Academic Catalog

Graduate Business Administration (GBUS)

GBUS 501  - Foundations of Accounting and Quantitative Analysis  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a strategic view of accounting principles and the basis quantitative analysis required to make financially informed business decisions through interpretation and prediction. Coverage begins with an overview of business mathematics designed to produce or reinforce fluency in algebraic concepts and probability models followed by the basics of Accounting (journal entries, the accounting equation, updating journals and obtaining trial balance).

GBUS 502  - Foundations of Marketing and Management  (3 Credits)  

This course will explore the foundational principles of marketing in the global economy and the management tools to aid in decisions related to strategy, the marketing mix, the environment, and competition. The course will provide an overview of business principles that drive marketing functions at the firm and consumer levels including organization, market research, distribution channels, product life cycles, and business cycles. An overview of managerial responsibilities (PIC vs P-O-L-C) and concepts such as SWOT analysis will also be discussed.

GBUS 503  - Foundations in Financial Markets  (3 Credits)  

A survey of the foundational material in the fields of Finance and Economic Theory. Coverage begins with a review of economic principles covering supply and demand, basic industrial organization, market power, money, money supply, and markets and institutions. Financial concepts in the course will cover the time value of money, principle of risk-reward, principle of diversification, and an overview of financial statements. Case study methodologies are introduced and course topics are integrated through carefully selected cases.

GBUS 521  - Leadership and Organizational Behavior  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: GBUS 502. This course examines the theory, implications, and practical applications of contemporary leadership. Students are introduced to historical and contemporary leadership issues and theories, and the vital central role of leadership in managing and transforming organizations to meet the needs of the 21st century. Topics include leadership principles and their impact on organizational behavior, culture, motivation, group dynamics and team building, organizational structure, design, change, and development.

GBUS 523  - Marketing Strategy  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: GBUS 502. This course is a study of marketing from a strategic management perspective. Emphasis is placed on marketing ‘driving’ the decision-making process, with strategic evaluation of internal (marketing mix) and external (competitive, economic, technological, social and government) forces affecting the firm. Critical evaluation beyond an introductory level is required.

GBUS 525  - Management Information Systems  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the concepts of management information systems from a strategic management perspective. Students will think tactically and critically about how information systems can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes to gain or maintain a competitive advantage. The importance of information systems in intra-organizational, inter-organizational and global business environments will be emphasized. Software applications will provide students with practical experience of business problem analysis and solution recommendations.

GBUS 526  - Quantitative Business Modeling  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: GBUS 501 Spreadsheet modeling of business activities, processes, and decisions. Topics include optimization and linear programming, network models, sensitivity analysis, regression analysis, time series models and forecasting, simulation models, queuing theory, and decision analysis. Extensive use of Microsoft Excel.

GBUS 527  - Accounting for Decision Making and Control  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: LRSP 201 or ACCT 102 or equivalent. This course introduces fundamental financial and managerial accounting concepts. Financial accounting topics include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), an overview of financial statements, an overview of the accounting equation, recording economic events, as well as an overview of the accounting cycle. The course also addresses basic managerial accounting concepts such as cost behavior, and incremental analysis.

GBUS 528  - Financial Management  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: GBUS 501 and GBUS 503. This course focuses on financial decision making in the modern corporation by providing the theory, the methods, and the concerns of corporate finance. Emphasis is placed on the application of financial data to a wide range of management decisions. The main topics include financial theories, analysis and reporting, financial markets, valuation, uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return, capital investment decisions, capital markets and optimal capital structure.

GBUS 529  - Strategic Management  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite or corequisite: GBUS 521, 523, 525, 526, 527 and 528. This capstone, integrative course of the MBA program examines the complex strategic problems facing top management in a variety of contemporary organizations. Includes strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Emphasis is given to thinking strategically about management issues, problems, and decisions from the perspective of the total organization, and how the organization 'fits' within its environment to ensure long-term survival and success.

GBUS 548  - Managerial Economics  (3 Credits)  

Students examine microeconomic theory with selected business applications. This course focuses on demand and supply analysis, cost and production functions, optimization techniques, pricing strategies, market structure, firm architecture, game theory and competitive strategy, and risk evaluation. Antitrust policies and other government regulations are also delineate and discussed. This course emphasizes the application of microeconomic analysis to find optimal solutions to managerial decision problems in a global environment.

GBUS 551  - Project Management  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a comprehensive and detailed review of project management. The course will review the framework, culture, principles, and techniques of project management and explore their importance through real-world program management applications. The course will examine each stage of the project management lifecycle and their contribution to successful project management execution. Traditional concepts and tools of project management will be discussed and evaluated to identify potential shortfalls and forecast future project management needs and technologies in an ever changing 21st century global business environment.

GBUS 553  - Risk Management for Project Managers  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: GBUS 551. This course builds upon topics covered in GBUS 551 and studies issues of risk for every stage of project management. Issues of impact, risk assessment, and quantitative and qualitative techniques to evaluate risk are discussed. This course also investigates the importance of contingency plans and proper filing systems.

GBUS 555  - Contracting for Managers  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a general management overview of the contracting and procurement process. It emphasizes contracting and procurement's strategic role, its effect on organizational operations, the importance of the organization's internal and external linkages (e.g., supply chain), and performance risk sharing through type of contract selection. Ethical and legal aspects of contracting are presented.

GBUS 557  - Human Resource Management and Development  (3 Credits)  

Examines the human resource management function of an organization's personnel/human resource department- and the effective utilization of human resources as a critical responsibility of all managers. Topics include employment planning- recruitment and selection- performance measurement- training and development- compen- sation- and labor relations.

GBUS 558  - Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the legal and regulatory framework for professionals who have responsibility for managing the use and development of technology. Students consider the historical foundation and current status of laws that govern technology. Topics include laws surrounding the Internet, privacy, and the free flow and use of information. Students also assess technology law as it relates to intellectual property and cyber crime.

GBUS 560  - Computer-Based Decision Support Systems  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the use of decision support systems (DSS) within public and private organizations. Conceptual and practical discussions help students understand the design and use of these systems. Students will explore commonly used DSS tools and the possible incorporation of these tools in different business environments. A simple decision support system will be designed and developed during the course using a commercially available tool or programming language.

GBUS 570  - Special Topics  (1-3 Credits)  
GBUS 570A  - Service Operations Management  (3 Credits)  

Service operations management is the management of the process used to design, supply, produce, and deliver valuable services to customers. This course focuses on the management of service operations in service industries, with considerable attention paid to quantitative techniques that can help service firms improve their performance. The topics include service strategy, new service development, service process design, service capacity planning, service facility layout and location, and service quality.

GBUS 570B  - Special Topics: Leadership and Social Justice  (3 Credits)  

This course will help students delve deeper into the social justice challenges that face our world today through extensive readings, videos, and lively, on-line discussions. Issues will include poverty, education, race, and gender, as well as other subjects that arise through student interest, and that are connected to the larger picture of social justice. Students will also learn how courageous leadership is the connecting thread that takes divisive issues and educates and motivates the impacted and interested parties to facilitate change. To this end, the learning goal of this class is the change the world, and students will be preparing a proposal on how to change an issue of their choosing, and then creating a documentary of their efforts to do so.

GBUS 570C  - Cyber Security  (3 Credits)  

Cyber Security is a broad term that encompasses both the technical and managerial aspects that organizations use to secure their data. The technology used to secure a network, encrypt the data, and ensure authorized access are implemented with technical tools. However, this implementation is dependent on good decision making, situational awareness, and effective policy implementation. This course covers this extensive spectrum of cyber security and provides a holistic overview of the concept.

GBUS 591  - Directed Study  (1-3 Credits)  

This is an individual study under faculty direction on a topic of relevance to the MBA program.

GBUS 599  - Internship  (1-6 Credits)  

The Professional Experiences and Networking Program (PEN) offers students opportunities to experience various fields of employment while working with a variety of organizations on important and challenging projects. These experiences augment classroom learning while allowing on-the-job training.