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Management, MS Online Courses

BUSN500 Orientation (0 Credit)
An introduction to the requirements for the MSM/MBA program with beginning instruction on the technology used to access class information and graduate level writing expectations. Must be passed prior to enrollment in MSM or MBA coursework. MGT 500 is the only self-paced online course in the MSM/MBA program. Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Management or Master of Business Administration program.
BUSN501 Strategic Management (3 Credits)
Effective management practice is centered on attaining both long and short-term strategic goals and objectives. Strategic Management will help examine the strategy of organizations: it’s vision, mission and values and how it seeks to compete and remain relevant in a competitive market place. This course will help practicing mangers critically evaluate their organization’s strategic goals and objectives. Throughout the program you will be required to complete weekly assignments using the ideas from your reading and research to describe and analyze your organization. During the course, students will examine their organization’s strategic approach and predict possible problems and pitfalls that their organization might encounter during strategic implementation. Finally, managers will continue their program long reflection on Christian business ethics.
FINA508 Business Analysis and Valuation (3 Credits)
Financial statements are the basis for a wide range of business analysis, and effective management practice is impossible without an understanding of how to analyze and interpret these statements. This course helps students analyze any company’s financial statements to reveal its true condition and value. This course introduces a four-step framework for analyzing a company’s financial statements. It begins with business strategy analysis, focusing on understanding the firm’s competitive position within its industry, its key success factor, and risks. The second stage is accounting analysis examining how effectively the company’s financial statements reflect business economics and strategy. Next, the course explores financial ratios and cash flow measures to examine operations and financial performance. Managers will learn how to conduct prospective analysis to construct meaningful forecast and valuations. Finally, managers will reflect critically on Christian ethics in finance and accounting.
BUSN510 Organization Theory and Practice (3 Credits)
This course will provide an overview of how organizations work. Theory, research, and application will be utilized to provide students with a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes. Students will engage in exercises and activities that will assist with the development of a mature, Christian perspective and analysis of their organization.
BUSN515 Group and Team Dynamics (3 Credits)
More than ever, organizational leaders find themselves needing a deeper understanding of how teams develop, operate, and accomplish their goals. This course focuses on how teams develop, behave and function, and the ways in which a team impacts, influences, and are influenced by organizational behavior. Emphasis will be placed on making sense of the inexplicable events and behaviors in organizations, including cascading problems, organizational miscommunication, covert behaviors, and counter-productive organizational attitudes and behaviors, as well as investigating conditions that support high performance teams. Prerequisite: BUSN510.
BUSN520 Values Based Leadership (3 Credits)
Leadership can be developed. This course will focus on the development of Christian leadership skills including authenticity, inspiration, motivation, and development of trust within an organization. This course will assist students in developing a solid understanding of the differences between leadership and management. Major theories and models of leadership will be reviewed through a series of case studies and activities. Prerequisite: BUSN510.
BUSN523 Trends in Organizational Management (3 Credits)
This course deals with fundamental issues and phenomena currently existing in organizations. The purpose of this course is to survey the major areas important to information technology such as: information technology management, HRIS, security, networking, Web, Media Literacy, database, programming, intellectual property, and outsourcing. Additionally, this course acts as a foundation toward a proper understanding of technology and media. In this course, students will engage critically with technology in the workplace and in their personal lives. Students will negotiate theory and practice, pulling in their own experiences from their everyday lives. Finally, students will develop a critical approach to business ethics and Christianity. Prerequisite: BUSN510
BUSN525 Human Resource Strategies (3 Credits)
This course assists students with understanding the effective components of human resource use within their organizations from a Christian perspective. Specific topics include alignment of human resource systems with organizational strategy; evaluation of effective employee motivation programs; staffing systems, rewards and compensation; employee development and performance management systems.
BUSN530 Legal and Ethical Environments (3 Credits)
This course will identify the ethical and legal issues involved in the management of specific problem areas in business including employment issues, environmental, product liability, marketing and digital information; and provide an understanding of the ethical views, social responsibility, and legal environments from a Christian perspective within which these issues arise in today’s economy. Emphasis is placed on analytical problem solving and ethical decision-making. Prerequisite: BUSN510
BUSN545 Managing Change (3 Credits)
Action learning in organizations typically results in planned organization change. This might include changes to strategy, structure, processes and people. This course helps managers learn theories and techniques for managing planned change in their organizations. It begins by helping managers to diagnose what needs to be changed in their organization. It then helps managers to identify the individual, organizational and environmental forces for and against their planned change and to estimate the relative strength of each force. It introduces managers to a number of practical models that can guide them in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating planned organization change. It helps managers to examine both first order and second order change and discusses ways to avoid and/or manage resistance to change. The course will help managers to consider what needs to be done to ‘refreeze’ their organization in their new state, while at the same time keeping it responsive to continuous change. Finally, students will critically reflect on how Christianity might influence/inform these change models.
BUSN551 International Busn/Global Strategy (3 Credits)
The study of International Business is a strategic decision today for any MBA student. There are few businesses and few individuals in the world that are not impacted by globalization. This 8-week course is designed to help give you the tools and foundational knowledge you need to be successful in navigating the complexities, challenges, and opportunities in the global marketplace.This course will provide practical insight into what you can do better in your job tomorrow, as well as the tools you need to adapt to the coming changes in the global village. Understanding IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) are things you may have studied in the past, but in this course you will begin the process of developing your CQ (Cultural Quotient) or your ability to adapt and seek to understand those of different cultures. This skill is increasingly a differentiator in today’s marketplace. Prerequisite: BUSN510
BUSN583 Capstone Experience (3 Credits)
In this capstone course, students will integrate knowledge and skills gained through their program of study as they develop an applied research project. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in an organization of their choice. This capstone project is carried out over the period of one term with a team selected by the student and involves the implementation and application of management theory. Students are expected to complete a master’s level project demonstrating competency in management theory, the individual area of emphasis, as well as faith integration.

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