Course Descriptions

CMST 204: Organizational and Managerial Communication

Theory and practice of communication in relation to organizations and management with application to leadership, values and ethics, organizational communication theory, and organizational conflict. Prerequisite: 100.

ECON 150: Economic Statistics

The use of quantitative data in understanding economic phenomena. Probability, sampling, inference, and regression analysis. Prerequisite: one semester of calculus (Math 140, 150a, or 155a). No credit for students who have completed 155.

ECON 209: Money and Banking

A study of commercial banks and other intermediaries between savers and investors in the United States, including the government’s role as money creator, lender, and regulator of private credit, and the effects of financial institutions on aggregate economic activity. Prerequisite: 100 and 101.

ECON 259: Financial Instruments and Markets

Theoretical and empirical approaches to the analysis of monetary and other financial instruments. Portfolio analysis, interest rate risk, and financial futures and options markets. Prerequisite: 231 and 232.

FNEC 140: Financial Accounting

Financial reporting and its relevance to the managerial environment. Financial statements from the perspectives of the preparer and the user.

FNEC 220: Managerial Accounting

Selected topics in managerial accounting. No credit for graduate students. Prerequisite: 140.

FNEC 261: Investment Analysis

Investment principles and practices. Security analysis and valuation. Portfolio theory. Current issues in the financial sector. Stock market simulation. Prerequisite: 240.

FNEC 240: Corporate Finance

Investment and financial decisions faced by firms. Theoretical basis of corporate decision-making. Various accounting documents and the alternative objectives of firms, their management, and their owners. Attributes of firms that affect market value. How investment decisions and methods used by firms to finance these investments affect firm value. Prerequisite: 140 and either ECON 150, 155, MATH 218, PSY 209, or PSY-PC 2101.

FNEC 275: Financial Management

Analysis of cases representing capital budgeting, forecasting cash flow, risk assessment, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions. Seminar. Prerequisite: 240.

FNEC 291: Independent Study in Financial Economics

A program of independent readings in financial economics arranged in consultation with an adviser. Prerequisite: written permission of an instructor and the program director. No credit for graduate students. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits in 291a and 291b combined if there is no duplication in topic, but students may earn only up to 3 credits per semester of enrollment. [1-3; maximum of 6 credits total for all semesters of FNEC 291a and 291b]

HOD 1200: Understanding Organizations

Introduction to theory and research on human behavior in organizations. Aimed at providing a framework for understanding the dynamics of organizations around the basic issues that confront all organizations (e.g., goal setting, work performance, leadership, decision making, managing change).

HOD 1700: Systematic Inquiry

Focuses on ways of knowing and gathering information to improve understanding and solve problems. Topics include focusing on a research question, research design, program evaluation techniques, and quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

HOD 2700: Leadership in Theory and Practice

A systematic study of the formal theories and models of the leadership process and the research supporting and challenging them. Students will complete a wide range of leadership self-assessments; design a leadership self-development plan; and participate in individual and group problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution, and performance appraisal simulations and case studies focusing on personal and organizational effectiveness. Prerequisite: HOD 1200.

HOD 2710: Challenges of Leadership

This course is designed as an extension of the study of leadership theory and practices begun in HOD 2700. Provides opportunities to investigate leadership concepts introduced in HOD 2700 in more depth. Prerequisite: HOD 2700.

HOD 2720: Advanced Organization Theory

A comprehensive study of current theories and applied research in organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is on the principles and practices of organizational restructuring, organizational development and planned changes, systems and processes, self-managed teams, and Total Quality. Experiential learning through simulations and field work will reinforce systematic inquiry, strategic planning, and applied organizational assessment skills. Prerequisite: HOD 1200.

HOD 2730: Introduction to Human Resource

An introduction to the theory and practice of human resource development (design and implementation of training in corporate or human service organizations). Special emphasis on roles played by HRD professionals and concepts and skills needed for entry into the profession. Prerequisite: HOD 1200.

HOD 2740: Human Resource Management

A comprehensive survey of human resource management theory, procedures, and practices, with emphasis on the organizational leader’s role and responsibilities for recruiting and selection, placement and career development, employee relations, labor relations, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, workplace ethics, equal employment opportunity, safety and health, legislation and workplace regulations, development of personnel policies and practices, and the techniques of strategic human resource planning. Prerequisite: HOD 1200.

MGRL 190: Principles of Marketing

Creating customer value and building profitable customer relationships. Understanding customer needs, defining target markets, and crafting value propositions. Case studies.

MGRL 191: Advanced Marketing

Case study of processes, techniques, and theories of marketing, including branding, advertising, interactive media, sales promotion, and marketing research. Offered on a graded basis only. Prerequisite: 190.

MGRL 192: Creative Advertising

Examination and practical application of the creative process in advertising; the creation of marketing campaigns, including the integration of various media. Prerequisite: 190.

MGRL 194: Fundamentals of Management

Entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, operations, and finance. For-profit, non-profit, and social enterprise organizations.

MGRL 195: Entrepreneurial Challenge

Simulation of the entrepreneurial experience from idea generation to funding. Development of a complete business plan, including financial projections, and competition for funding from investors. Offered on a graded basis only. Prerequisite: 194.

MGRL 196: Entrepreneurship: The Business Planning Process

Functional areas within companies, business plans at various stages of company development and critique of business plans for investment suitability. Prerequisites: 194 and FNEC 140.

MGRL 198: Corporate Strategy

Examination of the issues and challenges facing corporate management. Responsibilities and interrelationships of functional areas including marketing, finance, operations, and R&D. Industry, competitor, and customer analysis. Design and implementation of corporate strategy. Informational and control systems. Interpersonal skills for effective teamwork. Prerequisite: FNEC 140.

MGRL 290: Entrepreneurship Studio

Directed readings and related field research toward a scholarly project conceived and executed under the supervision of a faculty member. Limited to juniors and seniors.


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