Course Descriptions

ECON 451.01: Applications in Modern Managerial Economics
Applications in Modern Managerial (Business) Economics (AMBE) analyzes current macroeconomic and microeconomic events and trends, and how they effect firm-executive level decision-making; the impact on industry, markets, customers, stakeholders, stockholders, employees, and operations; and organizational structure of the firm, as it adapts to constant change. The focus is on model building, applications and data analysis, and how these models and their outcomes drive decisive business decision-making under uncertainty. Contemporary (orthodox-unorthodox) fiscal and monetary policy analysis is used to understand dynamic systematic risks to the firm.

OPS 452.01: Analytics for Effective Decision Making
This course examines the nature of individual and group behavior in an organizational context. We will explore how these behaviors affect organizational outcomes and performance. It includes an emphasis on the use of theories as conceptual tools for analyzing and solving challenges in organizational and management dynamics. The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop a critical understanding of human behavior in organizations.

MKT 453.01: Confident Communication
Want to feel more confident and be more credible in business?  This course focuses on the oral and written communication skills managers need to collaborate, facilitate, present, and write effectively.  Students will develop critical thinking skills to address employee engagement, culture, managing expectations, remote work, negotiation skills, conflict management and crisis communication. High impact communication drives business globalization, teamwork, and technology for a changing world.  Think differently and build skills to ensure your success!

OPS 454.01: Strategic Decisions in Operations and Supply Chain
Strengthen your statistical thinking and reasoning skills through this introduction to analytical methods. The data analysis approach used in this course is designed to support managerial decisions in various business contexts. Some of the key topics include basic statistics, sampling and statistical inference, and regression models. The course topics will focus on a critical approach to statistical evidence and its relevance to business decisions.

ACCTG 455.01: Navigating Accounting for Success
From a financial accounting perspective this course will focus on the content, concepts, and underlying principles that relate to corporate financial statements including the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. In addition it also will also cover ratio analysis and stockholders equity related transactions.

From a management accounting perspective the course will also cover the internal use of accounting information as a management tool for decision making purposes. Emphasis will be on cost concepts and analysis of cost variances. Topics to be covered will include cost-volume-profit analysis, job order cost accounting, process cost accounting, activity-based costing, budgeting and budget analysis, performance measures, and decision making. 

ORB 456.01: Leadership and Management Dynamics
This course examines the nature of individual and group behavior in an organizational context. We will explore how these behaviors affect organizational outcomes and performance. It includes an emphasis on the use of theories as conceptual tools for analyzing and solving challenges in organizational and management dynamics. The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop a critical understanding of human behavior in organizations.

FIN 457.01: Finance for Management Decisions
This course introduces the principles of finance and their application in management decisions in today’s global environment.  It focuses on the measurement and creation of value in a corporation.  Topics include financial markets, financial statements, free cash flow forecasting, present value analysis, the theory of risk and return, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and value based management.

MKT 458.01 Marketing Management
This course provides an overview of the marketing discipline from a managerial perspective.  Fundamental and contemporary concepts, models and analytical tools in the discipline will be covered so that students can apply them to make better business decisions.  Key topics include: customer analysis, marketing research, segmentation, targeting, positioning as well as integrated product, pricing, communication and distribution strategies and policies

ORB 459.01: Law and Entrepreneurship
This course discusses the legal system and how it affects businesses; provides an understanding of contract principles, business torts, white-collar crime, business organization structures, and other related topics. Additionally, the course discusses the law's impact on entrepreneurship, as well as ethical issues that may arise in a business setting.

MGT 460.01: Strategic Thinking for Organizational Success
Why do some organizations succeed and others fail? Why are some industries more attractive than others? Why, within a given industry, are some firms successful and others not? In this course, we will try to find answers to these questions with a primary goal of gaining an understanding of strategies that increase the probability of success and reduce the probability of failure for organizations. You will learn to think like a general manager with a more holistic, comprehensive approach with a focus on problem solving, decision-making, and implementation capability in your organization. In particular, we will focus on competitive advantage and how firms create and sustain it.

MGT 461.01: Capstone
This course integrates several business disciplines such as finance, accounting, marketing, and strategy to formulate, analyze, and implement effective business strategy. You will analyze complex business situations to make strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty.

Students will work in teams to operate computer simulated companies for eight years, acting as the co-managers of a multinational manufacturing company. Through this simulated management exercise, students are equipped to solve open-ended problems in innovative ways.

OPS 462.01: Leading Technologies in Innovating Business
In this course, students survey and receive hands-on exposure to technologies that innovate the business landscape.  The aim is to provide enough knowledge and exposure to equip future managers with the introductory background needed to collaborate with technology teams on a business problem.  Students will be introduced to a high-level programming language and use that knowledge to survey the applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, web/cloud computing, and blockchain to business problems.