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Course Listings - Spring 2010

DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT

SPRING 2010- MANAGEMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HONR 300S, Contemporary Issues in Management
4 Semester Hrs.
Schindler, Pamela

Pre-requisites: ENGL 10, member of University Honors Program.
Often a deep understanding of concepts, theories, and issues in business can be found by studying books that reveal applications of these concepts or issues in real business settings. The best of these books earn the advocacy of managers or industry pundits, thus earning a place on the best-business-books lists. Authors writing such books often create new methodologies or use established empirical methods for proving their thesis, while also developing new terminology for emerging industry practices. Students will read and discuss in detail a range of books covering a variety of business issues and practices. Each student will be randomly assigned one book and write an analysis of that book. Student teams will be assigned to research, write, and present a profile of the author(s) of one book. Class sessions will be book discussions and presentations. Each student will lead the discussion at least one time during the semester. Grades will be based on the development of a discussion management plan and its execution, discussion contributions for all books, a written book analysis, and a written and oral author profile. Counts as a elective toward the management major or minor. Writing Intensive.  

MGT 210Q- Business and Economic Statistics
4 Semester Hrs.
Lucchesi, Ron

Pre-requisites: MATH 131
The objective of this course is to develop the necessary statistical and probabilistic tools to intelligently use and interpret data gathered in a business environment. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, estimation of parameters, tests of hypotheses, simple linear regression and correlation. There will be approximately four exams. The course will follow lecture/ discussion format

MGT 225- Financial Accounting
4 Semester Hrs.
Maurer, Wayne

Pre-requisites: MATH Placement Level 22
Provides an overview of the financial accounting reporting process with a primary focus on the analysis of economic events and their effect on the major financial statements (balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows).  The
fundamental principles and applications for financial reporting of the corporate business organization are presented with a balanced perspective on the practice, theory and conflicts in current accounting practice.  The course objectives are to present the accounting model, process of measurement, data classifications and terminology needed to effectively use and prepare financial statements.

MGT 225 – Financial Accounting
4 semester hours
Fenimore, John

Pre-requisite: Math Placement Level 22

Provides an overview of the financial accounting reporting process with a primary focus on the analysis of economic events and their effect on the major financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows).  The fundamental principles and applications for financial reporting of the corporate business organization are presented with a balanced perspective on the practice, theory and conflicts in current accounting practice.  The course objectives are to present the accounting model, process of measurement, data classifications and terminology needed to effectively use and prepare financial statements and their limitations.

MGT 226- Managerial Accounting
4 Semester Hrs.
Maurer, Wayne

Pre-requisites: MGT 225
Managerial accounting explores the various techniques for the preparation and analysis of accounting information for organizational planning and control.  The development of critical thinking skills is necessary to understand the process of reporting information for people to use rather than following a set of rules or guidelines.  The fundamental concepts of cost, decision-making, planning and performance evaluation in a managerial environment are presented.  In-class discussions and problem solving are utilized to gain greater understanding of the application of managerial accounting.

MGT 260S- Organizational Behavior
4 Semester Hrs.
Spence, Alphonso

Pre-requisites: None
This course explores the behavior of people in both profit and nonprofit organizations. Topics will include motivation, individual differences, group dynamics, power and leadership. The emphasis is on demonstrating how theories and principles found in textbooks actually apply to our personal lives. So, student organizations, summer jobs and Wittenberg itself will be our labs. The use of active learning minimizes lectures and focuses more on discussion, debate and experiential exercises. This requires that students do substantial reading on their own. Evaluation of student achievement is accomplished via team projects, formal writing and class participation. Writing Intensive.

MGT 290 Entrepreneurship for Business Majors
4 Semester Hrs.
Kaplan, Tom

Pre-requisites: Management Majors only
The introductory course is designed to provide a global introduction to subject of entrepreneurship.  We will explore the creative process in a wide variety of contexts, including for-profit ventures and a broad range of service institutions.  Considerable attention will be paid to the behaviors needed to transform creative ideas into viable, sustained ventures.  We will examine the behavior and experiences of successful and failed entrepreneurs, paying specific attention on how these experiences can inform prospective entrepreneurs.  The “business majors” section of this course is designed to allow business students to explore in somewhat greater detail cases related to for-profit entrepreneurship, particularly with respect to fostering entrepreneurial behavior within large, established organizations. 

MGT 290 Entrepreneurship for Liberal Arts
4 Semester Hrs.
Kaplan, Tom

Pre-requisites: Non-management majors only
The introductory course is designed to provide a global introduction to subject of entrepreneurship.  We will explore the creative process in a wide variety of contexts, including for-profit ventures and a broad range of service institutions.  Considerable attention will be paid to the behaviors needed to transform creative ideas into viable, sustained ventures.  We will examine the behavior and experiences of successful and failed entrepreneurs, paying specific attention on how these experiences can inform prospective entrepreneurs.  The “liberal arts” section of this course is designed to allow non-business students to explore entrepreneurial activity and opportunity in a wide variety of disciplines of specific interest to the members of the class.  We will also address in greater detail the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs who lead not-for-profit ventures.

MGT 310- Operations Management
4 Semester Hrs.
Lucchesi, Ron

Pre-requisites: MGT 210, ECON 190
The objective of this course is to give a clear understanding of the operations function.  The operations function is the actual carrying out of the production of a good or service.  Some of the general topics covered include quality planning and control, capacity planning and scheduling, inventory management, product and process design.  We will identify the decisions that must be made in these areas and will study the tools used to make these decisions.  The grade will be determined by approximately three exams.  The course will follow the lecture/discussion format.  There will be a tour of a local company.

MGT 326 – Intermediate Accounting II
4 semester hours
Fenimore, John

Prerequisite: MGT 325
The second course of a two course sequence.  An in-depth study of financial statements, accounting concepts, accounting principles, current professional pronouncements and alternative procedures and practices as they related to Liabilities, including Pension and Lease Obligations and Stockholders’ Equity. 

MGT 330- Financial Management
4 Semester Hrs.
Stockstill, Lowell

Pre-requisites: ECON 190, MGT 210, MGT 225
Introduction to basic concepts, principles, and analytical techniques of financial management.  Emphasis on planning and managing assets. Topics include financial analysis, current asset management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, financial leverage and valuation.  International financial concepts are emphasized throughout the course.  The course is evaluated by three objective exams which include theoretical questions and practical applications in approximately equal weight utilizes multiple analytical techniques and results in a comprehensive financial analysis of a publicly-held corporation.  Experiential, MS Excel; INTNL; Math Intensive.

MGT 340- Marketing Management 
4 Semester Hrs.
Schindler, Pamela

Pre-requisites: MATH Placement Level 22, ECON 190; or permission of instructor; non majors are welcomed 
Course Goals: To expose the student to management decision-making in the
marketing area, specifically with respect to strategic and tactical
planning.  Assessment methods: Student work includes a team project,
online quizzes, individual and team case analyses, in-class oral
participation assessments, and an oral end-of-term presentation.
Instructional method: Class is primarily lecture with student participation.

MGT 360S – Human Resource Management
4 Semester Hrs.
Gradwohl, Wendy

Prerequisites: MGT 260; ECON 190 or any social institutions course
An organization’s human resources are its most fundamental asset.  In HRM we will study the classic topics within the context of a diverse, changing work force: the philosophy and assumptions underlying the field; the legal background (EEO, OSHA, ADA, etc.); job analysis; employee selection; performance appraisal; training; compensation systems; safety and health.  An applied project is a substantial portion of the class material and final grade.  Extensive work is required outside the classroom and within teams.  Evaluation of student achievement is accomplished via formal writing, team projects, essay exams, and team/class participation. 
Writing Intensive.

MGT 370- Legal Environment of Business
4 Semester Hrs.
Stockstill, Lowell

Pre-requisites: Junior Standing
A first course in law that introduces legal analysis, court systems, and case law. It emphasizes preventative law, i.e., avoidance of legal conflict and when to consult an attorney. Students are taught to reason by analogy and write in a legal style. Both real and hypothetical cases are used to generate Socratic dialogues. Major topics include crimes, torts, contracts, and products liability. Writings are integrated into a Law Anthology which includes both case analyses and reaction papers. The course is evaluated by class participation, writings, and analytical examinations. Experiential, Writing Intensive. 

MGT 381- Applied Management I
4 Semester Hrs.
Schindler, Pamela

Pre-requisites: Vary by project.  By permission of instructor.
Applied Management credit units are earned when a student participates i a faculty-guided, skills-based program (Small Business Institute or Project Management Assistance) through WittCAM.  Although specific programs differ based on the needs of the client, each program has an experiential as well as an academic component.  Student performance is evaluated based on project management as well as client deliverable(s).  Course is usually taken for a letter grade, but may be taken credit/no credit unless the hours are to be counted toward the elective requirement of the management major.  The student is expected to budget a minimum of three hours per week for meetings (with faculty coach, client, and/or team) for each credit unit earned, with additional hours spent working on the project.  Some programs require group efforts; others require participation by individuals.  On the management web site, click the link to the Center for Applied Management (WittCAM) for known projects. To indicate your interest, click on the link to the Student Request Form, and submit the completed form along with your current resume to the management department Administrative Assistant or to the Student Director of WittCAM. Projects are assigned to qualified students on a first-come basis.  Writing Intensive.

MGT 425- Advanced Accounting
4 Semester Hours
Maurer, Wayne

Pre-requisite: MGT 325
Advanced Accounting covers the topics of accounting for business combinations, accounting for not-for-profit entities, and accounting for partnerships.  The course will be discussion/lecture with the class presenting all homework problem solutions.  The grade will be based on two in-class tests (one major, one minor), class participation, and a research project.     

MGT 430 – Investments Analysis
4 semester hours
Sturges, Henry

Prerequisite: Management 330
Introduction to the various types of financial investments including stocks, bonds and options, and the markets in which they are traded.  Methods of evaluating the profitability and risk of these investments individually and as part of a portfolio of securities are presented.  The course will also focus on the role of investments in the financial planning process.

MGT 460- Strategic Planning & Policy
4 Semester Hrs.
Vrooman, David M.

Pre-requisites: MGT 310, MGT 330, MGT 340
An integration of all preceding Management courses through the study of the function and responsibility of top-level executives. The primary pedagogy is case analysis; in-class case discussion constitutes half of classroom activity, and two detailed written case analyses are required. In addition, student teams compete in an industry simulation, in which they make 13 sets of annual decisions, prepare a 3-year strategic plan, and submit a summary report.  Writing Intensive.

MGT 481- Applied Management II 
4 Semester Hrs.
Schindler, Pamela

Pre-requisites: Vary based on project; Permission of the faculty supervisor required; selection for assignment to a project is competitive.
 Applied Management credit units are earned when a student participates in a faculty-guided, skills-based program (Small Business Institute or Project Management Assistance) through WittCAM.  Although specific programs differ based on the needs of the client, each program has an experiential as well as an academic component.  Student performance is evaluated based on project management as well as client deliverable(s).  Course is usually taken for a letter grade, but may be taken credit/no credit unless the hours are to be counted toward the elective requirement of the management major.  The student is expected to budget a minimum of three hours per week for meetings (with faculty coach, client, and/or team) for each credit unit earned, with additional hours spent working on the project.  Some programs require group efforts; others require participation by individuals.  On the management web site, click the link to the Center for Applied Management (WittCAM) for known projects. To indicate your interest, click on the link to the Student Request Form, and submit the completed form along with your current resumeto the management department Administrative Assistant or to the Student Director of WittCAM. Projects are assigned to qualified students on a first-come basis.  Students must have previously completed MGT 381.  Writing Intensive.

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