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Elective Course Description

Advanced Topics in Project Management

Online – The advanced topics course will be oriented toward the more experienced project manager and/or those who supervise project managers. The focus of the course will be to address some current “hot topics” in the field of project management and assess whether and how they should be addressed in your organization. Project Management (MBA 761) is a pre-requisite.

Business and Ethics

Online – As corporate America struggles to find its ethical identity in a business environment that grows increasingly complex, managers are confronted with many more poignant questions that have definite ethical ramifications. Does a company have any obligation to help solve social problems such as poverty, pollution, and urban decay? What ethical responsibilities should a multinational corporation assume in foreign countries? What obligation does a manufacturer have to the consumer with respect to product defects and safety? These are just a few of the issues that make the study of business ethics important and challenging. This course examines economic activity using ethics as a framework. 

Business in East Asia

Online – This course provides perspective on business in Japan, South Korea and China by looking at the historical backgrounds of each market and examining how those backgrounds impact present economic & business relations. Students focus on understanding of each country's business practices and learn strategies to build successful East Asian partnerships and to succeed in business in East Asia.

Business Process Simulation

Online – Computer simulation is a very powerful, yet very flexible modeling tool. This course will establish basic proficiency in simulation model development, verification, validation, and analysis. Proper statistical analysis and proper interpretation of simulation results will be emphasized. Special attention will be directed toward simulation of manufacturing systems and service delivery systems.

Classic & Contemporary Literature in Business

Online – This course is a reflective tour of a classic business book and three contemporary books that address current business issues. Students will read the following books:

  • The Visible Hand by Alfred Chandler (1977), a Pulitzer prize winning book about the history of business in the U.S. from the late 1700s to the early 20th century.

  • Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-truths, & Total Nonsense by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton (2006).

  • The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman (2006).

  • Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-somethings Can't Get Ahead by Tamara Draut (2006).

Students will critically review the authors' comments in light of their own experiences and other sources.

Conflict Resolution

On-campus – Conflict between people is a natural feature of human interaction and can have both positive and negative consequences. This course will provide ideas and procedures individuals can use to work through their work place disagreements.

Corporate Venturing

Online – This course examines how organizations effectively create new businesses and foster innovation. It focuses on the process through which organizations turn a good idea into a viable business. Students will learn how to encourage entrepreneurship, identify opportunities, locate potential new business within the firm, select the right managers, and set up planning processes.

Decision Analysis

Online – Managers need to make hard decisions where the problem is complex and/or involves some risk. This course is about the theory of decision making under such conditions. Students will learn decision analysis techniques such as structuring a problem, use of decision trees and influence diagrams, application of utility theory, analysis of multi-attribute decision problems and simulation. Special purpose software shrink-wrapped with the textbook will be used to solve calculation-intensive problems.

E-Business Fundamentals for Managers

Online – This course aims to provide an understanding of the new Internet economy and the proper roles of electronic business in an organization. It poses the question, from the point of view of a manager," How may E-business contribute to the operational, tactical and strategic goals of the organization?" Topics covered include electronic business models, defining the E-business idea, E-business infrastructure and tools, web hosting and ASPs, getting E-business off the ground, and measuring E-business effectiveness. Examples of innovative E-businesses implementations will be used to illustrate these concepts.

Employee Training and Development

Online – The development of an organization's human resources is becoming more critical as an organization attempts to survive in an increasing turbulent, dynamic, and competitive global marketplace. This course will focus on the following:

  • The role of human resource development in maintaining an organization's competitive position in today's environment.

  • Identification of assessment techniques that will assist the manager in determining the general training needs of the organization and the specific needs of the employees.

  • Development of practices that will assist managers to transfer training to the workplace more successfully so that organizational efficiency and effectiveness improve.

  • The role of assessment in training.

  • Special topics of interest, such as diversity training and career management.

Financial Statement Analysis

Online – Analysis and interpretation of financial statements. Skills taught include: how to interpret financial statements, analyze cash flows, evaluate earnings quality, uncover hidden assets and liabilities, and forecasting financial statements.

Health Care Finance and Economics

Online – Health care requires individuals in leadership roles who understand how to effectively manage the financial performance of an organization within the context of the health care arena. They need to understand both the financial systems that drive performance and the economic factors that influence decisions. This course will help students consider the multitude of factors that are necessary for a health care organization to achieve financial success.

Health Care Human Resources & Organizations

Online – The guiding question for this course is: how can we maximize human resources to improve the quality of health care? A unique feature of this course is its emphasis on complex adaptive systems (CAS). Recognition of CAS principles is critically important for success in health care settings, as health systems fit the notion of complex systems very well. This is emphasized throughout the course, guiding students’ thinking about change, motivation, teams, and other concepts.

Incorporation of Exchange Rates in Strategic Decision Making

Online – Students will acquire competency with the terminology, strategies, and practices needed to interact with confidence in business settings that require working within the global currency market.

Industrial Relations

On-campus – This course will examine problems, hazards, and procedures which will be of assistance in establishing and maintaining good union-management relationships.

International Marketing Research

Online – Students will be exposed to both broad and specific issues related to international marketing research. The principles of international marketing research will be explained and the practice of international marketing research will be illustrated with specific examples from different regions of the world.

Introduction to Assurance Services

Online – This course will cover issues related to both external and internal audits. External audit issues will include the different levels of assurance that may be purchased and their contributions to the company. Internal audit issues will include types of services and examples of their use for managers. Other topics, such as the role of audit committees, or issues related to mixing consulting and assurance services, will be included depending on student interest.

Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning

Online – Students will gain an understanding of the history of enterprise systems, basic ERP functionality, the connection between business process re-engineering and enterprise systems, the technology requirements of an enterprise system, system implementation alternatives, the business impacts of enterprise systems, especially the supply-chain and customer effects, and the multiple security requirements of enterprise systems.

Introduction to Financial Fraud

Online – The course will look at computer fraud issues from a manager's perspective. Topics to be covered include ethical issues regarding computer use in the workplace, reasons that computer fraud exists, motivations and opportunities for computer fraud, understanding a company's risks and exposures related to computer fraud and website security and liability issues.

Investment Analysis and Management

Online – This course will have two primary components. In the portfolio construction portion of the course students will develop a thorough understanding of the portfolio construction thought process. The selection and revision of stock and bond portfolios will be considered in the context of a highly competitive financial market. In the portfolio management portion of the course, students will discover the logic and potential of using options and futures to enhance return and minimize risk. Though containing some mathematics, the course attempts to be "user friendly" by focusing on practical applications while not forgoing their theoretical underpinnings.

IS Security Policy Development

Online – This course addresses standards, procedures, facilities, and tools for developing security policies. The risks in the business environment are presented and appropriate policy responses are developed. Essential technical information will be presented as needed to support the development of effective policy practices.

Labor Scheduling for Service Operations

On-campus – A survey of tools and managerial issues related to workforce scheduling for service operations. Forecasting of customer arrival rates, analysis of customer queuing implications under alternative staffing levels, shift scheduling techniques. Alternative sources of scheduling flexibility.

Managerial Law

On-campus – This elective covers a variety of legal issues that the general manager may be exposed to. Topics include: ethics and the law, dispute resolution, product liability, legal considerations in buying and selling a business, some employment issues, leasing, and credit and collection issues.

Managing Technology in Turbulent Times

Online – Computer, telecommunications and other technologies represent management challenges across organizations. This course will look beyond the IS department and investigate technology management issues presented to other operation and functional components of organizations.

Marketing Agreements and Emerging Markets

Online – Introduction to current issues relating to regional marketing agreements (trading blocs) and their impact on multi-national corporations. Special attention will be given to the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement because of their significant impact on U.S. businesses. There will also be a special focus on assessing the business potential of emerging markets in Europe and Latin America.


On-campus – The focus of this course is to help students develop successful mentoring behaviors. Specifically, the student will develop a better understanding of the role of mentoring in the workplace, identify their mentoring style, identify behaviors to avoid and develop strategies that will facilitate employee growth.

Organizational Leadership and Change

Online – The turbulent times that we live in require that the organizations that we live with and work in go through significant change. To accomplish these changes organizations must be comprised of people that are not only willing to change but will help others change as well. How can this be accomplished within organizations? Who is responsible for it? These questions and others related to them will be examined in this class.

Performance Appraisal and Employee Relations

On-campus – This elective will examine the performance appraisal process, an analysis of appraisal errors that commonly occur as well as steps to take to improve the effectiveness of this process. This elective will also examine ways that organizations can better manage the employee-employer relationship in today's dynamic work environment.

Project Execution & Control

Online This course covers such topics as project risk management, project cost management, project communications management, vendor management, project quality management, project change management, and project termination. (Project Management is a prerequisite for this course)

Project Management

Online The course examines project management from a theoretical/practitioner perspective. It is organized along four major phases of the project management process:

  • Project selection and definition

  • Project planning

  • Project execution and control

  • Project closing

Project Portfolio Management

Online This course is designed to clarify ways to manage the project portfolio which involves tracking and managing all of an organization’s projects, costs and resources, comply with deadlines. (Project Management is a prerequisite for this course)

Re-Engineering Financial Performance Measures

Online – Traditional accounting practices may not accurately reflect the true value of organizations undergoing re-engineering. This course investigates corporate performance using the balanced scorecard approach.

Selling Ideas at Work

Online – This course provides students with an understanding of how business people make decisions. It teaches students to utilize developed skills to sell ideas at work to both individuals and to groups.

Strategic Cost Management

Online – Strategic Cost Management is the managerial use of cost information explicitly directed at strategic management. Three key elements to be studied are value chain analysis, strategic positioning analysis, and cost driver analysis.

Strategies and Tactics of Pricing

Online – This course presents a framework for evaluating pricing decisions. The framework is structured around marketing's three Cs: Customers, Competitors, and Costs. Pricing is examined in a variety of contexts, including business-to-business markets, consumer goods markets, services, and not-for profit companies.

Tax Impact of Business Decisions

Online – This course introduces the student to an overall framework for evaluating the impact that taxes have on business decisions. While the course concentrates on the impact of federal income taxes, the concepts are general and can apply to a variety of taxing jurisdictions. The student is introduced to basic concepts of income recognition, business deductions, and nontaxable transactions. Specific topics include property acquisitions and dispositions, compensation, choice of business entity, and an exposure to international tax issues.

The Pacific Rim: Economic, Political and Cultural Considerations

On-campus – The Pacific Rim is quickly becoming an important region of the world. This elective explores past historical developments and their impact on politics and cultures of the region, development patterns, economic resources and power, and business practices.

Understanding a Diverse Workforce

On-campus – Managers in today's business need to be comfortable working and managing a diverse workforce. This course provides the student insights to background, cultural and business issues important to different populations.

Work-Family Issues in Contemporary Times

Online – This course will critically examine and analyze issues of work and family life from both employee and employer perspectives.

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