MBA - Master of Business Administration

Walker College of Business

Graduate Courses in Business Administration (MBA)

Additional offerings by the Walker College of Business include courses in Business (BUS)

http://mba.appstate.edu

Sandra Vannoy, Associate Dean

Business Administration (MBA)**

**Permission of the MBA Program Director is required to enroll in MBA courses.

MBA 5020. International Experience (3).On Demand. This course will develop an understanding of international cultural differences and an understanding of some of the important aspects of conducting business in an international arena. Topics vary from year to year, but can include topics such as financial reporting across national borders, foreign currency exchange issues, marketing to foreign cultures, transfer pricing, transnational tax issues, and so forth. Heavy emphasis will be on student research and presentation. MBA 5020 may be repeated for a total credit of nine semester hours with the permission of the program director. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.

MBA 5060. Executive Seminar (1-3).On Demand. This course provides an opportunity to learn from diverse experienced business leaders about practical aspects of strategic leadership, general management, governance, international business and ethical responsibilities to develop perspectives about today's executive leadership roles. Topics will vary, but the key point is for all students to learn from someone with real world executive experience on topics pertinent to the business world today. Class will include a number of guest speakers designed to augment student exposure to seasoned professionals. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director. This course is repeatable for up to 6 s.h. of credit.

MBA 5080 Sustainable Business for a Global Economy (3).On Demand. This course provides a general overview of sustainable business ideas and practices, building a lens for developing business models that integrate sustainability goals. Through discussions, cases, multimedia, and assignments, students will have the opportunity to learn how to gather and evaluate information on emerging sustainability applications and trends, while understanding diverse stakeholder approaches to viewing regulations, profitability, and opportunities. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.

MBA 5110. Economics for Decision-Making (3).On Demand. This course will examine the analytical techniques used by decision-makers to address such issues as demand analysis and forecasting, production and cost analysis, the strategy and tactics of pricing and output decision, and risk and uncertainty. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.

MBA 5200. Problem Analysis and Quantitative Methods (3).On Demand. A course designed to provide business students with the quantitative analysis tools required for managerial decision-making. The course covers quantitative concepts such as decision-making under uncertainty, optimization models and applications, and computer simulation. Additionally, the course will cover various statistical methods, including hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression analysis, and time series analysis. The emphasis will be on business applications of quantitative methods using computer software and models. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or Business Analytics Certificate or permission of the program director.

MBA 5220. Operations and Supply Chain Management (3).On Demand. Operations and supply chain management involves the transformation of materials and other inputs into products and services. It is one of the primary functions for both manufacturing and service businesses, and works closely with marketing, finance and accounting, engineering and other functions to develop strategic and business plans, and in implementing those plans. Objectives include the production of high-quality products and services to satisfy customer requirements at competitive prices, while effectively utilizing a number of different resources, such as employees, equipment, facilities, and information systems. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.

MBA 5230. Fundamentals of Business Analytics (3).On Demand. In this course students gain the skills required to succeed in today's highly analytical and data-driven economy. The course introduces the basics of data management, RFM Analysis, predictive modeling using decision trees and logistic regression techniques, design of experiments, customer segmentation and forecasting. This course includes lab work and a real data project to enhance competency of using analytics in real-world scenarios, and to engage in hands-on experience with SAS software to demonstrate capability of the concepts of data analysis. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or Business Analytics Certificate or permission of the program director.

MBA 5240. Sustainability Performance Assessment (3).On Demand. This course focuses on the contemporary issues and methodology related to measuring the sustainability performance of business operations. Frameworks such as the Triple Bottom Line concept and the Balanced Scorecard have been developed to accommodate the measurement of a firm's performance on 3 levels: economic prosperity, environmental impact, and social justice. This course focuses on the challenges faced by managers and accountants in using sustainability accounting frameworks to assess the performance of businesses through the three sustainability lenses, and offers guidance on how to overcome these challenges so as to meet the needs of stakeholders. The course may offer an experiential learning opportunity interacting with local business organizations in sustainability assessment activities. Prerequisites: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.

MBA 5250. Strategic Sourcing and Logistics Management (3).On Demand. This course will focus on the integration of procurement and logistics management for the supply chain. Students are introduced to important supply chain concepts including supplier selection, supplier relationships, cost management, sourcing strategy, negotiation, incoterms, transportation planning and execution. The objective of the course is to develop procurement and logistics management skills that students can appreciate and use effectively in their careers. A case based approach will be used to reinforce and enrich course content.

MBA 5311. Communication in Conflict Management (3).On Demand. This is a course designed to provide the opportunity for students and the instructor to examine and research the central role of communication in resolving conflict within various organizational entities. The course will focus on conflict resolution and negotiation skills required in such environments as management and labor, public administration, families, and education. A particular area of concentration will be selected each semester. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director. (Same as COM 5311.)

MBA 5320. Managerial Accounting (3).On Demand. An examination of accounting information with an emphasis on planning and control, product costing, and income determination. Subjects include, but are not limited to: cost-volume-profit analysis, manufacturing cost systems, budgeting concepts, capital budgeting, relevant costs for decision- making, income tax implications for business decisions and ethics in the field of accounting. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.

MBA 5420. Marketing Strategy and Applications (3).On Demand. Through the use of a combination of applied methods such as in-depth case analysis, simulations and/or marketing projects, the student will learn to develop solutions and formulate responses to marketing-oriented problems of the organization in a dynamic, complex, competitive, and global context. This course integrates issues and concepts introduced in other MBA courses. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.

MBA 5500. Independent Study (1-6).On Demand.

MBA 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.

MBA 5600. Managerial Finance (3).On Demand. This course provides an in-depth study of the financial functions of a business. Financial theory and techniques for financial decisions are presented. Students are expected to use financial models and/or methods in solving problems. Students will receive exposure to advanced financial management material including financial analysis, capital budgeting, cash flow analysis, capital structure, risk and return valuation. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.

MBA 5680. Six Sigma, Lean and Quality Management (3).On Demand. This course will cover topics on the Six Sigma system, Six Sigma methodology, lean, quality system, quality conformance, and the management system for quality. The course will also discuss quality assurance, measurement, reliability, process control charts, and process improvement tools. Various real-world cases will be discussed. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.

MBA 5720. International Seminar (1-3).On Demand. Various topics are presented by international experts allowing students the opportunity to gain valuable insight about various specialties from faculty and from varying cultures as well. Topics to be announced. MBA 5720 may be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.

MBA 5750. Strategic Management (3).On Demand. This course focuses on how managers and executives formulate and implement strategy in order to improve long-term performance. Each session emphasizes the development of frameworks that can be used to analyze the topic. Topics include defining the firm's mission, performance, industry structure, strategic coherence, business-level strategy, vertical integration, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, top management teams, management of innovation, corporate governance, business ethics, organizational structure and control, strategy implementation, global strategy, and leadership. Case analysis, in-class exercises and presentations, and written assignments are used to improve working knowledge of each topic. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.

MBA 5800. Business Practicum (1-6).On Demand. Business practica are available in the form of various community or university-based projects. MBA 5800 may be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.

MBA 5820. Executive Skills (0).F;S;SS. This course is designed to help the student develop important business skills, such as resume-building, interviewing, networking and self-promotion. Material will be conveyed to the students through seminars, guest speakers and student projects. Students will also need to complete various assessment exercises. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director. Full-time students must enroll each term; part-time students must enroll at least three times; dual degree student at least twice. All students must enroll in their last semester of coursework.

MBA 5870. Analytical Models for Supply Chain Management (3).On Demand. Analytical models for supply chain management focuses on the applications and development of modeling tools for the supply chain. This course introduces students to important supply chain problems and solution methodologies including optimization, simulation, and other analytical methods. The objective of the course is to develop valuable modeling skills that students can appreciate and use effectively in their careers. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director. [Dual-listed with SCM 4870.]

MBA 5900. MBA Internship (1-6).On Demand. An appropriate work experience for students in the MBA Program. Graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director. MBA 5900 may be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours.

MBA 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).On Demand. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's level. Graded on an S/U basis. MBA 5989 does not count toward a degree.

MBA 5998. Thesis Preparation (1-3).On Demand. The purpose of this course is to offer the student who chooses to write a thesis the opportunity to initiate a literature search, review research strategies, develop hypotheses for testing, and prepare a thesis proposal for review by the thesis committee. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.

MBA 5999. Thesis (1-6).On Demand. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S. Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.