Courses

The listing of a course description here does not guarantee a course’s being offered in a particular semester. Please refer to the published schedule of classes on the MyBU Student Portal for confirmation a class is actually being taught and for specific course meeting dates and times.

  • QST ES 110: Explore Your Career
    Questrom freshmen only. Required for all Questrom freshmen. This is the first in a series of required Questrom career management and skills development courses designed to equip students with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to explore career opportunities and build their career management capabilities. This first year class will focus on career exploration within the broader context and scope of business careers. Students will explore personal values, interests, and skills as the foundation for career management. They will learn skills for exploring traditional and emerging industries, organizations, and occupations that align with their business and career aspirations. They will learn and apply basic career search tools and techniques as they begin their careers as Questrom students.
  • QST ES 210: Build Your Career Toolkit
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST ES110
    Builds upon ES110 to provide students with fundamental tools to assist them with individual career management. It is the second course in the Questrom's four year career management curriculum. Importantly, as sophomores, students will begin to chart their career path, work with The Feld Career Center (FCC), practice interviewing, develop a search strategy, and continue to build their personal "brand." 1 cr.
  • QST ES 215: Explore Your Career and Build Your Toolkit
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. For Questrom students only, and CGS students intending to continue to Questrom.
    Combines the content of ES110 and ES210. This is the first required Questrom career management and skills development course for students in their first semester as Questrom students who have not taken ES110. The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to explore career opportunities and build their career management capabilities. This course focuses on career exploration within the broader context and scope of business careers. Students will explore personal values, interests, and skills as the foundation for career management. They will learn skills for exploring traditional and emerging industries, organizations, and occupations that align with their business and career aspirations. They will learn and apply basic career search tools and techniques, craft a strong resume and cover letter, develop a search strategy, practice interviewing and informational conversations, and begin to network with Questrom students and alumni.
  • QST ES 310: Implement Your Career Plan
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST ES210 or QST ES215
    Questrom students only. Prerequisite: ES210 or ES215; Junior (or Senior) standing. Required for all Questrom students who have completed ES210 or ES215, followed by a full semester of additional work and academic experiences. This final course in the Questrom School of Business's progression of career courses is delivered in a series of intensive workshop- style classes and required out-of-class application assignments that are designed to help students hone their skills and execute their targeted search strategy to gain career-building internships and offers of employment. Students will enhance their toolkit, implement their career and internship search process, and learn about onboarding into a new internship or full-time job. The course focuses on building networking skills, enhancing interviewing skills for targeted industries, exploring global and ethical perspectives, accepting and negotiating job offers, onboarding, and building and maintaining a Questrom Career Community. Designated sections of this course will have a specific focus on addressing the unique career planning challenges and needs of international students and/or those seeking global careers.
  • QST ES 710: Teaming
    This course introduces the challenges of leading and participating in teams and project groups. It emphasizes the roles of team members and leaders, how to motivate within a team environment, and how to create an environment in which teams and their embers increase their capabilities. This course also provides support for students as they work on program projects and helps students to gain both knowledge of team dynamics and the skills to shape them.
  • QST ES 720: Management Communication
    Effective communication skills are key to the success of any manager or executive as you persuade, inform, and lead your clients, colleagues, bosses, and subordinates. This course explores persuasive verbal and written communication in a variety of management settings, including formal meeting-style presentations as well as strategic written business documents. You will learn to assess your audience, understand the strategic choices available when communicating, and choose the correct strategy for the audience at a given time. Students will learn to construct a persuasive argument and to deconstruct arguments made by others, recognizing and avoiding reasoning flaws. Students will give planned and impromptu presentations that are organized logically and persuasively, and that reflect best practices in using visual aids. Students will also learn best practices in business writing, for example, in writing memos and substantive emails.
  • QST ES 723: Career Management
    This three-semester professional development course series is designed to assist students in transforming interests into professional goals, and these goals into an MBA level, candidate-driven internship and job search. The Career Management course integrates a set of complementary resources and activities: self- assessment, career management tools, skill building opportunities, and active involvement in a career development team. The course will help students to determine professional goals; develop and implement a plan for achieving them; acquire the specific skills and experiences needed to become market ready; build a personal brand and professional network. A requirement of the course in the second year is the completion of a presentation on the student's summer internship after the first year.
  • QST ES 730: Leadership Communication
    Persuasion is an essential skill for business success. Whether the goal is to influence and motivate your colleagues, superiors, organization, clients, or broader stakeholders, the capacity to persuade diverse audiences is key to effective leadership. In this course, students will learn to create and deliver compelling, high-impact verbal and written communications that inspire action. Students will learn to: generate insights with meaningful conclusions and recommendations; apply the principles of logical reasoning to create a compelling narrative; develop their unique leadership style to connect authentically to the audience; express complex information clearly and concisely in writing and with visual aids; and master presentation delivery, including projecting power through body language. We will cover a range of situations, from communicating within an organization, to winning over the public in a time of crisis, to holding crucial conversations to resolve conflicts.
  • QST ES 735: Team Coaching
    The ability to work with and develop teams is considered one of the most essential skill sets for the 21st century workplace. This course focuses the role of coaching on both an individual and team level in order to develop the skills needed to work effectively in teams. Course activities and learning objectives are integrated and aligned with other academic courses to deepen and enrich the MBA student learning experience by developing their abilities to coach each other in collaborative environments.
  • QST ES 740: Leadership Communication
    Persuasion is an essential skill for business success. Whether the goal is to influence and motivate your colleagues, superiors, organization, clients, or broader stakeholders, the capacity to persuade diverse audiences is key to effective leadership. In this course, students will learn to create and deliver compelling, high-impact verbal and written communications that inspire action. Students will learn to: generate insights with meaningful conclusions and recommendations; apply the principles of logical reasoning to create a compelling narrative; develop their unique leadership style to connect authentically to the audience; express complex information clearly and concisely in writing and with visual aids; and master presentation delivery, including projecting power through body language. We will cover a range of situations, from communicating within an organization, to winning over the public in a time of crisis, to holding crucial conversations to resolve conflicts.
  • QST ES 872: Entrepreneur's Communication Playbook
    Graduate Prerequisites: ES700, ES701,ES730, or ES740
    Persuasion pervades every crevice of successful entrepreneurial lives. This course will prepare entrepreneurs to consider their multiple constituents as they communicate a vision and build an enduring company. As a company-builder and innovator, your persuasion begins with a clarity of purpose. You must attract top talent, convince customers, get colleagues on board with your ideas, and persuade investors to fund your company. Thinking critically, challenging conventional wisdom, and communicating effectively are vital to your success.
  • QST FE 200: Principles of Finance
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST SM132; and QST AC221. Open only to non-Questrom students
    Formerly SM104. Finance elective for Business minors. The course is designed to continue the student experiences from SM132 and AC221. The course will provide students with an overview of a broad range of financial topics including: personal financial decision making, corporate finance, firm valuation, portfolio management, risk and return, as well as a timely discussion of current events. Upon successful completion of the course students will understand how to navigate personal finances including car loans, student debt, mortgages, retirement planning, and stock and bond investments; become familiar with methods of firm valuation, including discounted cash flow and trading multiples; be introduced to portfolio management theories such as diversification, systematic risk and beta and how to understand the risk reward tradeoff.
  • QST FE 323: Introduction to Corporate Finance
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST AC221; MO221; QM221; QM222 or BA222; SM131; SM132; SM275
    Component of QST SM323, 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. 4 cr.
  • QST FE 342: Money, Financial Markets, and Economic Activity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST SM132 and sophomore standing
    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.
  • QST FE 427: International Financial Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE 445 or QST FE 449.
    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. 4 cr.
  • QST FE 429: Futures, Options, and Financial Risk Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE 445.
    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. 4 cr.
  • QST FE 430: Entertainment Finance
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE 323.
    Examines financial structures and decisions in entertainment and media realms including feature film, television, music, live performance, sports, digital media, and related business endeavors. The course covers the various ways entertainment and media companies raise capital, budget capital, and manage return on investment to shareholders and other stakeholders. Students study business models within each segment to understand the financial, operational, and legal constraints and best practices under which media and entertainment firms operate. Offered in Los Angeles.
  • QST FE 433: ESG Investing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE 323.
    The aim of this course is to analyze and illustrate what investors can do to grasp the environmental and social challenges (i) by redirecting financial flows towards projects supporting and strengthening sustainable development, as well as (ii) controlling and mitigating the ESG-related financial risks. This transformation of financial markets requires an understanding of (i) the assets available for financing sustainable development, (ii) the metrics currently used to estimate the ESG impact of investments, (iii) the practices adopted by the most sophisticated sustainable investors, and (iv) the supporting capacity of public institutions, such as central banks in particular.
  • QST FE 445: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE 323.
    Required for Finance concentrators. Introduction to the investment management process. Defining investment objectives and constraints. Introduction to Modern Portfolio Theory, CAPM, APT, Efficient Markets, stock and bond valuation models. Introduction to forwards and swaps and their applications within investment strategies. Active vs. passive investment strategies, fundamental vs. technical analysis, trading practices, and performance evaluation. Introduction to the role of futures and options in hedging and speculation. Students are expected to become familiar with current events in the financial news.
  • QST FE 449: Corporate Financial Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST FE 323.
    Required for Finance concentrators. Covers the financial manager's role in obtaining and allocating funds. Includes topics such as cash budgeting, working capital analysis, dividend policy, capital investment analysis and debt policy as well as their associated risks. Valuation of companies, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy are covered. The course requires using financial models and spreadsheets. Applications are made to current events and everyday business finance problems.