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BA/MBA Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions of relevant courses for the 5-year BA/MBA program

50:220:308. Managerial Economics (3)
Application of economic analysis to practical managerial decision making. Course demonstrates the use of contemporary economic tools and techniques in actual managerial problems relevant to market demand and supply, revenue, costs, profits, optimal pricing, capital budgeting, and product line analysis.
Prerequisites: 50:220:102 or 103

50:220:322. Econometrics (3)
An introduction to model building and testing, measurement problems, and the application of statistical methods in economics, business, and related social sciences. 
Prerequisites: 50:220:102 and 103, 50:960:283, and 50:640:130.

52:010:101 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
An introduction to accounting theory and practice and its function as the communications medium of the modern business information system. Prerequisite: No math deficiency.

52:010:202 Management Accounting (3)
The management uses of accounting data for planning, control, and decision making emphasized in the study of cost accounting, budgeting, and internal reporting procedures. Prerequisite: 52:010:101.

52:623:302 IT and Project Management (3)
Information technology (IT) is an important driver and enabler of the dramatic transformation of the business landscape. This course is designed to provide future managers with a fundamental understanding of the key IT issues for effective decision making on IT initiatives and investments, and manage the IT assets of an organization. Both managerial and technical aspects of IT management are discussed. Case studies and hands-on assignments reinforce the concepts and current business practices.

52:390:301 Principles of Finance (3)
Forms of business organization; the federal income tax system; financial markets and institutions; time value of money; bonds and stocks valuation; calculating the cost of capital; capital budgeting; flow of funds and ratio analysis; operating and financial leverage; and working capital management. 
Prerequisites: 52:010:101, 50:640:130 or 121, and 50:960:284

53:135:501 Managerial Skills (3)
This course will provide opportunities to strengthen your managerial skills in three core areas: personal, interpersonal and group. You will forge relationships class-wide and within your assigned learning team, and you will gain a greater sense of your individual strengths and opportunities for personal development. The hallmark of this course is experiential learning so you can expect each session to be highly interactive and participative, involving a combination of lectures, videos, individual and team projects, discussions and hands-on activities. We recommend that this course be taken during your first year in the program.

53:716:502 Business Analytics (3)
Managers, regardless of their functional responsibilities, make decisions that are driven by data and analysis. This course will help in development of important skills in data analysis and modeling. Through rigorous and guided exercises, students will gain the ability to synthesize pieces of analyzed information to make better decisions. A combination of theoretical and practical mathematical and software tools will be used. In addition to regular lectures, the course will employ computer exercises, case analysis, discussions and team presentations. Special emphasis will be on making the results/decisions end-user-friendly.

53:620:505 Leadership & Managing Human Capital (3)
This course is designed to help students acquire new knowledge and develop skills related to the understanding of managing behavior and processes in organizations. It is also the goal of this course to help you become more aware of your effectiveness as individuals and group/team participants in an organizational setting. Topical coverage includes, but is not limited to, organizational culture and structure, group/tem dynamics, leadership and power issues, communication, decision-making, motivation theories and applications, managing stress, and individual differences such as perceptions, attitudes and personality.

53:716:513 Operational Management Productivity and Quality (3)
This course provides the foundation for managing the operations of both manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include operations strategy, product and service design, inventory management, facility and capacity planning, forecasting, quality management, supply chain management, and just-in-time operations.
Prerequisite: 53:135:502

53:630:508 Marketing Management (3)
Addresses marketing frameworks and decision tools for developing products and services that deliver value to customers; segmenting the market and selecting target markets; and designing and implementing the best combination of marketing variables to carry out a firm’s strategy, including product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions.

53:010:565 Financial Statement Analysis (3)
Analysis, understanding, and interpretation of financial statements; simple skills and methods for making common sense of the elaborate financial statements and financial reports prepared according to existing accounting standards and conventions. Skills relevant to credit analyses, lending decisions, security analyses, investment decisions, and other decisions that rely on financial data.
Prerequisite: 53:010:502

53:533:501 Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law (3)
A business organization’s relationships with the external environment; the influence of consumers and labor organizations; ethics; governmental influences, such as taxation, rules and regulations, and antitrust policy; the role of business in the economy. Problems and cases used to illustrate the decision process necessitated in various environmental situations.

53:620:506 International Business Environment (3)
Introduction to the context of international business. Overview of the economic, ethical, cultural, legal, and political issues that affect operations in the global arena. Discussion of various trade theories, trade barriers, and trade agreements. Modes of entering foreign countries. The study of multinational corporations in terms of their strategies, structures, human resources, and operations. Various regions of the world are explored through case studies.
Multicultural course.

53:620:672 Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (3)
Capstone course. To be taken in the final term or last term available.
Provides a top management view of the firm. Students analyze the internal and external environments of firms, develop strategy, and work out its implementation. Emphasizes teambuilding and verbal presentation skills. Improves understanding of diverse critical industries and mega-trends.