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Applied Class Projects

Applied class projects help businesses and organizations achieve their potential while providing students with opportunities for community based learning. Junior and senior business students apply what they learn in the classroom by working with a client on an actual project. Students work in teams under the supervision of their course instructor. Project deliverables often include a written report and a presentation to the client.

The courses listed below are frequently taught using community-based class projects or case studies. Inquiries regarding these courses or any other potential applied learning experiences are welcome at any time. Clients interested in fall semester class projects should typically contact the department chair by early August. Clients interested in spring semester projects should typically contact the department chair by early December.

Project course examples:

Accounting and Finance

  • Acct 423, Advanced Tax Accounting. (Fall or spring semester). Senior level accounting students learn about business tax issues, and research specific questions related to business taxes. Projects will be completed during the last half of the semester.  Business owners will receive a student-prepared research memorandum with potential courses of action the business may explore with a tax attorney or accountant.

» For more information, contact Dr. Raj Aroskar, chair, Department of Accounting and Finance.

Business Communication

  • Bcom 306, Advanced Business Writing. (Fall or spring semester). Students write formal reports and other documents to investigate and solve organizational issues and user test processes and instructions.
  • Bcom 491, Special Topics-Crafting Persuasive Proposals. (Fall or spring semester).Students write sales proposals, project proposals, grant proposals, marketing documentation, and other persuasive communication for organizations.

» For more information, contact Dr. Paula Lentz, academic program director, Business Communication Program.

Information Systems

  • IS 310, Systems Analysis and Design. (Fall or spring semester).  Students design information systems for profit and nonprofit clients in the community.
  • IS 460, Seminar in Information Systems. (Fall or spring semester). Senior IS students design and develop information systems for profit and nonprofit clients in the community.

Emphasis in both courses is on quality and completeness in meeting client needs within the semester framework. Examples of projects include creation of web sites, networks, databases, software, applications and information systems, strategic plans, and development of information systems training and documentation.

» For more information, contact Dr. Jean Pratt, interim chair, Department of Information Systems

Management and Marketing

  • Mgmt 414, Small Business Consulting. (Spring semester). Student teams develop comprehensive business plans for a small business. Appropriate clients have been in business for two or more years and have two or more employees. Previous clients come from a variety of industries and have had anywhere from two to 60+ employees.
  • Mgmt 461, Lean Manufacturing Systems and Concepts. (Fall or spring semester) Teams of students complete a semester-long lean systems improvement project in a manufacturing or service-oriented organization. Participating organizations determine the scope, goals and desired outcomes in consultation with the instructor. Projects may involve 5S, value stream mapping, kaizen, A3 analysis, setup time reduction, batch size and inventory level reduction, as well as pull system and/or continuous flow implementation.
  • Mgmt 494, Topics in Leadership. (Spring semester). Students work as project managers to develop and/or implement a project of particular interest to a non-profit organization.
  • Mktg 332, Marketing Communications and Promotion Analysis. (Fall and spring semester) Student teams develop a promotional campaign plan for a business, non-profit, or governmental organization. The client will work with students on a semester-long project. Ideal clients are those who look for new ideas to promote their business/organization, increase awareness of the existing products/services, or change the current perception toward the business (brand revitalization).
  • Mktg 334, Marketing Research. (Fall or spring semester). Students develop and conduct a market research study for a local business, non-profit, or governmental organization.
  • Mktg 490, Advanced Sales Topics. (Spring semester). Marketing and professional sales students hone their sales skills by selling actual products or services for a local non-profit. One hundred percent of the profits from the students' sales efforts go directly towards the non-profit organization's operating budget.
» For more information, contact Dr. Kristy Lauver, chair, Department of Management and Marketing

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