Saturday MBA Course Descriptions
This course introduces statistical thinking and the practices of how to draw conclusions from the sample data. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, statistical influence methods, analysis of variance and regression. Statistical software is frequently used for the computation. Emphasis is on understanding interpreting statistical information and explaining statistical ideas to non-specialists.
This course covers the microeconomic foundations of consumers and business decisions, and also reviews the rationale for government intervention in specific markets, macroeconomic principles relating to the level of aggregate economic activity, and government policies aimed at meeting growth, employment and price stability goals.
In this overview of finance, students are introduced to financial ratios analysis, time value of money, term structure, bond and stock valuation and elements of capital budgeting. The course also considers elements of global finance.
This course prepares students to understand at a basic level how the functional areas of business fit within the larger context of organizations. The role of managers and the evolution of management from the classical, human relations and behavioral-systems schools of thought will be discussed. The general management functions of planning, organizing, controlling, staffing and leading will be introduced. Also covered in this course will be the basics of competitive strategy formulation, organization design, motivation, goal setting, group/team dynamics, international management and ethical decision-making as foundations for more advanced treatment of these topics in the MBA core.
This course will introduce students to marketing terminologies and concepts. The goal is to provide sufficient foundation knowledge to enable students to take courses in the core MBA program. Accordingly, the course introduces students to such fundamental marketing concepts as the marketing mix, segmentation, marketing research and consumer behaviors.
The course explores concepts and knowledge on how firms design, produce, and deliver goods and services to their customers. The broad themes of the course touch upon strategy, planning and control operations to achieve quality, efficiency, flexibility and speed. The course emphasizes the flow of material and information among the various supply chain participants that create value. Analytical techniques in management science are introduced to solve various operations management problems.
This course focuses on the application of microeconomic theory to decision making in the business firm. Overview of demand and consumer behavior, production and cost management, market structure and pricing. Understanding of tools developed to support the decision-making process at managerial level.
This course is an integral component of the MBA Core curriculum. It provides students with an understanding of innovation, its implications for entrepreneurship, and its importance for economic growth. Students will examine the challenges and opportunities associated with creating value for an organization in the market by the application of key concepts, processes and tools of decision-making at the level of the firm. A variety of individual and team-based assignments will be used to validate and apply the concepts presented in this course.
The course considers the most important theories of finance such as they relate to corporations. It reviews risk return relationship and pricing models. It analyzes corporate strategic decisions such as capital structure and cost of capital, long-term investment strategy and models. It introduces elements of firm valuation and other relevant topics such as dividend distribution, the market for corporate control and bankruptcy.
This course emphasizes concepts and tools for assessing the social processes encountered in the workplace. Although the primary focus is on understanding and managing individuals and teams, significant attention also is given to system-level behavior and change. Students will focus on the application theories and the development of managerial skills, such as understanding individual differences, effectively working in teams, motivating and influencing others, managerial communications, ethical decision-making and leadership, as well as managing organizational change.
This course helps students understand the role of information systems (IS) in supporting business operations and strategy, and how to become effective in IS-related decision making as it relates to the organization and the global marketplace. Students learn key information technologies and their business applications, including e-business, m-commerce, and web-based applications. The influence of information technologies on management and organizations is also studied. Challenges and opportunities that arise in using and managing information resources are examined together with the application of emerging technologies.
This course addresses the set of strategic and tactical decisions that marketers need to make to be able to create, communicate and deliver value to selected target markets. The course will address such topics as: segmentation, targeting and positioning; new product development and launch; management of brand equity; and product, price, distribution and promotional strategy. Students will critique actual corporate marketing strategies that illustrate these issues. Students will also be responsible for integrating these concepts into a marketing plan for a new product.
Students will integrate strategic, marketing, and operating and financial theories and practices to evaluate the formulation and implementation of business strategy in multinational firm contexts. Issues pertaining to corporate diversification will be examined.