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    Core

    GB 512: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (4 Credits)

    Business Communications focuses on effective communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one communication and engagement with larger audiences.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GB 520: STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    Students will examine human resource management from a strategic perspective. They will analyze theories and practices in terms of organizational effectiveness when competing in a global business environment. They will investigate ongoing operational human resource issues, such as compensation, organizational development, benefits, recruitment, training, and leading employees to high performance. Current issues that challenge human resource practitioners will be explored, such as downsizing, implied contracts between employer and employee, managing knowledge workers, and the issues of the changing legal environment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 512

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 500: MANAGEMENT THEORIES AND PRACTICES I (4 Credits)

    This course is the first in a series of two courses that provide a foundation for understanding key management principles in the Master of Science in Management program. This foundation is created in a wide range of learning activities that are grounded in real-world contexts. Students will analyze and evaluate key management principles and learn how managers use resources to attain organizational goals through the functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. In this course, students concentrate on the management functions of planning and organizing. Planning involves defining goals for future performance and devising ways to attain these goals, whereas organizing involves assigning and grouping tasks and allocating resources. It is worthy to note that the second course is this series, GM501: Management Theories and Practices II, will concentrate on the managerial functions of leading and controlling.

    Prerequisites Required: GB 512

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 501: MANAGEMENT THEORIES AND PRACTICES II (4 Credits)

    This course is the second of two that focus on key management principles. In this course, students concentrate on the management functions of leading and controlling. Leadership involves influencing and motivating employees to achieve organizational objectives, whereas controlling involves monitoring employee activities and performance that affect standards and performance. GM 501 offers specific learning activities to strengthen critical thinking and professional writing skills that students can apply to real-world problems in the workplace.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GM 500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 502: LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE I (4 Credits)

    This course examines classic and contemporary leadership theories and practices and explores how each theoretical approach can be applied in real-world organizations and scenarios. The theories and practices studied will enhance the student’s understanding of motivational theories, developing teams, both traditional and virtual-based, and development of their hidden leadership potential.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GM 501

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 503: LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE II (4 Credits)

    This course builds upon the foundation set in GM 502: Leadership Theory and Practice I, by continuing to examine both classical and contemporary leadership theories and practices. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding transformational leadership, team leadership, leadership ethics, and leading in culturally diverse environments.

    Prerequisites Required:

     GM 502

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 504: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND CHANGE (4 Credits)

    This course applies a systems approach to examining the design and execution of business strategies to achieve a competitive advantage. The organization is viewed as a total system that can be managed to achieve continuing high performance in today's dynamic and global marketplace. Strategies for managing enduring change are evaluated.

    Prerequisites Required: GM 503

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 505: ACTION RESEARCH AND CONSULTING SKILLS (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on action research and the development of critical skills required not only for consultants, but also for any manager desiring to strengthen his or her interpersonal effectiveness as a successful change agent. An introduction to the consulting process, and the consulting skills associated with entry, contracting, meeting management, defining issues and gathering data, diagnosing problems, formulating solutions, and creating and implementing action plans will also be examined.

    Prerequisites Required:

     GM 504

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 506: STRATEGIC FINANCIAL ANALYSIS (4 Credits)

    The purpose of this course is to facilitate the nonfinancial manager’s ability to develop a framework for understanding a company’s true value and financial performance. The course will equip the student with the skills necessary to communicate with peers in the accomplishment
    of shared objectives. Students will learn how to interpret financial statements and use that information in the formulation and implementation of business strategies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GM 505

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GM 599: APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT (4 Credits)

    This serves as the capstone course to the Master of Science in Management program, which allows the student to integrate theories with practical application. This course utilizes the conceptual foundations and skills acquired in earlier courses as a basis for an in-depth examination of an organizational issue or problem of significance that is of special interest to the student. The student will collaborate with organizational stakeholders to identify a problem and design a research project.

    Prerequisites Required: Capstone must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization Courses

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (16 Credits)

    Total Specialization Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Health Care Management Specialization

    HA 540: HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS AND QUALITY ASSESSMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an interdisciplinary perspec­tive on operations and quality management in health care, taking into account the disciplines of organizational behavior and health management research. Special attention is given to causal tools and approaches that are fundamental to total qual­ity management and continuous quality improve­ment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the Master of Science in Management program.

    HA 545: HEALTH POLICY (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of health care policy development in the United States of America. Students focus on health care policy formation and evaluation by investigating public policy and politics. Students consider a variety of elements that factor into health policy development such as economics, political science, management, communications, and public health.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the Master of Science in Management program.

    HA 575: HEALTH CARE MARKETING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the principles and concepts of marketing as they apply to health care organizations. The course covers essential elements of marketing as well as direct applications of marketing tools and strate­gies in the dynamic health care environment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the Master of Science in Management program.

    PU 660: INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to recent trends in global health and current problems of health from an international perspective, and examines the influence of economic, population, and socio­political trends on health and living conditions in different countries. Students apply the basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global health and key health indicators used in international epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that influence the transfer of risks to health across the globe.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the Master of Science in Management program.

    Human Resources Specialization

    GB 541: EMPLOYMENT LAW (4 Credits)

    We depend upon the law as well as ethics and common sense to help us make good decisions about issues surrounding employment that are routinely decided in workplaces every day. These issues can have devastating financial and productivity consequences if mishandled by the employer. Yet it seems as if few employers or their managers are equipped to handle them well. Employment law helps to regulate the workplace environment by protecting employees from dis­crimination and harassment, and providing a safer, fairer workplace where the rules provide for certain rights and responsibilities for both employees and employers alike. Those who choose to work in the business arena must understand basic legal concepts, plus have working knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues in order to effectively manage a business. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate legal concepts and learn to identify potentially troublesome employment-related legal and ethical issues in order to avoid liability as well as to develop an understanding of how to manage employees to maximize productivity.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    GB 542: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (4 Credits)

    Students will examine how organizations can incorporate employee training and development concepts and theories into their human resources strategy and will analyze the relationship between human resource development (HRD) and human resource management (HRM). Students will also explore the internal and external factors that affect employee behavior. Other topics covered include: maximizing employee learning, conducting a training needs assessment, writing training objectives, designing and delivering effective training programs, evaluating training effectiveness, employee orientation, workplace competencies, coaching, performance management systems, and online and computer-based learning technologies. In addition to covering HRD concepts and theories, the course considers organizational development (OD) concepts and the role of the HRD professional in creating intervention strategies to improve organizational effectiveness. HRD and OD challenges stemming from changing demographics and a more diverse, global workforce are identified and the strategic challenges presented to organizations of a changing workforce are explored.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    GB 545: STRATEGIC REWARD SYSTEMS (4 Credits)

    This course examines how an organization can leverage their reward systems to sustain, motivate, and retain its desired workforce to help achieve business objectives. The course focuses on the complex variety of pay structures within an organization and the relationship of those pay structures to organizational performance. Students will be exposed to major reward issues in the context of current theory, research, and real-business practices.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    GB 546: RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION (4 Credits)

    This course provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of attracting, hiring, and assessing talent. It takes a closer look at the "war for talent" in the competitive marketplace today, and provides the impetus for more proactive and timely recruitment practices, effective and legally conscious selection methods, and valid assessment techniques. This course highlights the importance of refining talent-acquisition strategies as organizations and HR practitioners seek to improve the pipeline of new hire and job promotion candidates. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with multiple recruitment, selection, and assessment models and will synthesize these approaches from a talent management perspective.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    Information Technology Specialization

    IT 500: CRITICAL CONCEPTS AND COMPETENCIES FOR THE IT PROFESSIONAL (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with a foundation in the concepts and paradigms that shape information technology today. Students will distinguish between current competing ideologies to expand their technological knowledge and make informed business decisions. A focus will be placed on Internet technologies, hardware and software components, and networked environments, as well as ethical and social issues in information technology. Students will also be introduced to the Master of Science in Information Technology learning team model, which will be built upon throughout the program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 501: PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (4 Credits)

    This is an introductory course for students entering the Master of Science in Information Technology program who do not have an undergraduate degree in information technology. Students will learn the foundational principles of information technology as the field relates to business and will examine the changing roles of various information technology specialties. The course also provides an introduction to the relationship of information technology courses to other parts of the Master of Science in Information Technology curriculum. Students will analyze case studies, engage in focused discussions on subjects relevant to information technology, and complete research and written assignments that address information technology support of various business scenarios.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Only available as a first-term course for IT students; otherwise, permission from the Dean is required

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 510: SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND DESIGN (4 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth overview of system analysis and design methodologies. Students examine techniques to develop systems more efficiently using the system development life cycle (SDLC). Students use object-oriented approaches to develop information systems using the Unified Modeling Language (UML).

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 560: MANAGING TECHNOLOGY IN A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (4 Credits)

    Businesses are faced with many challenges when managing their information technology. Since information technology is continually evolving, businesses that stick with their current IT systems may be left behind. In this course, students identify innovative solutions to business problems. Specific topics include the analysis of cost and efficiency benefits found in emerging technologies, the legal and regulatory implications of various IT infrastructure strategies, and the complex process enterprises face in integrating new technology with existing infrastructure.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Leadership Specialization

    GB 600: LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR A CHANGING WORLD (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the nature and purpose of leadership in organizations. Students evaluate various leadership approaches and methodologies in terms of organizational effectiveness and efficiency in dynamic corporate environments. In addition, students investigate ethics and social responsibility, diversity, and team management. Students will apply emotional intelligence in self-awareness, personal development, and communication

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Leadership Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 543: ORGANIZATION DIAGNOSIS AND DESIGN (4 Credits)

    This course introduces organization design as a leadership competency. Students will apply a five-step process that enables business leaders to make intelligent organization design decisions with the support of human resources or organization development professionals. Students will generate and evaluate design options and learn to select an option that offers the most benefits with the fewest risks. In addition, students will investigate operating governance and the role of power and leadership in the design. Students will also propose an organization design implementation plan and explore important considerations for the transition to the proposed design.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Leadership Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 585: MENTORING AND COACHING (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the nature and purpose of coaching and mentoring in organizations.  Students will learn key principles, tools, and techniques to develop their skills as a coach and mentor. The course uses case analyses to provide students with opportunities to identify the effect of coaching and mentoring on organizational effectiveness. Through scenario analysis, students will apply coaching and mentoring approaches to learn how to effectively lead individuals and teams.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Leadership Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 586: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP (4 Credits)

    This course examines transformational leadership theory and includes an exploration of the four "I"s of transformational leadership-idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration. Students will evaluate the use of transformational leadership from the lens of follower development, cross-functional teams, and strategies for change, and apply that knowledge through recommendations to improve organizational effectiveness. Through self-analysis and the use of a Self-Directed Learning Plan, students will have the opportunity to develop their transformational leadership potential regardless of their career stage.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Leadership Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Organizational Design and Development Specialization

    GB 542: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (4 Credits)

    Students will examine how organizations can incorporate employee training and development concepts and theories into their human resources strategy and will analyze the relationship between human resource development (HRD) and human resource management (HRM). Students will also explore the internal and external factors that affect employee behavior. Other topics covered include: maximizing employee learning, conducting a training needs assessment, writing training objectives, designing and delivering effective training programs, evaluating training effectiveness, employee orientation, workplace competencies, coaching, performance management systems, and online and computer-based learning technologies. In addition to covering HRD concepts and theories, the course considers organizational development (OD) concepts and the role of the HRD professional in creating intervention strategies to improve organizational effectiveness. HRD and OD challenges stemming from changing demographics and a more diverse, global workforce are identified and the strategic challenges presented to organizations of a changing workforce are explored.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Organizational Design and Development Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GB 600: LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR A CHANGING WORLD (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the nature and purpose of leadership in organizations. Students evaluate various leadership approaches and methodologies in terms of organizational effectiveness and efficiency in dynamic corporate environments. In addition, students investigate ethics and social responsibility, diversity, and team management. Students will apply emotional intelligence in self-awareness, personal development, and communication

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Organizational Design and Development Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 541: FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the field of organization development, while providing an opportunity for students to apply organizational development principles and best practices, emphasizing intervention theory, to current business problems. The organizational development strategies used in the field to address rapid changes and ethical challenges will also be examined.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Organizational Design and Development Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 543: ORGANIZATION DIAGNOSIS AND DESIGN (4 Credits)

    This course introduces organization design as a leadership competency. Students will apply a five-step process that enables business leaders to make intelligent organization design decisions with the support of human resources or organization development professionals. Students will generate and evaluate design options and learn to select an option that offers the most benefits with the fewest risks. In addition, students will investigate operating governance and the role of power and leadership in the design. Students will also propose an organization design implementation plan and explore important considerations for the transition to the proposed design.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Organizational Design and Development Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Project Management Specialization

    GM 591: STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course covers project management from a strategic perspective. The course emphasizes the life cycle project phases and processes advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). It stresses the planning, executing, and controlling phases of a project life cycle. The course also covers how these phases relate to the initiation and closing phases, and further examines the impact of various project management techniques on schedule, budget, and performance constraints.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 592: PROJECT INITIATION, PLANNING, AND EXECUTION (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the theories and practices for managing projects in effective organizations. The student will analyze and evaluate strategies, tools, software, and management approaches to effectively complete and evaluate the effectiveness of projects. Topics in this course include: setting project goals and objectives; preparing a project plan; conducting feasibility studies; measurement tools, including the most current and best software tools; strategies for effective human resource allocation; and approaches to gauging the worth of the project deliverables and the effectiveness of the project management process.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 593: PROJECT COST AND SCHEDULE MONITORING AND CONTROLLING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for controlling project cost and schedule. The student will use tools, software, and techniques to establish a project baseline and control cost and schedule. Topics in this course include preparing PERT/CPM networks, estimating time and resources, creating the project baseline, controlling the baseline, crashing the network, optimization and heuristics techniques for resource allocation, earned value management, and statistical control tools.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses and GM 592

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 594: PROJECT RISK, QUALITY, AND PROCUREMENT MONITORING AND CONTROLLING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an integrated approach to risk, quality, and procurement. This course demonstrates how to incorporate quality throughout the project. The student explores use of contract types in managing risk and quality. Topics in this course cover all phases of contracting, including procurement planning, solicitation planning, solicitation, source selection, contract administration, and contract close-out. The student will then explore methods of analyzing make-or-buy decisions, as well as legal and ethical considerations in contracting and procurement. Students will construct an element of their Self-Directed Learning Plan from this course, as well as add materials from the course to their Presentation Portfolio.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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