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MBA Course Descriptions

Foundation Courses | Required Courses | Elective Courses

Foundation Courses

Students without an undergraduate degree in business are required to take 15 hours of foundation courses in addition to the 36 hour MBA program.

BADM 601 - Foundations of Accounting - 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the basic tools and concepts used in financial accounting . It emphasizes identifying and interpreting relevant accounting information for decision-making by external users. The focus is on the four financial statements: the income statement, the statement of changes in equity, the balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows. Prerequisite: None.

BADM 604 - Foundations of Economics - 3 Credit Hours
This course introduces students to microeconomics (the study of individual economic units, including product markets, individual consumers, and firms) and macroeconomics (the study of broad economic aggregates such as gross domestic product). Prerequisite: None.

BADM 605 - Foundations of Finance - 3 Credit Hours
This introductory course in finance provides students with the financial management tools necessary to analyze complex business financial problems, and offer reasoned alternative solutions.  The course builds on principles presented in basic financial and managerial accounting courses, and introduces the student to new financial principles.  Prerequisite:  Foundations of Accounting (BADM 701).
 

BADM 606 - Foundation of Quantitative Methods and Operations Management - 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with an introduction to both the fundamentals of operations management and the essential concepts of probability and statistics. Topics include collection, organization, description, and presentation of data; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; regression, model building, and correlation analysis; forecasting; statistical process control; decision analysis; and waiting lines. Emphasis is on understanding the processes involved in the sourcing, production, and delivery of products and services, along with related operational issues like customer satisfaction, scheduling, project management, quality, inventory, reliability, and capacity management. The spreadsheet computational tool (Excel) is heavily used in this course. Prerequisites: None

BADM 607 - Foundations of Marketing - 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction to the world of international business including the nature and fundamental concepts of international business, its environment, opportunities in the global marketplace as well as theoretical and applied examples. In addition, the course illustrates how concepts from international business are utilized in the marketing of products and services for the individual firm. Prerequisite: None.

BADM 609 - Foundation of Management and Organizations - 3 Credit Hours
This course introduces students to the classical management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and the exercise of control. This course integrates classical and modern management concepts with an array of real-world cases, including a survey of the concepts and techniques involved in designing and managing operations. Prerequisites: None

Required Courses

BADM 713 - Communication for Leadership - 3 Credit Hours
This course provides insight on the role of organizations as communication systems in which effective writing and speaking are crucial. Emphasis is on developing awareness of verbal and written styles, interpersonal skills, and creating a repertoire of writing and speaking strategies. Prerequisites: None.

BADM 716 - Legal and Ethical Environment for Decision Makers - 3 Credit Hours
This course introduces the framework of law and ethics within which businesses operate and provides the student with a broad understanding of common law (contract, tort, and property) as well as statutory, administrative, and Constitutional law. Prerequisites: None.

BADM 719 - Information Technology Management - 3 Credit Hours
This course introduces the student to the vocabulary of Management Information Systems (MIS) and explores how organizations are using information technology for a competitive advantage and redefining the way in which they interact with their stakeholders. Prerequisites: None

BADM 722 - Leadership in Organizations - 3 Credit Hours

This required, core MBA course is a seminar that focuses on the understanding and application of organizational theory and leadership principles. In addition, the course will include components on developing individual leadership skills and different theories of organizations. The applications component of the course will include a variety of approaches such as cases, films, guest speakers, individual self-assessment, role play, team building exercises, and a leadership portfolio. Prerequisites: None.

BADM 728 - Accounting for Executives - 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the basic tools and concepts used in managerial accounting and to provide an opportunity for students to employ their knowledge of financial and managerial accounting projects. It emphasizes identifying and interpreting relevant accounting information for decision-making by internal and external users. The focus is on the use of accounting information for decision-making, including behavioral and ethical aspects. Prerequisite: Foundations of Accounting (BADM 701).

BADM 731 - Quantitative Methods for Operations Management - 3 Credit Hours
Students explore the role of operations management in building the competitive strength of the firm and in pursuing the firm's goals of customer satisfaction, profit, service delivery, quality and shareholder wealth. The course integrates classical and modern operations management methodologies with both hypothetical and real-world business cases. Students learn concepts and quantitative algorithms involved in designing and managing operations. Prerequisite: Quantitative Methods (BADM 710).

BADM 734 - Financial Problems - 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with a venue for applying the concepts and techniques from the Foundations of Finance course to complex business problems. The course content will be delivered primarily using the case method of analysis. Emphasis will be on teamwork and group analysis of directed and non-directed business finance cases. Students will be responsible for identifying relevant financial issues, offering alternative solutions, and making, justifying and critiquing recommended courses of action. A portion of the course will be devoted to analyzing cases with a significant international component. The course may also utilize simulation as a part of the course content. Prerequisites: Foundations of Finance (BADM 725).

BADM 737 - Strategic Marketing - 3 Credit Hours
This course examines how organizations gain and maintain a competitive advantage in a dynamic era. The course emphasizes the analysis of marketing decisions involving product, price, promotion, and distribution variables. Global opportunities are investigated. Prerequisites: Foundations of Marketing and International Business (BADM 707).

BADM 740 - Global Business Strategy - 3 Credit Hours
This comprehensive and integrative MBA capstone course pulls together the concepts, tools, and approaches taught in all the required courses. This course uses a combination of cases which place students in diverse managerial positions and a business simulation which requires the student to act as a senior executive responsible for the strategic decisions of an organization, the course emphasizes the application, execution, and resolution of multi-dimensional problems. The course emphasizes the strategic management of the business unit and the development of a paradigm for strategic analysis, as well as matching internal processes with the implementation of diverse objectives. The focus is on business-level strategy and the role of leadership in improving performance. Prerequisites: Accounting for Executives (BADM 728), Quantitative Methods for Operations Management (BADM 731), Financial Problems (BADM 734), and Strategic Marketing (BADM 737). This course must be taken within the last six hours of a student's MBA program of study.

Elective Courses

BADM 750 - Seminar in Business Administration - 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students desiring to perform advanced study and/or research in a particular area. Special topics covered within the seminar are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: To be determined by the instructor depending upon the specific seminar offered.

BADM 751 - Seminar in Accounting - 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students desiring to perform advanced study and/or research in accounting. Special topics covered within the seminar are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: To be determined by the instructor depending upon the specific seminar offered. Prerequisites: Foundations of Accounting (BADM 701) and Accounting for Executives (BADM 728).

BADM 752 - Seminar in Economics - 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students desiring to perform advanced study and/or research in economics. Special topics covered within the seminar are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: To be determined by the instructor depending upon the specific seminar offered.

BADM 753 - Seminar in Finance - 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students desiring to perform advanced study and/or research in finance. Special topics covered within the seminar are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: To be determined by the instructor depending upon the specific seminar offered.

BADM 754 - Seminar in Management - 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students desiring to perform advanced study and/or research in management. Special topics covered within the seminar are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: To be determined by the instructor depending upon the specific seminar offered.

BADM 755 - Seminar in Marketing - 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students desiring to perform advanced study and/or research in marketing. Special topics covered within the seminar are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: To be determined by the instructor depending upon the specific seminar offered.

BADM 756 - Financial Modeling - 3 Credit Hours
This course is a hands-on course in spreadsheet and financial modeling, primarily using Microsoft Excel, and covers various topics in financial management and investments. The emphasis will be on the practical application of financial theory. Prerequisite: Foundations of Finance (BADM-725)

BADM 757 - Personal Finance - 3 Credit Hours
This course will focus on the application of basic financial tools and principles to the student's personal life including the financial planning process, liquidity management, debt management, asset management, and risk management. This course will also include retirement, education and estate planning. Prerequisite: None.

BADM 762 - Negotiation Strategies - 3 Credit Hours
This course emphasizes negotiation, the art and science of creating agreements between two or more parties, and introduces students to the effective use of power, persuasion, influence, and control in modern organizations. In this course students first apply theories developed as guides to improving negotiating strategies (the science) and, second, develop and sharpen negotiating skills through realistic cases (the application) with an emphasis on preparation, bidding, and distributive and integrative bargaining techniques. Prerequisites: None

BADM 764 - Entrepreneurship - 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed for students interested in creating a business venture, acquiring an existing business, working in industries that serve the entrepreneur, or who wish to become familiar with the concepts, issues, and techniques of new venture creation and entrepreneurship. Tools to be developed include recognition of a venture opportunity, acquisition of information on resources needed for venture creation and survival, development of competitive marketing strategies, and international opportunities. Prerequisites: None

BADM 766 - Human Resource Development - 3 Credit Hours
This course examines Human Resource Development (HRD) as a field through the learning, development and behavior of humans in social systems. These systems include, but are not limited to, workforce, education, and family. Research from Management Science, Education, Psychology, and Sociology strengthen HRD theory and practice. The purpose of this course is to explore the integration of the individual into work organizations by examining work issues in learning, training, leadership, and psychosocial development. A primary focus of this course is on applied performance management informed by human sciences research as a tool that can be applied to productivity. Prerequisites: None

BADM 768 - Human Resource Management - 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the meaning of "selection" in the broadest sense (from pre-entry, through entry, to exit from an organization) and of the legal, ethical, economic, and environmental mechanisms that affect organizations. The objective is to prepare students to identify and design employee selection systems, to demonstrate job-relatedness of criteria, and to aid in personal career strategies. Prerequisites: None

BADM 772 -International Management - 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the issues facing international managers and the environment of the Global Market Place. Some of the challenges include: accommodating different currencies, dealing with a multiplicity of governments, operating effectively in diverse legal environments, being sensitive to and avoiding problems that may arise from cultural differences among people, and the formulation of effective strategies in the complex global environment. Prerequisite: Foundations of Marketing and International Business (BADM 707) or equivalent undergraduate coursework.

BADM 774 - International Business - 3 Credit Hours
This course studies the trend toward internationalization, explores the terminology used in international business, and, via case studies and examples, demonstrates the problems and advantages of the internationalization process. Prerequisite: Foundations of Marketing and International Business (BADM 707) or equivalent undergraduate coursework.

BADM 776 - International Marketing - 3 Credit Hours
This course examines detailed analysis of theories, issues, and decisions facing the global marketing manager. Emphasis is on small and large firms, innovative applications, workshops, and original research projects. Prerequisite: Foundations of Marketing and International Business (BADM 707) or equivalent undergraduate coursework.

BADM 778 - Investments - 3 Credit Hours
This course explores the practical aspects of investment analysis germane to evolution of market securities and derivative instruments evaluation, portfolio analysis and performance evaluation, sources of printed and Internet investment information, and the formulation of investment policies and strategies. Prerequisite: Foundations of Finance (BADM 725).

BADM 782 - Advanced Topics in Information Technology - 3 Credit Hours
This course may include expert systems, decision theory, decision support systems, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, and/or other contemporary issues in information technology. Prerequisite: Information Technology Management (BADM 719).

BADM 784 - Business and Economic Forecasting - 3 Credit Hours
This course addresses the important function of strategic planning. Planning requires accurate forecasts of future sales, capacity, market size, prices, and a myriad of other variables that determine the long-run profitability of the firm. This course will help the student understand and create forecasts for the firm, industry, and the economy. Techniques include smoothing, time series analysis, and regression analysis. Prerequisites: Foundations of Economics (BADM 704) and Quantitative Methods (BADM 710).

BADM 786 - Contemporary Accounting and Advanced Problems - 3 Credit Hours
This course explores the current issues in the field of accounting. Particular issues covered in any given semester will be selected by the course professor and announced at the time of registration. Prerequisite: Foundations of Accounting (BADM 701) and Accounting for Executives (BADM 728).

BADM 788 - Consumer Behavior - 3 Credit Hours
This course consists of the study of domestic and international models of consumer behavior, including key variables from the behavioral sciences. Course content includes research methodologies, case studies, applications to decision-making, and an original student research project. Prerequisites: Foundations of Marketing and International Business (BADM 707) and Strategic Marketing (BADM 737).

BADM 790 - Production/Operations Strategies for Manufacturing and Service Industries - 3 Credit Hours
This course builds upon previous course work to provide a basis for development of a coherent operations strategy to support the firm's competitive strategy. Using case studies, course content is based upon the programs that have proved successful in global firms and covers process choice, product development, order coordination inside and outside the firm, and methodologies for developing technology and operations strategies. Prerequisites: Accounting for Executives (BADM 728) and Quantitative Methods for Operations Management (BADM 731).

BADM 792 - Financial Institutions - 3 Credit Hours
This course analyzes financial markets and institutions, emphasizing the role, structure, and activities of financial intermediaries. The dynamic pattern of financial flows is analyzed by flow-of-funds analysis. The decision processes and market impact of both the suppliers of credit and the users of these funds are examined. The nature of economic and regulatory policy and its impact on markets and institutions are emphasized throughout. Prerequisites: Foundations of Accounting (BADM 701), Quantitative Methods (BADM 710), Foundations of Finance (BADM 725), Accounting for Executives (BADM 728), and Financial Problems (BADM 734).

BADM 795 - Independent Study - 3 Credit Hours
This is an advanced course that may be taken by graduate students desiring to engage in a research/scholarly project of mutual interest to the student and the faculty member who directs the study. The course is intended to be rigorous. The course structure, evaluation process, and expected outcomes should be clearly delineated by the instructor in advance. Prerequisite: Advanced graduate standing and permission of the instructor, the Dean of the School of Business and the Dean of The Citadel Graduate College.

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