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  • Course description
    PRIMER COURSES
    GB 5010 Essentials of Economics  This course will cover the basic concepts of macroeconomics, microeconomics, and also money and banking. Topics included are supply and demand, national income accounting, international trade policy, theories of interest rate determination, globalization of monetary policy, foreign exchange markets, and budget deficits and public debt.

    GB 5020 Accounting for Decision Makers  This course presents accounting as an information development and communication function that supports decision-making by managers, owners, creditors, and others. Topics included are: the conceptual framework of financial accounting, statements of financial position, income and cash flows, asset and liability measurement, concepts of income, the accounting process, taxation, cost classifications, determining the cost of products and services, cost-volume-profit analysis, and budgeting.

    GB 5030 Managerial Finance  This course will examine basic financial management issues faced by business decision makers and will build the essential analytical skills necessary for dealing with such problems. Topical coverage will include present value, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital assessment management, fundamentals of portfolio management, and capital asset pricing.

    GB 5040 Statistical Fundamentals  This course will examine the quantitative tools necessary for business analysis. Topics include a variety of descriptive and inferential statistics and probability applications encountered in business decision making. The inferential statistics topics include: estimation, hypothesis testing using z and t tests, chi-square goodness-of-fit, ANOVA, regression, and applications using control charts. This course is for students that have no background in business statistics.

    GRADUATE CORE COURSES

    GB 6010 Managerial Accounting for Decision Makers  A study of interpretation and the use of accounting data for management planning, decision making and control. Topics include product costing, cost allocation, budgeting, variance analysis and performance evaluation methods.

    GB 6020 Advanced Computer Applications  Applications of computer technology to business problems. Advanced applications with statistical software packages, spreadsheets, database management. Topics include programming languages, algorithm development and societal impact. The course will fully integrate the use of statistical software with statistical analysis.

    GB 6030 Financial Management  Examine the fundamental principles of corporate financial management and capitol markets. Topics include asset pricing methods, risk management, equity financing, debt financing, dividend policy and the relationship of finance with other functions within the firm, including practical and theoretical methods of financial analysis as part of a system of management decision.

    GB 6040 Marketing Management  A study on business to business buyer behavior, marketing segmentation and selection, product planning, pricing, distribution, promotion, buyer-seller interaction, negotiations, competitive bidding, and ethical issues.

    GB 6050 Managerial Economics  Examine the influence of government and other factors on the business environment. Study models of aggregate supply and demand theories of consumption and investment, money supply and demand, inflation, rational expectations, stabilization policy, financial markets and international finance.

    GB 6060 Human Resources Management  This course identifies the role of the human resource manager. The course examines, from a strategic approach, how the human resource functions interact with the EEO laws, job analysis, competency models, recruiting, selection, training, performance appraisal and management, job design, compensation, benefits, and labor relations. The intent of this course is to enable the student to apply human resources management techniques to the business industry.

    GB 6070 Operations Management  A study of the theory and practices of the operations function and its application to productivity in the business areas. Focus is on the quantitative techniques for problem solving and decision making in a variety of strategic and tactical areas of operations management, including total quality management; process design and control, capacity planning, location strategy, materials requirement planning, inventory control, and project management.

    GENERAL BUSINESS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    GB 6110 Strategic Management of Business Enterprises  This course explores the integration of the functional areas of business at the corporate level. Heavy emphasis is on environmental analysis, goal setting, assessing core competencies, choosing a strategic direction, and organizational implementation and control in the context of a respective business operation.

    GB 6210 Contemporary Business Issues  This course is designed to provide a forum for decision, reflection, and examination of contemporary business issues. Global business, legal systems, and social issues, quality, and the internet are a few examples of the topical areas that are covered in this course.

    GB 7110 Executive Capstone Seminar  Critical analysis of case studies in strategic management with an emphasis on integrative decision-making. Focuses on strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation and control in today's organization.

    GB 6211 Business Ethics  This course is to explore the ethical grey areas of contemporary business practices and to develop skills in moral judgment dialogical framework for ethical decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on the students' self assessment of core values, experiences and assumptions.

    GB 6214 Graduate Study Tour  The course offers an in depth, inter-country examination of major business centers and industries throughout the world including the United States. The study tour includes numerous corporate and institutional visits allowing first hand exploration of business issues. Cultural, political, legal, regulatory, and social issues are also examined. The study tour travel component is one week.

    GB 6213 International Business and Economics  International Business and Economics reflects the changes in trade law, including the international aspects of intellectual property, and other new cases reflecting the ongoing evolution of the world economy. This course includes new U.S. case law, and discusses new international regimes such as the anti-bribery convention and the Financial Action Task Force. Additionally, coverage of the emerging jurisprudence of NAFTA and the WTO is included.

    GB 6212 Leadership  Leadership is influencing people by providing purpose, direction and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization. The goal of this course is to help students develop their own leadership skills. This course examines the role of leaders, leadership, and management, power and influence, leadership styles, cultural dimensions of leadership, and leadership and strategic effectiveness.

    FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    GB 6110 Strategic Management of Food & Agribusiness Enterprises  This course explores the integration of the functional areas of business at the corporate level. Heavy emphasis is on environmental analysis, goal setting, assessing core competencies, choosing a strategic direction, and organizational implementation and control in the context of a respective business operation.

    GB 6111 Current Issues in Food & Agribusiness  Analysis of current critical practice and research issues in food and agribusiness, agri-food systems, food systems, global, competitiveness, sustainable agriculture, agribusiness ethics, new food and agribusiness ventures, cooperatives, farm management firms, agribusiness multinationals, innovation change, etc. The course will use case study analysis and problem solving to analyze the efforts of critical practices on the food and agribusiness industry.

    GB 7110 Executive Capstone Seminar  Critical analysis of case studies in strategic management with an emphasis on integrative decision-making. Focuses on strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation and control in today's organization.

    GB 6112 Food & Agribusiness Marketing  An analysis of agricultural marketing systems focusing on their structure, pricing and coordination mechanisms, and performance. Case studies will be used involving decision making, using marketing tools from previous courses.

    GB 6114 Food & Agribusiness Price Analysis  A study of the applications of price and demand theories to agricultural market analysis. Topics include agricultural product supply and input demand, uncertainty and risk, expectations, and supply dynamics.

    GB 6115 Topics of International Food & Agribusiness  An analysis of government policies and programs which develop agriculture, conserve agricultural resources, address consumer food concerns, stabilize prices and increase income levels. The influence of macro-policy, world economy and international trade on U. S. agriculture is also discussed.

    GB 6113 Management of Food & Agribusiness Delivery Systems  This course will deal with the economically efficient distribution of goods and services from their points of creation to the customers. Topics will include strategic decisions such as aggregate distribution plans and warehouse location, as well as operational decisions including the delivery routes and dispatching.

    ACCOUNTING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    GB 6310 Auditing  The objectives of this course are to provide the student with detailed concepts and the current practice of financial statement auditing, and to improve analytical and communication skills through a variety of in-class activities and a comprehensive auditing case project environment.

    GB 6320 Commercial Law for Accountants  This course emphasizes the most current commercial law topics required for accountants in both practice and preparation for advanced licensing. Topics include: common law contracts; Article 2 of the UCC Sales; Article 9 of the UCC Secured Transactions; federal securities law and basic debtor creditor law.

    GB 6330 Financial Reporting and Analysis  This course emphasizes both the process of financial reporting and the analysis of financial statements. The student should be able to read, use and interpret the statements and, most importantly, understand why managers can utilize the flexibility in GAAP to manipulate the numbers for their own purposes. The student will develop these skills throughout a variety of in-class activities, within a case project environment.

    GB 6340 Advanced Accounting Theory  The primary objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the theoretical foundation of GAAP as it relates to business combinations and to become proficient in the worksheet techniques involving consolidated financial statements. Topics include partnerships, segments, government accounting and foreign currency transactions. Students will study the theory and apply it to contemporary practices within organizations.

    GLOBAL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    GB 6211 Business Ethics  This course explores the ethical grey areas of contemporary business practices and develops skills in moral judgment dialogical framework for ethical decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on the students' self assessment of core values, experiences and assumptions.

    GB 6215 Corporate Governance  Corporate Governance as a subject matter recognizes that good governance practices are essential in raising capital in the competitive global environment. This course focuses on understanding how differences in capital markets, ownership structures, and legal traditions affect the optimal design of financial contracts. Moreover, this course will examine potential conflicts between shareholders and other corporate constituents.

    This course will explore and evaluate the legal, economic, and financial framework of corporate governance. The design of this course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the current role and responsibilities of corporate directors, officers, and managers in the wake of recent legislation designed to provide the public with a more "transparent" view of how corporations conduct business. Additionally, this course will investigate the changing nature of the relationships between the various constituencies that compose the corporate environment. Finally, this course will expose students to international corporate governance and discuss the reasons for the recent failures of corporate governance.

    GB 6216 Global Executive Leadership  This course uses strategy as its unifying theme to explore the global economy and the impact of managerial decisions. By examining comparative management issues thoroughly, this course discusses the strengths and weaknesses of competitors and how to adapt organizational practices. Also covered are the key topics of formation and implementation of strategies in the global environment, the building of strategic alliances, negotiation and cross-cultural communication, international human resource management, and business ethics.

    GB 7110 Executive Capstone Seminar  Critical analysis of case studies in strategic management with an emphasis on integrative decision-making. Focuses on strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation and control in today's organization.

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