Scott College of Business Assurance of Learning

Learning Goals & Objectives

Accepted April 26, 2007



1.       Students will be knowledgeable about current business practices and concepts.

A.    Students will understand the functional areas of and interdisciplinary nature of business, and will be able to solve business problems utilizing current theory and practices.

                Examples: financial statements, risk vs. return, role of information technology, operational strategy/design, etc.


2.                   Students will be able to make prudent business decisions by employing analytical and critical thinking.

A.    Students will demonstrate the ability to solve business problems by applying appropriate decision-making techniques, including defining the problem, collecting appropriate data, identifying alternatives, analyzing information, and interpreting results.

Examples: analyzing quantitative data using statistics, collecting data from various sources and making a recommendation, analyzing a financial statement and assessing strengths and weaknesses of a company, etc.


3.       Students will be effective communicators.

        A.    Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively convey information using appropriate means of communication.

Examples: preparing a professional written report, giving an effective oral presentation, using PowerPoint to prepare effective slides.


4.     Students will be competent in applying relevant technology to business problems.        

A.    Students will understand the nature, function and limitations of commonly used business information systems.

B.    Students will demonstrate proficiency in using technology to solve business problems.

Examples (A): understanding nature and function of databases, spreadsheets, word processing, presentation, web development software, etc.

Examples (B): using Excel to summarize and analyze data, using statistical software to arrive at statistics that can be used to make a decision or recommendation.


        5.     Students will be competent in ethical decision making.

        A.    Students will be able to explain and defend the ethical framework in which they make business decisions.

        B.    Students will be able to identify parties affected by a business decision, identify how a decision may affect each stakeholder, and arrive at a decision that is (ideally) mutually beneficial or one that minimizes harm to any one party.

Examples: students are given a case with an ethical dilemma involving a business problem and asked to specify the appropriate ethical decision with justification.


        6.     Students will be able to function effectively in professional settings.

                A.    Students will demonstrate commitment to standards of professional behavior.

                B.    Students will demonstrate an understanding of individual and group dynamics in organizations, including team building and collaborative behavior in the accomplishment of tasks.    

                                Examples (A): wearing appropriate attire during professional events, arriving on time, being familiar with business etiquette, etc.

                                Examples (B): diversity, teamwork, etc.


        7.     Students will be cognizant of the complexities of operating in a global business environment.

A.    Students will understand the basic economic, political, cultural and operational motivations for international business.

Examples: being sensitive to cultural differences, understanding economic and political systems