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Elective Courses

Electives let you explore topics relevant to your needs and interests. You must take 13 credits of electives, choosing from any of the categories below. You can choose to take courses from a variety of areas to get a general overview. If you choose to focus in a specific area or two, you do not need to officially designate an emphasis/concentration.
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MBA 740   Introduction to Assurance Services

This course helps students identify situations in which assurance services are necessary, evaluate different types of assurance services and assess the quality of assurance services companies and investment funds provide. View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Areas: Accounting, Finance
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 742   Introduction to Financial Fraud

Fraudulent financial reporting and misappropriation of assets are major problems for businesses of all sizes. Knowledge about how fraud is committed and how to spot the potential for fraud are valuable for managers at all levels. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Summer
Subject Areas: Finance, Ethics
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 746   Mutual Fund Investing

Students will learn criteria for selecting mutual funds, how to develop investment portfolios composed of multiple mutual funds consisten with demographic characteristics of the investor, and how to assess mutual fund and portfolio performance. View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Winterim
Subject Area: Finance
Upcoming Class Offerings: Winterim 2018

MBA 747   Financial Statement Analysis

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. View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Areas: Accounting, Finance
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 749   Incorporation of Exchange Rates in Strategic Decision-Making

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. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Summer
Subject Areas: Economics, International Business
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 750   Regional Trade Agreements and Multinational Corporations

This course introduces students to issues relating to regional trade agreements, also commonly referred to as trading blocs, such as: the impetus to their formation, the degree to which parties equally benefit from their participation, and the impact of these agreements on global trade. Special attention will be given to regional trade agreements in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Finally, this… View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Areas: Marketing, International Business
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 752   Business in East Asia

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. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Areas: Management, International Business
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 753   Corporate Venturing

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. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Subject Area: Entrepreneurship
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 754   Fundamental Methods of Forecasting

The ability to forecast data which becomes available at regular intervals is very important in the business environment. With the power of modern computers it is possible to carry out effective short term (one or two periods ahead) forecasts using methods studied in the context of a short course. The course will be very heavily weighted toward applied work rather than the mathematical theory… View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Winterim, Summer
Subject Area: Accounting
Upcoming Class Offerings: Winterim 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 755   Consumer Behavior

How do we make sense of consumer decision making when there are so many variables to consider?  More specifically, how are we, as managers, to create a sound marketing plan given consumer diversity and decision making?  This class will help you to understand how and why consumers behave as they do.  View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Area: Marketing
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 757   Managing Workplace Stress

Workplace stress costs organizations millions of dollars annually in lost productivity and turnover.  In this course, we will examine the major theories of stress, causes of stress, and consequences of stress.  We will take a hands-on approach to developing action plans to address stress in your workplace. View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Fall, Winterim, Spring, Summer
Subject Area: Management
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winterim 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 758   Strategies and Tactics of Pricing

This course presents a framework for evaluating pricing decisions. Pricing is examined from the perspective of customers, competitors and costs; in a variety of contexts, including business-to-business markets, consumer goods markets, services, and not-for profit companies. View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Summer
Subject Areas: Marketing, Non-Profit
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 759   Selling Ideas at Work

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. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
Subject Area: Marketing
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 760   Employee Training and Development

This course focuses on: (1) Human resource development's role in maintaining an organization's competitive position, (2) Identification of training needs, (3) Transferring training to the workplace, (4) Training assessment. View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Subject Areas: Management, Human Resources
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 761   Project Management

The course examines project identification, selection, and planning. It will be organized along two major phases of the project management process: 1) Project Selection and Definition; and 2) Project Planning. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas: Management, Project Management
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 762   Organizational Leadership and Change

This course examines how change can be accomplished within organizations–who is responsible for change and how people can be helped to change. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Areas: Management, Leadership
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 763   Business and Ethics

Does a company have any obligation to help solve social problems? What about a manufacturer's obligation to the consumer with respect to product defects and safety? This course examines economic activity in an ethical framework. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Subject Areas: Management, Ethics
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017, Spring 2018

MBA 764   Work-Family Issues in Contemporary Times

This course will critically examine and analyze issues of work and family life from both employee and employer perspectives. View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Winterim, Summer
Subject Areas: Management, Human Resources
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Winterim 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 765   Advanced Topics in Project Management

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 organizationProject Management (MBA 761) is a pre-requisite. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall (in odd years)
Subject Areas: Management, Project Management
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 766   Contract Law for Managers

This course emphasizes using the law in ethical managerial decision making.  It examines contract law, sales law, and law in e-commerce. View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Areas: Management, Ethics
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 767   Project Execution and Control

The primary focus of this course is identifying and managing challenges commonly seen in doing the work in projects after the project baseline has been approved. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall (in even years)
Subject Areas: Management, Project Management

MBA 769   Project Portfolio Management

Prerequisite: Project Management
This course is designed to clarify ways to manage the project portfolio which involves tracking and managing all of an organization’s projects, keep an eye on costs and resources, comply with deadlines and ensure the projects are in line with the company’s overall mission. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring (in even years)
Subject Areas: Management, Project Management
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 770   E-Business Fundamentals for Managers

This course provides an overview of the fast-growing Internet-based economy and asks, from a management point of view, How may e-business contribute to the operational, tactical and strategic goals of an organization? View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Areas: Information Technology, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 771   Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning

This course describes the principal functions of ERP software and emphasizes the business impacts of such. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Area: Information Technology
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 773   Communicating for Success: Writing for Results

Students take their writing skills to the next level by applying practical strategies (based on organizational communication theories) to their writing. Focus is on their own specific work-related audiences. View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Winterim, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas: Management, Communication
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Winterim 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 774   Sustainability and Organizational Management

This course introduces students to the interrelationship between business and the natural environment, examining the impact of the environment on business and the consequences of business decisions on the environment. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Areas: Management, Sustainability
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 775   Information System Security

Today's manager must understand the issues, technologies and techniques for security and risk management. Students will discuss system vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies and will identify security-related personnel issues and training and education requirements. They will understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding security management and be able to develop and implement security… View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Areas: Information Technology, Ethics
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 777   Communicating for Success: Speak, Engage, Lead

The purpose of this course is to enhance students' workplace communication skills. Students and their organizations will benefit as students apply practical strategies to oral and interpersonal communication contexts for nearly any audience. View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Fall, Winterim, Summer
Subject Areas: Management, Communication
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017, Winterim 2018, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 778   Managing Technology in Turbulent Times

The intent of this course it to show the synergy that exists between the introduction of technologies into an organization and the shift in management strategy and decision making that is essential to receive full value from the technology investment. View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Areas: Management, Information Technology
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 779   E-Business Website Development

This course provides students with skills to develop a simple and effective E-business website. It examines design factors and the development process and focuses on facilitation of intra-organizational and inter-organizational communication and extra-organizational relationships. Requires Dreamweaver. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Areas: Information Technology, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 780   Health Care Human Resources & Organizations

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,… View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Areas: Health Care Administration, Human Resources
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 781   Fundamentals of Health Information Technology Management

This course provides an introduction to the dynamic world of management of information technology in health care. A description of information processing, the content and evolution of healthcare information systems and the current and future methodologies being employed to acquire and manage information are discussed. View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Areas: Health Care Administration, Information Technology
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 782   Health Care Finance and Economics

Health care requires individuals in leadership roles who understand how to effectively manage the financial performance of an organization. They need to recognize both the economic factors that influence decisions and the financial systems that drive performance.  This course will help students understand how factors such as government intervention in health care, the organization… View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Areas: Health Care Administration, Finance, Economics
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 784   Supply Chain Management

This course covers terminologies, concepts, and tools involved in managing supply chain operations, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative tools used in managerial decision making. Topics include Supply Chain Strategy, Supplier Management, Inventory Management, Distribution, and Logistics. View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Summer
Subject Areas: Management, Supply Chain
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017, Summer 2018 (TENTATIVE)

MBA 785   Organizational Reward Systems

This course covers topics related to the use of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to achieveorganizations' strategic goals. Specific topics include: motivational theories,compensation surveys, job evaluation, merit pay, variable or at risk pay, and teamcompensation. View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Summer
Subject Areas: Management, Human Resources
Upcoming Class Offerings: Summer 2017

MBA 787   Quantitative Business Analysis

This course focuses on applied quantitative business analysis and uses Microsoft Excel. The course covers problem solving concepts and techniques, plus effective presentation of analysis results. Critical thinking and analytical problem solving will be stressed throughout the course. Exercises for the course reflect a variety of business disciplines.While students will learn to use Excel, this is… View full course description.

1.5 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Fall
Subject Area: Management
Upcoming Class Offerings: Fall 2017

MBA 789   Health Care Organization and Delivery

This course provides a foundational understanding of our complex health system, from basic organization and management of the system to an exploration of the relationships between cost, quality, and access in the context of system improvement and health care reform.    We will take a policy perspective as we explore influential factors on health care resource challenges such as… View full course description.

2 Credits  •  Typically Offered: Spring
Subject Area: Health Care Administration
Upcoming Class Offerings: Spring 2018

MBA 791   Intro to the Management and Marketing of Non-Profits

This course will provide a substantive introduction to the key principles and practical challenges in the law, management, and marketing of non-profit organizations (NPSs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). View full course description.

1 Credit  •  Typically Offered: Winterim
Subject Areas: Management, Marketing, Non-Profit
Upcoming Class Offerings: Winterim 2018