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BUS 500 Managerial Communications 3 cr.

Students will improve their abilities to communicate orally and in writing as managers both to internal and external audiences. Through analyses and practice of communication strategies adopted by successful business professionals, students learn to write clearly and concisely, improve interpersonal and team competencies, deliver compelling oral presentations, construct effective arguments, and communicate effectively across various cultures.

BUS 510 Business Law and Ethics 3 cr.

This course examines corporate culture, corporate governance, stakeholder responsibility, social responsibility, legal rules and the importance of business ethics in a global economy. Students will become acquainted with the theoretical basis of business ethics: stakeholder-theory, theories of responsibility and normative ethical theory and intercultural ethics. They will learn the characteristics of ethical issues in business and acquire the ability to solve an ethical problem using the decision-making process. The course will result in the ability to create and defend a corporate ethics program.

BUS 520 Management and Information Systems 3 cr.

This course provides a managerial perspective of information technology within an organization. Students will explore how tactical, operational and strategic objectives of a business may be supported with information systems. They will explore how business functional areas may be integrated through information technology. In addition, they will study how an organization is impacted by economic, social, legal, and ethical aspects of this technology.

BUS 530 Organizations: Structure, Behavior and Human Performance 3 cr.

This course is divided into three major components: micro organizational behavior, macro organizational behavior, and human resource management. Micro organizational behavior focuses on individual and group-level problems. The section on macro organizational behavior focuses on organizational level problems as they relate to improving organizational performance. The human resource management segment will focus on recruiting, selecting, evaluating, and disciplining employees. This course introduces some of the central topics in management theory, research, and practice and provides the basis for understanding and evaluating organizations and their management.

BUS 540 Marketing Strategy 3 cr.
  • Prerequisites: MKT 230

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the process of developing and implementing marketing strategy. Through the use of strategy-related readings, cases, applied exercises and a course project, students will develop and refine strategic marketing planning and problem-solving skills.  

BUS 550 Business Statistics 3 cr.
  • Prerequisites: DATA 109

Designed to help managers understand, create an apply statistics and research methods to solve business problems. This course surveys research methods and the underlying concept of validity with the understanding that statistics based on invalid data are not useful in decision making. The course examines an array of statistical methods including measures of association, measures of difference, multivariate analysis, and non-parametric statistics with an appreciation for probability as a basis for understanding the message of these statistics, an eye toward knowing when each particular test is appropriate, and an understanding of the components of the calculations and how their values affect statistical results.

BUS 555 Analytics for Decision Support 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Graded: A/F
  • Prerequisites: MA 109 and CIS 222

The course works on framing and understanding decision-making needs and processes to define, evaluate, and identify appropriate strategic, operational, or execution-level decisions. Students will be identifying, collecting, and managing large-scale data needed for decision support and employing decision-support software in areas such as optimization and predictive modeling.

BUS 560 Quantitative Decision Making 3 cr.
  • Prerequisites: DATA 109

This course explores the use of various Operations Research/Management Science techniques to model and solve various business problems. Spreadsheet software (specifically Microsoft Excel) will be used extensively in the modeling and solution of these problems. Some topics covered are linear programming, integer programming, decision analysis, queuing models, and simulation.

BUS 565 Data Mining 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Graded: A/F
  • Prerequisites: MA 109 and CS 202

This course covers data management concepts and core analytic techniques of data exploration and visualization, pattern discovery, predictive modeling, and forecasting. While this course is designed for a breadth of topics, some topics will be discussed in-depth (such as big data management and deep learning techniques).

BUS 570 Managerial Accounting 3 cr.
  • Prerequisites: ACT 240 and DATA 109

Develop understanding of concepts of accounting information for planning and control of enterprise activities including concepts of cost measurement and analysis, cost behavior, profit planning, standard costing, operational and capital budgeting, decentralization, and decision support. Focus on decision makers’ analysis of accounting information and formulation of effective action plans based upon that analysis.

BUS 572 CPA/CMA Exam Preparation 3 cr.  (3-0-0)
  • Graded: A/F
  • Prerequisites: ACT 441 or by instructor permission

Selected problems from Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examinations; analysis and revision of statements, partnerships, corporations, quasi-organizations, mergers and conglomerates, financial accounting theory, ethics, auditing, law, advanced cost and marginal analysis; and federal taxation programs.  All CPA exam sections will be emphasized including auditing and attestation (AUD), business environment and concepts (BEC), financial accounting and reporting (FAR), and regulation (REG).  Both Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam sections will be reviewed: financial planning, performance, and analytics (part 1) and strategic financial management (part 2b).

BUS 576 Accounting Research 3 cr.  (3-0-0)
  • Prerequisites: ACT 441 or by instructor permission

Examination of the methods of inquiry and research and development of competence in professional writing, proper accounting research, and reporting techniques. Includes outside readings in those areas and written reports of selected accounting literature.

BUS 580 Financial Analysis and Management 3 cr.
  • Prerequisites: FIN 351

This course is designed to cover corporate topics of interest to MBA students. It includes treatment of some theoretical issues in finance as well as practical application of those topics. Topics include: ethics, global issues in finance, time value of money, cost of capital, financial forecasting, firm valuation, capital budgeting, risk analysis, capital structure, and dividend and firm reinvestment issues.

BUS 590 Strategic Management 3 cr.
  • Prerequisites: Complete 4 MBA (BUS prefix) courses.

Strategic management is a study of the process of developing an integrative plan for a company to progress toward the achievement of its goals and objectives. The interactive roles of the board of directors and senior managers are emphasized. Techniques are used to integrate middle level managers and supervisors into the planning process. Strategic management requires the implementation of a macro-environmental analysis and the use of accounting, finance, marketing, management, and quantitative and statistical tools. This is the capstone course in the MBA program and requires a research project and report.

BUS 591 Internship 1-3 cr.  (Arr.-0-0)
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer
  • Graded: S/U
  • Prerequisites: Adviser Approval

Professional experience for qualified graduate students working with accounting/other business firms/non-profit organizations/health care organizations/educational institutions. Written paper required; students evaluated by faculty supervisor in consultation with employer, and verification of hours worked. Counts as an elective in the business administration program and is required in the MBA with a concentration in Accounting program.

BUS 595 Special Topics in Business Management 1-4 cr.
  • Prerequisites: Approval of MBA program director

Courses offering subject matter of timely and not necessarily enduring nature; special courses that take advantage of a faculty member or visiting lecturer’s current research or expertise. This class is available to provide students with unique learning opportunities.

BUS 598 Directed Studies in Business Administration 1-4 cr.
  • Prerequisites: Approval of MBA program director

This class provides unique opportunities for individual students to concentrate on areas that are not ordinarily covered in the core classes or to delve more deeply into an area of interest introduced in a core class.