Courses

  • GSM SI 870: Strategies for Sustainable Development
    Graduate Prerequisites: Grad Prereq: OB712/713, AC710/711, QM716/717, MK723/724, FE721/722, FE727/730, IS710/711, OM725/726
    Strategies for Sustainable Development is a broad and far-reaching course in scope and topics. After an introduction to the concepts of the limits- to- growth and global sustainability challenges resulting from population growth, resource scarcity, environmental degradation and climate change students dive deep into the cultural, societal and economic development issues of globalization, study the implications of globalization on the current social and economic development of nations/regions/industries and explore new development models (for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurship) for sustainable development at the international, national, and sub-national levels. The Course has three major themes: 1) The first major theme of the course is a series of country cases that explore the cultural, social, political and economic context in which business enterprise has historically been conducted. 2) The second major theme of the course overlays the international institutions that emerged from Bretton Woods; the UN, GATT/WTO, the World Bank and the IMF, (the emerging World Environmental Organization, WEO) onto the country cases and explores emerging topics of international Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and International Environmental Protection (IEP). 3) The third major theme of the course explores the emergence of new models of sustainable development; contrasting bottoms-ups collective action and entrepreneurship against classic aid-based models as a force for change and driver of sustainable development.
  • GSM SI 871: Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market
    Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market is a unique course that guides student teams as they undertake commercial go-to-market strategy for scientific and engineering breakthroughs. By collaborating with faculty and graduate students in the University?s research labs and mentors from the business community, teams will assess the economic and social prospects of recent technology innovations, outline the technical and market risks and the key commercial milestones and make recommendations for the most effective commercialization strategy. 

Project work is supported by lectures that focus on critical skills required. Guidance will be provided in assessing critical commercialization milestones by a combination of faculty and mentors from the business community.
  • GSM SI 917: Research Seminar in Technology Strategy and Innovation
    This doctoral seminar serves as a survey course to the broad area of technology and innovation management. We will review and critique a large and diverse body of literature that can be considered "core" to the field. We will place emphasis on both classic theories and seminal contributions as well as on recent research that builds upon or extends the established theories. One key differentiator of this research seminar is that five professors actively doing research in the field will teach it. While having multiple instructors brings some coordination challenges (these are less critical in doctoral seminars than they are in masters level classes), it has one major advantage: it allows each faculty to lead those sessions that deal with topics of her or his direct research expertise. Students can expect to cover each topic with researchers that have been important contributors to the intellectual debate in the topic they teach. The seminar will cover key issues in the management of technology and innovation including innovation definitions and patterns (e.g. industry life cycle), entry timing strategies, platforms and standards, networks, dynamic capabilities, organizing for innovation, open and community-based innovation, licensing & patenting, technology diffusion, geography of innovation, and science and innovation policy. SI917 provides a solid base to critically explore many key topics of research in technology and innovation management. It is therefore aimed at doctoral students who plan to do research in technology and innovation management, or those who need a solid exposure to these topics to inform their research in related areas.
  • SMG AC 221: Financial Accounting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG SM 131 or SMG SM 121/122 or SMG SM 299; CAS MA 120, CAS MA 121, or CAS MA 123 previous or concurrent
    Basic concepts underlying financial statements and accounting procedures used in preparing statements of financial position, income statements, and statements of cash flow. Stresses the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of published financial statements.
  • SMG AC 222: Managerial Accounting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG AC221; SMG SM221 (previous or concurrent) highly recommended; Sophomore standing
    Sophomore requirement. Introduces the basic principles, methods, and challenges of modern managerial accounting. Covers traditional topics such as job-order costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting and variance analysis, profitability analysis, relevant costs for decision making, and cost-plus pricing, as well as emerging topics such as Activity-Based Cost (ABC) accounting. The material is examined from the perspective of students preparing to use management accounting information as managers, to support decision making (such as pricing, product mix, sourcing, and technology decisions) and short- and long-term planning, and to measure, evaluate, and reward performance. Emphasizes the relationships between accounting techniques and other organizational activities (such as strategy and motivation).
  • SMG AC 347: Intermediate Accounting I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG AC 222.
    Required for Accounting concentrators. Provides foundation for solving financial reporting issues through the study of the conceptual framework of accounting, recognition and measurement of current and non-current assets, revenue recognition, and the development of the income statement and balance sheet.
  • SMG AC 348: Interm Acct 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG AC 347
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • SMG AC 414: Financial Statement Analysis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Prereq or coreq: AC348 previous or concurrent and senior standing
    Analysis of corporate financial statements. Includes profitability analysis, liquidity and solvency analysis, the incentives of management in corporate reporting, and the use of accounting information in efficient capital markets.
  • SMG AC 430: Accounting Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Prereq or coreq: AC348 previous or concurrent and senior standing
    Develops and practices research skills required of an accounting professional. Use accounting-related resources to research and understand accounting reporting issues and authoritative guidance for application of GAAP.
  • SMG AC 445: Advanced Managerial Accounting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG AC 347; SMG AC347 and senior standing
    Integrates knowledge from the fields of accounting, economics, and finance to investigate current issues related to management control, financial analysis and valuation, corporate governance, and strategic cost analysis.
  • SMG AC 469: Principles of Income Taxation I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG AC347 previous or concurrent
    Federal income tax law common to all taxpayers: individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Tax returns for individuals. Topics include tax accounting, income to be included and excluded in returns, tax deductions, ordinary and capital gains and losses, inventories, installment sales, depreciation, bad debts, and other losses.
  • SMG AC 498: Directed Study: Accounting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and the department chairman
    Directed study in Accounting. 2 or 4 cr. Application available on Undergraduate Program website.
  • SMG AC 541: Advancd Accntng
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG AC 348 previous or concurrent, senior standing
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • SMG AC 565: Auditing
    Introduces the basic concepts underlying auditing and assurance services (including materiality, audit risk, and evidence) and demonstrates how to apply those concepts to audit and assurance services through financial statement audits.
  • SMG AC 579: Principles of Income Taxation II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG AC 469.
    Certain common and special Federal tax laws for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and miscellaneous entities. Topics include income tax returns for partnerships, business corporations, special corporations, decedents, estates, and trusts. Survey coverage of corporate liquidations, pension and profit-sharing plans, IRS audits, and estate and gift taxes.
  • SMG FE 101: Introduction to Finance
    Required of all SMG freshmen. Pre-req or co-req: SMG SM 131. (2 cr) This course offers a rigorous overview of principles of finance, such as time value of money, interest rates, basic valuation of cash flow streams, and basic stock and bond valuation. It uses a combination of teaching materials including online problem solving and case writing that will help the student through the intensive syllabus. FE 101 and the redesigned FE 323 offer a comprehensive overview of finance to SMG students.
  • SMG FE 323: Financial Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG FE 101 or SMG SM121/122 or SMG SM299; SMG AC222; SMG OB221; SMG SM151; SMG SM222
    Component of SMG SM 323, The Cross Functional Core. Introduces students to the themes of financial decision making: valuation and risk management. The focus is on the problems of forecasting, capital budgeting, working capital management, project risk management, and financing in a cross-functional context. A semester-long business-plan project explores the interaction between marketing, operations, management information systems, and finance decisions. The course compares the financial objectives of the manager and the investor. Introduction to the time value of money, securities valuation, portfolio diversification, and the cost of capital.
  • SMG FE 427: International Financial Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG FE 323.
    Required for International Management concentrators. Managing financial risk in the global environment. Introduction to foreign exchange markets, spot, forward, futures, options and swaps, and to the international bond and money markets. Discussion of market structure and participants, and main financial instruments. Analyzes and discusses tools of currency risk management.
  • SMG FE 429: Futures, Options, and Financial Risk Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG FE 323.
    Covers the theory of futures pricing and option pricing, and applies the theory to develop a framework for analyzing hedging and investment decisions using futures and options. Attention is paid to practical considerations in the use of these instruments, especially in financial risk management.
  • SMG FE 442: Money, Financial Markets, and Economic Activity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SMG FE 323.
    Required for Finance concentrators. The financial system and its functions. The role of money and the importance of interest rates in determining economic activity; determinants of level of interest rates. Operation of central banks; the goals and instruments of monetary policy. The roles, activities, and risk management of financial institutions. Instruments traded in money and capital markets, and their valuation. Role of derivative securities; systemic risk and other contemporary issues in the financial system