Administrative Sciences

  • MET AD 714: Mergers and Acquisitions
    This course examines the process by which takeovers and other corporate control transactions take place. Of particular interest will be the defensive measures by management against hostile bids, buyout transactions, the relation of takeovers to capital structure changes, and the insider trading in takeover contests.
  • MET AD 715: Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
    Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.
  • MET AD 716: Managing Financial Institutions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET AD 630, MET AD 731
    Course acquaints the student with the role of financial management in the new broad financial service industry. Topics include the changing legal/regulatory environment in which financial institutions operate liquidity and reserve positions, assist-liability management marketing issues as well as the tools necessary for managing financial institutions.
  • MET AD 717: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET AD 731
    Mechanics of securities markets, types of available investments, and an introduction to determination of securities values. Problems of investment policy are approached through studies of portfolio selection methods and the valuation of special classes of securities (e.g., growth stocks).
  • MET AD 718: Overview of Mutual Funds Industry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET AD 630, MET AD 731
    Provides a comprehensive review of the operations of the mutual funds industry. The organization and management of a mutual funds firm, back office operations, accounting procedures and marketing processes are covered in depth. The course provides a historical context of mutual funds, their development and role of mutual funds in private, corporate and retirement accounts.
  • MET AD 720: Organizational Communication
    Theory and techniques for effective verbal and nonverbal communication in professional environments. Emphasis on application of communication theory in practical assignments and critique of student work.
  • MET AD 722: Legal and Regulatory Issues in the Financial Industry
    A review of the legal and regulatory issues that govern the financial industry. The course reviews SEC regulations as well as the financial legal environments that affect the financial system, the operations of financial firms and protect shareholders and company employees. The course provides a historical context in which the legal and regulatory systems have evolved and relates that history to today's complex financial environment.
  • MET AD 725: Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution
    A communications skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students will assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence.
  • MET AD 728: Understanding and Managing Heritage Tourism
    This course will examine the special characteristics of heritage tourism: how it differs from other forms of tourism in terms of product definition, development, audience, management, ethics, and relation to the local, national, and international communities. Topics will include historic preservation, product presentation and interpretation, and issues of sustainability and place-making.
  • MET AD 731: Corporate Finance
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET AD 630
    Emphasizes issues of accounting, finance, and economics that are important in most management contexts. Stresses understanding financial statements, planning and control, cost and benefit evaluation, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting.
  • MET AD 733: Leadership in Management
    What does it mean to be a good leader? Can key elements of good leadership be identified? This dynamic course will start with an exploration of traditional and contemporary models of leadership, leadership development and management training. From there, participants will assess their own personal skills, preferences, aptitude and readiness to confront the challenges of leadership through a series of exercises, simulations and hands-on activities. Key elements of leadership, such as visiting, communicating, decision-making, team building and motivating will be studied and practiced. This course combines a thorough review of the theoretical aspects of leadership with the opportunity for "real world" applications through experiential learning.
  • MET AD 735: Marketing in Technology-Based Industries
    Using case studies and lectures, this course focuses on developing appropriate market mix strategies and sound competitive analysis for the goods and services industries. Emphasis is placed on understanding consumers' needs and wants, the competitive environment, effective market communications, and proper positioning techniques.
  • MET AD 736: Statistical Analysis
    Statistical and mathematical solutions to business and financial decision-making. Basic concepts of probability theory. Data analysis centers on descriptive and inferential statistics. Sampling estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation analysis.
  • MET AD 737: Innovative Marketing Techniques
    Marketing approaches have been significantly altered with the advent of the Internet. This course provides a view of marketing for the twenty-first century. Special emphasis is provided on the impact of new Internet marketing techniques, research using data mining and metrics, search engine optimization, reaching consumer markets through the new business models associated with social communities, blogs, and other Web 2.0 structures. 4cr.
  • MET AD 738: Data Analysis and Operations Management
    Students are exposed to the statistical and mathematical solutions to business and financial decision-making. The course deals with the basic concepts of probability theory. Data analysis focuses on descriptive and inferential statistics as they apply to gathering and organizing information. It includes modern sampling estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation analysis. The course examines concepts and applied techniques for managing the operations and projects of the service or manufacturing firm. Operations topics include areas of demand forecasting, quality determination, work flow and control techniques, cost-effective management of both long-term development programs and smaller short-term projects. The course provides an understanding of the important element of operations (service or production) the supply chain management process. Material is presented that relates to the major, and often competing, supply chain challenges concerning the simultaneous standardization and differentiation of consumer preferences for products and the continued minimization emphasis in supply chains and inventory management. The evolution of supply chains is studied, from those that focused on efficiencies and execution to those that use a more competitive, strategy-oriented approach, getting the "right" products to the consumer/marketplace at the right quality/price and quantity.
  • MET AD 739: Marketing Management
    Provides basic marketing knowledge and develops analytical and decision-making skills. Marketing tools, issues, programs, and institutions and their relationship to other management functions. Consumer behavior, promotional tools, pricing, distribution channels, product policy, marketing organization, control, and information systems.
  • MET AD 740: Planning and Operating New Ventures
    Graduate Prerequisites: MET AC 630 and MET FI 631
    Includes opportunity assessment and feasibility analysis, concept development, budgeting and financial operations, financial and human resource management, legal and organizational issues, role of boards and external advisors that lead to the writing of a business plan.
  • MET AD 741: The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
    Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality.
  • MET AD 742: Program and Project Management
    This survey course provides an integrative approach to project management focusing on the skills that are fundamental to successful completion of projects. The course covers the project management life cycle, project selection and alignment with organizational strategy, project definition, risk analysis, work break down structure, activity scheduling, and resolving scheduling conflicts. The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development and short term projects. The content covers planning, scheduling, organizing, and controlling projects, for example, product development, construction, information systems, new businesses, and special events. Management principles and methodology are provided as they apply to projects, with special focus on leadership, teaming, and coordinating individual and group efforts. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course could give you a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • MET AD 743: Managing Employees, Professionals, and Teams
    The course explores the issues that managers face when attempting to get work accomplished through other individuals or teams as they arise in organizations that employ numerous professionals and that emphasize innovation in their products, services, and internal processes. The relationship between individuals, organizations and the larger social context is studied. Focus Topics include: motivation, incentive systems, team and work flow management. The course discusses management techniques, effective verbal and nonverbal communication methods and negotiation skills as they pertain to the different aspects of managing individuals or teams. Successful managers have developed the ability to understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied in personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts.