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Course Descriptions

The School of Management faculty currently authorizes this list of course descriptions broken down alphabetically and by subject areas.  A class schedule is issued before each term indicating which courses will be offered. Prerequisites for specific courses indicate the normal preparation and provide for the proper sequencing of courses in a total program. It is to be understood, however, that students may also be admitted to a course with written consent of the instructor.

  


Accounting

MGA 604 Financial Analysis and Reporting

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues of financial accounting with emphasis on the interpretation of financial statements. The course addresses the economic consequences of transactions and their presentation on corporate financial statements. A primary objective is to introduce corporate financial statements as a tool for company valuation and decision making. Emphasis is on the analysis of effects of decisions on financial performance and use of financial statements to evaluate organizations.

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MGA 609 Management Accounting

This course focuses on the identification, analysis, and use of costs and other information to improve the competitiveness of business operations. The course takes a user orientation and focuses on issues important to managers for planning and decision making, economic evaluation of business activities, product costing, and performance evaluation and control. Emphasis is placed on the effects of advances in technology on the value of cost system information, the relevance and limitations of accounting data and use of non-financial information for internal decisions.

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Organization

MGB 601 Behavioral and Organizational Concepts for Management

This course introduces students to the basic tools and concepts needed to effectively manage "organizational behavior" (OB). A wide spectrum of contemporary OB Topics is reviewed, including: communication, learning, diversity, multiculturalism, teamwork, motivation, power, innovation, leadership, organizational design, and change. Learning occurs through a variety of activities such as case discussions, self-assessments, group exercises, role-playing, team projects, lectures, and training videos.

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MGB 607 Leadership and Motivation

This course will help students begin developing leadership skills. Various ideas about what leadership is, how it is practiced, and how it can be evaluated will be covered. Students will learn about the relevance of leadership to the work motivation of individuals, to the effectiveness of groups, and to overall performance of firms. Opportunities to assess and explore alternatives to their own leadership characteristics and styles will be provided.

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MGB 620 Special Topics in Executive Development - Emotional Intelligence

A specific set of activities will be planned each semester to provide experience to executive MBA students that will help enhance their leadership skills and their ability to participate in a non-hierarchical team environment. This course is designed to give a home to activities that provide individual development, teamwork skills, and leadership. Additionally, it will serve as a forum for interaction between executive MBA students and senior executives from the business community. This 4-credit course will run for the entire 4-semester duration of the program. A grade will be issued at the end of the fourth semester. 

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Economics

MGE 601 Economics for Managers

A study of the fundamental economic principles underlying the operation of markets and modern business enterprises in market economies. Among the topics included are concepts of demand and revenues; the firm as an economic unit; costs of production both in the short and long runs; concept of supply and product diversification pricing; market equilibrium and market structure; microeconomic forecasting and economic aspects of governmental regulations. 

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MGE 602 The Global Economy and the Business Firm

A study of the patterns and fluctuations of growth of the aggregate level of economic activity in a modern complex society. Among the topics included are: the measurement and determination of national income; the nature and role of money and interest rates; inflation; the role of expectations; the role of trade; macro economic forecasting; alternative fiscal and monetary policies and their role in promoting stability and progress; and macro aspects of legislation.

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Finance

MGF 631 Financial Management

The scope and objectives of corporate financial management are introduced along with the concept of the risk- return trade-off. The various sources of capital are discussed, along with their costs. Financial planning with special emphasis on the evaluation of capital projects and the management of working capital is considered. The implications of the efficient market hypothesis are considered throughout the course. 

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General Management

MGG 633 Modeling Managerial Processes

Historically, managers have considered decision making as an art; something learned by trial and error; something based on creativity, judgment, intuition, and experience. This course gives you a structured way of attacking a wide range of real problems, using data-driven analysis to guide decision-making. We will consider how to think about and manage uncertainty and risk, how to translate data about the business into useful insights, how to put value on various courses of action, and how to generally make informed decisions. The main focus of the course will be on modeling decisions in the spreadsheet environment, illustrated by applications from operations, finance, marketing, and human resources. The approaches and techniques for decision-making are useful throughout the firm, both within functional areas and for the essential management challenge of working across functional boundaries.

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MGG 640 Theory and Practice of Negotiations

Introduction to the analytical concepts necessary for effective negotiations. Emphasis is on the negotiation and bargaining skills required by general managers. Classroom lectures are supplemented by experiential exercises. 

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MGG 681 International Business (1.5 credits)

This course discusses the environmental factors which affect the operation of an enterprise in an international setting. Political, economic, legal, and social factors are covered. Specific topics covered are alternative forms of government, political stability, political problems facing business, economic systems, regional markets, economic regulations, legal systems, and cultural factors which affect business operations.

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Human Resources

MGI 601 Principles of Workforce Engagement

This course will examine Human Resources from a strategic perspective, emphasizing the contribution of HR decisions to the development of a high performance organization. HRM will be treated as a dynamic system that enables organizations to cope more quickly and effectively with a rapidly changing environment. The course will emphasize those topics, such as reward systems, performance management and the selection and retention of high performance employees that confront managers in a variety of organizational roles. Emphasis will be given to the identification, evaluation and solution of specific HR problems facing managers with these responsibilities.

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Marketing

MGM 625  Marketing Management

An introduction to managerial decisions in the marketing area and approaches to making these decisions. Among the topics considered are the institutional framework of retail and industrial markets; buyer behavior; and product line, promotion, pricing, and distribution decisions and strategies. Impact and relevance of electronic markets are also considered.

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Operations

MGO 630 Operations and Service Management

The main component of the course is a survey of methods for planning and controlling production and operations management activities including material requirements planning, operations scheduling, production and inventory planning and control, project management, facilities location and layout, and quality management and control. The course makes use of cases to illustrate the processes and problems involved.

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MGO 641 Strategic Management

A study of the processes of formulating and implementing business and corporate strategic plans and evaluating management strategic performance in complex business environments. Topics included are the corporate mission and objectives, industry analysis, competitive analysis, environmental analysis, business strategy, financial strategy, corporate portfolio planning, acquisitions and divestments, organizational implications, international strategy, and entrepreneurship. 

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Quantitative Methods

MGQ 606 Probability and Statistics for Management

Basic concepts of probability and statistics used in management are presented. Topics include data analysis and display, descriptive measures, random variables, probability distributions, inference, an introduction to analysis of variance and regression analysis, time series analysis, and statistical applications to quality control, as well as model usage and statistical communication. Management applications using case studies/examples and computer packages are emphasized. 

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Systems

MGS 607 Technology Management and E-Business

The focus of this course will be on technology management and developing an Internet-based business or extension to an existing business. The course will integrate concepts from economics, organizational strategy, entrepreneur-ship, and Web design. Topics to be covered in the course include: aligning technology and strategy; models of diffusion and innovation; characteristics of information and digital goods; identifying potential Web-applications and information products for solving a problem and/or identifying a business opportunity; intellectual property rights; pricing issues related to information goods; developing a business plan for a venture capital proposal; launching the e-business; designing Web based applications for usability; and strategies for successfully implementing systems. Case studies, lectures, guest speakers, and an integrated E-business project will be used to understand the complexities of the current business environment.

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MGS 630 Operations and Service Management

The main component of the course is a survey of methods for planning and controlling production and operations management activities including material requirements planning, operations scheduling, production and inventory planning and control, project management, facilities location and layout, and quality management and control. The course makes use of cases to illustrate the processes and problems involved. 

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Management and Policy

MGT 617 The Government, the Law and the Firm

An analysis of the business sector's relation to the principal forces operating in the legal, political, and social environment. Particular attention given to constraints and freedoms offered under common, corporate, and regulation. Also examined are contemporary problems in corporate governance such as business and professional standards, code of ethics, and corporate social responsibility.  

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