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Business/Retail Management

The Retail Management Certificate Program is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for the fast-paced challenges that exist in the competitive retail industry. This broad program is also intended to help students develop a clear sense of the scope of the retail manager’s job and an understanding of the basic requirements for success in the future.  This program is endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC).

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MGMT 120 - Human Relations in BusinessM3.0
MGMT 120 - Human Relations in Business (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; MGMT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for the student who is seeking a career in management or is currently in a leadership role and wants a better understanding of human relation skills and techniques. Topics covered in the course include leadership, teamwork, communication, group problem solving, diversity, motivation, and managerial organizations. These topics will apply to both a diverse and competitive environment.

MRKT 170 - Principles of MarketingM3.0
MRKT 170 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MGMT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for the student who is interested in a career in marketing or gaining an entry-level marketing position with a retail, industrial, service, or consumer product company. Discussion of marketing concepts, strategies, and techniques will take place in an environment that reflects new technologies and international competitiveness. The topics in the course will include marketing concepts, functions, operations, and organizations of retail and wholesale enterprises; distribution channels; market research; advertising; marketing costs; pricing; cooperative marketing, marketing legislation and regulations and trends.

MGMT 150 - Principles of ManagementM3.0
MGMT 150 - Principles of Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement; MGMT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for the student who is seeking a career in management or for the student who needs to expand his/her knowledge of management techniques and organizational methods. In this course, students will learn the theory and application of managerial functions as it applies to planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations. Additional topics to be covered will include the history of management, and practical management techniques, practices, and problem solving methodologies. The topics of employee empowerment, characteristics and qualities of successful managers, and contemporary trends in management will also be explored in this course.

MGMT 146 - Human Resources ManagementM3.0
MGMT 146 - Human Resources Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to study employer-employee relationships with particular emphasis on the challenges facing an expanding multicultural workforce in Southern California. Topics include: legal framework; personnel policies and procedures; implementing equal employment and affirmative action; legal aspects of supervision; training and development; interviewing; testing; wage and salary administration, job analysis and description; recruitment; transfers; promotions; and principles of collective bargaining.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
2nd Semester
Select one: ACCT 100 / ACCT 101 / ACCT 101H M3.0†
ACCT 100 - Introduction to Accounting (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 030 or MATH 030D or MATH 033 or appropriate placement; MGMT 052Transfers to:CSU

This course provides basic knowledge of accounting terms, concepts, and procedures for a sole proprietorship form of business. Topics include the analysis and recording of business transactions for service and merchandising firms, and the preparation of simple financial statements. Accounting for cash, sales, purchases, payroll, and the end-of-the-year procedures are presented. This course is designed for occupationally-oriented students or those preparing for Financial Accounting and Computerized Accounting.

ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting (4.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement; ACCT 100;
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*) CSU (*students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: ACCT 101 or ACCT 101H)

This course is an introduction to the theory, principles, and practice of accounting and financial reporting for corporations. Topics include analysis and recording of financial transactions; preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements; and accounting for assets, liabilities, and equities. Computer applications are integrated into the homework. This course is required for all accounting and business administration majors.

ACCT 101H - Financial Accounting Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement; ACCT 100
Transfers to:UC (credit limit*), CSU (Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: ACCT 101 or ACCT 101H)

This course is an introduction to the theory, principles, and practice of accounting and financial reporting for corporations. Topics include analysis and recording of financial transactions; preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements; and accounting for assets, liabilities, and equities. Computer applications are integrated into the homework. This course is required for all accounting and business administration majors. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program. .

MRKT 175 - Retail ManagementM3.0
MRKT 175 - Retail Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MGMT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in retail management or desiring to own their own retail business. Class discussions will explore the topics of customer buying behavior, retail market strategy, retail site location, and human resources management. Case studies and experiential exercises will be used to help students understand additional topics including customer service, store management, retail pricing, supply chain management, and merchandise management.

Select one: CIT 102 / MGMT 125 M3.0
CIT 102 - Introduction to Microsoft Office (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CIT 100A
Transfers to: CSU

This course is intended as an introduction for students wanting to learn the latest version of the integrated program suite of Microsoft Office Professional. The student will be provided with the basics of each of the programs in the suite - Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook as well as their Internet integration. In addition, an introduction to fundamental computer concepts will be presented including hardware and software basics, file management, computer networks and communications.

MGMT 125 - Managerial Computer Applications (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MGMT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to computer technology as it applies to the business management environment. The course prepares managers to leverage current technology, in both theory and application, to meet the needs of the global business environment. Managerial issues and ethical standards are explored, and web-based, hands-on modules prepare students to become proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Select one: MGMT 108 / MGMT 208 M3.0
MGMT 108 - Business Writing (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

The course covers the principles of effective writing in business. Extensive experience is provided using the different forms of business writing-memorandums, letters, reports, and resumes. Cultural differences and their impact on communicating in business will be studied. This course is designed for students pursuing careers in business.

MGMT 208 - Business Communications (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course covers the principles of effective writing in business. The course provides extensive experience using the different forms of business writing: memorandums, letters, reports, and resumes. Cultural differences and their impact on communicating in business are studied. This course satisfies the business communications component for the Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer degree.

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
Total Units for Business/Retail Management COA program 24.0† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will explain the challenges and opportunities of managing a diverse workforce in a retail environment through their understanding of leadership and management models, motivation and reward theory, and conflict resolution techniques.


2

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of financial management and budgeting by applying basic math skills to calculate retail math equations; making business decisions using these calculations; and preparing proforma financial


3

Students will demonstrate proper communication and critical thinking skills through written and oral assignments. Skill sets demonstrated will include document editing, preparation of business reports, and proper use of the communication process.


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