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Business Graduate Electives

Business Graduate Electives 2018-05-02T20:37:00+00:00

Acct 581 Decision Models in Accounting

Decision analysis applied to managerial accounting issues. Generation of information for management decision making and control.  Responsibility accounting and non-recurring decisions.

Acct 582 Corporate Governance and Top Management (cross listed with Mgmt 582)

This course examines the duties, structure, and functioning of top management teams and corporate boards of directors. Topics include CEO/board tenure and succession planning, top management compensation, board committee composition, assessment of CEO and board performance, theories of corporate governance, management of the corporate strategic agenda, governance codes, international governance, and chairman/CEO duality. The presentation of course concepts is facilitated by the use of cases and the consideration of contemporary issues.

Acct 583 Advanced Managerial Accounting

Business simulation focusing on generation and communication of information to assist management with financial decision-making. Emphasis on developing teamwork, written communication, and oral presentation skills.

Acct 584 Advanced Accounting Information Systems

Advanced accounting information systems concepts; database design and information retrieval, internal controls within computerized  accounting information systems, financial reporting in electronic environment.

Acct 585 Taxes and Business Strategy

Integration of concepts from accounting, finance, and economics to determine how taxes affect business decisions. Provides students with a conceptual framework for thinking about business tax planning and applies it to various common business decisions.

Acct 586 Advanced Federal Taxation

Advanced coverage of federal taxation including issues related to the taxation of corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts, and their owners. Includes coverage of rules, concepts, background, and planning opportunities related to a number of common transactions involving these entities.

Acct 587 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Introduction to and field work in the preparation of individual income tax returns (state and federal). Basic coverage of filing and residency status, taxable income, exemptions, deductions, and credits. Tax software usage and online filing.

Acct 588 Governmental and Non-profit Institution Accounting

Accounting and financial reporting principles of local and state governments, including universities, schools, and hospitals. In addition, accounting and financial reporting of non-profit organizations will be addressed. Financial statements of local governmental units and the university are explored.

Acct 591 Fraud Examination and Prevention

Principles and methodology of fraud detection and deterrence.  Addresses the following issues:  causes and elements of fraud, costs to society, asset theft, financial statement misrepresentation, internal controls for fraud prevention, evidence gathering, and legal aspects of fraud.

Acct 592 Financial Statement Analysis

The presentation and analysis of financial statement information from the point of view of the primary users of such data: owners and creditors. Topics covered will include the financial reporting system, the primary financial statements, and effects of accounting method choice on reported financial data, and firm valuation.

Acct 594 Business Valuation

Using financial statement analysis to value the firm. Topics covered include assessing how well a firm’s financial statements reflect the economic effects of its resource management strategies and constructing proforma financial information that will serve as inputs to valuation models.

Acct 595 Advanced Accounting Problems

Accounting for business combinations and affiliated companies, intercompany transactions, and consolidated financial statements; partnership accounting; segment and interim reporting; multinational accounting.

Acct 596 International Accounting

Financial reporting issues in a global environment, including introduction to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the potential for the use of IFRS in the U.S. Accounting and managerial issues faced by multinational corporations. Technical issues such as transfer pricing, inflation accounting and taxation will be discussed.

Acct 597 Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services

A study of advanced auditing and assurance issues.  Topics include risk analysis, internal control, fraud detection, analytical procedures, evaluating operational and strategic objectives, and reporting and implementing audit findings.

Acct 598 Financial Accounting:  Theory and Contemporary Issues

Theoretical discussion of the financial accounting and reporting environment. The usefulness of financial accounting information for decision making. Current financial accounting issues, the financial accounting standard setting process, FASB Standards Codification, and the role of the SEC in financial reporting.

Fin 510 Advanced Corporate Finance

Examines corporate financial decisions, including theory and associated empirical evidence.  Topics include agency conflicts, corporate governance, executive compensation, becoming publicly traded, raising capital through public and private offerings, capital structure, financial distress and bankruptcy, leasing, dividend policy, corporate control, restructuring, and risk management.

 

Fin 515 Case Studies in Financial Decision Making

This course focuses on case studies to develop an integrated set of financial decisions. Topic areas include fixed asset, working capital, capital structure, dividend and merger/acquisition decisions. The objective of the course is to examine different firm settings and establish a framework within which to apply financial tools.

Fin 520 Investments

Analysis of risk and return for individual securities and portfolios of securities.  Topics include the market environment, mechanics of trading, measurement of return and risk, valuation of stocks and bonds, mutual funds, optimal asset allocation, market efficiency, portfolio performance evaluation, risk management, and derivatives.

Fin 528 Fixed Income Analysis and Portfolio Management

Advanced analysis of fixed income markets and securities, including valuation and trading of treasury securities, corporate bonds, mortgage backed securities.  Analysis of structured financial securities, including CDO, CMBS, and ABS.  Analysis of active and passive investment strategies for managing fixed income portfolios.  Students are required to manage a fixed income portfolio for an institutional investor.  A top-down approach to portfolio management is assumed, with active bets taken on market direction, duration, yield curve, and credit spreads.

Fin 530 Financial Analysis and Valuation

Valuation of public and private firms through analysis of financial statements and other information.  Study of drivers of values creation, industry analysis, patterns of growth, models for forecasting and analyzing firm cash flows, estimating and adjusting cost of capital, alternative methods of cash flow valuation, the calculation and use of valuation multiples, and valuing mergers and acquisitions.

Fin 534 Financial Derivatives

An applied course in derivative markets.  Topics covered include futures and options markets, option pricing, swaps, use and rating of insurance products, and alternative forms of reinsurance.  Emphasis will be place on agricultural commodity markets, but energy, interest, currency and stock index contracts will also be covered.

Fin 535 Venture Capital, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions

Advanced investments class focusing on alternative investments.  Topics include the nature and scope of investment banking, techniques for valuing public and private firms, venture capital finance, private equity finance, leveraged buyouts, hedge funds, the structure and financing of mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures.

FIN 550 Financial Econometrics

Analysis, modelling, and forecasting of time series data, volatility modeling and forecasting, maximum likelihood estimation, robust standard error computation, specification testing, estimation under alternative distributional assumptions, and Monte Carlo simulation.  Applications include tests of asset pricing models, analysis of asset volatility, corporate event studies, and value at risk analysis.

FIN 564 Advanced Derivatives and Risk Management

Risk management tools and how they are applied within financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, and hedge funds, as well as the corporate enterprise.  Focus on measuring exposure to stock market risk, interest rate risk, currency risk and credit risk and how these exposures may be managed.  Topics include the Basel accords, volatility modelling, value at risk analysis, extreme value theory, credit default swaps, and portfolio simulations.

Fin 572 Real Estate Finance

Survey of techniques for assessing the value of real estate assets. Introduction to real estate financing instruments, their use and appropriateness.

FIN 580 International Corporate Finance

Examines international business issues and markets from the perspective of the multinational firm. Topics include exchange rate determination, the international monetary system, parity conditions, currency forecasting, balance of payments, country risk, measuring exchange risk, currency and interest rate hedging strategies, currency translation and transaction risk, international trade, Euromarkets, international financing costs, and cash management.

Mgmt 565 Early Stage Entrepreneurship – Mind to Market

Commercialization of new technology. Topics covered include market analysis, intellectual property, product development, feasibility analysis, and new business evaluation.

Mgmt 566 Entrepreneurship and New Business Creation

The essentials of starting and operating a new business. Topics include current research on entrepreneurial perspective, starting and developing a new business, financing the venture, managing the growing firm, and special issues.

Mgmt 567 International Entrepreneurship

The essentials of operating an entrepreneurial firm in an international environment.  Topics include current research on international entrepreneurship, starting and developing a business in an international market, financing international ventures, international management issues, and exchange rates.

Mgmt 569 Technology Entrepreneurship

Identification of high-potential, technology-intensive commercial opportunities, resources’ gathering, and risk management under environmental uncertainty. Focus on technology ventures and firms that use technology strategically across several industries. Topics include key success factors and forecasting analysis across main value-chain activities.

Mgmt 570 Managing Employee Attitudes and Behaviors

Advanced topics germane to the management of individuals and groups over their work lives; sustained work commitment, motivation and job/career satisfaction, absenteeism, turnover, stress, leadership and career development (e.g., career ladders, mentoring).

Mgmt 571 Seminar in Personnel and Human Resources Management

Topics and issues in personnel management with a focus on the management of human resources in organizations. Current personnel practices, philosophies, and behavioral science research.

Mgmt 572 Personality and Management

Personality and individual differences have significant implications for human resource management, organizational behavior and strategic management. Research has shown that these characteristics affect many core management topics including motivation, leadership, and decision making. This course surveys the literature relating personality and individual differences to management and organizations. Students will complete a wide variety of personality assessments and get their results, and reflect on how personality and individual differences can be practically relevant in the modern work environment.

Mgmt 581 Contemporary Topics in Strategy

Discussion of concepts and techniques used in long range strategic planning. Examination of planning practices in business and not-for-profit organizations. Topics include environmental scanning, industry analysis, forecasting, corporate and competitive strategies, and tactics.

Mgmt 582 Corporate Governance and Top Management

This course examines the duties, structure, and functioning of top management teams and corporate boards of directors. Topics include CEO/board tenure and succession planning, top management compensation, board committee composition, assessment of CEO and board performance, theories of corporate governance, management of the corporate strategic agenda, governance codes, international governance, and chairman/CEO duality. The presentation of course concepts is facilitated by the use of cases and the consideration of contemporary issues.

Mgmt 583 Strategic Management of Innovation

Critical analysis and discussion of cases focused on strategic management of technology-based innovation. Assessment of a firm’s innovative capabilities and competitive dynamics to manage innovative processes.  Practical applications through emphasis on implementation including internal corporate venturing, management of the corporate R&D function, and institutionalization of innovation.

Mgmt 584 Management Consulting

Provides the opportunity for students to understand the role of the professional consultant, the issues facing the management consulting industry, the competencies of various management consulting firms, the nature and form of strategic consulting engagements and the nature and scope of strategic change in business firms.  Students will learn about management consulting functions and will practice the consultant role through cases and field studies.

MIS 532 Advanced Business Software Development

A survey of business-oriented programming languages with emphasis on start-of-the-art development techniques for business software.  Topics include object-oriented and Internet programming issues and methods.

MIS 533 Data Management for Decision Makers

Addresses data needs of functions such as marketing, finance, and production. Advanced skills needed to design, develop and use database, data warehousing and data mining systems for effective decision support. Emphasis on importance of contemporary technologies.

MIS 534 Electronic Commerce

Overview of how modern communication technologies including the internet and world wide web have revolutionized the way we do business. Provides an understanding of various internet technologies and how companies are using the internet for commercial purposes. Explores future scenarios on the use of these technologies and their impact on various industries and the society.

MIS 535 Networks and Information Security Managment

Issues involved in the management of telecommunications function. Overview of communications technology used in various business applications, local area network, wide area network, broad band network, wireless and voice networks. Internet technologies and protocols. Analyzing the strategic impact of these technologies on organizations. Strategic planning for telecommunications, including network planning and analysis.

MIS 536 Business Analytics Foundation

Introduction to Business Analytics (BA) concepts and tools. Hands-on lab exercises and business case studies in data preparation, data querying and data visualization. Also covers various modeling techniques in predictive and prescriptive analytics.

MIS 537 Project Management

Prepares students to support team activities in the general project management environment and provides them with a working understanding of the full scope of project management activities.  Students will also have practical experience using project management techniques and tools. Course topics include project initiation and execution, risk assessment, estimating and contracts, planning, human factors, and standard methods.  The course follows the recommended content areas of the Project Management Institute, and provides students with a recognized foundational training in project management. Although this course is taught through MIS, it is designed to cover a wide variety of project management environments, and so in both class discussion/lecture and in casework, a variety of types of project environments are covered.

MIS 538 Business Processes Systems

Examine current and historical perspectives on business process management. Topics include process identification, mapping, and improvement. Additional topics will address business process automation and integration, business process outsourcing. Investigate current and potential tools and methods for business process management. Include process management projects.

MIS 539 Topics in Management of Information Systems

A variety of topics may be offered in different semesters. Topics may include electronic commerce, information resources management, decision support systems, and expert systems.

MIS 544 Social Media Analytics

This course is designed to educate students about the role of new collaborative and social technologies and learn about tools that can be used to understand and analyze social data. We will explore strategic and operational applications of social media and explore tools that support the analysis of social networks and social media data. A particular focus will be on the application of text analysis and social network theory.

MIS 598 Research Seminar in Management Information Systems

Examines issues such as the nature and content of information systems research; aspects of starting and pursuing research topics in information systems; exploring and understanding relevant research methods and tools.  Develop preliminary research proposals.

MIS 601 Introduction to Information Systems Research I

MIS 602 Introduction to Information Systems Research II

MIS 655 Organizational & Social Implications of HCI

This course explores the opportunities and implications of information technologies and human computer interaction on social and organizational systems.  Specifically, if provides students with an exploration of ethical and social issues appurtenant to human computer interaction, both from a proscriptive and prescriptive perspective.  This enquiry provides the student with an informed perspective on human computer interaction that will help them shape their own research and development programs.

Mkt 540 Advanced Strategic Marketing

Strategic marketing and decision making, with emphasis on cases utilizing qualitative and quantitative techniques and marketing models.

Mkt 541 International Marketing

Scope and nature of global marketing operation; the context of international environment in which firms operate. Recent developments of international business activities, and a framework for better understanding of the basic forces driving international business and marketing operations. Development of market entry strategies and global marketing mix policies, as well as export operations. Organizational issues related to the globalization of the firm.

Mkt 542 New Product Development and Marketing

Principles and concepts of new product development and introduction; decision areas include market definition and structure, idea generation, concept evaluation, test marketing, launch tracking, and global product planning; models and techniques of new product evaluation used by consumer product companies.

Mkt 543 Services Marketing

This course provides students with an in-depth appreciation and understanding of the unique challenges inherent in managing and delivering quality services.  Students will be introduced to and have the opportunity to work with tools and strategies that address these challenges.

Mkt 544 Marketing Research

Marketing research methods are examined with emphasis on the use of advanced research methods in business research. Application of advanced sampling, measurement, and data analysis methods in research on market segmentation, market structure, consumers’ perceptions and decision processes, marketing communication, new product development, and pricing.

Mkt 545 Integrated Marketing Communication

Introduces the student to the field of marketing communications. Covers a number of topics and areas essential for understanding how to design and evaluate communication strategies necessary for the successful marketing of products and services. An integrated marketing communications (IMC) perspective is employed in covering material, with a corresponding focus on various elements of an IMC strategy, including advertising, promotions, point-of-purchase communications, direct marketing techniques, and other topics.

Mkt 546 Customer Relationship and Business to Business Marketing

Core concepts and issues involved in customer relationship strategy and management in consumer and business-to-business markets. Emphasis on customer opportunity analyses, customer relationship management tools and strategies.

Mkt 547 Consumer Behavior

The behavior of consumers. Intensive review of  literature from relevant disciplines. Applications of concepts and methods of behavioral sciences to marketing management decision making.

Mkt 549 Global Marketing:  Planning and Execution

Allows students to develop the ability to plan and execute a B2B business by integrating aspects of marketing with other business functions in the international context. Product strategy, innovation, foreign market entry, supply strategies for foreign markets, pricing strategy, market research, customer service, international payments, managing international subsidiaries, licensing, distribution strategy, and responding to changing international environmental conditions. Involves a simulation-based instruction in planning and managing an international B2B business.

MKT 551 Marketing Channels

The course will teach students about design of marketing channels, developing and managing relationships with resellers, and evaluating channel performance.  The course will highlight international and technological aspects of marketing channels.

SCM 520 Decision Models for Supply Chain Management

The application of decision models for supply chain management.  Topics include business applications of decision theory, inventory theory, business forecasting, optimization models, transportation and network models, routing problems, and project management.

SCM 522 Supply Chain Planning & Control Systems

An integrated analysis of planning and control systems for supply chains. Master production scheduling, material requirements planning, enterprise resource planning, capacity planning, shop floor control, competitive analyses of modern supply chain systems, and implementation of information technologies related to these topics.

SCM 524 Strategic Process Analysis and Improvement

Analysis, management, and improvement of the business processes used to produce and deliver products and services that satisfy customer needs. Process attributes that managers can control to influence the key operational performance measures of throughput time, inventory, cost, quality, and flexibility are discussed. Topics such as theory of constraints, lean production, and six sigma are included.

SCM 560 Strategic Logistics Management

Positions logistics vis-a-vis supply chain management (SCM). Presents different perspectives on SCM vs. logistics. Describes primary logistics functions: transportation, warehousing, facility location, customer service, order processing, inventory management and packaging. Benefits of and obstacles to the integration of these functions.

SCM 561 Transportation Management and Policy

Analysis of contemporary issues and strategies in transportation management and policy. Emphasis on evaluation of the impacts of transportation policies, new technologies, and strategic carrier and shipper management practices on the freight transportation industry and logistics systems.

SCM 563 Purchasing and Supply Management

Mechanics, procedures and tools used in purchasing. Recruiting, selecting, developing and managing supply chain partners in order to achieve competitive advantage via superior supply chain management. Factors and information needs for making supply management decisions.

SCM 585 Strategic Demand Planning

Synchronizes demand with manufacturing and distribution. Emphasis on the strategic advantages of linking business plans and demand forecasts, both vertically within the organization and collaboratively among supply chain partners.