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Business (BUS)

Dean: Professor Higgins

110 Business Computing Applications (3)

Applications, concepts, and skills relevant to information technology in the context of the modern business environment. Topics include word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and internet software. Pre: open to students with a BU code or permission of the CBA dean’s office.

111 Introduction to Business Analysis and Applications (3)

Selected mathematical tools and techniques for analysis of business and economic problems and as aids in decision-making. Topics from finite and modern mathematics and applied calculus. (Lec. 3) Pre: open to students with BU code or permission of instructor. Algebra proficiency test required. (MQ)

140 Introduction to Business (3)

Nature, philosophy, objectives, and scope of the American business system. Emphasis on the interrelations of the functional areas. (Lec. 3) Not open to juniors and seniors in the College of Business Administration.

201 Financial Accounting (3)

Basic concepts and systems used in financial accounting for business organizations. (Lec. 3) Open to students with more than 24 credits or permission of dean's office.

202 Managerial Accounting (3)

Basic techniques and systems used by management accountants in budgeting, cost accounting, cost analysis, and control. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 or 201H or permission of instructor.

210 Managerial Statistics I (3)

General statistical methods used in the collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation of statistical data. Includes frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, sampling distribution, central limit theorem, law of large numbers, estimation, and tests of hypothesis. Pre: 111 or MTH 131 OR MTH 141.

211 Managerial Decision Support Systems (3)

Methodologies and information technologies that support decision-making. Emphasis on the use of PC-based analytical software for solving managerial problems; case studies and group problem solving. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 and 210.

212 Managerial Statistics II (3)

Additional data analysis techniques, including tests of independence and goodness of fit, regression, correlation, analysis of variance, time series, and index numbers. (Lec. 3) Pre: 210 or STA 308.

301 Intermediate Accounting I (3)

Theoretical aspects of accounting principles and their application to preparation and analysis of corporate financial statements. Valuation, recognition and disclosure relative to current and long-term assets and liabilities (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 or 201H or permission of instructor.

302 Intermediate Accounting II (3)

Continuation of corporate financial reporting. Topics include stockholders' equity, earnings per share, revenue recognition, income taxes, pensions, leases, accounting changes, and statement of cash flows. (Lec. 3) Pre: 301 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

303 Cost Accounting (3)

Cost and managerial accounting systems and concepts including cost allocation, actual and standard cost systems, cost and profit planning, and control systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

310 Applications of Microcomputer Software in Business (3)

In-depth study of microcomputer software used in business applications. Emphasis on spreadsheets, data management, presentation graphics, and communication software. Student projects and microcomputer lab assignments required. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110.

315 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business I (3)

An introduction to the origins, framework, and concepts of the legal and ethical environment of business with emphasis on contractual relations. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

316 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business II (3)

Operations of the U.S. system of jurisprudence and ethics as it affects the law of contracts, sales, debtor-creditor rights, and business organizations. (Lec. 3) Pre: 315 and junior standing in a degree-granting college.

317 (or COM 354) International Business Communications Exchange (3)

Examination of effective international business communication. Use of worldwide email network to exchange views on business topics with counterparts abroad. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

318 Business Law (3)

An Introduction to the origins, framework, and concepts of the legal environment of business. A. Emphasis on accounting topics; B. Finance and international business issues. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

320 Financial Management (3)

Study of the basic principles of finance and the applications of these principles. Topics include time value of money, risk and return, valuation, capital budgeting and other corporate financial decisions. (Lec. 3) Pre: ECN 201 or EEC 105, BUS 202, 210 or STA 308 and junior standing in a degree-granting college.

321 Security Analysis (3)

Exploration of investments in equity securities. Emphasis on the structure and functioning of securities markets, current investment theories, fundamental analysis, portfolio risk/return, and performance measurement. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H.

322 Financial Institutions and Markets (3)

Comprehensive analysis of financial products and financial institutions as well as the markets in which they operate. Emphasis on the operational details of the institutions. (Lec. 3) Pre: ECN 201 or EEC 105, BUS 202, 210 or STA 308 and junior standing in a degree-granting college.

323 Fundamentals of Real Estate (3)

Analysis of real estate principles. An examination of land utilization, valuation, financing techniques, urban development, property rights, markets, and government regulation. (Lec. 3) Pre: ECN 201 or EEC 105, and junior standing in a degree-granting college.

335 Fundamentals of Risk Management and Insurance (3)

Basic course on risk management for corporations and individuals. Emphasis on risk identification, measurement, and management; homeowner insurance, basic life policies, commercial insurance and employee benefits. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 and 210 or STA 308.

336 Commercial Property and Liability Insurance /(3)

Analysis of commercial property and liability risk exposures and their related coverages. Coverage includes general property and liability insurance and specialized topics for marine, fidelity, surety, and professional liability exposure. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 and junior standing in a degree-granting college.

337 Life Insurance (3)

Analysis of the many types of life insurance and health insurance contracts, computation of premiums and reserves, and contract interpretation. Included is an analysis of the uses of life insurance contracts. (Lec. 3) Note: This course is preparation for the Rhode Island state licensing examination in life and accident and health insurance and for Part I of the charter life underwriter examination. Pre: 320 and junior standing in a degree-granting college.

338 Social Insurance (3)

Analysis of the network of state and federal economic security programs including the OASDHI system, unemployment compensation, temporary disability programs, and the workers' compensation system. (Lec. 3) Pre: ECN 201 or EEC 105 and BUS 202, 320 or 320H and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

340 Organization and Management Theory I (3)

Management processes, organizational theory and behavior, organizational structure, international business, ethics, and environmental analysis. Emphasis on developing conceptual and analytical skills. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

341 Organizational Behavior (3)

Introduction to organizational behavior; theory of human relations in industry; individual and group dynamics as well as motivational theories applied to current business issues, international business, and technological changes. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

342 Human Resources Management (3)

Role of the personnel department in an organization. Employer-employee problems at various internal levels and their impact on the organization and its environment. Covers such areas as manpower planning, the recruitment process, training, employee relations, pension planning, and occupational safety in the public and private sectors. Cases and lectures. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

343 Skills Development in Organizational Behavior (3)

Developing the managerial skills and competencies of leadership, motivation, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relations through dynamic cases, experiential exercises, and personal development sessions. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

344 Labor Problems (3)

Historical development of labor unions, changing composition of the labor force. Factors determining wage levels and employment in the firm and market. Analysis of mobility and occupational and regional wage differentials; the power of unions to raise wages; the role of investments in the human agent as a factor in economic growth. (Lec. 3) Pre: ECN 201 or EEC 105, or permission of instructor.

345 Business in Society (3)

Examination of the contemporary social, political, cultural, legal and ethical forces that shape the business environment. Consideration of stakeholder relations and corporate social responsibility. Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

346 Women in Business and Management (3)

Analysis of sex-role behavior in the workplace. The history, current status, and future prospects of women and men in business and the organizational response to the changing work force. (Lec. 3) Pre: 340 recommended. Not for graduate credit.

355 Operations and Supply Chain Management (3)

Operations management problems in global and domestic environments. Operations strategy, service, and manufacturing; forecasting; inventory management; production and material requirements planning; scheduling; just-in-time; and quality management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 or CSC 101, BUS 210 or STA 308, and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

356 Business Applications Programming (3)

Techniques for the development of business software applications using appropriate hardware platforms and software environments. Emphasis on creation and manipulation of data structures used in business systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110; junior standing in a degree-granting college.

357 Information Technology in Business Organizations (3)

An overview of existing and developing information technologies used in business organizations. Topics include computer hardware and software, business information systems, operating systems, data communications, and local- and wide-area networks. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

358 Business Data Communications and Networking (3)

Introduction to data communications and computer networks within the context of modern business organizations. Emphasis on current technologies and their impact on management information systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

359 Management Systems Analysis (3)

Analysis, concepts, methods, and techniques used in the evaluation of business processes leading to the design strategies for developing management information systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

360 Introduction to Logistics (3)

Provides the background to understanding the strategic possibilities and goals of logistics. Specifically addressing the design, operation, and control of logistics systems for firms. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

361 International Transportation (3)

Background for understanding all critical issues in domestic and international transportation. Addresses regulations, key financial indicators, modes, carrier selection, transportation system management and design. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college and BUS 355.

362 Principles of Transportation (3)

Principles of transportation covering the role of transportation systems; modal components; managerial and economic aspects of the various modes, and analytical techniques to manage the transportation value chain. (Lec. 3) Pre: 355.

365 Marketing Principles (3)

An introduction to marketing from a managerial viewpoint. Examines social, economic, technological, legal, ethical, and other environmental factors and their impact on product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions in a worldwide market. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college. Proficiency test available if course was taken at a non-AACSB program prior to transfer to the University.

366 Consumer Behavior (3)

A review of the consumer decision-making process and factors that influence consumers, including ethical issues. Implications for cross-cultural marketing are examined. (Lec. 3) Pre: 365 or concurrent enrollment.

367 Marketing Research (3)

Describes the nature and scope of marketing research activities. Reviews research designs, sampling, measurement, analysis, and other issues with focus on providing marketing information to management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 210 or STA 308, BUS 211 and 365 or 365H.

390 Junior Career Passport Program (1)

Exploration of career options. Develop personal and professional goals, and personal job searching tools. (Online) Pre: junior standing in the College of Business Administration.

401 Accounting Computer Systems (3)

Accounting information systems and use of the computer for decision making; emphasis on sources of information and employment of analytical tools in solving accounting problems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 301 or concurrent enrollment in 301 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

402 Advanced Accounting (3)

Accounting principles and policies for governmental and nonprofit organizations, multinational and multidivisional organizations, partnerships, and other complex organizational structures. (Lec. 3) Pre: 302 or permission of instructor.

403 Federal Tax Accounting (3)

Federal laws, regulations, and other authorities affecting taxation of individuals. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

404 Auditing (3)

Auditing standards, procedures, programs, working papers, and internal control. (Lec. 3) Pre: 302 or concurrent enrollment in 302 and senior standing in a degree-granting college, or permission of instructor.

420 Advanced Financial Management (3)

Intensive research on selected current topics relating to the financial management of the firm. Extensive use of the case method. (Lec. 3) Pre: 211, 320 or 320H or permission of instructor. Not for M.B.A. credit.

421 Derivative Securities and Risk Management (3)

Advanced treatment of options, futures and other derivatives securities. Includes theoretical and normative valuation methods with applications to investment portfolios and corporate risk management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H or permission of instructor.

422, 423 Student Investment Fund I and II (3 each)

Students analyze industries and companies and manage stocks owned by the Alumni Association. (Seminar) Night class held in Trading Room. Enrollment is by competitive application. 423 is a continuation of 422 and may not be taken for credit in Finance. Pre: 321. Not for graduate credit.

424 Fixed Income Security Analysis (3)

Pricing and institutional arrangements of fixed income securities such as corporate bonds, mortgage loans, and mortgage-backed securities; portfolio management of fixed income securities. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H and 322. Not for graduate credit.

425 Mutual Funds Management (3)

Overview of mutual funds business. Portfolio management, risk management techniques, shareholder servicing, federal and state regulatory oversight, marketing and distribution, custody, technology, and societal issues. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H, 321 or permission of instructor.

426 Bank Financial Management (3)

Nature of the financial decisions facing the management of an individual bank. Current bank financial practices, research, and appropriate banking models considered. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H, 322 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit for students in the College of Business Administration.

427 Financial Theory and Policy Implications (3)

Examination of the determinants of long-run financial success of the firm. Includes a study of how the capital budgeting process is linked to capital structure management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H. Not for M.B.A. credit.

428 Multinational Finance (3)

Methods of financing multinational corporations. Foreign exchange, translation of financial statements, multinational funds flow and international liquidity, international financial reporting and tax policy, international money, stock, and bond markets. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H or permission of instructor. Not for M.B.A. credit.

429 Global Investment Management (3)

Detailed analysis of the problems encountered in the process of investing funds in international capital markets. Particular attention is devoted to multi-currency dimensions, foreign information sources, and foreign regulations. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320, or 320H, 321.

430 Basic Managerial Economics (3)

Introduction to the classic theories of demand, production, and cost management in the context of modern financial theory. Includes empirical model building using microcomputers. (Lec. 3) Pre: 320 or 320H. Not for graduate credit.

435 Topics in Insurance (3)

Analysis of selected topics and current issues in the insurance marketplace. Topics will vary from semester to semester. (Seminar) Pre: 320 or 320H, 335, and 337, or permission of instructor.

441 Leadership Skills Development (3)

Application of organizational behavior concepts to develop leadership competencies and effective employee management programs. Pre: 341 or 341H or permission of instructor.

442 Organization and Management Theory II (3)

Analysis of complex organizational situations emphasizing managerial problems dealing with structure, coordination, control, and integration. Conceptual skills for organizational analysis, including model and systems approaches. (Lec. 3) Pre: 340 or permission of instructor.

443 Organizational Design and Change (3)

Behavioral science applications to planning systematic organizational design, change and development using theory, concepts, technique, and cases for change agents and managers of change. Pre: 341 or 341H, or permission of instructor.

444 Labor Relations (3)

Public interest in labor relations and problems involved in collective bargaining. Major adjustments of public and private management to changes in labor policy of federal and state governments, community, and labor unions. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 342. Not for graduate credit.

445 Strategic Management (3)

Case studies, simulation or company analysis used to study strategic theory and practice and problems of functional integration in domestic and global firms. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 and 320 or 320H and 341 or 341H and 355 and 365 or 365H and 315 or 345 (or concurrent enrollment in one of these classes) and senior standing in the College of Business Administration. Not for graduate credit.

446 Advanced Management Seminar (3)

Integrated approach to problems in major areas of business management with emphasis on administrative and executive viewpoint. (Seminar) Pre: 340.

447 Compensation Administration (3)

Concepts, models, theories, and legislation related to the employee compensation process. Discussion and skill acquisition in job analysis, job evaluation, wage surveys, and performance appraisal. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341 or 341H or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

448 International Dimensions of Business (3)

Introduction to the international aspects of business, including the cultural, legal, and political environment faced by the multinational corporation. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior standing or permission of dean. Not for M.B.A. credit.

449 Entrepreneurship (3)

Procedures for starting one’s own business including business plans, financial data analysis, legal issues, and assessing feasibility of business ideas. Also addresses evaluating career interests and skills in entrepreneurship. Pre: 201 or 201H and senior standing in the College of Business Administration or permission of instructor; not open to students with credit in EEC 325.

450 Small Business Management (3)

Investigation and evaluation of the small business enterprise. Current literature studied and projects completed to enable students to understand and appreciate the operations of small businesses. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior standing in the College of Business Administration or permission of instructor.

455 Business Applications Programming II (3)

Intermediate concepts for developing software solutions to business applications using appropriate hardware platforms and software environments. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college. Not for graduate credit.

456 Management of Databases (3)

Concepts and methods in management of data: creation, design, and implementation; data models; integrity; and security. Use of database management systems software. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college.

457 Design for Management Information Systems /(3)

Concepts, methods, and techniques used in the design of management information systems. Field work required. (Lec. 3) Pre: 359, 456. Not for graduate credit.

458 Seminar in Management Information Systems (3)

Preparation and presentation of papers on selected topics. (Seminar) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college. Not for M.B.A. credit.

459 Management of Quality Control and Improvement (3)

Principles of quality management including control charts, process management, and other techniques, with emphasis on the effect of these principles on decision making in various organizations. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 and 211 or 212 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

460 Global Supply Chain Management (3)

Examines factors that impact on the design and management of global supply chains. Through simulations and cases explores impact of supply chain activities on a firm’s strategies. (Lec. 3) Pre: 355 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

461 Forecasting (3)

Forecasting for advanced students in all areas of business administration. Introduction to time series analysis including decomposition of the multiplicative model, exponential smoothing, and ARIMA processes. A variety of software systems are employed, with special emphasis on microcomputer systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 110 and 211 or 212 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

462 Supply Chain Network Modeling and Optimization (3)

Factors and practices necessary for modeling/designing existing networks, and developing optimal networks using contemporary technologies. Modeling and optimization of global sourcing and distribution networks. (Lec. 3) Pre: 335, 360 ,460 or permission of instructor.

463 Advanced Concepts in Supply Chain Management (3)

Advanced concepts in supply chain management and operations management such as demand management; multi-location inventories, capacity planning and control; theory of constraints. (Lec. 3) Pre: 355 or permission of instructor.

464 Supplier Relationship Management (3)

Comprehensive examination of the management practices a firm deploys to develop effective relationships with suppliers of goods and services. (Lec. 3) Pre: 355, 460 or permission of instructor.

465 Marketing Communications (3)

The "communications mix" is explored in terms of a total promotional program. Characteristics of advertising media, sales promotion, public relations, and publicity are surveyed. (Lec. 3) Pre: 365 or 365H or permission of instructor. Not for M.B.A. graduate credit.

466 Product Innovation and Strategy (3)

Development and management of new and existing products and services from a decision-making perspective. Emphasis on value creation through the development of innovative products and services. (Lec. 3) Pre: 365 or 365H. Not for M.B.A. graduate credit.

467 Customer Relationship Management (3)

Planning, organization, and control relationship activities, including sales techniques and strategies, development and management of sales organizations and distribution channels, and emerging technologies. (Lec. 3) Pre: 365 or 365H. Not for M.B.A. graduate credit.

468 Global Marketing (3)

Focus on understanding how cultural, political, economic, legal, and other macro factors affect market strategies. Application of these factors in dealing with planning and organizing for global marketing operations. (Lec. 3) Pre: 365 or 365H or equivalent. Not for M.B.A. graduate credit.

469 Special Topics in Marketing (3)

Selected topics of current interest in marketing. (Lec. 3) Pre: 365 or 365H. Not for M.B.A. graduate credit.

470 Strategic Marketing Management (3)

Summary course focusing on the variety decisions involved in marketing including developing and managing branded goods and services. (Seminar) Pre: 365 or 365H, and 366 and 367, and either 465 or 467 or 468 or 469. Not for graduate credit.

491, 492 Directed Study (1-3 each)

Independent study supervised by college faculty. Seminar meetings concerned with specific business topics. (Independent Study) Must be student in College of Business Administration with more than 75 credits and permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

493 Internship in Business Administration (3 or 6)

Approved, supervised work experience with participation in management and problem solving related to the student’s major field. College of Business internships for 3 credits require approximately 120 hours of field experience and 20 hours of class work. Internships for 6 credits require approximately double this amount of work. May be offered online. Pre: junior standing with 75 credits, admission into internship program, and permission of instructor. Limited to 6 credits. Not for graduate credit. S/U only.

601 Practicum in Business Teaching (1)

Course involves training and experience in teaching undergraduate business courses under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. Participation in the instructional development program is an essential component of the class. (Practicum) Pre: enrollment in Ph.D. program in business administration and permission of Ph.D. program director. S/U only. May be repeated.

602 Doctoral Colloquium in Business Research (1)

Course involves presenting the results of at least one piece of original research to faculty and other Ph.D. candidates. When not presenting, students are expected to play an active role in critiquing the presented research. (Lec. 1) Pre: permission of Ph.D. program director. S/U credit only. May be repeated.

603 Special Problems in Business Research (1-6)

Advanced research and writing of theoretical and empirical papers in business administration in the student’s area of specialization under the supervision of a faculty advisor. All doctoral students in Phase II of the doctoral program in business administration who have completed their course work must register for this course. Pre: permission of Ph.D. Program Director. S/U only. May be repeated.

604 Doctoral Research Seminar (3)

Provides a rigorous analysis of current research questions and research techniques used to address those questions in the finance discipline. Recent developments and current issues addressed. (Seminar) Pre: enrollment in Phase II of the Ph.D. program in business administration. May be repeated.

605 Organizational Behavior (3)

Incorporates the insights gleaned from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the social sciences of politics, economics, and history in the study of the behavior of organizations and of their principal actors. (Lec. 3) Pre: MBA 502 or permission of instructor.

606 Advanced Organizational Theory and Behavior (3)

Previous knowledge of classical and traditional management thought used to provide concepts, analytical approaches, and skills for understanding how behavioral sciences influence complex organizational systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 605.

608 Doctoral Research Seminar (3)

Provides a rigorous analysis of current research questions and the research techniques used to address those questions pertinent to Management Information Systems. Recent developments and current issues are addressed. (Seminar) Pre: enrollment in Phase II of the Ph.D. program in business administration. May be repeated.

609 Doctoral Research Seminar (3)

Provides a rigorous analysis of current research questions and the research techniques used to address those questions in the management science discipline. Recent developments and current issues addressed. (Seminar) Pre: enrollment in Phase II of the Ph.D. program in business administration. May be repeated.

610 Seminar in Marketing (3)

Preparation and presentation of papers on selected topics in marketing. (Seminar) Pre: MBA 505 or permission of instructor. May be repeated.

611 Doctoral Research Seminar (3)

Provides a rigorous analysis of current research questions and research techniques used to address those questions in the marketing discipline. Recent developments and current issues addressed. (Seminar) Pre: enrollment in Phase II of the Ph.D. program in business administration. May be repeated.

612 Knowledge Systems in Managerial Disciplines (3)

Examination of knowledge production and dissemination systems in management disciplines. Discussion of various paradigms and philosophy of science perspectives. Metascientific and research program issues are examined. (Seminar) Pre: Ph.D. candidate.

691, 692 Directed Study in Business (3)

Advanced doctoral level work under the supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of instructor.

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) Pre: enrollment in Phase III of the Ph.D. program in business administration. S/U credit. May be repeated.


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