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PMBA Course Descriptions

BUSN 542 MBA Foundations I
This is the first of two team-taught, integrated, interdisciplinary courses focused on quantitative (statistics, quantitative methods, accounting, finance) and behavioral (diverse and systems thinking, influence, conflict management) skills. The course prepares students by modeling the dynamic work environment in most organizations. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 543 MBA Foundations II
This is the second foundation course and a continuation of the team-taught, integrated, interdisciplinary courses focused on quantitative (statistics, quantitative methods, accounting, finance) and behavioral (diverse and systems thinking, influence, conflict management) skills. The course prepares students by modeling the dynamic work environment in most organizations. (Prerequisite: BUSN 542) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 600 Leadership Development
The primary objective of the course is to provide a developmental opportunity for students to be more effective and intentional as leaders. Based on the finding that increased self-awareness is key to leadership effectiveness, students will be exposed to a variety of assessments and experiences including personality assessment, 360-degree feedback, and coaching in order to increase their capacity to lead effectively. The course includes online components and four day-long Saturday class meetings spread over two terms. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses. (Prerequisite: BUSN 542 & BUSN 543) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 605 Law and Ethics
This course will examine the relationship between business and the complex network of state and federal laws and regulatory agencies. It is designed as a study of the legal and ethical environment of business. Topics will include the development of the law and legal system, regulatory law and regulatory agencies, commercial law basics and the fundamentals of applied business ethics. Specialty topics will include employment and labor law, environmental law, litigation/risk management, insurance and others.  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 608 International Business
This course will focus on the principal aspects of conducting business in the international context, the politico-legal context, marketing and management implications, and international economic and financial issues. The objective is to show similarities as well as differences between domestic and international business practices, and to provide a perspective from which to analyze business problems in the international context. (Prerequisite: BUSN 615)  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 610 The Management of Organizations
This is an advanced seminar in management, which explores the emerging management paradigm and contrasts it with traditional approaches. The course addresses the development, design, operation and control of activities necessary to generate goods and services in profit and non-profit organizations. Topics include motivation, team development, leadership and ethics, operational excellence, organizational design and structure, change, and strategy.  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 615 Economics for Managerial Decisions
This macroeconomics course studies the problems of inflation, unemployment, economic growth and other current policy issues as indicated by current economic conditions.  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 620 Managerial Accounting
This course examines the ways in which accounting enables managers to operate effectively through the use of analysis and information as the foundation for managerial decision-making. Topics include cost-volume-profit relationships, cost behavior patterns, flexible budgets and standards for control, relevant costs, capital budgeting and the impact of taxes on management planning. (Prerequisite: BUSN 542) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 622 Financial Management
This course examines the financial function and how it relates to other functions of the business firm including how financial decisions can further the basic enterprise's goal of wealth maximization. The student will explore in-depth controversial conceptual problems. This course focuses on the various concepts for manager decision-making under uncertainty, optimum financial structure, cost of capital and asset management. (Prerequisite: BUSN 543) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 630 Marketing Management
This course is designed to acquaint the student with techniques in defining a target market and specifying a marketing mix to satisfy that target. The main point of emphasis is that marketing is a total system of business action rather than a fragmented assortment of functions and institutions. The structure of the course is the case approach, which requires the student to use principles of marketing in the analysis of business problems. (Prerequisite: BUSN 543) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 635 Business Analytics
This course provides an overview of concepts, techniques and applications of statistical data analysis and management science as they support decision making processes throughout the organization. Topics include quantitative methods commonly used to support business decision modeling and to investigate past business performance to drive business planning. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 650 Strategic Management
This is the capstone course of the MBA program in which the emphasis is on the strategic planning necessary for an organization to define and achieve its overall objectives. Cases include problems in which economic, moral, personal, social and political factors are involved. A major theoretical or practical project is required. The final exam of the course is comprehensive and is designed to evaluate overall synthesis of content of the foundation and core courses. The capstone course may not be transferred from another institution. (Prerequisite: All other Core Courses)  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 652 Technology Management
The objective of this course is to develop a management strategy appropriate for dealing with an accelerating stream of technological innovation. Major tips include information systems, EDI, networks and telecommunications, expert systems and artificial intelligence, as well as the impact of technology on issues of ethics and privacy.  3 Credit Hours 

BUSN 653 Entrepreneurship
This course examines the skills, concepts, and knowledge relevant to creating and funding a new venture. Considerable attention is given to the screening and evaluation of ideas and new business opportunities. The capabilities gained in this course apply to potential entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business, those interested in taking over an existing business, and those interested in incorporating an entrepreneurial approach in established businesses. The course examines the nature of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process, as well as the critical ingredients in success and failure. (Prerequisite: BUSN 620 & BUSN 630) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 655 Consumer Behavior
This course provides the student with an overview of the consumer decision-making process and factors that influence this process. The course will examine the psychological and sociological aspects of how consumers evaluate their ever-increasing purchasing options.  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 656 Operations Management
Managing operations means dealing with the ways these human and capital resources interact to create products and services. This course will sharpen participants' insights to the impact of corporate decisions on operations through discussion of selected case studies, many of which will deal with firms having a global operating reach. (Prerequisite: BUSN 610) 3 Credit Hours 

BUSN 657 Market Research
This course provides an introduction into marketing research processes and results. Upon completing this course, the student should be able to interpret research findings and to reach meaningful conclusions based upon those findings. To meet these objectives, this course requires actual fieldwork supplemented by case studies. (Prerequisite: BUSN 630)  3 Credit Hours 

BUSN 658 Investment Analysis
This course includes the study of capital market theory, the balance between risk and return, rates of return required by investors and the study of beats in the capital asset pricing model, all examined from the viewpoint of the private investor. (Prerequisite: BUSN 622)  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 659 International Marketing
This course focuses on the economic, social and political influences on marketing management in the international context. Basic marketing principles and processes from the conceptual framework for understanding global integration, decision-making and strategic planning. (Prerequisite: BUSN 630) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 662 Capitalism and Its Origins
What is capitalism? When, where, why and how did it arise? What are its costs and benefits? What are the alternatives to capitalism? This is a course in political economy. It aims to foster clear and dispassionate analysis of volatile issues arising from the impact of a market economy on aspects of contemporary life.  3 Credit Hours 

BUSN 663 Creative Connections
This hands-on course will draw on community resources to explore the nature and universality of creativity, methods for cultivating individual creativity, and organizational frameworks for creative problem-solving. Everyone is creative, but not everyone has explored his/her creativity or made connections between individual creative interests and a business career. In an environment of rapid change, leaders must be able to find connections between seemingly disparate fields and functions and to critically assess options. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 664 Legal Environments of Business
Focusing on strategy implications, this course will examine the legal, regulatory, political, ethical and social environment of business. Using a case approach, the course builds on a foundation of legal basics, helping practical managers analyze issues and operate within the external framework of their business. (Prerequisite: BUSN 605) 3 Credit Hours 

BUSN 665 International Experience
During this course students participate in a "hands-on" exploration of the business environment of a country or countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America or North America. Course requirements include attendance at pre-trip seminars and completion of all course assignments after the conclusion of the travel experience.  3 Credit Hours 

BUSN 668 International Financial Management
This course is an in-depth look at the role of money in the modern economy, the international market for currencies, hedging and speculation in international finance, exchange rates and the effect of international money movements on domestic economic activity. (Prerequisite: BUSN 622)  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 670 Topics in Business
Topics vary each term, check the term schedule for specific topic descriptions. May be repeated with different topics for a total of nine credit hours toward the MBA degree. Repeatable for a total of 9 hours. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 671 Seminar in Financial Management
Financial Management topics will focus on various areas within the discipline using case analysis. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Working Capital, Capital Budgeting, Capital Structure, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Risk Management. 
(Prerequisite: BUSN 622)  3 Credit Hours

BUSN 672 Introduction to Coaching Theories
This course examines organizational coaching and surveys the foundational disciplines on which the practice of organizational coaching is based, applicable theories and methods. Coaching will be explored as an intervention and developmental technology. Students are introduced to the practice of coaching and coaching conversation models as well as coaching-related skills including contracting, listening, questioning, designing actions, planning and goal setting, and managing progress and accountability. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 673 Advanced Coaching Theories
A survey of advanced and contemporary theories in the study of organizational coaching and of the leading scholars who have made important contributions to the field. Topics will include formal and informal coaching relationships; internal and external practices; and advance coaching-related skill development. Students will develop coaching skills through in-class and out-of-class practice. (Prerequisite: BUSN 672) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 674 Coaching Practicum
This course provides the opportunity for students to engage in applied coaching efforts in the field. Working independently with a client, students will provide an intensive coaching consultation. This applied field experience is a supervised practicum. (Prerequisite: BUSN 672 and BUSN 673) 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 675 Hyper-Connected Innovation
This course examines the need for shifting leadership approaches to develop new methods of generating value that drive growth by creating an environment of idea generation, entrepreneurship and innovation. Students will explore such topics as creative experimentation, idea emergence, information distribution, social capital, open source innovation, behavior networks, design research, viral marketing and strategic architectures. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 676 Management Consulting
his course introduces the concepts, methods, skills, and attitudes required for effective consultation in organizations, both from an internal and external role. Beyond a mere knowledge base, the course is designed to develop skill in dialogue and consulting, with a particular emphasis on attitude development through the application of the Action Research and Process Consultation models in an ethical context. Additional focus is on issues of practicedevelopment and management such as client identification, marketing, partnering, contracting, and client relationship management. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 677 Interpersonal & Group Dynamics
This course focuses on the study of the form, process, and function of small groups, with particular emphasis on work teams in the contemporary organization. A variety of theories and models are explored and applied. Students are expected to explore their use of self in the context of groups as well as groups at a behavioral level. N . 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 680 Independent Study
This course requires independent reading and investigation of literature relevant to a specific topic or area of business. Students must complete and have approved a proposal for an Independent Study on a form available in the graduate programs office prior to registration for this course. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.  1, 2, or 3 Credit Hours

 

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