MBA Course Descriptions

MBA 610: INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS (3 Credits)

In this course the student will develop or enhance their skills with various office technology software packages, which are fundamental to a computerized information system. The student will learn about the corporate information system and major issues that relate to the information system, such as decision making, security, privacy, ethics, technologies, project management, team skills, etc. Both individual and team projects are stressed. Prerequisite: An introductory computer course in which the student has developed basic file management, word processing, and spreadsheet skills in creating and formatting neat tables, graphs, and documents.

MBA 618 FINANCIAL REPORTING (3 Credits)

This course integrates accounting, economic theory and empirical research into a framework of financial analysis. It is designed to permit MBA students to understand the process which generates financial statements and to be able to locate and use both published and unpublished financial information. The tools of financial analysis are provided in the context of current financial reporting.

MBA 632 GLOBAL ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT (3 Credits)

Economics helps managers acquire a broader understanding of the factors that influence the demand for a firms' product. Knowledge of economics also equips the manager to deal with events that are external to the firm such as waves of consumer and business confidence, and changes in monetary, fiscal, and trade policies. Managers who understand how markets work at the firm, industry, and global economy levels are well prepared to make decisions in a dynamic environment.

MBA 636 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS FOR BUSINESS (3 Credits)

Strategic decisions in organizations must be based in part on information that is subject to cross-verification and validation. This course will introduce students to the methods, strategies, and analysis options available to business researchers. Emphasis will be given to methodological foundations of correlative and experimental research designs including hypothesis testing, sampling methods, and statistical analyses.

MBA 640 MARKETING PHILOSOPHY AND MANAGEMENT (3 Credits)

Marketing has evolved in recent years from a mere function of the organization to a business philosophy permeating all levels of the organization. An important objective of organizations is to satisfy the needs of existing and potential customers by meeting or exceeding expectations. In order to accommodate consumer needs efficiently, an organization must recognize the potential consumer (segmentation and targeting), and tailor the design, price, promotion and placing of offerings to most optimum levels.

MBA 647 INNOVATION, NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES, & E-COMMERCE (3 Credits)

The viability of a business entity is based in part on its ability to innovate by marketing new products and/or services to accommodate rapid changes in tastes, technology, competition and E-Commerce distribution. The innovation concepts will include breaking free from tradition, while thinking outside the box, and the emerging technological trends necessary to be competitive in E-Commerce. Students will also be introduced to the new product processes of idea generation, consumer research and R&D interface, concept and product testing, product launch, and product life-cycle management.

MBA 650 TOPICS IN THE LEGAL AND ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS (3 Credits)

This course examines current topics related to business law and ethics, including international issues. Topics are covered through a discussion of cases, and business situations, including legal, ethical, social, and philosophical aspects. A big picture understanding of how legal and ethical issues affect managerial decision-making is stressed.

MBA 662 FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING (3 Credits)

This course explores the advanced theoretical concepts and practical applications associated with corporate finance in general and specifically on capital budgeting and the long-term financing of investment alternatives. Under the assumption of an environment of capital rationing, a particular emphasis is placed on improving decision making through the integrated application of the many aspects of the capital budgeting process to include: forecasting relevant after-tax cash flows, applying a cost of capital to assess project viability and planning to maintain an ideal capital structure while seeking the maximization of shareholder wealth. (Prerequisite: MBA 613 Financial Reporting)

MBA 688 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS (3 Credits)

This course examines the principles and practices pertaining to human behavior and organizational development. Motivation and leadership issues are studied as they impact the organization and the individual; in turn, the characteristics of individuals and group dynamics are considered as they impact organizational performance. Specific topics relate to micro and macro organizational behavior.

MBA 691 & 692 PRACTICUM I & II: AN INTEGRATED CONSULTING PROJECT (6 Credits)

A two term team based project that provides students with professional career-related experience. It is designed to synthesize knowledge and direct it towards the investigation of a specific business problem. This is not an internship but an actual consulting project staffed according to client needs and student skills. Projects are chosen from problems that corporate sponsors request students to solve. (Note: MBA 680, 681, and 685 are to be completed as the last set of courses in the MBA program.)

MBA 690 STRATEGIC THINKING IN ORGANIZATIONS (3 Credits)

Through this capstone course, the student uses a process of strategic planning by drawing together the knowledge from various functional areas of an organization to enhance analysis of business in profit and non-profit settings. The course examines the vast array of strategic management tools that enable managers to evaluate traditional and contemporary strategies in an attempt to develop a strategic planning process. This course emphasizes the interacting and diverse interests of shareholders, managers, customers, employees, and the broader societal stakeholders of the organization. Finally, the role of politics and leadership style are examined in the implementation of strategy. (Note: MBA 680, 681, and 685 are to be completed as the last set of courses in the MBA program.)