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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 Managing in a Global Context
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 Organizational Behavior
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 Managers
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 Managerial Finance
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 645 Management of Information Systems
This course examines how information systems are developed and used in organizations to achieve business success and competitive advantage. Emphasis is placed on information technology as an enabler to support business strategy, define business models and provide for more efficient operations in both domestic and global business environments. 3 Credit Hours

BUSN 646 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 650 Strategic Planning & Implementation
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



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