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Courses - Fall 2019
BUSO
Online MBA Program
BUSO600
Leadership and Teamwork
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: BUSI662, BUSO600 or EMBA656.
Course examines concepts of team-building and leadership which are critical to managerial success. Topics include leadership, decision making, communication and conflict, work motivation, building effective teams, and organizational change and culture.
BUSO601
Corporate Finance I
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BUSO602.
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Introductory course in corporate financial management. The course outlines the financial concepts and techniques used to evaluate corporate decisions. The topics include the time value of money, valuation of common securities, capital budgeting methods, and discounted cash flow. The objectives are to introduce the language and structure of finance and to develop the ability to analyze financial decisions.
BUSO602
Financial Accounting
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: EMBA610 or BUSO602.
Overview of financial accounting, periodic financial statements and the financial reporting process. Importance of financial statements as information source for creditors and investors and as a means by which managers can communicate information about their firms.
BUSO614
Strategic Management
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: BUSI690, BUSM614 or BUSO614.
Analyze and identify profit opportunities and threats in different industry and competitive environments; Analyze and identify a firm's valuable assets, resources and capabilities and how they might be protected, leveraged, and extended in the market; Learn how to organize your company to be the best prepared to adapt its strategy over time as the market environment changes; and how to use organic growth as well as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances, and divestitures to ensure that the firm maintians the proper scale and scope to compete effectively over time.
BUSO700
Fundamentals of Business
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
This course introduces students to the language of business. Topics covered include financial accounting, financial management, data models, strategy, leadership and teamwork, and a brief action learning project on innovation. Pre-work includes the DISC assessment, and a requires a passing grade on a spreadsheet pre-work course.
BUSO701
Integrative Business Capstone
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of 48 credit hours.
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
This is an experiential course that involves an integrative business experience. This experience may be simulated through a software package or through content, speakers and events that are based in a realistic business setting. Students compete in teams. Each team makes decisions in areas such as human resources, compensation packages, geographic expansion through sales offices, debt versus equity financing, manufacturing and inventory management, marketing, including pricing, advertising and product design. The impact of each of these decisions flows through the three financial statements and results in financial outcomes and ratios that measure the success of each team. Additional metrics include stakeholders beyond investors such as employee morale, community engagement, and environmental impact. Students compete for financing and for customers. Multiple presentations are made by students during the simulation to explain their strategy, their tactics, and their planned investments.
BUSO706
Organizational Change
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BUSM600; or BUSO600; or BUSI662; or EMBA656.
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: BUSO706 or BUSM755.
Develops the advanced knowledge and skills of MBA students who plan to work with organizations as change agents. Concrete and useful strategies, tools, and interventions for diagnosing organizational change situations, analyzing problems, and designing and implementing organizational change. Draws on literature from organizational behavior, human resource management and strategic management to identify models as prescriptions of change.
BUSO712
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Introduces students to tools and skills needed to create and grow a successful new venture. The course integrates research findings from a range of different practical and intellectual perspectives, including psychology, sociology, economics, strategic management, and history into practical, hands on lessons for an entrepreneur. Class projects teach skills to explore high-risk business ideas in inexpensive ways and allow students to experience the entrepreneurial environment.A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model (Steve Blank). Entrepreneurship is about pursuing hunches about solutions to customer problems and thereby creating value. Testing these hunches requires getting customers to evaluate solutions. It is difficult to attract resources (either human or financial) before it is known if the hunch is correct, but testing hunches requires resources. This course provides iterative tools to solve this chicken and egg problem. We will also focus on specific skill building exercises, such as pitching and networking.
BUSO731
Social Media and Web Analytics
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BUSM612; or BUSO612; or BUSI650.
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: BUMK758O, BUSO731 or BUSM716.
Examines the process of developing, implementing, and analyzing strategies for successfully marketing a variety of existing and potential products and services using electronic media. Besides well-established Internet marketing tools such as e-mail, search engines and display advertising, a substantial part of the course is dedicated to understanding social media, analyzing successful social media strategies, and tracking their effectiveness. The course offers hands-on experience with many popular as well as emerging techniques unique to electronic media. Special attention is given to metrics appropriate for the new media.
BUSO741
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BUSM612; or BUSO612; or BUSI650.
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: BUMK715, BUSM702 or BUSO741.
Analysis of customer decision-making and how marketing strategy can be used to influence those decisions. The framework is a buyer behavior model, in which concepts from psychology, sociology, and economics are applied to individual and organizational purchase decisions. Marketing strategies of leading firms in consumer products, technology, and services (including internet services) are analyzed using a variety of case study formats. Focus is consumer behavior; however, principles can also be applied to the decision-making of business.
BUSO751
Supply Chain Risk Management
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: BULM734, BUSM784 or BUSO751.
Supply chain managers are facing an increasingly volatile operating environment, with constant danger of trading community disruption from business, social and environmental risks. Students are provided with a working knowledge of both the core techniques of supply chain risk assessment and mitigation; as well as best practices in establishing formal corporate supply chain risk management programs. A semester-long X-Treme Supply Chain Simulation will enable students to gain hands-on experience in navigating a computer company through a complex and risky four quarters of global business operations.
BUSO758G
Special Topics in Business; Financial Restructuring
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
BUSO758J
Special Topics in Business; Corporate Finance II
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
BUSO782
Financial Planning and Control Systems for Managers and Consultants
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business. Or BUSO616; and BUSO602.
Restriction: Must be in Business and Management (Master's) program; or permission of BMGT-Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Credit only granted for: BMGT711 or BUSO782.
Formerly: BMGT711.
This course provides an analysis of several topics concerning financial planning/control systems (management accounting systems). Topics covered: design and use of cost management systems (including activity based costing systems), financial performance measures for enhancing firm value, managerial incentive contracts and accounting data, management accounting and Internet-based transactions, managing earnings and financial ratios, use of balanced scorecard to evaluate financial/nonfinancial managerial performance, management accounting systems and competitor analysis, behavioral aspects of budgeting, post-auditing of capital investments, accounting/economics aspects of information security, and transfer pricing.