Course Descriptions

Descriptions of Hartford's Online MBA Elective Courses

This list describes only the elective courses that have so far added an online format.  There are many other MBA electives that can be selected.  Students should consult their MBA advisor to choose their electives. 

  • FIN 684 Entrepreneurial Finance [3] An examination of financial issues and problems encountered by small businesses. Case studies and lectures are used to develop skills in the areas of financial statement analysis, forecasting, working capital management, coping with financial distress, business valuation techniques, sources of capital, dealing with banks and venture capitalists, preparing for an initial public offering, community resources, and ethical issues. Students prepare team presentations of cases and a comprehensive business plan. Assignments include empirical articles dealing with current topics in small-business finance. Extensive use of computer spreadsheet programs required. Prerequisite: MBA 616.

    Online Course Format
    FIN 684 (Entrepreneurial Finance) provides an introduction to the theories and applications of entrepreneurial finance. This online course uses an asynchronous format with weekly activities. Each week the students will have assigned readings which will be supplemented by Lecture Capture videos. Students will work together on a course Wiki to discuss and analyze case studies focusing on the financial challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs. Students will also interact with each other through a Discussion Board which will feature real world and real time issues in entrepreneurial finance. In addition to the weekly assignments, grading will also include a mid-term and final exam.

  • MBA 745 Cases in Business Ethics [3] This course offers an advanced study and analysis of ethical concerns in business. By studying the writing of the leading scholars and examining contemporary real cases and issues in business ethics, students will learn how to integrate business an managerial decisions with social and moral considerations. Specific topics include theories of ethics; cases in corporate social responsibility; ethical issues and cases in investment, in marketing, in the environment, in employment, and in global business. Prerequisite(s): MBA Core Courses and MBA740, or permission of the instructor.
    Online Course Format
    This online course is an asynchronous course which allows students to view the recorded lectures at their convenience within the course due dates. Each module will consist of recorded lectures, chapter readings in the textbook and case studies. Some modules will include additional videos and reading materials. All course materials will be available on the Blackboard course and on Wikispaces (a free, private Internet site that allows for easy access to group cases). Graded assignments include case discussions on Wikispaces, a midterm exam covering the different ethical theories, a research paper incorporating ethical theory to a current example of an ethical business failure, a recorded presentation of the research paper along with student comments on all recorded presentations. Students will work in teams to discuss the assigned cases and will be required to participate by certain due dates each week of the semester to keep the discussion moving smoothly.

  • MBA 985 Internship in Business [3]Students can apply theory to practice through work experience with profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students work under the supervision of a faculty member.  Prerequisites: Completion of MBA core courses, or equivalent, and 9 additional graduate credits as well as permission of instructor.

    Online Format
    The learning in this course takes place within the place of business where the student is working.  Therefore, there are no class sessions, online or in a classroom.  The course requirements include submitting weekly journals to the instructor and a final paper at the end of the course.  These are handled using email and Blackboard.

  • MGT 712 Complex Organizations [3] This course focuses on organizing and leading change. It identifies macro concepts such as environmental characteristics, strategies and structures, the role of information technology, measurement and evaluation processes, and reward systems. The course also investigates their relevance for management and explores the ramifications of choice in organization design and change processes. Students design and carry out organizational assignments based on course theories, and conclude with a formal presentation of findings.

    Online Course Format

    This online course consists of instructional modules. Each module includes videos, case studies, textbook assignments and a recorded lecture. Graded assignments include an online simulation, a case discussion, a paper on a change leader, and a paper on a change project, and reflection papers on assigned topics. All papers and cases will integrate key course concepts. This course requires students to be present using WebEx for the first class session on May 23rd from 8:00-9:00 pm. Information on how to access WebEx will be sent and posted as an announcement for registered students. A weekly open office hours utilizing WebEx is offered on Tuesday evening from 8:00-9:00, not mandatory to join during office hours. The course is generally asynchronous with the exception of the first meeting.

  • MGT 730 Human Resource Management [3] This course examines the human resources (HR) function in organizations. Administrative, ethical, global, legal, strategic, and technological components of HR are presented through readings, cases, and exercises. This course is designed for students who are not employed in the HR field but want to increase their understanding of the HR function. Prerequisite: MBA 710 or permission of instructor.

    Online Course Format
    This online elective course on Human Resource Management uses an asynchronous format consisting of 12 instructional modules. For each module, students will complete a blog entry on the HR practices at his/her place of employment, participate in an on-line discussion about the HR topic for the module, and complete an assignment comparing HR practices of different organizations. The final project will be an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the HR practices at the student’s place of employment, which is due by the last day of the session. Taped lectures and supplementary readings will be posted to enhance student’s learning about HR.

  • MIS 785 Information Security [3] This course provides students with a foundation to understand the key issues associated with protecting information assets. Students will learn how to determine the levels of protection needed in response to security incidents. Students will be exposed to the various security activities, methods, methodologies and procedures. Topics also include threats to information assets, examination of pre- and post-incident procedures, security planning and staffing functions from the viewpoint of management.

    Online Course Format

    This online course uses an asynchronous format with weekly activities. Each week the student will read assigned chapters in the textbook and or other reading materials posted online, followed by a recorded lecture, a power point and practice quizzes.  Students take a timed online test each week when ready.

  • MIS 990 ST: Special Topics in Management Information Systems [3] Seminar in selected areas of management information systems. The course is designed to give students a focused study of selected current topics in management information systems. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

    Online Course Format
    Format will depend on selected study topic.

  • MKT 659 Marketing Communications [3] Stresses an integrated approach to the use of advertising, public relations, publicity, personal selling, and sales promotion. Considered are basic communications theory; communications plan development; and relations with media, the general public, the community, employees, stockholders, vendors, and customers. Cases reflecting actual practice are regularly assigned. Prerequisite: MBA 618.

    Online Course Format The online course on integrated brand promotion uses an asynchronous format consisting of instructional modules. For each module, the student will read a textbook assignment, complete a writing or discussion board entry assignment and take a timed quiz, when ready, on key course concepts. Although no webcam or headset/microphone is required for the course, students will need to download and view videos from provided links.

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