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You develop a mastery of business through the critical knowledge base provided by the foundation courses. All MBA candidates must take all of our foundation courses. Every course is offered every trimester. During the Fall and Spring trimester each course meets once a week for fourteen weeks. During the Summer trimester each course meets twice a week for only seven weeks.
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MBA Foundations (MBA 500) Leaders, managers, and professionals enter the Capital MBA with a wide variety of academic, work, and life experiences. As the first course for all entering students, MBA Foundations begins the process of capitalizing on these differences and assures the skills and tools necessary to succeed in the remainder of the program. The course is a rigorous overview of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations, statistics, and business law, while building the students' self-awareness and skills in quantitative methods, use of information technology, written and verbal communications, group and leadership styles, and problem solving. Students are actively engaged in every aspect of this course, consummated by a team-based computer business simulation experience.
MIS/ANALYTICAL TOOLS (MBA 611) Prerequisite: MBA 500 Managers must understand the basic mathematical underpinnings of finance, economics and operations. MIS/Analytical Tools provides students an opportunity to learn, practice and apply these essential quantitative skills used to formulate sound decisions in complex environments. The course begins with an exploration of maximization. Students learn how to model resource maximization and interpret the results. It then examines statistical methods for interpreting and analyzing data including regression analysis and hypothesis testing. Applications include scheduling, product mix, inventory management, demand analysis, portfolio analysis and surveys analysis. Excel functions and tools are introduced and used throughout the course.
MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (MBA 612) Prerequisites: MBA 500, 611Local, national, and global economics have a profound impact on all organizations. When making decisions, managers must consider how the aggregate economy and business cycles will affect the firm. Managerial Economics provides students with the conceptual tools they need, and then uses those tools to analyze decisions, events and policies. Students learn the art of forecasting and economic determinants of consumer demand, firm supply and industry behavior. An economic framework is applied to a wide variety of individual, business and governmental decisions.
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (MBA 613) Prerequisite is MBA 500Leader success depends on a clear understanding of yourself, organizational dynamics, and how to influence the actions of both individuals and groups. This course focuses on understanding human behavior in organizations. We combine theory and experiential exercises to provide you with the tools and language you need to better understand and influence behavior in a variety of settings. You will work individually and in groups as you explore the difficulty of effectively managing, and how best to organize, manage and motivate people. Students discover their personal strengths and management styles, learn to solve organizational problems and consider how to influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations.
MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (MBA 614) Prerequisite: MBA 500 As a manager, understanding the impact of accounting decisions is essential to achieving strategic goals. Building on financial accounting concepts, Managerial Accounting provides students with an opportunity to learn and apply skills that support the use of internal financial information to support effective decision making. In the course, students learn to utilize financial data available for budgeting, costing and forecasting, and to connect these skills to cash flow and operations management. Students apply managerial accounting concepts to real world case studies to understand the linkages between accounting information and management planning.
MARKETING MANAGEMENT (MBA 710) Prerequisites: MBA 500, 611Effective marketing planning and execution is essential for the success of any organization. Marketing Management takes an analytical approach to the study of marketing problems. Students sharpen their skills for analytical thinking and effective communication while being introduced to the elements of marketing analysis and management. Students become adept at analyzing and developing the elements of the marketing mix including product and brand strategy, pricing, communication, and distribution. Working in teams, students prepare and defend a full marketing plan for a local organization.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (MBA 720) Prerequisites: MBA 500, 611, 612, 614All organizations face a variety of financial decisions. In order to understand and make informed decisions, managers must be comfortable with the application of financial theories and models. Students in Financial Management examine these, enhancing their ability to evaluate the influence of financial decisions on organizational performance. This course focuses on how management decisions positively or negatively affect shareholder value. Some of the topics covered include the valuation and pricing of securities, capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, and the evaluation of capital projects and investment options.
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (MBA 730) Prerequisites: MBA 500, 611, 612Operations management involves the synchronization of business processes to optimize performance. Production and Operations Management focuses on managerial issues arising in the operation of both manufacturing and service industries. Students consider the language, concepts, insights and tools to deal with operational issues, and how to gain competitive advantage through operations. A process view of operations is used to analyze key operational dimensions such as capacity management, cycle time management, supply chain and logistics management and quality management.
ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (MBA 740) Prerequisites: MBA 500Now more than ever, companies are held accountable for developing responsible business polices and practices and making them an integral part of their strategies and operations. Corporate social responsibility and ethical decision making provide students with a laboratory for examination of these significant issues. The principal outcomes of this course are to understand important ethical constructs, to provide opportunities to apply ethical and responsible decision making in a variety of business situations and to facilitate a deeper understanding of the strategic complexities in managing these priorities across often competing needs. The class is structured around a rich set of challenging projects and case studies.
MBA students are required to complete two 3-credit hour advanced topic courses on contemporary issues within any of the following content areas: