Graduate Business Course Descriptions

AC Courses

AC-501. Managerial Accounting. 3 Credits.

This course covers the processes of identifying, measuring, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating accounting and financial data needed to make strategic and operational decisions. Students learn about the issues facing service, nonprofit, retail, and manufacturing firms and about topics such as activity-based costing, customer profitability analysis and budgeting and performance evaluation.

AC-520. Financial Accounting and Reporting. 3 Credits.

Review of accounting issues and concepts by focusing on issues affecting financial reporting, and by blending accounting theory with practical applications through extensive use of cases.

AC-530. International Financial Reporting Standards. 3 Credits.

This course offers framework for understanding International Financial Reporting Standards and financial reporting methods for other countries other than the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the status og convergence efforts underway among the SEC, FASB, and IASB.

AC-541. Internal Controls and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance. 3 Credits.

This course covers techniques to provide a reasonable assurance that an organization will achieve its objectives with respect to the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability of financial reporting, and compliance with applicable laws and regulation. A major focus of the course is the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation dealing with securities acts, audit and non-audit services, and penalties for violations of securities and other laws.

AC-543. Forensic Accounting and Internal Auditing. 3 Credits.

This course examines how accountants use business information and financial reporting systems to estimate economic damages or identify errors or fraud in accounts or inventories. It incorporates the internal audit process of verifying the accuracy of internal records, searching for mismanagement and waste, reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and advising on compliance with corporate policies and procedures and government laws, and regulations.

AC-553. Corporate and Partnership Taxation. 3 Credits.

This course provides an in-depth analysis of factors affecting federal income tax planning and compliance for corporations and partnerships.

AC-570. Financial Statement Analysis. 3 Credits.

Covers the application of analytical tools to general purpose financial statements necessary to evaluate the financial condition of the firm and evaluate the future prospects of the company. The "analyst" can be any of several interested groups: investor, creditor or other stakeholders such as employees, customers, suppliers or government.

GB Courses

GB-503. Statistics for Managers. 3 Credits.

This course covers concepts of probability and statistics needed by managers to analyze and interpret numerical data in uncertain environments. It includes hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis and analysis of variance. Concepts are discussed in a framework of real world applications.

GB-511. Management and Human Behavior. 3 Credits.

This course covers planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and the management of change in a modern organization. It examines decision making and problem solving in pursuit of organizational goals. It addresses human behavior in the areas of motivation, communication, and interpersonal relations.

GB-513. Marketing Management. 3 Credits.

This course examines the field of marketing and the dynamics of matching goods and services with customer and consumer needs. Topics include strategic planning, marketing research, and buyer behavior of businesses and consumers. The course covers the marketing functions of product mix and branding, price determination, channels of distribution and promotion and advertising.

GB-517. Business Ethics and Sustainability. 3 Credits.

This course provides a framework for students to recognize ethical dilemmas and analyze the business implications in terms of consequences, autonomy, rights, virtues and equality. Extensive use is made case studies and current events using presentation, discussion and debate delivery methods.

GB-530. Corporate Finance. 3 Credits.

A study of the problems associated with the financial management of business organizations. Topics include the analysis of types of firms and markets, review of accounting, time value of money, valuation, and short-term financing.

GB-535. International Finance. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the international financial decisions of multinational corporations. Topics to be covered include foreign exchange rates and the structure of foreign capital markets. Particular emphasis is placed on management decisions in an international environment including cash flows, capital budgeting, valuation, and the optimal capital structure for international operations.

GB-555. Personal Branding. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to help graduate students evaluate and improve their skill sets to establish themselves as a brand. Learn the personal branding process to create a portfolio that exploits social media, blog/websites, video resumes, networking, etc.

GB-565. Derivative Markets. 3 Credits.

An examination of derivative securities, market structures, and various valuation models. The course includes discussion of spot and future markets, the valuation of futures and options, investment strategies, portfolio insurance, and recent developments in futures and options markets. Prerequisites: FN-530.

GB-570. Investment Analysis. 3 Credits.

An investigation of various financial instruments - including treasury securities, corporate bonds, stocks, options, and futures - as vehicles for effective investment decisions. Selected topics include: portfolio analysis, efficient markets, and analytical techniques for determining the value of specific financial instruments. Prerequisites: FN-530.

GB-619. Employment Law. 3 Credits.

Students will review key legislation and legal cases that form the framework within the human resources management discipline. Areas covered include rights and duties of both employer and employee in the employment relationship, legislation pertaining to employment standards, employment equity, workers' compensation, health and safety acts and other related topics.

GB-620. Leadership. 3 Credits.

Business today requires leaders who enable organizations to respond quickly and efficiently to new market opportunities, new competitors, acquisitions, shifting market demographics, new technology and changes in government regulations. Topics explored include: the basic fundamentals of leadership; various aspects of the relationship between leaders and teams, and their impact on organizations.

GB-621. Human Resources. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the principles and philosophy of human resource management. Topics include recruiting, hiring, training, and compensating employees, creating policies and procedures to improve employee productivity, developing effective and efficient systems for management, and methods to assure legal compliance.

GB-622. Management Economics. 3 Credits.

This course examines the foundation concepts for how organizations allocate resources for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Economic decisions are linked to the organization, management, and strategy involved with the conduct of operations. This course focuses on how mangers can improve their understanding of the economic environment and its impact on the business firm.

GB-623. Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 3 Credits.

Covers skills and talents essential for a successful entrepreneur and explores the role of innovation in business ventures and strategy.

GB-624. Technology for Managers. 3 Credits.

This course examines the emerging role of technology and applications to support organizational business models and computer systems. It integrates data base management and planning and controlling new systems, it discusses security and other issues related to systems support for marketing, management, and financial reporting.

GB-625. International Business. 3 Credits.

This course provides an understanding of best practices managing business operations that cross national boundaries. It covers strategies, planning, and operations. A particular focus is the current opportunities and risks in global operations and markets. It uses projects to challenge attendees to incorporate new thought processes in decision making and problem solving in developed countries.

GB-626. Business Systems Interruption. 3 Credits.

This course deals with various sources of business interruption arising from failures of information system and telecommunications structures. It addresses complexity of technology, interaction of the web and back office systems, and security failures. It covers fraud, hacking, firewall attacks, and protection of intellectual property through encryption and other means.

GB-627. Culture in International Business. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the way local business and business negotiations are conducted. Examines cultural differences in management, planning, analysis, organizational structure, and business relationships. Emphasizes how different cultures interface as they do business.

GB-628. Organizational Theory. 3 Credits.

Organizational theory (OT) is the study of how and why organizations function and create value. The evolution of technology has increased in frequency and complexity to challenge the traditional organization by greatly changing the way employees work and the work they do. This course will examine the historical origins of OT and will explore current approaches to managing organizational processes through designed structure and culture.

GB-629. Enterprise Risk Management. 3 Credits.

This course covers the emerging discipline of enterprise risk management (ERM) . It starts with ERM essentials covering key components needed to manage enterprise risk and the role of a central risk function. It discusses risk identification and sharing using a high-tech electronic platform. It considers unexpected and unforeseen major crises or disaster that are virtually unpredictable. It exams new technology to visualize risk relationships and back up the view with factors that affect them and the status of activities to mitigate them.

GB-630. Strategic Risk Management. 3 Credits.

This course covers risks without owners in the emerging discipline of enterprise risk management (ERM) . It exams risks and opportunities that depend upon collaboration because they cross the silos of the modern bureaucracy. Discussions cover sub-culture risk, leadership risk, and life-cycle risk. In addition, the course contains risk management stories ranging from avoiding business disruptions to the future of ERM.

GB-631. Risk Management and Insurance. 3 Credits.

This course covers risk management from the perspective of insurable exposures that confront modern organizations. It examines decisions to retain, mitigate, or transfer exposures. Topics include property, general liability, and employer liability exposures, protecting directors and officers, and managing potential disruptions to operations. Special attention is given to the role of and expectations from brokers, broker performance, and the compensation of brokers.

GB-632. Negotiations and Conflict Resolution. 3 Credits.

This course presents the conceptual framework and a deep focus on business and negotiation skills and strategies, conflict resolution and relationship management to equip the student to maintain healthy business relationships.

GB-633. Executive in Residence Seminar. 3 Credits.

This course brings senior executives to the classroom to exchange ideas on the goals and strategies of companies and industries. The course will identify issues related to current trends in business strategy. Candidates will work in teams to develop an understanding of critical success factors in global business strategies and create presentations. Guest executives will respond to the presentations with their own views on goals, strategies, and current business trends. This course is generally offered in the Fall.

GB-634. Executive in Residence Seminar II. 3 Credits.

This course brings senior executives to the classroom to exchange ideas on the goals and strategies of companies and industries. Candidates participate in the seminar and then create a presentation on the ideas and lessons learned in the interaction with executives. This course is generally offered in the Spring.

GB-639. Cyber Security and Risk Management. 3 Credits.

In this course we will study the concepts in cyber security design and implementation for computer systems (both hardware and software). Security architecture, organization policies, standards, procedures, and security system implementation, including diagnostic testing of databases and networks. Throughout this course, practical skills will also be acquired through a series of interactive risk assessment workshops and case studies.

GB-640. Cyber Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics. 3 Credits.

The topics covered in this course include cyber-crime investigation, digital forensics, forensic duplication and analysis, network surveillance, intrusion detection and response, incident response, anti-forensics techniques, anonymity and pseudonymity, cyber law, computer security policies and guidelines, court report writing and presentations, and case studies. The course will include lecture and demonstrations and is designed around a virtual lab environment that provides for robust and realistic hands-on experience in working with a range of information assurance topics. Students will be assigned projects to apply information security practices and technologies to solve real-world cyber security problems.

GB-641. Marketing Strategy. 3 Credits.

This course equips the student with advanced marketing concepts and methods to provide and sustain customer value. Emphasis is placed on the tools managers use to analyze marketing problems and make effective decisions. Discussions include case studies, analysis of marketing models, group presentations, and computer-based models to reinforce the marketing strategies.

GB-643. International Marketing. 3 Credits.

This course covers the process of international marketing including techniques of exporting and importing, creating foreign direct investments, licensing, franchising, partnering, and other structures. Discussions focus on cultural and economic factors that shape strategies in developed and developing consumer and business markets and strategies for successful branding, pricing, and promotion.

GB-644. Internet Marketing. 3 Credits.

This course covers the rapidly changing and growing world as organizations use the worldwide web to reach buyers for their products and services. Specific topics are techniques of online marketing, creating an effective web site and online storefront, use of search engines and email, and maximizing a web presence including use of internet marketing combined with availability of local outlets.

GB-645. Marketing Research. 3 Credits.

This course covers the tools and techniques used to gather information in order to identify market opportunities, monitor marketing performance and evaluate market change. Special attention is given to matching the characteristics of products and services with the needs of businesses and individual buyers.

GB-646. Crisis Communications. 3 Credits.

The need for effective crisis communication is a valuable asset for an organization, especially now in a 24-hour news cycle and with multiple social media outlets. The focus of the course is to identify, define and prepare students to proactively and effectively respond to crisis situations.

GB-650. Business Analytics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to statistical analysis using three software packages: WATSON, Excel and Tableau; probability: distributions, expectation, variance, covariance, portfolios, central limit theorem; data summaries and descriptive statistics.

GB-651. Predictive Analytics. 3 Credits.

Analysis of time series data with emphasis on appropriate choice of forecasting, estimation, and testing methods to solve business problems.

GB-652. Industry Analytics. 3 Credits.

This course covers concepts and techniques for retrieving, exploring, visualizing, and analyzing data to develop marketing strategies, and key metrics to assess goals and return on investment. Special emphasis on market segmentation, social media and website clickstream data.

GB-661. E-Commerce Technology. 3 Credits.

This course provides an understanding of e-Commerce as a modern business methodology that addresses the needs of organizations, merchants, and consumers for the delivery of goods and services using information technology. The course will provide an introduction to the network and system architectures that support high volume business to consumer web sites and portals, and will provide insight into the structure of the modern web enabled storefront and its integration with "back-office" business applications.

GB-663. Database and Knowledge Management Systems. 3 Credits.

This course covers database and database system design and data and network models. It examines relational models and data independence. Topics include database administration and data base management systems.

GB-669. Decision Support Systems. 3 Credits.

A hands-on survey of various software packages to aid a manager in his/her decision making functions. Packages include enterprise resource planning, financial, administrative, report-writers, project management and scheduling, graphics, publishing and multimedia. Students will conduct an evaluation on top software products in the marketplace.

GB-671. Health Care Financing and Risk Management. 3 Credits.

An examination of concepts related to health care financing. Emphasis will be placed on budget preparation, cost benefit analysis, managed care and on developing an understanding of reimbursement systems.

GB-672. Current Issues and Policies in Health Care. 3 Credits.

This course covers political, social, and economic issues affecting health care organizations. Topics include the role of government in determining health care policy, the U.S. health care delivery system, costs and financing of health care, and social welfare gains and losses. Candidates will engage in interactive discussions of current trends and economic and social issues related to efforts to reform or revise the health care system.

GB-673. Health Care Administration I. 3 Credits.

Management, marketing, and financing of the delivery of health care will be explored. Healthcare economics is emphasized from an administrative perspective. The examination of quality versus quantity, the allocation of resources as well as relationships and conflicts among consumers and providers of health care services. Concepts related to technology, including the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) affecting health care organizations is discussed.

GB-674. Health Care Administration II. 3 Credits.

An examination of quality issues and measures utilized in healthcare, human resource management in healthcare settings including physician and labor relations, recruiting, retaining and developing clinical staff, as well as medical malpractice, compliance and Medicare fraud and abuse issues.

GB-693. Research Project. 3 Credits.

Subject to the approval of the Business Graduate Program Director, candidates create and complete an original research project under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

GB-697. Global Business Cultural Experience. 3 Credits.

This course seeks to foster a global mind set among participants by exposing them to the business cultures and ethics of different countries. The course involves overseas travel to selected countries for students to experience at first hand the milieu of cultures that underpin global business in the 21st century.

GB-699. Capstone in Corporate Strategy. 3 Credits.

This course is to be taken within the last 9 credits of the MBA Program and covers the integration of management, marketing, and finance in modern organizations. It incorporates the best practices in strategic planning and decision making in complex and changing environments. Current trends and strategies are examined in a variety of areas including ethics, social responsibility, and risk management.