Course Descriptions

PMBA 612. Contemporary Issues in Business and Society

In this course students will view complex and relevant business issues through an ethical and stakeholder-oriented lens and learn to analyze and proactively management the firm to successfully navigate the complex business, government, social, and natural environment surrounding business today. Students will apply ethical, stakeholder, and sustainable frameworks to complex business situations that encourage ethical conduct, serve stakeholders, and support long-term sustainability of both business and the society. Topics in the course will change based on the current business environment.

PMBA 616. Creating Innovation in Organizations

Creativity and innovation are key drivers of success, integral to an organization's ability to survive and thrive in today's competitive marketplace. The course will explore the use of techniques and tools for fostering individual and group creativity, and the management practices that foster (or inhibit) innovation processes within organizations. The course provides many opportunities to apply these new ways of thinking through personal and group exercises, cases, and a course project.

PMBA 622. Managing and Leading People in Organizations

This course focuses on human behavior in organizations at individual, interpersonal, group, intergroup, and organizational levels of analysis and examines how this behavior affects organizational processes and performance. With the objective to prepare students for advanced leadership roles in 21st century organizations, specific attention will be given to decision making, communication, motivation, ethical leadership, group behavior, change management, conflict, negotiations and influence tactics.

PMBA 626. Data Driven Decisions With Visual Analytics

This course combines understanding of the role of data resources in organizations with hands on experience of the visual analysis and exploration of datasets. Students will learn how to evaluate data resources and how to analyze and interpret data. Data manipulation and visualization techniques will be introduced and subsequently implemented using business intelligence toolsets.

PMBA 632. Analyzing Financial Information

This course provides a strong background in the production, use, and analysis of financial accounting information, including the reporting environment, evaluating the health of a business, and financial decision-making.

PMBA 636. Strategic Thinking Across Business Functions

This course applies the key concepts, tools, and principles of strategic management (strategy formulation and implementation and integrates across the functional areas. This course looks at the firm from the point of view of top-level management and focuses on the role of the general manager in formulating and implementing business and corporate level strategy for the firm as a whole. Special attention is given to identifying the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain competitive advantage, while integrating ethical, social, and sustainable practices within the firm. Strategy in both domestic and international contexts will be covered.

BAN 610. Introduction to Business Analytics

This course develops ideas for helping to make decisions based upon the examination of data. Topics include variability, data display and summary statistics, regression, and correlation, probability, probability distributions, sampling, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Attention is also given to the design of experiments and analysis of variance, frequency distributions, statistical inference and sampling theory.

BAN 615. Predictive Modeling

The course introduces the techniques of predictive modeling and analytics in a data-rich business environment. It covers the process of formulating business objectives, data selection, preparation and partition to successfully design, build, evaluate and implement predictive models for a variety of practical business applications (such as marketing, customer retention, delinquency and collection analytics, fraud detection and insurance). Predictive models such as classification and decision trees, neural networks, regressions, pattern discovery analysis and other techniques are studied.

BAN 628. Data Mining

This course focuses on the application of common data mining techniques. Students focus on developing business solutions by applying techniques such as market basket analysis, association rules, cluster analysis and time series.

CIS 600. Information Systems Strategy

Students develop the ability to analyze and identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of organizations through the use of appropriate information technologies. Technologies that influence organizational strategies, structure, risks and processes are emphasized. Ethical, global and security issues also are covered.

ENT 620. Corporate Entrepreneurship

This course is designed for intrapreneurs who want to apply their entrepreneurial spirit to innovate within established organizations, as well as for managers whose goal is to build and manage innovation processes in the organization. Students learn techniques and best practices that combine innovation strategies, start-up thinking and entrepreneurial methods to accomplish organizational innovation in its many forms, from product/service innovation and business model innovation, to innovation for social and environmental purposes. The course uses case studies, readings and projects.

ENT 625. Entrepreneurship

The course deals with the creation and management of new businesses and the institutionalization of innovation in existing businesses. Students are introduced to a body of knowledge on the successful planning, implementation, and management of entrepreneurial ventures. The objective of the course is to provide the knowledge and the ability to identify and assess business opportunity and estimate the resource requirements necessary to success. Production of a business plan is required.

HM 600. Foundations of Health Care Management

This course expands the student's understanding of: 1) the organization and functions of various health services organizations/systems and their interrelationships; 2) basic concepts of management planning, organizing, leading, staffing and controlling as they relate to issues critical to the mission and strategic positioning of the organization/system; and 3) the utilization of scarce resources to deliver optimum health care at reasonable cost.

HM 621. Quality Management in Health Care Facilities

This course provides a broad perspective on improving quality in health care facilities. Students gain a working knowledge of accreditation organizations and health care regulatory requirements including the JCAHCO and patient-safety legislation. The course explores patient safety and quality methods as well as the role of consumers in evaluating the quality of the health care services they receive. At course completion, students are able to competently participate in health care quality/patient safety endeavors at all levels of provider, payer, regulatory and accreditation organizations. Students may participate in an onsite project.

HM 657. Health Care Compliance Law

This course illuminates the legal aspects of health care compliance. At both the federal and state levels, the course addresses the statutory, regulatory and case law that comprises the complex legal backdrop in which the health care industry operates. The course introduces the history, purpose and substance of health care regulatory compliance programs and addresses legal doctrines concerning reimbursement law and related fraud and abuse, legal restrictions on physician referral and related anti-kickback laws, antitrust law, compliance issues in health care business transactions, compliance mandates in the Affordable Care Act, and the law governing health care research.

IB 623. International Business Negotiation

This course analyzes different forms of negotiations and related themes in an international context. Topics include the negotiation process, communication, conflict resolution, value creation, value claiming, influence strategies, closing and renegotiation. Special emphasis is placed on examining how culture affects negotiation. Negotiation behavior and styles of a few selected nationalities also are discussed.

MBA 620. Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

This course provides an introduction to the use of accounting information for decision making in organizations. Topics include reporting and analysis of financial statement information and the use of managerial decision-making tools to support planning and control.

MBA 640. Financial Decision Making

This course introduces students to the theory and techniques of financial analysis with application to real world problems and situations. Topics include risk and return, asset pricing, capital budgeting and corporate investment decisions, capital structure decisions, dividend policy, corporate merger, divestiture and takeover decisions.

MBA 645. Marketing Decision Making

Students learn to formulate, manage and evaluate the marketing strategies that create the firm's products and services and deliver those products and services to the market. Both tactical day-to-day operating decisions and longer range strategic decisions are examined through topics that include buyer behavior, market segmentation, demand estimation, product positioning, product development, branding, pricing, distribution channels, and integrated marketing communications. Students also explore the relationship between the marketing and the overall corporate strategy.

MBA 650. Strategic Public Relations and Reputation Management

The focus of this course is reputation management and its importance to business success. Students analyze the function of corporate communications and examine a range of topics including organizational identity, image and reputation; issues and crisis management; institutional ethics and corporate social responsibility; strategic public relations planning; integrated marketing communication; public relations theories and best practices; and global public engagement. The class also explores specialty public relations practice areas such as media relations, investor relations, employee relations and government relations. Class discussions, case studies, in-class exercises, team projects and essay exams help students improve their critical thinking and reasoning skills, develop research and strategic planning skills and increase diversity awareness and sensitivities that are important to professional and business success.

MBA 660. Decision Making in a Global Economy

Students come to understand the global trends and issues that create business opportunities in foreign markets as well as the impact of the global environment on domestic business practices and opportunities. Students examine the economic, social and political issues that affect a firm's strategy for entering international markets and how cross-cultural issues affect internal business processes. Some sections of the course include an international travel experience while others include a virtual study abroad experience. BS/MBA students are required to take a section that includes an international travel experience. Part-time and online students are encouraged to take a section with an international travel component; however, part-time and online students who are unable to complete an international travel experience may take a section of the course with a virtual international experience. Additional course fee (travel) applies to all sections except virtual study abroad.

MG 603. Project Management

Designed to provide a comprehensive coverage of the activities, tasks and techniques of project management, this course focuses on both the behavioral and the analytical skills required for successful project completion. On the behavioral side, the course examines how organizational issues contribute to project success/failure and how effective teams are fashioned. Analytic topics include: cost and resource estimation, Gantt charts, PERT/CPM, and resource load charts. The goal of the course is to provide students with the skills to plan and control complex projects.

MG 611. Designing Mentoring and Coaching Programs

This course explores the theories and applications of employee development, mentoring and coaching. Students gain experience in the design, development and operation of formal mentoring and coaching programs in organizations. Return on investment of mentoring and coaching programs and empirically supported best practices are discussed.

MG 643. Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management

This course explores strategic sourcing and supply management in the industrial purchasing cycle for operating supplies, raw materials, components and services. The course includes the use of Excel-based analytical models and methods to enhance the decision-making process. Topics include strategic issues relating to the procurement decision process including supplier selection and evaluation, supplier development, make-versus-buy decision, JIT purchasing, e-purchasing and the interrelationships between purchasing and other areas of the organization and the supply chain.

OL 662. Ethics and Governance

This course uses contemporary examples and theoretical perspectives to assess the critical dimensions of ethics in leadership, and explores responsible corporate governance linked to organizational leadership.

OL 601. Foundations of Organizational Leadership

This course explores foundational concepts of modern leadership and reviews traditional leadership theory. Contemporary issues in leadership provide opportunity for practical application and personal reflection.

OL 610. The Power and Politics of Communication

This course reviews effective communication techniques at the corporate and individual levels. The study of power and politics of communication includes ethical, cultural and contemporary concepts.

OL 650. Leading Organizational Change

This course examines theoretical concepts and practical techniques of organizational design and change. Students gain a conceptual understanding of leadership skills required for organizational change. The study of leading organizational change includes factors relating to the need for organizational change and the strategy-structure relationship to organizational design with a focus on organizational effectiveness.

STR 610. Business Sustainability

This course provides students with a comprehensive conceptual and applied understanding of the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing corporations on a global scale, with primary emphasis on environmental sustainability. Students are exposed to a variety of pressing sustainability issues and to frameworks, techniques and approaches for successfully dealing with them.

STR 620. Technology and Innovation Management

Technology and innovation have become key resources for corporate profitability and competitive advantage in firms. Managed properly, technological innovations are a primary source of competitive advantage for firms. This course explores the strategic role of technology and innovation in the success of firms. Classroom learning is facilitated primarily through case analyses.

STR 630. Corporate Governance

Corporate governance deals with the complex set of relationships between the corporation and its stakeholders. This course emphasizes governance issues in publicly traded companies and addresses the roles and responsibilities of managers, the board of directors, shareholders and others. Governance best practices as well as governance legal and ethical violations are discussed. Important government regulations including Sarbanes-Oxley are covered.