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ACCT – Accounting
ACCT 5381 Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Environment for Accountants
Prerequisite: MKTG 2380 – Legal Environment of Business (or equivalent) with a grade of C or greater. A comprehensive overview of business law and ethics topics, such as the Uniform Commercial Code, accountant’s liability, government regulation of business, agency, contracts, debtor-creditor relationships, real property, insurance, and other topics covered in the CPA exam. This course is open to all graduate business students, but is not open to students with credit for ACCT 4381.
ACCT 7100 Accounting Methods and Reports
Uses of accounting data are taught in this course. The topics covered include financial statements, mechanics of recording, theory, working capital, property and plant, long term debt, owner’s equity, costing of products, control of costs, and non-routine decisions. This is a Foundation-Level course that cannot be used as an elective in any graduate business program. Open only to students in the MBA program and the MS in BIS program.
ACCT 7302 Accounting Methods and Reports
Uses of accounting data are taught in this course. The topics covered include financial statements, mechanics of recording, theory, working capital, property and plant, long term debt, owners; equity, costing of products, control of costs, and nonroutine decisions. The curriculum includes case studies to illustrate application of accounting principles and procedures to the decision process. This is a Foundation-Level course that cannot be used as an elective in any graduate business program. Open only to students in the MBA program and the MS in BIS program.
ACCT 7304 Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making
Prerequisite: Principles of Accounting I and II (ACCT 2310 and 2330) or ACCT 7100 and passing score on accounting assessment. Course Description: This course provides an overview of financial and managerial accounting as well as an introduction to tax planning. The emphasis will be on how various events and transactions in the life cycle of a business affect the basic accounting equation so that the manager can identify the important accounting issues. The course will look at choice of entity, accrual accounting issues, financial statement analysis and differences between U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). In regard to tax planning, this course is intended to fill the gap between a manager well-trained in finance but unfamiliar with taxes and the tax experts on which the manager will rely. This course will examine the structure of tax codes (state and federal) and how taxes influence the finance decisions the manager will be expected to make (e.g. investments, choice of entity, capital structure, like-kind exchanges, mergers and acquisitions, timing of transactions, etc.).
ACCT 7305 Analysis of Financial Statements
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304 with a grade of B or greater. User-oriented analysis of the operating performance of an organization based upon accounting information and related financial statements; emphasizes comparative profitability, liquidity, and operating performance measures; examines statistical techniques and electronic spreadsheets used to analyze and manipulate data. Open to students in the MBA program. This course cannot be applied to the Graduate Certificates in Accountancy or Taxation, the MACC.
ACCT 7320 Tax Planning for Business Decisions
Prerequisites: ACCT 3321 with a grade of C or greater. Impact of federal tax laws, regulations on a variety of business decision areas; opportunities for tax planning in those areas. This course is open to all graduate business students.
ACCT 7330 Managerial Accounting for Information Systems Specialists
Principles of Accounting I and II (ACCT 23 I 0 and 2330) or ACCT 7100 and passing score on accounting assessment. Application and use of accounting information for managerial decision making in the information technology environment; major topics include cost accumulation systems, cost management systems, planning and control systems, and the use of accounting information in decision making. This course cannot be applied against the graduate programs in taxation or accountancy.
ACCT 7340 International Accounting
Prerequisites: ACCT 3311 and ACCT 3312, each with a grade of C or greater. This course examines international financial reporting developments, procedures, and standards (IFRs) with an emphasis on financial statement interpretation and analysis. Specific attention is given to the financial reporting requirements of multinational enterprises operating in a global business environment. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7355 Research in Federal Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 3321 – Federal Taxation with a grade of C or greater. Methods and tools of tax research as applied to both closed fact and controllable fact cases. Methods of locating and assessing relevant authority on specific tax questions is emphasized. This course is open to all graduate business students, but it cannot be taken by students with credit for ACCT 4323, ACCT 5323, or ACCT 7367.
ACCT 7356 Federal Corporate Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 3321 (or equivalent); and ACCT 4323 each with a grade of C or greater or ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Study of federal income taxation provisions affecting the formation, operation, liquidation, acquisition, and reorganization of Subchapter C corporations. There will be an emphasis on research and tax planning. This course is open to all graduate students, but can not be taken by students who have taken ACCT 4322.
ACCT 7360 Taxation of Pass-Through Entities
Prerequisite: ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Study of small business entities, emphasis on partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations; includes choice, formation, and operation of above and distributions, sales, and exchanges of ownership in interests, and transfers by death. Emphasis on research and tax planning. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7361 Advanced Topics in Auditing
Prerequisites: ACCT 3341, 4351, or their equivalent, each with a grade of C or greater. The expansion of the auditing function, including internal auditing, operational auditing, auditing EDP systems, and statistical sampling. SEC requirements, legal and ethical responsibilities, comprehensive review of auditing, and application of accounting research skills. This course is open to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs. It is not open to students with credit for ACCT 5352.
ACCT 7362 Advanced Topics in Accounting Information Systems
Prerequisite: ACCT 3341 and 4351 (or equivalents) each with a grade of C or greater. Accounting systems in a database environment; structured systems analysis and other approaches to systems analysis and design; current developments in computerized systems technology; risks and controls in computerized information systems; application of accounting research skills. Open only to MBA students and to students enrolled in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7363 Accounting Theory and Research
Prerequisite: ACCT 4351 (or equivalent) with a C or greater. Undergraduate degree in accounting or equivalent. Investigation of the development of accounting theory. Focuses on the nature and development of accounting theory and its relation to the standard setting process. The relationship of accounting theory to the resolution of current issues is examined. Emphasis on accounting research. This course is open to students in all graduate business programs.
ACCT 7364 Advanced Topics in Managerial Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 3330 and 3341 (or equivalents) with a grade of C or greater. Continuation of managerial accounting. Use of accounting information for planning and control, profit planning and control, cost/volume/profit and incremental analysis, capital budgeting, responsibility reporting and performance evaluation, transfer pricing, quantitative models, and decision simulation. Application of accounting research skills. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7365 State and Local Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. The constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and judicial principles affecting state and local taxation of business transactions, with emphasis on Arkansas taxation. Emphasis on research and tax planning. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7368 Advanced Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 3361 with a grade of C or greater. This course involves the advanced study of accountability, financial reporting and performance measurement in government and not-for-profit organizations. Accounting principles, rules and procedures are also examined to develop an understanding of the day to day operating activities of government and not-for-profit organizations. Open only to MBA students and students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7369 International Taxation
Prerequisite: 7355 with a B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a C or greater, and ACCT 4322 with a C or greater, or ACCT 7356 with a B or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. U.S. federal taxation of international transactions, e.g., “inbound” transactions (affecting nonresident aliens and foreign corporations) and “outbound” transactions (affecting U.S. persons, business, and investment activities outside the U.S.). Topics include jurisdiction, source of income rules, residency tests, transfer pricing, and tax treaties. In connection with “inbound” transactions, the course will address U.S. taxation of investments, business, U.S. real property investments; and branch profits tax. As to “outbound” transactions, the course will include the foreign tax credit; controlled foreign corporations, foreign currency issues; and other cross-border transactions. Open to MBA students and students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7370 Estate and Gift Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Federal tax implications of wealth transfers as it relates to estate planning, including a review of the alternative ways to hold and to transfer property, during life, at death, or after death; the use of legal devices; acceptance and rejection of gifts; property valuation; generation skipping tax; and the estate tax return. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7371 Federal Tax Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 7367 or 5323 or 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Adoption of changes in accounting periods and methods; income recognition and deduction allowances in connection with cash and accrual methods, interest; OID, time value of money, deferred payments, installment sales, prepaid and contested items, reversals, capitalization, amortization, and depreciation; inventory accounting; accounting for long term contracts; carryovers; claim of right; tax benefits; conformity between tax and financial reporting. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7372 Federal Tax Practice and Procedure
Prerequisite: ACCT 7367 or 5323 or 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is allowed. To gain a general knowledge about the IRS’s organization and the procedures used to administer the Internal Revenue Code, including the rules of practice before the IRS, ethical considerations, statute of limitations, examinations, penalties, appeals, assessments, collections, claims for refund, and some of the basic rules concerning criminal tax fraud. Open only to MBA students and students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7373 Forensic Acct & Fraud Audit
Prerequisite: ACCT 4351 or equivalent. Understanding the types of fraud taking place in today’s business environment; recognition of more than 800 red flags, characteristics and risk factors of occupational fraud; and discussion of techniques needed to build effective fraud prevention and detection measures into an audit plan.
ACCT 7199, 7299, & 7399 Independent Study
Prerequisites: A GPA of at least 3.0, at least 12 graduate credits, and consent of department. Intensive research under faculty supervision on approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required. Open only to students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
Prerequisite: ACCT 4351 with a grade of C or greater, ACCT 5323 with a grade of B or greater, or consent of Department Chair. Topics of current importance and interest in accounting. Open to MBA students and to students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs
BINS – Business Information Systems
BINS 5310 Network Technologies Local
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. A study of the role of telecommunications in information resource management, with emphasis on business applications in a network environment. Principles of network and installation, system component selection, administration, security, and control. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4310 or BINS 4310.
BINS 5350 Business Database Management Systems
MBA Elective, MS in BIS prerequisite course. Does not apply toward MS in BIS Core requirements. Addresses the concepts and principles underlying the design and application of relational graphics based data modeling, relational algebra, the database language SQl, database design, and normalization theory. Projects, which typically are implemented using a current commercial database management system software, are assigned to reinforce most of the concepts taught in the course. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4350 or BINS 4350.
BINS 5351 Data Analysis and Reporting
Prerequisite: C or better in MGMT/BINS 4350/5350 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Students will gain practical experience in using advanced database techniques and data visualization, data warehousing, reporting, and other Business Intelligence (BI) tools. Contemporary BI tools and technologies will be used to create intelligent solutions to realistic business problems. Students with credit for BINS 4351 may not take BINS 5351 for additional credit.
BINS 7250 Strategic Mgmt of IS & Tech
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304, ECON 7313 and MGMT 7180. Focus on strategic and operational roles of information systems and technology (IS) and other information resources, including their applications, value-adding processes, sourcing, governance, organizational and strategic alignment as well as limitations. Management of the IS asset portfolio using a risk/reward framework considering life cycle, obsolescence, innovation, and strategic impact.
BINS 7303 Systems Development and Database Design
MS in BIS Foundation Core Course. The course is a survey of information system development. It will provide students with non-IS backgrounds with foundation knowledge and skills in information systems development. The course overviews the process of system development using SDLC (system development life cycles) with an emphasis on database development. Three credit hours.
BINS 7304 Business Applications for Decision Making
An exploration of the integration of business application technologies and procedures, such as cloud computing, business intelligence, mobile applications, and security being leveraged by corporations.
BINS 7305 Advanced Database Management Systems
MS in BIS Core Course or MBA Elective. Prerequisites: MGMT 4350/5350, BINS 4350/5350, or equivalent. Advanced concepts in database management, expanding from the relational data model to the multidimensional model, object-relational techniques, and web accessed data.
BINS 7307 Systems Analysis and Design Methods
MS in BIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Prerequisite: MGMT 3307, BINS 3307, or equivalent. Application of system analysis and design methodology with emphasis on Object- Oriented (OO) methodologies. Includes basic concepts, modeling techniques, and tools for systems analysis and design.
BINS 7309 Cloud-Based Business Intelligence
Students will experience a hands-on exploration of cloud-based business intelligence tools, technologies, and procedures being leveraged by corporations.
BINS 7315 E-Commerce Technologies
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. An overview of e-commerce technologies, including analysis of e-commerce infrastructure, technology, and managerial and implementation strategies. Focus on web development.
BINS 7350 Information Systems Management
MBA and MS in BIS Core Course. The strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information systems. Development, implementation, and management of information systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees.
BINS 7351 Management Information Systems: Theory and Application
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Information flow between various decision points in functional areas of a variety of organizations; develops understanding of routine information flow, how it can be made more effective and efficient in terms of handling, processing, refining, dissemination; uses executive and systems design perspectives; reviews and uses real systems in local government and business organizations.
BINS 7352 Emerging Technologies and Strategic Issues
MS in BIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Prerequisite: BINS 7350 or equivalent. In-depth examination of the strategic use and development of an integrated technical architecture (hardware, software, networks, and data) to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment. Strategic use of technologies for intra- and inter-organizational systems.
BINS 7353 Project Management
Prerequisites: BINS 7304, 7305, 7308, 7312, 7350, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7330. MS in BIS Core Course. Capstone course to be taken at the end of the program. A study and application of project management techniques through the development and implementation of an application development project. Includes all stages of the project development life cycle, with focus on enterprise application integration.
BINS 7370 Issues in Manufacturing and Operations Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: All Core courses. Concerns of manufacturing, service management; includes product and process design, plant capacity and location, work force development, scheduling, inventory control, product and service improvement, vendor relations; emphasis on resource and functional integration, information systems use, team solutions, global marketplace competition strategies; decision-making tools such as forecasting, queuing theory, simulation, network analysis.
BINS 7371 Production/Operations Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7320 or ECON 7313, or equivalent. A study of traditional ideas and techniques of production/operations management as well as contemporary practices and concepts being employed by businesses. In this course, the term “production” refers to the conversion of labor hours, dollars, materials, and skills (inputs) into products or services.
Courses in Business Administration
BSAD 7100 Managing Your Career
Course Description: MBA Core Course. Empowers students with the knowledge and tools to effectively manage their own careers. The course offers career development and placement support to help students identify their ideal career based on interests, motivational traits, personality, values, abilities, aptitudes, personal work style, and work environment preferences. Addresses career related concerns such as: exploring career options, building and leveraging a professional network, developing a personal marketing plan, job-search and transition skills, behavioral interviewing, job and company-specific research, business etiquette, and offer negotiation.
BSAD 7395 Cooperative Education
MBA Electives Prerequisite: all MBA foundation courses, 12 credits of MBA core courses and consent of the graduate program director. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experiences through the application of theories and concepts in a professional work environment. A deliverable project, designed in consultation with a faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours with a participating employer during the semester are required.
Courses in Economics
ECON 5350 Applied Econometrics
Prerequisites: ECON 7320 or equivalent. This course will introduce students to the skills used in empirical research, including, but not limited to, data collection, model specification, regression analysis, violations of regression assumptions and corrections, indicator variables, linear restrictions tests, and limited dependent variable models. The course will focus on the intuition and application of econometric methods, and statistical software will be used extensively. Students will be required to complete an independent research project involving the application of regression analysis.
ECON 7100 Foundations of Business
This course provides the foundations necessary for students planning to take more advanced MBA-level courses. This course covers two main topics. The first topic is the market, where we learn how to predict and explain behavior in the marketplace, explain the determination of prices, quantities, and allocation of resources, and calculate and explain elasticity measures. The second topic is the firm, where we learn how to explain and describe the economic costs and profit-maximizing decision-making for a firm.
ECON 7200 Applied Problem Solving
Prerequisite: Passing score on Excel assessment. This course teaches students the art of recognizing business problems and opportunities, understanding the decision process and the role that statistical tools play in analyzing, summarizing, and converting data into useful information for gaining insight and making sound business decisions. Emphasis is placed on using statistical tools and judgment to solve problems. This course prepares students with core knowledge that can be used for discipline-specific data analysis and decision making.
ECON 7300 Economic Principles
MBA Foundation Course. Theory of the individual firm in the economy; utility, demand theory, elasticity; cost and price determination, income distribution; macroeconomic analysis of income, employment, prices, business fluctuations, monetary system, elements of international trade.
ECON 7313 Economics and Global Business
Prerequisite: ECON 7100 or passing score on assessment. MBA Core Course or MS in BIS Elective. The use of economic analysis in managerial decision making. Microeconomic topics include information asymmetries relating to agency and adverse selection, the firm’s horizontal and vertical structure, demand theory and estimation, market structure analysis, marginal analysis, game theory, and pricing policies. Macroeconomic topics include international trade and the effect of monetary and fiscal policies on the firm’s macroeconomic environment.
ECON 7320 Quantitative Analysis
MBA Foundation Course. Introductory calculus and statistics with applications in business, including topics such as differential and integral calculus, descriptive statistics, probability theory, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.
ECON 7322 Econometrics
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7321 or consent of instructor. Application of statistics, mathematics to economic problems; economic models formulation, measurement, verification, prediction.
ECON 7324 Environmental and Resource Economics for Managers
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7300; permission of instructor to permit non- MBA graduate students to enroll. This course presents the theoretical and applied aspects of resource use and environmental issues that are faced by managers in modern business settings. Economic efficiency is defined and explored and employed throughout the course as a means of approaching resource and environmental problems. Case examples of pollution problems and resource misuse are introduced as a means of understanding economic efficiency.
ECON 7330 Public Sector Economics
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7300 or consent of instructor. Theory of public goods, allocation techniques; welfare economics, welfare politics concepts and critique; revenue sources, equity considerations and impact; public sector budgeting; theory, concepts of fiscal federalism.
ECON 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation courses, 12 credits of Core requirements, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on an approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
ECON 8210 Economic Strategy
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisite: ECON 8200. A systematic study of economic forces affecting the business firm and their impact on corporate strategy.
ECON 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance and interest in economics.
Courses in Finance
FINC 5320 Bank Financial Management
MBA Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100. Analysis and management of the asset and liability portfolio of depository financial institutions. Not open to students with credit for FINC 4320.
FINC 5383 Applied Equity Analysis
MBA Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 3350 for undergraduate or FINC 7320 for graduate credit, and consent of instructor. Using modern models of equity valuation, students analyze company and industry data, estimate fair value for equities, and then present their recommendations to a panel of industry experts. Once approved, the students’ equity selections will then be implemented in the Ford Investment Trust. Students must apply to enroll in the course; check with the Department for application forms and deadlines. Enrollment is limited to 15 students, no more than 5 of whom may be graduate students.
FINC 7100 Finance Fundamentals
Prerequisite: ACCT 7100, passing score on Excel assessment. This course provides students with the essential skills required to successfully complete the FINC 7311 course. The course will cover financial statement and cashflow analysis, time value of money and its applications to both financial and real assets, and risk and rates of return.
FINC 7301 Financial Management
MBA Foundation Course. Prerequisites: ACCT 7302, ECON 7300, and ECON 7320 or equivalent. Financial resources management; emphasis on financial statement analysis, time value of money, valuation of financial assets, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital asset pricing, capital structure and dividend policy.
FINC 7311 Applied Corporate Finance
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304, ECON 7313, FINC 7100 or pass assessment-ECON 7200, MGMT 7180 (may be taken concurrently). This course fully develops the analysis of financial statements and cash flow and then examines the investment and financing decisions are discussed in the context of information asymmetry, potential agency problems, and corporate governance. The course stresses the application of finance theory to real life business situations through the use of case studies.
FINC 7320 Advanced Investment Analysis
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7301 or equivalent. Evaluation of capital markets, analytical techniques useful for security analysis; emphasis on analysis of stocks, bonds in portfolio management.
FINC 7323 Bank Financial Management
Prerequisite: FINC 7301 or equivalent. Analysis and management of the asset and liability portfolio of depository financial institutions.
FINC 7325 Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100. Explores financing alternatives and concepts as they relate to new and growing ventures. Among the financing alternatives discussed are debt financing from banks, SBIC’s and other asset based lenders, and equity financing from angel investors, private placements, venture capitalists, and private equity markets. Students are required to analyze financing needs and use firm valuation methods.
FINC 7330 Insurance and Risk Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100 or equivalent. Nature of risk; risk management concept; relationship of risk management to business functions; insurance’s nature, role as a risk management technique in business, personal affairs; includes property, liability, personal insurance lines.
FINC 7335 International Finance
MBA Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7301 or equivalent. Multinational corporate finance; practices and problems in international finance; balance of payments and foreign exchange problems; recent trends and developments in international finance.
FINC 7340 Real Estate Markets
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Real estate analysis; includes real estate typology, elements of real property law, basic contractual arrangements in real estate business, sources of financing, market-comparison valuation, government policies affecting real estate and local zoning, real estate taxation practices. (For business-oriented students with no real estate background).
FINC 7350 Financial Institutions and Organizations
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100 or equivalent. Functions of financial intermediaries; assets, liabilities management analysis; historical highlights, future growth prospects; problems, solutions.
FINC 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation courses, 12 credits of Core courses, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
FINC 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance and interest in finance.
Courses in International Business
IBUS 5316 Field Study in International Business
Prerequisite: Completion of MBA Foundation courses or equivalent. This course includes an international trip which provides students an opportunity to explore firsthand the international dimensions of business, to identify and pursue strategic issues in businesses, and to gain an awareness of how cultural, economic, political, and legal environments influence business practices. Prior to travel, students study and prepare reports on the country to be visited, and upon return, prepare summaries of their experiences, comparing pre- and post-visit perceptions. This course has a fee for travel costs and host institution fees.
IBUS 8201 Seminar in International Business II
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: IBUS 8300 and IBUS 8400. Continues the study of management forces impacting an international business environment for a multinational corporation. Topics include international investment theories, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange markets, foreign currency translation, transfer pricing and issues in international taxation, performance evaluation and financial statement analysis.
IBUS 8300 Field Study in International Business
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: IBUS 8400. An international trip that provides an opportunity for students to explore first-hand the international dimensions of business. it provides the student with opportunity to identify and pursue strategic issues in international business and to gain consciousness of the impact of culture on business practices. Students will do extensive research on a country and prepare a report detailing business and cultural practices with political and economic components prior to travel. Upon return, students will prepare a written summary of their experiences and compare expectations prior to the field study with the realities of international business.
IBUS 8400 Seminar in International Business I
Only open to Executive MBA students. A study of management forces impacting an international business environment for a multinational corporation. Topics include the fundamentals of international business management, international marketing and international economics. It provides an overview of international business, its history, trends, and possible future direction as well as the phenomena that impact it.
Courses in Management
MGMT 5365 Business Consulting
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisites: MGMT 5361 or consent of instructor. Teams of students consult with local small businesses recommended by the Small Business Development Center. Students work on problems in accounting, production, marketing, personnel, finance, insurance, law, and information systems. Student teams write reports outlying the problems and recommended solutions. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4365.
MGMT 5375 Sustainable Business
A cross-disciplinary course to introduce students to the emerging field of sustainability and its triple-bottom line focus on the social, environmental, and economic impacts of business. Dual-listed in the UA Little Rock Undergraduate Catalog as MGMT 4375. Three credit hours.
MGMT 5383 Issues in Entrepreneurship
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. A significant exposure to the entrepreneurial process. Interaction with real-world entrepreneurs will enhance the entrepreneurial decision-making abilities of the students. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4383. Three credit hours.
MGMT 7101 Developing Leadership Skills I
MBA Core Course. Review of key managerial skills which include ethical decision-making, teamwork, oral presentations, influencing others, and critical thinking. The course conceptually introduces the skills and familiarizes participants with measures to be used in evaluating the development of skills throughout the MBA. Sporadic practice opportunities will be utilize to enhance understanding of skills and to assess the degree of skill development at the front end of the MBA. Results of assessments will be instrumental in designing action plans for skills development and in establishing a baseline to compare future assessments.
MGMT 7102 Developing Leadership Skills II
Prerequisite: MGMT 7101. Practice and development of key managerial skills, which include ethical decision-making, teamwork, oral presentation, influencing others, and critical thinking. This course emphasizes learning by experience; students will have opportunities to apply the skills in a variety of MBA courses. Feedback from a variety of sources (i.e., peers, instructors, self) will follow each practice opportunity. Students will be asked to reflect on feedback, design plans of actions that tackle performance deficiencies, and demonstrate quantifiable evidence of skill improvement in subsequent applications.
MGMT 7180 Strategy for Competitive Advantage I
Prerequisite concurrent: MGMT 7101. An introductory course that holistically integrates business disciplines in ways that promote analysis and decision making. The interdependent roles of all disciplines in the MBA program are examined, relative to analyzing business situations.
MGMT 7210 Operations and Supply Chain Management
Prerequisite: ECON 7200. This course addresses important concepts and issues related to the design and management of business operations including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, transportation, supply chain, and service operations. Frameworks for designing, managing, and analyzing the supply chain operations needed to support a firm’s business strategy are introduced. The course links strategic and operational supply chain decisions for the student, forming a holistic view of business operations and the application of quantitative methods to address operational and supply chain issues.
MGMT 7250 Strategic Mgmt of IS & Tech
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304, ECON 7313 and MGMT 7180. Focus on strategic and operational roles of information systems and technology (IS) and other information resources, including their applications, value-adding processes, sourcing, governance, organizational and strategic alignment as well as limitations. Management of the IS asset portfolio using a risk/reward framework considering life cycle, obsolescence, innovation, and strategic impact.
MGMT 7280 Strategy for Competitive Advantage II
Prerequisite: MGMT 7180, MGMT 7210, MKTG 7311, FINC 7311 (prerequisite concurrent) and enrollment in last semester or progression to the last nine MBA program hours. This course develops a process for deriving business strategies, with emphasis on strategic concepts, techniques, and application to business planning and implementation to achieve competitive advantage.
MGMT 7302 Management and Organizational Behavior
MBA and MS in BIS Foundation Course. A study of the theories of management and the behavioral sciences, which are directly related to understanding, predicting, and influencing human behavior in organizations.
MGMT 7308 Advanced Business Communication
MS in BIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Analysis of communication issues in the global socio-technical environment. Assessment of organizational communication systems. Refinement of written and verbal communication competencies.
MGMT 7310 Management of Human Capital
MBA Core Course or MS in BIS Elective. Provides the foundations for managing people in organizations. It includes theories addressing the psychology of management (e.g., motivation, work attitudes) and a review of the human-resource processes (e.g., selection, training) that assist in maximizing human capital. Heavy emphasis is placed on the applied view of topics.
MGMT 7311 Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisites: ACCT 7302, FINC 7310, MKTG 7300 or equivalent courses. Problems associated with entrepreneurship; emphasis on small enterprises, feasibility studies of new small enterprises.
MGMT 7312 Team Development
MS in BIS Core Course or MBA Elective. Organizational theory and principles of developing and managing teams.
MGMT 7313 Commercializing Innovations
Course Description: The students will work in teams to develop new products and formulate their pathway to market utilizing a business plan methodology. This course focuses upon innovation, multi-discipline integration, problem solving, and decision-making. The learning that occurs in this course is equally applicable in a startup venture as it is in a medium or large organization.
MGMT 7335 International Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Introduction to international business; particular issues and problems associated with managing business operations in multinational enterprises; management responses to these problems.
MGMT 7340 Collective Bargaining
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Aspects of labor-management relations; includes union organization, legal parameters, agreement negotiation, day-to-day administration of union-management agreement; emphasis on roles of industrial relations managers, line managers; extensive use of case studies.
MGMT 7341 Strategic Human Resource Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. This course examines human resource management (HRM) from a strategic proactive perspective. Students consider HRM functional activities from the perspective of competitive advantage and added value. Specific topics include globalization, the legal environment, recruitment, retention, performance appraisals, rewards, employee relations, and planning.
MGMT 7345 Employment Law for Managers
This course examines the laws that regulate the employment relationship with an emphasis on helping managers comply with this law. Topics include employment discrimination (age, religion, color, gender, national origin, race, disability), pre-employment inquiries and testing, seniority and promotions, affirmative action, sexual harassment, equal pay requirements, overtime and minimum wage rules, employee dismissal issues, worker safety and health, gay and lesbian work issues, employee privacy, time-off requirements, employment lawsuits, union issues, and whether someone is an employee or independent contractor. Legal cases are used extensively to increase student comprehension.
MGMT 7380 Corporate Strategy
MBA Core Course. Capstone course to be taken at the end of the program. Prerequisites: FINC 7311, and enrollment in last semester or in last nine program hours. Process for deriving corporate, business strategies; emphasis on strategy concepts, techniques, application to small, large private sector corporations, nonprofit organizations.
MGMT 7398 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance, interest in management.
MGMT 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation courses, 12 credits of Core requirements, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on approved topic in area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
MGMT 8100 Information Systems Technology
Only open to Executive MBA students. Design of end-user applications and their role in managerial/business decision making; familiarization with the basic productivity software packages and the use of Internet resources in business.
MGMT 8107 Leadership Foundations
Only open to Executive MBA students. Defines leadership, maps leadership style for the individual, and explains its role in management. It focuses on concepts for developing strategic leadership within the organization, experience and skills for leading organization development and change, team interaction, and styles. It draws on writing, exercises, and students’ business experience to explore the foundations and techniques of organizational leadership.
MGMT 8108 Strategic Applied Leadership
Only open to Executive MBA students. This course builds upon MGMT 8107, Leadership Fundamentals, adding the concepts of power, self-leadership, strategic leadership, communication, and compensation, in an application-based format. Students learn the role leadership in gaining competitive advantage, through the analysis, formulation, and implementation of a strategic plan. In addition, leadership is stressed, in regard to establishing measure, communicating results, and compensating individuals within the organization.
MGMT 8270 Operations Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: Economics 8320. Addresses topics that have applications both in manufacturing and in services, including quality control methods, forecasting techniques, scheduling and planning, the transportation problem, and project management (PERT/CPM). Computer assignments may be given.
MGMT 8310 Applied Organizational Behavior
Only open to Executive MBA students. Organizational behavior concepts and applications, such as leadership, motivation, perception, conflict, and communication will be included. Emphasis will be placed on learning the traditional areas of organizational behavior using an experiential learning approach.
MGMT 8341 Human Resource Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. Contribution of the human resource management function in achievement of organizational objectives. Role of upper and middle management in the establishment and implementation of human resource strategies and policies. Topics of discussion: employee selection, performance evaluation, termination, compensation and benefits, reward systems, counseling, negotiation, and personnel/labor law.
MGMT 8380 Strategic Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: FINC 8311, and enrollment in last nine program hours. Integrates the functional areas of business and develops a top management perspective; emphasis on developing executive abilities and creative thinking via practice in formulating value statements, visions, missions, objectives, strategies, policies, and alternative courses of action.
Courses in Marketing
MKTG 7301 Marketing Analysis, Planning, and Control
MBA and MS in BIS Foundation Course. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Marketing principles, structure, framework from managerial perspective; role of basic marketing functions (price, product, distribution, promotion) in determination and implementation of strategy and other marketing decision- making activities; significance of legal and ethical precepts; increasing role of global marketing activities.
MKTG 7311 Marketing for Profit and Growth
Prerequisite: ECON 7313 and ACCT 7304. MBA Core Course or MS-BIS Elective. Proper evaluation of the actors and environmental forces within markets to formulate and execute effective local and global marketing strategies including business models, segmentation, target marketing, positioning, differentiation, branding, the marketing mix or 4 p’s (price, product, place, promotion), integrated marketing communications, product management, and new product development. Course also includes the use of marketing metrics, development of marketing plans, and anticipating the effect of the business cycle on marketing efforts.
MKTG 7312 Markets Analysis
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7200. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311. Analysis of consumer and intermediate markets for purposes of developing marketing strategy; includes income and expenditure patterns, buying decision processes, buyer behaviors, and consumption patterns.
MKTG 7313 Marketing Research and Information Systems
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7200. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311. Research methods, application to marketing decision-making; includes problem definition, research design, sampling, data collection and analysis, research presentation.
MKTG 7314 Product Innovation
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311. Relationship between marketing, innovation, communications; builds on behavioral base for insights to product innovation, marketing communication process; behavioral, communication concepts for developing marketing communications programs.
MKTG 7316 Global Marketing
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: All Core courses. Primary dimensions of the global marketing environment; introduction to international marketing research problems and approaches; planning for global marketing operations and managing the global marketing mix.
MKTG 7320 E-Commerce: Strategic Issues
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311 or equivalent. Survey of Web Activity. Business models and other frameworks for evaluating and creating business strategies involving electronic networks. Infrastructures and technology issues. Ethical and policy issues.
MKTG 7330 Services Marketing
MBA or BIS Elective. Examines the major differences between goods and services, as well as the problems associated with the differences. Strategic aspects of services marketing mix are discussed with emphasis on the delivery of high quality services and the management of service employees. The course is conducted in a seminar style and makes use of the case study method. Not open to students with credit for MKTG 4330 or MKTG 5330.
MKTG 7381 Law and Ethics in Business
MBA and MS in BIS elective. This course instructs the student in the foundations of law that constitute the framework for doing business in the United States. Specific fields of concentration include: constitutional principles, contract formation and remedies, tort and product liability property, environmental regulation, securities regulation, and government mandates. All topics will be explored with a focus on ethics together with an analysis of the social and political issues that influence the workplace.
MKTG 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation Courses, 12 credits of Core Courses, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on an approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
MKTG 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance, interest in marketing.