Business Administration Course Description
BUSN 503 EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND BUSINESS LITERACY
As the first course in the MBA program, BUSN 503 introduces students to the foundational principles of business and orients students to Canvas and university resources. Foundations included in the course: executive communications (stresses the theory and practice of both oral and written communication forms used in business organizations illustrated by cases); introduction to Business Economics, Finance, Accounting and Marketing (through online primers); basic Office functionality (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and basic research tools and skills. Students must enroll in BUSN 503 as the first course in their MBA program and may take one additional course simultaneously. Students who do not have a business background or strengths in quantitative analysis are strongly discouraged from taking ACCT 503, BUSN 523, or ECON 503 simultaneously with BUSN 503. This course cannot be accepted in transfer from another institution and cannot be taken as a directed study. It is delivered in an online format ONLY and must be the first course taken by students entering the MBA program. Books Included Fee applies.
BCIS 403/503 MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
This course will examine the importance of managing information and technology as a resource of a business. The course will examine the relation between management and the IT organization. Topics will include software quality assurance, technology systems integration, information resources management, using IT for competitive advantage, and software engineering. Students taking this course for graduate credit must complete all graduate course requirements. Undergraduate prerequisite(s): BCIS 303 and MGMT 303. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
BUSN 513 LEGAL AND ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
Examines and analyzes the legal and ethical issues decision makers in the business world face today. A variety of teaching modalities will be used to isolate the pertinent information necessary to successfully examine and understand the affects of legal and ethical issues on business, society, and the community at large. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
ECON 503 BUSINESS ECONOMICS
This course will examine the application of economic theory and economic methodology to managerial decision-making. Supply and demand, productivity, consumer behavior, business and economic forecasting, pricing and marketing strategies under differing competitive conditions, government’s role, and the global market will also be explored. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
MRKT 503 CURRENT ISSUES IN MARKETING
This course analyzes the formation of marketing policies and strategies as it examines product planning and development, selection, and development of marketing channels, marketing research, and cost allocation. Managerial aspects of marketing and the relationship of marketing to the total organizational operation are discussed. Skills developed: Problem solving, presentation, and team building. Practical application: Heavy use of case analysis for organizations. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
ACCT 503 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
Interpreting and using accounting reports and supplementary information for management planning, coordination, and control; emphasis on using accounting information for decision making in problems of product mix, cost-volume-profit analysis, and other profit planning and control areas. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
MGPS 403/503 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND LEADERSHIP
This course explores the dynamics of individual, group, and firm behavior used to develop broader managerial skills. Theoretical models and concepts will be evaluated in the areas of values, attitudes, personality traits, decision-making, motivation, communication, and the development of effective relationships in a diverse work environment. Students will examine the need for individuals to identify, comprehend, and maximize various aspects of proactive leadership devices such as organizational development, influence techniques, and total quality management as a means of effective leadership. Experiential exercises and case studies may be utilized to develop a broader understanding of behavior and leadership in the workplace. Students taking this course for graduate credit must complete all graduate course requirements. Undergraduate Prerequisite: MGMT 303 or consent of instructor. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
BUSN 523 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Examines financial implications for business management and lays the background for future courses. Topics include the
financial environment, including the Federal Reserve System, financial analysis, time value of money, capital policy, cash management, risk and return, and valuation. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
BUSN 533 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Examines the markets of multinational firms and the strategies and practices needed to service and expand in the international marketplace. Topics include: Marketing, research, productions, labor costs, distribution systems, and management. Skills developed: Analytical, written, research, presentation, cultural. Practical application: Group presentations, in-depth research on
specific countries, and presentations on current topics affecting international operations. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.
BUSN 583 CAPSTONE PROJECT
The capstone project will provide the student with the opportunity to take what they’ve learned academically in the classroom and through professional experiences and experiential learning, to develop a project that will display their ability to
synthesize information and synergistically incorporate the key elements into a project that will demonstrate their level of skill,
knowledge, and applicability. Project topic will be determined by student with approval from the MBA Faculty Review Committee. Students must earn a grade of B or better in this course to fulfill graduation requirements. Prerequisites: ACCT 503, BCIS 503, BUSN 503, MRKT 503, BUSN 513, ECON 503, MGPS 503, BUSN 523. This course cannot be taken as a directed study.