Course Descriptions

ACC 530. Accounting for Internal Decision Making. 3 hours.
An intensive review of financial and managerial accounting concepts with emphasis on the managerial viewpoint. Uses various quantitative techniques to analyze financial and managerial information for planning, controlling, and decision-making purposes.

BUS 550. Analytical Decision Tools. 3 hours.
The study of various quantitative methods used in business decision making. Topics include a study of statistical theory and procedure, including descriptive statistics and statistical inference, and linear programming. The course focuses on the application of knowledge to real-world problem solving and utilizes Microsoft Excel for assignments and exams.

ACC 536. Accounting for External Decision Making. 3 hours.
An introductory examination of accounting for use by external decision making, including the background and application of modern accounting theory principles, and the theory and practice of auditing of accounting information.

ACC/BUS 537. Business Controls and Accountability. 3 hours.
A study of processes designed to minimize risk exposures from such occurrences as accounting errors, non-compliance, theft, and fraud – as well as the investigation of suspected fraud. The courses examines a sample from such topics as establishing and monitoring internal controls, risk exposures, business processes, transaction cycles, reasonable assurance, segregation of duties, collusion, documentation and audit trail, transaction approval and authorization, accountability, security of assets and information, links to system design and development, data analysis/mining tools, tracing illicit transactions, money laundering, red flags of financial fraud, and interviewing/interrogations techniques.

BUS 559. Strategic Decision Making. 3 hours.
A capstone study of the strategic management process that is based on the premise that successful strategy incorporates biblical principles. The course integrates the major subject areas in the development and demonstration of ethical decision-making, leadership and teamwork, and communication skills – all from a Christian perspective. The course relies heavily on cases that deal with a wide range of policy, strategic, and implementation issues faced by both employer entities and individual employees in both domestic and global markets.

ECO 570. Economic Thought. 3 hours.
An examination of economic concepts, forces, institutions, and policies that shape and govern the environments in which people live and business operates. Key concepts in economics are examined and related to individual decision-making and to such business topics as production, comparative economic systems and market structures, fiscal and monetary policies, government control and regulation, and international trade. Emphasis is placed on current application in the economy.

FIN 580. Financial Management. 3 hours.
An examination of the vital role of active financial management within an organization and the impact of financial decisions to a firm's long-term competitiveness and viability. Emphasis will be placed on financial statement analysis, working capital management, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, required rates of return theory and calculation methods, operational and financial leverage decisions, long-term financing alternatives, and profit-distribution methods.

MGT 540. Operations Management. 3 hours.
Integrating traditional, total quality, just-in-time, and constraint management philosophies with current practices in services and manufacturing. A systems perspective on long- and short-term planning, scheduling, implementing, controlling, and measuring operations that produces goods or services, provides customer satisfaction, and supports the organization's competitive edge. Emphasis on supply-chain and continuous-improvement processes.

MKT 560. Marketing Management. 3 hours.
An examination of the role of marketing in an organization and how effective marketing creates value for customers. Emphasis is on making strategic marketing decisions in the context of general management. Major topics include market segmentation and targeting, management of the Four Ps, marketing research, sustainable competitive advantage, strategic planning in competitive and dynamic markets, and social and ethical issues in marketing.

LDR 543 .Leading Teams and Organizations. 3 hours.
Leadership in organizations. While the previous course in this sequence focuses on exploring one's own skills, abilities, interests, and self-development plans, this course focuses on leading and developing others in organizational settings. Specific topics include developing employees as individuals, leading teams, servant leadership, service to one's community, leading organizations, and building careers of substance.