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    Irvine Valley College
    Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition 
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition [ARCHIVED]


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Dean: Traci Fahimi​, EdD
Academic Chair: Dan Scott, DBA, MBA
Faculty: Rick H. Boone, MBA, EdD; David P. Bugay, PhD; Roopa Mathur, PhD; June McLaughlin, Esq., LLM, LLM; John Russo, MBA; Daniel Scott, DBA, MBA


Students in lower-division management courses focus on the fundamental and intermediate principles and practices of management. Management students receive training that enables them to lead, direct, plan, organize, and make critical managerial decisions. Such training is widely applicable, and knowledge of management principles is essential to all individuals entering the various business fields.


The program in business management at Irvine Valley College prepares students to enter management positions in the public and private sector in such areas as retail, wholesale, trades, banking, import/export, small business and government. The curriculum includes lower division courses that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities for those attending to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Completion of this program will give students knowledge and understanding of business management within related fields in the industry.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Business Administration

Upon completion of the business administration program, students will be able to

  • Relate the concept of comparative advantage to the production possibility curve.
  • Explain real-world events using supply and demand.
  • Identify and prepare basic financial statements and explain how they interrelate.
  • Describe different types of cost behavior in relation to production and sales volume.
  • Describe the effects of the commerce clause on the government’s regulation of business.

Business Management

Upon completion of the business management program, students will be able to

  • Integrate basic management theories into supervisory and management functions.
  • Differentiate threshold issues involved in the legal, ethical, and social responsibilities of management.

Manufacturing Assistant

Upon completion of the business management program, students will be able to

  • Identify various production processes and describe techniques that improve productivity, including computer-aided design and manufacturing, flexible manufacturing, lean manufacturing, and mass customization.
  • Describe operations management planning issues including facility location, facility layout, materials requirement planning, purchasing, just-in-time inventory control, and quality control.

Retail Management (Certificate of Achievement)

Upon completion of the business management program, students will be able to

  • Describe examples of a market penetration, retail format development, market expansion, and diversification growth strategies that a retail company might use.


Upon completion of the business management program, students will be able to

  • Compare and contrast job design approaches that increase work efficiency versus work motivation, and describe three strategies for improving employee motivation through job design.
  • Identify various barriers (noise) to effective communication, and describe strategies for getting your message across and engaging in active listening.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Business managers formulate the policies and direct the operations of corporations, nonprofit institutions, and government agencies. They are found in nearly all work settings in a variety of industries, such as the following:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Construction
  • Distribution
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Logistics
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Travel and Hospitality

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students will be prepared for careers in specialized areas such as:

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • General Management
  • Accounting
  • Financial Services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources Management
  • Purchasing
  • Customer Relations Management

Upon completion of the associate degree, students will be prepared for various entry-level positions within these same organizations, for promotion from technical and specialty job functions into management positions, and/or for transfer to a baccalaureate program.


    Associate in ArtsAssociate in ScienceAssociate in Science for TransferCertificate of AchievementCertificate of Proficiency

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