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Foundation Courses
MBA 501. FOUNDATIONS OF BUSINESS
This course provides foundation for all functional areas of business, including accounting, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, law, operations management, and statistics.
 
MBA 505. FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGEMENT

This course introduces the distinct objectives of the MBA program.  Students will study social responsibility and diversity and how these relate to business ethics for ethical decision-making.  Cross-cultural communication as used in a dynamic work environment is investigated from an executive perspective.  Students are exposed to the variety of leadership forms in use at work.  Professionalism is learned through the lenses of a global marketplace and team performance.  Emphasis is placed on analyzing business problems while developing the use of APA Reference Style.                                                         

Core Courses
MBA 512. BUSINESS RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS
This course presents methodology appropriate for conducting research in business organizations. It includes a brief review of introductory MIS principles, the business research process, and a discussion of ethics in the research process. The course will focus on research design and sampling methods, sources and collection of data, probability and probability distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, and the presentation of data (both oral and written). The emphasis of the course is on data analysis and spreadsheet use in statistics and management science. Course activities may include case analyses, research, application of advanced techniques, and/or utilization of various information technologies.
Prerequisite(s): MBA 501 (co-requisite).
 
MBA 520. MARKETING MANAGEMENT
This course presents a strategic foundation for marketing decision-making. It integrates the tactics of information gathering, environment analysis, competitive analysis, product positioning and the implementation of strategic positioning. Emphasis is placed on written and verbal communications skill development.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 (co-requisite).
 
MBA 532. MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

Problems of the firm and how to solve them. Price and output determination with analysis of cost and demand functions in markets of various types as well as decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and over time. Emphasis is given to firm’s role in the global economy and the theory of international trade. The course will deal with the application of economic theory to business practice.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 (co-requisite). 

MBA 540. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
A survey of the tools and techniques currently employed by financial decision makers when evaluating organizational performance and developing future courses of action. Emphasis will be placed upon working capital management and capital budgeting techniques.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 (co-requisite).
 
MBA 552. ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND LEADERSHIP
The purpose of this course is to examine organizational and leadership issues in the private and not-for-profit sectors.  The course emphasizes how to become an effective leader by achieving mastery over the noisy, incessant, and rapidly changing environment.  The course focuses on three central issues: (1) what makes a person an effective leader; (2) how does a leader encourage high performance and build commitment; and (3) how does a leader translate intention into reality communicate those intentions, empower others, and stay on course while knowing when to change.
Prerequisite: MBA 505 (co-requisite).
 
MBA 560. FINANCIAL AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
A basic understanding of both internal and external accounting principles and techniques with appropriate application to decision models. Financial and managerial accounting concepts and issues are considered from the viewpoint of the report users.
Prerequisite: MBA 501 (co-requisite).
 
MBA 580. BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
This course introduces students to the varied diverse stakeholders who impact directly and indirectly on business policy and public policy formation. Included is analysis of the ways in which the interests of the customer, the creditor, the shareholder, the employee, the government, and the society interface with optimal decision-making by business organizations. The course utilized current business issues to provide students with the opportunity to think and write critically and entrepreneurially, while being sensitive to ethical, global, and policy dimensions.
 
 
Elective Courses
MBA 516. TOPICS IN OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 
Operations management is an area of business concerned with the production of goods and services, and involves the responsibility of ensuring that business operations are efficient in terms of using as little resources as needed, and effective in terms of meeting customer requirements.  This course will address select topics in operations management.  The goal of the course is to enhance the student's ability to approach and understand various business-related problems by integrating operations methods and applications.
Prerequisite: MBA 512.
 
MBA 526. TOPICS IN MARKETING
This course will address select advanced topics in marketing. Topics will include business-to-business marketing, consumer behavior, international marketing, new product development, promotion management, and other current issues.
Prerequisite: MBA 520.
 
MBA 536. TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
This course will deal with how and why the world’s countries differ. It will address select topics in International Business. The topics have been chosen to emphasize recent global changes and development. The course will deal with the functions and forms of the international monetary system. It will examine the strategies and structures of international businesses. The implications of international business for International managers, and for their organization’s strategy, structure, and functions. Our objective is to acquaint the student with the advanced topics in global environment of international business policy that underlies much business analysis and decision-making.
Prerequisite: MBA 501
 
MBA 537. GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
This course is a combination of readings, research, and direct experience. The course provides an overview of a Western European Society. A ten-day field trip in Western Europe is a major learning experience of the course. Site visits are made in a number of cities in European countries. Site visits include Cities, Regions, and Business and travel centers. Arrangements for travel are made during the summer and fall, and travel in the spring. The purpose of the course is to create a global learning experience using Western Europe as a medium to facilitate the student’s understanding of the global business environment.
 
MBA 546. TOPICS IN FINANCE
This course will address select advanced topics in finance. Topics include, but are not limited to, financial markets and institutions, the theories and strategies of derivatives, organizational risk management and insurance, and financial modeling.
Prerequisite: MBA 540
  
MBA 555. HUMAN RESOURCES LAW AND COMPENSATION
This course offers a survey of best practices in the area of human resources, with particular attention toward responding to the legal and financial environments. Students will learn to analyze the impact that statutory, administrative, and case law have upon human resource management. Design, management, and administration of compensation methods, as well as recent developments in benefits packages, are covered.
Prerequisite: MBA 501
 
MBA 566. TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING
This course will address select advanced topics in accounting. Topics include corporate financial reporting, financial and tax planning, accounting policies and practices, advanced management accounting, and other current issues.
Prerequisite: MBA 560.

MBA 577. TOPICS IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
This course will address select topics in healthcare management. The purpose of the course is to provide the student a deeper understanding of how applying managerial techniques can improve the delivery of high-quality healthcare. Topics may include (but are not limited to) health law, epidemiology, marketing, finance, comparative health care systems and public policy. Course assignments may include case studies, research and field interviews of acknowledged experts in the field. 
Prerequisite: MBA 501
MBA 585. TOPICS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
This course presents an exploration of corporate entrepreneurship in its many forms and manifestations. In addition to entrepreneurship, the course will deal with innovation, venturing, and new product development. Topics will include processes, management practices, organizational culture, current practices and trends, and opportunities within a corporate environment.
Prerequisite: MBA 501
 
MBA 595.596. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
Independent study and research for advanced students in the field of the major under the direction of a staff member.
Prerequisite(s): MBA 501, MBA 505.

MBA 598. TOPICS 
Special topics in a major field.
This course will be offered from time to time as interest and demand justify it.
Prerequisite: MBA 501
 
Capstone Courses
MBA 591. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND POLICY
The capstone course integrates a business approach to strategic decision-making which encompasses the business functions of marketing, production, finance, and human resource management. The course will facilitate both conceptual and experiential integration of functional concepts and techniques from the core courses as well as enhance the written and oral communication skills of students.
Prerequisite(s): MBA 512 (co-requisite), MBA 520 (co-requisite), MBA 532 (co-requisite), MBA 540 (co-requisite), MBA 552 (co-requisite), MBA 560 (co-requisite), MBA 580 (co-requisite).
 
MBA 592. ADVANCED PROJECTS IN BUSINESS
This course requires that the student perform advanced research and writing, while developing and honing their professional skills. Topics must be approved by the instructor in advance and research must be based upon (a) Independent Study; (b) Internship/Consulting; (c) Community Service; or (d) Mentorship.  It is expected that papers and other course products will meet the quality standards for publication by the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership.
Prerequisite(s): MBA 512 (co-requisite); MBA 520 (co-requisite); MBA 532 (co-requisite); MBA 540 (co-requisite); MBA 552 (co-requisite); MBA 560 (co-requisite); MBA 580 (co-requisite).
 

 

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