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Foundation Modules

MBA 501 Modules - Decision-Making Concepts and Tools

MBA 501A: Statistics Module    1 credit
This course module is intended to develop the statistical concepts and techniques that are needed to make business decisions. Topics to be covered include detailed coverage of descriptive statistics, probability theory (including Bayes' Theorem), and discrete and continuous probability distributions with an emphasis on business applications. A survey of modern statistical methods covering sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation analysis will be discussed.

MBA 501B: Management Science Module    1 credit
An introduction to the quantitative approaches used in today's businesses to solve decision problems. Topics will include linear programming, spreadsheet modeling, project scheduling, waiting line systems, and simulation.

MBA 501C: Information Management Module    1 credit
An introduction to computers and how they can be applied to the operations and management of business firms. Topics include data processing concepts, overview of computer hardware and software, modern data and information processing systems, and applications of computers in business.

MBA 502 Modules - Accounting Analysis and Business Law

MBA 502A: Financial Accounting Module    1 credit
An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of financial accounting. Emphasizes the accounting process and the interpretation and use of basic financial statements.

MBA 502B: Managerial Accounting Module    1 credit
Emphasis is placed on ways to use, analyze and interpret accounting data in planning and controlling organizational activities. Selected techniques required for analysis and managerial decision-making are introduced. (Prerequisite: MBA 502A)

MBA 502C: Business Law Module    1 credit
This course module covers fundamental legal concepts in business, including a basic knowledge of domestic and global legal environments; legal forms of business organization; essential concepts of tort, contract and property law; specific federal regulatory agencies controlling Environmental Protection, Anti-Trust and Consumer Protection; and aspects of employment law.

MBA 503 Modules - Economics and Finance

MBA 503A: Microeconomics Module    1 credit
Intended to provide a foundation in microeconomics for MBA students, this is an intensive course that stresses functioning of the market system. It introduces students to applications of microeconomics in business decisions.

MBA 503B: Macroeconomics Module    1 credit
Intended to provide a foundation in macroeconomics for MBA students, this is an intensive course that introduces the student to macroeconomic theory and applications as they pertain to the business decisions. Topics include measurement of GDP, inflation, monetary and fiscal policy, fluctuations, and growth.

MBA 503C: Finance Module    1 credit
Intended to provide a foundation in finance for MBA students, this is an intensive course that introduces students to financial decision making process and to the tools and techniques of financial analysis.

MBA 504 Modules - Management and Marketing

MBA 504A: Management Module    1 credit
This module will examine major functions of management from an applied perspective. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding organizational structure and processes. Extensive use will be made of class discussion and case analysis. Modules will also address skills managers must develop in working with others.

MBA 504B: Marketing Module    1 credit
The MBA module in marketing is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of analyzing customers and formulating integrated product development, pricing, distribution, and communication programs.

MBA 504C: Operations Management Module    1 credit
A functional review of how to manage the activities involved in the process of converting or transforming resources into products or services. Topics include an overview of strategic decisions, forecasting, basic inventory models, aggregate planning and master scheduling, materials requirements planning, and scheduling operations.

Cornerstone Course

MGT 501: Responsibility, Sustainability & Justice    3 credits
This course revolves around one of the most significant and controversial concepts of the 21st century. Sustainable development (SD) involves ethical, environmental and economic issues. The course will analyze and reflect on the relationship between SD, business, and all affected stakeholders through case studies, reading, discussions, and guest lecturers.

Core Courses

ACC 502: Accounting for Management    3 credits
The student develops a deeper understanding of accounting as the "language of business" and the ways in which it can be employed to help managers perform within their organizations. Emphasis is placed on ways to use, analyze, and interpret accounting data in planning and controlling organizational activities. Selected techniques required for analysis and managerial decision making are introduced. (Prerequisites: MBA 502A & B)

OM 503: Operations Management    3 credits
This course is designed to emphasize the strategic importance of operations management to the overall performance of the enterprise. Topics include product and process planning and design, forecasting, facility location and layout, production staffing, job design and work measurement, capacity planning, aggregate planning, inventory management, requirements planning, operations scheduling, just-in-time, and quality assurance. (Prerequisites: MBA 501A & B, and MBA 504C)

MIS 504: Management Information Systems    3 credits
The course is designed to educate students about the importance of information systems in managing for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations. Coursework emphasizes the role of information systems to increase productivity, improve the quality of products and services, and insure overall effectiveness of organizational operations. Students will study information and communication technologies; information system evaluation and development processes; information technology applications for problem solving and management decision making; and use of information technologies to transaction processes and customer service. Appropriate application software will be used to get hands-on experience, analyze cases, and  complete the class project. The student is expected to have basic knowledge of computing skills. (Prerequisite: MBA 501 C)

MGT 505: Organizational Behavior    3 credits
A primary goal of an organization is the improved performance of individuals and work groups within the organization. Organizational behavior is the field of study that investigates and explains those concepts or theories which are vital in current management practices dealing with job performance. (Prerequisite: MBA 504A)

MKT 506: Marketing Management    3 credits
This course is an analysis of the conceptual and tactical mechanisms of marketing management with emphasis on how today's firms and institutions mobilize their resources to achieve market penetration, sales volume, and satisfactory profits. Topics include marketing planning with control and implementation of strategies as major aspects of decision making, exploring market opportunities, and formulation of marketing policies (marketing mix) exemplified through case studies. (Prerequisite: MBA 504B)

ECO 507: Managerial Economics    3 credits
An intensive study of the problems of value and costs, including demand theory, empirical demand analysis, production theory, cost theory, linear programming applications in resource allocation and cost analysis, empirical cost analysis, market structure and pricing theory, pricing practice and the role of government in the private economy. (Prerequisites: MBA 503A & B)

FIN 508: Financial Management    3 credits
This course covers principles of policy formation in the modern corporation; the institutions, instruments and customary procedures that influence the determination of corporate policy; and the reasons for choices in seeking solutions to specific financial problems. A case approach will be utilized to cover problems of working capital management, capital budgeting, and capital structure. Computerized approaches to financial problems will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: MBA 503C)

Advanced Courses

ECO 583: Macroeconomic Analysis: A Global Perspective     3 credits
This course is a comprehensive study of macroeconomics designed to examine how macroeconomic events and policies, both national and global, can shape the strategic decisions in a business organization. Emphasis is on the analysis of macroeconomic data and understanding their importance in the managerial decision making process.

ERP 510: Integrated Enterprise Management Systems     3 credits
This course is an overview of business processes across marketing, procurement, production and finance as one integrated customer-oriented value chain to be managed from the perspective of the overall enterprise. It examines the optimization of business processes and their integration through the effective deployment of enterprise systems technology such as SAP R/3.

ERP 511/OM 547: Production Planning and Control     3 credits
An in-depth look at the planning and control of material flow and production activities in a manufacturing organization. Topics include: forecasting, sales and operations planning, demand management, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, production execution, and just-in-time systems. Hands-on exercises using ERP software will serve to reinforce the interconnectedness of operations with the other business functional areas. This course is not open to those students who have received credit for OM 547. (Prerequisite: MBA 504C)

ERP 512/MKT 512:  Customer Relationship Management   3 credits
The course focuses on an enterprise-wide strategy to create a customer relationship management program and maintain it on an ongoing basis by utilizing systems, tools, and techniques that develop a shared view of the customer throughout the enterprise, and using the best practice offerings tailored to the appropriate customer relationship life cycle stage. SAP-CRM software platform is utilized for this course. (Prerequisite: MBA 504B or an equivalent course or background as evaluated and approved by the instructor or the program director.)

ERP 513/FIN 587: Treasury Management    3 credits
This is an eight-week online-MBA course, which focuses on the short term financial management of a firm. The course uses SAP to keep track of inventory, cash, receivables, and payables of a firm. Students will develop financial models to maintain the firm’s current assets and liabilities at the optimal level. This course is not open to those students who have received credit for FIN 587. (Prerequisite: FIN 351 or FIN 508)

ERP 514/ACC 514: Accounting Integration and Configuration    3 credits
This course is concerned with the principles, methods, and techniques necessary for providing the reporting needs of an organization in an integrated management and information technology environment. It uses an ERP software package to demonstrate the integration of both financial and nonfinancial information systems with an organization’s operating processes to produce managerial reporting capabilities in real time. This course is not open to those students who have received credit for ACC 514. (Prerequisites: MBA 510 and ACC 502)

ERP 515: Business Intelligence     3 credits
Business Intelligence (BI) systems are sophisticated analytical tools used to extract and present complex organizational and competitive information in a manner that allows decision makers to make effective decisions in a timely manner. This course will explore the capabilities and benefits of business intelligence systems, data warehousing and data mining techniques. This course will investigate business intelligence gathering technologies as well as providing hands-on experience. (Prerequisite: MBA 501C or an equivalent course or background as evaluated and approved by the instructor or the program director.)

ERP 516: Enterprise Applications Development     3 credits
Organizations need to develop "front end" web-based applications to extract, and analyze data from data warehouses, ERP databases, etc. The concepts will be supplemented through hands-on experience using development platforms like SAP's Net Weaver. (Prerequisite: ERP 510 or an equivalent course or background as evaluated and approved by the instructor or the program director.)

FIN 583: Investment Analysis    3 credits
A detailed study of the investment environment and the process of investment management. Topics covered include the study of equity and debt markets, options and futures markets, stock and bond valuation models, portfolio selection theory, bond portfolio management and the use of derivative securities for hedging risk. (Prerequisite: FIN 508)

MGT 554: Group Dynamics    3 credits
Designing individual and group behavior systems, contemporary topics on designing organizational systems for better utilization of human resources. (Prerequisite, MGT 505) 

MKT 561: Marketing Research    3 credits
Marketing Research is studied as the basis for decision making, for analysis of markets, and for evaluation of marketing strategies through systematic gathering of information and evidence. The foundations and methodology of research, including behavioral sciences and multivariate analysis, are discussed. Research projects are conducted by the class participants and research applications to marketing problems are exemplified. (Prerequisite, MKT 506) 

FIN 584: International Finance    3 credits
A detailed survey of the financial decision process in multinational corporations. Topics include the international finance environment, foreign exchange markets, measuring and managing foreign exchange risks, financing the global firm, foreign investment decisions, managing multinational operations, and other advanced issues in multinational finance. (Prerequisite: FIN 508) 

IB 505: International Business    3 credits
This course provides an integrated approach to the international environment of the corporation. It offers an overview of the patterns and theories of international business transactions, including trade and foreign direct investment; determination of foreign exchange rates; international corporate strategies; and the effects of government policies on the global business.
 (Prerequisites: MBA 503A or ECO 153 and MBA 503B or ECO 154) 

MKT 563: Global Marketing    3 credits
A study of the managerial problems in international marketing, covering factors affecting international markets in different cultural areas of the world. 
(Prerequisite: MKT 506) 

OM 540: Supply Chain Management    3 credits
This course focuses on the design, operation, and control of supply chains in the global context. Topics include: supply chain strategy, risk pooling and inventory placement, distribution systems, network design and transportation, strategies for managing product variety, supply chain coordination, revenue management, and decision support systems for supply chain operations. Issues specific to global sourcing, and risk management in international supply chains will be explored. (Prerequisite: MBA 504C) 

OM 543: Project and Change Management     3 credits
This course will examine advanced project management concepts covering all phases of the project lifecycle (from requirement specification through post-project assessment). Special emphasis will be placed on understanding projects within the context of complex organizational settings, the need for implementing change, and in particular, managing the strategic change process. The Project Management Institute Book of Knowledge, which outlines the current articulated body of knowledge, will be used. 
(Prerequisite: MBA 501B) 

OM 544: Business Forecasting Models    3 credits
This course deals with the study of quantitative forecasting techniques which include exponential smoothing, classical decomposition, regression analysis and Box-Jenkins (ARIMA) methodology, as well as qualitative (judgmental) methods. The emphasis is on their practical application in various business forecasting situations. Issues important in the selection of appropriate forecasting methodology such as data requirements, forecast accuracy, time horizon, and cost are discussed. (Prerequisite, MBA 501A) 

OM 545: Quality Management     3 credits
Quality Management provides the means for the organization to define its culture and support the constant attainment of customer satisfaction through an integrated system of tools, techniques, and training. Topic coverage focuses on applying various continuous improvement techniques such as statistical process charts and assessment frameworks (e.g., Deming’s philosophy, Baldrige Criteria, ISO 9000) in order to achieve world-class quality. 
(Prerequisite: MBA 501A and MBA 504C) 

HAD 510: Hospital Administration    3 credits
Students study operating and administrative issues and problems in health and hospital systems with emphasis given to hospital operation, organization, and administration. The future role of acute care is examined in the context of integrated delivery models and systems.

HAD 517: Global Health Management    3 credits
This course provides an introduction to international health care services and systems and provides a foundation for understanding, comparing, and analyzing select health care services and systems. Cultural, historical, geographic, environmental, economic and political factors that influence health are studied with a specific focus on determinants of health and illness, health status indicators, health policy, how health care services and systems are organized, structured, financed, and delivered.

HAD 521: Healthcare Financial Management II    3 credits
Students study complex problems and case studies with a focus on healthcare providers. This course develops skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation of advanced financial management theories, principles, concepts and techniques. Topics include quantitative analysis in financial management; premium rate setting; cost and utilization rates; advanced managerial accounting concepts; variance analysis; HMO rate setting; private and public healthcare reimbursement systems under managed care; financial aspects of integration; managing resources. (Prerequisite: HAD 501 or equivalent--pending approval) 

MGT 556: International Management    3 credits
A basic graduate course in international management, this course focuses on the set of strategy decisions facing the multinational corporation. It will also focus on the external and internal variables that influence the choice and outcome of strategies. The specific strategies covered are entry/ownership, sourcing, control, marketing, financial, human resources, and public affairs. Other topics include the division of labor and resource allocation on a worldwide basis, cultural issues, and issues of nationalism. 
(Prerequisite: MBA 504A)


Capstone Course

MGT 509: Business Policy    3 credits
This course introduces the student to methodologies for examining strategic policy issues of organizations, primarily business organizations. In providing the student with opportunities to devise policy solutions, the course draws on all of the functional areas in the MBA curriculum. The course provides a capstone experience in
which students will develop, present, and defend their own policy solutions for a real company. (Prerequisites: MGT 501 and 24 credits of extending courses)

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