Typical Course Sequence
Practice of Leadership
This course will help students focus on gaining self-awareness as a foundation for developing leadership skills. Self-awareness is about understanding who we are and developing insights into our strengths and limitations. It is through self-awareness that we are able to identify self-imposed myths and fears, explore long-held beliefs, attitudes and unconscious decisions that may have limited the many facets of our lives. Through self-awareness one discovers that one can become more than one has allowed oneself to be! Thus, a significant portion of the course consists of activities are designed to enhance students' leadership development through self-awareness.
Critical and Systems Thinking
This course will address issues that transcend any single discipline or function of management, and will particularly enhance studentís ability to identify critical questions when exploring a new business issue, analyze issues, develop reasoned positions and make compelling arguments. Students will be introduced to the vocabulary and methodologies associated with the discipline of critical and systems thinking, and apply the tools, processes and principles that aid in understanding how leadership decisions affect organizational performance.
Business Communication Strategies
This curriculum will teach communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for a diverse audience. Students will learn to plan and develop appropriate message strategies to achieve desired communication objectives by analyzing audience, occasion and purpose.
Teambuilding and Group Process
Team building and Group Process provides theoretical and practical approaches to conducting and participating in task- and experience-oriented groups. Students will practice various process skills in a simulated group setting. A major focus will be on assisting group members in working toward and achieving group goals in a variety of settings.
Negotiation and Conflict Management
Negotiation is a fundamental process that is used in making business deals, in managing working relationships with others and in resolving conflicts. Negotiations occur for two reasons: (1) to create something new that neither party could do on its own, or (2) to resolve a problem or dispute between parties. Conflicts are common in any organization and in any relationship between individuals or organizations. The ability to manage and resolve conflicts effectively is critical in todayís organization. Because we all negotiate about many things in many different situations, knowledge about and skill in negotiating is essential to anyone who works with and through other people to accomplish objectives.
In Business Statistics students will learn how to collect and tabulate data, averages and measures of dispersion, correlational and regression analysis, probability and sampling, hypothesis testing, performing Chi Square, t, f and some nonparametric tests.
Leading Projects in Contemporary Organizations
This course examines project management roles and environments, the project life-cycle and various techniques of work planning, control and evaluation to achieve project objectives. Students will learn to select and apply appropriate planning techniques and tools to meet the project goals within time, cost and quality constraints.
Action research is a systematic inquiry conducted by stakeholders (rather than outside researchers) in the work environment to gather information about the way their specific organization operates. In this course students will develop the skillset to conduct action research in their own organization.
Dynamics of Organizational Behavior
Organizational behavior is the scientific study of the behavioral processes that occur in a work setting. In the workplace today, a good understanding of the theory of human relations is essential. This course is designed to provide an understanding of human behavior within an organizational environment. It will explore contemporary organizational issues such as individual and group dynamics, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, morale, power, organizational change and development.
Legal Environment of Business
This course will examine the American legal system and its inter-relationship and impact on the regulation of businesses.
Organizational Development and Change
This course will examine theories of organizational change and strategies used to implement change efforts. Topics explored will include the phases of organization development and change management in organizations, attributes of organizational culture, interventions to facilitate change and ethical considerations in change management practice.
Management Information Systems
Management Information Systems is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of information technology in achieving business goals, and how information systems are changing the way a firm competes in a competitive business environment. Many areas of information systems are discussed, including databases, telecommunications, information security, and software/hardware concepts.
The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of economic concepts that have a bearing on managerial decision making with respect to both the marketplace and internal organizational structure. Students will apply economic tools, concepts and theories in analyzing specific managerial problems and organizational decisions.
Students will explore the factors involved in operating an international business, such as the international monetary system and the political, social, economic and legal considerations. They will conduct research to gain an understanding of the geo-political forces influencing international business relations in United States.
In this capstone course students will develop a business plan for an active or prospective business in the local area and apply the concepts learned in the entire BLM program.
Strategic Management will concentrate on the competitive approach of a business, examining issues central to its long- and short-term competitive position. The course develops a set of analytical frameworks that enable students to explain performance differences among firms and make strategic decisions to enhance competitive position of a business. The case method will be used extensively to combine theory and application.
This course acquaints students with the principles and institutions of financial and capital markets and with the financial operations of a business firm. Standard concepts and tools of financial analysis will be introduced to read, interpret and create financial statements.
This course offers a managerial approach to the study of strategic market decision making. It will examine the basic and advanced concepts in marketing and their use in developing an optimum marketing strategy. It will cover such topics as market planning, segmentation and target marketing, channels of distribution, consumer behavior, competitive analysis, pricing, promotion, and product decisions.
The myriad decisions made at all levels of a service or manufacturing organization should foster its long-term goals. This integrative course focuses on strategic, tactical and operational decision-making technicalities. Decision-making areas that will be covered include: service design, facility location, inventory, procurement, just-in-time concept, project planning, Materials Requirement Planning (MRP) and Total Quality Management (TQM.)
Human Resource Management
This curriculum will spotlight the study of the policies, procedures and strategies for effective human resource management. Topics include assessing human resource needs, work environment, government regulations, job analysis, recruitment, selection, orientation, training, motivation, employee appraisal and compensation systems, safety and health, effective discipline and labor relations.