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Team Leader Certificate

Last updated 6/10/2014

Certificate Code: 5735

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Acie Earl, 309-796-5267, earla@bhc.edu


Students who enroll in the Team Leader Certificate program will pursue a three-semester course of study designed to give students a more detailed understanding of business topics that build upon the courses found in the Lead Employee Certificate program. This certificate helps provide a foundation toward the completion of the Business Management and Marketing degree.

Students who are interested in the Team Leader Certificate will find that the courses in the curriculum are also needed for completion of the Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management and Marketing.

Team Leader Certificate
Certificate Code: 5735
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BA 110 — Introduction to Business (3)
1BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
BL 201 — Business Law I (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)

Second Semester
BA 112 — Business Relations II (1)
BA 113 — Business Relations III (1)
BA 170 — Fundamentals of Accounting (3)
BA 171 — Fundamentals of Accounting Lab (1)
ECON 221 — Principles of Macro Economics (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communication  or  (3)
SPEC 111 — Business & Professional Communication

Third Semester
BA 230 — Principles of Marketing (3)
BA 240 — Principles of Management  or  (3)
BA 242 — Principles of Supervision
BA 243 — Developing Team Skills (3)
BE 180 — Business Communications (4)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (37)

1Students enrolling in BA 160 must have an appropriate COMPASS test score (see course description) or have taken MATH 103 or MATH 080.

Courses for this program include: »

BA 110 Introduction to Business
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic course introducing major kinds of business organizations and forms of ownership. Study of vocabulary and functions of activities such as financing, marketing, management, personnel administration, and international business.

BA 112 Business Relations II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides the basic elements of active participation in business meetings.

BA 113 Business Relations III
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides an orientation to typical service projects conducted by contemporary businesses.

BA 160 Business Math I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: A minimum score of 32 on COMPASS pre-algebra test or a minimum score of 22 on ACT math.
A short review of basic math concepts and their application to actual business problems. Covers insurance, interest calculations, merchandising discounts, taxes, dividends and basic statistical measures.

BA 170 Fundamentals of Accounting I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships and partnerships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA 180, is designed for two-year career program students desiring to enter business occupations, not for transfer to a four-year college.

BA 171 Fundamentals of Accounting Lab I
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of BA 170.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships and partnerships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA170, BA180 and BA181 is designed for two-year carer program students desiring to enter business occupations.

BA 230 Principles of Marketing
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An in-depth analysis of major contemporary marketing concepts and practices. Covers marketing environments and trends, product development, pricing practices, distribution networks and relationships with advertising agencies and sales forces.

BA 240 Principles of Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BA 110 recommended.
A detailed study of the basic functions and processes of management in a typical organizational setting. Includes coverage of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling, with emphasis on communication, leadership, group dynamics, and motivation.

BA 242 Principles of Supervision
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Course deals with the responsibilities of the supervisor or leader in the industrial and administrative environment. Leadership qualities, human relations skills, motivation, communication, training techniques, and problem of the work group are discussed.

BA 243 Developing Team Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A basic course introducing the team dynamics such as the formation of teams, stages of team development, strengths and weaknesses of teams and the practical application to team skills.

BE 180 Business Communications
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: See assessment and placement guide.
Techniques of effective written communications for business. This will include psychology of communicating with customer service emphasis, focus on international communications, and accuracy and conciseness needed for in-house e-mail.

BL 201 Business Law I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BA 110 recommended.
A general survey of the basic principles, systems and practices of American law including government agencies and regulation, alternative dispute resolution, torts, employment law, bankruptcy, international law, and consumer protection.

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ECON 221 Principles of Macro Economics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of the basic macro economic principles of a capitalistic economy, its strengths and weaknesses including supply and demand, prices, role of government, national income measurement and determination, money, banking, monetary and fiscal policies, inflation and unemployment, international trade and payments.
IAI: S3 901

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 111 Business and Professional Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness and development needed to communicate competently within professional organizations. Focus is on interviewing, management styles, inter-office communication and professional presentations.


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Team Leader Certificate