Business Management Essentials Certificate

Program Outline

Here's how it works
Your certificate program consists of courses designed to take you step-by-step toward understanding all the essential elements of Business Management. Your first course will be sent to you as soon as your enrollment has been accepted. Other courses will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have study materials to work with.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Note: Graduates of this program earn 12 college credits toward an Undergraduate Certificate or Associate of Science Degree in Business Management at Penn Foster College.

This outline covers all the courses required for your study-at-home certificate program. You complete the following courses in the order indicated:

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: The Business Management Essentials certificate provides students with new job skills or refines existing business management knowledge to advance in a current position, improve performance in a current business or prepare for further training.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the various functions of business including competition, economics. accounting, technology and information systems, marketing, management through the phases of starting and growing a business, and management of financial and human resources along with the ethical and social responsibilities of business
  • Discuss both the business environment and the manager's role in decision making, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, and developing an ethical perspective
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic mathematical operations including percentages; discounts; interest, present worth, sinking funds, installment buying, pricing, depreciation, investments, insurance, use of symbols and their applications, equations and formulas, and the importance of statistics
  • Demonstrate methods of organizing material for a professional setting, by composing business memos, emails, outlines, reports, and proposals using the ABC method

BUS101 Introduction to Business
Business in a global environment; starting and growing a business; human resources; marketing; information and technology; finances.

BUS110 Principles of Management
The business environment; planning; organizing; leading and controlling.

MAT106 Math for Business and Finance
Percentages; discounts; interest; present worth; sinking funds; installment buying; pricing; depreciation; investments; insurance; use of symbols and their applications, equations and formulas; importance of statistics.

ENG121 Business and Technical Writing
Writing styles; ABC method of organizing material; grammar (parts of speech, active and passive voice, complete sentences vs. sentence fragments; parallel construction); using action verbs; constructing paragraphs; writing memos, business letters, and emails; organizing material; conducting research; documenting sources; outlining; providing illustrations; writing reports, proposals, descriptions, instructions, articles, and manuals.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.

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