Walsh College

Core Competency Student Learning Outcomes

With input from the business community, the faculty of Walsh College have identified and defined four Core Competencies that all students are expected to master upon graduation. Students are expected to master these competencies – Written Communication, Oral Communication, Problem-solving, and Mastery of a Business Discipline - according to their level of educational attainment, Undergraduate or Graduate.

Undergraduate Core Competency Student Learning Outcomes

Communicate – Written

  • Organize ideas logically

  • Select tone, word choice, and style of communication appropriate for the intended audience

  • Structure sentences and paragraphs using correct language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation

  • Provide proper references for source materials

  • Produce clear and concise documents

Communicate – Oral

  • Identify information appropriate to the purpose and audience

  • Choose delivery techniques appropriate to the purpose and audience

  • Demonstrate effective delivery techniques in a variety of settings

  • Provide proper citations for source materials

  • Construct effective visual aids

Problem Solve

  • Identify a problem in an organizational context

  • Define the problem

  • Summarize potential problem solutions

  • Recommend a solution

  • Propose methods to evaluate the effectiveness of the recommended solution

 

Master a Business Discipline – Undergraduate Programs

Development of skills enabling students to master key concepts and models within their selected discipline.

Bachelor of Accountancy (BAC) Program Core

  • Analyze and evaluate data related to financial and managerial accounting concepts.

  • Assess the financial and managerial transactions of organizations.

  • Demonstrate a technical competency in financial accounting, taxation, information systems, and auditing.

  • Integrate accounting concepts and methods to interpret the financial statements and the performance of organizations.

  • Evaluate an account role regarding ethics and a firm’s legal responsibilities. 

CPA Track

  • Demonstrate a technical competency in financial accounting, taxation, information systems, and auditing for governmental, not-for-profit, and combined organizations.

  • Assess the financial transactions of governmental, not-for-profit, and combined organizations.

  • Locate and analyze accounting information for internal controls, planning, performance evaluation, and coordination to improve business processes.

  • Understand and apply principles of federal income tax including taxation of individuals, corporations, partnerships and estates.

CMA Track

  • Evaluate financial statements from the managerial point of view.

  • Perform comparative analyses using financial ratios to evaluate corporate performance.

  • Assess the productivity of corporate assets, capital structure, and be able to select among competing sources of funds.

  • Appraise and optimize the management of working capital.

  • Distinguish the relationship between risk and return and the financial structure of the firm.

  • Evaluate integrated approaches to enterprise risk management in order to identify, assess, and respond to organizational risks. 

  • Identify and analyze the risks presented by globalization, including international trade, the foreign exchange market, and balance of trade issues.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

  • Explain the implications of business theories in achieving business goals.

  • Apply business concepts and techniques within the larger organizational decision-making context.

  • Synthetically integrate concepts from other business disciplines into the larger context.

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key functional areas of business including accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, management, marketing and quantitative analysis concepts. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance (BBA-FIN)

  • Explain the implications of financial management theories in achieving business goals.

  • Apply finance concepts and techniques within the larger organizational decision-making context.

  • Synthetically integrate concepts from other business disciplines into the finance context.

  • Accurately analyze financial data.

  • Prepare an appropriate presentation of both financial data and the results of financial analyses.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management (BBA-MGT)

  • Explain the implications of management theories in achieving business goals.

  • Apply management concepts and techniques within the larger organizational decision-making context.

  • Synthetically integrate concepts from other business disciplines into the management context.

  • Evaluate managerial decisions and recommend a course of action.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing (BBA-MKT)

  • Explain the implications of marketing theories in achieving business goals.

  • Apply marketing concepts and techniques within the larger organizational decision-making context.

  • Synthetically integrate concepts from other business disciplines into the marketing context.

  • Evaluate marketing decisions and recommend a course of action.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)

  • Identify and evaluate organizational technology requirements

  • Develop a cohesive view of technology as part of an organization entire system through the application of systems thinking

  • Assess the global, societal, and ethical implications of current and emerging information technology solutions

  • Develop a holistic framework to evaluate, integrate, and incorporate root cause analysis to determine the underlying causes of organizational issues

  • Appraise emerging technologies for business applications and enhancements.

  • Identify, assess, and recommend strategies to manage threats to information assets

 

Graduate Core Competency Student Learning Outcomes

Communicate – Written

  • Frame the topic effectively

  • Utilize credible and appropriate sources

  • Provide proper attribution for source materials

  • Synthesize the content into a coherent narrative

  • Demonstrate competent writing mechanics

Communicate – Oral

  • Research content appropriate to the purpose and audience

  • Incorporate a variety of delivery techniques

  • Adapt the tone and style to communicate to a variety of organizational levels

  • Deliver content in a professional manner

  • Provide proper attribution for source materials

Problem Solve

  • Recognize a problem in a complex organizational context

  • Deconstruct the symptoms and underlying causal conditions

  • Design effective solutions to address the root cause

  • Recommend a solution

  • Evaluate the relative effectiveness and implications of the recommended solution

 

Master a Business Discipline – Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC)

  • Demonstrate advanced technical competency in financial accounting, taxation and information systems.

  • Assess the financial transactions and business activities of governmental, not-for-profit, and business combinations.

  • Evaluate accounting data for planning, evaluating performance, and coordinating organizational improvements.

  • Locate and employ the appropriate research and technology tools necessary to address complex situations in accounting-related areas.

  • Utilize accounting software and information systems to record transactions and generate financial statements.

  • Evaluate the auditor’s role regarding ethics and a firm’s legal responsibilities.

  • Assess the major components of an organization’s internal control system.

Master of Science in Accountancy with a specialization in Finance (MAC-FIN)

  • Analyze financial markets, investment theories, capital markets, and formulate strategies.

  • Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate finance in both a domestic and global context.

  • Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of risk in terms of investment returns and investment selections.

  • Demonstrate their ability to acquire, analyze, and assess financial data in a wide variety of real-world situations.

  • Prepare and present financial data in a format that appropriately meets constituent needs.

Master of Science in Accountancy with a specialization in Taxation (MAC-TAX)

  • Demonstrate an expanded knowledge of the impact of tax laws in a corporate setting.

  • Utilize advanced technical competency in tax process and procedures to address compliance issues.

  • Integrate knowledge of basic tax research and relevant tax issues in the accurate preparation of tax documents.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Demonstrate a synthetically integrated knowledge of tools, theories, and concepts from multiple functional areas.

  • Locate and apply quantitative and qualitative business information to analyze and evaluate the impact of decisions on the organization, the industry, and the national and global economic context.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of organizations as dynamic systems functioning in a world of globalization and complexity.

  • Evaluate an organization’s functionality from a design perspective and make recommendations to align strategy, structure, and performance.

  • Design creative solutions to business problems and develop sound business plans to accomplish these ideas.

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

  • Apply critical, strategic, ethical, and innovative thinking to use information technology to achieve results-oriented organizational goals

  • Develop a framework to evaluate the complex and dynamic technology landscape to leverage the competitive business environment

  • Integrate systems thinking and root cause analysis techniques to optimally assess organizational problems and formulate appropriate solutions

  • Develop the capacity to determine and organization’s project, product, and portfolio management efforts

  • Evaluate an organization’s ability to establish and maintain a secure infrastructure

  • Appraise an organization’s overall technology strategy and enterprise architecture

Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

  • Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate finance in both a national and global context.

  • Demonstrate their ability to acquire, analyze, and assess financial data in a wide variety of real-world situations.

  • Prepare and present financial data in a format that appropriately meets constituent needs.

  • Demonstrate a deep and accurate understanding of the financial, regulatory, and economic environment in which banks and other financial institutions operate.

  • Understand the operations of financial institutions and markets.

  • Employ advanced methods to analyze a firm’s financial statements and operating results to determine an appropriate course of action based on the findings.

  • Master the fundamental techniques necessary for comprehensive investment management.

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in Financial Management (MSF-FMGT)

  • Demonstrate advanced mastery of the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate finance.

  • Determine the value of a privately held or publicly traded businesses.

  • Understand the impact that the increasing globalization of the world economy has on trade policies, developing economies, and international monetary policy.

Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in Financial Services (MSF-FSVC)

  • Examine and analyze risk and its specific application to various forms of insurance and recommend appropriate risk management measures.

  • Master the techniques necessary of actively and accurately to manage the allocation of assets to meet total portfolio objectives.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of commercial banks and the commercial lending function as a method of business financing.

Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MISTL)

  • Demonstrate a synthetically integrated knowledge of tools, theories, and concepts from multiple functional areas.

  • Locate and apply quantitative and qualitative business information to analyze and evaluate the impact of decisions on the organization, the industry, and the national and global economic context.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of organizations as dynamic systems functioning in a world of globalization and complexity.

  • Evaluate the root cause of issues facing an organization and determine appropriate solutions based on those findings

  • Evaluate emerging technologies for business applications and enhancements.

  • Identify, assess, and recommend strategies to manage threats to information assets

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership with a specialization in Chief Security Officer (MISTL-CSO)

  • Evaluate an organization’s ability to establish and maintain a secure infrastructure

  • Incorporate an understanding of technology tools, policies, and strategies to develop a comprehensive information system security plan

Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership with a specialization in Chief Information Officer (MISTL-CIO)

  • Appraise an organization’s overall technology strategy and enterprise architecture

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a business’ technology requirements

  • Develop proficiency in enterprise relational databased as a means to collect, analyze, query and report information relevant to the business

Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership with a specialization in Project Management Officer (MISTL-PMO)

  • Develop the capacity to determine and organization’s project, product, and portfolio management efforts

  • Acquire the ability to prepare and deliver project deliverables that include financial, technology, and project information to constituents

  • Develop proficiency in the four phases of project and program management: preparing, starting, progressing, and achieving

Master of Science in Management (MSM)

  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of management tools, theories, and concepts.

  • Locate and apply quantitative and qualitative management information to analyze and evaluate and make effective decisions regarding the organization, industry, and the national and global economic environment.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizations as dynamic systems functioning in a world of globalization and complexity.

  • Evaluate an organization’s functionality from a design perspective and make recommendations to align strategy, structure, and performance.

  • Design creative solutions to business problems and develop sound business plans to accomplish these ideas.

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Human Resources (MSM-HR)

  • Assess the critical human capital needs, requirements, and relationships of organizations in the dynamic and global 21st century environment.

  • Analyze the variety of factors that influence labor/management relations in an industry, national, and international context.

  • Navigate the ethical and legal complexities of compensation management while demonstrating consideration of both the individual and the organization.

  • Synthetically integrate their knowledge of the human resource management functions into the larger organizational system to achieve optimal organizational performance.

  • Demonstrate the in-depth knowledge and practical skills necessary to assess, design, manage, implement, and evaluate appropriate workplace practices and human resource strategy and appropriate workplace practices so that organizations can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage in a global environment.

Master of Science in Management with a specialization in International Business (MSM-HR)

  • Assess an organization’s capabilities and their capacity for success in a globally complex environment.

  • Assess the critical human capital needs, requirements, and relationships of organizations in the dynamic and global 21st century environment

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the nuanced cross-cultural issues involved in operating, managing and leading internationally.

  • Recognize the unique opportunities and challenges associated with operating in a global business environment and formulate the appropriate global adaptation strategy.

  • Assure the validity and security of organizational information in a technologically integrated world.

Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Strategic Management (MSM-SM)

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the strategic implications of managing organizations as complex adaptive systems.

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of systems thinking as a mechanism to achieve competitive advantages in an increasingly dynamic global environment.

  • Demonstrate the synthesis of the contemporary economic and management theories that guide the effective strategic management of both tangible and intangible organizational assets.

  • Assess the individual, group, and organizational learning processes that collectively develop a strategically-focused organizational culture.

  • Critique the organizational processes that combine to build the human and structural capital capabilities responsible for creating continuous and breakthrough change in learning organizations.

Master of Science in Marketing (MSMKT)

  • Identify and analyze the range of marketing initiatives employed in various industries

  • Analyze marketing data to ascertain the past and current effectiveness of the marketing process

  • Propose marketing strategies appropriate to the specific organization or industry

  • Differentiate the various roles, responsibilities, and actions necessary to effectively market products and/or services in today’s contemporary marketplace

  • Construct an effective marketing plan, designed to appropriately address the variety of internal and external issues facing an organization

  • Integrate knowledge of the marketing function with other business disciplines (specifically accounting, finance, and information technology)

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Master of Science in Taxation (MST)

  • Demonstrate an expanded knowledge of the impact of tax laws in a corporate setting..

  • Demonstrate advanced technical competency in the theoretical background and practical application of tax compliance issues.

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform complex tax research, identify the relevant tax issues, and incorporate those finds into an accurate tax preparation for individuals, corporations, or partnerships.

  • Understand the role of legal authorities on matters of tax practice, planning, and procedure.

  • Propose ethical solutions to problems in tax practice.

Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science of Finance (MBA/MSF)

  • Demonstrate a synthetically integrated knowledge of tools, theories, and concepts from multiple functional areas.

  • Locate and apply quantitative and qualitative business information to analyze and evaluate the impact of decisions on the organization, the industry, and the national and global economic context.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of organizations as dynamic systems functioning in a world of globalization and complexity.

  • Evaluate an organization’s functionality from a design perspective and make recommendations to align strategy, structure, and performance.

  • Design creative solutions to business problems and develop sound business plans to accomplish these ideas.

  • Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate finance in both a national and global context.

  • Demonstrate their ability to acquire, analyze, and assess financial data in a wide variety of real-world situations.

  • Prepare and present financial data in a format that appropriately meets constituent needs.

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MBA/MISTL)

  • Demonstrate a synthetically integrated knowledge of tools, theories, and concepts from multiple functional areas.

  • Locate and apply quantitative and qualitative business information to analyze and evaluate the impact of decisions on the organization, the industry, and the national and global economic context.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of organizations as dynamic systems functioning in a world of globalization and complexity.

  • Evaluate an organization’s functionality from a design perspective and make recommendations to align strategy, structure, and performance.

  • Design creative solutions to business problems and develop sound business plans to accomplish these ideas.

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  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management (MBA/MSM)

  • Demonstrate a synthetically integrated knowledge of business and management tools, theories, and concepts.

  • Locate and apply quantitative and qualitative financial and management information to analyze and evaluate the impact of decisions on the organization, the industry, and the national and global economic context.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of organizations as dynamic systems functioning in a world of globalization and complexity.

  • Evaluate an organization’s functionality from a design perspective and make recommendations to align strategy, structure, and performance.

  • Design creative solutions to business problems and develop sound business plans to accomplish these ideas.

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Master of Science in Marketing (MBA/MSMKT)

  • Demonstrate a synthetically integrated knowledge of tools, theories, and concepts from multiple functional areas.

  • Locate and apply quantitative and qualitative business information to analyze and evaluate the impact of decisions on the organization, the industry, and the national and global economic context.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of organizations as dynamic systems functioning in a world of globalization and complexity.

  • Evaluate an organization’s functionality from a design perspective and make recommendations to align strategy, structure, and performance.

  • Design creative solutions to business problems and develop sound business plans to accomplish these ideas.

  • Identify and analyze the range of marketing initiatives employed in various industries

  • Analyze marketing data to ascertain the past and current effectiveness of the marketing process

  • Propose marketing strategies appropriate to the specific organization or industry

  • Differentiate the various roles, responsibilities, and actions necessary to effectively market products and/or services in today’s contemporary marketplace

  • Construct an effective marketing plan, designed to appropriately address the variety of internal and external issues facing an organization

  • Integrate knowledge of the marketing function with other business disciplines (specifically accounting, finance, and information technology)

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the key concepts and models within the business discipline including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, law, information systems, and quantitative analysis. This outcome assessed by the ETS Business Major Field Test

Certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Assess human capital needs, requirements, and relationships of organizations

  • Analyze the factors that influence labor/management relations in an industry, national, and international context.

  • Appreciate the ethical and legal complexities of compensation management

  • Integrate knowledge of the human resource management as part of the larger organizational system

Certificate in Project Management

  • Develop the capacity to determine and organization’s project, product, and portfolio management efforts

  • Acquire the ability to prepare and deliver project deliverables that include financial, technology, and project information to constituents

  • Develop proficiency in the four phases of project and program management: preparing, starting, progressing, and achieving