Business Administration (MBA)

Accounting

ACCT B202 Financial Accounting for Decision Making 3 cr. hrs.

This course introduces the accounting cycle from recording financial transactions to the preparation and analysis of financial statements. The course emphasizes the uses of the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.

ACCT B715 Management Control + Decision Making 3 cr. hrs.

This course discusses control and decision making from the information provided by management control and information systems. Course topics include discussion of a comprehensive management information system (MIS) and its supporting integration of the MIS with organizational strategy, and utilization of such systems to generate information to serve managerial needs.

Prerequisite: FIN B300

ACCT B830 Personal Financial Planning for the Professional 3 cr. hrs.

This course is the study of personal financial planning including goal setting, cash budgeting, planning for insurance needs, retirement planning, tax planning, investment, and estate planning. The course requires an integration of the various types of planning with client goals. The course makes use of forecasts, computer models, and macroeconomic data. The emphasis is on planning for the professional planner who has a diversified clientele.

Prerequisites: ACCT B202; a working knowledge of present value concepts is assumed; this should not be the first M.B.A. course taken, and a background in any of the following will be helpful: Accounting, Tax, Insurance, Investments.

ACCT B893 Special Topics in Accounting 3 cr. hrs.

This course will research and discuss current issues and problems in accounting.

ACCT B899 Independent Study in Accounting 3 cr. hrs.

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Business Administration

BA B700 Ethical + Legal Responsibility 3 cr. hrs.

This course will help students become aware of (a) the ethical and legal norms internal to commerce, (b) the larger ethical and legal context within which commercial activity takes place, (c) the reciprocal interaction between commerce and the other institutions in society, (d) the new ethical and legal challenges posed to business by the evolution of science, technology, globalization, bureaucratization, government, law, politics, and religion, and (e) specific ethical and legal challenges to management, marketing, accounting and finance.

Prerequisite: MGT B245

BA B710 Individual + Corporate Entrepreneurship 3 cr. hrs.

This course will relate and integrate the student’s academic and professional experience through the analysis of an independent/corporate new venture start-up. The course will take a systems approach to problems which are confronted in developing a new business over time, intuition and creative problems solving techniques.

Prerequisite: FIN B300

BA B795 Community Service 0 cr. hrs.

This course involves 30 hours of volunteer work (without compensation) that must be completed in a not-for-profit setting located in the greater metropolitan New Orleans community. The organization must be approved by the M.B.A. director.

BA B850 Total Global Strategy 3 cr. hrs.

This course integrates the student’s academic and professional experiences with the purpose of enhancing her/his capacity to formulate and implement successful global strategies.  Its basic methods are discussion of cases and a project.  The cases focus on the skills, knowledge, and expertise appropriate to a leader’s role, functions, and expected contributions to the corporation and society at large.  As a result, students will enhance their capacity to (1) creatively identify alternative courses of action, (2) objectively and thoroughly assess these options’ pros and cons, and (3) convincingly argue and support their conclusions and recommendations.  The project has two components.  In the first, team members identify key factors shaping the future structure and competitive behavior of a global industry; and in the second, each student does a strategic audit of a company within this industry, with the purpose of presenting and defending strategic recommendations to the company’s board of directors.

Students must earn a grade of B(3.0) or higher to use this class for academic credit towards graduation. If a B- or anything less than a 3.0 is earned, the student must retake BA B850.

Prerequisites: MGT B711, FIN B700, MKT B700

BA B893 Special Topics in Business 3 cr. hrs.

This course will research and discuss current issues and problems in business administration.

BA B897 Internship in Business Administration 1 – 3 cr. hrs.

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BA B899 Independent Study in Business Administration 

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Decision Science

DECS B205 Business Statistics 3 cr. hrs.

This course introduces the statistical methods which have found wide application in business. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability concepts and distributions, estimation, hypothesis tests, contingency tables, analysis of variance, simple and multiple regression analysis, and decision theory. Business applications and extensive use of microcomputer statistical software, including spreadsheets, are an integral part of the course.

DECS B899 Independent Study in Decision Science 3 cr. hrs.

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Economics

ECON B603 Economics 3 cr. hrs.

This course is an introduction into economic analysis; efficiency and equity; production and exchange; costs, supply and demand; markets, organizations, and government; competition, cooperation and coercion, international trade.

ECON B801 International Economics 3 cr. hrs.

This course considers exchange rate systems; adjustments in international disequilibrium situations; relationships among rates exchange, inflation, interest, and unemployment; and domestic and international economic policies. It also considers various theories of competitive advantages in international trade, the nature and effects of commercial policies, and international economic integration.

ECON B893 Special Topics in Economics 3 cr. hrs.

This course will research and discuss current issues and problems in economics.

ECON B899 Independent Study in Economics 3 cr. hrs.

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Finance

FIN B300 Financial Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course introduces the principles of financial analysis and management of a business. Students learn how to think in terms of the present values of alternatives so that they can choose the proper course of action to follow. The effects of time and uncertainty on business decisions, especially in the selection of assets and the raising of funds for asset purchases, are studied. Students learn how the unencumbered system of financial markets and firms allocates scarce resources to benefit consumers. Analysis of alternative courses of action in terms of a system of cash flows is covered.

Prerequisite: ACCT B202

FIN B700 Advanced Financial Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course advances the graduate student’s knowledge and comprehension of financial management by providing a deeper understanding of the theory, practice, and application of the principles of business finance. The course emphasizes the application of financial theory by giving the student a framework analyzing and recommending alternative solutions to business financial problems. Case analysis will be used.

Prerequisite: FIN B300

FIN B800 Management of Financial Institutions 3 cr. hrs.

This course analyzes management policies of financial institutions, including asset, liability, and capital management. Various risks faced by financial institutions will be studied along with detailed analysis of the tools used to measure and manage these risks in the financial services industry.

FIN B805 Investments 3 cr. hrs.

This course examines different types of investments, all of which have the dimensions of risk and expected return. Students study the flow of funds in the economy which leads to the term structure of interest rates underlying investment; they learn how to analyze and forecast interest rates and their effects on the values of securities; they compute anticipated and realized rates of return; and they learn portfolio theory, which explains how the risk borne by the investor affects the rate of return he/she requires on a stock. Fundamental analysis of publicly-traded securities is a major portion of the course, and students forecast the earnings and dividends of firms and study how these fundamental factors affect the stock price. The functioning of financial markets, and their efficiency, is also explored.

FIN B810 International Finance 3 cr. hrs.

This course examines common financial problems faced by business firms engaged in international trade or investment. A significant portion of the course is devoted to a study of the environment within which international financial decisions are made, with particular emphasis on the market for foreign exchange. Topics include the international economic environment, foreign exchange markets, factors influencing exchange rates, measurement and management of foreign exchange risks, financing international trade, foreign financing alternatives, direct foreign investment, and political risk analysis.

FIN B820 Financial Statement Analysis 3 cr. hrs.

This course teaches techniques of analysis to uncover the events which have been hidden by the financial statements. Lenders or investors who can determine the truth regarding the recent financial management of the firm and make more accurate predictions regarding its financial future are more successful. The course focuses on the financial decisions the firm has made and its financial condition, as revealed by the financial statements, and on forecasting pro-forma financial statements which reflect alternative possible courses of action. Students learn to discover funds flows, construct and interpret financial ratios, understand operating and financial leverage, analyze growth and its effects, predict bankruptcy, and prepare pro-forma statements.

FIN B835 Advanced Cases in Finance 3 cr. hrs.

This course will teach students to value the quity of the firm under the present plan, and changes in that value under newly-designed alternative plans. This systemic approach includes: 1) Forecasting the future pro-forma financial statements through the Terminus (“horizon date”) T under the forecast assumptions inherent in the identified course of action; 2) forecasting the free cash flows through the Terminus T; 3) Forecasting the Terminal Value at the Terminus T; and 4) Discounting the stream of future forecasted cash flows and Terminal Value at the risk-adjusted cost of equity to the

FIN B893 Special Topics in Finance 3 cr. hrs.

This course will research and discuss current issues and problems in finance.

FIN B899 Independent Study in Finance 3 cr. hrs.

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Legal Studies

LGST B893 Special Topics in Legal Study 3 cr. hrs.

This course will examine selected topics in legal study.

LGST B899 Independent Study in Legal Studies 3 cr. hrs.

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Management

MGT B245 Management + Organizational Behavior 3 cr. hrs.

This course provides a foundation of performance management principles and skills for graduate business students. Students will learn management’s role in facilitating organizational performance and achieving a competitive advantage. Students will use management tools in making sound financial and ethical decisions for the organization. Through class assignments and projects students will build skill in performing research, developing performance measures, making decisions, influencing others, and presenting results with impact.

MGT B605 Managerial Communication 3 cr. hrs.

This course will improve the abilities of managers to communicate effectively throughout their organization. The course will improve the participants’ communication skills by requiring them to make effective presentations (individually, in groups, and using the latest software packages), analyze case studies, conduct a communication audit on an existing New Orleans company, and explore contemporary business trends and issues.

MGT B711 Management Science + Operations 3 cr. hrs.

The course introduces fundamental quantitative approaches for decision making in the field of operations management. Students will learn how to use quantitative tools to enhance their ability to analyze real world problems, identify possible solutions, and make right decisions to achieve performance excellence of operations.

Prerequisite: DECS B205

MGT B715 Global Supply Chain Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course will examine global supply chain management as a systematic approach to managing business through analyzing and controlling flows of information, materials, and cash from raw material suppliers to the final customers. It represents a philosophy of doing business that stresses processes and integration. As a graduate course, it focuses on how to design and manage the supply chain to match firms’ competitive strategies and achieve the high profits of the whole supply chain. Topics include decision making on supply chain design, sourcing, coordination, inventory management, logistics management, and information sharing.

Prerequisite: FIN B300

MGT B725 Leadership Dynamics 3 cr. hrs.

This course is a study of the interactions that exist between people, especially in the context of organizations. In particular, it examines two important processes in organizations: leadership and team-building. Topics include the roles of context and followers in the emergence of leaders, exercise of power, ethical issues faced by leaders, influence, diversity, team influences on beliefs and perceptions, the development of teams and team norms, conformity and deviance in teams, team decision making, and designing teams for effective performance and decision making. Other related issues associated with human behavior in organizations, including coaching, conflict resolution, negotiation, and empowerment, will also be studied.

Prerequisite: MGT B245

MGT B815 Cross-cultural Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course prepares managers to solve strategic business and work-group problems that arise from cross-cultural differences. Such problems can be seen in discord over task assignments, low levels of productivity in internationally mixed teams, difficulties in transferring management or production practices to overseas units, and unrealistic expectations at the personal, work-group, and business-unit levels. We divide the course into thirds that examine (1) the meaning of culture, (2) the culture’s impact on management practices, and (3) how to manage cultural differences. There is some reading that is more theoretical but many cases emphasize the practical side of dealing with international cultural differences.

MGT B820 Negotiations 3 cr. hrs.

This course emphasizes formulating objectives and building effective negotiation strategies to achieve those objectives. The course builds skills by requiring students to analyze, in a variety of exercises and specific strategies and tactics within the overall negotiations process.

MGT B893 Special Topics in Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course will research and discuss current issues and problems in management.

MGT B899 Independent Study in Management 3 cr. hrs.

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Marketing

MKT B700 Marketing Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course covers the process of designing products and services and the processes of marketing products and services. Important concepts covered are decreasing cycle time; determining opportunities; determining customer needs; translating needs into requirements; estimating sales potential; and setting price, distribution, and promotion strategies. An applied project is an important element of this course.

Prerequisite: FIN B300

MKT B715 Cases in Marketing Strategy 3 cr. hrs.

This course acquaints the student with the nature and scope of marketing strategy. It outlines how marketing strategies are formed based on detailed market analysis. Students will learn how to approach marketing problems from different perspectives.

MKT B800 Global Marketing 3 cr. hrs.

This course will equip students to understand why organizations seek to globally market their products’ resources and how global marketing programs are shaped by historical, geographical, infrastructural, cultural, political/legal, economic, and competitive factors. Also, they will be prepared to make decisions with respect to the standardization or adaptation of the strategic elements of the marketing mix, the use of various foreign market entry strategies, and the most appropriate approaches to pursue strategic alliances, among others. These topics are identified and discussed via in-depth case analysis.

MKT B810 Global Retailing + Distribution 3 cr. hrs.

This course examines retail institutions and their relationships with customers, distribution partners and competitors within global environments. Specifically this course addresses retail institutions, internationalizations, trade area analysis, supply chains, promotions, operations, and financial strategies. Projects require feasibility analyses and strategic comparisons.

Prerequisite: MKT B700

MKT B840 Services Marketing 3 cr. hrs.

This course's primary theme is that service organizations (e.g., banks, transportation companies, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, professional services) require a distinctive approach to marketing strategy – both in development and execution. A second theme focuses on the role of service in manufacturing businesses.

MKT B893 Special Topics in Marketing 3 cr. hrs.

This course will research and discuss current issues and problems in marketing.

MKT B899 Independent Study in Marketing 3 cr. hrs.

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