MBA Elective Courses

  • The Capital MBA offers electives every trimester. Some electives are offered every year. Others are developed and offered in response to students’ and employers’ evolving interests. 


    MBA 799 - Research Paper/Project

    This course provides an opportunity for Capital MBA students to investigate a problem or issue in depth. It is the responsibility of the student to contact an instructor and receive approval for the project/paper prior to the start of the semester. Meeting dates and times are by arrangement with the instructor. The study concludes with a written report that is the basis for assigning the final letter grade. Only offered with instructor permission.

    CREDIT HOURS - 1

    MBA 801 -- Innovation and Creativity in the Organization

    Organizations of any size offer abundant opportunities for people to make connections and identify opportunities that offer potential innovations. Yet, while many organizations derive competitive advantage from creative product or process innovations, such enhancements are often sporadic and opportunistic. Relatively few organizations are able to develop a culture in which sustained creativity and innovation are driving forces that impel growth. Worse, many organizational cultures stymie and stifle even the most obvious beneficial ideas for change. This course introduces students to principles and techniques of creativity and innovation that encourage so-called out-of-the-box thinking. The course will instill an understanding of the creative process and of innovation's organizational enemies, and show how to develop an organizational culture that promotes innovation and creativity. The goal is to encourage students to transcend conventional thinking in constantly seeking and implementing opportunities for innovative changes in their everyday working lives.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 802 - Brand Management

    This course focuses on advanced marketing strategy. We examine the theories and practices that successful companies are using to attain competitive advantage in the current environment of hyper competition and customer power.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 804 - Marketing Research

    This course helps marketing managers and business owners avoid the pitfalls of ill defined or poorly executed marketing research and to assure them that they are getting the most out of their research budgets. Moreover, they will become knowledgeable users of marketing research whether they originate it or use an outside supplier.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 809 - High Impact Leadership

    Congratulations on your decision to invest in your leadership skills! In my work with leaders of multinational corporations as well as small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), non-profit organizations (NPOs) and government institutions, I have discovered and created specific frameworks, processes and tools. The framework, process and tools in this class have helped these leaders to greatly accelerate their own transformation, as well as the transformation of their organizations and the influence and impact that those organizations have on the communities that they serve-and that supply them with their financial, social and environmental lifeblood. The mission and purpose of this class is to help you understand and learn how to apply the framework, process and tools so you too can transform the way you think about leadership and the way you act as a leader in ways that contribute even more effectively to your family, team, organization and community. I've noticed that once leaders internalize and start to use the framework, process and tools, they are able to transform not only their professional lives and working environment, but their private lives and personal development results as well.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3
     

    MBA 813 - Marketing Communications

    This elective course is intended for students desiring a deeper study of the communication elements in the marketing mix. Topics include promotional strategy, advertising, public relations, sales promotion and direct marketing. Attention will be given to both message development, as well as media selection, to achieve the desired marketing communications objectives.  

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 814 - Marketing Consulting

    This course provides students with a practical understanding of independent consulting. Students gain an understanding of how to start an independent consulting business. Beyond a general understanding of independent consulting, students conduct a consulting project on a marketing - related topic with a real client.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3
     

    MBA 815 - Consumer Behavior/Focus Groups

    This course provides students with insight into consumer behavior and qualitative research. We will examine the consumer decision-making process. Furthermore, we gain experience with qualitative research methods, specifically focus groups.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 819 - Entrepreneurship

    This course gives you a real taste of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. You will be coached as you get your new venture idea or concept on paper and pitch it to capital sources, serial entrepreneurs and C-level decision makers.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 825 - Investment Management

    This course investigates securities investments and related management activities. Topics include investing in stocks, mutual funds, bonds and derivatives. Both theoretical concepts and practical methodologies are discussed. This focuses on security analysis and asset management for institutional portfolios.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3
     

    MBA 826 - Business Tax Planning

    This course focuses on the federal income taxation of businesses, particularly corporate and partnership taxation under Subchapters C and K, respectively, and Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code.  

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 827 - Financial Institutions

    This course provides an overview of how commercial banks and similar financial institutions operate. Students learn how banks gather deposits, make loans, manage their assets and liabilities, and provide other financial services. Related topics will include bank mergers, analysis of bank financial performance, and future trends in banking. 

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 828 - Financial Markets and Instruments

    This course introduces students to the financial instruments available for investment purposes and exposes students to the markets in which they trade. The first half of the course highlights these instruments and markets. The second half includes a mandatory field trip to Chicago to observe financial markets and the players in action. There will be an additional charge covering air fare, hotel, and some meals.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 832 - Real Estate/Investment  

     
    A comprehensive study of real estate investment, including valuation, deal management, tax implications and real estate finance. Includes an insider’s perspective on significant Columbus real estate developments.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 833 - Financial Crimes 

    This course is designed to educate students by examining financial crimes cases that cost businesses more than $1 trillion per year and have had a lasting impact on consumers. Students will take a deep dive into the world of money laundering, fraud, and terrorist financing through the eyes of business. Students will be equipped with applicable strategies to detect and prevent financial crimes in their place of business regardless of the industry. Topics that will be discussed include the financing of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, Enron, identity theft, and any current applicable events. 

    CREDIT HOURS - 2
     

     

    MBA 836 - Project Management

     

    This introductory course addresses both the technical and behavioral aspects of managing projects. Students learn the fundamentals of planning, scheduling, organizing and controlling projects. Exercises provide hands-on experience with Microsoft Project software. In addition, the course covers related human resources and behavioral topics, such as project organization structures and managerial styles. 

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 836 - Project Management  

     

    This introductory course addresses both the technical and behavioral aspects of managing projects. Students learn the fundamentals of planning, scheduling, organizing and controlling projects. Exercises provide hands-on experience with Microsoft Project software. In addition, the course covers related human resources and behavioral topics, such as project organization structures and managerial styles.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2 

     

    MBA 838 - Financial Case Analysis

    The goal of this class is to develop an understanding of the nature of the financial decision and policy options faced by managers in realistic corporate settings and to develop an appreciation of how finance theory can be applied in practice. Candidates will develop the skill to interpret financial information to address a variety of financial issues, identify problems and opportunities, undertake analysis and formulate policy recommendations. 

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 839 - Persuasive Marketing

    Students will explore persuasive strategies in marketing communications as well as face-to-face sales, including the modern scientific and psychological basis of persuasion and influence. The course will focus on the development and application of effective persuasive marketing strategies in marketing and sales opportunities, as well as their implications for marketing generally. The outcomes of this course will be obtained through the use of case studies, active learning and independent research, assigned readings, class discussions and short writing assignments.

    CREDIT HOURS – 2

    MBA 853 - Employment Law Essentials for Managers

    This course focuses on the key aspects of workplace law. Classes will include in¬class case studies, discussion of live workplace situations shared by students themselves, and scenario analyses integrating the multiple and complex areas of workplace law. You will develop a deep appreciation of the legal issues that every manager must be familiar with in order to become successful.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 859 - Conflict & Negotiations 

    This course helps you better understand conflict management and negotiations in a variety of settings. Through regular role plays followed by debriefing sessions students learn how to effectively negotiate.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2
     

    MBA 860 -- Human Resource Management

    This class is designed for MBA students and will focus on case studies relating to Human Resources Management practices that face business managers. This class will include in-depth analysis, review and discussion of real-life situations that face organizations today. The case studies vary from traditional HRM situations (ex. hiring, terminations, discrimination) to more recent issues facing employers (ex. telecommuting, retaliation, drug/alcohol abuse). This course will help bridge the gap between Human Resources Management theory and practice and will prepare students for the situations that will face them as business managers.  

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 863 - Organizational Transformation

    This course will give you the tools you need to plan and manage a business transformation. We will spend 2 class sessions using a change management simulation. Each student will then select a real business situation to use for the balance of the class that they would like to transform. This situation will serve as the foundation for a change plan the student will create and implement based on the materials we cover in the class. The final outcome of the course will be a solid understanding of the change management and transformation process along with a tangible plan that can be executed during or after the class.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 869 - Selected Issues in Corporate Governance

    This course deals with the issues and risks facing a corporation's board of directors and officers. This includes regulations, significant court cases and liabilities affecting the directors and officers, as well as The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002. Additionally, various other governance issues will be discussed. It is possible that issues associated with not for profit boards will also be explored

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 870 - Global Business

    This course will at first provide an introductory discussion of the political, social and cultural determinants of international business. We will then analyze major ideas, strategies, concepts, institutions and (current as well as past) events that comprise the global business environment. We will use case studies and gain knowledge from guest speakers. 

    Credit Hours – 2

    MBA 875 - Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma

    Students will learn the fundamentals of the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) methodology to eliminate waste, reduce defect levels and improve process performance. Project selection, project chartering and project leadership techniques will be covered. Additionally, students will apply Lean management techniques and the basic Six Sigma process improvement tools to projects in their work environments. Basic statistical problem solving techniques may be covered as time permits.

    CREDIT HOURS - 3

    MBA 876-Financial Modeling with Excel

    This course uses Microsoft Excel in solving common financial models. We address four major areas in finance – Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management, Fixed Income and Risk Management. Students learn how to design and construct financial models for analyzing a variety of decision problems facing today’s financial managers and professionals. Students learn how to use a variety of Microsoft Excel tools and techniques, such as financial and statistical functions, what-if scenarios, one-and two-way input tables, pivot tables, probability analysis, optimization, regression analysis and Monte Carlo simulations.
    Prerequisites MBA 611 and MBA 720; Special requirements – students should bring their laptops to class.

    CREDIT HOURS – 3

    MBA 880-Communication for Managers

    This course offers managers an opportunity to develop a solid foundation of communication skills critical to effective leadership and management. Topics will include interpersonal communication effectiveness, change management/communication, developing and executing communication strategies, audience analysis, coaching, and an opportunity to further develop presentation skills.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2

    MBA 887 - Not-For-Profit Management

    Effectively managing government and not-for-profit organizations requires management, reporting and financial tracking skills that are significantly different from those needed in for-profit firms. This course focuses on the differences in managing not-for-profit versus for-profit organizations. The course explores the unique characteristics of leadership and organizational theory, ethics and financial management in the context of the not-for-profit sector, as well as working with government entities related to funding and governance. Membership and work on not-for-profit boards is explored.

    CREDIT HOURS – 2

    MBA 888 - Social Media Marketing

    Students will explore Social Media Marketing with an emphasis on identifying the rule-sets that are currently being developed by businesses--and consumers--in real time; understanding how these rule-sets, strategies, and tactics are changing the way marketing organizations interact and engage with their customers and prospective customers; identifying the tools currently being used and evaluating their usefulness to a marketing strategy overall; identifying the risks and rewards of using social media; and identifying how social media marketing fits into an overall marketing plan and strategy.

    CREDIT HOURS – 2

    MBA 899 - Topics in Business Law

    The objective of this course is to provide students with practical knowledge of legal issues and principles that arise in the business environment. A variety of legal topics will be covered. Examples include: origin and source of law, court systems, employment at will, discrimination, contracts, torts, product liability, agency, fiduciary responsibility and business formation. This class will give a general overview of the legal principles, take a proactive approach to managing the legal risks managers face in a business setting and give general guidelines of how to handle legal situations when they arise.

    CREDIT HOURS - 2