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Business Course Descriptions


MBA 501 Leadership Issues in Management (3 Credits)
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn how systems thinking concepts relate to managerial processes. This course is intended for individuals who aspire to become leaders or expect to deal with them in the business-socio-cultural system. While the primary focus of this course is on the development of an understanding and interpretation of the various theories and models of leadership, particular attention is given to examining leadership styles and managerial processes associated with the issues of ethics, power, justice, diversity and stewardship from a systems thinking perspective. 

MBA 502
The Organization as a System  (3 Credits)
This course focuses on systems thinking from an ogranizational behavior perspective. Topics covered will include: organizational theory and design; economic theory of organization; learning organizations; organizational behavior; management, and ethical leadership.

MBA 507 New Venture Creation (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundational knowledge of the driving forces of entrepreneurship and innovation. Emphasis will be placed on opportunity recognition; business plans/project plans; and resource requirements to support innovation. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with an understanding of the processes and procedures of new venture creation. The primary topics discussed include:  developing an entrepreneurial mindset, defining the entrepreneurial process, integrating globalization and technological innovation strategies, conducting market research, screening venture/project opportunities, developing a business/project plan and applying systems thinking concepts.

MBA 511 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the fundamental theories and practices of financial accounting from an external reporting perspective. Throughout the course, students will learn how to apply theoretical concepts related to generally accepted accounting procedures (GAAP). Discussion topics will focus on: transaction analysis related to assets, liabilities, and stockholder’s equity; application processes for using revenue and expense recognition principles; and preparation of detailed financial statements. The methods and rationale for disclosing financial information in financial reports will be examined. This course was designed primarily for MBA students who have not completed undergraduate course work in financial accounting with a grade of B- or higher and/or for those students whose undergraduate degree or major was not in a business related area.

MBA 512 The Economics of Strategy (3 Credits)
A primary goal of this course is to provide students with a deeper appreciation of those critical forces in the U.S. and global economy that shape management strategy from an ethical, values-based perspective. Students will explore the concepts, methods and tools of economics with an emphasis on business decision-making in domestic and international settings. Topics discussed include: demand theory, supply, the price system, cost analysis, market structures, factor pricing, decision criteria and international economics. Ethical decision processes will also be discussed within the context of global business operations.

MBA/ACC 545 Advanced Taxation (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth learning experience of the concepts, methods and regulations of advanced taxation. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with an understanding of the federal tax laws for corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. The primary topics discussed include: organization and capital structure, taxation of corporations and partnerships, distributions and liquidations, multi-state and international transactions, estate taxes and taxation of trusts and estates.

MBA/ACC 561 Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis (3 Credits)
This course explores the financial accounting process, its underlying concepts, and the techniques of preparing and analyzing financial statements. Topics discussed will include accounting for assets, liabilities and stockholders' equity, and revenue and expense recognition. The course demonstrates the role of accounting information for users outside the firm, and the application of accounting concepts and procedures in financial analyses and market decisions. The methods and rationale for producing and disclosing financial information will be examined while learning generally accepted accounting principles. This course also enables students to understand the structure and substance of a firm's financial reports from a user's point of view. When they finish the course, students should be able to examine a set of financial statements and effectively analyze the firm's financial position, profitability and cash generating ability from an ethical decision making perspective.
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 6 hours of undergradaute accounting or finance (with a final course grade of B- or higher); or permission of instructor. Students who have not completed the prerequisite requirement for this course should enroll in MBA 511, rather than MBA 561.)

MBA 554 Integrated Project Management (3 Credits)
This course focuses on both the theoretical and practical application of integrated project management processes.  these processes involve selecting, coordinating, and synchronizing projects in a company so that all the key factors for success are optimized. Primary topics discussed include: analyzing project business value; mobilizing team performance and dynamics; monitoring project implementation; resolving technical, resource and interprersonal conflicts; managing program interfaces and multitasking; identifying organizational constraints; determining accountability; and applying ethical procedures.

MBA 571 Managerial Accounting and Professional Ethics (3 Credits)
The primary goal of this course is to provide students with an in-depth learning experience of the concepts and methods of managerial accounting and financial management. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledgte, skills and dispositions associated with an understanding of the process of financial and managerial decision making. This process consists of analyzing and evaluating a set of decisions and actions that are used to achieve the strategic objectives of an organization when it is operating in a constantly changing, technologically enhanced, global environment. The primary topics discussed include: accounting terminology, ethical decision making, cost analysis, job-order costing, process costing, profit analysis, variable costing, budgeting methods, standard variance analysis and professional ethids associated with financial reporting.
Prerequisite: MBA 511 or 561; or permission of instructor
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MBA 562 Financial Management (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth learning experience of the concepts and methods of financial management and financial statement analysis. The central theme is developing a managerial perspective for key financial decisions while creating shareholder value. Topics discussed include: working capital management, the time value of money, cash flow analysis, budgeting, capital structures, dividend policies, financial statement analysis, financial ethics, global decision making and valuation of debt and equity securities.
Prerequisite: MBA 511, 561 or 571; or permission of instructor.

MBA 601
Marketing and E-Commerce: Domestic and Global (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of marketing management strategies and polices in a complex global environment. Topics discussed will include: gathering information and conducting market research; developing marketing strategies and plans; creating customer value; enhancing brand identity; and competing in a global environment. The course will provide students with a systematic framework for understanding marketing management and strategic decision making from an ethical, values-based perspective.

MBA 602 Operations Management (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth learning experience of the integrated concepts and methods of operations management. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values associated with an understanding of the process of using various operations management concepts to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of maintaining a manufacturing or service organization. This process consists of analyzing and evaluating a set of decisions and actions that are used to achieve the objectives of an organization when it is operating in a constantly changing, technologically enhanced, global environment. The primary topics discussed include: operations strategy, capacity planning, manufacturing processes, supply chain strategies, logistics, linear programming, queuing theory, forecasting, regression analysis and inventory control.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; and 511 or 561; or permission of instructor.

MBA 603 International Business and Globalization (3 Credits)
The need for international business management has increased with the rise in the globalization of business and is now considered to be an integral part of any business. International business management is strategically involved and directly responsible for working with companies outside of the USA. Managers must understand the cultural differences, work ethics and legal environment of the countries and workers. This course will help the student gain an in-depth understanding about international trade and investment policies, strategic planning, organization, implementation, control of financial, marketing, services and logistics and supply chain management from a global perspective. Ethical decision-making processes will be emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; or permission of instructor.

MBA 604 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making in Business (3 Credits)
The primary focus of the quantitative methods in business course is on the application of quantitative reasoning methods in the area of financial management as required to support decision-making situations in business organizations. Emphasis is on the fundamental concepts associated with linear programming techniques, simulation methods, decision theory, inventory control models, queuing theory and forecasting methods.
Prerequisite: MBA 511 or 561; or permission of instructor.

MBA 605 Management Issues in Human Resources (3 Credits)
This course will provide the student with an in-depth analysis of management issues for human resources from a research perspective. It is important for all professional, supervisory, and management employees to understand and be able to employ fundamental human resource concepts and techniques, as well as be able to appreciate what can be expected from a human resources department in an organization in terms of policy, legal and ethical related issues.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; or permission of instructor.

MBA 611 Labor Relations, Compensation and Global Systems (3 Credits)
This course provides students with a complete, comprehensive review/overview of essential personnel management concepts and techniques. Course content is designed to introduce and familiarize students with categories of proficiency and the six major functional areas in the field of Human Resources. Categories of proficiency include human resources, business, leadership and learning. Functional areas include (1) Strategic Management, (2) Workforce Planning and Employment, and (3) Human Resource Development, (4) Total Rewards, (5) Employee and Labor Relations, and (6) Risk Management. This course also addresses issues in HR management in both domestic and global contexts.

MBA 612 Human Resource Strategy, Planning and Development (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth examination of the Human Resource Body of Knowledge (HR-BOK) and their applications for the HR practitioner: (1) Strategic HR Management, (2) Workforce Planning and Employment, and (3) Human Resource Development. Using multiple teaching and learning strategies—case analysis, guided discussions, testing, online and in-class instructor–led interactive class sessions—relevant course concepts and their applications will be reviewed reinforced and assessed.

MBA/ACC 613 Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a knowledge base of accounting for governmental and non-profit organizations. The primary topics discussed include: accounting concepts for government and not-for-profit entities; budgetary accounting; capital assets and capital projects; fiduciary activities and debt service; general funds and special reserve; and auditing and reporting issues.
Prerequisite: MBA 561 or 571; or permission of instructor.

MBA/ACC 614 International Accounting and Professional Ethics (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a knowledge base of both the fundamental concepts of international accounting and professional ethics. The primary topics discussed include: worldwide accounting diversity issues; international harmonization and financial reporting standards; comparative statements; foreign currency issues; taxation and auditing; principles of accounting ethics; and code of professional conduct.
Prerequisite: MBA 511, 561 or 571; or permission of instructor.

MBA/ACC 615 Research Seminar in Advanced Financial Accounting (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge of advanced financial accounting concepts used to support decision making processes associated with financial reporting requirements. Primary topics discussed include: ethical issues in accounting; fraudulent financial reporting; partnerships, branches and joint ventures; liquidations, bankruptcy and reorganization; consolidated financial statements; foreign currency issues and accounting research methods.
Prerequisite: MBA 511, 561 or 571; or permission of instructor.

MBA 621 Financial Planning: Theory, Practice and Ethics (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the fundamental theories of financial planning, emphasizing goal and priority setting and data analysis. Topics covered include: financial plans; ethical codes of conduct; financial planning standards; financial statements, cash flow management, financing strategies, ownership of assets, time value of money, annuity options and financial regulations. This course also provides the foundational principles for personal income tax planning, risk management and insurance, investment planning, retirement and estate tax planning.
Prerequisite: MBA 511, 561 or 571; or permission of instructor.

MBA 622 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits (3 Credits)
This course focuses on how to plan, implement and monitor individual and business-sponsored retirement plans. It also focuses on how to perform retirement needs analysis, what regulatory issues surround retirement planning and benefits, and what tax issues come into play. The employee benefits section of the course focuses on the analysis of financial planning strategies associated with Social Security and Medicare, civil service, group life, disability, dental and health insurance.
Prerequisite: MBA 621; or permission of instructor.

MBA 623 Insurance Planning and Risk Management (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to the theory and application of insurance planning from a financial planning perspective. Emphasis is on identification of risk exposure, legal aspects of insurance, property and liability policy analysis, life insurance policy analysis, health insurance policy analysis, employee benefits, social insurance, insurance regulation and principles of insurance taxation.
Prerequisite: MBA 621; or permission of instructor.

MBA 624 Investment Planning (3 Credits)
This course covers the theory and practice of investment planning as specifically related to field of personal financial planning. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of investment regulation, client assessment, investment theory, environment and financial markets, investment strategies and modern portfolio theory.
Prerequisite: MBA 621; or permission of instructor.

MBA 625 Tax Planning (3 Credits)
This course focuses on a comprehensive analysis of income and estate tax laws from a financial planning perspective. Topics discussed include the federal income tax system, capital gains/losses, taxation of business entities, trusts, and estates. Students will also learn the procedures of income and estate tax planning which include the timing of income and deductions, conversion of income, stock options, charitable giving, and probate consequences.
Prerequisite: MBA 621; or permission of instructor.

MBA 631 Global Marketing (3 Credits)
This course examines international marketing operations and issues systematically and in depth. It draws on foundational knowledge in a number of areas, such as finance, marketing, investment and competitive industry analysis. This course investigates the issues a manager may face as she/he oversees global marketing activities in the increasingly competitive environment. The fundamentals of marketing and its management in competitive global environments and diverse national economies are discussed. Major topics to be covered include:  the global marketing environment, analyzing and targeting global market opportunities, global marketing strategy, creating global marketing programs and managing the global marketing program. Emphasis will be placed on practical problem solving and marketing tactics, as well as on the systematic process of strategic analysis and planning. All course materials and lectures will focus on global, regional and international markets.

MBA 632 Managing Creative People (3 Credits)
This course analyzes the managerial skills needed to inspire innovation and creativity in the human resources comprising an organization. Topics discussed will include how to reward performance, foster idea creation, embrace risk and failure, and cultivate managerial patience to let ideas grow. The course demonstrates the role of the manager and/or account executive in motivating creative employees and the application of techniques that will spur creative marketing objectives that are aligned with the overall business objectives of an organization. This course also enables students to understand the structure of creative and innovative businesses.
Prerequisite: MBA 601 or 631; or permission of instructor.

MBA 633 Management and Marketing of Innovations (3 Credits)
Innovation, whether its form is new product or process development, is vital for a company's success in the marketplace. In order to grow, most companies must strive for a sustainable competitive advantage and one way to achieve that advantage is through innovation. This course will stress the management issues associated with innovation. Areas that will be addressed will include new product development basics, the basics of innovations and what makes some innovations successful and some fail, the characteristics of innovations that can be disruptive or sustaining, and the management issues that pertain to innovations. Protection of new ideas and intellectual property protection will also be discussed. 
Prerequisite: MBA 601 or 631; or permission of instructor.

MBA 635 Communication Strategies for a Global Marketplace (3 Credits)
This course is an applied investigation of communication strategies and the managerial tactics used to implement these strategies, including practice in advanced writing techniques for a variety of media. The course explores the principles of scientific inquiry and its application to researching audiences and a framework which can be used to understand and develop managerial tactics. Students will apply writing, online communication and social networking strategies, in addition to learning about online managerial tactics for market research.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; or permission of instructor.

MBA 641 Managing Health Service Organizations (3 Credits)
This course is a formal study of industry benchmarks and best practice standards of excellence in the management of health services within a dynamic health care market for the 21st Century. A successful health services manager must be able to coordinate and integrate both clinicians and business professionals towards the achievement of organizational goals and objectives. Students will acquire knowledge of applied management theories in addressing issues related to existing and new government regulations, medical technologies, changing patient demographics, increased competition through system consolidations, heightened patient expectations and greater demands for accountability concerning increasing financial constraints in the use and allocation of resources.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; or permission of instructor.

MBA 642 Economics and Finance in Health Services Management (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is extend and develop the knowledge acquired in managerial economics and managerial finance by exploring the unique characteristics of the modern healthcare environment and applying economic and financial concepts. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values associated with an understanding of the basic financial and economic issues related to health care and healthcare management.
Prerequisites: MBA 512 and 562;  or permission of instructor

MBA 634/643 Ethical and Legal Issues in Business
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth learning experience of the integrated concepts and methods related to ethical, legal and social issues in health services management.  Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values associated with an understanding of the ethical, legal and social principles related to health care management; existing case precedence; risk management initiatives and compliance program requirements for the health service industry.  This process consists of analyzing and evaluating decisions and actions that are used to better understand the necessary requirements for protecting the assets of an organization.
Prerequisite: MBA 601 or 631; or permission of instructor.

MBA 651 Strategic Management (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth learning experience of the concepts and methods of strategic management. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with an understanding of the process of strategic decision making. This process consists of analyzing and evaluating a set of decisions and actions that are used to achieve the objectives of an organization when it is operating in a constantly changing, technologically enhanced, global environment. The primary topics discussed include: strategic analysis; global environments; social responsibility; business ethics; strategic planning; internal and external audit analysis; and implementation and control strategies.
Prerequisites: MBA 501 or 502; and 511 or 561; and 601 or 631; or permission of instructor.

MBA 664 Quality and Human Resource Management (3 Credits)
This course focuses on both the theoretical and practical application of relationships between project quality management and human resource management. Primary topics discussed include: the quality management approach; determining quality polices; planning for quality; implementation and evaluation; applying human resources practices and organizational theory; developing staffing management plans; managing staff acquisitions; developing project teams and examining project results.
Prerequisite: MBA 554

MBA 665 Communications and Risk Management (3 Credits)
The course focuses on both the theoretical and practical application of the relationship between project communications management and risk management. Primary topics discussed include: managing project communications; creating communications plans; preparing for information distribution; reporting project performance; managing risk; creating risk management plans; conducting qualitative and quantitative risk analysis; monitoring and control assurance; and examining project results.
Prerequisite: MBA 554

MBA 666 Procurement and Professional Responsibilities (3 Credits)
This course focuses on both the theoretical and practical application of the relationship among project procurement management, project management and ethical responsibilities of project managers. Primary topics discussed include: managing project procurement; solicitation planning; evaluation criteria; examining results; professional and ethical responsibilities; complying with rules and policies; and the professional code of conduct.
Prerequisite: MBA 554

MBA 668 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to build upon the foundational knowledge of entrepreneurship that was covered in New Venture Creation (MBA 507), which serves as a prerequisite to this course. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth analysis of the resource requirements needed to create a new business. Students will prepare a detailed marketing communications plan for launching a new business endeavor. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with an understanding of the concepts, methods and tools of entrepreneurship. The primary topics discussed include: analyzing resource requirements, legal and ethical issues, determining entrepreneurial finance strategies, securing venture capital, evaluating debt capital, developing communication processes, implementing customer relationship management, preparing a communications plan and applying systems thinking concepts.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; or permission of instructor.

MBA 669 Ethical and Entrepreneurial Leadership (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how to become entrepreneurial leaders and how to build an entrepreneurial organization, from an ethical, values-based perspective. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning alternatives to secure long term viability of new businesses or new project endeavors. Upon completion of a variety of assignments and activities, students will enhance their knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with an understanding of the methods and tools of entrepreneurial leadership. The primary topics discussed include: developing entrepreneurial leaders, building an entrepreneurial organization, valuing personal ethics, allocating resource requirements, determining growth and divesture strategies, conducting strategic planning and applying systems thinking concepts.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; or permission of instructor

MBA 671-A Independent Research Projects (3 Credits)
Independent research (three to six credit hours) requires each student to work on an  in-depth applied research project that relates to business concepts covered throughout their coursework in the program. The project is predominately a self-directed learning project.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 or 502; or permission of instructor.