Course Descriptions

MB500 Critical & Ethical Decision Making (3)
Strength in critical and ethical thinking skills has become predictive of employee effectiveness and successful business outcomes. Business professionals must be able to better apply their knowledge to analyze problems and to formulate and evaluate business decisions and solutions in an ethical way. Critical thinking is at the heart of these abilities. Business leaders are increasingly becoming aware that excellent problem solvers will enable a company to succeed in today’s global and hyper-competitive markets. (Course cannot be waived.)

MB503 Economics for Managers (3)
In this course the dynamics of economic growth and change are explored. Money and banking, wealth, income, employment, inflation, exchange rates, budgetary debts, and other economic fluctuations are examined. The roles of market structures, supply and demand, consumer behavior, and government interventions, particularly in relation to price determination will also be examined.

MB505 Marketing for Managers (3)
In this course, individuals will examine the marketing mix from the perspective of management, with particular attention to how decisions concerning target markets, marketing research, planning, and strategy are accomplished. Attention is given to product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution, as well as the current trends and technologies in marketing.

MB508 The Global Manager (3)
This course provides individuals with a solid understanding of how practices of management are impacted by the context of the culture within which they take place. Emphasis is given to the strategies and organizational structures that must be created or changed when operating within different competitive, legal, technological, and social environments. Current issues in the globalization of the highly competitive world economy will also be explored.

MB509 Management of Technology (3)
This course examines how current and emerging technologies are used to support and transform the various functions of an organization and to enable new competitive opportunities. Emphasis is given to how properly configured information systems and new technologies are relied upon to reengineering business processes, provide critical intelligence to business operations, and enable the development of new products and services.

MB515 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
This course will develop a solid foundation of financial management concepts which managers can use to make financial decisions. This course will show managers how to interface with accounting and finance departments, and help them to understand how firms meet their financial objectives utilizing financial analysis. This course will also explain financial tools and techniques, which can be used to help firms maximize value by improving decisions relating to capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management. This course will deal with a number of related topics, including multinational financial management, risk management, mergers and acquisitions.

MB520 Management & Organizational Behavior (3)
This course will provide an in-depth and critical investigation of the functions, roles, skills and effectiveness of management in today’s complex, hypercompetitive and uncertain business environment. Attention will be given to topics such as motivation, values, teams, conflict and negotiation, communication, teamwork/group dynamics, managerial styles, power and politics, leadership, and culture. An additional component will consist of self-assessments related to self-awareness, personality and leadership styles.

MB604 Operations Management (3)
The emphasis of this course is the continuous streamlining and reevaluation of the processes and systems that comprise an enterprise’s value chain in order to improve organizational effectiveness, and to successfully compete in a global environment. The course will also include an integrated investigation into a firm’s manufacturing, marketing, logistics, research & development, and customer service functions.

MB606 Human Resource Management (3)
A commonly espoused principle in business is that the most important resource in any organization is its people. In this course, students will develop a keen understanding of job analysis, recruiting and selecting, talent management, appraisals, compensation, and benefits as well as the issue of work/life balance. Special emphasis will be placed on the challenges of balancing the needs of the organization with the needs of the individual.

MB607 The Dynamics of Effective Leadership (3)
Leadership has emerged as one of the most critical and controversial topics in our current business environment. In this course, different styles of leadership are explored along with the techniques and practices that are used by successful leadership. This course will include the analysis of cases that demonstrate effective as well as non-effective leadership behaviors and their impact on organizational effectiveness.

MB608 Quality Management (3)
This course provides individuals with an understanding of the various statistical concepts and process related tools that are used by an increasing number of industries in order to continuously improve its operations, products and services. Special attention is given to the most popular methodologies of Six Sigma and Lean. This course can be used in preparation for “Green Belt” certifications.

MB609 Advanced Strategic Management (3)
The methods, problems and issues of strategy formulation and implementation are increasingly relevant in today’s dynamic, complex, and highly competitive environment. This course will focus on the many variables and situational factors that must be dealt with from a total enterprise perspective. The student will be challenged to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and critique the strategy of a firm of their choosing.

MB610 Project & Portfolio Management (3)
It is critical in today’s dynamic and demanding business environment that organizations deliver quality products and services on-time and within budget while meeting the increasing demands of various stakeholders This course will provide extensive working knowledge of project and program management best practices, tools, and techniques. This course can be used as a solid foundation for future study toward a project management certification.

MB611 Managers & the Law (3)

Any business may be subject to various legal concerns including employment issues, contract disputes, regulatory compliance, environmental investigations, negligence claims, purported violations of fiduciary duties and securities fraud. This course will provide the student with practical legal knowledge and principles in order to become a more informed and sensitive business leader.

MB612 Managing Innovation & Change (3)
In today’s turbulent and hyper-competitive environment organizations must continually re-invent themselves or differentiate themselves from the competition. Research suggests that organizations that excel at managing the intersection of people, process and technology produce superior results. This course will focus on the practices and multi-dimensional aspects of managing innovation and organizational change.

MB613 Organizational Communications (3)
An investigation into communication strategies, and how to effectively use them as a leader and professional in communicating with an organization’s stakeholders. The course includes personal communication styles, media and tools for the manager, organizational communications climate, cross-cultural communications challenges, adapting communications to the specific needs of the audience, and cultivating and nourishing communication networks

MB614 Current Topics in Management (3)
This course will select and analyze contemporary topics that are of particular importance in our dynamic and volatile business environment that have not been covered in other core or elective courses. Possible topics will be solicited from business practitioners, faculty and students, as well as from respected research sources. Guest speakers with relevant expertise will be sought.

MB705 Business Model Analysis (3)

This first capstone course is the culmination of all previous coursework. Through the extensive use of the business model framework, the value proposition construct and analysis of current business events, students will examine how the various dimensions of a business should be integrated in order to provide sustainable profits in a dynamic and uncertain business environment.

MB706 Business Plan Development (3)
This second capstone course will have students experience the role of an entrepreneur. Students will develop an entire business plan, including the marketing, promotion, pricing, distribution, and financing arrangements required for a new business initiative taking into account the possible effects of competition, legal regulations, and other external factors.