BUSN501 Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy (3 semester hours)
This BUSN501 Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy course will prepare the transportation and logistics management and reverse logistics management graduate student to address issues associated with critical thinking and digital literacy. Students will be afforded the opportunity to begin to compile artifacts and signature assignments related to their field of study of transportation and logistics management or reverse logistics management. The course is intended to provide a foundation from which the student may use the knowledge and practices gained in this course throughout the rest of their graduate program.
BUSN601 Global Management Perspective (3 semester hours)
This course examines issues and functions that business managers face within the context of day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the organization. Topics include strategic management, legal issues, marketing, law and ethics, and global dimensions of businesses.
BUSN602 Managerial Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course introduces fundamental concepts of accounting principles, financial tools, and economic analysis for effective managerial decision-making. Topics include the role of the financial manager in the organization, concepts, and principles underlying financial accounting practices, financial statement analysis, budgeting, and economic analysis for decision makers.
BUSN603 Quantitative Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course explores management problems and the role of decision-making models and tools in resolving business problems. The application and use of information systems in decision-making is assessed. Students apply system and quantitative analysis to an integrated case study.
BUSN620 Strategic Management (3 semester hours)
This course is a culmination of the business functions to incorporate them into a coherent, profitable, sustainable business strategy. This course includes strategy information, decisions, and techniques of industry leaders. (Prerequisite: BUSN603)
BUSN621 Entrepreneurship (3 semester hours)
This course will provide an experiential introduction to the creation of a new business enterprise. Topics will include the traits of successful entrepreneurs, generating business opportunities, screening opportunities, "the window of opportunity," the venture team, family businesses, management/marketing/financial skills needed, "entrepreneurship," etc.
BUSN623 Legal & Ethical Issues in Management (3 semester hours)
This course examines the area of business law and applies it to the business environment. Traditional topics covered include: the legal environment of business, contract law, property, sales contracts, commercial paper, agency law, ethics and the regulatory environment. The course also examines the issue of the global economy from the view that the largest companies dominate in the creation of jobs and technological innovation.
BUSN624 Principles of E Commerce (3 semester hours)
This course introduces the student to the concepts and terminology of modern e-commerce approaches. It includes topics on marketing, web technologies, security, legal issues, imaging, search engines. The emphasis will be to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of e-business.
BUSN625 Applied Decision Making (3 semester hours)
This is a course in business analysis. This course investigates the advanced analysis methods and techniques used to solve modern business problems. The course emphasizes the most successful methods from business statistics, production and operations management, management science, and operations research fields of study. Students will be required to synthesize material from several major fields of study in order to apply it in this course. The capabilities of Microsoft Office will be used extensively throughout the course to illustrate the application of these methods and techniques to the analysis and solution of modern business problems. The course will first investigate the types of problems faced by businesses in the both the production and service areas. Methods of analysis will be investigated to solve these type problems including probability concepts and their applications, statistical quality control, process design, forecasting, inventory control, waiting line models, transportation and assignment methods, decision analysis, and simulation modeling.
BUSN630 Virtual Organizations (3 semester hours)
This course focuses upon the problems and challenges of managing individuals, groups, and organizations in a virtual or distributed environment. Virtual means that work is accomplished by interdependent people performing at different time or places, or across organizations. This course addresses current topics associated with the new forms of organizing that new technology and accompanying strategic changes promote. The student will examine online business models, sources of competitive advantage in e-commerce, and techniques for evaluating opportunities. In this context, the student will also discuss ways in which e-commerce organizations differ from conventional organizations and how to create e-commerce alliances. Issues include a focus on social interactions; the social, political, economic, and technological contexts of virtual communities and the limits for their sustenance.
BUSN631 Technology and Innovation (3 semester hours)
This course will investigate and demonstrate the planning and implementation of strategies that help organizations improve productivity, satisfaction, and responsiveness to the environment. The course views management from the perspective of human systems and organizational development, technological innovation, and strategic management.
BUSN635 Business Plan Development (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to provide the student the skills necessary for developing a comprehensive effective written implementation plan for a new business venture. The key to this class is that a "business plan is more than a strategic plan". The key differences are both implementation and possible review by "outsiders." This course deals with the critical decisions and action steps that entrepreneurs must make in both planning and executing a new venture. The course focuses on "doing" rather than on mere "facts about business development and plan writing." It will concentrate on creative solutions to resource generation and utilization. The business plan is often a selling document to those who may be interested in the business venture for a variety of reasons. Therefore it must reflect the concept's viability and business model, the environment in which the firm operates, and the expertise of the management team to execute the plan.
BUSN640 Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics (3 semester hours)
A survey of the legal structure that defines and regulates the nonprofit sector and an examination of fundamental governance issues in nonprofit corporations. The focus of the course is on the board of directors (trustees) and the executive director and their fiduciary responsibilities established both by law and by the moral imperatives from actions on behalf of the public interest.
BUSN641 The Nonprofit Organization and Executive Leadership (3 semester hours)
A comparative analysis of the various theories, principles, and styles of leadership and how they apply to the management and governance challenges in nonprofits; complex organizations with a wide range of stakeholders and often fragile and fragmented financing.
BUSN642 Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 semester hours)
A comprehensive study of the key financial statements to help monitor the organization’s financial health. An analysis of fund accounting, the importance of quality financial reporting and financial controls to protect and sustain nonprofit organizations, and the budget as a tool to direct the organization are included in this course.
BUSN643 Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation (3 semester hours)
A comprehensive analysis of the dimensions of philanthropy in the United States, the structure of effective fundraising programs, and the competencies needed by successful fundraisers. The course also examines the motivations of donors, impact of tax policy on giving, and resources available for nonprofit fundraisers.
BUSN650 The Business of Healthcare (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to introduce students to the business side of healthcare. Topics include the regulatory environment, employment law, managing and marketing healthcare services. The course also looks at organized delivery systems including the labs, pharmacies, materials maintenance, and physician practice administration.
BUSN651 Healthcare Finance (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to give the future healthcare administrator a foundation in financial concepts as they relate to the healthcare industry. Topics will include analyzing the administration of clinical services, estimating profit margins, planning and budgeting, analyzing project acceptability, using metrics to monitor various operations, and working with financial statements. (Prerequisite: BUSN650)
BUSN652 Operational Quality in Healthcare (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to develop the skills that will allow students to create safe and efficient quality healthcare systems through an understanding of the quality management cycle, goal-setting, and goal obtainment metrics. Topics include creating satisfied patients, high quality service, efficient processes, and examining tools used within the field. (Prerequisite: BUSN650)
BUSN660 Advanced Analytics I (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to lay the groundwork for solution generation and software analysis tools at the intermediate level. Topics to be covered are various business problem solution models, the importance of high-level analysis in the business environment within the context of these models, and a detailed analysis and introduction to the various software tools available to managers. (Prerequisite: BUSN625)
BUSN661 Advanced Analytics II (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to continue the examination of data and its use in the problem-solving process. In this course, students will integrate advanced skills in Microsoft Excel 2010 with data analysis techniques, including an introduction to big data add-ins such as PowerPivot and the use of Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) to create queries in the PowerPivot tool. (Prerequisite: BUSN660)
BUSN662 Applied Advanced Analytics (3 semester hours)
This course provides four case scenario exercises in which students will use the tools learned to create viable case summaries and data-supported solutions. Exercises will range from intermediate to advanced levels of analytical ability and will allow students to create a portfolio demonstrating skills in various business functions and analytical tools. (Prerequisite: BUSN661)
BUSN697 Master’s Capstone: E-Portfolio (3 semester hours)
This Master’s Capstone E-portfolio course is the final course in the Master’s Program. This course will prepare graduate students to reflect on their graduate experience by compiling and revising artifacts from previous courses in the program into an organize e-portfolio. The e-portfolio will reflect the student’s educational growth from entry in the graduate program. In addition, the graduate student will develop the skills necessary to successfully transition to and navigate post-graduate life as well as understand the civic and social responsibilities of being educated citizens. Finally, students will be given the resources to connect with APU/AMU in an ongoing relationship.
BUSN698 Comprehensive Examination for MBA (0 semester hours)
Comprehensive final examination for students in the Master of Business Administration program. IMPORTANT: You must have COMPLETED all other courses in the program and have a GPA of 3.0 in order to register for this course. As an MBA student, you must pass this comprehensive exam in order to have your degree conferred. The comprehensive exam must be taken by the course end date or a failing grade will be posted. If you fail your first course attempt to pass the comprehensive exam, you will need to get approval to register for a second attempt of the course and BOTH final course grades will show in your transcript.
BUSN699 Business Administration Practicum and Integration Project (3 semester hours)
The practicum is the culminating experience for the MBA and it is designed to allow students to engage in applied learning where knowledge gained throughout the program is applied to real world situations. To qualify, the student must identify and obtain approval for an organization/project of interest and select and obtain approval for a workplace mentor prior to registering for the course. To complete the requirement of this option, the student must complete a 160-hour practicum in the approved organization under the guidance of the mentor, maintain a weekly work log to be signed by the mentor and reviewed by the faculty, and finally, submit a comprehensive, integrative applied research paper. This supervised practicum requires students also apply for approval to the Faculty member and Program Director prior to registration for the course. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.