Course Descriptions

5332 INVESTMENTS This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The mode of instruction is lecture and discussion. Basic theory, concepts, and principles applicable in making investment decisions. Emphasis on investment media, investment analysis, valuation techniques, and portfolio construction and management. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered on demand.

5334 FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The mode of instruction is lecture and discussion. Financial derivatives and markets are examined with an emphasis on their use of hedging and speculative purposes. Major valuation models and term structure models are discussed with applications to problems in financial decision-making process. Prerequisite: FINA 3330. Offered on demand.

5345 GOVERNANCE OF THE SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The course will cover the theoretical, policy, and management implications of corporate governance and sustainability, including efforts at reform and the creation of new standards or norms. Offered on demand.

5376 ENTREPRENEURIAL AND SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The mode of instruction is lecture and discussion. The course emphasizes the differences between large corporations and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Topics include techniques for estimating financial resource requirements and sources of funds for small businesses in the development, start-up, and survival stages of the SME's life cycle. Other topics include venture growth capital and exit strategies. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered on demand.

5380 BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE This course focuses on business intelligence (BI), which is a broad category of technologies, applications, and processes for gathering, storing, accessing, and analyzing data to help users make better decisions. The concept of BI is explored both at the micro level (individual applications) and at the macro level (enterprise-wide implementations). More specifically, the course offers coverage of organizational imperatives for BI, frameworks for implementation, specific BI technologies, and addresses management concerns such as measurement, performance, and individual/organizational impacts. Hands-on experience is provided through software projects that use several leading-edge technologies. Extensive use of case study analysis also provides real-world application of BI concepts presented in the textbook.

6301 DECISION MODELING IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS A required course for all MBA students. Students will explore the role of information systems in business with emphasis on application of quantitative, data analysis, and information management methods for business decision-making.

6302 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS A required course for all MBA students. Emphasis on the uses of accounting data internally by managers/entrepreneurs in directing the operations of business and non-business organizations.

6303 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS An elective course for all MBA students. A presentation of concepts, tools, and methods of economic analysis relevant to broad cross-section decisions within the business firm.

6305 FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING A required course for all MBA students. Covers relevant tools used in financial decision-making. Emphasis on researching current literature, with discussion and problem solving for selected topics: capital budgeting, working capital, and risk management.

6306 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS FOR MANAGERS An elective course for all MBA students. A study of the Constitution of the United States and business, the court system and business torts, anti-trust, labor organizations, employer/employee relationships, consumer rights, social responsibility, ethics, and protecting the physical environment.

6307 ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE ACT OF WEALTH CREATION This is an elective course for all MBA students. This course involves the study and development of behaviors, idea generation, opportunity recognition, new venture financing, and management practices related to entrepreneurial ventures. In addition the course may cover new venture and venture capital consulting and business valuation.

6308 MARKETING STRATEGY A required course for all MBA students. Focus will be on the role of the marketing process in developing/achieving organizational goals and on practical application using the case method.

6320 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT A required course for MBA students. Students will explore the development and implementation of corporate strategies and policies. The interrelationships between the external and internal environments of the organization are emphasized. Case analysis, executive-level simulations and games, and role-playing methods are employed.

6325 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR A required course for all MBA students.  The course addresses topics focusing on understanding human and organizational processes that facilitate or hinder work performance, emphasizing human behavior in relation to management practices especially teamwork.

6330 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT A required course for all MBA students.  This is a study of the concepts and methods of operations management with particular emphasis on quantitative methods.  Appropriate attention is afforded to strategic, tactical, and operational planning and control of operations.

6382 INTERNSHIP IN BUSINESS (MBA) This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. Internships are available to provide students academic credit for experiential learning. Three credit hours will be awarded for this course upon completion of a minimum of 120 contact hours at an Approved MBA student internship. Prerequisite: Consent of MBA Director. On demand.

6390 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (MBA) An elective course in the Master of Business Administration program.  Students conduct a guided study of a business-related topic.  Prerequisite: Consent of MBA Director.