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Master in Business Administration Courses

MBAO 6311 (AIM 6305) Accounting Analysis (UT Dallas)
Accounting is the principal information system within organizations that identifies, measures, aggregates and communicates economic information to facilitate decisions. In today's globally competitive information age, accounting has assumed greater managerial significance and many organizations have committed substantial resources to revamp their accounting systems. Numerous innovations in accounting practices have occurred in response to the changing competitive, technological and organizational environment. Accordingly, this course has been designed in three modules to introduce both fundamental accounting principles and some selected accounting innovations.

The financial reporting module focuses on external users such as current and potential investors, lenders, labor unions, and government as well as on key internal users such as top management. The cost management module deals with information generated for managers and other employees to promote efficient and effective use of resources. The management control module pertains to a study of systems designed for performance measurement and evaluation, rewarding and motivating employees, and coordinating business operations.

MBAO 6312 (MECO 6303) Economic Analysis (UT Dallas)
The course deals with fundamental aspects of economic analysis. It is not assumed that you have prior knowledge of economics. It is assumed that you have had a calculus course and are at least familiar with basic differentiation.

The emphasis will be on fundamental aspects of economic analysis. The background gained in this course will prepare you for additional Economics courses and provide you tools for use in other disciplines such as Finance and Marketing.

MBAO 6313 (MANA 6330) Management (UT Pan American)
An analysis of formal organizations and the interrelationship of individuals in organizations. A study of the organization as a system of authority, status, leadership, direction, culture, ethics, communication and influence.

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of management and international management theories, practices, and research. Special attention will be given to critical thinking skills and the students ability to communicate and lead effectively in the discussion chat room format.

MBAO 6314 (MS 6973) Quantitative Analysis (UT San Antonio)
Introduction to managerial decision analysis using quantitative tools. Topics include a general framework for decision analysis, decision tables and trees, simulation, linear programming and related techniques, classical optimization, forecasting, and probabilistic and statistical techniques. Uses applicable decision support software. Emphasis is on applications of quantitative tools rather than quantitative theory.

MBAO 6315 (MRKT 6310) Marketing Management (UT Permian Basin)
An analysis of the customer/market relationships with the company in an open market system characterized by the presenece of strong competition within a very fluid business environment. Managerial decision making within this matrix will be stressed.

The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the wide variety of specialized vocabulary and tools that are available to the manager whose responsibility it is to manage some or all of the marketing functions of the firm. No business (or not-for-profit) entity is able to carry out its societal functions unless and until the member of the society receive the output of the organization's efforts. Most of the courses you encounter in an MBA program are geared toward developing "logics" of operational efficiency (and, to a lesser extent, effectiveness). Marketing is more focused on the attainment of the overall goals of the organization, especially as those goals relate to satisfying needs for customers and generating revenue for the organization.

MBAO 6316 (FINA 5311) Financial Management (UT Arlington)
This course examines the tools and techniques used to make capital investment and financing decisions within the modern corporation. The course emphasizes the concepts and principles of time value of money, risk and return, and option pricing.

MBAO 6331 (MARK 5380 - formerly GENB 5321) Research Methods (UT Tyler)
This course is designed to illustrate the application of research techniques to business decision-making. Experience is gained in using the scientific method to define research problems, design a research project, and to collect, analyze, record and interpret data. Techniques and procedures of writing a formal report are examined.

MBAO 6332 (CIS 5394) Information Systems for Managers (UT El Paso)
The skills that you need to develop are well-documented. Regardless of the subject matter, as an MBA, you are expected to be a good writer, good decision maker and to have excellent communication skills. The course has been designed to focus on these skills in conjunction with the course material.

The course consists of six modules. Each module examines the impact of today's information systems on organizations, education, government, culture, society, and the future. This course will look at technology at a macro level.

MBAO 6333 (BLAW 6301) Legal Environment of Business (UT Brownsville)
This course examines real-world cases and statutes and discusses problems that confront managers in today's increasingly complex legal environment.
Businesses are in a paradigm shift from the industrial age to the information age--from bricks to clicks, from concrete to cyberspace and this has affected the nature of both commercial transactions and the law applicable to those transactions. The course will include a cyberlaw perspective on traditional topics.

Course topics include: a survey of American constitution, court systems, torts, contracts, e-commerce, corporations and limited liability companies, and business crimes. We will look at hypothetical and real cases and risk management (how the legal damage was--or might have been--minimized). We will discuss the ethical imperatives imposed on businesspersons by law and see how unethical behavior can be minimized by enforcing legal strictures.

MBAO 6334+ (MANA 6360) Production and Operations Management (UT Brownsville)
The role of the production function in the business system and its relationship to marketing and finance is studied. The focus is on the decisionmaking necessary for productivity improvement in the transformation process of manufacturing and nonmanufacturing service organizations. Strategies of production system design, capacity management, quality management, production planning, inventory planning and control, facility location and supply chain management are explored. Systems described include the Just-in-Time (JIT) system, Total Quality Management (TQM), and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS).

This course addresses the management of operations in manufacturing and service firms. Diverse activities, such as determining the size and type of production process, purchasing the appropriate raw materials, planning and scheduling the flow of materials and the nature and content of inventories, assuring product quality, and deciding on the production hardware and how it gets used, comprise this function of the company. Managing operations well requires both strategic and tactical skills. We will consider such topics as: process analysis, workforce issues, materials management, quality and productivity, technology, and strategic planning, together with relevant analytical techniques.
Prerequisites: MBAO 6314 Quantitative Analysis

MBAO 6335+ (FINA 6328) Contemporary Topics in Financial Management (UT Permian Basin)
Study of topics recently published in financial mangement literature. The topics will be selected from international, corporate, risk management topics and vary from term to term.

Participants will be able to perform environmental scanning through the understanding of the elements of corporate, competitive and operational environments. Participants will be exposed to different tools for evaluation of opportunities and threats and for identifying sources of strategy. Students will have "hands-on" experience through a computer simulation. This simulation will provide participants the experience of working in teams. Teams will make competitive decisions about a global organization.
Prerequisites: MBAO 6316 Financial Management

MBAO 6336+ (ACC 6973) Accounting for Business Decision Making (UT San Antonio)
Accounting provides the primary quantitative data for management decision making. This course is designed to enhance managers’ and future managers’ understanding of accounting measurement techniques, and to provide them with the tools necessary to use this data. Topics discussed include budgeting, activity based accounting, discounted cash flow techniques, productivity measurement and performance evaluation are discussed. Group case projects, problem solving and discussion are incorporated into the course content.

*ACCT 6973 does not qualify as an upper division accounting course for Texas CPA candidates. Pre-requisite 6311

MBAO 6371* (MANA 5350) Human Resource Management (UT Tyler)
Advanced study of selected topics in human resource management with special emphasis on issues of current importance in the field. Topic areas in such human resource functions as staffing, development, appraisal, and compensation will be covered.

Prerequisites: Students must earn 18 semester credit hours in the MBA Online program before taking this course.

MBAO 6372* (MANA 6332) Leadership and Change (UT Pan American)
A major strength of this course is derived from the use of technology. Students are exposed to other students from across the state and perhaps the world through the use of the Internet. Additionally, the program simulates organizations of the future because all communication takes place electronically. Discussion Chat Rooms allow students, faculty, and industry professionals to meet and share perspectives. The program prepares students to meet leadership challenges that are rapidly changing in the complex, global, and technological business environment.

Prerequisites: Students must earn 18 semester credit hours in the MBA Online program before taking this course.

MBAO 6373* (MANA 6334) International Management (UT Pan American)
This course addresses the management of business in the international environment and the effects of social, cultural, political, legal, technological and economic environments on strategic planning and decision making. This class provides a venue for students to share their own international experiences and to exchange ideas, solve problems, discuss controversial issues and interact in a protected environment where new ideas and learning are nurtured.
Prerequisites: Students must earn 18 semester credit hours in the MBA Online program before taking this course.

MBAO 6395** (MANA 5336) Strategic Management (UT Arlington)
The primary thrust of this course is general management. It will be different from most of the courses you have had in the functional areas (e.g., accounting, marketing) because you will be required to use a wide range of business knowledge and exhibit diverse skills. Therefore, it will be demanding and challenging because you will have to perform in topic areas where you have both strengths and weaknesses.

This class consists of readings, online lectures, short videos (on cd), case analysis and discussion, a midterm and final. There is a proctored exam called the Major Field Test (MFT) required for this course. (Details available in course syllabus.) Students will be required to follow UT TeleCampus procedures to arrange for a proctor. Most universities, colleges, and community colleges have proctoring services available for a fee of between $25 and $60. Proctor arrangements must be made and submitted to UT TeleCampus for approval within the first two weeks of a long semester and during the first week of summer session.

Prerequisites: Students must earn 36 semester credit hours in the MBA Online program before taking this course.

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