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Graduate Business Programs Course Descriptions

Fall 2016

Saint Louis University | John Cook School of Business

Accounting Courses

ACCT 5010 Accounting for Managers (3)

This course will be delivered in two modules. At completion of the first module, students are expected to

have a thorough understanding of the information contained in a set of financial statements and how to

interpret and use this information. The second module introduces students to the fundamentals of

management accounting.

Master of Accounting Courses ACCT 6030 Contemporary Financial Reporting (3) Pre-requisites: ACCT 5010 and ACCT 4110 This course applies professional research methods to the identification and application of financial reporting standards to cases involving actual business situations. The objective of the course is to develop students' critical thinking, verbal and written communications and group interaction skills.

ACCT 6110 Financial Reporting III (3) Pre-requisites: ACCT 4110 A study of advanced accounting topics including: accounting for business combinations (mergers and acquisitions), preparation of consolidated financial statements and specific issues related to intercompany investments; accounting for selected international events (e.g., foreign currency transactions, translation of financial statements of foreign affiliates, and the use of forward exchange contracts); significant coverage of accounting for not-for-profit entities; and other selected topics of current interest. Discussion of ethical implications will be included in many of these topics.

ACCT 6190 Financial Statement Analysis (3) Pre-requisites: ACCT 4110 and FIN 6000 This course is designed to integrate the conceptual framework of accounting with analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate how businesses function. This integration will focus on managerial uses of financial reporting information to enhance the value of the firm. The course pedagogy will focus on case analysis and related class discussion.

ACCT 6340 Federal Income Tax: Corporate (3) Pre-requisite: ACCT 4300 The primary focus of this course is business taxation. It is imperative for students to achieve a conceptual grasp of how businesses are taxed. Without careful planning, businesses shoulder heavier tax burdens than necessary. The objective of this course is to gain a solid understanding of the impact of taxes on corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. Students will also engage in tax planning that will enable them to provide valuable advice for businesses in terms of tax reduction strategies. This course is essential for students wishing to pass the CPA exam.

ACCT 6450 Accounting Ethics, Fraud and Forensic Accounting (3) Pre-requisites: ACCT 4400 or permission of the department chair This course will be a study of the various dimensions of fraud and forensic accounting with anemphasis on situational ethics. Students will be exposed to case studies that will provide a framework for ethical decision-making when faced with compliance with GAAP and other standards of the accounting profession. It is intended to be an overview course that will expose students to the emerging discipline of forensic accounting.

Business Foundations Courses BIZ-6303 Generational Differences (1) The focus of this course is sensitizing yourself with other generations by understanding how different generations define respect, get motivated, and feel valued. While a birth year alone does not necessarily dictate generational outlook, this course will also address the real challenge younger managers face motivating older employees, how to overcome common obstacles, effectively address conflict, and how to create an environment that promotes the success of each member – not matter which generation that are in.

Economics Courses

ECON 5010 Economics for Managers (3) Focuses on the economic decisions made by managers of firms, and the structures of various market environments within which these decisions are made. Addresses market demand, supply and price movements, production and cost functions, and business competitive strategy in output and input markets.

ECON 6000 Microeconomic Theory (3) Pre-requisite: ECON 5010 The focus of this course will be application of mathematical methods in economics and finance. Beginning with a review of basic linear algebra and finance, this course will develop the necessary and sufficient conditions for equilibria to exist for unconstrained and constrained optimization problems. Mathematical methods will be applied to study consumer choice, optimal behavior by firms, and optimal allocation of assets.

ECON 6050 Econometrics I (3) Pre-requisite: ECON 6000 Review of probability and statistics. Classical linear regression models through generalized least squares.

Econometric problems resulting from non-traditional assumptions and techniques.

ECON 6350 Public Finance (3) Pre-requisite: ECON 5010 Public Finance economics examines two key functions of government—taxation and expenditures. These government functions are evaluated based on efficiency and equity criteria. Topics including externalities, public goods, Social Security, Medicare and the personal income tax are examined.

Finance Courses

FIN 6000 Finance for Managers (3) Prerequisites: ACCT 5010 and ECON 5010. Credit is not available for students in the MACC or MS-AFE programs The course examines the financial concepts that are relevant to the function of a manager serving in a non-financial capacity. Topics include financial analysis, the time value of money, valuation of securities, and capital budgeting, as well as the study of financial institutions and the capital markets.

FIN 6150 Finance Theory & Applications (3) Pre-requisites: ACCT 5010 and ECON 5010. Required for all MS-AFE students and for part time MBA students who seek to earn a concentration in finance.

The course covers the theory of finance and applications to corporate policy and empirical studies. Topics include valuation methods for primary and derivative securities, basic and advanced capital budgeting techniques, portfolio theory, asset pricing, capital acquisition and risk management.

FIN 6210 Fixed Income Securities & Markets (3) Pre-requisite: FIN 6000 or FIN 6150 Study of various fixed income securities and markets, including Treasuries, municipal securities, commercial papers, medium term notes, corporate bonds, mortgage-backed securities and interest rate derivatives. Focus on developing analytical and quantitative skills for valuation of fixed income securities and management of fixed income portfolios.

FIN 6360 Private Equity and Venture Capital (3) Pre-requisite: FIN 6150 The Private Equity/Venture Capital (PE/VC) course explores the forms and methods of equity investment in new and growing businesses. Private equity represents conventional investments, typically in established and growing businesses across a wide range of industries. Venture capital involves high-risk, high-potential-return investments, typically in technology based firms. Topics include the equity investment process, investment vehicles including conventional equity investment and venture capital, the creation of private placement memos, the evaluation of equity investment opportunities, and the structuring of investment groups and deal structure and negotiation.

Information Technology Courses

ITM- 6000 Managing Information Technology (3) This course will provide the student with a broad based understanding of the management of information technology in order to prepare the student to manage change as the technology is implemented in the organizational environment. It will also make the student aware of current technological issues and how they will impact his or her ability to manage.

ITM-6050 Project Management (3) This course provides students with the fundamental concepts of project management and experience applying these concepts. Topics covered will reflect the Project Management Institute's Book of Knowledge and encompass the project life cycle, including project quality, scope, time constraints, cost and budgeting, resource allocation, communication, teamwork and leadership, risk, procurement, and project management tools. Students will create deliverables such as a statement of work, work breakdown structure, project schedule, budget, and, risk management plan. The course format typically includes interactive discussion, case studies, in-class activities, and a small-scale simulation project.

Students are encouraged to integrate current projects in their work place or volunteer activities into class activities and discussion to reinforce opportunities for practical application of course topics.

ITM 6400 Applied Business Analytics (3) Pre-requisite: Six credit hours of 6000-level graduate business courses.

This course provides necessary skills for business managers to apply Business Analytics tools for data analysis and business decision making. This course focuses on developing skills and knowledge in creating analytics solutions such as Business Intelligence Dashboards. Using hands on tutorials and case studies, students will learn and demonstrate application of analytics skills in multiple business domains.

ITM-6500 Managing Cybersecurity in Organizations (3) Cybersecurity threats can cause business disruption, reputation damage, intellectual property loss, and negative financial impact to you or your business. Cyber-attacks continue to increase in volume and sophistication. Organizations need to execute an effective plan for addressing these risks. This course will help you develop the skills to manage a cybersecurity program to effectively cope with rising threats.

International Business Courses

IB 6000 Global Business Environment (3) This course examines international business issues faced by corporations operating across several countries and different external environments. The focus is, therefore, on the regional and global business environment of international firms, integrating trading, investing, cultural and business practices.

IB 6220 International E-Business (3) International E-business is undeniably changing the way companies conduct and compete in the global market place. It has experienced a phenomenal growth in terms of transactions and profits, particularly in advanced economies and emerging markets. Yet, international e-business environment is complex.

Businesses need to address a broad range of cultural, legal, demographic, technological, and political issues to successfully formulate and execute their e-business strategies. To help you prepare for these types of challenges and opportunities and learn the tools to gain a competitive advantage, this course will introduce you to a wide-range of global ecommerce issues and practices, particularly e-business strategy, international online market entry, building an international e-commerce presence, web site localization and cultural customization, e-commerce infrastructure including mobile and social media platforms, international e-business security and payments systems, global social media marketing, and global search engine marketing.

Management Courses

MGT 6000 Management (3) This course addresses a set of skills grounded in behavioral science theory and research that are essential for a successful career in management. It will integrate the management principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling with the skills necessary to accomplish these principles with people.

MGT 6003 - Legal, Ethical, Professional Environment of Business (3) This course is directed at complex decision-making, requiring recognition and integration of legal, ethical and professional considerations in managing the socially responsible organization. It provides an overview of the relationship of the business organization to the legal system, including various modes of dispute resolution. In addition, the course addresses areas of legal risk and responsibility, encompassing how business is affected by, and interacts with, state and federal laws and regulations.

MGT 6006 Strategy & Practice (3) Pre-requisites: Capstone (last semester) A capstone for the Part-time MBA program that emphasizes strategic evaluation and cross-functional and team-based experiential learning. Designed around the elements of a “live” strategic issue presented by a client-company/organization and addressed by student teams. The component parts typically include management and human resource issues, marketing, finance, and operations management. Builds student skills in integrating knowledge from various functional areas in the business arena and applies those skills to complex business/organization problems and strategic issues arising out of changing technology, competitive market conditions, social and cultural changes, and government actions in both the domestic and global arenas.

MGT 6100: Leadership/Art of Failure This course should create an awareness of the reasons why organizations experience crises and what might be done to identify problems, to avoid potential failure and to transform the organization to enable it to succeed in the future. The symptoms and, more particularly, the causes of failure will be examined in depth, as well as the techniques that may be used to identify the onset of difficulties as early as possible. Successful turnaround strategies will more likely be achieved if problems are recognized early.

MGT 6200 New Venture Initiation (3) Pre-requisite: MGT 6000 The problems of starting a new service or manufacturing business. Entrepreneurship, characteristics of new ventures, raising capital and preparing business proposals.

MGT 6201 Corporate Entrepreneurship (3) Pre-requisite: MGT 6000 This course focuses on the corporate venturing process, which leverages the processes of internal entrepreneurship, working with universities and licensing new technology to promote the continuted growth and learning of the organization. Topics include the strategic analysis of growth and innovation opportunities of the firm, reviewing the forms of corporate venturing (new markets, new product, commercialization, M&A, restructuring, etc.), and developing the skills of structuring and managing business innovations in complex existing systems in a manner which is exploratory, integrative, fastpaced, and resource-conscious.

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