Master of Business Administration (MBA) Course Descriptions

MBA Core Courses MBA Course Electives
Accounting (Area of study) Data Analytics (Area of study)
Finance (Area of study) Healthcare Management (Area of study)
Marketing (Area of study) Human Resource Management (Area of study)

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ETM-750: Ethics for Managers (3 credits)
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Successful business practice is firmly grounded in ethics. This course introduces students to foundational principles in ethics for business and life. Students will explore ethics from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Ethics for Managers provides the opportunity for students to critically analyze and evaluate their own views, as well as those of others, in order to develop solid approaches to challenging dilemmas. Significant debates and methodologies in business will be explored.

Note: This is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) course.
FIN-710: Financial Management (3 credits)
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This course reviews the basic concepts and tools of finance for the purpose of decision making. Topics analyzed include investment decisions, capital budgeting, cost of capital, working capital management, valuation of securities, interest rates, corporate liabilities, and risk and return. The course addresses the formation of capital structure, the optimal capital structure, and its choice on the value of the firm.
GSM-730: Global Strategic Management (3 credits)
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This course will explore the challenge of strategically managing in complex organizations within a global environment. It will explain the importance of historical artifacts related to the evolution of strategic management, investigate the driving forces of strategy deployment in highly competitive markets, analyze the impact of business- and corporate-level strategies in organizations quest to compete on the global landscape, and examine the complexities of resource allocation within complex organizations. Students will also be exposed to the practice of assessing, crafting, and employing strategic decisions that allow an organization to realize its long-term goals, while dealing with current challenges.
MBA-730: MBA Capstone (3 credits)
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Candidates for completion of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree will complete an independent project demonstrating their conceptual, analytical, research, and practical management skills achieved through the courses in the program. The project, called a Capstone because it represents a crowning achievement much as a capstone does in architecture, is a 3-credit, one-term requirement that is completed at the end of the program. It is a closely supervised experience resulting in a paper that demonstrates the student's ability to synthesize and utilize the skills and knowledge gained throughout the MBA program.

Prerequisites: This course requires completion of ORR-710: Organizational Research. Students may not take ORR-710 and the Management Capstone during the same term.

Note: This is the last course taken to complete the degree program (academic advisor approval must be obtained prior to registration).
MKM-700: Marketing Management (3 credits)
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This course is an in-depth survey of marketing. The flow of goods and services between consumers and marketing organizations, marketing environments, competitive markets, and factors are examined. Specific attention is given to market identification and segmentation, target market selection, strategic planning along with implementation and evaluation, the nature and development of products, pricing, distribution, and promotion.

Note: This is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) course.
ORR-710: Organizational Research (3 credits)
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This course equips students to conduct the types of research and information-gathering projects that are a significant part of the organizational competitiveness, success, and growth. The course provides techniques and skills that students can apply in researching many types of questions and problems, including those encountered in other graduate-level courses as well as the degree Capstone.

Note: This is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) course. This course must be taken one to two terms prior to Capstone (academic advisor approval must be obtained prior to registration)
SOP-720: Strategic Operations Management (3 credits)
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This course will examine the creation and implementation of organizational distinctive competitive advantages by exploring new technologies to increase efficiency. It explores incorporating mathematical tools to guide management on what decisions are best for the organization. The course also covers supply chain management, which involves strategic materials sourcing, forecasting, warehousing, inventory control and planning, transportation, purchasing, and financials.

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Accounting courses are offered every term and must be taken in sequential order
ACC-700: Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (3 credits)
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This course will provide an overview of how managerial accounting information supports the operational needs of businesses in planning, controlling, and decision-making strategies. The goal is to provide both theoretical and practical applications of advanced managerial accounting. Cost analysis is integrated through evaluating various cost processes including product costing, activity-based costing, and just-in-time.
ACC-701: Auditing and Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)
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This course combines the concepts, standards, and processes in auditing with the accountant's role in designing and information technology operations. Audit topics covered include an overview of professional standards, the role of the internal and external auditor, independence and ethics, risk assessment, and internal control. Students will develop process flow charts and substantive tests for various general ledger and subsidiary accounts. Students will develop and evaluate various accounting information systems including online, web-based, and other computer systems. Evaluation of accounting systems and the compliance of Sarbanes-Oxley Act includes in-depth discussion of development and management of effective internal control processes.

Advisory: Completion of ACC-700: Managerial Accounting for Decision Making, is required to be successful in this course. Students are responsible for ensuring they have acquired the knowledge needed prior to registering.
ACC-702: Financial Essentials for Accountants (3 credits)
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This course provides a study of finance techniques, concepts, and procedures related to the role of auditors, senior-level accountants, and controllers in business organizations including discussions related to the functions and management responsibilities. Central to this will be addressing two issues: understanding what corporate finance is and how a controller provides analysis and recommendations in the financial activities of a firm.

Advisory: Completion of ACC-701: Auditing and Accounting Information Systems, is required to be successful in this course. Students are responsible for ensuring they have acquired the knowledge needed prior to registering.
ACC-703: Emerging Issues in Accounting (3 credits)
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This course offers a study on emerging issues pertinent to accounting, auditing, and management. It introduces concepts including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) convergence with U.S. generally accepted accounting procedures (GAAP), forensic accounting and fraud schemes, business ethics, and insight into developing nonfinancial measures for financial statement presentation.

Advisory: Completion of ACC-702: Financial Essentials for Accountants, is required to be successful in this course. Students are responsible for ensuring they have acquired the knowledge needed prior to registering.

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BFO-701: Business Forecasting (3 credits)
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This course introduces students to the business forecasting process. They will examine and apply the most commonly used business forecasting methods. Emphasis is on methods that are replicable, testable, and have been shown to work. Simple forecasting methods, time series graphs, judgmental forecasts, time series regression and decomposition, exponential smoothing, and Auto Regressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) models will be investigated. The course discusses practical issues related to the forecasting process.
DAA-703: Data Analytics and Visualization With Capstone Project (3 credits)
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This course prepares students to access, analyze, manage, and present data to an organization's decision makers. The focus of this course is to prepare students to effectively and efficiently use tools for data mining and data visualization. An essential skill within business intelligence (BI) is the ability to effectively communicate analysis, which includes providing a recommendation to decision makers. This course provides students the ability to do this in a test environment. The Capstone project integrates all concepts learned with the use of a BI application.
DAM-702: Predictive Analytics for Business Intelligence (3 credits)
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This course is intended for business students with these goals: 1) To provide the key methods of predictive analytics and advanced BI concepts; 2) To provide business decision-making context for these methods; 3) Using real business cases, to illustrate the application and interpretation of these methods. The course will cover R Programming, trends in predictive analytics, and understanding available application programs that can be deployed within the business enterprise.
MST-700: Managerial Statistics (3 credits)
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The success of modern business practices and evidenced-based decisions depends on sound statistical and analytical skills. This course lays the foundation for statistical thinking and imparts many valuable, important skills that are widely used in marketing, finance, economics, supply chain management, and financial accounting. This course also expands spreadsheet skills and advances the type of computing expertise for analyzing large complex data. This is a hands-on course with emphasis on examining and interpreting data using various statistical tools rather than on the theory underlying these tools. Statistical tools that are covered are exploratory data analysis; regression modeling for simple and multiple predictors; hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for a mean, a proportion, and regression coefficients; and normal, binomial, and chi-square distributions. This course should provide a foundation for further exploration of advanced data-mining tools.

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ENP-732: Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
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This course provides an overview on the principles of entrepreneurship. It is designed to introduce students to the core concepts and tools used to increase the likelihood of organizational success in launching and managing new ventures in the for-profit sector. Students will be required to develop and present a business plan for a new, or existing, venture, including the production of market research, organizational needs, and financial statements to support an investment in the enterprise.
FSA-712: Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
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This course provides a broad framework of knowledge and tools for evaluating a firm's business operations and predicting its future condition. The course is designed to develop a critical, user's perspective to analyze and interpret financial statements to gain further insights into firms' performance. The course describes the details of financial statements and their use by investors, creditors, analysts, auditors, and other interested parties. Main topics include, but are not limited to, financial ratio and profitability analysis, pro forma forecasting, earnings analysis, risk analysis, quality of financial reporting, and evaluating firm's financial health. The course is targeted to a wide range of students, including those preparing for careers in general management as well as in investment banking, financial analysis, and consulting.
IBF-504: Corporate and Managerial Finance (3 credits)
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This course addresses the roles, functions, and perspectives of financial decision makers. In particular, the goals and objectives of financial management as well as issues of agency and value creation are examined. Students learn to evaluate financial institutions and markets, and also financial models, ratios, and analytical techniques. Financial statement analysis, operating and capital budgeting, and the systematic use of finance in value creation are key themes.
IBF-507: Financial Modeling (3 credits)
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This course teaches students to design and build financial models for analysis and forecasting in business contexts involving valuation, strategic planning, project management, and corporate research. The focus is empowering students with the tools and techniques necessary to apply economic and financial theory in managerial decision making through modeling and simulation.
INV-711: Investments (3 credits)
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The course will cover investment setting, asset allocation, global investments, functioning of securities markets, portfolio management, asset pricing model, and models of risk and return. It analyzes financial statements, company, industry, and macroeconomic valuation of stocks and bonds. It also examines derivative securities and contracts such as forward, futures, and options. It further provides a conceptual base for investment managers, individual investors, and corporate financial managers.
TGF-713: Topics in Global Finance (3 credits)
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Taught from a practitioner's point of view, this course provides an overview of the world's marketplace and illustrates how successful managers compete in the global arena. To achieve this objective, the course identifies the major similarities and differences between doing business domestically and internationally. It describes the context within which international business takes place, including the macro and micro issues that global managers face on a regular basis. The course also addresses specific financial/accounting issues that international firms encounter.

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HCD-703: Healthcare Delivery (3 credits)
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Operations management is the design and management of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods or services. This course presents an analysis of the operations within health service organizations like hospitals and other health care institutions, and provides management tools and principles that are used to plan, organize, staff, and control the essential processes and systems of those health care organizations. The course also presents advanced techniques that can be used to manage and improve health care services to the benefit of both an organization and its patients. The primary areas of operations management that will be discussed include operations planning, financial management, supply and Inventory management, technology management, and process and quality improvement activities.
HCF-701: Healthcare Finance (3 credits)
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This course focuses on some of the unique components of finance as they relate to a healthcare facility and some of the major issues they are faced with. Students will strive to develop an understanding of the healthcare industry and the unique aspects related to healthcare finance. Increased knowledge of major national issues pertaining to Medicare and Managed Care payment systems and how they affect the economics of providers will be explored. Students will also develop an understanding of significant and nonsignificant financial management and management process issues. A preview of the healthcare industry and its effect on healthcare finance will also be explored. Additional topics include reimbursement systems, managed care, insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, DRG prospective payment, accessibility, eligibility, budgeting, and planning. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these topics to aid in making managerial decisions.
HCL-704: Healthcare Law (3 credits)
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This course provides a foundation in healthcare law and how it can be used to improve the quality of healthcare delivered. Topics include tort law, medical personnel, information management, patient consent, legal reporting, patient rights, management of healthcare data, ethics, AIDS, and end of life issues. Emphasis is placed on establishing foundational knowledge of the different aspects of the legal system as it pertains specifically to healthcare. This includes understanding historical implications that shape the legal system as we know it today. This course will also strive to understand the responsibility to protect the needs of the uninsured and those who face barriers to quality care.
HCO-702: Strategic Management within a Healthcare Organization (3 credits)
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This course introduces students to the importance of strategic thinking and planning, and the management of strategic momentum, and the impact this has on the healthcare industry. Students will understand the role of the leader in managing healthcare organizations. The course will discuss various ways that strategic leaders need to think in order to change the environment by carrying out the strategic plan. Students will also develop a thorough understanding of the analytic strategic management process.

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HRM-761: Human Resource Management in the 21st Century Global Workplace (3 credits)
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This course examines the evolution of human resource management in select countries. Learners analyze macro trends and issues influencing the development and implementation of key components of international human resources. Areas covered include employment law, regulation, talent management, and organizational effectiveness within contemporary organizations. In addition, learners study the effects of emerging sociopolitical economic and culture thought and action worldwide relative to human resource practices.
HRM-762: Human Capital Management in Multicultural Organizations (3 credits)
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This course examines the integration of human resources (HR) into an enterprise wide strategic approach to acquisition of new talent. The course explores the creation of synergy between human resource managers and diversity programs. Learners are challenged to describe the importance of creating a culture that embraces diversity to develop and harness human synergies that increase productivity using workforce engagement, diversity, inclusion, and teaming. Learners evaluate multiculturalism and consider the global imperative leading to the development of an informed global perspective, enabling the development of a high-performance workplace using concrete strategies and practical tools.
HRM-763: The HRM Professional and Attorney Relationship (3 credits)
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This course analyzes the multidimensional partnership between human resource professionals and legal counsel. Learners examine key elements of law with focus on deductive thinking, fact patterning, and modes of legal expression. Learners evaluate the foundational tenets of legal training, in turn enabling them to engage legal counsel with increased knowledge, competencies, and skills relative to building effective and equal partnership relations.
HRM-764: Technology, Data, and Analytics as Change Agents (3 credits)
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This course examines the role of human resources related technologies on enterprise evolution and productivity. Learners evaluate contemporary human capital management applications associated with talent selection, development, and management. In addition, learners will evaluate the roles, models, and methods of data management and predictive analytics and their application to workplace productivity.

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DMA-704: Digital Marketing Analytics (3 credits)
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Through relevant and applied business examples, Digital Marketing Analytics provides learners the opportunity to interpret, evaluate, and integrate digital marketing data. Students will learn to formulate and enact intelligent data-driven strategies and incorporate fundamental web marketing analytics into existing business practices. Core content will focus on identifying and understanding digital marketing metrics to gauge success of traditional, digital, interactive, and social media marketing efforts. Through an examination of available systems and relevant examples, learners will further their understanding of the digital value chain and how to capitalize on emerging trends.
GMK-703: Global Marketing (3 credits)
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This course allows students to apply marketing concepts to global markets. Product, price, distribution, and communication strategies are examined in the global context. This course will also apply issues of research, segmentation, targeting, and positioning to global markets. Global Marketing emphasizes cultural, political, regulatory, and economic factors that come into play when marketing in other countries. Students taking this course will also analyze and assess the marketing tools, practices, and experiences that are used to address business opportunities and issues. The course will examine programs and mechanisms used to create sustainable competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Students taking Global Marketing will collaborate to create a marketing strategy for a specific product to be marketed in a specific country and/or region of the world.
MKR-700: Market Research (3 credits)
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This course examines the essential analysis skills required for making quality marketing decisions. Developing a market research design demands necessary quantitative and qualitative abilities to identify and define market opportunities and issues; generate, improve, and assess marketing performance; and monitor marketing performance as well as advance understanding of marketing as a process. Students are required to select a contemporary marketing problem or opportunity, frame the issue into a research question, review the relative literature, develop measures and collect pertinent data, statistically analyze data results, and provide an industry-standard final report of findings and limitations.
SOM-702: Social Media (3 credits)
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Social media is the number one activity on the web. About half of all in-person retail purchases were first researched online (Forrester 2010), 30 percent of young mothers tweet 10 to 20 times per day (Nielson 2011), and YouTube is one of the largest search engines in the world. This activity has tremendous implications for how business will be conducted in the future. Introduction to Social Media examines and analyzes the social media space from a business perspective. The course will introduce the space and teach students the strategies and tactics for social media management and marketing. Students will learn best practices and key communities to be involved in social media for business as well as an overview of what policies, rules, and regulations practitioners must keep in mind. The course will also explore the various niche community spaces where online marketing is moving to next. Finally, the course will cover the various measuring tools for social media and how to overcome the core challenges when implementing social media in a corporation. Students will establish a strong professional social media presence and the course work will culminate in the production of a social media plan for a business of the student's choosing.

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ENP-732: Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
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This course provides an overview on the principles of entrepreneurship. It is designed to introduce students to the core concepts and tools used to increase the likelihood of organizational success in launching and managing new ventures in the for-profit sector. Students will be required to develop and present a business plan for a new, or existing, venture, including the production of market research, organizational needs, and financial statements to support an investment in the enterprise.
FSA-712: Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
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This course provides a broad framework of knowledge and tools for evaluating a firm's business operations and predicting its future condition. The course is designed to develop a critical, user's perspective to analyze and interpret financial statements to gain further insights into firms' performance. The course describes the details of financial statements and their use by investors, creditors, analysts, auditors, and other interested parties. Main topics include, but are not limited to, financial ratio and profitability analysis, pro forma forecasting, earnings analysis, risk analysis, quality of financial reporting, and evaluating firm's financial health. The course is targeted to a wide range of students, including those preparing for careers in general management as well as in investment banking, financial analysis, and consulting.
HRM-760: Human Resource Management - Talent Management (3 credits)
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This course presents a practical framework for managers and business leaders who seek to understand how the strategic management of people improves performance. The course prepares managers to apply talent management principles to maximize the performance of employees and organizations. It begins by examining the current environment in which human resources departments act and then evaluates best practices for managing talent in the areas of planning, analysis, recruitment, selection, compensation, and performance. Managers will be encouraged to find ways to identify and nurture talent in the workplace.
INV-711: Investments (3 credits)
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The course will cover investment setting, asset allocation, global investments, functioning of securities markets, portfolio management, asset pricing model, and models of risk and return. It analyzes financial statements, company, industry, and macroeconomic valuation of stocks and bonds. It also examines derivative securities and contracts such as forward, futures, and options. It further provides a conceptual base for investment managers, individual investors, and corporate financial managers.
MCO-740: Management Communications (3 credits)
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This course sharpens written, oral, and listening skills to meet the demands of a successful managerial communicator. Emphasis is placed on strategically evaluating and creating articulate communications relative to managerial situations along with effectively and efficiently developing procedures for solving communication problems. Topics include structuring message content and argument; communication style, tone, and strategy; presentation graphics; ethics; and technologically mediated, intercultural, and crisis communications.
MKR-700: Market Research (3 credits)
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This course examines the essential analysis skills required for making quality marketing decisions. Developing a market research design demands necessary quantitative and qualitative abilities to identify and define market opportunities and issues; generate, improve, and assess marketing performance; and monitor marketing performance as well as advance understanding of marketing as a process. Students are required to select a contemporary marketing problem or opportunity, frame the issue into a research question, review the relative literature, develop measures and collect pertinent data, statistically analyze data results, and provide an industry-standard final report of findings and limitations.
NEG-731: Negotiations (3 credits)
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Negotiation is a critical skill for leadership and management as well as for daily life. This course will examine the major concepts and theories of bargaining and negotiation as well as the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and its resolution. The course will explore the nature of negotiation and the importance of strategizing and planning for negotiation in the context of both distributive bargaining and integrative negotiation. Additionally the course will cover negotiation subprocesses including communication, perception, biases, social contexts, multiparty negotiations, individual differences, global negotiation, and identifying or creating leverage. Finally, the course will examine the key concepts of outcomes, dispute resolution, and remedies. Students will participate in a group negotiation project, and each student will complete a personal "Best Practices Manual for Negotiation" as a final project for the course. This manual will provide a practical framework for approaching business and personal negotiation.
PJM-721: Project Management (3 credits)
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This course is comprised of intricate contemporary managerial processes of how companies plan to execute their missions and visions using strategic project management ingenuities to accomplish these goals. The course will also cover topics such as international projects, agile project management strategies, modern project management, managing project risks, leadership, and nurturing project teams. The course will illustrate how to effectively select projects, develop project plans, monitor progress, and estimate project durations and costs with real-life cases.

Note: This is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) course.
SOM-702: Social Media (3 credits)
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Social media is the number one activity on the web. About half of all in-person retail purchases were first researched online (Forrester 2010), 30 percent of young mothers tweet 10 to 20 times per day (Nielson 2011), and YouTube is one of the largest search engines in the world. This activity has tremendous implications for how business will be conducted in the future. Introduction to Social Media examines and analyzes the social media space from a business perspective. The course will introduce the space and teach students the strategies and tactics for social media management and marketing. Students will learn best practices and key communities to be involved in social media for business as well as an overview of what policies, rules, and regulations practitioners must keep in mind. The course will also explore the various niche community spaces where online marketing is moving to next. Finally, the course will cover the various measuring tools for social media and how to overcome the core challenges when implementing social media in a corporation. Students will establish a strong professional social media presence and the course work will culminate in the production of a social media plan for a business of the student's choosing.
SUS-700: Designing a Business Case for Sustainability (3 credits)
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This course introduces students to the topic of sustainability with a focus on how they can build a business case for sustainability within their organization. The course provides background into the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing organizations today as they strive for more sustainable operations, explaining both the trade-offs and the potential payoffs from striving for a zero-waste supply chain. Students will learn why it is imperative that all businesses work toward developing a regenerative business model rather than one that is exploitative. This course discusses ways an organization can revise its operations to accommodate the triple bottom line of profit, people, and planet. Students will learn about the global issues challenging today's business managers from the key leaders and the important literature in the sustainability field. Students will also develop their capacity to think critically about the role the organizations they are connected with have played or can play in building a more sustainable world.