MBA - Human Resources

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Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Courses

Foundation Course Descriptions
The following courses provide a foundation for the MBA program for individuals with limited business training. The Division suggests that students discuss their academic background with the Program Director prior to making a decision to enroll in any of these classes. These courses are three semester credit hours but do not count toward the MBA degree requirement. Individuals who do not have sufficient background in financial accounting or quantitative methods may be required to take one or both of these courses.

BUS

500A

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Three credit hours

This course develops a working knowledge of the basic accounting system. The primary focus is on financial accounting by the business entity. Students learn to read and understand the four standard financial reports: the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of retained earnings with emphasis on their implications for management.

BUS

500Q

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Three credit hours

A course for individuals who have limited skills in Excel, algebraic techniques or statistical analysis. Students are exposed to statistical models and applications for quantitative methods in modern management.
 

Master in Business Administration in Human Resources
Course Descriptions

BUS

501

SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY

Three credit hours

This course focuses on general systems concepts and the systems management approach to organizations. Students acquire a greater understanding of the interdependence of and interrelationships between elements of a system and its environment. Selected organizational and managerial issues or problems are diagnosed from a system and organizational theory perspective, and solutions are developed that reflect a systemic outlook. Opportunities are provided for applying systems thinking to the students own career or work situation.

BUS

509

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 501

This course provides an analysis of behavioral science approaches to organizations stressing the implications of theoretical concepts on managerial practice. Topics include functions and dysfunctions of bureaucracy, individual needs and organization requirements, group processes, and organizations as systems. Basic concepts used to study special topics are conflict management, leadership, communications, and organizational change and development.

BUS

510

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course provides an overview of the various functions in the field of Human Resource Management. The functions of planning, selecting, compensating, appraising, training, and development are covered. Legislation and laws pertaining to these functions as well as labor relations and health and safety are examined. Overall organizational strategy is incorporated into the application of all Human Resource functions.

BUS

511

COMPENSATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 510, or permission of the instructor

Theory and strategy behind organizational compensation practices are examined. Specifically, the behavioral aspects of compensation, the legal constraints, development of base pay systems, variable pay, executive compensation, benefits, and services are covered. Students become familiar with actual practices and application in organizations.

BUS

512

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 510

This course is an overview of the laws affecting the workplace in the United States and interpretation of them as reflected in agency and court rulings.  Through a case study approach, the course will stress the practical application of the employment laws and rulings to Human Resource Administration.

BUS

513

STAFFING AND DEVELOPMENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 510

This in-depth course explores the theory and practices involved in acquiring and developing an organizationís workforce.  Topics include workforce planning, job analysis, assessment, recruiting, selection, training and development.  Course explores these topical areas with a focus on practical application.

BUS

545

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Working capital management, investment decisions, cost of capital, and long-term financial decisions are the focus of this course. The method of presentation takes account of theory, application, and integration into the general systems approach.

BUS

551

MARKETING MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 545

This course focuses on market segmentation, targeting, positioning, branding, pricing, delivering customer value, competing in cyberspace, leveraging databases, and considers the broad ramifications of marketing decisions.  It conveys how marketing has evolved and been transformed by forces such as globalization, de-regulation, privatization, consolidation, and the proliferation/diffusion of technology.  Students will develop both tactical and strategic skills by working on real-world, real-time products or services using market research, market segmentation approaches, life cycle management, and financial analysis.

BUS

600

POWER, ETHICS, AND SOCIETY

Three credit hours

This course examines the social, ethical, sustainability, and leadership responsibilities of systems managers in relation to the stakeholders affected by managerial decisions-especially customers, the work force, shareholders, and society (including government). Students examine the acquisition and use of power inside and outside the organization through contemporary cases.

BUS

632

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course establishes a basic understanding for developing management information systems that provide reliable and valid information for managers of diverse functions. The course provides an understanding of how information systems can facilitate implementation of a global strategy, a global organization, and create a more competitive organization.

BUS

670

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This capstone course represents the culmination of the studentís MBA program.  The science of strategic analysis and strategic management is taught along with competitive assessment, strategic planning, and overall enterprise management.  The student learns within the classroom environment to apply this knowledge to a company that is a major player in its industry.  In the process, the executive learns how to formulate decisions based on the analysis, and how to implement these decisions, given the organizationís capabilities and limitations.


HRMBA Elective Seminars
Elective Management seminars will be offered during a three-week term in the Fall and Spring semesters. These seminars will cover topics of current interest or provide in-depth coverage of selected topics from the core courses. The majority of the seminars will be assigned one semester hour of credit and will meet for three hours and ten minutes one night per week for a three-week period. Seminars will occasionally be given greater credit because of required travel, more class-time, or extensive out-of-class assignments. Seminars will not be offered during the summer. Additionally, students may elect to participate in one of the international seminar programs sponsored by the Business Division. These Academic Seminars, to various parts of the world, typically are for 10-15 days. Academic credit may be given with the prior approval of a faculty member and the Program Director.

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