Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issue, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, time value of money, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bone and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr.
The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. 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 provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. 4 cr.
To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, you will develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills. 4 cr.
This course introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined through actual case studies. Students learn how to manage the components of a project to assure it can be completed through both general and severe business disruptions on local, national, and international levels. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using earned value method. Students study in depth the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts for various scope scenarios. 4 cr.
Programs and projects deliver benefits to organizations by enhancing current capabilities or developing new capabilities for the organization to use. This course will provide a detailed understanding of program management and will present concepts that promote efficient and effective communication and coordination among various groups. Students understand PMI® program management processes and use tools that automate and enforce processes for managing scope changes, risk, quality, issues, schedules, resources, releases, and costs. You will learn how to design a program and manage program costs, risks, and communications within the context of Project Portfolios. This course is targeted to senior executives, portfolio managers, program managers, project managers, and their team members, members of a PMO, customers/stakeholders, educators, and consultants. This course introduces processes and knowledge areas from three new PMI standards: Program Management standard, OPM3, and Portfolio Management. 4 cr.
This is a comprehensive course on evaluation, covering in-depth program evaluations and performance monitoring. Students will also understand project interdependencies and determine the optimal pacing for a program to enable appropriate planning, scheduling, executing, monitoring, and controlling of the projects within a program in the future. It covers evaluation methods that will be useful at various levels of government and in nonprofit organizations. This course will help project and program managers, analysts, consultants, educators, and managers in government, nonprofit, and private institutions to assess program results and identify ways to improve program performance. Other topics include: logic modeling; evaluation for small nonprofit organizations; assessing and improving planning, implementation and effectiveness; evaluation methodology and models; using evaluation tools and applications to assess factors linking projects under one program and provide the best allotment of resources between those projects; monitor complex, multi-project programs, and drill into current project details; enable collaboration and stakeholder alignment throughout a project life-cycle. 4 cr.
Prereq: MET AD 630B.
This course focuses on the role of the leadership of a corporation in determining and implementing the corporation's strategy. Through the analysis and the discussion in class of a number of cases, the leadership styles, approaches and methods will be studied, as well as the implications for the strategies of the corporations concerned, and the resulting successes or failures. 4 cr.
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. 4 cr.
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. 4 cr.
Provides basic marketing knowledge and develops analytical and decision-making skills. Marketing tools, issues, programs, institutions, and their relationship to other management functions. Consumer behavior, promotional tools, pricing, distribution channels, product policy, marketing organization, control, and information system. 4 cr.
This course involves the study of the foundations of the trade theory as well as modern international economics issues. It utilizes a self-directed approach through computer testing, electronic interaction with the instructor, video-tape series, and a comprehensive research project. 4 cr.
Prereq: consent of department chairman and instructor.
Luxury brands engage with their customers to create unique experiences aimed to surprise and delight them. The course will guide students through an explanatory analysis of attitudes towards the debatable concept of luxury and an objective understanding of specific marketing strategies luxury brands have been successfully implementing over the years to achieve their impressive growth rate even under unfavorable global economic circumstances. The course will also provide an overview of the evolution of consumers' behaviors and the luxury product/service categorization. We will explore the mix of functionalism, experientialism and symbolic interactionism identifying relevant marketing management activities vital for the luxury industry as well as the relationship between legendary brands, iconic products and trend setters.
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). 4 cr.
Applies the concepts of corporate finance to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include private and public institutions, foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit planning, international risk analysis, and capital budgeting. 4 cr.
Analysis of Islam in the classical and popular forms; examination of the role of the Muslim religion in the international politics of the modern Middle East, especially Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Libya; their interrelationships and their attitudes toward the West. 4 cr.
Introduction to the role of military power in the conduct of international affairs. Evaluates the writings of the major philosophers of war and military institutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 4 cr.
Examines the mechanisms and process of diplomacy in historical context, to assess approaches to the implementation of foreign policy, analyze the success and failure of these approaches in different circumstances, and consider wider issues in the application of statecraft. 4 cr.
Assesses the meaning of "European Union" in its domestic, foreign policy, and economic dimensions. To understand the opportunities and limits of cooperation and conflict, relevant areas of European Community policy are discussed from a functionalist and realist perspective. 4 cr.
Explores China's perception of its role in the world, its evolution from a regional to a world power, and its security and economic relationships within the international system. Relationships with the superpowers, Third World, and world economy, focusing on technology and capital transfers. 4 cr.
Examination of the post-Cold War security environment in the North Atlantic/greater Europe context. Exploration of threats to security, mechanisms in place and emerging (NATO, CFE, WEU, etc.), and challenges posed by changes since 1989. 4 cr.
For master's degree students seeking applied knowledge of core theories, policies, and practices of international relations: power politics, foreign policy, statecraft, diplomacy, international organization, nongovernmental organization, international law, security and defense, armed conflict, espionage, negotiations, globalization, civil society. 4 cr.
Intermediate-level survey of the contemporary politics, economics, and policy questions in the international economy: theories of international political economy and international economics; politics of international economic institutions; analyses of industrial development, foreign investment, global and regional trade, and poverty alleviation. 4 cr.
Investigates major issues of Western European economic integration, utilizing theories of political/classical economics. Since all previous schemes for economic/monetary integration have failed, identification of conditions, winners, and losers of the integration process is focal. 4 cr.
This course will examine the underlying values of organizations and guides students through the evolutionary development of successful leadership models. Students will be exposed to multiple profiles and strategies of renowned leaders with a diverse set of challenges reflecting innovative and evolving methodologies. 4 cr.
This course will analyze the values, behaviors, and processes that lead people and organizations to become effective leaders in their chosen field and as a consequence to build sustainable and lasting competitive advantages. 4 cr.
The concept of a team is the unit of an organization where leaders develop influencing skills. The team is defined as a group of individuals that one directly works with or within. The practice of leading teams involves the practice of organizing diverse personalities, cultures, and with varying skill sets. The students will be exposed to principles of team characteristics, process, team faces, and the actual product of the team. There will be a pragmatic approach of structured lectures, case evaluation, group evaluation, and individual evaluation for growth. 4 cr.