Course Information

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MBA 502 Foundations of Project Mgmt
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the College of Business Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to accomplish project goals. Projects may introduce improved processes, create strategic change, implement new technologies, develop new products and services and meet legal and business requirements. In today's rapidly changing business environment, project management is an essential skill for managers. Without effective project management, projects will waste resources, not be completed on time and fail to deliver the functionality that the organization needs. This course provides an overview of the methods and processes of modern project management. Topics covered include project scope, time, cost, risk, communications, quality, human resource, integration and procurement management. It also will cover common project management tools like precedence diagramming, developing a work breakdown structure, risk analysis and earned value analysis.
MBA 582 Survey of Accounting
MBA 583 Survey of Finance
MBA 584 Survey of Economics
A clear understanding of economic concepts is a necessity as managers and executives compete in today's global arena. Students will be introduced to macroeconomic and microeconomic issues and concepts such as the GDP, inflation rate, unemployment rate, demand and supply, market structures, balance of payments and the foreign exchange rate among others. Discussion of monetary and fiscal policies will be included so students can begin to understand their importance not only for the U.S. economy but for businesses as well. Historical perspectives of some issues will be included.
MBA 602 Adv Comm for Project Managers
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the College of Business According to the Project Management Institute, the two most frequently required skills for successful project managers are communicating effectively and managing conflict. In addition, the most common cause of project failure is inadequate scope definition, sometimes described as inadequate project requirements. Effective communications can increase project success, build consensus about the scope of the projects, reduce frustration, increase team effectiveness and allow all team members to contribute to the maximum extent possible. This course introduces students to advanced communications methods and techniques of use to project managers. It explores the challenges of communications, including requirements definition and conflict management, in the project context and allows students to develop skills that they can use as they manage their projects. Topics covered include communication models, communications challenges, identifying stakeholders and their interests, requirements identification and documentation, conflict models, positional versus interest-based conflict management methods and application of conflict management tools and techniques.
MBA 604 Org Challenges to Project Mgmt & Capstone Appl of Proj Mgmt Skill
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the College of Business, MBA 502 and 602 This course will address issues related to building a capacity in an organization to employ effective project management. It will focus on organizational theories and arrangements for capacity development, the specific capabilities necessary for project management application, the skills necessary for project managers and organizational learning strategies related to the development of project management capacity in an organization.
MBA 610 Leadership and Org. Behavior
Prerequisite: MBA 586 This course examines the organization from a leadership perspective. It also develops essential strategies for managing organizations and skills important to successful leadership and addresses fit of strategy to organizational level and type, as well as culture of organization and workers. The course includes discussion of organizational mission and goals, work coordination, technical and people problems and managing change.
MBA 620 Management of Human Resources
Prerequisite: MBA 586 This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of the human resource management (HRM) function of an organization. It examines the classic dimensions of HRM, including training and organization development and uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the importance of HRM-related factors on managerial decision making and organizational performance.
MBA 622 Contracts and Labor Relations
Prerequisite: MBA 620 This course deals with issues relating to contracts, benefits and other issues important to employment agreements. Labor relations, in both union and non-union settings, will be examined. Students will learn negotiation skills and techniques as they relate to the management of human resources.
MBA 624 Org & Human Resource Development
Prerequisite MBA 620. This course examines the strategies and operative role of the human resource management function of an organization. Focusing on the role of human resource development (HRD) in the organization based upon individual and organizational needs, it explores the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of HRD systems. It also examines how the HRD function should be designed and function within the organization.
MBA 626 Found. of Athletic Admin.
MBA 627 Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
MBA 628 ISO 9000 and Lean Manufacturing
MBA 630 Marketing Management & Planning
Prerequisite: MBA 584, 585 and 586 This course will study the role of marketing within the firm and in the marketplace. It develops managerial perspective and analytical ability in dealing with marketing problems and opportunities. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the marketing environment on marketing decision making, the determination of the organization's marketing mix and the system for planning and controlling the marketing effort.
MBA 633 Special Topics in Marketing
Prerequisite: MBA 630 In this course students will research and discuss current domestic and international topics in the marketing field including the integration of marketing, advertising and promotion in profit and non-profit organizations.
MBA 634 Seminar in Mkting and Promotion
Prerequisite MBA 630 This course examines the process of developing new products and services as well as the improvement of existing offerings. It develops analytical and managerial ability in dealing with product-related problems and opportunities, provides a framework for integrating product strategy with the implementation of overall marketing efforts, develops an understanding of the various aspects of promotion in marketing and teaches how to design, manage and effectively utilize promotional strategy and planning.
MBA 636 Legal & Ethical Issues in Athletic Administration
MBA 637 Athletic Admin Financial Reporting and Analysis
MBA 640 Research for Decision Making
This course is an advanced study of research methodologies and analytical tools for developing and processing data for decision making. Students will learn the research process: problem development, research design, proposal preparation, data gathering, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation of results, report preparation and presentation of research findings.
MBA 645 Adv Oper. in Resort/Lodging Indu
This course focuses on the essential elements of the resort and lodging industry-recreational facilities, lodging/food and beverage and guest activities. The course further explores the relationship between the natural resource base and the development of recreational facilities; discusses the operational and logistical challenges that resort and lodging managers face and demonstrates the development of revenue-producing, guest-satisfying activities based on demographic and psychographic factors. While this course comes from a business viewpoint, it takes into account the unique structure of resorts. Resort managers in ski areas, for example, should know something about the mountain on which their resort depends. They should know the process by which a virgin mountain is transformed into a viable ski area. They need to be aware of how to determine the capacity of the mountain. These managers are not developers and planners; however, they do need to know enough about planning and development to communicate effectively with these specialists. In no other service industry can a group of like-minded individuals have such a profound impact on the physical and emotional well being of their customers. The challenges for the resort and lodging industry are to consistently deliver these experiences at a level beyond guest expectations.
MBA 646 Sem in Food & Bev Systems Mgmt
The variables that set apart the food-service segments are unique. Profitability for each type of food-service entity requires a detailed analysis and pre-emptive understanding of the key elements of food and beverage management systems. With competition keen, it becomes essential to price your product and services in a myriad of competitive and seasonal environments, so that financial objectives are met. Upper management is faced with the ever-emerging challenge to maintain quality, in a difficult labor market, with heightened competition at almost every turn. This seminar course is designed to discuss, enhance and foster a climate of flexibility and change consistent with corporate goals and objectives in the food and beverage industry. Case analysis along with topical discussions and project-centered activities will enhance the students' learning experience. This capstone course examines organizational strategy formation, planning and implementation in the public sector environment. Emphasis is placed upon a consideration of leadership, communication and managerial strategies appropriate for public sector organizations. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.
MBA 647 Travel & Tourism Dvlpmt & Planng
Tourism development must be guided by carefully planned policy, a policy not built on balance sheets and profit-and-loss statements alone, but on the ideals and principles of human welfare and happiness. Social problems cannot be solved without a strong and growing economy that tourism can help to create. Sound development policy can have a synergistic and positive result of growing tourist business and the preservation of the natural and cultural resources that attract visitors. Viewed comprehensively, the relationship between tourism and the communities, states, regions and countries requires consideration of many difficult issues: the quality of architecture, landscape and environmental design; environmental reclamation and amenity; natural conservation; land-use management; financial strategies for long-term economic development; employment; transportation; energy conservation; education, information and interpretation systems and more. These are the reasons sound tourism planning is essential. Planning can ensure that tourism development has the ability to realize the advantages of tourism and reduce the disadvantages.
MBA 648 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Mgmt
MBA 649 Ethics and Legal Environment
MBA 650 Operations Mgmt & Systems Analys
Prerequisites: MBA 584 and 586 This course is an advanced study of the management of operations and analysis of systems focusing on the relevant processes, systems, decisions and structures. Topics include measures of performance, process and system design, forecasting, capacity planning and scheduling, project planning and control, quality assurance, Total Quality Management, job design and re-engineering.
MBA 653 Financial Accounting & Reporting
MBA 654 Risk Management
Prerequisite: MBA 650 This course examines selected topics in financial management and recent developments that have a significant impact on strategic issues in financial and risk management. It develops analytical ability to predict and estimate losses, choose methods for risk management and establish organizational policy for risk strategy. The course utilizes readings and cases that apply financial and risk theory to real-world problems.
MBA 655 Auditing and Attestation
MBA 656 Regulation
MBA 657 Business Environment & Concepts
MBA 660 International Business
This course examines the functions of management and marketing as they relate to doing business in the international market. It includes marketing products and services to countries in various stages of development, addresses problems and opportunities that are associated with cultural, political and economic factors and develops an appreciation and understanding of the various cross-cultural factors that affect international business.
MBA 662 International Marketing
Prerequisites: MBA 630 and 660 This course offers students a managerial view of the analysis, planning and implementation necessary for successfully marketing products and services in the global economy. Topics include market and competitive analysis, governmental and regulatory influences, trading blocs, marketing management structures and activities and cultural factors.
MBA 664 Seminar in International Trade
Prerequisite MBA 660 This course is an advanced study of selected topics in international business. This course will examine current topics and developments that have a significant impact on this field. This course includes a required international trip that includes tours of various businesses engaged in international trade. See MBA program director for details.
MBA 665 Management of Info & Technology
This course addresses the key issues associated with information systems and technology that the management of an organization deals with. Topics include information systems design, networks, database management, control of critical information, enterprise resources planning systems and the technology required for these various systems.
MBA 668 Intergovernmental Relationship and Community Affairs
This course offers an exploration of issues related to the functioning of the U.S. federal structure of government, as well as the structures and operations of various state, county and local governments. Major focus will be placed on how intergovernmental issues affect both short- and long-term planning and operations. The role and importance of public relations, community activities and other marketing and communication activities will be examined.
MBA 669 Managed Care
This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of managed care. It uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the evolution and importance of managed care on managerial decision making and organizational performance. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the health care environment on managed care decision making, the determination of the organization's managed care strategy and the system for planning and controlling managed-care activities.
MBA 670 Accounting for Managers
Prerequisite: MBA 581 This course prepares managers to utilize accounting and financial information for decision making. It addresses the role of accounting within the operations of the firm and variations among accounting systems by industry and culture. This course develops an understanding of alternative financial structures, cost accounting, organizing financial information to fit the needs of managers, working capital and cash flow management.
MBA 673 Topics in Accounting
Prerequisite: MBA 670 This course prepares students to understand complicated issues facing managers and accountants. The subjects will vary depending on the accounting issues facing managers. The course includes an in-depth study of the managerial situation with specific attention given to business context and strategic positioning. Students will use their ability to calculate the numbers necessary and to interpret what course of action should be taken. Students will demonstrate ethics as they relate to the cases.
MBA 675 Financial Decision Making
MBA 676 Financial Planning, Performance and Control
MBA 678 Public Policy, Business and Society
This course examines and analyzes the different theoretical and political perspectives on the value and consequences of governmental business relationships. Among the topics to be addressed are: regulatory policies, health care, consumerism, subsidies and social responsibility.
MBA 679 Health Care Regulations and Public Policy
This course examines the legal and regulatory issues affecting health care organizations. Attention is focused on the role of governmental and regulatory policy/practices and how they impact both strategy and management actions. The course discusses the many facets of public policy issues, both current and emerging, and develops managerial perspective and analytical ability to deal with the various publics that impact health care organizations.
MBA 680 Financial Reporting and Analysis
Prerequisites: MBA 581 and five MBA core courses This course is designed to help students to develop an understanding of the financial reporting environment and management choices regarding what information to report, how best to report it, when to do so and where controls are needed to assure reliable and relevant reporting. The student also learns financial theories, tools and models used to identify and analyze investment opportunities in today's financial markets and the role of financial statements analysis in managerial decision making.
MBA 682 Internal Auditing
MBA 683 Special Topics in Finance
Prerequisite: MBA 680, 688 or 689 This course is designed to focus on special topics of current interest in the world of corporate finance and management. Topics may include a wide variety of contemporary finance and management issues as they relate to financial restructuring, leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions and related types of reorganizations.
MBA 684 Finance Management
Prerequisite: MBA 680, 688 or 689 This course is a study of advanced topics in finance. It addresses current or emerging issues and areas of interest including capital budgeting, risk analysis, asset pricing models, capital structure decisions and mergers/acquisitions.
MBA 685 Special Topics in Business
Topics will address current or emerging issues and areas of interest in business. Repeatable up to six semester hours, provided the topics are different.
MBA 688 Public Bdgting & Financial Anlys
This course is an examination of budgeting and accounting methods utilized in the public sector. This course will present a study of both theoretical and operational issues in the formation and administration of public sector budgets.
MBA 689 Health Care Financial Analysis and Control
Prerequisites: MBA 581 and five MBA core courses This course is designed to help the student to develop an understanding of health care financial accounting and reporting systems, health care regulations and financial control systems, development and analysis of costing systems in the health care industry and the recent financial development under managed-care development.
MBA 690 Research Project
This course allows the pursuit of a specific topic of interest not available in regularly offered courses in business. As such, this course aims to provide a student with an opportunity of in-depth and hands-on study on a specific topic in business, which is student-chosen. In particular, this course is designed to build on a student's analytical skills to apply knowledge or theories learned in previous courses. Primary emphasis should be placed on practical application. As the semester progresses, a student will develop the research topic and write a substantial research paper on the topic. Following the general process of research work, a student will be required to cover the entire process including identification of the research problem, formulation of research question, data analysis and conclusion in the student's final report. It is desirable to plan on publishing or presenting the paper in a professional venue.
MBA 700 Business Strategy and Implementation
This capstone course examines organizational strategy formulation, planning and implementation. Emphasis is placed upon the development of integrative plans of action that reflect the organization's environmental, market, financial, people and time constraints. This course addresses the oral and written communication skills necessary to implement strategy in business. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.
MBA 716 Hosp Mgmt & Strategic Planning
This course is designed to bring the hospitality/business manager to a new level of awareness. The demand to constantly innovate and influence change is not something to which hospitality managers have been accustomed. This course is focused on pointing out how the challenges of rapid change and competition can be accomplished. It suggests that tomorrow's manager will be a future-oriented leader, staying ahead of change and bringing their organizations into the future. Topics examined in this course, as they relate to the hospitality industry, include yield management, co-alignment principle, environmental assessment and scanning, competitive methods, strategy implementation, integrating strategy change, managing service quality and the demand, supply and technology relationships in the service industry, among others. An extensive project is produced in this class concerning a key topic relating to strategic planning.
MBA 718 Public Administration Strategy & Implementation
This capstone course examines organizational strategy formation, planning and implementation in the public sector environment. Emphasis is placed upon a consideration of leadership, communication and managerial strategies appropriate for public-sector organizations. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.
MBA 719 Health Care Mgmt Strategy and Implementation
This capstone course examines organizational strategy formulation, planning and implementation for health care organizations. Emphasis is placed upon the development of integrative plans of action that reflect the organization's environmental, ethical, market, financial, people and time constraints. This course addresses the oral and written communication skills necessary to implement strategy in business. Students will prepare a final paper, and make a presentation of the paper's findings.