Evening UST MBA
The faculty of the Opus College of Business recommends the following sequence of the ten core courses and capstone strategy course for Evening UST MBA students.
OPMT600: Statistical Methods for Decision Making
Analyzing and interpreting quantitative information is a primary component of effective business strategy development. This course examines statistical methods including sampling concepts, regression analysis and hypothesis testing. More advanced methods of statistical analysis for forecasting, quality control, simulation, and database management will also be discussed. The class will include case analysis, discussions of business-related statistical problems and readings focused on state-of-the-art use of statistical methods in business decision making.
MGMT600: Management of Organizational Behavior
All organizations are impacted by how people behave in those organizations. A key role of a manager is to guide that behavior to successfully accomplish organizational goals. Management of Organizational Behavior is about this aspect of business. The class objectives are for you to (a) gain an understanding of the various theoretical views of behavior in organizations and (b) be able to use these theories to systematically analyze organizational situations and generate appropriate action plans. The course is designed to facilitate the incorporation of your experience and personal values about behavior in organizations into the development of these plans.
ACCT601: Financial Accounting
Financial accounting is an integral part of the planning, reporting, and control functions of every business. It is a means to uncovering insights about a firm's financial condition, operating results, cash flows, and ownership or capital structure. This course covers the fundamental terminology and calculations of financial accounting and reporting, as well as the comprehension and interpretation of financial statements. Ethical aspects of accounting are included.
BLAW600: Legal Environment of Business
This course is intended to familiarize you with the wide variety of legal forces that shape and affect the conduct of business in the United States. This course is not intended to train you as a lawyer or to import any particular expertise in the application of the law, rather it is designed to give you an understanding of the basic legal vocabulary and various legal concepts that will be encountered on a daily basis as a business manager. With this background, you should understand and anticipate legal issues and know when legal counsel should be sought. Topics include contracts, warranties and product liability; agency and employment relationships; business organizations; real estate transactions; and debtor/creditor relationships.
GBEC600: Economics of Organization and Management
Economic Concepts offer a foundation for understanding managerial decision making within an organizational context and the interactions of organizations in the marketplace. A broad range of topics and concepts will be integrated into lectures, discussions, and care analyses. Topics include: the theory of the firm, including principal - agent issues and incentive contracts; market (demand and supply) analysis, competitive dynamics and strategy implications, internal and external labor markets, decision making in risk-related environments, and government policies affecting management decisions. The emphasis on the U.S. and on market-based economies will be considered in a global context.
MKTG600: Marketing Management
This course offers a managerial approach to the study of strategic market decision making. It will examine the basic principles of marketing and their use in developing an optimum marketing mix. It will cover such topics as market planning; segmentation and target marketing; channels of distribution; consumer behavior; competitive analysis; pricing, demand analysis and forecasting; promotion, sales management; and product decisions. The course is designed to build a conceptual foundation for understanding and analyzing marketing situations. You will learn a managerial approach to applying marketing principles to practical marketing situations. This course provides a foundation for further education in marketing.
FINC600: Financial Management
Prerequisites: OPMT600, ACCT601 and GBEC600
This course will focus on the financial management of business. It will cover the following subject matter: risk, return, evaluation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, long-term financing, capital structure theory, financial analysis and planning, and working capital management. The international aspect of financial management will be covered as it applies to the subject matter outlined above.
BETH601: Business Ethics
Prerequisites: Four core courses completed
The course will enhance the student's ability to recognize, understand, and express the ethical dimensions of the situations and decisions they may expect to face as professionals. It will provide the knowledge essential to making sound decisions in business and seek to develop the skills and commitments required to navigate complex ethical issues successfully. In pursuit of these ends, the course will make use of a spectrum of materials and pedagogies, which may include lectures, discussions of readings from classic and contemporary authors, examination of cases, and experiential exercises.
ACCT605: Managerial Accounting
This course is designed to give students an understanding of how cost information is used in planning, decision-making, and performance evaluation. Topics include, but are not limited to, cost allocation (including Activity-Based Costing), contribution margin analysis, budgeting and performance evaluation. Ethical aspects of managerial accounting are included.
OPMT610: Operations Management
This course regards the student as a consumer of operations management results rather than a producer of the results. The operations function is examined from the general manager's perspective. The role of the operations function in goods-producing companies as well as in service organizations will be examined. The course discusses the decisions for which the operations manager is accountable. How those decisions are made and the various tools and methods used to make the decisions also will be addressed. You should not expect to become proficient in using these tools; rather, you should expect to understand why the tool is appropriate for the decision.
Prerequisites: All core courses plus two electives completed
An integrative approach to the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy and policy, this course focuses on organizational performances as it relates to mission, goals and objectives. You will get practice defining multi-faceted problems and their causes; analyzing internal and external environments; reviewing key corporate and business strategies; formulating alternative strategic options; and addressing the challenges of implementation. Emphasis is on the ethical dimensions of problem solving at the general management level. The course will draw upon the analytical tools and managerial knowledge developed in all previous MBA courses, with application to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
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