MBA Course Details

MBA500 BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS

4 Semester Credit Hours - This course is the first course taken in all graduate degree programs; it is designed to develop the fundamental skills necessary for success in graduate courses by instilling the structure of academic research and the methodical process that leads to valid, reliable results. The curriculum focuses step-by-step, from the selection of a problem, through the process of conducting authentic research, to the preparation of a completed report, with practical suggestions based on a solid theoretical framework and sound pedagogy: 1) that quality research demands planning and design; and, 2) how academic research projects can be executed effectively and professionally. The course guides students from problem selection to completed research report with many concrete examples and practical, how-to suggestions using contemporary approaches to data collection and analysis, including Internet-based research methods, mixed-methods designs, ethical dilemmas resulting from modern technology, and guidelines for presenting and publishing research results.

Prerequisites: Program matriculation.

Textbooks

Business Research: Enjoy Creating, Developing and Writing Your Business Project, 2014, Wilson Ng and Elayne Coakes, Kogan Publishing, ISBN: 0749468955

Harvard Business Review 10 Must Reads on Strategy, 2011, Harvard Business Review Press ISBN-10: 1422157989

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy, 2011, Joan Magretta, Harvard Business Review Press, ISBN-10: 1422160599

How to read a Book, Mortimer J. Adler, Touchstone, ISBN-10: 0671212095 

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Construct Research Topics
Understand and Avoid Plagiarism
Read and Evaluate Sources
Revise, Proofread, and Format a Well-Crafted Research Paper
Write in APA Style
Perform Academic Writing & Research through the Creation of a Unique Research Assignment
Present research findings and support research conclusions

MBA550 APPLIED STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT THEORIES & PRACTICES

4 Semester Credit Hours - This course is a skills-oriented, practitioner perspective on strategy, focusing on current research and concepts and new research and theories of seminal thinkers in strategy development, such as Ansoff, Chandler, Porter, Hamel, Prahalad, Mintzberg, and Barney. This applied strategic management course captures the complexity of the current business environment and delivers the latest skills and concepts with singular clarity, helping students develop their own cutting-edge strategy through skill-developing exercises. This course also explores the current global recession and shows how it has affected the business environment, providing students with up-to-date coverage of topical business environments.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a basic understanding of business processes and different functional areas, students must have completed a prior course in business management, or a related business course, with a grade of 'B' or better; or have a minimum of 3 or more year's practical documented experiences in a formal business environment.

Textbooks:

Strategy and Business Process Management: Techniques for Improving Execution, Adaptability, and Consistency by Carl F. Lehmann, Auerbach Publications ©2012, Length:299 pages

Own The Future: 50 Ways To Win From The Boston Consulting Group by Michael Deimler, Richard Lesser, David Rhodes and Janmejaya Sinha (eds), John Wiley & Sons ©2013, Length:374 pages

The Power of Strategy Innovation: A New Way of Linking Creativity and Strategic Planning to Discover Great Business Opportunities, Revised Edition, by Robert E. Johnston, Jr. and J. Douglas Bate, AMACOM ©2013, Length:334 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Define Strategic Management
Prioritize and Conduct Strategy Formulation
Plan for and Sequence Strategy Implementation
Evaluate Business Strategy
Perform Strategic Analysis and Evaluate Strategic-Management Cases 

MBA610 APPLIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY CONCEPTS

3 Semester Credit Hours - This course presents a framework about information technology security threats and security management in corporations. It covers the techniques and mechanisms designed to thwart information technology security threats as well as known methods for exploiting vulnerabilities. Concentration is placed on the management of the IT security functions, elements of cryptography and cryptographic systems, access control and site security, incident and disaster response, TCP/IP and how hackers use it to attack organizations, attack methods, attack prevention systems (firewalls and host security), and application security.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a basic understanding of business technology, but does not require prior formal information technology training.

Textbooks:

Information Security Management Handbook, Sixth Edition, Volume 7, by Richard O'Hanley and James S. Tiller (eds), Auerbach Publications ©2014, Length:434 pages

Supply Chain Security: A Comprehensive Approach, by Arthur G. Arway, Auerbach Publications ©2013, Length:190 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Define the Corporate Security Threat Environment
Evaluate Host Hardening Approaches
Compare and Contrast Application Security Vulnerabilities
Plan for Data Protection
Formalize Incident and Disaster Response Best Practices

MBA620 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC THEORIES & PRACTICES

3 Semester Credit Hours: This graduate economics course is divided into an international economic study of both trade, sociopolitical study, and finance. Within each component, core theory is explored and followed by a series of inquiries that confront policy questions using the newest empirical work, data, and policy debates. Unlike many MBA economic courses that generally rehash undergraduate microeconomics, this course is a broad industry survey using a wide range of reading and research materials.

Prerequisites: The course requires college level mathematical skills,  students must have completed a prior course in college level mathematics with a grade of 'B' or better; or have a minimum of 3 years demonstrated practical experiences in in a formal business environment with some international dealings and business mathematical functions.

Textbooks:

Understanding the Chinese Economies by Rongxing Guo Academic Press©2013 Length:315 pages

The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World, Revised and Updated by Greg Ip John Wiley & Sons©2013 Length:286 pages

The Collaboration Economy: How to Meet Business, Social, and Environmental Needs and Gain Competitive Advantage by Eric Lowitt Jossey-Bass©2013 Length:256 pages

Tomorrow's World: A Look at the Demographic and Socio-Economic Structure of the World in 2032 by Clint Laurent John Wiley & Sons©2013 Length:256 pages

The World Economy: Global Trade Policy 2012 by David Greenaway Blackwell LTD©2013 Length:206 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Compare International Trade Theories
Define and Evaluate International Trade Policy
Justify Exchange Rates and Apply Open-Economy Macroeconomics
Deconstruct International Macroeconomic Policy and Analyze its Impacts
Create Viable International Economic Strategies based upon Sound Theory and Practices 

MBA630 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIORS AND ETHICAL PRACTICES

3 Semester Credit Hours - This course is about the study of people and organizations. While economics, behavioral science, and philosophy have spawned many academic theories that attempt to explain the behavior of organizations and societies, the field of Organizational Science was first recognized only halfway through the 20th century. Because it is a recent field, the study of organizations and organizational behavior employs an interdisciplinary approach. Organizational Behavior (OB) is the science of understanding how people affect organizations and vice versa. The goal of studying OB is to provide the learner with concepts, theories, and tools that will help them enhance the effectiveness of their organization. The systematic study of OB is intended to complement intuition, so that we can better understand our, and others, behavior in groups, teams, and organizations.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a basic understanding of business processes and different functional areas, students must have completed a prior course in business management, or a related business course, with a grade of 'B' or better; or have a minimum of 3 or more year's practical documented experiences in a formal business environment.

Textbooks:

Organizational Behaviour by Raisa Arvinen-Muondo and Stephen Perkins, Kogan Page ©2013, Length:360 pages

Ethical Leadership: Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Business Culture by Andrew Leigh, Kogan Page ©2013, Length:240 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Define Ethical Organizational Behavior
Manage Perceptions & Individual Decision Making
Resolve Conflict & Sequence Negotiations
Propose & Evaluate Organizational Structures
Create and Evaluate HR Policies & Practices
Justify Organizational Change

MBA640 ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT OF FINANCE & ACCOUNTING

3 Semester Credit Hours - This course presents an approach to management accounting from the perspective of a business manager with a focus on how business managers can estimate and manage the financial cost and profitability of their products and customers. This course also covers how managers use financial and nonfinancial information to improve processes, design and develop new products, and motivate employee performance. The Balanced Scorecard is featured as an integrated framework within this course so that management accounting becomes a central focus for business managers rather than as a set of procedures and calculations done by accountants. Blending new theories and topics with the fundamentals, the course maintains a classic managerial accounting focus on planning and decision-making about product mix, customer mix, and capacity, and also includes new discussions relevant to some of the more modern topics in managerial accounting, including ethics, environmental issues, and life cycle costing and approaches.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a college level mathematical skills and a basic understanding of accounting concepts, students must have completed a prior course in accounting, finance, college level mathematics, or a closely related course, with a grade of 'B' or better; or have a minimum of 3 years demonstrated practical experiences in in a formal business environment with documented accounting or financial experiences.

Textbooks:

The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers, Second Edition, by Edward Fields, AMACOM©2011, Length:321 pages

Business and Financial Models by Clive Marsh, Kogan Page©2013, Length:296 pages

The Handbook of International Trade and Finance: The Complete Guide for International Sales, Finance, Shipping and Administration, Third Edition, by Anders Grath, Kogan Page©2014, Length:240 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Adapt to using Costs in Decision Making
Develop Activity-Based Cost Systems
Integrate Behavioral and Organizational Issues in Management Control Systems
Develop Budgets for Planning and Coordination
Interpret Financial Controls

MBA650 STRATEGIES AND CONCEPTS FOR THE MARKETING MIX & MANAGEMENT

3 Semester Credit Hours -This course is focused on how marketing performance, profitability, and strategies affect organizational performance and profit. Measuring performance and profitability in marketing is becoming more and more important in the business world. Best practices on marketing performance, profitability, and the role marketing strategies play in building the profits of a business are examined. The course builds on the metrics and analytics focus, while incorporating the rise of technology in marketing, including advanced availability of marketing analytics and marketing metrics for both forward- and backward-looking performance. The course is both theoretical and applied, using cutting edge marketing performance tools that cover new customer value methodologies. Also examined is the trend of Social Media. Social media is now pervasive in marketing, but students will need a way to evaluate its overall effectiveness.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a basic understanding of business processes and different functional areas, students must have completed a prior course in business management, or a related business course, with a grade of 'B' or better; or have a minimum of 3 or more year's practical documented experiences in a formal business environment.

Textbooks:

Multichannel Marketing Ecosystems by Markus Ståhlberg and Ville Maila (eds), Kogan Page©2014, Length:281 pages

The Complete Marketer: 60 Essential Concepts for Marketing Excellence by Malcolm McDonald and Mike Meldrum, Kogan Page©2013, Length:336 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Compare Market Orientation and Marketing Performance
Develop Market Analysis Techniques
Critique Marketing Mix Strategies
Create Strategic Marketing Approaches
Create Marketing Plans and Evaluate Performance

LOG600 SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICAL MANAGEMENT

4 Semester Credit Hours -This is a rigorous examination of the key logistics in effective supply chain management. The course illustrates the key drivers of good supply chain management in order to help students understand what creates a competitive advantage. This course also provides strong coverage of analytic skills so students can gauge the effectiveness of the techniques described. In order to help students see how all the pieces of the supply chain fit together, the strategic framework in this course identifies the logistical components of facilities, inventory, transportation, information, sourcing, and pricing as the key drivers of supply chain performance. Overall, the aim is to convey how these drivers may be used on a conceptual and practical level during supply chain design, planning, and operation to improve performance. Also examined is designing global supply chains, including a detailed examples that look at the onshoring/offshoring decision as a real option in the context of uncertainty. Finally the course offers online spreadsheets that students can use to understand the concept for the numerical examples discussed in the assignments. These spreadsheets provide the details of the example discussed but are also live and allow students to try different what-if analyses.

Prerequisites: The course requires college level mathematical skills,  students must have completed a prior course in college level mathematics with a grade of 'B' or better; or have a minimum of 3 years demonstrated practical experiences in in a formal business environment with some business mathematical functions.

Textbook:

Essentials of Supply Chain Management, Third Edition, by Michael Hugos, John Wiley & Sons©2011, Length:352 pages

Supply Chain Transformation: Building and Executing an Integrated Supply Chain Strategy by J. Paul Dittmann, McGraw-Hill©2013, Length:256 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Classify and Understand the Supply Chain
Measure Supply Chain Performance
Apply Supply Chain Drivers & Metrics
Design a Supply Chain Network
Design Global Supply Chain Networks

LOG610 FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVES IN DATA ANALYSIS AND DECISION MODELING

4 Semester Credit Hours - At the conclusion of this course students are able to conduct serious analysis of applied problems rather than running simple applications. This course is also at a mathematically higher level than most business statistics courses and provides students with the knowledge they need to become stronger analysts for future managerial positions. This includes improved problem contexts for learning how statistical methods can improve analysis and understanding of business and economics. One of the largest data sets used in this course is the HEI Cost Data Variable Subset. This data file was obtained from a major nutrition-research project conducted at the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Several case studies are used also including both large and small sample sizes. These cases provide students with the opportunity to extend their statistical understanding to the context of research and analysis conducted by professionals.

Prerequisites: The course requires college level mathematical skills,  students must have completed a prior course in college level mathematics with a grade of 'B' or better; or have a minimum of 3 years demonstrated practical experiences in in a formal business environment with some business mathematical functions.

Textbooks:

Data Mining and Statistics for Decision Making by Stéphane Tufféry, John Wiley & Sons©2011, Length:716 pages

The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics by Kristin H. Jarman, John Wiley & Sons©2013, Length:192 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Understand Quantitative Analysis, Concepts and Applications
Perform Decision Analysis using Regression Models
Create and Analyze Forecasting, Inventory Control, Supply Chain Models
Use Linear Programming
Understand Integer Programming, Goal Programming, and Nonlinear Programming
Create and Analyze Network & Queuing Theory Models
Use Simulation Modeling & Markov Analysis

LOG620 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW

4 Semester Credit Hours - This course is a comprehensive exploration of international business law that presents the unifying framework for exploration of the diversity and similarity of how firms are currently regulated and governed around the world. The course uses Case Studies which have been selected for their importance and currency, which have been drawn from a wide range of geographical settings. Each case has a summary that gives students an overview of the most important point or points that the case illustrates. The core text focuses on Challenges facing the World Bank, Issues facing investors of developing nations, Offshore financial havens, The International Court of Justice, Protection of the environment, Cross border banking, and Ownership of financial funds; and topics that come into play when moving goods and executing transportation contracts.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a basic understanding of business legal environments, but does not require prior formal law courses. Students must have a minimum of 1 year of practical experiences in a formal business environment.

Textbooks:

Corporate Governance, Fifth Edition, by Robert A. G. Monks and Nell Minow, John Wiley & Sons©2011, Length:542 pages

Due Diligence and the Business Transaction: Getting a Deal Done, by Jeffrey W. Berkman, Apress©2013, Length:292 pages

Corporate Governance Regulation: How Poor Management Is Destroying the Global Economy, by Nicholas Vakkur and Zulma J. Herrera, John Wiley & Sons©2013, Length:290 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Identify relevant International and Comparative Law
Define challenges facing the World Bank
Understand issues facing investors of developing nations
Create a strategy for cross border banking
Understand and leverage legal aspects of ownership of financial funds
Integrate an understanding of international law with supply chain strategies

LOG630 LOGISTICAL SOLUTIONS WITH ERP TECHNOLOGY

4 Semester Credit Hours - The course presents an approach to understanding and implementing technology systems. Students focus on the components of an ERP system, and the process of implementing ERP systems to increase the overall success of the organization. This course also places major importance on the strategic role of ERP systems in providing a platform for improved business operations and productivity. Also covered is the integrated business planning and execution currently in use by most large and medium-sized organizations. The cross-functional nature of the topic requires discussion of the marketing, accounting, and human resources components of ERP as well.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a basic understanding of supply chain business processes and how different functional areas use technology, students must have completed MBA610 and LOG600, or a related course, with a grade of 'B' or better.

Textbooks:

Introduction to Supply Chain Management Technologies, Second Edition, by David Frederick Ross, Auerbach Publications©2011, Length:424 pages

Decoding the IT Value Problem: An Executive Guide for Achieving Optimal ROI on Critical IT Investments by Gregory J. Fell, John Wiley & Sons©2013, Length:208 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Explain Enterprise Systems for Management
Justify Systems Integration
Apply the Systems Development Life Cycle
Formalize Software and Vendor Selection
Differentiate Between Operations and Post-implementation
Judge Organizational Change and Business Process Reengineering
Apply Global Concepts, Ethics, and Security Management
Integrate technology into Supply Chain Management

LOG640 PROJECT MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES & PRACTICES

4 Semester Credit Hours - This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. It provides students with theoretical concepts, applications, the newest technology concepts, a variety of tools and processes, and practical insights to help them understand how to successfully manage projects in a wide variety of industries including software development, information technology, construction, government, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and R&D.

Prerequisites: The course assumes a basic understanding of business project environments, but does not require prior formal project management courses. Students must have a minimum of 1 year of practical experiences in a formal business environment.

Textbooks

The AMA Handbook of Project Management, Third Edition, by Paul C. Dinsmore and Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin, AMACOM©2011, Length:544 pages

Implementing the Project Management Balanced Scorecard, by Jessica Keyes, Auerbach , Publications©2011, Length:448 pages

Advanced Multi-Project Management: Achieving Outstanding Speed and Results with Predictability by Gerald I. Kendall and Kathleen M. Austin, J. Ross Publishing©2013, Length:449 pages

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Adapt Best Practices in Project Processes, Methods, and Organizational Structure
Integrate Project Management Tools in Projects
Identify Project Planning and Risk Management Best Practices
Differentiate between Project Quality, Performance, Value, and Scheduling
Use Project Controls
Show and Calculate Project Metrics Analysis

MBA699 THESIS COURSE

6 Semester Credit Hours - The Master's Thesis is an independent study using a recognized research method. The Master's Thesis addresses an appropriately phrased research question of interest to the student. Based on this question, the student may develop a strategy for solving, analyzing, and investigating  theoretical or experimental  issues that test a specified hypothesis, or develop a case study for a certain management organization. The subject of study may come from two general sources: the management environment known to, or experienced by, the degree candidate; or a traditional research investigation. In some cases, the subject may be a combination of the two sources. The completed thesis will present the nature of the problem or subject investigated, its significance to the profession or larger field of study, a discussion of the relevant literature, a clearly defined method for answering/exploring the question of interest, and specific conclusions or evaluations. The length of the thesis depends on the subject and the extent of literature, but 30 to 50 pages is appropriate. Documentation and the bibliography must meet the standards of academic research set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA). Notes and bibliography are in addition to page count totals, and should be consistent and follow the style of the latest edition of the APA Style guide.

Prerequisites: All prior coursework and examinations.

Course Objectives & Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to reach well supported conclusions concerning an industry topic as an independent researcher
Create a substantial piece of high quality academic written work
Demonstrate critical analysis and reflection concerning authoritative industry literature
Contribute original thought to the industry based upon sound reasoning, insights, and conclusions.