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Business Administration Graduate Course Offerings

MBA 505 Accounting Concepts & Applications (formerly BUS 526, Accounting Concepts & Applications)

3 credits

The use of detailed accounting information to effect control of corporate operations is studied. Based on a fi rm understanding of accounting principles and procedures, the course extends data collection to data interpretation via accounting information systems. Non-accounting majors will realize the usefulness of accounting data in forecasting, planning, budgeting, costing, variance analysis, and monitoring.

MBA 506 Applied Economics (formerly BUS 528, Seminar in Applied Economics)

3 credits

This course concentrates on the practical uses of economic theory in managing the firm, including microeconomic and macroeconomic topics. It is concerned with theory of the firm, production and costs, pricing, equilibrium, demand forecasting, factor pricing, market structure, input/output analysis, and aggregate economic parameters that impact efficient resource allocation. Specific firm and industry examples are developed throughout the course.

MBA 507 Global Business (formerly BUS 535, International Business; Cross-listed with CRJ 535)

3 credits

This course is a study of the world market and an analysis of economic, political, cultural, and business trends as they influence the multinational corporation. Risk taking, financing, and investment are considered. Marketing variations among countries are discussed. Students are required to prepare a research report on the operation of a corporation doing business abroad or of another country’s business system.

MBA 508 Ethical Decision Making (formerly BUS 529, Ethical Decision Making)

3 credits

This course provides a study of the changing environments of business and the consequent changing role of business in society. The theory of capitalism is fully developed and related to modern American business. Topics such as social values, corporate power, pluralism, social responsibility, and business ethics are addressed. Contemporary issues such as pollution, consumerism, and urban decay are viewed from the perspective of the business manager. Governmental regulations and policies are shown to have a significant effect on the firm. The future of business, government, and society is debated.

MBA 515 Financial Management (formerly BUS 558, Financial Management)

3 credits

Development of tools, concepts, and techniques of financial analysis are applied to corporate decision making. Topics addressed include goal setting, working capital management, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, and funds acquisition. Students are exposed to problems, cases, and reports in order to apply their analytical skills. Special attention is given to the dynamics of the financial market and its impact on the firm. Prerequisite: MBA 505

MBA 516 Advanced Financial Accounting Procedures (formerly BUS 507, Advanced Financial Accounting Procedures)

3 credits

An advanced course in financial accounting. Emphasizes the external uses of accounting information by those who perform controller functions. Includes balance sheet, income statement of cash flows, accounting cycles, etc. Analyzes the effect of alternate accounting procedures in financial reporting. Prerequisites: MBA 505 and 515. 

MBA 517 Advanced Financial Statement Analysis (formerly BUS 559, Portfolio Management)

3 credits

This course is designed to prepare students to interpret and analyze financial statements for tasks such as credit and security analyses, lending and investment decisions, and other decisions that rely on financial data. This course explores in greater depth financial reporting from the perspective of financial statement users. The areas of focus for the course will be liquidity, activity, debt, profitability, and market ratios. Students learn to compare companies financially, understand cash flow, and grasp basic profitability issues and risk analysis concepts. Prerequisite: MBA 515. 

MBA 518 Becker I

3 credits

MBA 519 Becker II

3 credits

MBA 525 Organizational Behavior (formerly BUS 575, Organizational Behavior)

3 credits

The organizational structure of the institution is studied. Topics addressed include: organizational patterns, goal setting, planning, leadership, motivation, communication, production, morale, rewards, conflict, and change. The course integrates contemporary readings and case analysis with the topics being addressed.

MBA 526 Advanced Finance (formerly BUS 584, Advanced Finance)

3 credits

The goal of this course is built upon the principles discussed in Financial Management. Major topics and areas to be covered include role of the financial manager, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, derivatives and risk management, capital budgeting, capital structure and value-based management, tactical financing decisions, and special topics such as mergers and multinational financial management. Prerequisite: BUS 515

MBA 527 Healthcare Systems — A Field Survey (formerly BUS 515, Healthcare Systems)

3 credits

This course serves as an introduction to the analysis, structure, and management of healthcare services in the United States. The course will cover topics such as comparisons of international health systems, organized delivery systems, legal considerations in healthcare, stakeholder management, finance management and reimbursement, human resource issues, financing, marketing, information systems, hospital history and organization, ambulatory care, physician practice management, managed care, quality assurance, and compliance program development. Particular emphasis will be given to the administrator’s role in a variety of organized delivery system management scenarios.

MBA 528 Law and Ethics in Healthcare Systems (formerly BUS 516, Law and Ethics in Health Systems)

3 credits

Law and ethics continue to take center stage in the healthcare industry. This course introduces students to a wide range of laws and ethical issues of importance to traditional and non-traditional healthcare organizations such as: acute care, long-term care, home health, practice management, managed care, and academe.

MBA 529 Information, Productivity and Outcomes (formerly BUS 517 Information, Productivity and Outcomes)

3 credits

Information is central to the effective and efficient management and functioning of healthcare organizations. This course provides students with the latest knowledge about the gathering, use, maintenance, storage, and retrieval of information. Emphasis is placed on transforming data into information. Units of content also examine concepts related to quality improvement initiatives, outcomes measurement, and the transformation of data into useful information in decision-making.

MBA 535 Data Analytics (formerly BUS 585, Statistical Methods)

3 credits

Data analytics is a survey study of the role of analytics and its application to the strategic use in the modern business and organizational environment. The analysis of big data has applications across the spectrum of business, social science, politics, urban planning, and medical fields. Analytic solutions help organizations maximize the value of their data, unearth insights, build plans, and respond in real-time to customer demand. Students will come to appreciate the importance of customer-centric management and tools for understanding and predicting the behavior of customers.

MBA 536 Advanced Data Analytics & Visualization

3 credits

Advanced Data Analytics & Visualization 3 credits Advanced data analytics and data visualization extends the analytic concepts introduced in MBA 535. This course covers advanced analytics topics intersecting the fields of data mining, machine learning and “big-data” with an emphasis on how analytics is used in various industries. The course consists of hands on project designed to impart practical analytics experience. Topics relate to applications of analytics across the spectrum of business, social science, politics, urban planning, and medical fields. Prerequisite: MBA 535.

MBA 537 Human Resources Management (formerly BUS 577, Human Resource Management)

3 credits

This course covers a wide range of personnel management including: labor-management relations; worker satisfaction; job safety; incentive systems; fringe benefits; wage and salary administration; manpower training and development; recruiting; and regulations. Speakers from labor and industry will share their perspectives with the class. Prerequisite: MBA 525

MBA 538 Benefits and Compensation (formerly BUS 545, Employment Law)

3 credits

Benefits and compensation examine both the theory and practice of Total Compensation. Topics include strategic compensation; the interrelationship among employee performance, intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, perceived equitable payments, and employee satisfaction; employee benefits; employee incentive programs, external competitiveness and market analysis. A variety of approaches are employed to examine organizational compensation policy and design. Students will learn how the organization can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage through compensation policy/programs.

MBA 539 Conflict Resolution (formerly BUS 567, Conflict Resolution)

3 credits

This course will require students to utilize knowledge and skills that have been developed in prior coursework and in their outside, personal and professional environments. In addition to learning new concepts, students will be required to utilize what they have acquired in the past in order to understand and resolve typical and yet sometimes complex real-life interactions.

MBA 545 Integrated Marketing (formerly BUS 588, Advertising)

3 credits

Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) is designed to make all aspects of marketing communication such as advertising, sales promotion, public relations, and direct marketing work together as a unified force, rather than permitting each to work in isolation. The days of broadcast communication are behind us, but to be truly integrated marketers must reflect customer experiences and multiple methods of engagement in their communication initiatives. IMC is a strategic marketing process that aligns business objectives with customer-centric communications Students will learn how to enhance brand equity through the effective and efficient deployment of the multitude of communication tools to create a seamless brand experience for consumers.

MBA 546 Consumer Behavior (formerly BUS 569, Consumer Behavior)

3 credits

The purpose of this course is for the student to develop an understanding of the intriguing and dynamic field of consumer behavior. Although traditional theoretical perspectives of buyer behavior form the foundation of the course, new and emerging topics both in theory and in practice will cultivate the students’ contemporary understanding of customer behavior. The student will gain knowledge of all aspects of the consumer process including pre-acquisition, consumption, post-acquisition decisions. Consumer behavior theory will be introduced and applied to “real-world” marketing situations.

MBA 547 Behavioral Interviewing (formerly BUS 566, Behavioral Interviewing)

3 credits

This course examines the process of interviewing prospective candidates for a position, using a particular style of questioning, known as behavioral interviewing. Legal issues are addressed. Students practice behavioral interviewing and determine strategies for creating an effective climate for successful interviews.

MBA 555 Energy Management and Strategy (formerly BUS 527, Energy Management and Strategy)

3 credits

New and exciting course that will introduce students to an overview of the Energy field. The course will discuss current sources of energy, such as coal, natural gas, and petroleum and explore new sources including the Marcellus Shale. Topics will include renewable energy that focuses on sustainability such as wind and hydroelectric opportunities for the future.

MBA 556 Project Management (formerly BUS 536, Project Management)

3 credits

Effective project management is potentially the most important aspect in business as it relates to overall financial impact, competitiveness, and business survival. Topics of study will include basic project management concepts, project selection, project team building, conflict, and negotiation, risk management, scheduling, cost analysis, budgeting, evaluation and control, and resource management.

MBA 557 Project Management (formerly BUS 548, Procurement and Contracts)

3 credits

The goal of this class is to introduce the student to some of the tools and constraints associated with managing both small and large project contracts, including procurement approaches. More specifically, this class is to demonstrate how project managers handle contracts and coordinate the procurement process. The course will also identify issues relating to contracts, including tendering, bidding, and order management processes, as well as the legal and commercial implications. Prerequisite: MBA 556

MBA 558 Risk and Budget Management (formerly BUS 546, Risk and Budget Management)

3 credits

The purpose of this class is to understand and apply appropriate techniques to plan, monitor, and control work packages in project in view of risks that may develop during the course of the project. The course focuses on cost budget development and control and on the management of project-related risk. The course aims to facilitate students’ learning through their development of a comprehensive project plan. The course also explores the six risk-management processes as outlined in the PMBOK(R) Guide: risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative risk analysis, quantitative risk analysis, risk-response planning, and risk monitoring and control. Prerequisite: MBA 556

BUS 595/596 Special Topics (formerly BUS 595/596, Special Topics)

3 credits

A survey of selected topics in business administration to include advanced study in international business, management, fi nance, accounting, economics and marketing.

MBA 597/598 Individual Study (formerly BUS 597/598, Individual Study)

3 credits

Provides the candidate who wishes to concentrate his or her study in accounting, fi nance, management, or marketing the opportunity to engage in independent research under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. The course also may be taken by students who have further interest in such topics as economics, quantitative business analysis, or computer applications. A research paper or project is required. By arrangement.

MBA 599 Capstone Experience (formerly BUS 599, Management Policy)

3 credits

This is the capstone course for students completing the MBA program. Taken near or at the end of the program, the course is designed to integrate the functional areas of accounting, finance, management, and marketing, and is patterned after the Harvard case method. Students are drawn into the problem-solving process through extensive out-of-class reading, analysis, and study group interaction via a computer simulation, as well as written communication. Communication skills are refi ned in the classroom by panel discussions and oral reports. The Major Fields Test is given and is a requirement to complete the course. Prerequisites: 24 credit hours in the graduate program that include all core classes: MBA 505, 506, 507, 515, 525, and 535