The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Metro: Business (MBU)

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MBU 100: Introduction to Business

3.00 Credits

A survey of the conceptual foundations and organizations of American business since World War II. Emphasis on the production process within the private sector and analysis of the contribution of capital, labor, and management.

MBU 105: Business Mathematics

3.00 Credits

A foundation course in mathematics designed to refresh the individual in the business uses of math. Covers material on fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions, introductory algebra, simple and compound interest, discounts, loans, and set theory. Also stresses hand calculators and computers.

MBU 110: Accounting I

3.00 Credits

A two-semester offering. Begins with analysis of accounting concepts, assumptions, and principles; progresses to evaluation of accounting data for management and decision making.

MBU 111: Accounting II

3.00 Credits

A two-semester offering. Begins with analysis of accounting concepts, assumptions, and principles; progresses to evaluation of accounting data for management and decision making.

MBU 140: Principles of Economics

3.00 Credits

Provides a broad explanation of the American socioeconomic system as well as the factors affecting behavior and decision making by various units and institutions operating within the system.

MBU 141: Macroeconomics

3.00 Credits

An introduction to modern economic analysis and its implications. Centers on the applications of economic theory to national policy problems such as growth, inflation, unemployment, and government expenditures and taxation. Provides a broad introduction to the understanding of the American socioeconomic system.

MBU 142: Microeconomics

3.00 Credits

A continuation of the introduction to modern economic analysis concentrating on the factors affecting behavior and decision making by households, business firms, and institutions operating under a mixed socioeconomic system.

MBU 160: Public Relations

3.00 Credits

Basic principles covering the role of public relations in society, public relations principles and their application, procedures for planning and implementing campaigns, identification of publics, and strategies for influencing them.

MBU 165: Business Communication

3.00 Credits

Helps to increase knowledge of, and develop skills in, effective oral and written communication. The course focuses on preparing and delivering oral presentations and writing business letters, memos, reports, and e-mails.

MBU 167: Conflict Resolution

3.00 Credits

Introduces the terminology, concepts, and practice of conflict resolution, especially as it relates to problem solving in smaller groups. Students will examine case studies and participate in role plays to learn practical mediation skills and interpersonal tools for recognizing, preventing, and resolving conflicts.

MBU 200: Principles of Management

3.00 Credits

An overview of what management is. First, a review of the development of management from the late nineteenth century through today. Discusses the functions and activities of a manager. Finally, describes the requirements and capabilities for today's and tomorrow's managers and how they utilize them to perform effectively, both domestically and globally, enhancing a multicultural focus. Many cases used for discussion.

MBU 201: Management and Organizational Behavior

3.00 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the field of organizational behavior, as practiced today, along with what the trends indicate for the future. Active discussion and cases, including analysis of ethically-related situations is an integral part of the course.

MBU 202: Management Principles and Practices

3.00 Credits

no description available

MBU 203: Leadership in the Classics

3.00 Credits

no description available

MBU 205: Contemporary Marketing

3.00 Credits

Covers all the functions and activities of marketing, as practiced today, along with what the trends indicate for the future. Some reflection on marketing's professional development. Active discussion and cases, including analysis of ethically-related situations.

MBU 206: Professional Ethics in Literature

3.00 Credits

no description available

MBU 210: Intermediate Accounting I

3.00 Credits

After review of the accounting cycle, concentrates on the valuation and accounting of tangible and intangible assets like receivables, inventories, fixed assets, goodwill, patents, etc. The concepts of present value and discounting are presented. Prerequisites: MBU 111

MBU 211: Intermediate Accounting II

3.00 Credits

Complementary course to 210, considers in-depth accounting of current, contingent, and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; statement of changes in financial position. The concepts of present value and discounting are reinforced. Prerequisites: MBU 210

MBU 251: Financial Analysis

3.00 Credits

Introduction to financial analysis, planning and control, working capital management, financial structure, and financial decisions. Emphases on both supply and demand for capital as well as the return on and cost of capital investment.

MBU 275: Public Opinion Research

3.00 Credits

Examination of the informational needs of management. Procedures and techniques by which public opinion and attitudes are identified and measured. Discussion of advanced research techniques in measurement and analysis. Prerequisite: MBU 100 or MBU 120 or MBU 160.

MBU 310: Cost Accounting

3.00 Credits

Discussion of such concepts as job order and process cost accounting, predetermined cost, management by exception, and cost control; introduces the student to the standard cost system. Prerequisite: MIS 104.

MBU 320: Introduction to Records & Information Management

3.00 Credits

Provides an introduction to the history and development of information and records management, including planning and establishing a records management program, records classification, cost/benefit analysis, hardware and software selection, and management style.

MBU 321: Information Development & Documentation

3.00 Credits

Focuses on how to develop and document an information and records management system, including such topics as feasibility studies, data collection techniques, storage and retrieval practices, legal issues, forms management, documentation standards, and records protection.

MBU 322: Records Technology

3.00 Credits

A survey of technologies used in information and records management, including bar coding, CD-ROM, computer database and records systems, electronic imaging, integrated systems, local area networks, micrographics, optical scanning, and telecommunications.

MBU 323: Archives Management

3.00 Credits

An introduction to the theory and practice of archives management, including the storage and protection of records in various formats. Discussions include acquisition and appraisal, processing, storage, preservation, access, and retrieval.

MBU 324: Strategic Management Practices

3.00 Credits

A survey course that includes topics such as: the role of HR in organizations, human resources planning, organization design and development, budgeting, motivation and leadership. Course emphasizes strategic planning and policy making, with focus on ability to interpret knowledge of an organization environment and develope internal organizational structures, policies, evaluation techniques to be effective in a changing environment.

MBU 325: Electronic Records Management

3.00 Credits

This course covers Implications of Records Management on the Organization, Basic Concepts of Electronic Management Systems, Scheduling and Maintenance of Electronic Records Management Sytems, Implementing an Electronic Records Management Project, Access to Electronic Information, Legal issues related to Electronic Records, and Looking Ahead-How Technology will affect Electronic Records Management.

MBU 326: Developing Employee Capability

3.00 Credits

Provides a summary of topics such as equal employment opportunity and affirmative action,recruitment, selection, career planning and development; and addresses organizational exit such as constructive discharge, layoffs, and retirements. Provides an introduction to the organizational practices related to developing and training employees to meet specific organizational goals and objectives. The course examines methods to determine training needs and to develop internal training and development programs, or selecting outside sources for training needs.

MBU 327: Employment Operations

3.00 Credits

This course will provide an overview of union representation and employees, unfair labor practices, collective bargaining, management/labor relationships in organizations, strikes, and boycotts. Federal and state laws have been promulgated and established to protect employees in the workplace. One of the major Federal initiatives is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

MBU 328: Employee Compensation and Benefits

3.00 Credits

This course provides a framework for understanding various types of compensation approaches. It distinguishes between job-based and person-based pay structures and the ongoing management functions that maintain internal alignment, enhance organizational competitiveness, and create employee incentives within these various types of pay systems. The course also examines the compensation of special groups, external market forces that impact compensation, the collective bargaining process, and the role of government and legal compliance issues in determining compensation practices.

MBU 330: Retirement Plans: Basic Features and Defined Contribution Approaches

3.00 Credits

After an historical introduction of private pension plan development, this course reviews the objectives of plan design. Subjects discussed include profit-sharing plans, thrift and savings plans, Section 401(k) cash or deferred arrangements, employee stock ownership and stock bonus plans, individual retirement accounts, simplified employee pensions, SIMPLE plans, tax-deferred annuities, and executive retirement arrangements.

MBU 331: Employee Benefits: Concepts and Health Care Benefits

3.00 Credits

This course begins with an overview of the environment of employee benefit plans and then addresses issues pertaining to health care plans, plan design, and cost-control techniques. Specifically, topics covered include selecting health and managed care plans, maintaining and improving employee health, and purchasing quality health care. Dental plans and specialized benefits - mental health/substance abuse, prescription drugs, vision and hearing care plans - are covered, as are medical benefits for retirees and long-term care.

MBU 332: Employee Benefits: Design, Administration and Other Welfare Benefits

3.00 Credits

Examines a wide variety of welfare benefits including dependent care and family leave benefits; work/life benefits; and vacation and other time-off benefits. Flexible benefit plans and flexible spending accounts are also discussed, as are the administration, funding, communication, and taxation of welfare plans. Topics on multi-employer welfare benefit plans and benefits technology and information management are also included. Recommended: MBU 331.

MBU 334: Retirement Plans: Defined Benefit Approaches and Plan Administration

3.00 Credits

Covers the contemporary fundamentals of pension plans with particular emphasis on the defined benefit approach to providing retirement income. Major subject areas include plan design, actuarial aspects (costs and funding), investments of plan assets, and plan termination insurance. The course also addresses the creation of hybrid plans, early retirement incentives, and structuring retirement plans to meet the special needs of executives. Recommended: MBU 330.

MBU 339: Health Economics

3.00 Credits

This course examines health economic issues using various microeconomic tools. The purpose of the course is to provide a theoretical basis for understanding the practical issues in health plan design, management, and administration.

MBU 340: Business Ethics

3.00 Credits

An examination of ethical questions in various business and professional situations including the film, savings and loan, stock, chemical, farming, and manufacturing industries and their responsibilities to their consumers and employees. Analyzes some professions including physicians, lawyers, and ministers and the situations they encounter. Use of films and literature to demonstrate some of the ethical questions.

MBU 341: Business Law I

3.00 Credits

An overview of certain basic legal concepts and principles pertaining to the business world, focusing on business organizations and property rights. Covers agency law and the legal aspects of the formation, operation, and termination of partnerships and corporations. Also addresses public regulation of business.

MBU 342: Business Law II

3.00 Credits

An overview of certain basic legal concepts and principles pertaining to the business world, focusing on business organizations and property rights. Covers agency law and the legal aspects of the formation, operation, and termination of partnerships and corporations. Also addresses public regulation of business. Prerequisites: Metropolitan College Students Only.

MBU 351: Managerial Leadership

3.00 Credits

Application of management principles and practices to policy making. Develops universality of management functions to all phases of business and need for policy formulation. Prerequisite: MBU 200 or MBU 201 or MBU 204 or MBU 469.

MBU 353: Government and Business

3.00 Credits

Public policies toward business, with special reference to the maintenance of competition, the control of monopoly, public enterprise, and the protection of consumers, investors, and the environment.

MBU 354: International Financial Management

3.00 Credits

Focuses mainly on finances that businesses must consider to negotiate international enterprise activities.

MBU 355: Lobbying

3.00 Credits

Provides the groundwork for a career in the lobbying profession, and provides students in other fields an opportunity to learn how to influence political decisions.

MBU 357: Managing Non-Profits

3.00 Credits

Designed for the non-profit professional; covers the roles and functions of the principal types of non-profit organizations, proposal writing, foundations and corporate giving, fund-raising systems and procedures, forms and record-keeping aids and etc.

MBU 358: Asset Management

3.00 Credits

This course introduces asset management in the context of setting investment objectives for pension plan assets. The course provides the necessary background on financial markets, how they are organized, and how they operate. The concepts of risk versus return and efficient markets and the impact of modern portfolio theory are presented, followed by a detailed discussion on bonds, stocks and derivatives. The course also covers mutual funds, managed accounts, and guaranteed investment contracts.

MBU 360: Marketing & Sales Promotion

3.00 Credits

Examines the role of marketing and sales promotion in the American economic system; analyzes the management of distribution. Introduction to the study of demand analysis, evaluation of various tools used in marketing research.

MBU 361: Human Resource Management

3.00 Credits

This course provides an overview of the management of human resources in organizations, examining the major issues in creating a productive workforce and fostering effective employee/management relationships. The course addresses such topics as job design, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, incentive programs, total compensation approaches and strategies for their implementation, employee rights, labor relations, and the collective bargaining process.

MBU 363: Executive Compensation and Compensation Issues

3.00 Credits

This course presents an overview of executive compensation issues and practices. Various components of executive compensation - including direct pay, employee benefits, perquisites, short-term incentives, and long-term incentives - are covered. Other topics include balancing current versus deferred incentives, tax and financial considerations, and establishing and monitoring executive compensation. Recommended: MBU 328.

MBU 365: Key Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

3.00 Credits

This course reviews key employment laws and how they impact human resource managers. It also provides students with an appreciation for the legal underpinnings of employment policies and practices, and discusses how legal issues impact employees at various levels throughout the organization. Students learn how to draft and implement employment policies.

MBU 370: Statistics

3.00 Credits

A survey of statistical methods and techniques most commonly used by accountants and business managers. Covers descriptive statistics, followed by an introduction to the topics of statistical sampling, statistical inference, and simple regression analysis.

MBU 410: Income Tax Accounting

3.00 Credits

Covers the difference in accounting and legal concepts underlying tax laws and regulations. Also covered: the mechanics of tax return preparation and the development of case law over the years.

MBU 411: Tax Accounting II

3.00 Credits

Continuation of 410; focuses on corporate tax returns. Prerequisite: MBU 410.

MBU 453: Labor Relations

3.00 Credits

Focuses on the economic and institutional aspects of collective bargaining. Studies attitudes and policies of unions and management, negotiation and grievance procedures, wage and economic security plans, union security, programs for coping with job displacement, and public policies toward collective bargaining.

MBU 462: Human Resources Staffing

3.00 Credits

Introduction to the organizational practices related to developing and training employees to meet specific organizational goals and objectives. The course examines methods to determine training needs and to develop internal training and development programs. The course ends with exploring the techniques to evaluate training effectiveness.

MBU 463: Managing Diversity

3.00 Credits

Emphasis of cross-cultural differences and the contributions made by each. In-depth examination of how different cultures and ethnic groups have addressed similar problems and similarities in solving problems and discussion of differences as well. Review of the management of and creation of diversity programs with an eye toward analysis of both real and imagined discrimination. Discussion of "equal protection of the law" and perceived differences in the understanding of this historical development of this constitutional protection and its application to "state action".

MBU 465: Human Resources Development and Training

3.00 Credits

Introduction to the organizational practices related to developing and training employees to meet specific organizational goals and objectives. The course examines methods to determine training needs and to develop internal training and development programs or selecting outside sources for training needs. The course ends with exploring the techniques to evaluate training effectiveness.

MBU 466: Managing Performance, Supervision, and Evaluation

3.00 Credits

Study of theories of management from management ob objectives, top-down management, teamorganizations, versus the production line. Evaluation of performance including employee input into evaluations, both self-examination and evaluation of management.

MBU 467: Employee and Labor Relations

3.00 Credits

An in-depth study of the requirements of Equal Opportunity Employment including programs that must be in place, reporting requirements, independent internal EEO oversight. Rights of employees to bring actions for wrongs and requirements to do so in the proper procedure and format.

MBU 468: Human Resources Health, Safety and Security

3.00 Credits

Federal and state lwas have been promulgated and established to protect employees in the workplace. One of the major Federal initiatives is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The course will examine the provisions in health(such as employee wellness programs, and stress management);safety (such as accident investigations and human factors engineering - ergonomics), and security (such as control systems and theft and fraud). This course explores some recent cases.

MBU 469: Organizational Development and Behavior

3.00 Credits

Introduction to individual and group behavior in organizations, i.e., examination of reserach regarding the ways members of organizations behave, behavior of work groups and supervisors, inter-group relations, employees goals and attitufes, and problems in communication. Exmaines procedures for supporting and strengthening emergent behavior. Explores methods for making organizations and individuals more productive through intervention techniques, such as team building and feedback. Examines the organizational interaction with the environment.

MBU 470: Organizational Research and Performance Enhancement

3.00 Credits

An introdution to individual and group behavior in organizations. The examination of research regarding thw ways members of organizations behave, behavior of work groups and supervisors, inter-group relations, employees goals and attitudes, and problems in communication. Examines procedures for supporting and strengthening emergent behavior. Explores methods for making organizations and individuals more productive through intervention techniques, such as team building and feedback. Not open to students with previous credit for MSO 185.

MBU 490: Entrepreneurship

3.00 Credits

A detailed review of what existing or new small business of all types require in terms of entrepreneurial characteristics and capabilities, followed by an analysis of the various functions and activities necessary. Discusses the preparation of a viable, integrated business plan that is directed towards achieving a successful, profitable organization.

MBU 501: Communicating Effectively as a Manager

3.00 Credits

Helps develop knowledge of, and skills in, effective communication by exposing students to a combination of communication theory and applications. The course emphasizes the development of advanced written and oral communication skills through its focus on preparing and delivering oral presentations, writing business reports and communiqués, and managing interpersonal communications.

MBU 505: Project Management

3.00 Credits

Introduces students to the principles underlying effective project management, providing the knowledge, skills, and framework necessary to manage a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the project life cycle, stakeholder identification, resource allocation, cost management, scheduling techniques, and human resource aspects of project management. Reviews MS Project as a useful tool to effectively and efficiently manage a project.

MBU 505A: Project Management

3.00 Credits

Introduces students to the principles underlying effective project management, providing the knowledge, skills, and framework necessary to manage a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the project life cycle, stakeholder identification, resource allocation, cost management, scheduling techniques, and human resource aspects of project management. Reviews MS Project as a useful tool to effectively and efficiently manage a project.

MBU 507: Project Scheduling and Cost Control

3.00 Credits

Teaches the attributes and methods of both project scheduling and project cost control. The critical elements of project planning, management, and control functions will be studied and applied in an integrated approach. An emphasis will be placed on the deconstruction of the project elements and development of the project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). This includes the role of the WBS in project cost estimating, cost control and project scheduling.

MBU 508: Risk Management

3.00 Credits

A risk is any event that may or may not have an adverse impact on a project. It is the inherent uncertainty that comes with risks that make them so dangerous. The importance of risk management lies in the fact that if done improperly, or not done at all, it can add unplanned costs or greatly delay a project. As a result, all project managers should know how to identify, respond to, monitor and control project risks. And with proper risk management, the value of a project can actually be increased because the impact that adverse events could have on the project are minimized. As a result, in well managed projects risk management is iterative and conducted throughout the entire project life cycle. Prerequisite: MBU 505 (Project Management) or equivalent.

MBU 510: Organizational Theory and Behavior

3.00 Credits

Covers both the theoretical and empirical research on human behavior in business, public, and nonprofit institutions. Begins with the examination of internal structures such as hierarchy and authority and structural variations. Addresses the dynamic aspects of organization behavior, including such topics as leadership, motivation, supervision, communication, and control. The impact of cultural and ethical issues on organizational behavior is also covered.

MBU 512: Conflict Resolution

3.00 Credits

Introduces the terminology, concepts, and practice of conflict resolution, especially as it relates to the performance of human resource managers. Students examine case studies in conflict management to learn practical mediation skills and managerial tools for recognizing, preventing, and resolving conflicts and fostering teamwork in the workplace.

MBU 512A: Conflict Resolution

3.00 Credits

Introduces the terminology, concepts, and practice of conflict resolution, especially as it relates to the performance of human resource managers. Students examine case studies in conflict management to learn practical mediation skills and managerial tools for recognizing, preventing, and resolving conflicts and fostering teamwork in the workplace.

MBU 514: Leadership Foundations

3.00 Credits

Surveys, compares, and contrasts contemporary theories of leadership, providing students the opportunity to assess their own leadership competencies and how they fit in with models of leadership. Students also discuss current literature, media coverage, and case studies on leadership issues.

MBU 516: Managing People and Performance

3.00 Credits

Examines human behavior in organizations and its implications for managing individuals, groups, and teams to achieve organizational effectiveness. Topics covered include group dynamics, team-building, performance appraisal processes, diversity, and managing a global workforce.

MBU 516A: Managing People and Performance

3.00 Credits

Examines human behavior in organizations and its implications for managing individuals, groups, and teams to achieve organizational effectiveness. Topics covered include group dynamics, team-building, performance appraisal processes, diversity, and managing a global workforce.

MBU 523: Legal Environment in Human Resource Management

3.00 Credits

Provides an understanding of the legal issues impacting organizations. Examines current laws, regulations and court decisions and how they impact the role and responsibilities of the human resource manager. Covers such topics as equal employment/ affirmative action programs, OSHA, and employee rights to privacy.

MBU 523A: Legal Environment in Human Resource Management

3.00 Credits

Provides an understanding of the legal issues impacting organizations. Examines current laws, regulations and court decisions and how they impact the role and responsibilities of the human resource manager. Covers such topics as equal employment/ affirmative action programs, OSHA, and employee rights to privacy.

MBU 533: Human Resource Management and Strategy

3.00 Credits

Explores the function of human resource management in an organization, addressing such critical areas as recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, performance management, and organization development. Addresses how human resource programs and activities can be aligned with an organization's strategic goals and objectives to enhance organizational effectiveness.

MBU 533A: Human Resource Management and Strategy

3.00 Credits

Explores the function of human resource management in an organization, addressing such critical areas as recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, performance management, and organization development. Addresses how human resource programs and activities can be aligned with an organization's strategic goals and objectives to enhance organizational effectiveness.

MBU 540: Integrated Communications: Marketing & Public Relations

3.00 Credits

Addresses the coordinated use of public relations, marketing, and internal/stakeholder communications to achieve an organization's strategic goals..

MBU 543: Labor-Management Relations

3.00 Credits

Analyzes the economic and institutional aspects of collective bargaining and their impact on the economy. Addresses attitudes and policies of unions and management, negotiation and grievance procedures in both unionized and non-unionized firms, ethical issues in labor-management relations, and public policies toward collective bargaining.

MBU 543A: Labor-Management Relations

3.00 Credits

Analyzes the economic and institutional aspects of collective bargaining and their impact on the economy. Addresses attitudes and policies of unions and management, negotiation and grievance procedures in both unionized and non-unionized firms, ethical issues in labor-management relations, and public policies toward collective bargaining.

MBU 550: Sport Management

3.00 Credits

no description available

MBU 564: Compensation and Benefits

3.00 Credits

Examines the integral parts of total compensation packages as they exist within the various economic sectors. Rationale for design and implementation of cost-effective compensation benefits programs. Explores specifics of wage and salary program structure and administration within the framework of existing business and economic climates.

MBU 564A: Compensation and Benefits

3.00 Credits

Examines the integral parts of total compensation packages as they exist within the various economic sectors. Rationale for design and implementation of cost-effective compensation benefits programs. Explores specifics of wage and salary program structure and administration within the framework of existing business and economic climates.

MBU 566: Human Resource Training and Development

3.00 Credits

Explores theories, processes, and practices in training and development, addressing such topics as adult learning, instructional design, evaluation, coaching, management development, organization development and change, job training, and career development.

MBU 566A: Human Resource Training and Development

3.00 Credits

Explores theories, processes, and practices in training and development, addressing such topics as adult learning, instructional design, evaluation, coaching, management development, organization development and change, job training, and career development.

MBU 570: Federal Contract Management and Administration

3.00 Credits

Discusses the acquisition and contract management environment from the government's and the contractor's perspectives. The focus is on federal acquisition regulations, contract types most frequently used in federal contracting, and duties performed by contracting personnel during the contract administration phase of the acquisition process.

MBU 570A: Federal Contract Management and Administration

3.00 Credits

Discusses the acquisition and contract management environment from the government's and the contractor's perspectives. The focus is on federal acquisition regulations, contract types most frequently used in federal contracting, and duties performed by contracting personnel during the contract administration phase of the acquisition process.

MBU 573: Legal Aspects of Government Contracting

3.00 Credits

Addresses the principal legal issues that often arise in federal contracting and discusses the purpose, interpretation, applicability, and administrative ramifications of laws, regulations, and executive orders relevant to prime contracts and subcontracts. Decisions from the Comptroller General, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and the courts are examined. Topics include: formation of government contracts and formal dispute resolution.

MBU 573A: Legal Aspects of Government Contracting

3.00 Credits

Addresses the principal legal issues that often arise in federal contracting and discusses the purpose, interpretation, applicability, and administrative ramifications of laws, regulations, and executive orders relevant to prime contracts and subcontracts. Decisions from the Comptroller General, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and the courts are examined. Topics include: formation of government contracts and formal dispute resolution.

MBU 576: Contract Pricing, Negotiations, and Source Selection

3.00 Credits

Emphasizes factors to consider in contract pricing, contracting by negotiation, and source selection. Primary focus is on analytical techniques for conducting price and cost analysis in preparation for negotiations. Discusses methods for examining all categories of costs along with the theory and practice of negotiations in order to develop the knowledge, attitude and skills required to successfully negotiate the best value for the government. Methods and techniques, from developing requirements to final source selection and contract award, are examined.

MBU 576A: Contract Pricing, Negotiations, and Source Selection

3.00 Credits

Emphasizes factors to consider in contract pricing, contracting by negotiation, and source selection. Primary focus is on analytical techniques for conducting price and cost analysis in preparation for negotiations. Discusses methods for examining all categories of costs along with the theory and practice of negotiations in order to develop the knowledge, attitude and skills required to successfully negotiate the best value for the government. Methods and techniques, from developing requirements to final source selection and contract award, are examined.

MBU 577: Program Management in the Federal Government

3.00 Credits

no description available

MBU 578: Performance of Government Contracts

3.00 Credits

Emphasizes the use of performance-based methods in contracting, such as statements of objectives, contractor-developed statements of work, oral proposals, past performance evaluation, and risk identification and mitigation. The content is completely current with federal laws, regulations and operating procedures.

MBU 578A: Performance of Government Contracts

3.00 Credits

Emphasizes the use of performance-based methods in contracting, such as statements of objectives, contractor-developed statements of work, oral proposals, past performance evaluation, and risk identification and mitigation. The content is completely current with federal laws, regulations and operating procedures.

MBU 594: Independent Study

1.00-6.00 Credits

Individual learning projects can be designed under faculty supervision credit. Permission of the dean is required prior to enrolling.

MBU 594A: Independent Study

1.00-6.00 Credits

Individual learning projects can be designed under faculty supervision credit. Permission of the dean is required prior to enrolling.

MBU 595: Internship - Graduate/Professional

1.00-6.00 Credits

no description available

MBU 619: Strategic Planning and Implementation

3.00 Credits

Effective organizations strategically design their mission, vision, structure, and operations to anticipate and respond to external threats, opportunities, and conditions. This course explains how organizations formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies that help ensure their sustainability and profitability. Integrates case studies to provide practical examples of strategic management concepts.

MBU 619A: Strategic Planning and Implementation

3.00 Credits

Effective organizations strategically design their mission, vision, structure, and operations to anticipate and respond to external threats, opportunities, and conditions. This course explains how organizations formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies that help ensure their sustainability and profitability. Integrates case studies to provide practical examples of strategic management concepts.

MBU 627: Human Resource Information Systems and Communications

3.00 Credits

Provides an understanding of the leading Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) human resource software packages available to large enterprises: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software. Applications such as PeopleSoft, SAP, or BAAN, will be compared with respect to the principles of information resources and systems management in the human resource function of a company. Emphasizes the role of ERPs in multi-national firms. Class will discuss challenges of project management.

MBU 627A: Human Resource Information Systems and Communications

3.00 Credits

Provides an understanding of the leading Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) human resource software packages available to large enterprises: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software. Applications such as PeopleSoft, SAP, or BAAN, will be compared with respect to the principles of information resources and systems management in the human resource function of a company. Emphasizes the role of ERPs in multi-national firms. Class will discuss challenges of project management.

MBU 629: Strategic Planning for Human Resource Managers

3.00 Credits

Provides an analysis of methods and techniques for strategic planning and implementation. Discusses how a strategic approach to human resource management can support and enhance the organization's overall goals and objectives, examining HR functions such as recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, and organization development.

MBU 630: Management of Human Resources in the Federal Government

3.00 Credits

Surveys the strategies, policies, methods, realities, and ethical issues involved in human resource management within the Federal Government. Looks beyond a traditional focus on HR transactions to provide a strategic view of Federal human resources, offering a solid framework and overview on issues facing the federal sector and preparing students with the knowledge and competencies necessary to perform in this changing environment.

MBU 630A: Management of Human Resources in the Federal Government

3.00 Credits

Surveys the strategies, policies, methods, realities, and ethical issues involved in human resource management within the Federal Government. Looks beyond a traditional focus on HR transactions to provide a strategic view of Federal human resources, offering a solid framework and overview on issues facing the federal sector and preparing students with the knowledge and competencies necessary to perform in this changing environment.

MBU 632: Compensation and Benefits in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Examines the integral parts of total compensation packages as they exist within the Federal Government. Rationale for design and implementation of cost-effective compensation benefits programs. Explores specifics of wage and salary program structure and administration within the framework of the Federal Government as needed to remain competitive with the Private Sector. Addresses emerging practices in pay banding, pay for performance and work-life balance programs.

MBU 632A: Compensation and Benefits in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Examines the integral parts of total compensation packages as they exist within the Federal Government. Rationale for design and implementation of cost-effective compensation benefits programs. Explores specifics of wage and salary program structure and administration within the framework of the Federal Government as needed to remain competitive with the Private Sector. Addresses emerging practices in pay banding, pay for performance and work-life balance programs.

MBU 633: Legal Environment of Human Resources in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Provides a general understanding of the legal issues impacting organizations. Examines current laws, regulations and court decisions and how they impact the role and responsibilities of the human resource manager. Incorporates legal issues that are unique to the federal government, such as Title 5 law and regulations, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and proprietary rights of tenured public employees.

MBU 633A: Legal Environment of Human Resources in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Provides a general understanding of the legal issues impacting organizations. Examines current laws, regulations and court decisions and how they impact the role and responsibilities of the human resource manager. Incorporates legal issues that are unique to the federal government, such as Title 5 law and regulations, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and proprietary rights of tenured public employees.

MBU 635: Performance Management in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Covers the performance management process, including planning, performance support, evaluation, feedback, and appraisal. Explores the reward systems that can impact employee motivation. Surveys the policies and practices involved in managing the performance of a Federal workforce, and the trend to link individual performance to the organization's goals and objectives. Addresses strategies for dealing with performance issues, including the managerial tools for recognizing, preventing, and resolving conflicts and fostering teamwork.

MBU 635A: Performance Management in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Covers the performance management process, including planning, performance support, evaluation, feedback, and appraisal. Explores the reward systems that can impact employee motivation. Surveys the policies and practices involved in managing the performance of a Federal workforce, and the trend to link individual performance to the organization's goals and objectives. Addresses strategies for dealing with performance issues, including the managerial tools for recognizing, preventing, and resolving conflicts and fostering teamwork.

MBU 637: Strategies and Practices in Federal Staffing

3.00 Credits

Explores sourcing and hiring, including strategies and practices for attracting employees to public service. Introduces the policies and methods for Federal staffing, including merit system principles and competitive examining. Examines the current issues and trends in talent management such as workforce planning, hiring flexibilities and selection systems, and succession planning.

MBU 637A: Strategies and Practices in Federal Staffing

3.00 Credits

Explores sourcing and hiring, including strategies and practices for attracting employees to public service. Introduces the policies and methods for Federal staffing, including merit system principles and competitive examining. Examines the current issues and trends in talent management such as workforce planning, hiring flexibilities and selection systems, and succession planning.

MBU 638: Strategic Human Capital Management in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Provides an understanding of the strategic context in which HR programs must function in the federal sector. There will be a focus on the role of HR as a business partner, using strategic human capital planning, metrics and measurement as the focal point. The Federal Strategic Human Capital Accountability Assessment Framework, the Federal Competency Assessment Tool, and the Human Capital Survey also will be covered.

MBU 638A: Strategic Human Capital Management in the Federal Sector

3.00 Credits

Provides an understanding of the strategic context in which HR programs must function in the federal sector. There will be a focus on the role of HR as a business partner, using strategic human capital planning, metrics and measurement as the focal point. The Federal Strategic Human Capital Accountability Assessment Framework, the Federal Competency Assessment Tool, and the Human Capital Survey also will be covered.

MBU 640: Public Relations: Managing External Relations

3.00 Credits

Examines methods by which an organization can develop and maintain communications with external stakeholders and constituencies. The focus of the course is on how to implement an actual Public Relations program. Discusses a wide range of external communications involving, for example, the media, government, customers/consumers, and international/cross-cultural communities.

MBU 641: Integrated Organizational Communication

3.00 Credits

Discusses the importance of, and approaches for, developing a communication strategy that allows an organization to project a single "voice" and image to all of its constituencies. Examines various components of a corporate communication strategy that incorporates media, investor, and government relations; advertising; and internal communications.

MBU 647: Advanced Managerial Communication

3.00 Credits

Building on the groundwork laid in Communicating Effectively as a Manager, this course focuses on developing the more advanced personal and interpersonal communication skills typically required of managers. Addresses such areas as writing proposals, communicating with the media, handling high-stress communications, and crisis management.

MBU 647A: Advanced Managerial Communication

3.00 Credits

Building on the groundwork laid in Communicating Effectively as a Manager, this course focuses on developing the more advanced personal and interpersonal communication skills typically required of managers. Addresses such areas as writing proposals, communicating with the media, handling high-stress communications, and crisis management.

MBU 652: Managerial Decision Making: Finance & Budgeting

3.00 Credits

Serves as an introduction to decision-making tools used by managers. The course focuses heavily on financial management, addressing concepts and principles, terminology, budgeting techniques, and financial reporting. Introduces the concept of 'metrics' and discusses how they are used to enhance management effectiveness.

MBU 652A: Managerial Decision Making: Finance & Budgeting

3.00 Credits

Serves as an introduction to decision-making tools used by managers. The course focuses heavily on financial management, addressing concepts and principles, terminology, budgeting techniques, and financial reporting. Introduces the concept of 'metrics' and discusses how they are used to enhance management effectiveness.

MBU 653: Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics

3.00 Credits

Addresses the concepts and principles of financial management of particular relevance to human resource practitioners. Emphasis is placed on learning the principles of budgeting. Also examines organizational and HR-specific measures that can be used to help determine the effectiveness of the HR function.

MBU 653A: Human Resource Budgeting and Metrics

3.00 Credits

Addresses the concepts and principles of financial management of particular relevance to human resource practitioners. Emphasis is placed on learning the principles of budgeting. Also examines organizational and HR-specific measures that can be used to help determine the effectiveness of the HR function.

MBU 661: Ethical Leadership

3.00 Credits

Explores the moral, ethical, and social responsibilities of organizational leaders. Addresses theoretical and practical applications of ethical principles to help illustrate how ethical considerations impact decision-making, organizational functions, and the work environment. Assists aspiring leaders in refining their own moral and ethical compasses to guide them in leading their organizations.

MBU 663: Leadership and Organizations

3.00 Credits

Covers leadership theory and the process of leading in both the private and the public sector. Relates the leadership function to organizational development. Covers topics such as managers versus leaders; managing from a global perspective; ethical dilemmas in leadership; gender and leadership; leading through empowerment.

MBU 664: Developing Leadership Competencies

3.00 Credits

Students build on their understanding of leadership theory and practice gained from the leadership foundations course to assess, reflect on, and develop their own leadership skills and competencies. The course may incorporate activities such as case studies, experiential exercises, field projects, and assessment instruments (e.g., the Campbell Leadership Index or Lominger Limited Leadership Assessment).

MBU 664A: Developing Leadership Competencies

3.00 Credits

Students build on their understanding of leadership theory and practice gained from the leadership foundations course to assess, reflect on, and develop their own leadership skills and competencies. The course may incorporate activities such as case studies, experiential exercises, field projects, and assessment instruments (e.g., the Campbell Leadership Index or Lominger Limited Leadership Assessment).

MBU 667: Leading Organizational Change

3.00 Credits

In today's dynamic economy, there is increasing need for ongoing organizational assessment and realignment to ensure the organization's ability to serve its customers effectively. This course examines the skills and knowledge that leaders need to manage this change process successfully. The full change process is explored, including organizational assessment; the selection, design, and implementation of appropriate interventions; and evaluation.

MBU 667A: Leading Organizational Change

3.00 Credits

In today's dynamic economy, there is increasing need for ongoing organizational assessment and realignment to ensure the organization's ability to serve its customers effectively. This course examines the skills and knowledge that leaders need to manage this change process successfully. The full change process is explored, including organizational assessment; the selection, design, and implementation of appropriate interventions; and evaluation.

MBU 668: Organization Development

3.00 Credits

Organizational Development is a multi-level process for guiding organizations through times of change, dysfunction, or complexity. This course will examine basic concepts of organizational development, the practical applications of organizational development theories, different types of organizational change, the organizational diagnosis process, and the various types of organizational interventions and when they are most effective.

MBU 668A: Organization Development

3.00 Credits

Organizational Development is a multi-level process for guiding organizations through times of change, dysfunction, or complexity. This course will examine basic concepts of organizational development, the practical applications of organizational development theories, different types of organizational change, the organizational diagnosis process, and the various types of organizational interventions and when they are most effective.

MBU 673: Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, and Applications

3.00 Credits

Provides a synthesis of the concepts and principles addressed throughout the duration of the master's program. Students demonstrate an understanding of the material and its applications by completing a significant research paper or applied project.

MBU 673A: Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, and Applications

3.00 Credits

Provides a synthesis of the concepts and principles addressed throughout the duration of the master's program. Students demonstrate an understanding of the material and its applications by completing a significant research paper or applied project.

MBU 674: Master's Capstone (MSM): Research, Syntheses, Applications

3.00 Credits

Provides a synthesis of the concepts and principles addressed throughout the duration of the master's program. Students demonstrate an understanding of the material and its applications by completing a significant research paper or applied project.

MBU 674A: Master's Capstone (MSM): Research, Syntheses, Applications

3.00 Credits

Provides a synthesis of the concepts and principles addressed throughout the duration of the master's program. Students demonstrate an understanding of the material and its applications by completing a significant research paper or applied project.