Curriculum/Core Courses

602. Legal Environment of Business
Purpose: To examine the legal environment and how business operates within it.
Topics: Elements of law and judicial process, civil and criminal procedure, constitutional principles, agency law, government regulations, torts, product liability, property law, contracts, sales and secured transactions, negotiable instruments, credit, bankruptcy, labor and employment law, and employment discrimination.
Credit: 3 hours
603. Business Ethics
Purpose: To develop skills in the recognition, analysis and articulation of the ethical responsibilities that businesses have to customers, competitors, employees and other stakeholders.
Topics: Influence of religious and cultural values and the efforts to codify ethics for various industries and progressions.
Credit: 3 hours
611. Managerial Economics
Purpose:To provide students with an understanding of microeconomic theory as it applies to managerial decision-making, including tools to quantify economic relationships. Thus the course entails both theory and application. Topics: Market analysis, consumer behavior, demand estimation, production and cost analysis, and market structures. Undergraduate Prerequisites: Principles of Economics I & II, Principles of Accounting I & II, College Algebra or Calculus.
Graduate Prerequisites: Business 614 is required and Business 613 is recommended.
Credit: 3 hours
612. Organizational Management
Purpose: To analyze, through cases and experiential situations, the behavioral dimensions of business organizations. Topics: Motivation, communication, performance, stress, culture, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership, and change.
Undergraduate Prerequisite: Principles of Management.
Credit: 3 hours
613. Managerial Accounting
Purpose: To teach the use of accounting information in management decision making and planning. Topics: Cost/Volume/Profit analysis, financial statement analysis, the use of accounting data in decisions such as pricing, capacity, product selection and outsourcing, the use of accounting data in planning and control systems including capital expenditure planning, profitability and resource budgeting, and measures of performance.
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Principles of Accounting I and II; Principles of Microeconomics, computer spreadsheet skills.
Credit: 3 hours
614. Quantitative Decision Making
Purpose: To expose students to the quantitative methods and models of management science. Analytical and rigorous thinking, along with proficiency in the use of appropriate software, will enable students to formulate and solve a diverse set of managerial problems.
Topics: Linear programming, integer programming, goal programming, dynamic programming, network models, decision theory, and calculus-based optimization.
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Algebra and Business Statistics.
Credit: 3 hours
621. Operations Management
Purpose: To investigate a variety of quantitative techniques used to plan, operate, and control production processes. Practical applications, solved using the accompanying software package, will complement theory. Topics: Markov processes, PERT/CPM, facility location and layout, production line balancing, inventory models, queuing models, forecasting, aggregate planning, and materials requirements planning.
Graduate prerequisite: Business 614.
Credit: 3 hours
622. Marketing Management
Purpose: To study, through cases, projects and survey of research, the development and evaluation of marketing strategies in both consumer and industrial markets.
Topics: Product management, market segmentation, marketing promotions, distribution management and pricing methods.
Undergraduate Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing.
Graduate Prerequisites: Business 601 and Business 614 are recommended.
Credit: 3 hours
623. Financial Management
Purpose: To study issues faced by financial managers and investors.
Financial management topics: Raising capital through debt and equity, capital budgeting, managerial compensation, and decision-making. Investment topics: The valuation of stocks, bonds and options, and portfolio creation.
Undergraduate Prerequisites: Finance, Algebra and Statistics.
Graduate Prerequisite: Business 613 is required and Business 614 is recommended.
Credit: 3 hours
624. Managing in a Global Marketplace
Purpose:  To study the opportunities and problems of the management, marketing and operations of organizations in markets outside the home country.
Topics:  Adaptations to business functions, including organizational design, management of human resources, new product development, legal and ethical diversity, financial and money markets, market research, promotions and advertising.  Emphasis will be placed upon the political, legal, economic and cultural variables that impact organizations through foreign governments.
Graduate Prerequisites: Business 612 and 622, or permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours
631. Business Strategy
Purpose: To study management’s role in policy formulation and implementation through research and cases. Opportunities are also available to make policy decisions by viewing business from an entrepreneurial perspective. This is the capstone course for the MBA program.
Graduate Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least nine core courses that include Bus623, Financial Management.
Credit: 3 hours