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MSA 600 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

This course surveys micro- and macroeconomic principles, with an emphasis on strategic applications. Microeconomics topics covered include: demand and supply elasticities, firm cost structure, market structure, and pricing. Macroeconomics topics covered include national income accounting, national income, employment, and price level determination, and fiscal and monetary policy. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none.

MSA 601 STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The way we manage the people in our organizations needs to be aligned with our business strategies. The means for this alignment is human resource strategy – a directional plan for managing human resources that addresses important people-related business issues. The purpose of this course is to examine how managers may implement more effectively the people-intensive strategies that are rapidly becoming as primary source of competitive advantage. Only by addressing human resource issues in the context of overall strategic management will managers and human resource staff together achieve the results needed to sustain and develop a business. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none.

MSA 602 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT

The objective of this course is to provide a broad survey of the fields of organizational behavior on three distinct levels of analysis – individuals, groups and organizations. Specific topics to be examined from these three perspectives include, but are not limited to: motivation, job design, leadership, diversity, organizational design, communication, secession-making, conflict management, power, innovation and the work environment. Special attention will be given to the most common organizational development methods used in solving managerial and organizational problems. The course examines such intervention strategies as team building, team skills training, survey feedback, sensitivity training, behavior modification, job enrichment, and management by objectives. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none.

MSA 603 QUANTITATIVE METHODS

This course presents an in-depth look at various quantitative analytical techniques encountered in analyzing managerial problems and making effective decisions. The major topics covered include: linear programming, transportation, assignment, network models, project management, statistical approaches, and decision analysis. Application of these techniques in functional areas such as production, marketing, finance and accounting are covered. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ECO 260, ECO 261, and MGT 302.

MSA 605 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

This course develops the theoretical and practical uses of financial management principles, including the concepts of risk, return, and value. Areas of concentration include working capital management, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, and capital structure. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: Undergraduate Finance Course.

MSA 621 STRATEGIC OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

In this course, techniques of managerial decision making are applied to problems in the management of production and operations in both manufacturing and service organizations. Quality management is emphasized throughout the course. The course emphasis is on people operating in teams for improved delivery of goods and services to customers. Topics covered include: quality assurance and control, forecasting, aggregate planning, scheduling, inventory planning and control, facility location, and process and job design. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: MSA 600, MSA 603.

MSA 623 STRATEGIC MARKETING

This course presents the importance of the marketing function in the strategic management of the organization. Within the framework of the marketing discipline, students will learn how to ascertain customer needs and to strategically plan to fill those needs while serving an increasingly diverse population. Also considered in this course are issues such as environmentalism, consumerism, consumer life style, and government regulation. As part of this course, students will identify actual consumer needs and devise a comprehensive strategic marketing plan. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none.

MSA 630 ADVANCED STRATEGY

The first of a two-course integrative capstone experience, this course will teach managers to think and act strategically. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of competitive advantage within a dynamic environment. A variety of analytical techniques will be discussed that will enable managers to thoroughly analyze the organization’s environment in order to clearly identify its competitive advantage and how the organization will seek to utilize this advantage. Topics to be covered include various strategic management decision models, industry analysis, competitive position analysis, and the analysis, choice and implementation of strategic options. Case studies will be utilized as the primary method of familiarizing students with the strategic analysis process. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: Completion of all MSA required/core courses.

MSA 631 INTEGRATIVE CASE STUDIES

A final capstone experience, this course is intended to provide a complete integration and application of previous coursework. The course consists of three parts: a series of case analysis discussions, a business simulation game in which student teams will compete with each other in a computer simulated business, and a final presentation. The final presentation is to be a significant portion of the grade in this course. For purposes of this presentation, student teams will do an extensive analysis of an existing business and report on their findings in both a written report to management and a full period oral presentation. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: MSA 630.

MSA 632 APPLIED ACCOUNTING RESEARCH

The research of accounting concepts and standards as they relate to corporate financial statements is the focus of this course. The research will be applied in analyzing complex accounting and contemporary reporting issues. Research methodologies are covered in conjunction with the latest in accounting information resources. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ACC 300, ACC 410, and ACC 430.

MSA 670 ACCOUNTING THEORY AND RESEARCH

This course analyzes the theoretical foundations of accounting concepts as set forth in the Statements of Financial Accounting Concepts as developed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). It is through these concepts that new standards are developed due to technological advances and business innovations. Existing regulations are examined as well as pending changes currently under review. Research of concepts and current practices are included. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ACC 351.

MSA 672 COMPUTER AUDITING

In this course students will learn about the different types of audits as they relate to a variety of computer systems including data management systems, networks, Internet, e-commerce and the information technology function. Students will utilize various computer-assisted audit tools and software as they relate to the audit function. Ethical issues and fraud detection are also discussed. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ACC 430.

MSA 673 ADVANCED TAXATION

Corporate income tax is the primary focus of this course in regard to filing requirements, options available in reporting income and regulatory compliance. Other business entities are examined as alternatives to the traditional corporate structure. Tax research utilizing the latest technology assists in developing effective tax planning strategies. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ACC 300.