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Master of Business Administration:Course Descriptions

MGMT 605 – Essentials of Leadership, 2 credit hours

This course focuses on providing students the foundations of leadership by reviewing past leadership research and integrating this into their own understanding of what makes one an effective leader. Contemporary concepts of leadership, including the role of culture and gender, will also be presented. The course will utilize self-assessments, case analysis, and leadership related readings that will require students to think critically about what leaders do and how their own strengths and limitations influence their personal leadership development.

BNAL 606 – Statistics for Managers, 2 credit hours

Statistical tools for solving business problems. Topics include: sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression, and time series forecasting. Emphasis is place on the application of the tools to business problems. The Minitab Software is used to do most of the analysis.

ECON 607 – Managerial Economics, 2 credit hours

This course introduces the MBA student to the use of economic analysis to aid managerial decision-making. Topics include demand and supply, theory of optimizing behavior, demand elasticity, production, cost analysis and pricing with and without market power. Other topics include an introduction to game theory, alternative pricing techniques and the internal organization of firms.

MKTG 608 – Fundamentals of Contemporary Marketing, 2 credit hours

This course will discuss the fundamental concepts of marketing including product design, distribution, pricing and promotion of goods, marketing of services, and marketing research. Other contemporary issues in marketing such as brand equity and customer relationship management will also be discussed. Selected case analyses will be used to highlight applications.

ACCT 609 – Managerial Accounting, 2 credit hours

A study of the concepts of managerial accounting. This course focuses on the techniques and approaches to organizing and understanding internally generated accounting information. The objective of the course is to provide students with a set of tools that utilize managerial accounting information for solving business problems.

BNAL 610 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics, 2 credit hours

This course provides students with some of the common tools and techniques that are deployed in business analytics. Topics include big data and related terminology, data management, working with data, and statistical and quantitative methods use in descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.

ACCT 611 – Financial Accounting, 2 credit hours

A study of the concepts of financial accounting. This course covers the financial reporting process and the development of financial statements for external users. The overall objective of the course is to provide students with a sufficient fluency to be intelligent readers of financial accounting information.

MGMT 612 – Organizational Behavior, 2 credit hours

This course provides a critical analysis of organizational theories used to understand and predict employee attitudes and behaviors. Implications, in terms of applying theories to address management issues and optimize human resource practices, are evaluated. Topics include job satisfaction, motivation, stress, and decision making.

FIN 613 – Financial Management, 2 credit hours

To develop an integrated approach to the methodologies necessary for the understanding of modern corporate finance. Emphasis will be on integration of accounting and other internally generated information with external economic information within a framework for financial planning and valuation.

IT 614 – Information and Knowledge Management, 2 credit hours

Information and knowledge are critical resources for today's organizations. This course prepares students for the managerial, organizational and technological challenges involved in managing information and knowledge.

OPMT 615 – Operations and Supply Chain Management, 2 credit hours

This course focuses on the issues related to process, layout, materials management, capacity, quality and lean manufacturing. The effects of these issues on productivity, firm performance, and customer satisfaction will be discussed. Furthermore, supply chain design, integration, and sustainability are discussed and analyzed as well.

FIN 616 – Investments and Portfolio Management, 2 credit hours

This course will provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of investment decision making. Students will learn to analyze risk and return characteristics of individual securities and portfolios and develop valuation models of various financial instruments. Using insights from modern portfolio theory and equilibrium models of security prices, students will develop a framework for assessing the risk-return tradeoff. The topics covered and tools developed in the course will be applicable for personal investment as well.

MKTG 617 – Marketing Strategy, 2 credit hours

This course will build on the fundamentals developed in the Fundamentals of Contemporary Marketing course. It will focus on developing skills to formulate and implement marketing strategies for brands and companies. Marketing mix strategies, segmentation, targeting, and positioning strategies, as well as competitive strategies and contemporary issues in marketing strategy will be discussed. Decision-making skills will be enhanced using case analyses in addition to readings and discussions.

ECON 618 – Global Macroeconomics, 2 credit hours

This course examines the measurement of macroeconomic variables and their movements over time. Short-run and long-run models of the macroeconomy are covered along with institutional factors of financial markets. The course mixes theory with real world applicability. Students will examine critical economic policy issues of the day.

FIN 619 – Business Law and Ethics, 2 credit hours

This course will introduce key principles of jurisprudence, dispute resolution, tort, constitutional, intellectual property and contract law. Students will learn to create the ability to recognize when a matter poses a legal issue in the ordinary course of business and identify alternative solutions that the law will support and consider the ethical/moral implications of business decisions that the law does not yet address.

INBU 620 – International Business Issues, 2 credit hours

Students will develop a deep understanding of the issues facing international firms. The course will use case studies, lectures and simulations to highlight the cultural, organizational and financial challenges to doing business in various regions of the world with particular emphasis on Europe, China and India.

MGMT 621 – Business Policy and Strategy, 4 credit hours

This course introduces you to the discipline of strategic management and discusses concepts/theories/frameworks that are used in the formulation and implementation of strategies. Additionally, we discuss cases, simulation and examples that describe the strategic issues confronting organizations and how they successfully (or unsuccessfully) resolved them. The course should help you develop a disciplined, rigorous and comprehensive approach to analyzing firm environment and resources, formulating and implementing strategy. In addition, the course should help you understand the challenges and common pitfalls involved in strategy formulation and implementation.

Pre-Core

Each course is 1 credit hour

MBA 600 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods

MBA 601 - Introduction to Managerial Economics

MBA 602 - Introduction to Finance

MBA 603 - Introduction to Accounting

MBA 604 - Introduction to Information Management