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Courses

PBU 400     Economics for Managers
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to help present and potential managers understand the “psychology of business economics.” Topics included are supply and demand curves, analysis of costs, market structures (perfect and imperfect competition), input-price determination, fiscal and monetary policy, theories of inflation and unemployment, and the global economy.

PBU 401     Personal Finance
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to personal financial planning. Financial topics include: careers, time value of money, budgeting, financial statements, use and misuse of credit, purchase decisions, insurance and healthy financial planning. Investment basics including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and asset allocation are also introduced in this course. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with fundamental principles, generalizations and theories of Personal Finance. Students will learn to utilize financial principles to maintain a stable financial future.

PBU 402     Principles of Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a treatment of fundamental principles which apply to all management, regardless of the type, size or purpose of the enterprise. The course seeks to integrate the findings of behavioral science with traditional concepts of organizing, planning, leading, and controlling.

PBU 403     Financial Accounting for Managers
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to help present and potential managers understand the three financial statements prepared by business: the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash flows. Topics include revenue recognition, cost assignment, asset and liability determination, and financial analysis.

PBU 405     Management and Cost Accounting
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to help present and potential managers practice making management decisions using internally generated accounting and other operational and economic information. Students will develop spreadsheets in class to support decisions in areas that include: cost-volume-profit analysis, cost estimation, make vs. buy decisions, joint cost decisions, special order decisions, target ROI pricing, operational budgeting, and capital budgeting decisions. Performance evaluation techniques like return on investment, residual income, and economic value added will be discussed.

PBU 406     Finance for Managers I
Credit Hours: 3
The finance function is taking on increasing importance in today’s businesses. This course is designed to help present and potential managers make capital investment decisions with the use of spreadsheets developed in class. In addition spreadsheets will be used to forecast and manage working capital.

PBU 407     Organizational Behavior
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the principles and application of organizational theory, including individual motivation, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, leadership, organizational design, conflicts, and job satisfaction.

PBU 408    Business Law and Ethics
Credit Hours: 3
This course will discuss the origin, nature, and growth of law and the role that law plays in modern business. It will further examine the way that ethical reasoning is used in practical business activities.

PBU 409     Marketing for Managers
Credit Hours: 3
By using both a simulation exercise and the textbook, the world of marketing is examined from a manager’s viewpoint. Emphasis is placed on strategy which includes target market selection, determining an appropriate promotion, price and distribution mix, positioning and creating a competitive advantage.

PBU 410     Managing in a Global Environment
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the economic relationships among nations and the implications of such relationships for domestic economic activity and policies. Covers international trade theories, balance of payments, protectionism, foreign exchange, and the role of international institutions and international arrangements such as the International Monetary Fund, economic unions, and cartels.

PBU 411     Strategic Management I
Credit Hours: 3
Students will learn the theory of strategic decision making while focusing on current issues in strategic management.

PBU 412     Strategic Management II
Credit Hours: 3
This extension of Strategic Management I will combine issues learned in the first strategic management class with a virtual reality simulation. In this way the students will apply both the theory learned earlier with the application of strategic decision-making and the resulting complex business tradeoffs inherent in taking risk.    

PBU 413    Quantitative Methods
Credit Hours: 3
Quantitative tools are used as an aid in decision-making in this course. Major areas covered are decision trees, risk profiles, multistake-multiobjective decision-making, forecasting and linear programming.

PBU 414     Finance for Managers II
Credit Hours: 3
This is an extension of the Financial Management I course. Topics include: measurement and management of risk, the cost of capital, capital structure decisions, leasing, and mergers and acquisitions.

PBU 415     Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course will introduce students to the area of human resource management and its increasing importance in the business community. Strategic implications and competitive arguments will be presented for maintaining a high quality human resource department within an organization. It will be shown that a highly functional human resource department contributes to the smooth operations of any organization (service or manufacturing).

PBU 416     Statistical Analysis for Managers
Credit Hours: 3
Businesses use numeric data for measuring all aspects of their operations. Statistics is one of the primary tools for using numeric data. This course will focus on three areas: summarizing data, explaining the behavior of data and forecasting the future behavior of data. To the extent possible, the class will emphasize performing analysis using computerized statistical and spreadsheet packages. Prerequisite: college algebra.

PBU 435    Investments
Credit Hours: 3
Students will study principles and methods of investing in fixed income, equity and derivative securities in both the domestic and international markets and will evaluate performance of portfolios using various evaluation techniques.

PBU 436    Real Estate
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an intensive study of real estate. Topics include property rights, legal restrictions on ownership; covenants, restrictions, and easements; the legal peculiarities associated with deeds and leases; the title and closing process; fixed rate, adjustable rate and variable payment mortgages; appraisal fundamentals, financial leverage, financial alternatives and risk analysis related to income-producing properties.