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Course Category: Business Administration

A look at modern management theory, including both functional and behavioral approaches to the administration of business enterprises.
A study of the procedures involved in the accumulation, processing and dissemination of various types of information within an organization. Typical business problems will be solved from a management perspective, using popular spreadsheet and database software packages as problem-solving tools.
Prerequisites
BA 210
A course that seeks to recognize the distinctive set of problems encountered in the work environment, to study contrasting theories currently being used to make ethical decisions, and to apply those theories through examples and case studies.
This course is designed to examine in-depth current developments in specific areas of practice and research. Specific content of the course will change with each offering and will be announced prior to the session in which it is offered.
This course is designed for business students who have a good foundation in mathematics and algebra. Students will learn to apply descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, inferential statistics, sampling of business data, and time series within the business environment. Heavy emphasis will be on business applications utilizing Microsoft Excel and other business statistical packages.
Prerequisites
CS 102, recommended MATH 105 or permission of instructor
This course is designed to provide an introduction to legal and ethical issues within the business environment. Topics will include an introduction to the nature and sources of law, and the methods by which laws are made; basic principles of contract law and property law as the foundations for business enterprise; tort law governing business relationships. Students will also study the foundation of ethics and ethical theories currently being used in the business environment to make decisions, and will apply those theories through examples and case studies.
A survey of particular fields of law relevant to business operations; agency, partnerships, corporations; sales, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy; antitrust law; employment law; consumer protection.
Prerequisites
BA 302 recommended
Presents a cross-cultural perspective on managing global organizations. Focuses on understanding the influence of culture on international management, and how managers in multinational organizations address such issues as strategic analysis, organizational structure, global coordination and control, communications, inter-organizational cooperation, and human resource management.
Prerequisites
BA 210, and general education cultures requirement
This course focuses on the process of creating a startup, from the recognition of an opportunity to the launch of the business. It is designed to help students learn how to do the pre-launch activities necessary to start a business and secure its first customer.
Prerequisites
MKT 208, BA 210
Social Entrepreneurs apply entrepreneurial talent to create social value and innovative sustainable solutions to pressing societal challenges. Students will identify opportunities, develop unique solutions, secure scarce resources, and manage risk. Social entrepreneurship will be studied in the context of civil society where there is inherent tension between market forces and democratic citizenship principles.
Prerequisites
ECON 160, BA 210
Explores non-speculative risks in business and selected management devices for dealing with them; assumption, avoidance, transfer and reduction of risk; risk management decision; control of risk and reduction of losses; case studies in risk management.
This course is designed for business students who have a good foundation in mathematics, algebra and statistics. Topics will include inventory management and business simulation. This course will be case-driven as part of the learning process.
Prerequisites
BA 256 or MATH 220 or instructor approval.
An overview of the policies and procedures in personnel administration in American business, including uses, sources, motivation and maintenance of employees, with major emphasis on the dynamics of social organization.
Prerequisites
BA 210
A detailed examination of the fundamental concepts, principles and dynamics of the supervisory process.
Prerequisites
BA 210, BA 361
This course examines and contrasts process theories, relationship theories, and management theories of leadership. Various definitions of leadership and their underlying implications for application and research will be investigated. The role of the leader will be examined in relation to the various leadership theories and definitions.
Prerequisites
BA 210, and BA 361 or permission of instructor
Provides insight into the impact of culture on concepts of leadership, values, expectations, and patterns of communication. Examines how sensitivity to cultural differences can contribute to leadership effectiveness and explores strategies for effectively communicating and negotiating with individuals from other cultures.
Prerequisites
BA 317
A presentation of the organization and operation of small enterprises in services, retailing, wholesaling and manufacturing for those aspiring to own, operate, and/or manage a small business or to work for an organization serving small businesses. Topics covered include importance, status, problems and requirements of small businesses.
Prerequisites
BA 210
This course involves the evaluation and study of trends in human resource training, education and development activities within organizational settings.
Prerequisites
BA 361
Application of writing skills specifically for business managers includes annual reports; routine, persuasive and special messages; proposals; and brochures. This course places written and oral business communication within the context of general communication processes and familiarizes learners with recent technological advances. Strategy for effective writing is emphasized by engaging in a variety of business writing tasks.
Prerequisites
ENG 102
Fundamental concepts of compensation theory, government and union influences, job analysis and evaluation, building and maintaining compensation structure, comparable worth, performance and salaries.
Prerequisites
BA 361
An exploration of the structural and functional characteristics of formal organizations such as corporations, government agencies, schools, etc. Special attention will be given to such topics as: theories of management from Taylor to Theory Z; the relations between the internal structure of organizations and the different forms of social stratification throughout American society–i.e. class, racial, ethnic, and gender stratification systems; and the new forms of management strategy in the global economy.
Prerequisites
SOC 110
Policies, procedures and problems in the selection of personnel, focusing on job analysis, validation, legal constraints, criteria and application of specific techniques.
Prerequisites
BA 361
The basic principles of manpower use, wage structure, use of industrial psychology and collective bargaining, the union movement, human relations in industrial management, and modern labor laws and institutions.
Prerequisites
BA 210, BA 361
Students will learn how to assess a culture to determine underlying assumptions regarding: social interaction, economic interests, legal requirements, and political realities. Students will then understand how these, in turn, affect expectations, outcomes, behavior, thoughts, and priorities. The course emphasizes negotiating deals, resolving disputes or making decisions in a multicultural environment.
Prerequisites
BA 317, and BA 367 or permission of instructor
Production and operations management is designed to provide students with an in-depth look at the components of organizational operations and how they are managed. Successful management incorporates theories and practices that apply to a variety of operational areas involving factory and service operations, inventory management, quality management, capacity planning, supply chain management, aggregate planning, and project management. Elements of shop floor control, status reporting systems, facilities design, cost estimating, inventory control, procurement, quality assurance, forecasting, labor loading, scheduling, and productivity measurement will be explored. Important tools of production and operations management that will be covered include Theory of Constraints, MRP, MRPII, CAD/CAM, CIM, JIT, SPC, and TQM.
Prerequisites
BA 210, and BA 256 or MATH 220
This course description may change each session it is offered to cover the most contemporary management issues.
Prerequisites
BA 210
Through case studies and discussion learners explore governmental emergency management and private sector crisis management in the context of fundamental concepts such as crisis management, disaster recovery, organizational continuity, and vulnerability and risk analyses. Learners will gain practice with tools including business area impact analysis, and explore risk management and loss control strategies. Learners will explore the characteristics of realistic and effective contingency, response, business recovery, and crisis management plans and discuss the purpose, value, and types of exercises and training needed to support an effective crisis management, disaster recovery, and organizational continuity program.
Prerequisites
BA 210, PA 306
This course is designed to examine in-depth current developments in specific areas of practice and research. Specific content of the course will change with each offering and will be announced prior to the session in which it is offered.
A study of the current strategies and techniques of administration and management, including: business objectives; policies, functions, executive leadership and organizational structure; control standards; case studies in organization, financing and operations.
Prerequisites
BA 361, BA 423, and completion of all management-business core requirements.
This course provides an in-depth exposure to strategic planning for marketing, using cases as illustrative examples. Emphasis is placed on extensive situation analysis, objective and criterion formulation, and alternative selection and implementation.
Prerequisites
Completion of all marketing/business core requirements.
This course applies learning experiences in the global economy. Countries around the globe are major players along with specific regions in the U.S. Understanding the dynamics a certain country/region plans will help students as they go forth in their chosen career(s). Destination of study travel course may change each time the course is offered.
Prerequisites
ECON 160, or approval of the instructor
The course is a culminating experience for students completing majors in business. Upon the successful completion of the course, students will have a practical knowledge of strategic application in the activities, procedures, and techniques unique to business operations.
Prerequisites
Senior standing and within 9 credit hours of program completion.
This course encourages students to describe and analyze the way that people behave in organizations by applying theories of organizational behavior. The course consists of a balance among theory and application.
Prerequisites
PSY 190 or SOC 110
This course will examine strategy and economic systems to manage risk and assess the impact of economic changes including regionalism, government regulations, corporate governance, international fiscal and monetary policies, and the balance of payments for strategy development.
This course will examine ethical theories and styles in contemporary organizational decision making, examining the ethics of current regulatory and legal issues impacting organizations.
This course will include the investigation of leadership theories and explore the role of leadership in organizations. The course will also focus on the characteristics of leadership and the implications leadership has for organizations. Same as PA 509.
This course synthesizes the responsibility of an organization as a leader in supporting global sustainability and integration of sustainability through entrepreneurial innovation and opportunities using industry analysis, competitive leverage, funding strategies, etc. within the organization.
This course provides a detailed review of the principles and methods for training and developing human resources in a work environment. Learning theory and principles of effective training provide the foundation, but the emphasis is on applied delivery including training and presentation skills. Methods for analyzing training and development needs and the principles and techniques of program evaluation are also emphasized. Development of a training proposal is a key element. This course provides "hands-on" experience in designing and implementing training programs.
This is a survey course of the issues presented to managers in the international environment. Students explore a variety of topics utilizing discussion, researched reports and case analysis. Students will explore issues including the nature of international business, the external environment of international business, strategy and planning, marketing, trade practices, human resources management, financial management, and operations management in an international environment. Students also explore the ethical considerations faced by international managers in decision making.
An analysis of the U.S. and foreign laws governing international trade.
An investigation of the National Labor Relations Act and its implications to businesses. Labor legislation, labor unions and collective bargaining are topics to explore.
This course provides an overview of the major principles of organization and management, in an integrated context. Frameworks for the analysis of managerial problems and decisions will be explored. Starting with basic organization theory and concluding with theories of micro-level processes, this course will introduce the different lenses with which to view behavioral processes within and between organizations. Special emphasis on issues of managing in a global business environment, the changing nature of governance, shareholder and stakeholder rights, multiculturalism in organizations, organizational power and domination and alternative organizational forms will be woven throughout.
This course is an intensive study of business in a specific country/region of the world. The course is a combination of classroom lectures and site visits to businesses. Classroom lectures and site visits provide students the basis to study the impact of economic, social, financial, infrastructure, and international elements on business. Destination of study travel course may change each time course if offered. The course will be conducted in English.
A study of the design and functioning of the entire compensation system with emphasis on wage and salary determination, individual group incentives, employee benefits, and non-economic rewards.
An exploration of the principles and practices required to forecast and acquire the human resources necessary to implement operational and strategic plans in organizations. Students will develop a plan for a specific project. Topics can include compensation, motivation and quality of work life.
This seminar is designed to examine in-depth current developments in specific areas of practice and research. Specific content of the seminar will change with each offering and will be announced prior to the term in which it is offered.
An explanation of the core values and behavioral science theories that have shaped the field and defined the practice for organizational development and a prerequisite to understanding collaborative processes for managing planned change. Students are familiarized with the intellectual legacies of the major theorists and practitioners that have influenced the evolution of organization development as well as the traditional organizational development concepts, models and interventions. Contemporary practices and future trends in the field are also examined.
This course focuses on managing the informal organization, individual idiosyncrasies, the organization as a social systm, and organization politics. The course reviews various models of organizational culture, including origins and purposes, how to establish and nourish a business-supporting culture, culture audits, and culture change.
This course utilizes the conceptual foundations acquired in Organizational Development and Organizational Culture as a basis for analyzing and diagnosing organizational performance and designing appropriate interventions. A primary focus is on understanding and applying organizational functioning, and becoming familiarized with different interventions and organizational development technologies. Heavy emphasis is placed on applying various diagnostic models. Both in-class case analysis of organizations and outside projects which require learners to conduct a diagnosis and assessment in an organizational setting are used to facilitate the acquisition of diagnostic competence.
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) will be examined both as a concept and a process. The course material includes how CQI applies to organizations from all sectors, the new emerging paradigms that are respresentd by CQI, a focus on customers, an understanding of variation, the needed cultural change for a successful CQI implementation, as well as case studies. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of CQI concepts as they apply to organizations.
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the requirements for the effective implementation of a quality system in an organization. Emphasis will be given to the practical application of implementation strategies and processes.
Prerequisites
BA 561
This course focuses on the concepts of continuous improvement and quality management, viewing quality as a systematic process that improves customer satisfaction. The course covers methods and technologies that will aid managers in assuring that the organization's quality system is effectively meeting the organization's continuous improvement goals.
This course will illustrate how teams benefit organizations and analyze how teams function. The student will obtain and analyze techniques used to improve group dynamics and obtain skills in how to facilitate an effective meeting.
This course introduces students to the concept of the supply chain management with a focus on the issues of the global business environment. Topics covered include the sets of business processes called "channels," channel integration, management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling, and collaboration. The context of the supply chain in today's world is treated as highly significant and issues of culture and globalization will be addressed throughout the course.
Students will explore and apply the essential theories of strategic management and operations concepts employed by best-practice companies in the transnational, international and global environments. Students will examine critical success factors in establishing and operating businesses in the global environment, including companies and their environments and the various external and internal issues not normally faced when operating solely in the domestic environment.
The emphasis serves to integrate the student's studies in Business Administration by examining in depth an issue or problem of significance and special interest to the student. Research, writing, and presentation skills are employed in this course. Each student will design his/her own project, subject to approval of the faculty member, in order to fulfill the course requirements. The project shall demonstrate (1) integration of the MBA program objectives, (2) graduate-level writing skills using APA format, (3) graduate level critical thinking skills, and (4) in-depth understanding and application of the objectives of the area of emphasis utilizing appropriate research techniques. A PowerPoint™ presentation of the project, suitable for senior-level decision makers, is also required.
Prerequisites
All core requirements and only 6 required credit hours or less remaining in the program.