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MBA Course Descriptions

Descriptions of Required MBA Courses

MBA 610 Managerial Statistics [3] This course provides the student with necessary skills and understanding of the role of quantitative methods in decision making. Topics include probability distributions, sampling, estimation and testing, regression and correlation, and time series and forecasting. Laboratory fee. Students without any prior course work in math and/or quant courses are required to take QNT 501 or test out before enrolling in this course.
Online Course Format
The online course contains 10 weekly sections; each section begins with the reading & problem assignments with the learning objectives for that chapter, followed by a recorded lecture, a power point, chapter summary, and solutions to the assigned problems. A weekly live interactive   WebEx will allow students to ask questions and voice concerns, and contain presentations of Excel approaches to solve certain types of statistical problems as needed in lieu of an on-campus computer lab.  Feedback on all assignments and exams will be provided.

MBA 612 Accounting Concepts [3] This course provides an introduction to financial and managerial accounting concepts utilized to provide organizations with the accounting information necessary for external reporting and management decision-making purposes.
Online Course Format
The online course uses an asynchronous format with weekly activities. Each week the student will read textbook assignments and view WEBEX lectures. Practice examples of key concepts are provided and students take a one hour timed quiz each week when ready. Students interact in the Discussion Board where they discuss real life uses of financial information from a management perspective. Students also complete an accounting cycle case, an ethics case, and a team based comparative company analysis case.

MBA 614 Economic Analysis for Managers [3] This course covers economic principles, analytical tools, and concepts applicable to managerial decision-making problems. The course exposes students to a wide range of business decisions to which economic theory can be fruitfully applied. Specific topics include supply and demand analysis, organization of the firm, incentive compensation, information problems and uncertainty, production and costs, market structure, pricing strategies and techniques, and the application of game theory to managerial decisions and negotiations. Corequisite: MBA 610.
Online Course Format
In the online version of this course, the lecture notes, instruction videos, and homework assignments will be posted on Blackboard weekly. Students are expected to review the posted materials, work on the assigned reading and exercises at their own pace, then submit the homework on Blackboard by the end of the week. A midterm and a final exam will be given online through Blackboard. Also, students are expected interact and participate in online discussions in Blackboard, based on the assigned readings.

MBA 616 Corporate Finance [3] This course introduces students to the basics of the corporate financial decision-making process. Topics include time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, valuation of stocks and bonds, overview of financial statements and financial statement analysis, risk and return, equilibrium asset pricing, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and capital structure decisions. Prerequisites: MBA 610 and 612.
Online Course Format
The online course uses an asynchronous format with weekly activities. Each week the student will read assigned chapters in the textbook, view Lecture Capture videos, and solve practice problems. Students interact with each other in the Discussion Board where they discuss real life and real time financial issues and challenges faced by corporations. In addition to the weekly assignments, grading is based on a comprehensive mid-term and final exam.

MBA 618 Marketing Management [3] This course examines marketing systems, concepts, institutions, marketing function in organizations, and marketing management decision processes. Emphasis is on developing integrated approaches to solving marketing problems under turbulent environmental conditions. Major topics include marketing organization, consumer behavior, product policy, integrated marketing communications, and strategic market planning. Cases of companies in sectors ranging from services to consumer-packaged goods to high-technology industrial goods are analyzed to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills of course participants.
Online Course Format
The online course uses an asynchronous format with weekly activities. Each week the student will read assigned chapters in the textbook or other reading materials posted online. Students take a timed online quiz each week when ready. Students interact with each other in the Discussion Board where they discuss real life uses of marketing concepts.

MBA 620 Operations Management [3] An introduction to the managerial processes underlying operations management in both manufacturing and service organizations. Topics such as operations strategy, product and process design, advanced manufacturing technologies, operations planning and control, just-in-time production systems, quality and productivity, and project management are covered. The topics are integrated using a systems approach to the operations of an organization. Corequisite: MBA 610 or equivalent.
Online Course Format
Course material is presented via short narrated PowerPoint videos, followed by chapter quizzes , homework problems , and online discussion boards to apply course concepts.  The online class is synchronized with the face-to-face section, so online students may drop in to regular classes if they like (e.g., for challenging topics).

MBA 705 The Global Business Environment [3] This course explores the complexities, conflicts, and opportunities facing firms operating in a global environment. Students improve decision-making skills by considering the impact of cultural, legal, political, ethical, economic, financial, and organizational environments on global business. Prerequisites: MBA 614, 616, 618, and 620.
Online Course Format

MBA 710 Leadership and Management [3] Course focuses on knowledge and skills related to both leadership and management in the workplace. Content includes both organizational- behavior and leadership theories. Students combine information from the academic literature with their own and their classmates’ experience to understand the importance of leadership and to develop their personal managerial and leadership skills. Prerequisites: Must be completed in the first or second semester of student’s program.
Online Course Format
This course includes mostly asynchronous assignments, including quizzes, group discussions, and individual projects. In addition there is a social responsibility project and a final comprehensive paper on a leader that the student knows, among others. There will be one synchronous group activity, which will be scheduled based on student availability. Students will explore and analyze their leadership experiences and apply course information throughout the semester.

MBA 720 Innovation and Project Management [3] This two-part course focuses on how to manage innovation and projects within and between organizations. Students learn about the nature and diffusion of innovation, its competitive impact, how to foster innovation within and across organizations, and the protection of intellectual property. To prepare students for managing projects, this course covers major topic areas in project management, such as strategic overview, project initiation, selection, planning, organizing, control and closeout. Corequisites: MBA 614, 616, 618, and 620.
Online Course Format
This course is two parts.  Innovation management uses weekly asynchronous discussion forums and streaming video of narrated power points and article/case debriefings.  Weekly individual written assignments make up the major share of evaluation.   Project management uses weekly online quizzes, asynchronous discussion, video of narrated power points, an individual written assignment, and an individual assignment using Microsoft Project software.

MBA 730 Managing Customer Relationships and Experiences [3] This course focuses on building relationships between an organization and its customers. Students explore methods of identifying customer needs, expectations, and satisfaction, as well as determination of lifetime customer value to develop target customer priorities. Distinction is made between customer relationships management (CRM) as a strategy versus CRM programs and tools. Customer experiences as they relate to overall customer/ organization relationship are stressed. Prerequisite: MBA 610, 618, or equivalent. Corequisites: MBA 614, 616, and 620.
Online Course Format
The online course uses asynchronous methodologies. Each week students will review a WebEx lecture and will engage each other and the instructor using a Blackboard discussion board and learning modules. Students are required to read designated articles and a case study for weekly discussion.

MBA 740 Business, Law, and Society: The Global Environment [3] This course helps students understand how business decisions affect and reflect society. Because the decisions of managers not only influence but also are influenced by public policy concerns and moral issues, students learn how to integrate economic, social, legal and regulatory, and moral considerations in decision making. Specific topics include the role of law in society, business regulations and antitrust policy in the global environment, ethical and social values in different cultures, and employment and labor relations. Prerequisite: MBA 614 or equivalent. Corequisites: MBA 616, 618, and 620.
Online Course Format
The online course uses asynchronous methodologies. Each week students will read assignments in the text book, review a WebEx lecture and read designated articles/web material and then engage each other and the instructor using a Blackboard discussion board and learning modules. Students will be required to read specified court cases for selected discussion and written analysis. 

MBA 750 Performance Analysis [3] This course demonstrates how corporations extract information from accounting, finance, operations, and marketing; analyze the results; and plan for future activities. Topics include activity-based costing, management decision making and pricing in a global economy, decentralization issues, balanced scorecard, financial performance measures and budgeting, and incentive and ethical implications of compensation systems. Prerequisite: MBA 616 or equivalent. Corequisites: MBA 614, 618, and 620.
Online Course Format
The online course uses an asynchronous format with weekly activities. Each week the student will read assigned chapters in the textbook or other reading materials posted online. Students take timed online quizzes and complete a major project.  Students interact with each other in the Discussion Board where they discuss real life uses related to performance analysis in decentralized settings.

MBA 810 Strategic Management [3] Broadly integrative course that considers the strategic leadership of organizations as a whole within ever-changing and increasingly global environments. Course frameworks and concepts build on previous course work to develop students’ abilities to analyze complex situations, identify issues, and provide specific solution plans and steps for implementation. The course relies heavily on class discussions of concepts and cases. Students formally present both individual and team projects. Prerequisites: MBA 710, 720, 730, 740, and 750.
Online Course Format
In addition to individual written case papers and course research project, the online course uses weekly asynchronous discussion forums in a two stage process.  Streaming video of narrated power points of course content and of case debriefings are also used.

View Online MBA Electives Course Descriptions
There are other MBA elective courses that have not yet added an online format.  Consult with your MBA advisor when choosing your electives.



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