Course Offerings for Spring 2014

OLS 530 Organizational Behavior, 8-10 p.m. (3 SH)

All organizations are organic, interconnected systems that take on a life of their own regardless of the individuals that occupy various roles in the system. Leaders need to understand their organizational systems and the behavior of those systems if they hope to effectively lead or change them. This course will explore organizational behavior and organizational development from a systems perspective, including concepts of change and conflict. It will rely heavily on case studies and student participation. Course syllabus


OLS 540 Managerial Finance and Accounting I, 6-8 p.m. (3 SH)

Managers and executives carry fiduciary responsibility for their organizations; it is therefore imperative that they know how to read financial statements, analyze financial health, assess financial risks, and communicate this knowledge effectively to others. The course emphasizes the role of the manager relating to finance and accounting through the analysis of quantitative information largely at the conceptual level. Topics include financial governance, understanding and reading financial statements, financial statement analysis, cost behavior, breakeven analysis, budgeting, balanced scorecard, working capital management, and the use of short-term cash planning. The overall aim is to improve organizational decision-making based on financial, social, and ecological metrics. Course syllabus


OLS 610 Strategic Marketing Management, 6-8 p.m. (3 SH)

Provides an introduction to the principles and practices of marketing. Topics include marketing structure, channels of distribution, consumer behavior, pricing, advertising, industrial marketing, telemarketing and marketing research. Aspects of international marketing and service marketing are included. Consumer behavior topics include psychological, sociological and anthropological variables that influence consumer motivation and actions. Course syllabus


MBA 630 Managerial Economics, 8-10 p.m. (3 SH)

Analyzes household and business decisions using economic concepts. Microeconomic theory and quantitative methods are applied to managerial decisions regarding consumption, profits, and output. Emphasis is placed on computer spreadsheets as a decision tool.
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Course Offerings for Summer 2014

OLS 550 Technology, Information and Data Analysis (3 SH)

(Tentative course description) The quality of decision-making in organizations is greatly influenced by the quality of data gathered and by information derived from that data. This course focuses on the use of tools and processes to enhance decision-making strategies. Topics include research design, survey development, defining data and information requirements, how and where data is stored, statistical models and tools, informatics and business intelligence, critical thinking, and transforming data into meaningful information. (Year 1 Summer Course)

MBA 555 Legal Aspects of Human Resources (3 SH)

Provides an overview of the legal aspects of business. Includes topics such as agency relationships, business organizations, contracts, sales and leases and debtor-creditor relations. Special emphasis on human resource issues and applicable law. (Year 1 Summer Course)

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MBA 650 Sustainable Organizations for the Common Good (Capstone Course) (3 SH)

The course integrates the three pillars of EMU’s MBA program of management, leadership and stewardship for organizational effectiveness and serving the common good. Course content will include case studies and readings on sustainable development and collaborative innovation. Students will engage as reflective practitioners in completing individual as well as group projects. Projects will include specific “live” business cases to demonstrate students’ creative mastery of the MBA curriculum and the triple bottom line. (Year 2 Summer Course)

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