Business Administration, College of

Business Administration, Interdepartmental, BUSI

5190. Administrative Strategy. 3 hours. Capstone course providing the integration of functional areas of business administration. Requires students to determine policy at the general- or top-management level. Students address strategic organizational problems and the optimization of the total enterprise. Course includes the use of lectures, case analysis and special topics. This course must be taken in the student's last semester of course work.

5410. Creative Thinking and the Business Idea. 3 hours. Introduces the professional MBA to students with the major themes developed for the program. The course discusses the essential of entrepreneurship, risk taking and market opportunity. Students are expected to develop a major discussing the market opportunities for a business product or service. Co-requisite(s): FINA 5170.

5420. Assessing the Business Opportunity. 3 hours. Investigates what a business professional needs to conduct a thorough industry, market and competitor analysis and to determine the degree of match between the opportunity and the firm. Topics developed are mission and vision, understanding corporate strategy and structure, market segments and demand factors, etc. Co-requisite(s): must take ACCT 5130 in the same semester. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 5410.

5430. Designing, Creating and Managing the Delivery Systems. 3 hours. Focuses on the essentials of designing, creating and managing the business firm's delivery system. Topics include designing value into products and services, creating and managing distribution channels, quality management ideas, process planning and facility layout. Co-requisite(s): BCIS 5120. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 5420.

5440. Growing Business in Changing Environments. 3 hours. Studies the essentials of managing the business firm within evolving environments. Concepts required for monitoring and control, along with tools for decision making. Sets the foundation for other topics such as organizational structures, redesign, threats and opportunities, and adjusting delivery and communications systems to dynamic environments. Co-requisite(s): MSCI 5180. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 5430.

5900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours. Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problem chosen by the student and developed through conferences and activities under the direction of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): approved applications for special problems/independent research/dissertation credit must be submitted to the COBA Graduate Advising Office prior to registration.

5920-5930. Problems in Lieu of Thesis. 3 hours each.

6100. Seminar in University Teaching for Business Administration. 3 hours. Topics in teaching methodologies. Focus on those topics that provide doctoral students with practical teaching tips to help them become more effective teachers. Different learning styles are addressed and frameworks, theories and teaching models are presented that help doctoral students continually improve their teaching throughout their career.

6220. Applied Regression Analysis. 3 hours. Applications of multivariate regression analysis, canonical correlation analysis and nonparametric statistical procedures to issues in business research involving multivariate data. Topics include building, evaluating and validating a regression model; analyzing models using hierarchical regression, contrast coding, partial correlations and path analysis; and comparing parametric and corresponding nonparametric tests. Prerequisite(s): MSCI 5180 or equivalent and BUSI 6450. May be taken concurrently with BUSI 6220.

6240. Applied Multivariate Statistics. 3 hours. Applications of multivariate statistical procedures involving data reduction techniques and analyzing multidimensional relationships in business research. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, logistic regression, exploratory factor analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling and conjoint analysis. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 6220.

6280. Applications in Causal and Covariance Structure Modeling. 3 hours. Application of CSM techniques to the analysis of behavioral data in business research. "Hands-on" practice using LISREL to examine measurement and structural models containing directly observed and latent variables. Provides a solid working knowledge of how to conceptualize measurement and structural models, the standard LISREL and SIMPLIS syntax for estimating these models, and proper interpretation of LISREL output. LISREL assumptions, limitations, tricks and traps are explored. Specific topics include reviews of causality and path analysis, covariance algebra, creating path diagrams and structural equations, LISREL notation and syntax, considerations in model identification, estimation, evaluation and interpretation. Specific application areas include confirmatory factor analysis and its extensions, causal models with directly observed and latent variables. Course also takes a critical look at the analysis of experimental data, modeling quadratic and interaction terms, analysis of ordinal and other non-normal variables. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 6220, 6240 (may be taken concurrently), and 6450. Students must have a thorough knowledge of multiple regression, factor analysis, ANOVA and ANCOVA. Students are also expected to have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of research design, including how to assess the internal and external validity of research designs, as well as how to assess the validity and reliability of multi-item behavioral measures. Exposure to matrix algebra is encouraged.

6450. Business Research Methods. 3 hours. Designed to introduce PhD students to the methods and measurements of business research, including scientific method, research design and measurement. Prerequisite(s): MSCI 5180 or equivalent.

6460. Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. 3 hours. Seminar in scientific inquiry for doctoral students in business administration. Focus on topics that provide doctoral students with a better understanding of theoretical frameworks used in business research. Form and structure of explanations, laws and theories used in business research are examined and discussed. The seminar is intended to be a rigorous course that exposes doctoral students to an array of topics for understanding basic business research.

6480. Advanced Issues in Research Design. 3 hours. Experimental and quasi-experimental approaches to solving problems using the scientific method. Observation, generalization, explanation and prediction using experimentation and statistical inference. Statistical principles in experimental design including ANOVA and MANOVA techniques.

After completing the course, students are prepared for conducting experiments. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 6450 or equivalent.

6900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours. Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problem chosen by the student and developed through conferences and activities under the direction of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): approved applications for special problems/independent research/dissertation credit must be submitted to the COBA Graduate Advising Office prior to registration.

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