Fundamentals of Management
Undergraduate Certificate Online Program

The undergraduate certificate program in the Fundamentals of Management is designed to offer students the planning, analysis, and decision-making techniques they need to compete in today's evolving business climate. Students will be introduced to human resources, small business, and operations management and have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that are readily applicable to their professional interests.

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The California Coast University online Undergraduate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Management program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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The Undergraduate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Management degree program consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Undergraduate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Management degree program is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
BAM 315 Principles of Management  3

Principles of Management serves as an introduction to the discipline of management. It is designed to integrate the accepted theories in the area with real world applications to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed for managing others. This course begins with a discussion of the current issues in management and then proceeds to cover the traditional functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. By the end of this course, students should have an understanding of the needs of modern public and private organizations, including emerging national and international trends.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the role of managers in organizations, and identify the value of studying management.
  • Describe managerial challenges and issues relating to ethics, diversity, and social responsibility.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of management functions including planning and managing strategy.
  • Examine organizational structure and human resources in relation to managing, organizing, and leading individuals and teams within the organization.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to management.
BAM 411 Human Resource Management  3

Human Resource Management explores the fundamentals of human resource management and its significance to a company’s success. Examined, in detail, are HR functions such as recruitment, retention, appraisal, compensation, labor relations, development, and current trends in the field. Practical skills-oriented concepts and techniques are highlighted throughout the course, as is the emphasis on building and maintaining an engaged and productive workforce.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define human resource management, and describe major trends and best practices related to the field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of staffing and training issues related to human resource management.
  • Develop an understanding of compensation plans and total rewards.
  • Recognize the importance of employee and labor relations, social responsibility, ethics, and risk management as they relate to the field.
  • Identify the issues of managing human resources on a global scale.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to human resource management.
BAM 418 Small Business Management  3

Small Business Management presents an overview of entrepreneurship, including launching a new venture, managing an ongoing venture, financial planning, taxation, and other topics specific to entrepreneurs. Students will learn the necessary elements to successfully start, run, and manage a small business and be able to apply those concepts and ideas within their business careers, even if they do not choose the entrepreneurial route.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basics and challenges of small business management including its role in the U.S. economy.
  • Recognize the importance of strategic planning and early decisions in small business management.
  • Describe key principles of financial and legal management.
  • Explain aspects of marketing in small business in relation to products and services.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to small business management.
BAM 421 Operations Management  3

Operations Management introduces the theory and practice of operations management and explores the systems approach to tie information together. The course explores issues in operations strategy, development, and implementation. Students will be able to apply various management tools, such as inventory management and supply-chain management, to effectively contribute to managing business operations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define operations management and assess why it is important to businesses.
  • Develop an understanding of product design and process management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of best practices related to process performance improvement, utilizing business forecasting, capacity planning, inventory management, and supply chain design.
  • Analyze important issues relating to operations management including location, project management and trends influencing the field.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to operations management.

Prerequisites to Admission:

The applicant should meet the following prerequisites in order to be admitted to the program: An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully obtained a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent.

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