Miami Dade College

Virtual College

Business Management - Small Business Specialization


The Business Management track is designed to prepare students for various positions of manager trainee, supervisor or small business owner. It also provides supplemental training for people previously or currently engaged in these activities. The convenient, online program focuses on planning, organizing, directing and controlling of business, including organizational and human aspects. Competencies include theories of management, managing economic resources and decision making. Emphasis is given to the ownership of small business enterprises.

General Education Requirements

  1. Major Course Requirements (12.00 credits)

    The student will learn the major disciplines of business including general business, business ethnics, forms of business ownership, economics, management and leadership, human relations marketing, information systems, accounting, financial management, money and banking, and business law. (3 hr. lecture)

    The student will learn to analyze the major functions of management. Emphasis is placed on learning how to manage organizations for excellence in both performance and employee satisfaction. Major topics include but are not limited to business ethics and social responsibility, strategic and operational planning, decision making, organization structure and behavior, managing groups and teams, communication and information technology. (3 hr. lecture)

    Reviews the basic arithmetic processes and covers mathematics and computations used in business including cash and trade discounts, commissions, markup, markdown, depreciation, simple and compound interest and bank discounts, payroll records, taxes, insurance, inventory, analysis of financial statements, statistics (mean, median, and mode), charts and graphs, and consumer applications. (3 hr. lecture)

    Covers the procedures for writing effective business letters and memorandums, a review of grammar, and the proper format of today's business correspondence. Students learn how to prepare inquiry letters, direct and indirect response letters, application letters and resumes, and short reports. Prerequisite: OST1330. (3 hr. lecture)
  2. Program Core Required (10.00 Credits)

    Must take 3.0 credits from the following group:

    Accounting for owners equity with emphasis on corporate financial statements. Other topics include plant assets, intangible assets, current and long-term liabilities. ACG2001 and 2011 can be substituted for ACG2021. Prerequisite: ACG2001; Corequisite: ACG2011L. (3 hr. lecture)

    An introduction to financial accounting concepts and analysis with emphasis on corporate financial statements and determination of income. Corequisite: ACG2021L. (3 hr. lecture)

    Must take 1.0 credits from the following group:

    Provides the accounting student with support to achieve the objectives of ACG2011. Corequisite: ACG2011. (2 hr. lab)

    Students will learn to interpret and solve problems related to the financial field. Additional support will be provided to the students in order to achieve the objectives of ACG2021. Corequisite: ACG2021. May be repeated for credit. (2 hr. lab)

    Must take 6.0 credits from the following group:

    The marketing management concept of the distribution of goods and services with consideration of market research and analysis, buying and selling, product design, pricing, promotion, transportation, competition, and the responsibilities of the marketing manager. (3 hr. lecture)

    Reviews forms of ownership, franchising, location analysis, financing, record keeping, purchasing, inventory control, marketing, security, insurance, and consumer credit. Students will prepare a feasibility study and present a comprehensive small business start-up plan. (3 hr. lecture)
  3. Major Course Electives (2.00 credits)

  4. Computer Competency

    Test type(s) needed:

    This is an introductory level course that satisfies the College's computer competency requirement. Students will learn essential computer concepts and skills as well as knowledge of how to use, current software applications. Topics include word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, email, Internet, and legal and ethical issues concerning the use of computers and the Internet.Laboratory fee. (3 hr. lecture; 2 hr. lab)

Not all courses are offered every term. Please refer to our online schedule of courses each term for listed offerings.