MBAC (MBAC)

MBAC 504. Corporate Finance. 3 Units.

This is a MBA core finance course. In this course, students are introduced to the basics of corporate finance, including the objectives of and the decisions made by corporate financial managers. Topics covered include time value of money, stock and bond valuation, cost of capital and risk and return, investment decision rules, cash flows and free cash flows, cash flow projections and planning, working capital management and short-term financing, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, efficient markets, and macroeconomic/industry analysis and valuation. The course envisages extensive use of spreadsheets, case studies, data analysis, and an intensive workshop. The course envisages extensive use of spreadsheets as well as an intensive workshop involving data analysis. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 506. Marketing Management. 3 Units.

MBAC 506 (Marketing Management) and MBAC 507 (Operations and Supply Chain Management) are an integrated presentation of the process of marketing, operations and supply chain management. Thus, they must be taken in numerical sequence or concurrently. Through lecture, discussion, cases and/or simulations you will learn theory and practice of how firms develop processes to understand, create and deliver "triple bottom line" value (i.e., economic, social and environmental) to business and/or consumer markets. In systems theory these continual-input-transformation-output stages comprise value chains. Specifically in this course, we will introduce you to and help you to practice the ways managers think about and employ information, processes, tools and skills in order to 1. understand and target value from the customer's perspective, 2. build marketing programs that attract, retain satisfied customers, and 3. evaluate brand equity based on customer lifetime value to the firm. Throughout both courses (see MBAC 507 for its specific content) we will address the integrated process of managing ongoing long-term relationships with customers, distribution partners and suppliers to assure long-term customer satisfaction and achievement of the organization's economic, social and environmental goals. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 507. Operations and Supply Chain Management. 3 Units.

MBAC 506 (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) and MBAC 507 (Operations and Supply Chain Management) are an integrated presentation of the process of marketing, operations and supply chain management. Thus, they must be taken in numerical sequence or concurrently. Through lecture, discussion, cases and/or simulations you will learn theory and practice of how firms develop processes to understand, create and deliver "triple bottom line" value (i.e., economic, social and environmental) to business and/or consumer markets. In systems theory these continual-input-transformation-output stages comprise value chains. Specifically, in this course, we will introduce you to, and help you to practice, the ways managers forecast demand, establish production processes for the product or service, manage inbound resource flows, and manage outbound distribution so the customer can get the product or service the way he or she wants (i.e., place, form, time and "experience" utility). Throughout both courses (see MBAC 506 for its specific content) we will address the integrated process of managing ongoing long-term relationships with customers, distribution partners and suppliers to assure long-term customer satisfaction and achievement of the organization's economic, social and environmental goals. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 508. Strategic Issues and Applications. 3 Units.

Strategic management deals fundamentally with the ways firms build and sustain superior competitive positions and profitability. Successful strategy design and implementation requires an understanding of a firm's external environment, its internal resources and capabilities. It also requires an integrative view of the firm that spans functional areas such as operations, marketing and finance. Strategic analysis draws on a number of academic disciplines including economics, psychology, political and management science. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 511. Statistics and Decision Modeling. 3 Units.

This course provides the foundations of statistical and operations research methodologies for managerial decision-making. Topics covered include making inferences for populations from sample data via (a) estimation with confidence intervals, (b) hypothesis tests, and (c) forecasting with simple and multiple regression. Decision modeling of organizational systems uses mathematical and computer models to provide a quantitative approach to analyzing and solving complex decision problems. This course includes an introduction to linear programming models and applications, queuing models, and simulation models. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 512. Economics. 3 Units.

In this short class you will be introduced to the basics of modern microeconomic and macroeconomic thinking. Topics include consumers, firms, markets, the role of the government, information and public choice. This class will also focus on the economy as a whole: business cycle, statistics used to measure the economy, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade and development. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 515. Leading People and Organizations. 3 Units.

Using the behavioral and social sciences as a basis, this course examines concepts relevant to the effective management of oneself, other people and organizations. In this course, students will learn and engage in a process of personal development and growth. This will include receiving feedback by engaging in a 360-feedback session, and receiving individual coaching that culminates in a personal vision statement and development plan. Students will also gain a better understanding of working in a team by learning about group and team dynamics. In order to be better managers and more effective leaders, they will also gain a better understanding of working in a team by learning about group and team dynamics. In order to be better managers and more effective leaders, they will also study various aspects of organizational life such as culture; motivation and reward systems; power, politics and influence; and social capital and social networks. A variety of methods, including self-assessments, experiential and interactive activities, case studies, and other types of media are used to study these topics. Students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences throughout the course. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 517. Management Perspectives and Dialogues. 3 Units.

This course serves as a vehicle to exercise critical thinking and integration skills. While much is learned by attending to the various functions of a business, effective management requires that you be able to integrate these to better understand the whole (organization, supply chain, market, industry, etc.). The course addresses that objective in three ways. First, we will bring in teams of senior managers for you to engage in dialogue about issues they have recently addressed, expect to address in the near future and how they function as leaders of their organizations. Next, are several modules that explore a couple of particular perspectives on management--that managers are designers and that businesses play a critical role in shaping a sustainable world. These are viewed as lenses for integrating the skills you are developing in the functional courses. Finally, we will have sessions in which you will practice thinking on your feet about how to approach business problems and situations. These are structured to help you in job interviews and to help you stand out in your early days in new work environment. The goal of this course is pragmatic. You can help by actively engaging with us in a dialogue about which elements work in helping you achieve these objectives and which do not. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 520A. Design and Sustainability. 3 Units.

In the fall semester (MBAC 520A - Design & Sustainability, a 3credit hourcourse) students are introduced to sustainability which creates a foundational platform featuring key models and managerial tools for the building sustainable value and "turning the social and global issues of our day into business opportunities. In the spring semester (MBAC 520B - Design Thinking in Management, a 3 credit hour course) students are introduced to Design which is giving form to an idea to conceive of a more desirable product, service, process or organization and refining the idea into something that can be delivered reliably and efficiently. Good design integrates these evolving ideas with the day-to-day realities of a firm's operations, systems, marketing, economics, finance and human resources. Designing is thus a unique managerial activity that brings together changing technologies, capabilities, relationships, activities and materials to shape an organization's plans and strategies. It combines analysis and synthesis in ways that are integrative and inventive, and through it managers create opportunities and means of attaining them. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.

MBAC 520B. Design Thinking in Management. 3 Units.

Design Thinking in Management is a 3cr.hr course. In the fall semester (MBAC 520A - Design & Sustainability, a 3credit hour course) students are introduced to sustainability which creates a foundational platform featuring key models and managerial tools for the building sustainable value and "turning the social and global issues of our day into business opportunities. In the spring semester (MBAC 520B - Design Thinking in Management) students are introduced to Design which is giving form to an idea to conceive of a more desirable product, service, process or organization and refining the idea into something that can be delivered reliably and efficiently. Good design integrates these evolving ideas with the day-to-day realities of a firm's operations, systems, marketing, economics, finance and human resources. Designing is thus a unique managerial activity that brings together changing technologies, capabilities, relationships, activities and materials to shape an organization's plans and strategies. It combines analysis and synthesis in ways that are integrative and inventive, and through it managers create opportunities and means of attaining them. Prereq: Full-time MBA program only.