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Business Administration

with a Property Management emphasis

Bachelor of Science

Program Length: 36 months (may be completed in as little as 30 months)

Degree Overview

property management online

This bachelor's degree program can help you earn the knowledge, skills, and credentials you need to become a professional in a variety of career fields, including personal property professional, bookkeeper, clerical assistant, and more. The program focuses on the essentials of real estate, accounting, insurance, financing, marketing, decision-making, and management skills necessary to compete in today's complex business world.

Personal property management is the management of fixed assets, such as desks, hospital beds, airplanes, radar equipment, etc., at local, state, and federal government agencies, colleges, universities, medical facilities, and private industries. The field had its genesis in the defense contracting arena, in the management of government-owned personal property in the possession of defense contractors.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

ACC 101 Accounting Fundamentals 3.0
ACC 103 Payroll Accounting 4.0
ACC 213 Accounting Principles I 3.0
ACC 215 Accounting Principles II 6.0
ACC 217 Managerial Accounting 4.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
ECN 220 Economics 4.0
ECN 221 Economic Principles 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 103 Writing 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
FIN 231 Principles of Finance 4.0
FIN 333 Finance 4.0
FIN 334 Financial Management I 4.0
FIN 443 Financial Management II 4.0
FIN 444 Financial Management III 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
HIS 300 U.S. History Since the Civil War 4.0
MAN 103 Management Principles 4.0
MAN 104 Business Practices 4.0
MAN 105 Marketing 4.0
MAN 210 Entrepreneurship 4.0
MAN 222 Investment Principles 4.0
MAN 223 Internet Commerce 4.0
MAN 224 Business Law 4.0
MAN 225 Property Management Fundamentals 4.0
MAN 227 Intermediate Property Management 4.0
MAN 229 Federal and Contractor Focused Property Management 4.0
MAN 280 Property Management Applications 4.0
MAN 324 Operations Management 4.0
MAN 340 Finance and Accounting for Property Management 4.0
MAN 342 Property Management Research and Writing Applications 4.0
MAN 346 Basic Contracts, Agreements, and Grants 4.0
MAN 350 Management Planning Principles 4.0
MAN 443 Organizational Design and Change 4.0
MAN 444 Human Resource Management 4.0
MAN 450 International Business Principles 4.0
MAN 460 Managing a Property Management Organization 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
PHI 310 Critical Thinking 4.0
PSY 299 Professional Development 4.0
PSY 400 Biological Psychology 4.0
SOC 400 Sociology of Aging 4.0
STA 322 Statistics 4.0

Course Description

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Accounting Fundamentals

Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of accounting, including the theory of debit and credit and the accounting cycle. Includes beginning steps in analysis of accounting transactions and their relationships to the basic accounting equation in preparation for more complex problem analysis in advanced accounting. Covers accounts receivable, accounts payable, special journals, cash receipts and payments, and banking procedures, as well as the accrual basis of accounting and the preparation of the worksheet and financial statements.

Credits: 3.0

Payroll Accounting

Presents the theoretical and practical applications of payroll procedures and emphasizes the methods of computing wages and salaries, keeping records, and the preparation of various federal and state government reports. Students are required to complete a comprehensive payroll project. (Prerequisite: ACC101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Accounting Principles I

A continuation of ACC101 with special emphasis on accounts receivable and uncollectible accounts, promissory notes, merchandise inventory, and tangible and intangible assets. Emphasizes the theory of internal control using the voucher system. Corporate topics include capital stock transactions, dividends, treasury stocks, and earnings per share, long-term liabilities, and shortterm investments. (Prerequisite: ACC101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.0

Accounting Principles II

Discusses financial statement analysis including comparative statements, measuring profitability, financial strength, and the statement of changes of financial position on a cash basis. Covers the cost cycle, raw materials, manufacturing costs, financial reports, and budgeting for business that operates as a manufacturing concern. (Prerequisite: ACC213, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 6.0

Managerial Accounting

Covers the study of the use of accounting data internally within a firm by managers in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing businesses. Teach students to use accounting data for planning, controlling, and making decisions concerning the optimum allocation of the firm's financial resources. (Prerequisite: ACC213, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Psychology of Motivation

Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.

Credits: 4.0


Basic course in microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, and other key points.

Credits: 4.0

Economic Principles

include inflation, the cause and effects of interest rates, the dollar and the foreign trade deficit, productivity growth rate, and the federal budget deficit.

Credits: 4.0

English Composition

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Credits: 4.0


Presents the fundamental principles of written communications, specifically, common business correspondence, reports, presentations, and minutes. Specific to this course is review of the steps necessary to produce effective written communication.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0

Principles of Finance

Emphasizes money and capital markets, investments, corporate finance, and the universal application of each for a more micro-oriented realistic approach to finance. Money, capital markets, and financial instruments begin the course study with investment theory developed to guide the student's choice of financial instruments. Concluding the course are the special finance problems of the large investor.

Credits: 4.0


Introduces the principles and practices of financial management. The course also teaches about working capital management, financial budgeting and planning and international financing and investing decisions. The course provides a systematic treatment of the investing and financing decisions of multinational firms. (Prerequisite: FIN231, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Financial Management I

Gives students pre-licensing preparation for life and health insurance. The purpose of life and health insurance, an overview of the insurance industry, contracts, policy provisions, options and riders, beneficiaries, premiums and proceeds are covered. Other topics include underwriting, annuities, Social Security, retirement plans, group health, disability, and accidental death and dismemberment.

Credits: 4.0

Financial Management II

Introduces the student to the world of financial markets, regulatory bodies and regulations, and financial instruments. Topics include margincredit, trading strategies, and financial planning concepts. Focus will be directed to understanding the concepts contained in the General Securities Representative license exam (Series 7). (Prerequisite: FIN334, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Financial Management III

Introduces the student to the world of financial markets, regulatory bodies and regulations, and financial instruments. Topics include types of exchange orders, long and short-term capital gains taxation, and financial planning concepts. (Prerequisite: FIN443, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

American Civilization

This course covers the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis is on the economic, political, and social development of our country.

Credits: 4.0

U.S. History Since the Civil War

This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: Reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America's transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.

Credits: 4.0

Management Principles

An introduction to the basic principles of management as it applies to formal organizations. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The traditional management framework is used to provide essential skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.

Credits: 4.0

Business Practices

Analyzes the major business activities of marketing, production, financial/information management, and personnel. Instructs students in the operation of a business, focusing on ownership, business operations, and career opportunities.

Credits: 4.0


This course focuses on business activities necessary to match products and markets. Marketing functions such as purchasing, distribution, consumer analysis, promotion, and pricing are discussed.

Credits: 4.0


This course is a career-related overview of business startups, idea identification, value proposition, and competitive advantages in a student's area of specialization. The student will be able to identify and evaluate new business ideas; to learn how to prepare and evaluate business plans; and to identify capital sources for new ventures.

Credits: 4.0

Investment Principles

Focuses on real estate investments, both private and commercial. Terminology, mortgage and other financing means, valuation and appraisal concepts are discussed.

Credits: 4.0

Internet Commerce

Introduces Internet commerce basics and focuses on business concepts and applying technology in order to be successful. Other topics include globalizing a company, marketing and advertising, market trends, vendor solutions, credit card verification systems, security auction technologies, storefronts, and overall technology architecture. Students will learn to utilize Internet commerce solutions from process re-engineering to deployment and testing.

Credits: 4.0

Business Law

Deals with the legal problems confronting businesses such as court procedures, contracts, property law, fair credit reporting, the Privacy Act, business relationships, and supervision.

Credits: 4.0

Property Management Fundamentals

This course provides the student with an understanding of the life cycle of property management. Fundamental concepts for each life cycle element will be studied to provide a broad introduction to all property topics.

Credits: 4.0

Intermediate Property Management

This course advances the property life cycle concepts of MAN225 and provides the student with an understanding of property management standards, risk analysis, auditing, valuation and appraisal. (Prerequisites: MAN225, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Federal and Contractor Focused Property Management

This course focuses on property concepts and issues in the federal government (military and civilian), in companies that do work for the federal government (government contractors), and on property concepts and issues in the state and local governments, universities, and medical organizations (for profit and not for profit). Each of the fundamental concepts will be studied, and a review of regulations and compliance issues will be covered. (Prerequisites: MAN225 and MAN227, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Property Management Applications

This course is a project-oriented course that builds upon the prior property management courses. The course is designed to utilize the management and accounting skills learned in previous courses. The student will select an instructor-approved practical project, research and present issues related to the project, and develop suggested solutions to the issues. (Prerequisites: MAN225, MAN227 and MAN229, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Operations Management

Explores long-range and short-range problems in operations management, both for manufacturing and for service operations. Emphasizes understanding these problems and the practical applications of quantitative techniques relative to them. Realistic case studies stress logical analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and the presentation of results.

Credits: 4.0

Finance and Accounting for Property Management

This course covers the concepts of finance and accounting related to the property management lifecycle from both a departmental operations and a systems operation perspective. Students learn how to approach budgeting and capital planning, capitalize asset costs, determine estimated useful life, calculate depreciation and net book value, and determine retirement gains and losses. Additionally, students learn how to establish financial benchmarks for measuring and improving the financial performance of a property management department.

Credits: 4.0

Property Management Research and Writing Applications

Upon completing this course, the adult learner will be able to conduct a research project using an acceptable research methodology and prepare a written report.

Credits: 4.0

Basic Contracts, Agreements, and Grants

Basic Contracting for Asset Managers is an intensive introduction to contracting, grants, and cooperative agreements giving the student the information needed to understand the procurement process from initial formation to completion, both government and commercial. This course covers how contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements really work, how to find solutions to common problems, understand the content of key documents and how regulations and standards apply.

Credits: 4.0

Management Planning Principles

This course addresses the principles of various planning topics including strategic planning (mission, vision, objectives, and strategies), long- and short-term operational planning, and development of business plans. (Prerequisite: MAN103, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Organizational Design and Change

Focuses on developing strategies and structures that align organizations with their industry environments. Adapting to changes in technology, power structures, and competition is studied as well as planning and implementing changes in internal systems and processes.

Credits: 4.0

Human Resource Management

Studies the application of psychology to the problems of personnel management. The student is expected to grasp a working knowledge of the basic operative functions of procuring, developing, maintaining and utilizing a labor force sufficient to meet the minimum entry-level requirements of employment in personnel work.

Credits: 4.0

International Business Principles

This course addresses differences associated with global management, challenges in conducting import and export activities, as well as important cultural differences that may affect the business relationship. (Prerequisite: MAN103 Management Principles, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

Managing a Property Management Organization

This course addresses organizational placement of the property function, structure of the property function, cross-functional relationships, communication strategies, and compliance and ethics. Other aspects of managing a property management organization are explored in order to enhance the student's skills.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Critical Thinking

This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Credits: 4.0

Professional Development

This course addresses employment search and acquisition skills. Topics include matching qualifications with job requirements, resume preparation, and job applications. Also includes cover letters, follow-up letters, resignation letters, and recommendation letters. Classroom activities include discussion of basic interviewer questions and interviewing techniques.

Credits: 4.0

Biological Psychology

This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.

Credits: 4.0

Sociology of Aging

This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.

Credits: 4.0


Explores practical skills in statistics. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, and proportions, This course teaches an interdisciplinary approach that provides the regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice. (Prerequisite: MAT220)

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 44Total Credits: 176

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Colorado Locations: Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, South Colorado Springs
Wyoming Locations: Cheyenne

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