MBA Course Descriptions

MBA Course Descriptions

MSBA 5000  MBA Essentials

The MBA Essentials is designed as an efficient method to convey core business concepts and to begin a team-building process among the MBA students that will continue throughout the program. Essentials will be an intensive, one-semester, three credit-hour experience that mixes internet and in-class learning of core business concepts and terminology. Students will use knowledge from the core areas to integrate their prior learning and business experience, and develop the cross functional approach to business problem solving that is required for the 21st century. (Program Prerequisite Course, Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis)

MSBA 5100  Personal Development Workshop

The course will focus on self assessment, development and actualization issues. Autobiography and biographic exercises will be used to explore the self. Also, topics such as work-life balance, personal financial management, career planning will be discussed. (Elective Course)

MSBA 5110  Leadership Workshop

The class will examine human behavior in organizations at the individual, interpersonal and group levels. The interplay of human, technological, and structural factors in organizations will be examined. Important issues to be considered will also involve motivation theories, communication, and group decision theories for managerial applications. The class will look at how we can design jobs and organizational structures and techniques to be used for evaluating and rewarding performance. Similarly, the class will look at techniques for the development of team building, leadership and conflict resolution skills. Focus is given to leadership approaches, job enrichment, quality of work life, and employee attitudes and achievement. (Core Course)

MSBA 5120  Tactical Human Resources Practices

Students will learn about the four primary functions of HRM – staffing, training and development, motivation and maintenance. Students will also learn how to apply the tactics in each of these functions in a legal, practical and ethical manner in the workplace. This course will combine lecture and case study methodology.  (Elective Course)

MSBA 5130  Labor Relations and Dispute Resolution

This course will focus on labor-management relations in the U. S., particularly in a unionized environment. The course will begin by covering the history of labor-management relations as well as the major legislation and court precedents that govern labor relations in the U.S. The main emphasis of the course will be on understanding dispute resolution processes and emerging issues in dispute resolution through a heavy reliance on case study analysis. (Elective Course)

MSBA 5140  Strategic Human Resources Management

Students will learn to apply Human Resource practices in a strategic manner and also to balance their role as strategic business partner and employee advocate in today’s dynamic business environment. This course will be delivered primarily in a case study method.  (Elective Course)

MSBA 5200  Management Information Systems

This course addresses three major computer issues. First, this course examines the business aspects of computer information systems, with a focus on hardware, software, and computer systems management. Second, it introduces business productivity software. In particular, it explores presentation and spreadsheet programs providing the students with considerable hands-on experience. Third, the course offers a case-oriented study of statistical data analysis for business decision making. Here, topics include: data summary measure, methods, population and sample characteristics, and linear regression, all implemented using the spreadsheet technology. (Core Course)

MSBA 5300  Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics deals with a diversity of issues. For instance, the class will discuss ways of directing scarce resources in an efficient manner so as to attain managerial goals defined by the firm. To this end, students will learn to apply economic ideas, theories, and methodologies in a strategic manner to enhance corporate performance. Students will also analyze organizational structures in order to maximize corporate behavior in the multitude of industrial and service sectors in which firms operate. Discussion of additional pertinent topics will provide students with further ways of using managerial economics, tools and procedures in the modern business environment. (Core Course)

MSBA 5400  Business Environments

This course is designed to introduce current developments involving societal and ethical challenges modern society presents to the corporate environment. Emphasis will be placed on areas such as stakeholders, corporate citizenship, social responsibility, globalization, and ethics. (Core Course)

MSBA 5550  Financial Reporting and Analysis

Through the concentration on the accounting side of financial statements, students gain a basic understanding of GAAP and the accounting model in order to recognize the limits of financial reports while evaluating liquidity, debt, and profitability. The course will combine ethics, financial theory, case studies and internet based projects. (Core Course)

 MSBA 5600  Marketing for Managers

The course will introduce marketing research and consumer behavior to the students. Topics such as product policy, pricing, promotion and distribution will be discussed. Case studies will be used to apply the concepts of marketing in the class. (Core Course)

MSBA 5710  Operations Management

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a sound conceptual understanding of the role that management science plays in the decision-making process. The focus is on the part of management science referred to as quantitative approaches to decision making. This course will cover several quantitative techniques that are used in decision making processes such as linear programming, transporting problems, project management, inventory models, waiting line modes, decision analysis, and forecasting. (Elective Course)

MSBA 5810  Project Management

The course introduces the concepts of operations research, scheduling, optimization and network techniques. The course will also cover on contract management especially with a focus on the government sector. Contract bidding, specifications compliance and other topics related to the industrial and government projects will be discussed. (Elective Course)

MSBA 5820  Advanced Project Management

Students will learn the how to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close projects. This course builds on the foundation knowledge gained in the Introduction to Project Management course.  This is an in-depth focus on the practical application of project management skills.  The course format will combine lecture and case study methodology. PR: MSBA 5810  (Elective Course)

MSBA 5850  Project Management Capstone

This course allows students to gain comprehensive project management knowledge.  The content addresses detailed coverage of the nine Knowledge Area and five Process Groups identified by the Project Management Institute and contained in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).  It also exposes students to best practices required to pass national certifications in project management and offers tips for passing the exam.  Course time and material aligns with the area of emphasis of the PMP exam in five process groups: Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Execution, Project Monitoring and Control, Project Closure, Professional Responsibility. PR: MSBA 5820 (Elective Course)

MSBA 6000  Strategic Management

This course will enable students to identify, comprehend and appraise an organization’s strategies and policies. Topic will include industry and competitive analysis, corporate and competitive strategies, competing in global, fragmented and integrated industries. The course provides students with the methodology to formulate and implement strategy, and to analyze possible consequences of strategic and policy actions. This course is designed to offer a capstone experience in which students will assimilate the various methods, concepts, and leadership tools offered throughout the MBA program. (Core Capstone Course)

 MSBA 6010  Managerial Practicum 

Students will work with a regional organization (i.e. business, non-profit, health care, etc) to solve real world problems in the role of an independent consultant. Students will work with the employer to identify the managerial issues and will apply learning from their coursework to solve these issues.  Students will make a presentation to the local employer and will submit a written case analysis of their project.  (Elective Course)

MSBA 6020  Global Experience

This course is designed to expose students to international markets.  It is intended to provide students with an understanding of the short-run and long-run decisions that managers of multinational business must make in the course of formulating and implementing specific business plans, along with an in-depth exposure to the techniques and tools that are available for use by international managers. This course may involve a international study tour abroad. (Elective Course)