Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

ACCT 652 Accounting Information and Control Systems

(4 trimester units)

This course provides a structural model of business and its operation. Financial accounting information is examined as a means to make rational strategic decisions. Students are taught to gauge a firm’s position of liquidity and profitability.

BSCI 650 Personal and Leadership Development Workshop

(1 trimester unit)

This workshop orients students to the MBA program. Each student receives guidance on ethical behavior and personal career development and learns to form effective business teams. This workshop is taken in conjunction with BSCI 651 Behavior in Organizations.

BSCI 651 Behavior in Organizations

(4 trimester units)

This course teaches students to apply the behavioral sciences in management issues through integration of conceptual and experiential approaches to self-awareness, perception, communication, motivation, productivity, group behavior processes, leadership, organizational change, diversity, ethical issues, career planning, and the management of personal and organizational stress.

DESC 656 Quantitative Analysis for Business Operations

(4 trimester units)

The focus of this course is on the application of quantitative analysis techniques to strategic business decision-making. The course is designed to support the integration experience and includes an introduction to production and service operations. Specific business modeling applications include forecasting, decision analysis, simulation, linear programming, and project management.

ECNM 657 Prices, Profit, and the Market Economy

(4 trimester units)

This economics course examines the domestic and global production and distribution of goods and services as guided by the market economy. It emphasizes how the firm remains competitive through the improvement of resource allocation, production, and profits under changing economic conditions.

FINC 655 Financial Management of the Firm

(4 trimester units)

Students learn to define, comprehend, and apply a market-driven theory for ethically based, strategic financial decisions. Important issues include the return and risk of the activity in which to invest, the size of the investment, and the sources for financing the investment. Each decision is part of the overall financial strategy that adds value to the shareholder. Topics include financial markets, financial reporting, cost of capital, portfolio analysis, capital structure, dividend policy, options, cash management, and international monetary issues.

GSBM 670X Integration in Business Operations

(2 trimester units)

This integration course covers all core courses, with the focus on integrated strategic management. This course is taken in conjunction with STGY 659 Strategic Management.

ISTM 654 Information and Process Systems

(4 trimester units)

Modern information business processes must make efficient use of resources, be effective in meeting growing consumer demands, and be readily adaptable to changes in the environment. This course examines production processes and service delivery processes, their different information requirements, and the critical role of information systems in supporting them.

LEGL 653 Political, Regulatory, Ethical, and Legal Issues of Business

(4 trimester units)

This course examines the impact of the diverse political and social forces upon business and the law. Students will explore the historical, cultural, political, philosophical, and religious foundation of the legal and social systems as they relate to the ethical and profit dimensions of the economic complex. Honing critical thinking skills is accomplished through analysis of the above in relation to policy and implementation procedures inherent to the international and domestic markets.

MKTG 658 Marketing Management

(4 trimester units)

This course analyzes the environment relevant to the creation and distribution of goods and services. This environment includes global, ethical, political, social, legal, and regulatory issues. The course examines buyer behavior, marketing research, and marketing information from a managerial perspective. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of marketing concepts to case problems and the student’s current employment experiences.

STGY 659 Strategic Management

(4 trimester units)

This capstone course examines the running of an enterprise from the chief executive officer’s point of view. It is designed to help students conduct external and internal assessments of an organization, identify its key strategic issues, identify and choose from alternative strategies, and defend those decisions. This course is taken after completing all required core courses, except for the final simulation, STGY 670C Integration in Business Operations: Strategic Management, with which this course is taken in conjunction.

STGY 670C Integration in Business Operations: Strategic Management

(1 trimester unit)

Digital Innovation & Information Systems Concentration

ISTM 660 Business Analytics and Intelligence

(2 trimester units)

This course introduces techniques to transform data into business intelligence and to use analytics to create business value. Students will acquire the knowledge required to develop solutions to real-world problems through a combination of readings, case studies, applied projects, technology demonstrations, guest lecturers and assignments to analyze and interpret real data. Typical topics may include data mining, data dimension reduction, predictive analytics, data visualization, and coverage of Enterprise Information Strategy, master data management, business intelligence systems, and collective intelligence.

ISTM 661 Enterprise Architecture and Infrastructure Management

(2 trimester units)

This course examines the need for systematic approaches for organizations in integrating diverse functional areas into a holistic, application-and data focused enterprise-wide digital platform for supporting the business. This goal will cover the areas of Enterprise Architecture and Infrastructure Management as essential approaches for the development of coherent, robust, efficient and agile enterprise digital platforms.

ISTM 662 DIIS Portfolio and Project Management

(2 trimester units)

This course is intended to develop student understanding of the complexities within and interdependence between DIIS projects and to develop their abilities to successfully manage DIIS projects toward successful realization and intended business benefits. The course will provide students with the techniques, tools and managerial competencies to manage individual DIIS projects and the requisite insights and approaches to manage a portfolio of projects into a coherent program of innovation.

ISTM 663 Managing DIIS Security, Privacy and Ethics

(2 trimester units)

This course will equip business managers to effectively meet the security and ethical challenges of information systems. Internet and digital technologies that make it easier than ever to assemble, integrate, and distribute information have created concerns about appropriate use of customer information, the protection of personal privacy, and the protection of intellectual property. Managers must make informed decisions that reflect an understanding of the ethical and social issues surrounding the use of information systems.

ISTM 664 Business Process Analysis and Innovation

(2 trimester units)

In this course students will be introduced to key concepts and approaches to business process analysis and improvement. Students will be exposed to challenges and approaches to organizational change, domestic and offshore outsourcing, and inter-organizational processes

ISTM 665 Digital Innovation and Strategic Transformation

(2 trimester units)

In this course, students will develop a deep understanding of the strategic issues surrounding IT innovation, and how they shape IT investment decisions. In addition, it examines ways in which IT managers can employ leading practices to integrate information systems and business strategy.

Finance Concentration

FINC 667 Global Capital Markets and Institutions

(4 trimester units)

This course examines the operations of financial markets and financial institutions in allocating capital in an international macroeconomic environment. Specific topics include history of the international financial system, foreign exchange and exchange rate determination, the balance of payments, open economy macroeconomics, corporate financing in international capital markets, and hedging and arbitrage.

FINC 668 Valuation and Corporate Combinations

(4 trimester units)

This course examines methods for measuring and managing the value of companies. Valuation methodologies studied include discounted cash flows, discounted abnormal earnings, comparable, liquidation, replacement cost, and book value. Among the transactions studied are mergers, acquisitions, hostile takeovers, going-private transactions (MBOs and LBOs), asset restructuring, and voluntary and involuntary liquidation.

FINC 669 Investments and Portfolio Management

(4 trimester units)

This course establishes the foundations for analysis of optimal security selection, examines procedures for constructing investment portfolios, and considers strategies that investors can employ to meet various alternative investment objectives. The full scope of the investment management opportunities is considered by examination of investment across all classes of securities (equities, fixed-income instruments, real estate, derivatives, etc.) in both domestic and foreign markets.

General Management Concentration

Select any 12 units of MBA electives.

Leadership and Managing Organizational Change Concentration

GSBM 693 Global Business Intensive

(2 trimester units)

Hosted by partner schools, Global Business Intensive focuses on critical aspects of doing business in the global economy. The course consists of lectures by distinguished faculty members of the partner schools and recognized experts from companies and research centers on a variety of contemporary business issues. The course involves a series of seminars covering such topics as international economics, culture, marketing, finance, and political and legal context.

OTMT 617 Leadership Theory and Practice

(2 trimester units)

Leadership is a multifaceted and even controversial topic; still, it remains one of the most studied and least understood of human endeavors. This course explores the major theories and approaches of leadership to prepare individuals to understand, develop, and accept complex leadership roles. This course seeks to bridge leadership concepts to leadership actions by applying leadership theory to case situations.

OTMT 670 Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership

(4 trimester units)

This course examines the interactions among human resources, technologies, organization design, external forces, and management practices from a macro-organization perspective. Study concentrates on organizations as systems and managerial, technical, structural, and cultural subsystems as they relate to the broader environment. The course also examines the concepts of system design, work design, and management theory.

OTMT 672 Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change

(4 trimester units)

Contemporary organizations exist in social, political, and economic environments that change rapidly and unpredictably. This course deals with managing change by looking at strategy, organization design and processes, and multi-organizational systems. Specific topics include traditional and contemporary approaches to change management, organizational learning, consulting skills, and organization development.

OTMT 673 Creativity and Innovation for Leadership

(2 trimester units)

Business leaders must respond to such contemporary realities as the information explosion, intense competition, accelerated social and technological change, fresh expectations from new generations, and ever-higher customer demands. Therefore, contemporary leaders must be more and more creative and innovative. This course focuses on imagination and invention (creativity) and on the productive results of such processes (innovation).

Marketing Concentration

MKTG 680 Global Brand Management

(4 trimester units)

Modern brands are a powerful force transcending the world’s borders, economies, and cultures. This course introduces the student to the global brand dynamic, and focuses on why a global brand is important, how to nurture and protect a global brand, and the importance of the brand’s authenticity in the formation of the consumer’s brand trust and commitment.

MKTG 681 Market Innovation and Commercialization

(4 trimester units)

This course is designed to help students deepen their understanding of innovation in context to the commercialization of a firm’s market offering. This course will address a broader definition of “market offering” to include product, service, information, technology, idea and/or experience offered by an organization to a market to satisfy a need or want. In the course the student will be exposed to the strategic business imperatives for innovation; contemporary academic and practitioner theories of commercialization, adoption, and diffusion; and the role of innovation in organizations.

MKTG 682 Marketing Communications in the Digital Age

(4 trimester units)

This course studies the process by which marketing programs are planned, developed, executed, and measured through exploration of the various strategies, tools, and techniques used in traditional and digital age marketing.