Degree Planning



Accordingto the Student Guide Bachelor of Science degree inManagement, Economic, and Business with a concentration inmanagement, broad-based knowledge on management fundamentals,specific knowledge on management practice, critical thinking andapplied learning skills, and ethical and globally responsiblelearning are the prerequisite guidelines that a student needs toadhere to (Miller, 1997). Programs in this particular area empowerstudents to pursue educational as well as occupational interests andlay a firm foundation in management.

Thevarious programs are specifically designed to develop to educate aswell as support students’ preparation and development for a diverserange of business opportunities. Furthermore, they include studiesthat result in the mastery of organizations, and the interactionsamong clients, government, and non-profit oriented and private sectorinterests.

Thereare several courses that I have completed which can help address theparticular guidelines. For instance, Assessing, Designing, andImplementing Performance Management Systems, Overcoming Barriers toSuccessful Management, Managing Performance, Achieving Year-RoundPerformance Management and Appraisal, among others, place in a betterplace to grasp basic managerial skills and knowledge. Additionally,internal consulting skills, preventing and addressing inappropriateworkplace behaviors, as well as impact of personality styles oncommunication will help grab a strong understanding of people andorganizational contexts (Miller, 1997).

However,there are a number of certain knowledge and skills that I findimportant which are not represented by the courses in my degree plan.For instance, skills in corporate management and relations, crisisresponse, and legal compliance are an asset to my plan. The field ofmanagement if often diverse therefore students have to seek a goodnumber of necessary knowledge and skills that will create a strongbackground in the managerial profession.

Iwould therefore acquire additional course, particularly PublicSpeaking, Disaster Management, and International Cross-CulturalManagement in order to exhibit diverse and global knowledge onmanagement. In addition, I would also seek for industrial attachment,as well as internship programs in various organizations. This stepwill provide an opportunity to put the various theoretical practicesand knowledge I have acquired from class training. Furthermore, thischance will help be acquire basic working experience and skillsnecessary for my profession.

Area of Study Guidelines for Business, Management &amp Economics

Transfer Courses and Other Sources of Credit in my Degree Plan

Empire State College Courses in my Degree Plan

What I have learnt.


Workplace Violence Awareness Training

Detailed the sources, impact and solutions to workplace violence

Fundamentals of Retirement, Flexible and Additional Benefits

Principles of employee benefits

Applying and Expanding the Compensation Model

Basic of compensation

Diversity awareness

Discussed socio-demographic and economic diversity of people

Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)

Learnt the basic applications of the ICS

Preventing and Addressing Inappropriate Workplace Behaviors

Identified inappropriate workplace behaviors and their measures

Master Certificate in Human Relations

Learnt effective human interaction


Managing Communication Challenges

Identifying of communication challenges and their solutions

Mastering the Time Value of Money

Essence of time

Supervisory skills

Learnt effective supervision of people


Fundamentals of Retirement, Flexible and Additional Benefits

Basic organizational responsibilities to employees


Introduction to Incidence Command System (ICS – 100) for Healthcare/Hospitals

Experimented ICS 100

Inthe degree planning process, I have learnt quite significantcomponents of a Bachelor’s Degree. For example, I have learnt thatthe choice of courses in a particular concentration prepares studentswith competitive knowledge and skills and enhances their marketexpectations. Apparent, the particular courses a student includes inhis degree plan has either a direct or indirect impact on his future.This can be attributed to the fact, today the expectations of thejob market are diverse and often subject to spontaneous change.Furthermore, educational training sets the professional foundation ofa student, and therefore, it is key for the knowledge of the basicprinciples and practices (learnt in class and attachment) in thevarious professions. It also helps students acquire and maintainprofessional competencies, licenses, as well as other certificates.

However,I have come across a number of issues that made me somehow curious.For instance what are the challenges graduate who made inappropriatechoice of their degree programs face in the job market? The processof planning ones degree is quite demanding and it often necessitatesadequate research and consultations. It is paramount that the courseone chooses enables him pursue an educational training that thatalign with not only prevailing, but also future market expectations.Furthermore, after the whole process, I still have not come to termswith the required threshold of the course that a student can transferinto his degree plan. Are there particular requirements orrestrictions (set by the college) that define the courses studentscan transfer into their degree plans? Also, what is the criterion forconsideration of extra credits in the final transcript by thecollege?

Aftera keen consideration of the various different studies and assignmentsthat I have done, particularly in light of my Area of StudyGuidelines, I would like to include the following courses into mydegree plan.


Broad-based &amp Specific knowledge and Practice


Diversity in Workplace


Introduction to Statistics

Labor Relations

Management History and Theory

Human Resource Management

Introduction to Psychology

Management Information Systems

Organization Behavior

Critical Thinking &amp Applied Skills

Business Communication

Public Speaking

Group Dynamics

College Writing

Advanced Business Communication

Ethical &amp Globally Responsible Learning

Business Ethics

International Cross-Cultural Management

United States Issues, Ideas, and Institutions

Thecourses in the first section will provide me with necessary knowledgein the management discipline. For instance, both micro and macroeconomics will instill basic knowledge in economics critical tomanagers. Introduction to statistics will expand my breadth ofthinking to enable me analyze circumstances critically. A course inpsychology will enable me come to terms with the socio-cultural,economic, political, as well as environmental factors that affectshuman resource in organization. In addition, enrolment in HumanResource Management will equip me with knowledge on the dynamicsrelating to workers in a firm while a study of organizationalbehavior will help me analyze how employees relate to each other, aswell as with their seniors in the firm.

Thecourses in the skills sections will instill the significant skillsnecessary in effective management of resources of an organization,appropriate relation with colleagues at work as professionalinteractions with clients of the firm. Finally, the courses in theEthics section will help me enlarge my spectrum as far as theinterpretation of the world and conception of human activities andpractices is concerned. Besides, it will aid in developing globallyresponsible management fundamentals.


Miller,E. (1997). Barron`s guide to graduate business schools (Vol. 10).Barron`s Educational Series.