.h.)
BUS 428 Organizational Strategy (Management)
This course deals with the strategic management process in an organization, along with the methods used in solving various managerial problems. Topics include developing mission statements and vision statements, analyzing the organization and its environment, and establishing goals and objectives that will help perpetuate the organization into the future. Organizational Strategy is discussed within the context of a Christian value system. Prerequisite:  BUS 420. (3 s.h.)
BUS 435
Project Risk Management (Project Management)
This course emphasizes the practice standard for Project Risk Managment as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and in support of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). This course enables the development and integration of project risk management in orgainzations using the Industry Standard Methodology. The following subjects are examined from a project management perspective: integrating project risk management into various organizational systems including Portfolio, Program and Project Management. This course provides theoretical, conceptual and tactical solutions for project risk management. This course also provides the basis for the more advanced development of project management skills in subsequent project management courses. Prerequisite: BUS 345. (3 s.h.)

BUS 445
Project Management Capstone (Project Management)
This course emphasizes the Industry Standard Project Management as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and in support of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). This course enables the students to apply all of the concepts, tools and techniques, models and philosophies learned in the DCP Project Management Program and incorporates them into an overall project plan utilizing the PMBOK as the standard. The students will use this standard and apply it to a project relevant to their professional or personal lives. This Project Plan will be a great addition to their professional portfolio as well. This course also provides an overview of the basic knowledge needed for becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP), which is the professional certification in Project Management. Prerequisite: All core courses. (3 s.h.)
BUS 451 Management Colloquium (Management)
This course will provide the platform in which we will pursue further topics or concepts addressed in previous classes and/or discuss topics or concepts absent directly or indirectly from the core curriculum. In order to fully appreciate and understand the complexities of management within organizations, a manager must be able to analyze issues through multiple lenses—multiple perspectives. Thus, we will examine each issue by using a multiple perspective approach to include, but not limited to perspectives from the following domains: political, economic, technological, societal, and spiritual. Prerequisite: all core courses. (2 s.h.)
BUS 482 Personal & Professional Christian Ethics & Values (Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course explores various ethical theories with a special emphasis on how the Christian faith impacts personal and professional values. (3 s.h.)
CST 373 Intercultural Communication (Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
The course provides a theoretical and practical approach to improve communication with people from other cultures, emphasizing the styles and roles that family, history and religion play in intercultural communication.  Focus is on many elements involved in sending and receiving messages in cross-cultural contents. (3 s.h.)
ENG 481 Applied Organizational Research Proposal (Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course provides an investigation of the research process as applied to business: management, accounting, and entrepreneurial studies.  Students study the concepts and principles of research through analysis of effectiveness of business practices within an organization.  Emphasis is placed on appropriate research designs for business and the proposal process
. Prerequisite: English Composition & MAT 270. (4 s.h.)
ENT 301
Entrepreneurial Innovation (Entrepreneurial Studies)
An innovation is a new concept. It is a successful entrepreneur that has the concept and turns it into a product, service, or organization. Innovation and entrepreneurship are processes occurring in the context of social and cultural organizations. Networking and people skills will be specifically addressed. This course will be of value to students of all majors and requires no specialized knowledge. (3 s.h.)
ENT 325
Entrepreneurial Start Ups (Entrepreneurial Studies)
Starting and/or building new organizations or revitalizing mature organizations in response to identified opportunities is an exciting and rewarding challenge. The better prepared one is for the realities of starting or revitalizing an organization, the higher probability one has at being successful. Topics include entrepreneurship and the organization, selecting an organizational structure, and identifying a student’s life plan and creating an entrepreneurial plan outline that provides financial viability to the student’s life plan. This course will be of value to students of all majors and requires no specialized knowledge. (3 s.h.)
ENT 340
Entrepreneurial Marketing (Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course discusses the various dynamics of sales and marketing from an entrepreneur’s perspective. The course will cover the anatomy of sales on a personalized level. In addition the course addresses customer focused marketing in an entrepreneurial organization. Discussion topics in sales will include scheduling and planning meetings, presentation skills, answering difficult questions, closing a sale, follow up skills to maintain an ongoing mutually beneficial customer relationship. Discussion topics in marketing will include the development of unique concepts, creating relevant value propositions to a niche market, and marketing techniques to capture these markets. Prerequisite: ENT 301. (3 s.h.)
ENT 425
Entrepreneurial Leadership (Entrepreneurial Studies)
Designed to provide an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset, the emphasis will be placed on alternative ways of approaching challenges and issues one might encounter as an entrepreneur. The areas covered include dealing with uncertainty, simplifying complex problems, and risk tolerance. In addition the coursework covers the process of identifying entrepreneurial opportunities to build organizational models. Prerequisite: ENT 301. (3 s.h.)
ENT 440
Entrepreneurial Projects (Entrepreneurial Studies)
The purpose of this team course is to explore the interaction between entrepreneurship, sales, marketing management, finance, and planning. Students will work with existing organizations to identify and resolve a current organizational opportunity. This course is cross-disciplinary in content. Students will be asked to “demonstrate by implementation” the mastery of many dimensions of their entrepreneurial education including innovation, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, management, teamwork and timely execution of the project plan. Prerequisite: ENT 301. (3 s.h.)
ENT 450
Entrepreneurial Venture Plan (Entrepreneurial Studies)
Designed to provide an understanding of the environments within which small businesses develop and function. The areas covered include starting a business, marketing products, operating a business, establishing financial and administrative controls and future concerns. In addition, the students will create an actual business plan and have the opportunity of experiencing the many phases of business development as the business plan is implemented. Prerequisite: all core courses. (3 s.h.)
EXS 200 Entrepreneurial Venture Plan (Entrepreneurial Studies)
Holistic exploration of the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness. Students are encouraged to assess their personal health status and to consider lifestyle choices that can contribute to a healthy, fulfilling life. (2 s.h.)
MAT 270 Statistics & Mathematical Functions (Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course is an introduction to statistics, which includes an introduction of algebra and mathematical functions including exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. (3 s.h.)
THE 140
Introduction to the Bible (Social Work)
A survey fo the content and teaching of the Bible in historical perspective. (3 s.h.)
THE 376 Faith & World Views (Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Studies)
This course is an introduction to essential Christian teachings as they help shape and form a person’s world view. Students also explore how the concept of faith and world view relates to one’s values and to the work environment. (3 s.h.)