Sustainable Business Management Career Prep Professional

240 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This course bundle will be retired on July 1st, 2018.

Companies are changing product life-cycle and making adjustments to their supply chain because of a changing market, environmental issues, and government regulations. The Sustainable Management course explores realistically, and in detail, the world's enormous potential for human and ecological regeneration. It also explains why this potential has been suppressed or distorted by industrial institutions, thus creating economic crisis, growing inequality, and environmental destruction.

Today’s managers need to be equipped with the right skills to deal with the growing number of challenges facing them, including dealing with the competition, coping with ethical dilemmas, identifying and hiring talent, managing diversity, building sustainability, and adapting to the latest technology. This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of management, with a focus on the characteristics of successful managers, manager development, and the importance of critical thinking in management.  Using a theoretical approach, this course will encourage students to define effective management and identify the strategies necessary to be successful business managers.  Upon completion of this course, students will be fully prepared to begin working as business managers.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Sigrid Ferguson Green, MSEd in Instructional Design for Online Learning, MS Human Resource Management, with over 15 years of experience in training and development/education. Her experience has been to lead teams of Instructional Designers, and managed curricula for companies such as: American Express and Assurant. Her experience includes but is not limited to the following: technical writing, web design, training, instructional design, graphic design, and curriculum development.

Course Outline:

Sustainable Business Management Career Prep Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Industrialism and Quantitative Development

In this lesson you will learn that industrialism and capitalism are intrinsically systems of quantitative growth, and that our survival depends on a fundamental transformation of the means and ends of economic life to prioritize social and environmental need.

Lesson 2: New Productive Forces and Emerging Human Potentials

In this lesson you will learn about the demoralizing decadence of Casino Capitalism are possibilities for unprecedented levels of human development and harmony with nature. These are possibilities for qualitative development, potentials that have been building throughout the twentieth century but that have been diverted, distorted, or suppressed by waste and financialization.

Lesson 3: The New Ecology of Politics

In this lesson you will learn politics is not simply about the balance of social power between groups, but about how we move collectively into the future-the rules, goals, and activities that set the tone for our entire society.

Lesson 4: The Ecological Space of Flows: The Built-Environment

In this lesson you will learn strategic elements of reinhabiting and redesigning our cities.

Lesson 5: Transformative Energy: The Soft-Energy Path

In this lesson you will learn energy is important in understanding any system, but it has particular relevance for a postindustrial transformation because of the central role energy has played in the industrial economy.

Lesson 6: Living in De-Material World

In this lesson you will learn in a green economy, manufacturing, resource extraction, and waste management must be considered together. In nature, there is virtually no waste; every output is an input for some other process. Waste equals food. This is completely different than the industrial economy, which is marked by linear resource flows, from extraction to disposal. Our current economic cycles, limited largely to dollars, do not correspond to nature's bicycles and materials cycles. For this reason, goods production would look quite different in a green economy.

Lesson 7: The State and Beyond: Postindustrial Forms of Regulation

In this lesson you will learn a great source of the power of industrial society has been the fundamental antagonism it has structured between the individual and the social, manifest in both the Divided Economy (of paid and unpaid labor) and the separation between politics and economics.

Business Manager Career Prep Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Introduction to Management

In this lesson, you will receive an overview of management.  You will define management and identify the characteristics of an effective management.  Different management styles will be discussed and explored.  In addition, you will learn about the history of management and the ways it has evolved over the years.

Lesson 2: Sustaining - A Balanced Approach to Management

In this lesson, you will begin to learn about implementing a balanced approach to management.  You will learn about the importance of critical thinking for managers, as well as strategies to manage during times of organizational change.  This lesson will also provide an overview of diversity, ethics, and social responsibility in management.

Lesson 3: Planning

In this lesson, you will learn how to implement planning into management.  Planning is a crucial component of effective management, yet many managers fail to do it.  This lesson will focus on making better decisions, setting goals, and designing strategies.

Lesson 4: Organizing

In this lesson, you will learn about the organizing component of management.  Effective managers must be able to organize people and processes to ensure that the system does not break down.  This lesson will cover all aspects of organizing, including structuring organizations, managing team performance, and being aware of the human side of management.

Lesson 5: Leading

In this lesson, you will learn about leadership.  You will learn about the importance of leadership skills in management, and you will identify the qualities and strategies that promote effective leadership. This lesson will cover a variety of topics relate to leadership, including the role of managers as leaders, how to understand individual behavior, and the importance of communicating and motivating others. 

Lesson 6: Controlling

In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of controls in management.  A  control is a tool that helps managers use information to influence behavior and affect operational performance through greater efficiencies and effective decision making. By exercising control, managers are better able to oversee activities and direct employees toward achieving organizational goals. 

Lesson 7: The Future of Management

In this lesson, you will learn about the future of management.  You will begin to consider the ways in which the role of the manager may change and will develop strategies for managing that changing role effectively.  As part of this lesson, you will learn about entrepreneurship and its potential for changing the face of management.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**