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ACC821 Financial Accounting [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is an introduction to financial accounting concepts from a managerial viewpoint, emphasizing the use of financial information in decision-making. Topics include recording economic events, basic accounting concepts, essential accounting standards, interrelationship of financial statement elements, and the analysis, interpretation and use of internal and external data.
ACC822 Management Accounting [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course entails a study of the cost accounting applications and related techniques to decision-making, emphasizing control, and the use of internally-generated accounting data. Topics include cost allocation, variance analysis, budgeting and cost control system, responsibility reporting, and capital budgeting.
ACC830 Financial Statement Analysis [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course deals with the analysis of the financial statements of a corporation from a user’s perspective. The course stresses the use of tools, procedures, and techniques of financial statement analysis as they relate to firm performance. Topics include ratio analysis, cash flow analysis, and financial forecasting.
BUS898 Research Topics in Business [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course entails the application of research methods to a current topic relevant to business. The project must incorporate the student’s hypothesis, test methods, test results, and conclusions.
BUS899 Thesis in Business [6-0, 6 cr.]
This course entails the application of research methods to a current topic relevant to business and business education in the Middle East. The thesis must incorporate the student’s hypothesis, test methods, test results, and conclusions, in a report available to later researchers. In some cases, the faculty may authorize expanded research procedures resulting in high-quality publication.
ECO811 Business Economics [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is an overview of microeconomics from a managerial decision-making standpoint, emphasizing and applying the basic concepts to selected problems. Topics include the firm’s behavioral and managerial theories, determination of national income, demand estimation, cost determination, forecasting, and government regulation.
FIN835 Commercial Bank Management [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course covers commercial bank management policies and decisions. Analysis includes advanced treatment of asset-liability management, emphasizing risk management issues such as interest rates, liquidity, credit, capital, and off-balance sheet risk and activities. The analysis presents financial engineering techniques in risk management and evaluates bank performance.
FIN836 Modern Portfolio Management [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course applies concepts of efficient capital markets, modern portfolio theory, and asset pricing models to practical problems of security analysis, portfolio construction, optimization, and performance measurement. The analysis considers return and risk characteristics of various financial investment instruments and derivatives, including common stocks, bonds, futures, options, and forward contracts.
FIN837 International Business [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is a field survey covering the cultural, economic, political and social environments of international business. The course emphasizes global finance and exchange rate determination, exports, imports, and country risk analysis.
FIN861 Financial Management [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is a review of the concepts underlying the financing of a business, emphasizing the uses of capitalization and leverage for current operations and for future expansion. Topics include valuation theory, investment theory, financial planning and control, dividend policy and growth, alternative capitalization structures, appraisal of capital projects, and mergers and acquisitions.
FIN863 Financial Derivatives [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course deals with derivative securities. It focuses on the analysis of options, futures, option and futures’ markets, and option and futures’ strategies. In addition, it discusses option and futures’ pricing models, and how derivatives are used in financial risk management.
ITM832 Management Systems [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course introduces students to recent practices in corporate information management. The course combines lectures and case studies, and encourages students to critically analyze the effects information technology has on most businesses and industries. Topics include email networking, telecommunication practices, EDI, executive information systems, and the concept of information resource management.
MGT831 Management Theory [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is an introduction to management, organizational behavior, and development theories and practices, emphasizing applications in managerial situations. Topics include goal setting, manpower planning and control, motivational techniques, and problem-solving processes.
MGT833 Personnel Management and Human Resources Development [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course entails a critical look at organizations’ principles, methods and resources. Topics include strategic human resource management for effective employee training and education within a development plan, corporate training roles, management issues on employment, recruiting, testing, selection and placement, job evaluation, wage and salary administration, labor relations and communication, performance evaluation, benefits and services, discipline, motivation and morale, and accident prevention and safety.
MGT834 Project Planning and Management [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course entails an examination of the techniques used to select, supervise and evaluate projects, emphasizing the application of project performance control methods. Topics include needs analysis, alternative courses of action, optimum alternatives, project organization, operation and control, and project completion and evaluation.
MGT839 Organizational Behavior [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course explores human behavior at the individual, group and organizational level. Issues of leadership and management, conflict resolution, communications, decision-making power and political behavior, and stress and organizational change will be introduced.
MGT880M Microeconomics of Competitiveness [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course explores the determinants of competitiveness and successful economic development viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective.
MKT840 Marketing Research Analysis [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course aims at highlighting the importance of marketing research when designing marketing strategies and policies. Students will learn how to gather, analyze and present information that solves common marketing problems. Topics coverage include: tools for assessing information requirements, principles of qualitative, experimental and quantitative research designs, secondary and syndicated data sources, interviews and focus groups design, survey development, sampling methods, data collection planning, quality assessment, and analysis, interpretation/presentation of findings, online research and web surveys.
Pre-requisite: MKT841 Marketing Management
MKT841 Marketing Management [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course shows students how to manage the marketing process for organizations, to optimize the resource use and to maximize the benefits. It focuses on decision-making. Lectures, case studies, discussions and projects engage students in learning how best to manage scarce resources.
MKT842 International and Global Marketing [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is designed to provide an appreciation of the critical role that marketing plays in the global economy and the various elements essential to global success. Attention is given to the exogenous global environment, coupled with an investigation of the significant factors that a firm must consider as it positions itself to enter the international marketplace.
MKT845 Digital Marketing [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course covers the concepts, tools and techniques needed both to communicate with customers in a systematic and integrated way using multimedia channels, and to create effective targeted promotional campaigns. The course covers the digital influence on marketing, the basics of web analytics, online consumer metrics, the way to collect and analyze digital data and the framework for measuring digital campaigns, while developing digital strategies. The course also investigates mobile marketing, email marketing and social media.
MGT851 Leadership, Ethics and Team Management [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is intended to explain how to be a successful ethical leader, covering the challenges of leadership, requiring realignment of values, developing skills which inspire others to follow, and to act. It details the key skills required to lead a team or those required to work within one team. The main subject areas which will be addressed are team building, team management, and the individual’s roles within the team, communication and problem solving.
MGT872 Business Policy and Planning [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is an application of policy formulation and implementation concepts, emphasizing the practical use of managerial skills and theoretical frameworks. Topics include problem identification and definition, organizational goal setting, establishment, and performance review and evaluation.
MGT 875 Strategic Management (Capstone Course) [3-0, 3 cr.]
This capstone course focuses on the concepts of strategic management and competitive analysis to develop critical management skills within our graduates. Emphasis is given to integrating concepts and ideas from the major business functions such as: Management, Marketing, Economics, Accounting, Analytics and Finance to provide a comprehensive perspective on how companies are managed locally and globally. Topics and case studies are selected to guide students through the process of strategic planning and execution, starting with the basics of setting a direction for the company and ending with a proper execution plan and monitoring mechanisms. Students not only will engage in current and upbeat strategic discussions, but they will also use the acquired knowledge and skills and work as consultants to help major firm in strategizing and achieving competitive advantages. This will materialize through the group analysis of up-to-date and relevant case studies.
This course is a capstone course that integrates several business concepts. Therefore before taking this course, students are expected to have completed the following courses:
- ECO811 Business Economics
- MGT831 Management Theory
- MKT841 Marketing Management
- ACC821 Financial Accounting
- FIN861 Financial Management
QBA851 Quantitative Methods in Business [3-0, 3 cr.]
This course is an introduction to the application of mathematical techniques in business decision-making, emphasizing practical usage in management situations. Topics include linear programming, transportation problems, network planning, queuing theory, regression analysis, and modeling techniques.