Management Courses 

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

MGT 323 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (4 sh)
This course will prepare the student for the challenges of management and leadership in the dynamic new workplace of the 21st century. The course examines the central role of management in the efficient and effective production of goods and services. Students will learn how strategic and operational planning, job and organizational structure design, and human behavior affect operations in manufacturing and service industries. Organizational behavior topics include leadership and ethics, motivation and rewards, communication and teams, and teamwork. The global dimensions of management are also emphasized. Prerequisite: BUS 202. Sophomore standing required. Course credit not given in the major for BUS 303. Offered fall and spring.

MGT 410 PROJECT MANAGEMENT (4 sh)
In this course, students will examine project management roles and environments, the project life cycle and various techniques for work planning, control and evaluation. Students will use project management software to plan and control projects. Students will learn the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) in preparation for taking the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification test. Prerequisite: MGT 323. Offered fall and spring.

MGT 411 PROCESS, SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY  (4 sh)
The main objective of this course is to help students acquire a deeper understanding of how systems and technologies are strategically selected, designed, developed and implemented to address the innovative forces driving the transformation of today’s business organizations. The course looks at case studies and projects involving business processes including ERP systems. The course will cover systems and technology applications in different areas of business including marketing, finance, operations and logistics that future business managers need to be exposed to. Prerequisite: MGT 323 or permission by department. Prerequisite: MGT 323. Offered fall and spring.
 
MGT 412 ADVANCED ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (4 sh)
This course addresses the impact of individual, group and organizational influences on human behavior within organizations. Building on the organizational behavior topics introduced in MGT 323, the focus of this course is on acquiring in-depth knowledge and developing interpersonal skills through the study and application of theories and concepts related to understanding and predicting human behavior in organizations. Topics addressed include: personality, perception, job design and goal-setting, appraisal, group dynamics, decision making, cooperation and conflict, organizational structure and culture, power and organizational politics, organizational learning, innovation and change management, and organizational development. Prerequisite: MGT 323 or permission by department. Offered fall and spring.

MGT 421 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (4 sh)
Effective human resource management is critical to the long-term value of an organization and ultimately to its success and survival. All aspects of human resource management including how organizations interact with the environment; acquire, develop and compensate human resources; design and measure work can help organizations meet their competitive challenges and create value. This course looks at the role of strategic human resource planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, developing and compensating human resources, the legal environment and employee relations, collective bargaining and labor relations, using technology to increase HRM effectiveness and global issues in HRM. Prerequisite: MGT 323 or permission by department. Offered fall or spring.

MGT 422 SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT (4 sh)
This course provides a foundation in integrative sustainable business strategies through which enterprises can improve the natural and social environments while providing increased financial returns and preserving human and natural capital. Students will analyze best practices for measuring, reporting and managing the “triple bottom line” while enhancing social, environmental and economic equity. Students will gain an understanding of stakeholder oriented approaches to managing complex interdependent business systems and supplier networks. This course incorporates a number of business case studies demonstrating how industrial designers and business managers apply sustainable management practices to concurrently increase profits, develop innovative products and services, eliminate waste and toxins, manage business risks and increase human social capital. Prerequisites: BUS 303 or MGT 323 or approval by the department chair. Offered fall or spring.

MGT 423 INNOVATION DYNAMICS (4 sh)
This course explores individual creativity and organizational innovation. In today’s global economy, these topics have become critical imperatives for companies big and small. The course begins at the individual level by focusing on the creative process, then shifts to examine proven methods for leading groups to generate creative ideas and initiatives and
concludes at the organizational level by studying organizational designs and structures shown to encourage innovation. Prerequisites: BUS 303 or MGT 323 or permission by department. Offered fall or spring.

MGT 424 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (4 sh)
This course covers business management from the perspective of the current global business environment. Students examine the overall nature of international business, the foreign environments that international businesses face and the unique situations associated with doing business across international borders. Prerequisite: MGT 323 or permission by department. Offered fall or spring.
 

Business Administration Courses

BUS 202 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (4 sh)
Methods for organizing ideas, formatting information, understanding audience needs and developing a professional communication style are emphasized in this course focusing on oral and written communication. Students practice writing business reports, letters, email messages and memoranda; students sharpen their skills in effective oral presentation
through individual and team presentations. Cases and exercises emphasize informative and persuasive communication. Prerequisites: ENG 110 and sophomore standing or higher. Offered fall and spring.

BUS 221 LEGAL AND ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS (4 sh)
This course provides an introduction to the relationships among the firm, society, and the laws and regulations governing the conduct of business. Topics covered include corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices, the structure of the legal system, as well as key substantive areas of legal regulation such as antitrust, intellectual property, torts, products liability, contracts, employment and more. Prerequisite: sophomore standing required. Offered fall and spring.

BUS 225 INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR ONLINE TRADING (4 sh)
The objective of this course is to provide students the knowledge to manage their own personal investments with today’s available online trading systems and financial knowledge base systems; to meet that objective, the course will expose students to various information systems that are available online to help them in trading/investment decisions. The course will also cover the nature of financial markets, how technology systems play pivotal roles in these markets, and the technical, economic and global forces affecting the movement of stocks and options prices. Offered winter.

BUS 301 ADVANCED APPLICATIONS: EXCEL FOR BUSINESS (4 sh)
Microsoft Office Excel is a rich computer application with impressive analytical capability and more and more businesses, especially those dealing with statistical and financial information, are finding its powers critical to their future success. This course exposes students to some of the advanced capabilities of Excel, including statistical analysis, financial analysis and modeling, PivotTables, scenario tools, a variety of add-ins, the creation of macros, and advanced charts and graphs. After taking this course, students will have demonstrated knowledge of the more advanced features of Microsoft Excel. Offered fall, winter and spring.

BUS 303 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGING (4 sh)
For nonmajors and business administration minors, this introductory course examines universal business processes such as goal setting, planning, decision making, motivation, human resource management and control that are utilized by both not-for-profit and government organizations. Sophomore standing required. Course credit not given for BUS 303 and MGT 323. Offered fall, winter and spring. Sophomore standing required.
 
BUS 304 INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING (4 sh)
For nonmajors and business administration minors, this introductory course examines marketing principles which are applied by all organizations. Credit not given in the major for BUS 304. Course credit not given for both BUS 304 and MKT 311. Offered fall, winter and spring. Sophomore standing required.

BUS 326 OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (4 sh)
This course explores the importance of operational methodologies such as demand forecasting, inventory management, project management, quality assurance, and just-in-time and lean activities within the context of supply chain management and their impact on the profitability of the company. Operations and supply chain management together form one of the three core business functions. Prerequisites: ACC 212, ECO 203, MGT 323 or BUS 303.
 
BUS 366 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS (4 sh)
This course revolves around visits to diverse local businesses and analyses of the businesses visited. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Sophomore standing required.
 
BUS 381 INTERNSHIP IN BUSINESS (4 sh)
This course is designed to provide LSB majors with hands-on experience. Students will work in off-campus positions to confirm or clarify career goals, test what they have learned in their classes, gain a clearer sense of what they still need to learn and build their professional network. This program will be managed and monitored by the LSB internship coordinator and one credit hour is based on at least 80 work hours. Students systematically evaluate themselves and the organization in which they work over the course of the term to determine: "If offered a career employment opportunity with this organization at the end of the term, would I accept? Why or why not?" The "why or why not" will focus on the potential fit between a student's individual strengths/interests and the organization's environment and culture. Offered fall, winter, spring and summer. 

BUS 465 BUSINESS POLICY (4 sh)
This capstone course integrates students’ experiences and previous study through case studies and simulated business decision exercises. Prerequisites: MKT 311, MGT 323; BUS 326 for entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management and marketing majors or ACC 336 for accounting majors; ECO 301 (entrepreneurship, management and marketing majors only); ECO 310 for finance majors; ECO 314 for international business majors; FIN 343; and senior status. Offered fall and spring.

BUS 472 SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (4 sh)
This advanced study consists of readings and discussion of special topics and involves participation by students, faculty and other resource persons.
 

Love School of Business Courses

LSB 352 STRATEGIES FOR CAREER PREPAREDNESS (1 sh)
The purpose of this course is to further prepare LSB majors for the exciting and challenging world of business. The course is intended to help prepare students to secure a job or internship through self-assessment, résumé creation, interviewing skills, networking skills, business etiquette and some basic professional communication skills. Sophomore standing
or higher required.

LSB 381 INTERNSHIP IN BUSINESS (1-4 sh)
This course is designed to provide LSB majors with hands-on experience. Students will work in off-campus positions to confirm or clarify career goals, test what they have learned in their classes, gain a clearer sense of what they still need to learn and build their professional network. This program will be managed and monitored by the LSB internship coordinator and one credit hour is based on at least 80 work hours. Students systematically evaluate themselves and the organization in which they work over the course of the term to determine: “If offered a career employment opportunity with this organization at the end of the term, would I accept? Why or why not?” The “why or why not” will focus on the potential fit between a student’s individual strengths/interests and the organization’s environment and culture.
 
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