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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. This course will help practicing managers critically evaluate their organization’s strategic goals and objectives. During the course, managers will examine their organization’s vision and mission, prepare a thorough external environment analysis, conduct an internal analysis that examines their organization’s resources and competitive position, help craft a strategy and predict possible problems and pitfalls that their organization might encounter during strategic implementation. Finally, managers will begin their program long reflection on Christian business ethics and what it means to be "called" into business. Prerequisite: MGT500
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 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 its 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 forecasts and valuations. Finally, managers will critically reflect on Christian ethics in finance and accounting. Prerequisite: MGT500
BUSN510 Organization Theory and Practice (3 Credits)
Effective leaders and managers must become skilled in the art of “reading” the situation they are attempting to organize or manage. They have developed the ability to suspend immediate judgments while they evaluate different readings of the situation. Effective managers also recognize that different interpretations of organizational reality will tend to give rise to different solutions. This course helps managers to penetrate their organizations more deeply in two ways. First, managers are introduced to action learning as a methodology for developing effective management practice. Secondly, managers will learn how to examine their organizations through different metaphorical lenses. By employing this two-pronged approach to organization analysis, managers will gain a far richer appreciation of what is going on in their organization and help them avoid immature analyses of the organizational challenges that they face. Finally, students will critically reflect on Christian business ethics and organizational life. Prerequisite: MGT500
BUSN515 Group and Team Dynamics (3 Credits)
This course focuses on how groups develop, behave, and function, and the ways in which groups impact, influence, 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 functional-working groups and high performance teams. Prerequisite: MGT510.
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: MGT510.
BUSN523 Trends in Organizational Management (3 Credits)
This course examines research dealing with fundamental issues and phenomena currently existing in organizations. Students will learn effective research and analysis skills fundamental to any leadership or managerial role. Students will develop an awareness of modern concepts, strategies, and techniques to explore organizational issues, develop reasoned positions, and make compelling arguments in support of solutions. Prerequisite: MGT510.
BUSN525 Human Resource Strategies (3 Credits)
One determinant of effective management practice is the ability to successfully manage human resources. This course helps managers evaluate how effectively human resources are used within their organizations. It begins by demonstrating why human resources can provide a unique source of competitive advantage. It shows how to align human resource systems with organizational strategy. It helps managers to predict the behavior patterns of peers and subordinates. In so doing, managers will evaluate how effectively motivation programs, staffing systems, rewards and compensation, employee development, and performance management systems are used within their organization. Managers will learn how to audit the fit between the external environment, organization strategy and their human resource strategy through constructing a domain statement. Finally, managers will critically reflect on Christian business ethics and human resource management. Prerequisite: MGT500
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: MGT510.
BUSN545 Managing Change (3 Credits)
Action learning in organizations typically results in planned organization change. This might include changes to strategy, structure, processes and/or 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 helps 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, managers will reflect on Christian business ethics and moral leadership in organizations. Prerequisite: MGT500
BUSN551 International Busn/Global Strategy (3 Credits)
This course is an investigation into the influence of culture, economics, industry, regulation, and strategy on the management and structure of the international firm. The political, economic and organizational forms of international business and trade are explored, as well as the growth and magnitude of multinational ventures. Additionally, characteristics of managing diversity in a global organization and how to create synergy will be examined. Prerequisite: MGT510.
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. This is the final course in the MSM and MBA programs.



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