B.A. Business Administration
Project Management Specialization
You have the skills every business needs—you’re organized, detail-oriented and adaptable, and have a knack for getting things done. Build on your talents with the Project Management specialization of Saint Leo's Business Administration degree.
Why choose a Project Management specialization at Saint Leo?
As a student in Saint Leo's IACBE-accredited Donald R. Tapia School of Business, you'll gain core knowledge and valuable skills to complete projects on time and within budget. Education Center courses are identical to those offered at University Campus—but with added flexibility for the working professional.
Step into any office equipped with the tools to lead: Understand contracts, procurement, cost-effective decision making, supply chain management, conflict resolution and human performance in a team environment. Learn to execute large and small projects from start to finish through faculty-guided projects and case studies. Earn credit—and get a first-hand look at how to manage and negotiate expectations of internal and external stakeholders—by interning with a local company.
As Florida's oldest Catholic institution of higher education, Saint Leo University offers a values-centered education for tomorrow’s business leaders.
Some amazing classes you can take
- Project Risk Management
- Contracts and Procurement
- Project Teamwork and Leadership
- Quality Improvement and Management
- Project Management Implementation
Professional development opportunities
- Conferences: Prepare a research paper under the guidance of a faculty member, and present it at a national conference. Attend Saints Leo’s annual International Business Conference at our Tampa-area University Campus.
- Internships: Gain real-world business experience at a company close to home or work. Saint Leo students have interned at AAA, Home Shopping Network, TECO Energy, Quest Corporation of America and all branches of the military.
- Professional memberships: Participate in the local chapter of the American Management Association (AMA) or Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society in business, management and administration.
What can you do with a degree in Business Administration - Project Management?
Project Managers contribute practical skills to diverse industries, such as construction, hospitality, information technology, health care and new product development. They assist the civilian and military sectors to improve internal operations and capitalize on external opportunities.
Where are Saint Leo Business Administration grads now?
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Citigroup Corporation
- Southern Command at MacDill Air Force Base
- Boy Scouts of America
- Harvard Law School
Students must select one specialization in business administration, and may select two.
Common Body of Knowledge (36 credits)
- Course Name
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I 3
An introduction to the preparation and use of accounting information found in financial statements. Topics include the analysis of transactions, and accounting for assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses. Interpretations of financial statements for measuring performance and making business decisions are emphasized.
Prerequisites: MAT 141 and COM 140
ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II 3
An introduction to cost accounting concepts, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and managerial decisions.
Prerequisites: ACC 201
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
An introduction to the study of the determination of income, output, employment and prices in the U.S. economy. Emphasis on fundamental economic concepts, gross domestic product and its components, monetary and fiscal policy, and contemporary macroeconomic issues.
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
An introduction to the economic analysis of the market mechanism. Emphasis on supply and demand, elasticity, cost analysis, market structures, externalities, and contemporary microeconomic issues.
GBA 231 Business Law I 3
The U.S. legal system (constitutional framework), the judicial system, the administrative agency system, the legal theory of the organization (agency law, forms of organization), an organization's legal obligations (torts, contracts, common law, and the Uniform Commercial Code), and public law (employment, securities, antitrust, consumer and environmental protection) are reviewed.
Prerequisites: ENG 122
GBA 327 Business Information Systems and Analytics 3
This course is an introduction to management information systems and business analytics, and their strategic role in supporting and transforming modern organizations and management activities. Topics include: role of information systems in business; fundamentals of information technology – hardware, software, communication and computer networks, databases and enterprise systems; ethical issues in the information age, as well as issues of globalization, social impact, privacy, and security. The course also covers fundamentals of business analytics and the application of business intelligence techniques to analyze data to drive informed business decisions.
Prerequisites: COM 140 , MAT 201 and MGT 301
GBA 334 Applied Decision Methods for Business 3
This course explores the use of applied quantitative techniques to aid in business-oriented decision making. Emphasis is on problem identification and formulation with application of appropriate solution techniques and the interpretation of results. Included are probability theory, decision-making under certainty, risk, and uncertainty; utility theory; forecasting; inventory control; PERT/CPM; queuing theory; and linear programming.
Prerequisites: MAT 201
GBA 398 Integrated Perspectives on Business 3
This course is designed to integrate the common body of knowledge program components in the Donald R Tapia School of Business and focus its students on applying critical thinking techniques to solve real-world problems and issues. In addition, this class will serve as a review mechanism to prepare the student to take the ETS Major Field Test exam in Business. $50.00 ETS Exam
Prerequisites: ACC 201 , ACC 202 , ECO 201 , ECO 202 , GBA 231 , GBA 334 , GBA 327 , MAT 201 , MGT 301 , MGT 325 , AND MKT 301 .
MAT 201 Introduction to Statistics 3
Development of the fundamental statistical methods, including graphs, measures of central tendency, and variation. Inferential statistics includes the basic concepts of probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, sampling techniques, regression analysis and correlation, and other analyses of data. Use of statistical software packages. Applications to business, social science, education, and environmental science.
Prerequisites: MAT 141 or a higher-level mathematics course
MGT 301 Principles of Management 3
An introductory course in management as a discipline and a process. Major topics include the evolution and scope of management, decision-making, planning and strategy, organizing and staffing, leading and control, and change. The importance of management in the global environment and ethical considerations of management decisions also are included.
Prerequisites: ENG 122 and second-semester sophomore standing required
MGT 325 Finance for Managers 3
An introduction to the principles of corporate financial management. The principles apply also to other forms of business, governments, and non-profit organizations. The time value of money is emphasized in investments of real or financial assets. Planning for current assets and liabilities and long-range capital is covered. Risk and expected values (statistics) are used in the planning and assessments of investments. Also, the knowledge of different kinds of markets is described along with some financial theories.
Prerequisites: ACC 202
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
A basic course in the marketing of goods, services, and ideas including planning, pricing, promotion and distribution. Attention is directed to international marketing, marketing ethics, and managing the marketing function.
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ENG 122 and second-semester sophomore standing required
Foundation Courses (12 credits)
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ENG 121 Academic Writing I 3
The techniques of effective writing, logical thinking and intelligent reading, with special emphasis on expository writing.
Prerequisites: Passing grade in ENG 002 or satisfactory score on the English Placement Test
ENG 122 Academic Writing II 3
A continuation of ENG 121. Expository writing based on analytical study of literary genres.
Prerequisites: ENG 121
MAT 141 Finite Mathematics 3
Topics in mathematics that are especially applicable to business such as linear models, mathematics of finance, counting methods, probability, and statistics.
Prerequisites: MAT 003 or a satisfactory grade on the mathematics placement test.
COM 140 Basic Computer Skills 3
Required for all business majors. Students will use commercial software packages in the microcomputer laboratory to gain an advanced understanding of business functions of computers and to develop personal competency in practical applications of microcomputers for business. Provides business students with the specific knowledge and capabilities in various computer skills necessary to be effective in both business classes and the business world. Course fee may apply.
The Human Adventure (6 credits)
ECO 110HA Economics for Life 3
With a focus on the fundamental economic problem of scarcity, this course will prepare students to be effective decision makers. The course focuses on the economic way of thinking that enables individuals to decide how to best allocate their time, to decide whether to spend their money or save it, and to understand the primary statistics used to measure the well-being of an economy. As a result of this course, students will acquire the critical thinking skills that are not only essential to making everyday choices but in making major life decisions such as choosing a career or choosing a life partner.
*This course will be available starting Spring 2 - 2014.
Prerequisites: Second semester freshman standing.
HTY 110HA Immigration: The Changing Face of America 3
An exploration of immigration to the United States centered on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with reference to current issues related to immigration. This course also examines the countries from which immigrants have come to the United States and the social, political and economic factors that have contributed to immigrants’ decisions to leave these countries.
POL 110HA Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times 3
This course investigates the rise and spread of democracy. Democracy as a form of government and social movement will be traced from its ancient origins in Greece and Rome to the American and French Revolutions of the 18th Century, through its evolution and diffusion during the 19th and 20th Centuries to its position of global dominance at the beginning of the 21st Century. Democratic values, norms and behaviors will be examined through the use of historic video footage and core texts. Attention will be paid to governmental systems in the U.S., Western Europe, the BRIC countries, and our neighbors Canada and Mexico, as well as to the emerging democracies in the Middle East and Asia. Acquiring basic academic skills will be emphasized, as students are awakened to the significance of world historical events and the excitement of following current affairs.
*This course will be available starting Spring 1 - 2014.
PSY 110HA Psychological Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World 3
This course uses psychological approaches to physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. The scientific method will be used as a lens to view adjustment issues. Topics include personality and self-development, positive psychology, sex and gender, and relationships. Emphasis is on application via personal assessment and stress management techniques.
*This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.
SOC 110HA The McDonaldization of Society 3
What can a fast-food chain teach us about society? Following George Ritzer’s theory of McDonaldization, this course examines the pros and cons of living in a rationalized world where standardization, predictability, and control prevail. As students learn the sociological concepts of bureaucracy, consumer society, social structures, social change, and social interaction, they will develop their sociological imagination to reclaim a place for creativity, meaning, individuality, and free will in the late modern world.
The Human Mosaic (3 credits)
ART 110HM Curves Ahead: Women Artists and the Female Form 3
Through a women’s studies lens, we will examine women as patrons, critics, and viewers of art. Visual language and art terminology will be used to examine a variety of artworks made by women from an assortment of historic, social, political, and personal contexts. The course will examine how images of women by women have functioned in the ongoing construction of identity. This course seeks to illuminate women’s contributions to the visual cultures of their societies and to recognize the relevance of these contributions to today’s global community.
HUM 110HM Television and the American Family: Your Shows, My Shows 3
This course explores six decades and three eras of American television as it pertains to the depiction of the American family. Beginning with the early years, which saw the family as a haven, students will learn how television influenced families and how families as a whole influenced television. The course then moves on to the conflict years of television families and then to the postmodern period, in which the concept of family has become fragmented and subject to debate and redefinition.
*This course will be available starting Spring 1 - 2014.
SOC 110HM Building a Multiracial Society 3
Are multiracial societies necessarily colorblind, and should they be? This course explores how colorblindness in multiracial societies can be analyzed through sociological theories and research methods. Students will read multiracial perspectives; analyze race and colorblindness in their everyday lives; and prepare themselves for entering a multiracial/global world, using their critical thinking skills to separate myth/ideal from data/evidence.
HTY 110HM Native American History & Life: More Than Tipis & Tomahawks 3
What do you know about Native Americans? When you think of Native Americans do you visualize scantily clad warriors with bows and arrows, or women sitting by tee pees wearing feathers and beads? Do all Native Americans live on reservations? Do all reservations have casinos? Focusing on the lives of Native peoples prior to European contact, their interactions with Europeans and Africans, their removal to reservations, and their contemporary experiences, this course addresses the many myths and misconceptions associated with Native American history and culture within the United States.
IDS 210HM Once Upon a Time: Readings in Folklore and Culture 3
This course enables students to explore cultures around the world through the lens of folklore. These stories have helped shape their originating cultures by preserving political ideologies, standards, ethics and belief systems. Students will read a variety of folklore (folktales, fairy tales, legends, myths, etc.) as a means to analyze the cultures from which they originated.
Prerequisites: ENG 121 - Academic Writing I
Science in a Changing World (6 credits)
SCI 110SC Evaluating the Predictions of Global Warming 3
This course presents the science behind the mechanisms that effect global climate change to enable critical analysis of the potential severity of rapid climate change on the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere. It includes an overview of chemistry, physics, ecology, the carbon cycle, solar system science, and how these tools will allow critical analysis of climate model forecasts and the effects of greenhouse gasses.
Prerequisites: MAT-003 or placement in MAT-128 or higher
SCI 115SC Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish 3
Are we humans just “souped-up” fish?! How did the human animal come to be what it is? What evidence of our evolution lies within our own bodies? How are we like fish? Worms? Even bacteria? Through paleontology (fossils), genetics, molecular biology, comparative embryology and comparative anatomy – we will reconstruct the history and examine the evidence for the building of human bodies through evolutionary adaptations. Is Evolution true? We will explore the evidence ranging from biogeography to geology, from molecular biology to physiology, so you can decide.
SCI 120SC Human Ecology 3
We individual humans, as well as all of human civilization, are totally interdependent with the global ecological system – dependent upon clean air, pure water, a stable climate, healthy forests, healthy grasslands, healthy ocean ecosystems, and fertile soil with its teaming microscopic life. Individual humans and human civilizations are subject to the laws of physics, the rules of chemistry and ecological principles – there are no exceptions! In what ways do we humans depend upon the ecosystems of Earth? In what ways does human society affect the ecosystems of Earth? What can we learn from nature’s laws about how to live on Earth sustainably? What is a healthy human ecology? What is the future of human civilization and its relationship to the ecosphere?
SCI 210SC Energy and Its Impact on Global Society 3
As an introduction to the physical principles behind energy use and its effects on our environment, this course examines different energy resources worldwide; explores the scientific principles of energy generation and investigates the environmental and economic consequences of its use.
Prerequisites: MAT-003 or placement in MAT-128 or higher
SCI 215SC Science in Science Fiction 3
This course investigates the science behind popular science fiction literature and film. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills to investigate science fiction plot devices to determine if they are compatible with fundamental principles in physics, chemistry, and biology. Is it possible to travel faster-than-light? Will suspended animation prolong our time in this universe? Science topics discussed include: motion, acceleration, time dilation, energy, characteristics of living things, cloning, evolution, Earth’s cycles, and climate. Students will also discuss the ethics of these new technologies in consideration of the university’s guiding core values.
Prerequisites: MAT-003 or placement in MAT-128 or higher and ENG-121
The Creative Life (6 credits)
FAS 110CL Living the Theatre: Dramatic Skills for all Disciplines 3
If “all the world is a stage,” then everyone can benefit from the skills learned in the theatre. Theatre is a collaborative art form that calls on people with a wide range of skills and abilities to work together to create something special. Through active participation, students will learn the basic principles of performance, design, and operations alongside readings from selected works of noted playwrights and theatre practitioners. By working and studying in such an environment, students learn the applicability of theatre practitioners’ skills to life in the theatre and beyond.
HUM 110CL Giants of the Arts 3
Giants of the Arts will define those artists who, through the test of time, have been recognized as true masters; whose works advanced their art form(s), who become a significant influence within their field(s), and who continue to influence contemporary artists today. Students will examine how these artists used the components of their art form(s), why these artists are considered “great,” what their greatest contributions are to our society, and how these artists affect our artists today. Students will also consider the qualities of “masterful” creative endeavors and contemplate how the artists’ gifts to our world improve and deepen our lives.
MUS 110CL Spirituals to Rock and Roll: The Story of How American Popular Music Conquered the World 3
In this course students will explore the development of American popular music beginning with its roots in African American slave music, continuing through minstrelsy, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, American Musical Theatre, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Alternative, and Hip Hop. Students will practice critical listening skills as they are exposed to many genres of popular music, and will explore the social, economic, and philosophical paradigms that gave rise to each genre in the American experience of music.
ENG 210CL Love and Desire in Literature 3
A study of representations of love and desire in literature and their various manifestations in different time periods and cultures. Students will learn and apply basic tools of literary analysis while considering larger questions about the nature of love and desire.
Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II
ENG 215CL Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature 3
Through reading about the monster and/or the monstrous in literature, students will question what it means to be human and understand how cultures create fictional monsters as ways to define what it means to be civilized.
Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II
ENG 220CL On the Proverbial Road: Journeys of Transformation in Narrative 3
Trailblazers, pathfinders, adventurers, and even reluctant anti-heroes: When questers of any sort—whether willingly or unwillingly—take the road less traveled, why are we compulsively drawn to their tales? In this course, prepare to voyage alongside the brainchildren of global storytellers from diverse eras on literal, metaphorical, and psychological journeys. By engaging narratives in differing genres, including some in translation, and using a variety of learning strategies, such as close reading, students will both explore and consider the ubiquitous themes of overcoming adversity and transformation in characters who undertake roundtrip journeys from their familiar, ordinary worlds to unfamiliar, extraordinary destinations.
*This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.
Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II
ENG 225CL Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres 3
Students in this course will explore the four main genres of creative writing—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama. Using their senses and memories as the primary media, students will learn first to discover and then to map their own creative aesthetics from the wild landscapes of their subconscious and conscious, using imagistic writing.
Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II
The Reflective and Spiritual Life: Philosophy (3 credits)
PHI 110RS Encountering the Real: Faith and Philosophical Enquiry 3
This course examines definitions, assumptions, and arguments central to religious existence via the lens of several key classical and contemporary philosophers. Students will develop and refine their ability to think impartially and objectively about personal religious commitments, understand alternative religious points of view, and formulate and defend informed arguments and objections with respect to the subject matter. Topics include faith and reason, arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, and responses to religious diversity.
PHI 210RS Thinking and Doing Ethics 3
The purpose of this course is to draw on a rich set of proposals concerning right action and good character that have been developed over two millennia and across various cultures in order to stimulate deliberation and mindful action. The course will emphasize comprehension of the right and the good through active deliberation about cases. It will also provide participants with the option to reflect on the right and the good in their personal experience with past or concurrent service or service learning activities.
The Reflective and Spiritual Life: Religion (6 credits)
REL 110RS The Emergence of Christianity: Examination of Foundational Christian Texts 3
The New Testament record of the development of Christianity from a sect within Judaism to becoming a world religion. This course will examine the foundational texts of Christian Scripture with attention to historical context, the intentions of the authors and the way the texts were edited.
REL 123 Christian Spiritual Vision 3
This course involves an introduction to the field of theology as an academic discipline with a body of writing, methods, and interpretations. It is concerned with how to successfully study theology, including basic library research methodology and critical thinking. Students will build a basic understanding of the whole of theology through an introduction of its parts: Old Testament and New Testament literature, Who is Jesus?, What is the Church?, Grace and the Sacraments, Christian Morality, Social Justice, Judaism and the Church, the Islamic religion and the Church, and Catholic theology in a global context.
REL 210RS Many are Called, but Who is Chosen? Christian Understandings of Salvation 3
Where do people go when they die? Who goes where? Must Christians believe in Hell? This course will enable students to evaluate the Judeo-Christian tradition concerning the question of salvation from the Old Testament to contemporary theologians. Readings will focus on Scripture and select Christian theologians.
REL 223 World Religions: East and West 3
Roman Catholicism’s Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) affirmed the innate dignity of all persons, espoused global solidarity, and recognized God’s presence and universal saving designs (a religious sense, truth, holiness and ethical conduct) in other religions and, thus, emphasized discussion and collaboration with members of other religions. Through such an ecumenical lens, this course offers a study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and provides an introduction to Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism and Bahai. The course will not only introduce students to the world’s major religions via consideration of their respective founders, seminal figures, sacred texts, central teachings, core beliefs, ethic and values system and history but, also, by examining how each of the religions, respectively, view the human condition; human inclination towards transcendence; and ethical responsibilities/tasks. Offered annually.
Project Management Specialization (24 credits)
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MGT 309 Introduction to Logistics Management 3
An introduction to the field of logistics management, the management of products and services within the firm. Included will be a review of the entire field and its application in the business world. Included are purchasing, logistics throughput, manufacturing and quality management and improvement, demand management, packaging and materials handling, cargo transportation, distribution, warehousing and inventory management, logistics analysis, and international logistics within the global firm.
Prerequisites: MGT 301
MGT 312 Introduction to Project Management 3
This course defines a project and assists project managers in accomplishing goals efficiently and effectively by applying knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques. Quantitative and qualitative skills are developed. Human behavior, organizational knowledge, and negotiation are qualitative skills, and Program Evaluation and Review Techniques (PERT), Critical Path Method (CPM), risk analysis, budgeting and cost estimation, event sequencing, and auditing are quantitative skills. Students are taught how to manage inputs and product outputs while gaining buy-in from stakeholders before commencement.
Prerequisites: GBA 334, MAT201, and MGT 301
MGT 315 Project Risk Management, Cost Analysis, and Decision Making 3
This course is an in-depth analysis of the steps involved in identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and controlling project costs and risks, and making decisions to effect project completion. State-of-the-art tools and techniques for identifying, measuring, and monitoring costs and risks in the project management environment are examined. Cost estimating, cost budgeting, activity-based costing, and cost control techniques are emphasized. Decision analysis and decision tree techniques are studied to include expected value, minimax, and maximin criteria. Also covered will be areas of flawed decision-making, including such topics as groupthink, the domain of losses, the domain of gains, the Abilene paradox, the Milgram experiments, and the Asch effect. The course covers how a comprehensive risk management approach can enable a project team to make the correct decisions to manage issues proactively and costs that could adversely impact the success control and completion of a project.
Prerequisites: MGT 312
MGT 322 Project Teamwork and Leadership 3
Project Teamwork and Leadership examines the human factors in project management. The primary goal of this course is to understand, predict, and manage human performance in a team environment. This course evaluates management styles, leadership skills, and conflict resolution, emphasizing the critical importance of positive, mutually beneficial interactions among the team and critical partners as they pursue a common goal. Topics include exerting influence beyond team boundaries, motivating a diverse workforce, facilitating team decisions, resolving interpersonal conflicts, managing difficult people, strengthening team accountability, and communications.
Prerequisites: MGT 312
MGT 377 Procurement, Purchasing, and Vendor Management 3
This course is an introduction to the field of procurement, purchasing, and vendor management, including an overview of inbound logistics and its relationship to purchasing processes and strategies, including cost and price considerations, vendor assessment, legal aspects of a purchasing contract, inbound quality issues, and materials management.
Prerequisites: MGT 309
MGT 410 Quality Improvement and Management 3
This course is an extensive coverage of quality management, to include an understanding of quality principles; the integration of quality management, logistics management, and project management; knowledge of the effect of variation in manufacturing and service industries; quality assurance and acceptance management; the understanding and proficiency in the mechanics of statistical process control; and the follow-on statistical experimentation and testing to improve manufacturing and service processes.
Prerequisites: MGT 309 and GBA 334
MGT 422 Project Management Implementation 3
This course will cover specific activities that integrate project management principles with project event management, taking project events from pre-award to closure. Students will investigate and evaluate different methods for measuring project performance, including Program Evaluation and Review Techniques (PERT) to ascertain probabilistic project completion times and Critical Path Method (CPM) approaches that investigate cost management and project acceleration techniques. The course will also cover team member selection and evaluation, project reporting processes, project event conflict and risk management, and coordinating project events across the enterprise and along the supply chain. This course exposes students to approaches, methods, and systems to ensure management success under demanding cost, schedule, and performance requirements.
Prerequisites: MGT 312
MGT 495 Project Management Applications 3
This course builds upon prior project management classes with an emphasis on practical application. Students must demonstrate the ability to apply successfully the project management process in two ways: first, with real data in case analysis representing a range of industries and a continuum of successful and poor implementation, and subsequently, with a specific project under the guidance of a faculty member. Additional fee applies for ETS examination.
Prerequisites: MGT 309, MGT 312, MGT 315, MGT 318, MGT 322, MGT 410, and MGT 422
Electives (18 Credits)
Total Credits 120