Aug 25, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Administration, BAAS


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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a Major in Applied Administration


Karen C. Kaser, PhD, Program Director
S601, 713-223-7992

Faculty
Buell
Kaser
Nuwal

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a major in Applied Administration (BAAS-AA) degree program is designed to offer students that have completed the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree the opportunity to develop competencies,  skills, and the foundation preparation for promotion to administrative and supervisory positions in organizations.

Through the completion of the BAAS in Applied Administration, the student is provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the areas of program planning and evaluation, supervision and leadership, human resources, budgeting, interpersonal  communication skills, change management, information systems, and the development of technology for use in organizational processes. This degree will provide the skills and knowledge for upward mobility into supervisory and administrative positions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates who earn a BAAS in Applied Administration will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental disciplines of administration to:
    1. Manage human resources effectively.
    2. Develop strategies to guide and implement change.
    3. Create, analyze and administer a budget.
    4. Manage project scheduling to ensure on-time deliveries of products or services and conduct a post-project evaluation of the schedule.
    5. Based upon an analysis of the situation, select appropriate negotiation and mediation strategies to resolve conflict.
    6. Apply fundamental theories of leadership to develop processes and solve problems.
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Communicate orally including:
    1. Make a professional presentation; and
    2. Apply interpersonal, group, and organizational communication skills within the administrative operations setting.
  • Use technology to support administrative functions.
  • Identify and critically analyze legal and ethical responsibilities in administration management.
  • Analyze problems and identify an appropriate course of action to resolve the problem.

Academic Requirements

Consistent with the University of Houston-Downtown’s commitment to quality undergraduate education, the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program adopts this policy regarding admissions, the declaration of majors, course enrollment and requirements for graduation for the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program.

Admission and Declaration of Major

Students continuing at UHD who meet the following criteria may be admitted into the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program as a declared major:

  • UHD GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • Completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an institution accredited by a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized accrediting agency

Students transferring to UHD who meet the following criteria may be admitted into the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program as a declared major:

  • Transfer GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • Completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an institution accredited by a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized accrediting agency

Students who do not meet the criteria above do not qualify for admission into the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program and will be classified as Pre-Applied Administration majors. However, students not on track to complete and transfer an AAS degree to UHD are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to select another degree program.

Satisfaction of Prerequisites

Prerequisites are NOT optional. Prerequisites ARE requirements or courses that must be completed PRIOR to taking a course. The prerequisites for a course are described in the catalog course descriptions. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that he/she meets the prerequisites prior to enrollment in a course. If the student enrolls and does not meet the prerequisites, he/she may be administratively withdrawn from the course at any time. Any variance in prerequisite requirements or this policy must be obtained in writing from the program director prior to enrollment in the course.

Dismissal from the BAAS in Applied Administration Degree Program

Students admitted to the degree program who seek to change their major must submit that request in writing to be released from the degree program.

Students admitted to the degree program whose UHD GPA falls below 2.0 for three consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension in accordance with the current UHD Catalog. Students placed on academic suspension may be dismissed from the program.

If a student subsequently seeks readmission to the degree program, s/he must reapply and meet the admission and declaration standards in effect at the time of the reapplication.

Course Approvals and Advising

Students admitted to the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program will be advised by University College Advising Center advisors only. Students will be granted self-advising privileges as long as they have completed the 42 hour Common Core, they maintain a GPA of 2.25 or above, and they follow all prerequisites.

Students in the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program may not enroll in courses in the College of Business BBA degree programs. Likewise, students in Marilyn Davies College of Business BBA degree programs may not enroll in BAAS in Applied Administration courses.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements established by the University of Houston-Downtown for eligibility to graduate, students receiving a BAAS in Applied Administration degree must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses taken in the BAAS in Applied Administration degree program. For degree completion, at least 30 semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD. Additionally, 18 of 30 hours must be in upper-division course work as approved by BAAS in Applied Administration degree program. Any course substitutions or waivers must be approved by the Program Director.

Courses of Instruction

Individual courses of instruction are subject to change or cancellation at any time and may not be offered each semester or every year. Students should be especially mindful that summer offerings are limited and vary from year to year. Therefore, careful planning is required if progress toward the degree is expected during the summer months.

Field Experience

Field experience integrates theory learned in the classroom with practical work experience related to the student’s academic and professional goals. The work experience and the academic experience must be directly related. Positions may or may not be paid and may last the duration of the fall or spring semester or the entire summer. Field Experience generally is not approved for students already employed in their area of study.

Eligibility for Field Experience enrollment includes at least 60 semester hours completed in the degree program, completion of additional preparatory courses, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or prior approval of the program director. Submission of applications and other preliminary procedures should be completed during the semester prior to the one in which the student wishes to enroll in field experience.

The BAAS in Applied Administration program allows up to two courses (6 semester credit hours) in Field Experience to be applied toward graduation requirements. These courses are graded on a pass/fail basis and do not apply toward calculation of the grade point average.

Degree Requirements for the BAAS-AA


This major integrates the Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) with the requirements of the BAAS in Applied Administration enabling the student to earn a four-year degree with minimal loss of AAS credit hours.

Total: (120 hours)


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