These courses are taken by all students seeking the BSBA degree to give each student an appropriate breadth of knowledge in each aspect of modrn business.
ACCT 2101 - Accounting I
An introduction to the measurement and financial reporting of organizations and the interpretation of the resulting financial statements. The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of how to analyze and account for business transactions, communicate the results of these business transactions in the form of financial statements (balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements), and interpret financial statements for a wide range of organizations. Credit is not allowed for both MGT 3000 and ACCT 2101.
ACCT 2102 - Accounting II
The course deals with determining the costs of products and services and using cost information for planning and decision making. The topics include cost classification, cost allocation methods, costing of products and services, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, relevant cost analysis, standard costing, and divisional performance evaluation. The emphasis in this course is on the managerial use of accounting information. Credit is not allowed for both MGT 3000 and ACCT 2102.
MGT 2106 - Legal Aspects of Business
MGT 2106 introduces students to business-related aspects of the American legal system. The course will cover torts, contracts and property as well as constitutional law, administrative law, dispute resolution, business formation, and equal opportunity. The course also focuses on enhancing awareness of ethical issues.
MGT 2200 - Information Technology
This is an introductory course about information systems (IS) and their use in modern organizations. It focuses on understanding the fundamentals of information technology from a managerial perspective, and how to manage the modern business enterprise more effectively through the use of information technology. The class is highly interactive and relies heavily on discussion and case analysis to accomplish the course objectives.
MGT 2250 - Management Statistics
This is the introduction to basic statistics for management students. The course covers basic probability theory, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics as they apply to management applications. Students will learn how to both display data for ease of interpretation as well as use statistics to interpret data patterns. This course is a pre-requisite to MGT 2251 Management Science. Pre-req: MATH 1712 or 1501.
MGT 2251 - Management Science
This course focuses on the problem-solving and decision-making processes that use quantitative management science concepts and techniques. Pre-req: MGT 2250.
MGT 3062 - Financial Management
The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the basic principles used in financial management and their applications in long-term investment and financing. The five fundamental principles of finance that are characterized in this course are: (a) time value of money, (b) relation between risk and return, (c) efficient markets, (d) Modigiani-Miller theorem and capital structure, and (e) no arbitrage and option pricing theory. Once the students get familiar with these principles, they will learn how to apply their knowledge to the valuation of stocks and bonds, financial planning, capital budgeting, long-term financing, capital structure, dividend policy, working capital management, and risk management. Upon completing this course, the students ought to be able to make basic decisions regarding which project to undertake and when; how to finance a project; and how much debt to carry. This course will be essential for students considering a career in corporate finance. This course also lays the foundation for more advanced investment and corporate finance topics to be taught in the finance elective courses. No credit is allowed for MGT 3076 and MGT 3078. Pre-req: ACCT 2101.
MGT 3101 - Organizational Behavior
This course provides an introduction to how the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations affects organizational effectiveness. Students will become familiar with theories, best practices, and controversies surrounding such topics as employee personality, work motivation, job satisfaction, leadership team effectiveness, and organizational change. Mastery of this material is important to the development of managerial talent, indicating sharpened leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
MGT 3102 - Human Resources
This course introduces students to the analysis of various frameworks for understanding the social regulatory environments of human resource management and how they influence management decision making. The course includes an overview of basic human resource management practices, including job design, recruitment/selection, training/development, performance management, compensation, and labor relations. Students will learn to properly utilize these practices within the social regulatory context to maintain high employee morale, maximize employee performance, uphold the organization's reputation, and contribute to the organization's overall performance.
MGT 3300 - Marketing Management
This course presents and develops the primary marketing variables that are used in designing an overall marketing program. A systems approach is taken with the variables managed to optimize overall results. Restricted to students with 30+ credit hours.
MGT 3501 - Operations Management
Operations Management (OM) is defined as the design, operation, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver the firm's primary products and services. Understanding the role of the operations function and its impact on the competitiveness of the firm is an important part of any manager's training. Operational issues include designing, acquiring, operating, and maintaining facilities and processes; purchasing raw materials; controlling and maintaining inventories; and providing the proper labor needed to produce a good or service so that the customer expectations are met. This course in operations management is intended to be a survey of operating practices and models in both manufacturing and service oriented firms. It is intended to provide managers in all functional areas with sufficient knowledge to make informed "total business decisions" and to introduce standard terms and concepts for communications with operating personnel. Pre-req: MGT 2251.
MGT 3599- Career Development
This workshop-style class focuses on skills and strategies for identifying a career path and conducting a successful job search in the field of management.
MGT 3660 - International Business
Examines the position of the U.S. in world markets, various types of international business transactions, and the relationship of business to global economic, political-legal and cultural forces.
MGT 4195 - Strategic Management
This course provides you with tools to think systematically about the factors affecting firm performance: industry conditions, firms' resources and capabilities, and opportunities for securing competitive advantage. We will discuss both business strategy (how to compete in a given market) and corporate strategy (which markets to compete in). Learning methods may include lectures and guest lectures, case discussions, interactive exercises, and debates. Finally, as a member of a team of "managers", you will run a computer-based business simulation, which provides you with an opportunity to implement and execute a chosen strategy in a competitive environment. In doing so, you will need to integrate knowledge gained in other management courses including finance, marketing, operations, accounting, and human resources management. Pre-reqs: MGT 3062, MGT 3300, MGT 3501, MGT 3101.
MGT 4192 - IMPACT Forum
Each individual has a unique capacity to contribute their expertise, talents, insights and experience to create a significant impact in their lives and in the lives of others.
The objective of this course is to:
- Investigate, discuss, and develop key competencies for creating personal “Impact” (internal). Examples of competencies include:
- Awareness – range of perspectives, points of view, and possibilities;
- Critical-thinking – ability to investigate and assess situations, opinions and actions;
- Emotional Intelligence – ability to manage ourselves and our relationships;
- Communication – writing, speaking, listening;
- Curiosity and compassion – ability to seek out and understand the complexity of diversity.
- Explore the concept of “Impact” – across a range of environments (external).
- Develop a personal “Impact Statement”
MGT 4193 - Service, Leadership, Values and Systems
Leadership is often perceived in terms of an individual’s skills and abilities to influence others. While these are important ingredients of leadership, in order to be truly effective, it is also critical for students to understand the environments in which they operate, the values that drive their decisions and actions, and the consequences that those decisions and actions will have on others within their organization and beyond. All individuals should be aware that their current behavior either limits or expands their ability to exercise leadership and influence others in the future.
This course has been designed to enhance students’ awareness of their values and the ways in which those values are reflected in their decisions and actions. We will explore the gap and tension between stated organizational values and those that drive actions. Students will gain a better understanding of the systems in which they operate, and learn how to identify points of leverage to affect change. Contemporary concepts of integrating values and system-level thinking will be studied, providing the student with knowledge that may influence their philosophy, style and strategy.
MGT 4803 - Innovation Tournament for Sustainability
This course guides students through a systematic process for idea generation, selection, and impact with a focus on environmental or social issues that need to be solved. It puts structure around the process of innovation by teaching frameworks and methods for mastering innovation, supported by logic and empirical evidence. While this may seem daunting if you have never flexed your entrepreneurial muscles, I guarantee you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot from it.
The learning objectives of the course include learning a process- and design-thinking based view of idea generation and business model design, refining a business model using the business model canvass concept, understanding trade-offs between economic, environmental and social objectives, and developing research and synthesis skills using doing in-depth environmental/social impact analysis. The course starts with idea tournaments, a process that leverages the wisdom of the crowd. It continues with the application of basic experimenting/prototyping and business model innovation frameworks, emphasizing a systematic risk-limiting pathway to realizing entrepreneurial outcomes, with sustainability metrics in mind.
The course is instructor-guided in terms of process and basic tools, but almost entirely student-driven; doing the research, generating the ideas, finding the information and the resources you need at each stage will all be your responsibility. Expect this to be a demanding, but rewarding process. The learning from the process, the research, the feedback and the experience will help you whether you want to capitalize on a business opportunity in a company, or whether you want to strike out on your own one day.
This course is designed to address the needs of students who are currently evaluating specific venture opportunities, plan to start entrepreneurial ventures at later career stages, or who want to pursue careers where the ability to evaluate new ventures is important (e.g., venture capital, consulting, M&A). Strategic entrepreneurship should also be of interest to students working in established firms since many of the issues we discuss also apply to the context of “corporate entrepreneurship”. Moreover, understanding the new venture perspective will be useful for incumbents who frequently face startups as competitors or as potential partners.
MGT 4803 - Sustainable Business Projects
The class will focus on three main areas: sustainability topics and frameworks, basic consulting skills and tools, and specific needs or challenges on your consulting projects. We will use a variety of methods including readings, research, written assignments, group exercises, lecture, and discussion.
The purpose of this course is to help you gain a working knowledge of the various and evolving ways firms approach sustainability (environmental and social) and then apply this learning by solving a real problem for a company in a consulting team environment. In addition to readings and class activities, during the course you will bid on and be assigned to a real-life sustainability consulting project for a company and work on a team with classmates for 8 – 10 weeks. Your performance on this project, both individually and as a team, will be a major component of the final grade. For those of you interested in working directly in areas related to sustainability during your careers, this class will help you gain critical knowledge and skills towards that goal. For others it will offer a valuable point of view on a subject of increasing importance to managers and leaders across all functions and industries.