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BUSN 530 Legal & Ethical Environments –  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.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior and social responsibility in the global environment in which business operates.
  2. Apply regulatory provisions to business situations.
  3. Discuss basic strategies for avoiding and addressing legal problems in business.
  4. Apply critical thinking to the legal implications present in business activities.
  5. Critically reflect on how integrate a Christian perspective into ethical decision-making in an organization.



Required Text: Treviño, L.K. & Nelson, K.A. (2011). Managing business ethics (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


BUSN 540 Project Management –  Businesses use project management to achieve unique or complex outcomes when faced with limited resources and under tight time constraints. This course will help students become familiar with and understand project management practices and skills, as well as recognize both how and why project management is distinct from strategic or operations management. Further, this course will focus on the factors necessary for successful project management including project management concepts, the project life-cycle, the project manager position requirements, needs identification, effective project teams, project organization, project communications, project planning, risk assessment and management, task and resource scheduling, controlling, cost performance, reporting, and optional project management software.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the key concepts of project management.
  2. Develop an integrated project management plan.
  3. Conduct an internal analysis/audit of active or completed projects in your organization.
  4. Develop recommendations for implementation of project management practices in your organization.
  5. Critically examine your organization’s approach to managing projects.


Required Text: Gido, Jack Successful Project Management, 6e, 6th Edition. Cengage Learning, 2015. VitalSource Bookshelf Online.


BUSN 551 International Business & Global Strategies –  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.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Display a high level of CQ comprehension and a basic understanding of how to develop this skill in your workplace.
  2. Express the pros and cons of a company’s global business strategy and impact.
  3. Determine the best practices for navigating cultural, political and social differences in today’s “dispersed team” work environment.
  4. Gain confidence in navigating the geo political, business cultures and social issues facing societies around the world.
  5. Determine whether to enter a given market (country) based upon measureable key indicators.
  6. Identify and differentiate between cultural and ethical dilemmas facing westerners doing business in the two-thirds world.


Required Text: Peng, M. W. (2014). Global Business (3rd ed.). Mason, Ohio: South-Western Cengage Learning.



BUSN 565 Applied Business Research & Statistics –  This course prepares students to apply statistics and probability concepts with ethical considerations to business decisions. Emphasis is placed on enabling students to understand business research and statistics that they will typically find in their professional careers. A second emphasis is preparing students to evaluate and use research-based information developed by other individuals. The focus of the course will be on selecting the correct statistic given a specific research situation, understanding what information a statistical test provides, and knowing how to interpret statistical significance.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Comprehend basic research methods and statistics.
  2. Understand the context in which statistics are used, why they are used, and what is known at the conclusion of a statistical test.
  3. Review and critique basic research information relevant to their professional work.
  4. Utilize existing business-related research and organizational evaluations in solving business problems.
  5. Critically reflect on the use of research and statistics to exercise responsibility and communicate truth from a Christian perspective.


Required Text: Sharpe, N. R., DeVeaux, R. D., & Velleman, P. F. (2012). Business Statistics, 2nd Ed: Pearson Education, Inc.


BUSN 582 Significant Learning Experience –  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.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Effectively analyze multiple designs to develop and implement action research in a work place.
  2. Apply management and leadership concepts learned throughout the program.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to compile and analyze results to make recommendations, write reports, and inform business decisions.
  4. Discuss insights gained from leading a team to design and implement an improvement effort in an organization.
  5. Critically reflect on how to integrate Christian faith into the world of work


Required Text: James, E. A., Slater, T. and Bucknam, A. (2012). Action Research for Business, Nonprofit, and Public Administration: Sage Publications.



ECON 522 Managerial Economics–  To manage effectively requires an understanding of economics and the role of economics in business. As Christians, our role as business leaders is to understand the principles of economics and how we might help those less fortunate than ourselves. Economists argue as to the road to be taken to lessen the effects of poverty, arguing for or against capitalism, free market, socialism, communism and mixed economies, as well as many other economic forms. This course examines economic approaches to alleviating poverty throughout the world. Students are encouraged to think critically about the role of government, morals, ethics and freedom in economics for this course.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of economics from a Christian worldview.
  2. Use inductive and deductive reasoning to support their arguments for or against the role of economics in alleviating poverty.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills to examine differing opinions about the role of government, morals, ethics and freedom in economics.
  4. Understand the impact of poverty on the global economy.


Required Text: Grudem, W. & Asmus, B. (2013). The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Crossway



FINA 520 Financial Management –  This course is an in-depth analysis of financial management issues faced by managers in both for profit and not-for-profit organizations and managers’ responsibility to exercise productive stewardship over financial and physical capital. It covers advanced topics in capital budgeting, working capital management, capital market instruments, lease financing, asset/liability management, financial forecasting and other related topics.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand cash flows and financial analysis.
  2. Understand the makeup of interest rates, risk, stock and bond valuation, and the time value of money in financial calculations.
  3. Manage working capital, cash, and financing.
  4. Understand the similarities and differences between non-profit and for-profit finance.
  5. Critically reflect on a Christian and ethical perspective of financial management.


Required Text: Damodaran, A. (2012). Investment valuation: tools and techniques for determining the value of any asset (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


MRKT 512 Strategic Marketing Management –  All organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, have customers, clients or members. Understanding and reaching more customers, clients or members is the focus of strategic marketing management. This course introduces managers to strategic marketing analysis, approaches to analyzing marketing capability, market segmentation, customer and competitor analysis. The course explains how marketing strategies are developed and how organizations determine their product, pricing, promotional and distribution strategies. The course also discusses the necessary elements to establish effective marketing evaluation and control systems. Finally, the course gives students the opportunity to critically reflect on contemporary marketing practices from a Christian ethical standpoint.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between organizational success and the marketing function’s plans and goals.
  2. Accurately and completely describe marketing practices and sub-functions (e.g. customer relationship management, marketing designation and segmentation, ensuring product/service value, pricing, channel management, promotion, and selling).
  3. Assess relative marketing strengths and weaknesses in your own organization, and be able to enhance your writings with relevant marketing insights.
  4. Relate course material to biblical insights and a Christian worldview in a way that informs your ethics with respect to marketing.


Required Text: Kotler, P., & Keller, K. L. (2012). A Framework for Marketing Management (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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