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Business Administration Course Offerings

BUAD 142 Computer Applications in Business
This course focuses on the software skills that are necessary in today’s business environment to analyze problems and make informed decisions. Due to its widespread use, emphasis will be placed on building strong Excel skills such as: advanced use of functions and formulas, pivot tables, descriptive statistics, linear programming, and regression. Students will also be exposed to basic concepts in modern databases such as nomenclature, structure, and reporting. Finally, students will be introduced to Tableau and R, two software packages that are rapidly growing in popularity in the field of data analytics. Tableau is a powerful but easy-to-use data visualization tool, while R is a full-fledged statistical software package where students will gain the experience of coding.

BUAD 210 Business Ethics (2 credits)
This course examines the role and purpose of ethics in business. Students are exposed to methods and frameworks for moral reasoning and for resolving ethical dilemmas. Students also learn about the concept of corporate social responsibility and explore its relevance to ethical business activities and obligations. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

BUAD 215 Entrepreneurship (Core: IS)
This course allows students to develop their skills as passionate, motivated entrepreneurs. If you already have an idea that you want to grow, this course can help make that happen. Don’t have an idea? You’ll learn how to identify opportunities and how to act on them.  You will learn how to create and build your venture. You will also discover how your business idea fits into the broader society. This course is based on the theme, “act, learn, build.” Therefore, classroom meetings are active-learning experiences. Students will acquire an understanding of the entrepreneurial process – a process of opportunity recognition, resource gathering and team building, all driven by business methodologies in idea generation, feasibility analysis and business plan creation. Fall semester.

BUAD 228 Advanced Statistics for Business and Economics
Introduction to the basic statistical concepts and techniques used to analyze data in business and economics. Covers descriptive and inferential statistics, probability and probability distributions, sampling and estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis, and other selected topics. Includes statistical software applications. Prerequisite: MATH 124, MATH 128 or MATH 131.

BUAD 231 Introduction to Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
Organizational behavior is a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups and structures have on behavior within organizations for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organization’s effectiveness. Topics include motivation of individuals and groups, group dynamics, leadership and influence processes, the exercise of social power and authority in groups, formal and informal organization, and the social and ethical context of decision-making processes. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

BUAD 232 Introduction to Human Resource Management (2 credits)
This course provides a basic examination of the human resource function. Participants will examine topic areas including human resource planning, employment law, staffing, training and development, performance management, total rewards and compensation, and employee relations. The course includes readings, lectures, class discussions and application activities. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

BUAD 233  Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 credits)
This course introduces operations and supply chain management concepts and techniques affectinf the quality of goods and services delivered to customers. The course introduces quality management and process improvement concepts while showing how they pertain to all business disciplines and sectors. Operational topics such as capacity management, inventory management and waiting line analysis are also introduced to show how the management of people, materials, equipment and processes affect customer perceptions of quality. The course then concludes with an overview of Supply Chain Management concepts and decisions. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

BUAD 256 Personal Finance
An introduction to the basic financial and economic decisions made by nearly all individuals and families over the course of a lifetime. This course includes some basic keys to investing wisely, purchasing a home, buying the appropriate amount of insurance, obtaining credit, managing your payment account and planning for future financial security. Although open to students majoring in business, this course may not be counted as an advanced requirement in the business administration major. Prerequisites: MATH 115 and sophomore standing. Infrequently offered.

BUAD 262 Introduction to International Business
This course introduces students to the international business environment, including the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of foreign countries. Students are also expected to participate in the operation of Discoveries International, a not-for-profit corporation on campus managed by students. Prerequisite: sophomore standing, IBLAS or business major. Spring semester.

BUAD 270 Marketing Concepts and Issues
An introduction to marketing as an essential business function. This covers the role of marketing in companies, the marketing mix and its management, and selected platforms such as marketing internationally and on the internet. The course emphasizes responsible decision-making with regard to various constituents. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

BUAD 333 Advanced Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 credits)
This is the second course ina two-course sequence addressing operations and supply chain management. This course focuses on quantitative techniques pertaining to process improvement and supply chain management. Various concepts are also introduced to provide a broader perspective for delivering products or services to customers. Exampes of relevant topics include: forecasting, logistics and materials management, facility design and location, project management and control, statistical process control and process capability, simulation, linear programming and the transportation problem modeling. Prerequisites: BUAD 233, BUAD 142, and (MATH 128 or SSCI 224).

BUAD 334 Supply Chain Management
This course deals with the effective management of resources and activities that produce or deliver goods and services in manufacturing and service organizations. This includes the effective management of people, materials, equipment and processes that businesses need to design, produce and deliver goods and services. Prerequisite: BUAD 233.

BUAD 336 Intermediate Human Resource Management
This course builds upon the introduction of human resource management in BUAD 232. It considers topics such as workforce analytics, employment law, employee relations, and safety and health. It also studies the history and background of the labor movement, union organizational activities, and contract negotiation and administration. The course also provides a deeper look at the area of compensation and benefits. Prerequisite: BUAD 232

BUAD 337 Advanced Organizational Behavior
This behavioral course focuses on the micro-level of group behavior as a management concern. Topics include motivation of individuals and groups, group dynamics, leadership and influence processes, the exercise of social power and authority in groups, formal and informal organization, and the social and ethical context of decision-making processes. Elements of behavioral theory and research are presented. Prerequisite: BUAD 231 or BUAD 232.

BUAD 338 Organizational Theory and Practice
This course focuses on the macro-level of organization as a concern of management and elaborates upon the principles of management and the administrative approach to management. Topics include organizational goals, boundaries, size and structure, and the environmental factors and technological considerations that affect organizations. Bureaucratic, environmental and technological theories of organization; classical line, staff, functional and matrix organizational designs; and contemporary organic concepts are presented. Students learn to analyze the design of organizations and to assess the impact of such designs on the performance of the organizations. Prerequisite: BUAD 231 or instructor’s consent.

BUAD 340 Leadership Lessons: WWI & WWII (Adv. Core: BB)
This interdisciplinary Global Seminar Study Abroad course explores leadership as exercised by ordinary people in Europe during WWI and WWII. Topics include leadership as it relates to moral courage, decision making, conflict management, emotional intelligence, psychological stress, followership, and power and influence. Students will apply the historical lessons learned to their contemporary lives as individuals and members of organizations and communities. The course includes site visits to museums, memorials, cemeteries, and historical and cultural attractions in Belgium, France, and Germany.

BUAD / CSCI 345 Business Applications Using Systems Analysis and Design
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of systems analysis and design in business applications. The students completing this course identify and analyze business problems and create solutions using systems analysis and design techniques, evaluate and choose appropriate software tools, and create design documents that can be used to implement the system. Students learn about user-interface design, database design, systems architecture and implementation, systems operation, support, and security. Prerequisite: BUAD 142 or computer science major. Alternate years.

BUAD 350 Corporate Finance
As an introductory course in finance, BUAD 350 acquaints students with the fundamental tools and concepts used in financial decision-making and financial management. In addition to an overview of the financial system, this course covers discounted cash-flow analysis, financial-ratio analysis, security valuation, risk and return, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, capital structure, and other selected topics, including international dimensions of finance. Prerequisites: ACCT 205, ECON 102, MATH 128, MATH 321 or SSCI 224.

BUAD 351 Investments
This course acquaints students with various types of investments, why individuals invest and how individuals invest. As such, the intent is to provide the fundamental concepts, theories and techniques of investing in financial assets, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and derivatives. The course also introduces students to the area of portfolio management. The global aspect of investing also is discussed. This course provides the opportunity for students to experience hands-on investing through management of an online portfolio. Prerequisite: BUAD 350. Fall semester.

BUAD 352 Financial Institutions and Markets
This course provides a conceptual and practical overview of financial institutions and markets. Students study the financial management of bank and nonbank financial institutions. Emphasis is placed on studying the major trends and problems faced by these institutions, both on a national and an international level. Attention is also given to money and capital markets and to the role and determinants of interest rates. Prerequisite or co-requisite: BUAD 350. Note: Students may not get credit for both BUAD 352 and ECON 390.

BUAD 355 Advanced Financial Management
An in-depth analysis of the financial manager’s decision-making role. Through use of the case method, students are faced with realistic problems that permit them to apply financial theory as well as utilize and enhance the problem-solving skills developed in previous courses. Student groups prepare written case reports and make case presentations. Prerequisite: BUAD 350.

BUAD 356 Risk Management and Insurance
The course begins with an exploration of the nature, sources and measurement of risks. The course includes the evaluation of risks and the risk-management process; both noninsurance and insurance solutions to the risk-management problem are considered. Applications include risks faced by auto owners, homeowners and individuals in terms of life and health risks. Finally, the course covers the insurance industry. Students learn about the various types of insurers, the functions of insurers, and the regulation of the insurance industry. Prerequisite: junior standing.

BUAD 371 Sales Management
This course provides an integrated application of management and marketing principles to the corporate selling function. Concepts covered include demand forecasting, production planning, sales quota and territory assignments, consumer behavior, selling techniques, and sales-force recruitment and supervision. Cases provide an integrative policy orientation to this course. Prerequisite: BUAD 270. Alternate years.

BUAD 372 Marketing Research
This course provides an introduction to marketing research as an essential marketing function. Covers the options and decisions to be made in finding problems, formulating research models, choosing research designs, collecting and evaluating data, and presenting results. The course consists of two integrated parts – learning about the institutions, tools and methods of marketing research and applying them to a practical research project. Prerequisites: BUAD 228, BUAD 270 or SSCI 224, or MATH 321.

BUAD 374 Marketing Promotions
An introduction to promotions as an essential marketing function. This course studies promotional tools such as advertising, sales promotion and public relations in the context of both traditional and electronic platforms. Both the development of promotion strategies and their implementation through various media are covered. Prerequisites: BUAD 228, BUAD 270 or SSCI 224 or MATH 321.

BUAD 375 Consumer Behavior
This course concentrates on the psychological and sociological aspects of the marketing function. Topics include motivation, learning and memory, socialization, attitude formation, and lifestyle expression. Prerequisites: BUAD 270, ECON 102.

BUAD 386 Leading Through Adversity (Adv. Core: WT)
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes psychology, communication, and management and examine some of the most historic human error case studies. The class will explore scenarios where
  • leaders and managers must solve significant problems;
  • humans have made critical errors;
  • the role of the individual is vital in solving these problems in various settings; and
  • recommendations need to be made so as to learn from these scenarios and stories. 

These case studies will explore a variety of areas: societal problems (for example – leadership in the face of challenging societal norms), cultural problems (for example – leadership issues in different cultural contexts), decision making (for example – the biases that cause human error and prevent robust decision making), and understanding how individuals interact (for example – how humans working in groups can cause problems and how we solve them), to name a few. 

BUAD 387 Aviation Disaster Exploration: Decision Making Errors
This class in Aviation Disaster Exploration: Decision Making Errors will explore some of the most famous aviation disasters through the lens of human decision-making errors. It will take an interdisciplinary approach that includes social psychology, communication, and management as we examine some of the most interesting aviation case studies. The class will explore scenarios where:

  • leaders and managers must solve significant problems;
  • humans have made critical errors,
  • the role of the individual is vital in solving these problems in various settings, recommendations need to be made so as to learn from these scenarios and stories.

These case studies will explore a variety of applied theoretical areas: resilience in decision making (for example – leadership in the face of extreme crisis), cultural problems (for example – accidents caused by issues in different cultural scenarios), cognitive biases (for example – accidents caused by the unchecked biases that cause human error and prevent robust decision making ), and understanding how individuals interact (for example – how humans work and communicate in groups and how several aviation accidents have been caused by not understanding group dynamics), to name a few. Summer semester.

BUAD 388 International Management
The study of international management is gaining importance as organisations expand their operations globally. This International management class is designed to help students learn the fundamentals of international management strategies and cross-cultural management. Further, throughout the course, students are expected to develop a sense of ease to engage in business in a multicultural business management environment.

The course is comprised of three segments. The first is devoted to providing a better understanding of the international environment challenges. Focus is placed on the analysis of country differences in political economy and political risks as well as cultural and social contexts. In this segment, the course covers the major facets of the international management environment (legal, political, economic, and cultural). The central debates surrounding the culture construct, formal and informal institutions, economic development, and regional integrations are presented in class, along with the major frameworks that have been used to describe these phenomena. Students are exposed to a diversity of ideas about cultural values in different nations, and how those values influence management and organisational practices. The readings build upon students’ existing knowledge of the functioning of American and Western European business organisations, and help them develop an understanding of how organisations function in a wide variety of cultures.

The second section of the course builds on the first section and analyses global organisational forms and international strategies. Its focus is on the strategic challenges confronting firms that compete in the global economy. It aims to develop understanding of how to gain competitive advantage and compete successfully in the international marketplace. In other words, its objective is to achieve an enhanced understanding of the most fundamental question in international management: What determines the international success and failure of companies? Finally, the third section deals with international management operations and covers an array of organisational issues such as human resource staffing and motivating a multi-cultural workforce, global marketing, design of global products and services, global R&D, and financing and accountability. Summer Semester.

BUAD 390 Business Law
Students will study basic principles of law as it relates to business. Topics include civil procedure, tort, contract, agency, employment, partnerships and corporations. Prerequisite: junior standing.

BUAD 400 Case Studies: Leaders in Film
This course examines the many ways leaders are portrayed in films and the implications of these portrayals for leadership in practice. Students analyze and evaluate portrayals of leaders in film using a variety of theories and perspectives, including: traditional theories of leadership, personality and leadership, emotional intelligence and leadership, courage and moral leadership, team leadership, transformational leadership, visionary leadership, servant leadership, and gender and leadership. Prerequisites: grade of D or better in BUAD 230 or BUAD 231. Fall semester.

BUAD 410 Entrepreneurial Experience
The entrepreneurial experience is about acting upon a real entrepreneurial opportunity. Building on the foundation of BUAD 215, students put their ideas into practice by developing and building on key action steps to advance their own venture or to advance projects for existing organizations. This process involves research that engages prospective customers, suppliers, stakeholders, experts, comparable and complementary ventures, and investors. Students are challenged to test ideas and gain a clearer understanding of the interdisciplinary complexities of the entrepreneurial environment. Readings and cases provide supplemental background. The class experience addresses how to build and lead an enterprising new venture. Students set goals and action steps to move their venture forward, working with both external and internal mentors. Students work independently as well as interdependently with other students in the course. Contact time for this course is divided between in-class sessions and out-of-class meetings with the instructor. Prerequisite: BUAD 215. Fall semester.

BUAD 430 Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) concerns the responsibilities businesses have to deliberately support a just social order, above and beyond the good side effects of their profit-making ventures. In this course, students learn how to implement CSR by partnering with a local business. Students (i) understand how their own values support business-centered CSR, using appropriate moral theories; (ii) figure out how those forms of CSR can be realized by the concrete actions of partnering local businesses (or nonprofit organizations); and (iii) help an organization develop and implement strategies for realizing the relevant forms of CSR in light of its goals, its place within a community and its values. Students achieve these outcomes through exploration of the following specific topics: stakeholder management, sustainability, diversity and democratic corporate governance, profit-nonprofit partnerships, corporate political activity, and global CSR.

BUAD 436 Advanced Human Resource Management
This course is about both the design and execution of human resource management. This course has two central themes: how to think systematically and strategically about aspects of managing the organization’s human resources, and what really needs to be done to implement these policies to achieve competitive advantage. It adopts the perspective of a general manager and addresses human resource topics including reward systems, performance management, high-performance human resource systems, training and development, recruitment, retention, Equal Employment Opportunity laws, workforce diversity, and union/management relationships from a strategic perspective. Prerequisite: BUAD 336. Alternate years.

BUAD 437 Compensation Management
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the art of compensation practice and its role in promoting companies’ competitive advantages. Students examine the context of compensation practice, the criteria used to compensate employees, compensation design issues, employee benefits, and contemporary challenges that compensation professionals will face well into the 21st century. Students learn core compensation systems concepts and tools through lectures, assigned text readings and other ancillary assignments. Prerequisite: BUAD 228, BUAD 232.

BUAD 469 IBLAS Senior Seminar
This capstone course, required for all senior IBLAS majors, attempts to integrate the knowledge and skills derived from prerequisite courses in business, language, mathematics, political science and economics. The format includes lectures, oral presentations by students, visitors, panel discussions, field trips and visits to conferences, case analyses and hands-on responsibility for the student-run import retailing operation, Discoveries International. Prerequisite: senior IBLAS major, global business concentration or instructor’s consent. BUAD 468 fall semester and BUAD 469 spring semester. Prerequisite for BUAD 469: BUAD 468.

BUAD 471 Marketing Management and Strategy
This capstone course takes an analytical and learning-by-doing approach to marketing with particular regard to strategic decisions. It deals with optimizing marketing management decisions by using quantitative tools. Among the issues covered are customer loyalty and relationship marketing, branding, product launch, pricing, promotion budgets and customer-segment analysis. At the center of the course is the development of a hands-on semester project. Prerequisites: BUAD 228, BUAD 270.

BUAD 477 Knowledge Management (Adv. Core: IS)
This course is about the importance of embracing ever-changing knowledge within organizations. This course focuses on how to think about technological disruption as it pertains to organizations within industries, and as it pertains to individuals within organizations. It also explores how individuals deal with the psychological stress of change within organizations. Alternate years.

BUAD 485 Strategic Management Seminar
An integrated approach to strategic decision-making through the use of case studies, simulations and role-playing. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing the knowledge and skills derived from accounting, economics, finance, marketing and management courses. Prerequisites: ACCT 206 or 315, BUAD 210, BUAD 231, BUAD 232, BUAD 233, BUAD 270, BUAD 350 and senior standing.

BUAD 486 Small Business Ventures
This is a seminar course offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in business administration exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students. Prerequisites: BUAD 206 or BUAD 315, BUAD 270, BUAD 350, and senior standing. Infrequently offered.

BUAD 489 Special Topics
This is a seminar course offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in business administration exists for a member of the faculty and a sufficient number of students.

BUAD 490 Independent Study (2 or 4 credits)
Individual study of an approved topic in business under the direction of a business administration faculty member. Permits faculty and students to explore together some subject of special or personal interest. Reading, tutorial discussion and written work are required. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent and approval of the associate dean of social sciences.

BUAD 492 Directed Research
Qualified students may perform business research projects under the supervision of a business administration faculty member. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent and approval of associate dean of social sciences.

BUAD 494 Internship
Appropriate work experience with business firms or government agencies may be undertaken for course credit when directly related to the educational goals of the student. The work done or a description of the field experience is not sufficient for academic credit; there must also be evidence of reflective analysis and interpretation of the experience, which relates it to the basic theory in related areas. Students must submit an internship course application to the course instructor to be approved for academic credit before registering for the course. This course can only be taken once for credit. Prerequisite: business or accounting major, instructor’s approval, and junior or senior standing. Note: The summer offering of this course is done online.

Graduate Courses
These courses are only available to graduate students.

BUAD 500 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance (2 credits)
This course is an introductory study of the accounting and finance theories used while making business decisions. It assumes no prior accounting or finance knowledge. The two major learning objectives for the course are that students learn how to use basic financial statements to make business decisions, and how to evaluate various business decisions using relevant quantitative and qualitative managerial accounting information. At the discretion of the dean of the Schneider School of Business and Economics, the successful completion of relevant prior coursework in accounting and finance coursework may be substituted for completion of this course.

BUAD 510 Introduction to Business Leadership (1 credit)
This course is the gateway to the Schneider School MBA program for every student, regardless of chosen track or background. Students are expected to take it as soon as possible after entering the program. The course is intended to provide a common experience for all MBA students by exploring self-awareness and positive leadership behaviors, investigating elements and principles of successful 21st century leadership, and examining the foundations and philosophy of the Norbertine order and St. Norbert College and their impact and influence on leadership.  

BUAD 511 Leadership and Managing Organizational Change (3 credits)
This course prepares innovative leaders for putting fresh ideas to work and to do so responsibly. It examines the skills and tools required to be a transformational, charismatic leader. Students explore how successful leaders influence groups, understand behavior and lead people toward the achievement and realization of the organizational vision. Taken early in the MBA program.

BUAD 512 Business Ethics and Values-Based Leadership (3 credits)
This course examines the roles played by values and ethics in the many decisions faced by business organizations. Students examine their values, how they are determined and how they inform responsible behavior in organizations. Further, the course analyzes the role of firms in promoting sustainability in the communities in which they operate. Taken early in the MBA program.

BUAD 515 Microeconomics for Managers (1.5 Credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to applied microeconomics for business decision-making. It considers how markets function, how the government may interfere in the market, production and cost in the short and long run, and price determination.

BUAD 516 Macroeconomics for Managers (1.5 Credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to the macroeconomic variables that managers should understand in order to assess changes in the business environment. Further, it examines major models of how the macroeconomy functions with the intent of informing managers of how policy will impact the macroeconomy and, in turn, their business.

BUAD 518 Financial Analysis (1.5 credits)
This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for financial decision-making. Topics include time value of money, the determinants of interest rates, the valuation of financial assets, the risk-return relationship, and the basics of capital budgeting. This course will require mastery of required material through homework and examinations.

BUAD 519 Financial Management (1.5 credits)
This course provides an overview of the financial management aspects of business organizations, emphasizing case analysis. Topics include evaluation of performance through financial statement analysis, capital budgeting analysis, financial planning and capital structure, working capital management, and dividend policy. Prerequisites: BUAD 500, BUAD 518.

BUAD 520 Strategic Human Resource Management (1.5 credits)
This course develops an understanding of how human resource management practices influence organizational success and how general managers acquire the skills needed in order to successfully manage its people. This course will draw on economics, psychology, sociology, and legal issues to inform students about job analysis, human resource planning, recruiting, selecting, training, evaluating, and compensating employees in order to develop and maintain a highly committed and high performing workforce.

BUAD 521 Fundamentals of Business Analytics (1.5 credits)
This course explores how business analytics ombines domain knowledge, statistics, and technology to make data-driven business decisions for solving business problems. Students are introduced to a 4-step Business Analytic Process involving: getting data, preparing data, analyzing data and communicating results to improve business performance. Online tutorials and exercises are used to master spreadsheet and database skills required to pass several MS Office certifications. Finally, students will be introduced to Tableau and R-Studio so they are prepared to take additional data analytic MBA electives. 

BUAD 523 Strategic Marketing (3 credits)
This course takes a strategic and analytical approach to the study of consumers, products and markets. Attention focuses on the recognition of opportunities, the development of marketing strategies, and the design of an effective marketing mix, both for consumer and business markets. Work with simulations makes participants aware of the financial impact of marketing strategies.

BUAD 525 Leading People and Teams (3 Credits)
Contemporary organizations are increasingly reliant on teams to innovate and implement creative solutions to complex problems. This course is designed to improve your effectiveness as a leader by introducing you to concepts for understanding and leading both individuals and teams in organizations. Students will be exposed to leading-edge research as well as given an opportunity to practice some of the principles introduced through discussions and exercises.

BUAD 526 Managing Operations, Systems and Processes (3 credits)
This course focuses on how to use operations and systems to gain strategic advantage. Transforming inputs into outputs and using information to improve that transformation are the keys to the success of firms – from manufacturers managing their supply chain to service providers.

BUAD 527 Global Strategy and Venturing (3 credits)
Managers make significant strategic decisions as part of their jobs as they seek to grow a business. Such decisions may include developing and introducing a new product or process, acquiring another firm, responding to a competitor or to a crisis, forming a strategic alliance, or entering a new market. These decisions are complex and must take all business functions (finance, marketing, human resource management and operations) into consideration.

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