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  • *** Fall 2017 semester starts September 04, 2017 and ends December 21, 2017
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION COURSES LISTING - GRADUATE
 
ACCG 601 |ACCOUNTING INFORMATION AND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
Prerequisite: Accounting module if required
This course focuses on the nature and structure of accounting information that is generated by the business firm. The main emphasis is not on the process through which accounting information is generated, but on how this information can be used in decision making by business managers. Topics covered include key financial statements and their interpretation, ratio analysis and its uses in performance evaluation as well as its limitations, financial planning and budgeting, use of accounting information for more effective control of operations, economic value added vs. ROI, and other approaches to performance measurement.
 
ECON 601 | MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
Prerequisite: Micro-economics module if required
This course explores the relationship of economics to managerial decisions. Consideration is given to optimization techniques, fundamental microeconomics, theory of competition, market structures, innovation techniques, research and development, oligopolistic behavior and game theory, pricing strategies and other management related matters such as sociopolitical influences, cultural diversity and differing forms and conventions of business.
 
FINA 601 | CORPORATE FINANCE
Prerequisite: ACCG 601
This course introduces key topics in corporate financial management, focusing on valuation and value creation. The topics covered include time value of money, the valuation and role of debt and equity, dividend policy, capital budgeting/project evaluation techniques, company valuation, and cost of capital and capital structure decisions. Students are presented with a conceptual framework for understanding and innovatively applying these concepts in addressing valuation problems commonly faced by corporate decision makers.
 
FINA 611 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
Prerequisite: FINA 601
This course develops various tools and techniques that are useful to managers for analyzing corporate financial performance. The analysis is carried out both in the financial statement framework and in the capital market environment. The course covers topics such as the operating cycle, the cash cycle, profitability decomposition, working capital changes, cash changes, free cash flow, projection of financial performance, growth indicators, and operating, financial and total leverage.
 
FINA 621 | INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Prerequisite: FINA 601
This course presents the theoretical framework that gives rise to widely used methods for valuing financial instruments, including Treasury bills, bonds, and common and preferred stocks. The main focus of the course is on efficient risk diversification to arrive at optimal portfolios of risky and risk-free assets. Topics covered include the term structure of interest rates, risk and return measurement, mean-variance models, efficient capital markets, and performance evaluation for portfolios.
 
FINA 633 | INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Prerequisite: FINA 601
This course covers issues related to the global environment, international financial markets, and international financial management. The first part of the course covers topics related to Balance of Payments. The second part focuses on the international financial markets, including foreign exchange markets, international money markets, and their interrelation. The course concludes with an analysis of issues related the operation of a firm in the global environment.
 
FINA 641 | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MARKETS
Prerequisite: FINA 601
This course focuses on the structure and role of major financial institutions including commercial banks, insurance companies, mutual funds and pension funds. The role of commercial banks as intermediaries in the financial markets is examined. In addition, various approaches to asset-liability management in financial institutions are examined in detail.
 
MGMT 601 | MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADING PEOPLE
This course provides M.B.A. students with a rigorous, intensive introduction to the applied fields of organizational behavior and human resource management. The course considers micro-organizational issues: motivation, job design, leadership, conflict and stress management, group dynamics and individual perception. In addition, the macro-organizational issues of organization structure and design, organizational culture and operating in inter-cultural environments are presented. The course concludes with the important human resource issues of performance evaluation, HRM planning, staffing, compensation and legal and work environments.
 
MGMT 602 | INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN BUSINESS
This course introduces students to the criticality of Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) in today’s businesses. The course has 4 main themes: (1) leadership issues of the IT function, (2) managing essential technologies, (3) managing the development of new systems, and (4) using systems to support knowledge-based work.
 
MGMT 603| OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Prerequisite: MGMT 601
This course prepares students to design and manage the operations and supply chain activities of a firm with a view towards creating competitive advantage and superior returns. Upon completion this course, students will be able to design and develop operations processes and strategies of a firm, and design and control its supply chain. Topics that will be covered in this course include operations and supply strategies, project management, process analysis and management, inventory control, supply chain design and strategy, and logistics and distribution strategies.
 
MGMT 610 | HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Prerequisite: MGMT 601
This course provides students with grounding in theory and best practices of Human Resource management and an understanding of the important strategic role that human resources play in high performance organizations. Topics that will be covered include planning and forecasting human resource needs, job analysis, design and evaluations of training and development, recruitment and selection, design of performance appraisal systems, and the strategic role of Human Resources.
 
MGMT 621 | LEADERSHIP
Prerequisite: MGMT 601
This course integrates major leadership theories with recent concepts and practices, in an attempt to provide methods and insights for becoming effective leaders in the 21st century. The course considers leadership as a complex process of influencing groups toward achieving their stated objectives. The approach is highly inclusive and involves analyzing the behavior of the leader and followers, within the context of their relationship; thus providing a thorough examination of what constitutes effective leadership skills. In addition, the course views effective leadership as a skill which is developed through education and experience.
 
MGMT 631 | LAW AND ETHICS IN BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Prerequisite: MGMT 601
This course exposes students to the most commonly faced legal and ethical issues encountered in setting up and operating a business organization domestically as well as internationally. Topics covered include agency, partnership, corporations (formation, characteristics, and operation), governance, fiduciary duties, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and ethical systems.
Business cases will be analyzed to examine the legal and ethical reasoning, which managers and judges use in resolving disputes arising in the realm of business. The goal of this course is to develop students’ understanding of the primary legal and ethical issues facing today’s business leaders.
 
MGMT 651 | ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT
Prerequisites: MGMT 601
The course discusses organizational development as a process of planned change in organizations including diagnosis of the organization and implementation of appropriate interventions to improve organizational effectiveness. Drawing on theory and research, the course discusses issues in organizational change and development from the human resource, symbolic, structural, and political perspectives. The course provides managers with the theoretical background and develops their skills to become effective agents of change in organizations.
 
MGMT 699 | STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND POLICY
Prerequisite: Completion of all other core courses and at least one advanced elective/concentration course, or approval of M.B.A. Program Director.
This capstone course deals with the craft of strategy, i.e., how to analyze a situation from a strategic perspective, how to identify and choose a superior competitive position, how to sustain competitive position, how to sustain competitive advantage, and finally how to create the organizational context to make the chosen strategy work. As such, the objectives of this course are twofold: 1) to explore conceptual frameworks and models which will assist the student to analyze competitive situations and strategic dilemmas and gain insight into creating and sustaining competitive advantage; 2) to help the student acquire practical experience in dealing with strategic issues.
 
MKTG 601 | MARKETING MANAGEMENT
This course starts with a review of basic marketing principles and the marketing mix. The main focus then shifts to the systematic development and implementation of a sound marketing policy. To this end, case studies are used to illustrate and critically evaluate the integration of the business mission into the development and implementation of product, pricing, communication, and distribution policies. Ethical issues facing marketing managers are also considered.
 
MKTG 611 | MARKETING RESEARCH
Prerequisite: MKTG 601
This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of methods and challenges of marketing analysis including desk and field research in the international arena. The course will include research methods such as library research and electronic data storage and retrieval using the University’s information technology. Standard sources of financial and economic information from firms, markets and countries will be investigated. Other forms of research design including questionnaire and survey design, database organization and cross-tabulation are introduced in the course with an emphasis on analysis, interpretation and application of data to solve business problems.
 
MKTG 621 | CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
Prerequisite: MKTG 601
The focus of this course is on the process of consumer decision making, including attitude formation, attitude change, cognition, perception, and learning. The course also considers the effects of product positioning, market segmentation, brand loyalty, shopping preferences and diffusion of innovations on the consumer decision making process. Cultural, ethical and social influences on consumer behavior are also considered.
 
MKTG 631 | INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
Prerequisite: MKTG 601
This course is a detailed examination and application of the marketing function in the era of globalization. Emphasis is given to local consumer behavior and the cultural, competitive, economic, political, and regulatory environments prevailing within and across world, regional, and national markets. Students will focus on the strategic and operational aspects of marketing including assessment of country attractiveness, mode of entry strategies, multinational product development and management, pricing strategies, promotional campaigns, and marketing
networks and channels.
 
MKTG 651 | MARKETING FOR SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Prerequisite: MKTG 601
This course provides an intensive review of current theory as well as application in service organizations including for-profit and non-profit as well as professional services firms. The unique challenges and characteristics of service marketing are examined particularly with respect to future directions in the field.
 
QUAN 601 | QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS DECISIONS
Prerequisite: Statistics module if required
This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of management science techniques in particular optimization techniques, simulation, decision analysis under risk and uncertainty, regression analysis, and forecasting. All are illustrated through the use of computer based applications.
 
THES 699 | M.B.A. THESIS
For a description of the M.B.A. Thesis and the rules, procedures and academic policies applicable to Generalist and concentration students, see the relevant sections.
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