Human Resource Management (533), Management (620), Operations Management (716), and Business Law (140)

Human Resource Management (533)

53:533:501 Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law (3 credits)
A business organization’s relationships with the external environment; the influence of consumers and labor organizations; ethics; governmental influences, such as taxation, rules and regulations, and antitrust policy; the role of business in the economy. Problems and cases used to illustrate the decision process necessitated in various environmental situations. (MBA core course)

53:533:524 Leading Change and Organizational Development (3 credits)
Focus on the process by which managers’ sense and respond to change. Emphasis on proactive, planned, and managed change that may involve adaptation of structure and policy, as well as influencing the underlying system of beliefs, values, and attitudes. Examination of leadership climate, organizational culture, and individual resistance as limiting factors. Interventions compared. Prerequisite: Leadership & Managing Human Capital 53:620:505 (MBA elective)

53:533:527 Leading Innovation and Creativity (3 credits)
This course examines how managers can create value propositions and be strategically innovative in their companies. The course also examines how established firms can respond to disruptive threats through the innovation process. This course should be of interest in those interested in managing in high- or low-tech firms as well as those interested in consulting. Course objectives are to develop skills in creative strategic thinking, build familiarity with innovation concepts and terms, and develop skills in communicating and persuasively presenting creative ideas. Through in-class exercises and cases, the emphasis is on helping students develop these skills as well as how they, as future managers, can influence the creative and innovation process in organizations. Prerequisite: Leadership & Managing Human Capital 53:620:505 (MBA elective)

53:533: 521, 522 Directed Study in Management (3 credits)
Supervised by an individual faculty member and approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

53:533:670 Special Topics in Human Resource Management (3 credits)
Topics vary from winter to winter sections. Consult the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for specific content each winter. Prerequisite: Leadership and Managing Human Capital 53:620:505.

Management (620)

53:620:505 Leadership & Managing Human Capital (3 credits)
This course is designed to help students acquire new knowledge and develop skills related to the understanding of managing behavior and processes in organizations. It is also the goal of this course to help you become more aware of your effectiveness as individuals and group/team participants in an organizational setting. Topical coverage includes, but is not limited to, organizational culture and structure, group/tem dynamics, leadership and power issues, communication, decision-making, motivation theories and applications, managing stress, and individual differences such as perceptions, attitudes and personality. (MBA core course)

53:620:506 International Business Environment (3 credits)
Introduction to the context of international business. Overview of the economic, ethical, cultural, legal, and political issues that affect operations in the global arena. Discussion of various trade theories, trade barriers, and trade agreements. Modes of entering foreign countries. The study of multinational corporations in terms of their strategies, structures, human resources, and operations. Various regions of the world are explored through case studies. (MBA core course)

53:620:672 Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (3 credits)
Provides a top management view of the firm. Students analyze the internal and external environments of firms, develop strategy, and work out its implementation. Emphasizes team-building and verbal presentation skills. Improves understanding of diverse critical industries and mega-trends.To be taken in the final term or last term available. Course offer during spring and fall. (MBA capstone course) 

53:620:570 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)
This course examines major concepts, theories, processes, and practices associated with conflict analysis, resolution and negotiation. Within an interactive learning environment, emphasis is placed on preparing for and analyzing conflict and negotiation situations, various goals of conflict management and negotiation, principles of constructive and destructive communication, biases and barriers to effective conflict resolution and negotiation, and reflecting on these processes for managerial growth and development. Prerequisite: Leadership & Managing Human Capital 53:620:505 (MBA elective)

53:620: 521, 522 Directed Study in Management (3 credits)
Supervised by an individual faculty member and approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

53:620:670 Special Topics in Management (3 credits)
Topics vary from winter to winter session. Consult the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for specific content each session.

53:620:597.  Internship in Management (3 credits)
An Internship provides real world experience to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills within the Management field.

53:620:800 Matriculation Continued (0 credits)
Continuous registration may be accomplished by enrolling for at least 3 credits in standard course offerings, including research courses, or by enrolling in this course for 0 credits.  Students actively engaged in study toward their degree who are using university facilities and faculty time are expected to enroll for the appropriate credits.

Operations Management (716)

53:716:513 Operations Management: Productivity and Quality (3 credits)
This course provides the foundation for managing the operations of both manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include operations strategy, product and service design, inventory management, facility and capacity planning, forecasting, quality management, supply chain management, and just-in-time operations. Prerequisite: 53:135:502 (MBA core course)

53:716:502 Business Analytics (3 credits)
Managers, regardless of their functional responsibilities, make decisions that are driven by data and analysis. This course will help in development of important skills in data analysis and modeling. Through rigorous and guided exercises, students will gain the ability to synthesize pieces of analyzed information to make better decisions. A combination of theoretical and practical mathematical and software tools will be used.  In addition to regular lectures, the course will employ computer exercises, case analysis, discussions and team presentations. Special emphasis will be on making the results/decisions end-user-friendly. (MBA core course)

53:716:535 Big Data Analytics and Visualization (3 credits)
The course provides students with an in-depth introduction to the Hadoop ecosystem, which is an environment used by companies to store and manipulate “Big Data” of a size and scale that cannot be fit into traditional databases. Students will be exposed to tools such as Sqoop, Pig and Hive – for ETL (extract-transform-load) operations within Hadoop. The course also provides exposure to state of the art data mining algorithms for clustering, classification and collaborative filtering (a technique used by businesses to recommend products to customers). Participants will build machine learning applications with Apache Spark. In the second half of the course, students will learn information design, specifically tactics for visualizing Big Data that can consist of temporal, spatial, topical or network relationships among entities. Prerequisite: Data Management & Business Intelligence 53:623:517 (MBA elective)

53:716:540 Social Media Analytics and Sentiment Analysis (3 credits)
The course enables students to ingest Big Data from APIs for social media platforms such as Twitter. After assembling data from social media, students learn to analyze the data to gain business insights. Concepts for the analysis of social media, such as community detection and assignment, node centrality, information diffusion and opinion formation will be presented. The course also addresses analyzing unstructured text information using open source software. As an application of text analytics, the course explores the issues of analyzing product reviews and opinion mining. Students will learn the process for sentiment extraction, opinion mining and recognizing opinion spam. Prerequisite: Data Management & Business Intelligence 53:623:517. (MBA elective)

53:716:670 Special Topics in Operations Management (3 credits)
Topics vary from winter to winter session. Consult the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for specific content each session. Prerequisite: Operations Management: Productivity and Quality 53:716:513.

53:716: 521,522 Directed Study in Operations Management (3 credits)
Supervised by an individual faculty member and approved by the Associated Dean of Graduate Studies. Prerequisite: Operations Management: Productivity and Quality 53:716:513.

Business Law (140)

53:140:512 Introduction to the Law of Business Entities (3 credits)
This course will cover the law governing business entities, including agencies, partnership, and corporation  with some discussion of alternative business entities such as limited partnerships and limited liability companies. It covers choice of organizational form, fundamentals of entity formation, duties of fiduciaries; corporate governance; and the basics of regulation. (MBA elective)

53:140:514 Identifying Legal Risks in Business (3 credits)
This course will introduce major themes in business law, such as antitrust, securities regulation, employment law, environmental law, etc.  and how they affect business strategy, sustainability and growth. (MBA elective)