100—Business Career Exploration, 2
This course introduces you to the Dahl
School of Business and the business world in general. It is designed for
first-year students who are considering a career in business. As a result of
this class, you will be able to create a career development plan; identify
organizations within the university to assist in reaching your career goals;
create a list of Web sites to reference throughout your college career; select
the proper sequence of courses to take in order to make the best use of your
resources; develop a preference for a major; be able to knowledgeably use key
business terms; identify ethically-responsible organizations; develop
interpersonal skills through working in small groups, interviews, and class
140—Ethical Business Practices and
Effective Oral Communication, 3 Cr.
This course provides an overview of the
business world in general and a specific look into the Dahl School of Business’
view that business can be a powerful force for positive change in society.
Students will be introduced to the concepts of values-based leadership, ethics,
corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. Using these concepts,
students learn to give effective oral presentations in professional settings.
The course is guided by a theoretical framework that emphasizes strategic
communication choices, expansion of communication styles, and adaptation to others
within communication contexts. Students will give a minimum of two
presentations in this course. In the course of doing these presentations,
students develop outlines, create speaking notes, adapt content, and design and
use supplementary materials.
210—Management Systems Concepts and
Applications, 4 Cr.
This course investigates the role of
information systems in business operations, management decision-making, and the
strategic success of organizations. The course prepares students for working in
the information-rich, networked world of business and introduces students to a
variety of technical applications used for business communication and problem
solving. Additionally, the course builds competency in the use of a current
integrated software suite. Prerequisite: ENGL 103 or 105 or 195.
230—Managerial Statistics, 3 Cr.
This course demonstrates the use of
application of statistics in business environments to inform decision-making.
The course focuses primarily on statistical approaches to summarize data and
make inferences about a population based on sample data. Specific topics
include graphical descriptions of data, descriptive statistics, hypothesis
testing about means and proportions, hypothesis testing for differences in
means among groups and simple and multiple linear regression. Course emphasis
is on real world application, drawing examples from multiple business settings
and sectors. This course makes use of Microsoft Excel so that students will be
able to apply the techniques with technology that is available in most
workplaces. Prerequisites: INFO 150 or MGMT 210; MATH 110.
243—Interpersonal Management Skills,
Repeatedly, employer surveys indicate
that interpersonal skills are critical to the success of individuals in
business. These skills can only be learned through practice and assessed
through demonstration. This experiential course is designed to allow students
many opportunities to practice skill-building in a safe learning environment.
Oral communication skills are assessed through videotaped role-plays. Written
skills and presentation skills are assessed through assignments. Topics
include: listening, feedback, coaching, persuading, goal setting, resolving
conflict, and meeting skills.
300—Business Reporting, 3 Cr.
This course incorporates skill building
in written communication and information literacy. Assignments cover many
aspects of business writing, including constructing clear, concise emails and
memos to the writing and research processes for a formal business report. Prerequisites:
C or higher in ENG 104 or 105 or 195, INFO 150 or MGMT 210, MGMT 243.
305—Project Management, 3 Cr.
This course addresses project
management from a management perspective. Focus is placed on the problems of
selecting, initiating, operating, and controlling projects. Learners will be
introduced to proven project-management processes, broadly tested techniques,
and solid approaches to the successful management of projects in varying sizes
and degrees of complexity. Upon completion of the course, learners will
understand fundamental management concepts that will remain foundational.
320—Principles of Entrepreneurship,
This course provides an overview of the
management practices and styles unique to small businesses. This includes the
impact of the entrepreneur and small businesses on the economy, new business
formation, financing the new venture, e-commerce startups, and managing growth
of the new firm. It will discuss intrapreneurship as well as entrepreneurship. Prerequisite:
330—Systems Thinking and Change Management, 3
This course fosters skills
for systems thinking and systems dynamic modeling useful to chart pathways for
sustainable human development and pathways within various organizations.
Objectives, fundamentals and implementation of organizational change management
will be developed. Strategies for overcoming obstacles to change will be discussed.
Prerequisite: 341. (Equivalent to SUST 330.)
341—Principles of Management, 3 Cr.
This is a highly interactive course
using in-class and online discussions as well as student presentations as
primary learning vehicles. The course involves the study of management
principles focusing on the supervisor and middle management levels in all types
of organizations. Prerequisites: 300; ECON 101 or 102.
342—Human Resource Management, 3 Cr.
This course provides an overview of all
areas of human resource management (HRM). Students will examine and apply a
variety of human resource management topics spanning the three major areas of
HRM: staffing, development, and maintenance. Prerequisite: 341.
375—Leadership in Management, 3 Cr.
The focus of this course is
differentiating leaders from managers, exploring numerous theories on
leadership, studying well-known leaders, understanding the elements that make
someone a leader, and studying how our understanding of leadership has changed
over the years are major components of this course. Prerequisite: 341 or COMM
379—Ethics and Technology, 3 Cr.
This course incorporates philosophical
ethics, information technology case examples, research, and a project to
investigate the ethical and human dimensions of Information Technology within
organizations and in society. Learners will examine the ways in which
traditional philosophical concepts and theories apply (or don’t apply) to the
world of information technology, and will explore topics such as intellectual
property, privacy, risks and liabilities, and professional ethics.
Prerequisite: 210 or INFO 200. (Equivalent to OMGT 379.)
385—Women as Leaders, 3 Cr.
The major theme of this course is
women’s leadership. The unique leadership style of women is explored, analyzed,
and developed. The value of women’s leadership in organizations is
acknowledged: including business, civic, domestic, education, and health. A
brief historical account of women’s work and cultural trends sets the tone for
395—Social Problems in the
Workplace, 3 Cr.
This course presents an analysis of
major contemporary social problems, especially in the U.S. Particular attention
is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse,
and illiteracy, and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration
is given to diverse sociological perspectives regarding the causes, consequences,
and solutions to these problems. (Equivalent to SOCL 395.)
396—Diversity in the Workplace, 3
We live in a world that grows more
diverse everyday. It is for this reason, essentially that we develop a deeper
understanding of the value in becoming culturally competent individuals and
organizations. This class seeks to broaden the thinking of participants using a
variety of concepts and tools to explore the complexities of this often
controversial topic. This course will highlight the dynamics of diversity: the
problems, challenges, and opportunities.
400—Seminar in Entrepreneurial
Operations, 3 Cr.
This final course in entrepreneurship
takes an in-depth look at the entrepreneurial process from the formation of the
initial idea to the management of a viable business. The “Entrepreneurial
Project” will include the preparation of a full business plan for a business of
the learner’s choosing. Prerequisite: FINA 355.
443—Human Resource Applications, 3
This course allows students to more
fully develop an understanding of a number of specific areas of human resource
management. Current and vital areas, such as labor relations, compensation and
benefits, outsourcing, and training are explored in depth. Students will confer
with instructor to identify a selected number of topics to cover in-depth
throughout the semester. Prerequisites: 342; BLAW 344 or 450.
447—Production and Operations
Management, 3 Cr.
This course is a study of the operating
decisions required in the production of a good or provision of a service.
Quantitative scientific management techniques, including decision tree analysis
and linear programming, are applied to realistic situations as the operating
decisions are analyzed. Special attention is paid to quality issues.
Prerequisite: MATH 270.
448—Organizational Behavior and
Development, 3 Cr.
A study of individual and group
behavior in organizations covering topics such as social styles, personality,
work-related attitudes, job satisfaction, motivation, networking, teams,
communication, decision-making, leadership and culture. Prerequisite: 341. (See
449—Strategic Management, 3 Cr.
An integrative course stressing the
holistic view of organization leadership and management. A study and
application of the techniques used to complete strategic audits of industries
and companies to assess complex business problems and opportunities and to
develop, implement, and control strategies to achieve organizational
objectives. Prerequisite: FINA 331. Restricted to students with senior
Responsibility and Sustainability, 3 Cr.
This course explores
the concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability,
equipping students to make a positive impact in their chosen business focus.
The course highlights the interdisciplinary nature of CSR and sustainability by
examining environmental, social, and economic perspectives in a variety of
contexts. Students will investigate the diverse system influencing
sustainability, drawing from areas including business management, natural
sciences, public policy, government planning, social sciences, ecology,
biology, physics, history, and economics. Prerequiste: 341; ECON-101.
481—Field Practicum, 4 Cr.
The field practicum is designed to be
completed during the student’s junior or senior year. It combines 10–15 hours
per week of on-site field experience with one hour of class time weekly. The
field experience is with a business of the student’s choosing. Selecting a site
is a shared responsibility among the learner, career services, and the
instructor. Learners accepted into the Field Practicum will be required to
attend one to two information sessions during the semester prior to the start
of their practicum. The class time is designed to enhance the field experience
through discussion, role-play, feedback, and presentations. The goal of the
field practicum is to link those skills learned in the classroom over the
course of the student’s tenure with their experiences in the business world.
Those currently employed within their field of study may request to substitute
a research project for the practicum. Consent of the instructor required.
485—Research Methodology in
Business, 3 Cr.
The purpose of this course is to
develop skills necessary for students to conduct original quantitative and
qualitative research. This course teaches students to design a research
question, find literature to motivate and support new research, and develop
testable hypotheses. Furthermore, this course develops students’ quantitative
skills in order to apply appropriate statistical methods to answer research
questions. Topics in statistics include hypothesis testing, nonparametric
methods, analysis of variance, and multiple regression analysis. By the end of
the course, students will have conducted their own unique research and
described and defended their projects in writing and through a formal oral
presentation. For those moving on to the Master of Business Administration
program, this project will be the starting point for the master’s thesis.
Prerequisite: 230 or OMGT 305 or acceptance into the M.B.A. program.
Business, 3 Cr.
This course focuses
on conducting business on a global level. Students will evaluate the history
and dynamics of global industries, global competition, and global strategies
and examine topics such as international cooperation among nations, national
trade policies, international marketing, technology, as well as the ethical and
social responsibility challenges of global businesses. The roles of various
stakeholders including the international institutions such as World Trade
Organization, will be analyzed. Case studies will be used to analyze the impact
of complex global factors on the management of multinational operations.
In some semesters,
students will have the unique opportunity to experience field research in the
country of focus. This 7-to 14-day trip will expose students to culture,
geography, business practices of an emerging market and to a different academic
environment. Students will gain an appreciation for both formal business
aspects and informal social aspects of conducting business in another country.