Jun 20, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Walker College of Business


Heather Norris, Dean
Sandra Vannoy, Associate Dean
Martin Mezner, Associate Dean
Sam Formby, Associate Dean

http://business.appstate.edu

The Walker College of Business offers undergraduate and master’s level business programs at Appalachian State University, a public, comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina system of higher education. Our mission is to offer high quality educational experiences preparing our students to be responsible, effective leaders and professionals in a rapidly changing, global environment. To accomplish this, our focus is on instructional excellence, complemented by scholarship in practice, theory and pedagogy, and service activities that benefit the business discipline and the broader community.

Department of Accounting

accounting.appstate.edu

Doug Roberts, Acting Chair

Bill Pollard, Graduate Program Director 
pollardwb@appstate.edu

The basic educational objective of the MS in Accounting is to provide advanced education to meet the needs of persons planning careers in accounting at the professional level. The MS in Accounting program offers courses of study which greatly enhance success in completing certifying examinations needed for designation as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and other professional designations. Additionally, the program broadens the general business knowledge and intensifies accounting knowledge of its graduates so as to improve their performance beyond the entry/certification stage in their professional careers.

Application for admission to the MS program will be open to any graduate of an accredited four-year baccalaureate program. Admission is competitive, with admission granted only to students showing high promise of success in graduate business study. Admission to the MS program is based on a balanced appraisal of the applicant’s total record and overall excellence. The foundation for the admission decision is the GMAT score and undergraduate academic performance, including the trend of grades during undergraduate schooling and the GPA in the undergraduate major. Relevant work experience may also be considered in the admission process.

For students without adequate preparation in accounting and business, the following undergraduate equivalent courses that are prerequisite to graduate study must be completed: Accounting Principles, Economics, Statistics, Behavioral Science, and Finance.

In addition, the undergraduate preparation must include the following accounting courses: Intermediate Accounting sequence; Cost Accounting; Accounting Systems; Individual Income Taxation; Auditing.

Any or all of these courses may be waived if the student has taken equivalent work. Prerequisite courses may also be waived through written examination or, if approved, through appropriate business experience. There is a fee for written examinations. Students lacking prerequisites, if otherwise qualified, may be admitted to the graduate program with the understanding that the prerequisites will be completed as part of the program.

The program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study and allows the student to follow a general concentration or a tax concentration. A student needing no prerequisites will usually complete the program in two semesters and a summer. For students with majors in other academic disciplines, it will take longer, depending on the required prerequisites.

Programs

Master of Science

Courses

Accounting

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    ACC 5000 - Accounting Research and Data Presentation (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Study of methods used in research and data presentation in accounting; practice in using those methods.
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    ACC 5080 - Taxation of Business Entities (3)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    Examination of the tax system faced by businesses operating in the United States. Business entities covered include C Corporations, S Corporations and partnerships. Topics include business formations, transactions between the entity and the owners, distributions, liquidations and reorganizations. Projects facilitate knowledge development of a variety of professional skills.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3580 (Individual Income Taxation) or equivalent with a minimum grade of “C-” (1.7).
    [Dual-listed with ACC 4580.]
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    ACC 5180 - Advanced Issues in Corporate Taxation (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An advanced study of the taxation of corporations and shareholders at the federal level, with emphasis on Subchapter C, and tax planning.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3580 (Individual Income Taxation).
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    ACC 5210 - Advanced Managerial Accounting (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    Focus is on the controller’s role in the decision-making process. Integration of accounting knowledge with other business and non-business disciplines is an important objective of this course. Topics may include, but are not limited to: cost accounting, profit planning and control, data analytics, working-capital management, transfer pricing, tax and risk management, and payroll systems.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5230 - International Accounting (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course is designed to provide students with a background in international accounting. Emphasis will be placed upon the fact that accounting is not just a doctrine that has been handed down from generation to generation, but is actually the product of the environment in which it is used.
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    ACC 5240 - Sustainability Accounting and Reporting (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course focuses on the critical role of accounting in helping managers address sustainability issues and measure sustainability performance. Because traditional models in accounting and financial reporting may be difficult to apply when measuring sustainability performance, frameworks such as the Triple Bottom Line concept or the Balanced Scorecard have been developed to accommodate the measurement of a firm’s performance on 3 levels: economic prosperity, environmental impact, and social justice. This course focuses on the challenges faced by managers and accountants in using traditional accounting techniques to measure and report on sustainable activities, and offers guidance on how to overcome these challenges in order to meet the needs of interested stakeholders. The course will examine the current state of sustainability measurement, disclosure, and assurance practices, as well as associated ethical issues, regulatory developments, and reporting standards.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5270 - Current Issues in Technology and AIS (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A current-issues course designed to explore new developments in business technology and accounting information systems.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5280 - Partnerships and S Corporations (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    A study of the tax implications of forming and operating conduit type businesses, with emphasis on planning for tax minimization.
    Prerequisite or corequisite: ACC 5080 /ACC 4580 (Taxation of Business Entities) or ACC 5180 , or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5310 - Auditing Theory Seminar (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    A study of advanced concepts, theories and techniques applied to external financial auditing and other assurance services. Topics may include forensic accounting, sustainability assurance services, internal controls, risk assessment, and the current regulatory environment.
    Prerequisite: ACC 4560 (Introduction to Auditing) or equivalent.
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    ACC 5340 - Accounting in the Business Environment (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Current behavioral accounting issues are examined, with an emphasis on ethics. Focus is on the roles of accountants in society. Topics are explored in a seminar environment.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5350 - Accounting Capstone Seminar (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course focuses on integrating classroom knowledge to solve accounting-based problems in a capstone experience. Students will complete case studies involving complex decisions, including ethical dilemmas, which require analysis, synthesis, prescription and application of accounting concepts. Domestic and global issues will be explored in a seminar environment with a strong emphasis on research, writing and oral communication.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5370 - Analysis and Design of Accounting Systems (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Focus is on the planning, analysis, and design of information systems. Topics include SDLC methodologies; feasibility analysis; project management; information-gathering techniques; use- case, structural, and behavioral modeling; computing architectures; security; user interface design; data storage techniques; and object approaches.
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    ACC 5380 - Multijurisdictional Taxation (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A study of state and local tax laws including income, franchise, property, sales and use and excise taxes. The state and local taxation of individual and business entities is covered and planning opportunities are discussed. Additionally, the course examines the U.S. laws of international taxation as well as tax issues affecting U.S. multinational companies.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3580 (Individual Income Taxation) or equivalent.
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    ACC 5390 - Contemporary Issues in Accounting (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    A seminar approach to exploring contemporary issues facing the accounting profession. Selected topics may include issues related to the current financial reporting environment, regulatory actions impacting the accounting profession, corporate governance, social responsibility, global events, ethical issues and other relevant topics as identified. Students will develop competency in the professional accounting research process, an understanding of applying ethical decision-making frameworks, and improved performance in ethical thinking skills.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    ACC 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: On Demand
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    ACC 5550 - Accounting for Not-for-Profit and Governmental Organizations (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Theory and practice of budgetary and fund accounting, financial reporting, measures of output and performance, techniques for planning and control, and auditing for non-profit and governmental entities.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5570 - Accounting Systems (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A study of emerging issues in accounting information systems. Students will develop competence in understanding and interacting with various systems.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5580 - Tax Planning and Research (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    A research oriented course designed to emphasize the need for tax planning. The student will be required to research and to make class presentations as to her or his findings.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3580 (Individual Income Taxation) or equivalent.
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    ACC 5590 - Advanced Accounting Topics (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An examination of accounting issues related to business combinations and consolidated entities, partnerships, foreign transactions and operations, and other areas of concern as they are identified.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5640 - Accounting Regulation (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    A study of regulation of the accounting profession, with emphasis on taxation, business law, and professional standards.
    Prerequisite or corequisite: ACC 5080 /ACC 4580 (Taxation of Business Entities) or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5660 - Auditing Concepts and Applications (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    An in-depth study of professional auditing standards and application to audit engagements. Emphasis will be placed on system analysis, the relationship of internal control to audit objectives, and the purpose of selected audit procedures. Cases and simulations will be used where applicable.
    Prerequisite: ACC 4560 (Introduction to Auditing) or equivalent.
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    ACC 5680 - Wealth and Tax Planning (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    A study of the federal transfer tax laws, with emphasis on family tax planning; also, a study of the income taxation of estates and trusts.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3580 (Individual Income Taxation) or equivalent.
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    ACC 5780 - Issues in Taxation (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    This course examines specialized issues in taxation. Topics may include exempt organizations, advanced individual tax issues, selected corporate tax issues, and basic concepts in multi-state and international tax.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3580 (Individual Income Taxation) or equivalent.
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    ACC 5900 - Internship (3-6)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    A full-time work situation for students in the Master of Science in Accounting program. A maximum of three hours may be included toward the thirty credit hours required in the program of study.
    Prerequisite: permission of the accounting internship coordinator.
    Graded on an S/U basis.
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    ACC 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master’s and specialist’s levels. ACC 5989 does not count toward a degree.
    Graded on an S/U basis.
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    ACC 5990 - Survey of Financial Accounting (3)


    When Offered: Summer Session
    An intensive study of financial accounting topics in conjunction with the business environment.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
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    ACC 5999 - Thesis (6)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.

Master of Business Administration Program

mba.appstate.edu

Sandra Vannoy, Graduate Program Director
vannoysa@appstate.edu

Accredited by AACSB since 1976, Appalachian’s Walker College of Business offers an accelerated 1 year MBA program with rolling admission so that students can begin their program of study in May, August, or January. The MBA program is open to all undergraduate majors. The program has available online learning modules to help all students quickly and easily meet any required prerequisite knowledge they may need to be successful in our program. These introductory business topics include statistics, accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and management.

The MBA program is also ideal for students wanting to complete two master’s degrees simultaneously. With department and Graduate School approval, a double degree graduate student count up to 50% of the credit hours from one program of study on the other program. This reduces the time it takes to complete the second degree. In many cases, by taking advantage of MBA summer courses and enrolling in a few extra classes during the year, students can graduate from both degrees within a semester of their original graduation date. Students have enrolled in the MBA program in combination with programs in Higher Education, Engineering Physics, and others. The form to request admission to a second master’s program may be obtained from the Graduate School (graduate.appstate.edu/about-us/forms#program).

To fulfill the mission of the MBA program extensive resources are dedicated to ensuring the program is well rounded. In addition to a robust curriculum, the MBA program places a heavy emphasis on practical job preparation through practicums, internships, executive skills courses, and international travel. Students also receive one-on-one coaching from the Walker College of Business Graduate Career Services. The program ensures that students are business savvy, internationally experienced, proven leaders, proficient communicators, ethical, and employable.

Location of Program: This program is offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus courses follow a part-time extended program format with rolling admission allowing someone to complete the program two years from their start date. For information about the off-campus program, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.

Programs

Master of Business Administration

Courses

Business

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    BUS 5001 - Foundations in Business Statistics (1)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course introduces the fundamental statistical tools for business applications using spreadsheets. The topics covered may include concepts of probability, probability distributions, and statistical estimation.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    BUS 5002 - Foundations in Financial Accounting (1)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course will develop familiarity with the financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, statement of stockholders’ equity and the statement of cash flow.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    BUS 5003 - Foundations in Economics (1)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course introduces the student to the microeconomic environment of business decisionmaking. Topics may include modeling markets with supply and demand analysis and the influence of price, production, cost and technology on the firms’ decisions.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    BUS 5004 - Foundations in Finance (1)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An introduction to the financial concepts needed for the management of a business firm. Topics covered may include the time value of money, bond and stock valuation, capital budgeting, and financial statement analysis.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    BUS 5005 - Foundations in Marketing (1)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course introduces the major concepts and tools employed in modern marketing. The course will study marketing from the perspective of for profit and not for profit organizations, domestic and international.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    BUS 5006 - Foundations in Organizational Behavior (1)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course applies knowledge from the behavioral sciences to help students understand and solve problems they encounter as managers and group members in organizations. A variety of tools and concepts will be used to increase student awareness of the dynamics of organizational life, to approach organizational problems in unique ways, and to develop individual and group skills for functioning effectively in today’s organizations.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    BUS 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: On Demand

Master of Business Administration

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    MBA 5020 - International Experience (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course will develop an understanding of international cultural differences and an understanding of some of the important aspects of conducting business in an international arena. Topics vary from year to year, but can include topics such as financial reporting across national borders, foreign currency exchange issues, marketing to foreign cultures, transfer pricing, transnational tax issues, and so forth. Heavy emphasis will be on student research and presentation. MBA 5020 may be repeated for a total credit of nine semester hours with the permission of the program director.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5060 - Executive Seminar (1-3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course provides an opportunity to learn from diverse experienced business leaders about practical aspects of strategic leadership, general management, governance, international business and ethical responsibilities to develop perspectives about today’s executive leadership roles. Topics will vary, but the key point is for all students to learn from someone with real world executive experience on topics pertinent to the business world today. Class will include a number of guest speakers designed to augment student exposure to seasoned professionals. This course is repeatable for up to 6 s.h. of credit.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5080 - Sustainable Business for a Global Economy (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course provides a general overview of sustainable business ideas and practices, building a lens for developing business models that integrate sustainability goals. Through discussions, cases, multimedia, and assignments, students will have the opportunity to learn how to gather and evaluate information on emerging sustainability applications and trends, while understanding diverse stakeholder approaches to viewing regulations, profitability, and opportunities.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5110 - Economics for Decision-Making (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course will examine the analytical techniques used by decision-makers to address such issues as demand analysis and forecasting, production and cost analysis, the strategy and tactics of pricing and output decision, and risk and uncertainty.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.
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    MBA 5200 - Problem Analysis and Quantitative Methods (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A course designed to provide business students with the quantitative analysis tools required for managerial decision-making. The course covers quantitative concepts such as decision-making under uncertainty, optimization models and applications, and computer simulation. Additionally, the course will cover various statistical methods, including hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression analysis, and time series analysis. The emphasis will be on business applications of quantitative methods using computer software and models.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5220 - Operations and Supply Chain Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Operations and supply chain management involves the transformation of materials and other inputs into products and services. It is one of the primary functions for both manufacturing and service businesses, and works closely with marketing, finance and accounting, engineering and other functions to develop strategic and business plans, and in implementing those plans. Objectives include the production of high-quality products and services to satisfy customer requirements at competitive prices, while effectively utilizing a number of different resources, such as employees, equipment, facilities, and information systems.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5230 - Fundamentals of Business Analytics (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    In this course students gain the skills required to succeed in today’s highly analytical and data-driven economy. The course introduces the basics of data management, RFM Analysis, predictive modeling using decision trees and logistic regression techniques, design of experiments, customer segmentation and forecasting. This course includes lab work and a real data project to enhance competency of using analytics in real-world scenarios, and to engage in hands-on experience with SAS software to demonstrate capability of the concepts of data analysis.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5240 - Sustainability Performance Assessment (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course focuses on the contemporary issues and methodology related to measuring the sustainability performance of business operations. Frameworks such as the Triple Bottom Line concept and the Balanced Scorecard have been developed to accommodate the measurement of a firm’s performance on 3 levels: economic prosperity, environmental impact, and social justice. This course focuses on the challenges faced by managers and accountants in using sustainability accounting frameworks to assess the performance of businesses through the three sustainability lenses, and offers guidance on how to overcome these challenges so as to meet the needs of stakeholders. The course may offer an experiential learning opportunity interacting with local business organizations in sustainability assessment activities.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5250 - Strategic Sourcing and Logistics Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course will focus on the integration of procurement and logistics management for the supply chain. Students are introduced to important supply chain concepts including supplier selection, supplier relationships, cost management, sourcing strategy, negotiation, incoterms, transportation planning and execution. The objective of the course is to develop procurement and logistics management skills that students can appreciate and use effectively in their careers. A case based approach will be used to reinforce and enrich course content.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5311 - Communication in Conflict Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This is a course designed to provide the opportunity for students and the instructor to examine and research the central role of communication in resolving conflict within various organizational entities. The course will focus on conflict resolution and negotiation skills required in such environments as management and labor, public administration, families, and education. A particular area of concentration will be selected each semester.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
    (Same as COM 5311.)
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    MBA 5320 - Managerial Accounting (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An examination of accounting information with an emphasis on planning and control, product costing, and income determination. Subjects include, but are not limited to: cost-volume-profit analysis, manufacturing cost systems, budgeting concepts, capital budgeting, relevant costs for decision- making, income tax implications for business decisions and ethics in the field of accounting.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.
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    MBA 5420 - Marketing Strategy and Applications (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Through the use of a combination of applied methods such as in-depth case analysis, simulations and/or marketing projects, the student will learn to develop solutions and formulate responses to marketing-oriented problems of the organization in a dynamic, complex, competitive, and global context. This course integrates issues and concepts introduced in other MBA courses.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.
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    MBA 5500 - Independent Study (1-6)


    When Offered: On Demand
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    MBA 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: On Demand
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    MBA 5600 - Managerial Finance (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course provides an in-depth study of the financial functions of a business. Financial theory and techniques for financial decisions are presented. Students are expected to use financial models and/or methods in solving problems. Students will receive exposure to advanced financial management material including financial analysis, capital budgeting, cash flow analysis, capital structure, risk and return valuation.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.
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    MBA 5680 - Six Sigma, Lean and Quality Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course will cover topics on the Six Sigma system, Six Sigma methodology, lean, quality system, quality conformance, and the management system for quality. The course will also discuss quality assurance, measurement, reliability, process control charts, and process improvement tools. Various real-world cases will be discussed.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5720 - International Seminar (1-3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Various topics are presented by international experts allowing students the opportunity to gain valuable insight about various specialties from faculty and from varying cultures as well. Topics to be announced. MBA 5720 may be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5750 - Strategic Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course focuses on how managers and executives formulate and implement strategy in order to improve long-term performance. Each session emphasizes the development of frameworks that can be used to analyze the topic. Topics include defining the firm’s mission, performance, industry structure, strategic coherence, business-level strategy, vertical integration, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, top management teams, management of innovation, corporate governance, business ethics, organizational structure and control, strategy implementation, global strategy, and leadership. Case analysis, in-class exercises and presentations, and written assignments are used to improve working knowledge of each topic.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the instructor.
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    MBA 5800 - Business Practicum (1-6)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Business practica are available in the form of various community or university-based projects. MBA 5800 may be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5820 - Executive Skills (0)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Session
    This course is designed to help the student develop important business skills, such as resume-building, interviewing, networking and self-promotion. Material will be conveyed to the students through seminars, guest speakers and student projects. Students will also need to complete various assessment exercises.
    Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
    Full-time and part-time students must enroll three times; dual-degree students must enroll two times.
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    MBA 5870 - Analytical Models for Supply Chain Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Analytical models for supply chain management focuses on the applications and development of modeling tools for the supply chain. This course introduces students to important supply chain problems and solution methodologies including optimization, simulation, and other analytical methods. The objective of the course is to develop valuable modeling skills that students can appreciate and use effectively in their careers.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
    [Dual-listed with SCM 4870.]
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    MBA 5900 - MBA Internship (1-6)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An appropriate work experience for students in the MBA Program.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director. MBA 5900 may be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours.
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    MBA 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master’s level.
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    MBA 5998 - Thesis Preparation (1-3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    The purpose of this course is to offer the student who chooses to write a thesis the opportunity to initiate a literature search, review research strategies, develop hypotheses for testing, and prepare a thesis proposal for review by the thesis committee.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission of the program director.
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    MBA 5999 - Thesis (1-6)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.

Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

Dinesh Dave, Interim Chair

cis.appstate.edu

Applied Data Analytics

http://business.appstate.edu/academics/ms-applied-data-analytics

Business Analytics

Lakshmi Iyer, Program Director
msanalytics@appstate.edu

Programs

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate

Courses

Computer Information Systems

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    CIS 5100 - Management Information System (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A study of the methods and procedures of computerized information systems and how they should be used to create viable management information systems. Includes administrative uses and limitations of information systems in a company. Measures of information system effectiveness, documentation procedures, data security, legal implications and personnel requirements as well as system configurations and software are included.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, Graduate CIS Certificate Program or other graduate programs or by permission of the chair of the CIS Department.
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    CIS 5250 - Issues in E-Business (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course examines the concepts and issues associated with using the technologies and processes of electronic commerce to facilitate the operational success of a contemporary organization. Through extensive use of the Internet, students will gain direct experience with the promise, problems and potential of using information technology and electronic commerce in individual and organizational endeavors.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, Graduate CIS Certificate Program or other graduate programs or by permission of the chair of the CIS Department.
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    CIS 5280 - Systems Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Introduction to General Systems Theory and its application to the analysis, design, and operation of information systems. Emphasis will be placed on the design and management of information technology, cybernetics, real-time systems, models and simulations, and man-machine systems.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, Graduate CIS Certificate Program or other graduate programs or by permission of the chair of the CIS Department.
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    CIS 5300 - Managing Information Technology (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A seminar course providing a broad overview of the information systems management function. Emphasis on information systems management, with particular attention on planning, organizing, and controlling user services and managing the computer information systems development process.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, Graduate CIS Certificate Program or other graduate programs or by permission of the chair of the CIS Department.
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    CIS 5350 - Advanced Database Concepts (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Investigation and application of advanced database concepts including Database Administration, database technology and selection and acquisition of database management systems. In-depth practicum in data modeling and system development in a database environment will be emphasized utilizing both mainframe and micros.
    Prerequisite: CIS 4790 (Current Topics in Information Systems) or equivalent.
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    CIS 5450 - Project Management and Visualization (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course will focus on the leadership and presentation skills necessary to properly chose, design, lead and communicate an analytics project to senior business leaders, employees and external stakeholders. The course will include determining the business value of an analytics project; prioritizing various analytics projects and choosing the most important ones; communicating the business value of a project to the project team, clients and senior management; learning the art of making persuasive presentations; learning common presentation and reporting pitfalls. The course will also teach students how to create and deliver effective presentations to technical and non-technical audiences.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate or permission of the program director.
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    CIS 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    CIS 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    CIS 5580 - Data Communications and Networking (3)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    This course is designed to provide the student with the basic concepts of data communications and networks. Emphasis will be on the technical and the theoretical skills of data communications and networks that will be needed by those who will be involved in the analysis, design and programming of computer information systems. Students will be required to design a network.
    Prerequisite: CIS 3250 (Building Information Systems) (CIS 3250 can be taken concurrently).
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    CIS 5585 - Advanced Data Communications and Networking (4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    This course is a continuation of CIS 5280  and explores advanced topics in data communications and networking. It encompasses parts 3 and 4 of the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification and, upon successful completion, allows students to take the CCNA certification exam.
    Prerequisite: CIS 5280 .
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    CIS 5610 - Global Information Technologies (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course presents students with the concepts and issues inherent in global information technology. The course examines the issues associated with using technology in a global environment, how global systems are developed, how culture, language, etc. impact systems and their development, outsourcing, strategies for global systems development and use, and issues facing Far East, European, Latin America, and Third World countries.
    Prerequisite: graduate status.
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    CIS 5620 - IS Strategy, Policy, and Governance (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course examines how to effectively lead an information systems organization. Chief Information Officers are tasked to take part in determining corporate strategy based on information technology and its potential role in corporate objectives - while determining the IS (Information System) strategy to most effectively implement the corporate strategy in terms of information technology, IS personnel, data, and telecommunications. That IS strategy will also be implemented in terms of an IS policy, and then executed as IS governance. IS governance will include personnel issues, legal and financial obligations, data privacy and security, vendor relations, and business unit liaison.
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    CIS 5630 - Data Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Data mining is a broad area dealing with the analysis of a large volume of data that integrates techniques from several fields including machine learning, statistics, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and database systems. Data mining is a rapidly growing field that supports decision-making by detecting patterns, devising rules, identifying new decision alternatives and making predictions about the future. The course objective is to present the leading data mining methods and their application to real-world problems. The course is organized around a number of well-defined data mining tasks such as description, classifications, estimation, predictions, and affinity grouping and clustering. The topics covered include: introduction to knowledge discovery in the databases (KDD), statistical methods, emerging modeling techniques such as neural networks, and others.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    CIS 5680 - Developing Software Solutions (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course focuses on the building of software systems including programming, logic, managing operating systems, and configuring large information systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. In this course, students will use a popular software package to build a working programming interface to solve business problems.
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    CIS 5710 - e-Business Systems (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This seminar course discusses e-business issues that are current, applicable, relevant, and interesting. Students are expected to develop and execute a team project throughout the course. Relevant areas of e-business studied will include: electronic commerce, personalization management systems, content management systems, customer relations management systems, and community systems. This course ties together concepts from different areas of management and the economic, behavioral, functional and technical aspects of information systems.
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    CIS 5720 - Advanced Internet Technologies (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn the technologies that are commonly used to develop e-business. These enabling technologies include ASP.NET, VB Script, Java2EE, XML, Web Service, XHTML, DHTML, Java Script, JSP, among others. The technologies that this course incorporates may change based upon current industry trends. This course concentrates on the skills to use these technologies and the business processes that drive Internet development, so that students are able to develop a robust, reliable, functional, and secure industry-level e-business web site.
    Prerequisite: CIS 5710 .
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    CIS 5750 - Web Analytics (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course proposes to focus on the concepts and technologies every leading organization needs to realize the full potential of their web sites. Students will be introduced to Internet technologies and tools that allow for collection of web data (e.g., web traffic, visitor information), clickstream analysis, search engine optimization, analysis of paid search advertisements, social network analysis of social media sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube), and information visualization in relation to web analytics. Current and emerging analytics technologies will be covered as well as ethical principles in relation to the use of web and social media data.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate or permission of the program director.
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    CIS 5830 - Security, Privacy and Ethical Issues in Analytics (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course is designed as a broad overview of important security, privacy, ethical and societal issues that are relevant to the field of Business Analytics.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate Program or permission of the program director.
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    CIS 5840 - Advanced Security (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course is designed to cover the main common body of knowledge topics identified by the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification program. Topics include security management practices, access control, security models and architecture, physical security, telecommunications and networking security, cryptography, disaster recovery and business continuity, law, investigation, ethics, applications and systems development, computer forensics and, operations security.
    Prerequisite: CIS 5830 .
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    CIS 5860 - Applied Analytics Project (1-6)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Students will work on a real world project taking raw data through the preparation, management and analysis phases to the presentation of results and recommendations from the analysis. Repeatable for credit up to 9 hours.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program, MS in Applied Data Analytics, Business Analytics Certificate or permission of the program director.
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    CIS 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master’s and specialist’s levels.

Production Operations Management

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    POM 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    POM 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring

Supply Chain Management

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    SCM 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    SCM 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    SCM 5900 - Internship (1-6)


    When Offered: On Demand
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    SCM 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: On Demand

Department of Economics

John Whitehead, Chair

economics.appstate.edu

Courses

Economics

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    ECO 5150 - Business Economics (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    Intensive study of economic decision techniques for management. Topics include estimation of demand and cost function, analysis of economic forecasts and business cycles, analysis of price and non-price competition, allocation and distributional effects of regulation, taxation, and fiscal and monetary policy, cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analyses for the not-for-profit sector. Primary emphasis will be placed on the understanding and application, rather than the theoretical and computational aspects, of these techniques.
    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA Program or permission approved by the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs in the Walker College of Business.
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    ECO 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    ECO 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    ECO 5621 - Environmental Economics and Policy (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    Analysis of the interrelationships among economic activity, government policies, and the environment; the benefits and costs of economic growth; the economics of environmental quality; the social costs of pollution; and the intertemporal allocation of natural resources.
    Prerequisite: ECO 2030 (Principles of Microeconomics) or ECO 2620 (Environmental and Resource Economics).
    [Dual-listed with ECO 4621.]
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    ECO 5640 - International Macroeconomics (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of how international financial markets work. It is a combination of lectures and discussions covering theory and real-world policies, events, and evidence. The course can be broadly divided into three parts - foreign exchange markets, international financial transactions, and economic policies. The first part focuses on exchange rate behavior, foreign exchange rate markets, the determinants of the exchange rates. The second part of the course studies international financial transactions in a global macroeconomy. The goal of the last part of the course is to understand how the choices governments make about monetary and fiscal policies, or about exchange rate regime and capital mobility, affect economic outcomes, and why crises occur.
    Prerequisite: ECO 2040 (Principles of Marcoeconomics).
    [Dual-listed with ECO 4640.]
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    ECO 5660 - Benefit-Cost Analysis (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    The study of the evaluation of competing public policy alternatives. The purpose of benefit-cost analysis is to inform government decision-making and facilitate the more efficient allocation of scarce resources. This course introduces the basic theory and principles of benefit-cost analysis and examines applications of the methodology.
    Prerequisite: ECO 2030 (Principles of Economics - Price Theory).
    [Dual-listed with ECO 4660].
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    ECO 5740 - Forecasting and Time Series Models (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    An examination of time series models for purposes of forecasting and performing time series regressions in economics, business, and the social sciences. Topics covered may include ARIMA, VAR, Granger causality, unit roots, spurious regressions, ARCH, and GARCH. Computer software will be utilized in applications.
    Prerequisite: ECO 2200 (Business and Economic Statistics II) or permission of the instructor.
    [Dual-listed with ECO 4740.]
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    ECO 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master’s and specialist’s levels.

Department of Finance, Banking, and Insurance

Delbert Goff, Interim Chair

finance.appstate.edu

Courses

Finance, Banking & Insurance

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    FIN 5020 - Applied Financial Analysis (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    The purpose of this course is to instruct the student in the use of electronic spreadsheets for the purpose of financial analysis. Financial models will be built and used for capital budgeting, working capital management as well as financial structure decisions.
    Prerequisites: admission to the MBA Program and MBA 5600 .
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    FIN 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring.On Demand
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    FIN 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: On Demand
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    FIN 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master’s and specialist’s levels. FIN 5989 does not count toward a degree.

Department of Management

Jacqueline Bergman, Chair

management.appstate.edu

The Department of Management participates jointly with the Department of Psychology to offer an interdisciplinary Master of Arts Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology & Human Resource Management  . For more information, about the program please see to the Psychology Department  information under the College of Arts and Sciences .

Courses

Management

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    MGT 5040 - Employment Law (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    An examination of regulation of employment relationships in statutory (state and federal), common, and administrative law. Topics will include regulation of hiring, compensation and benefits, termination, and workplace safety. Laws emphasized will include Title 7 of Civil Rights Act, Worker Compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
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    MGT 5045 - Introduction to Human Resources and Professional Issues (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    This course provides an overview of the various human resource management functions in organizations, examines current issues that face human resource professionals, and helps to develop students’ teamwork, interpersonal, presentation and professional skills. Students will get an opportunity to employ the science-practitioner model and develop solutions to current issues facing human resource professionals.
    (Same as PSY 5045 )
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    MGT 5055 - Leadership, Groups, and Teams (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    This course is designed to provide a broad perspective on leadership and teams in the fields of I-O psychology and human resource management. The course will be divided into two sections. The first section, on leadership, will examine both historical and contemporary views of leadership in organizations. The second section of the course, on work teams, will examine the dynamics that occur when individuals must work closely together toward a common goal. Students will examine the theory and research on teamwork and group dynamics, as well as the ways that teams are currently used and managed in today’s organization.
    (Same as PSY 5055 )
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    MGT 5065 - Organizational Development (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A study of the process by which behavioral science knowledge and practices are used to help organizations achieve greater effectiveness. Emphasis on nature, history, assumptions, strategies and models, intervention techniques, and ramifications of organizing development.
    (Same as PSY 5065 .)
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    MGT 5150 - Behavioral Applications in Business (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    This course aims to give the student practice in applying concepts and techniques useful in solving managerial, organizational and human behavior problems. It will highlight current research and theoretical background in social sciences oriented to the solutions of business problems.
    Prerequisite: graduate standing.
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    MGT 5160 - Strategic Human Resource Management (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    Designed as a capstone course in the interdisciplinary M.A. degree in Industrial- Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management. A study of human resource policy and strategy and their application to the solution of strategic problems of the firm.
    Prerequisite: completion of 24 hours in an Appalachian graduate program.
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    MGT 5450 - New Venture Management (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An examination of the requisites associated with successful development and implementation of innovative strategies and new ventures in both entrepreneurial and intrepreneurial environments. Among the factors to be considered are the feasibility, operational planning, funding, initiation, and follow-through of innovative ventures.
    Prerequisites: admission to the MBA Program; CIS 5280 ; FIN 5020 .
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    MGT 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    MGT 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: On Demand
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    MGT 5570 - Compensation (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    This course presents practical tools, methods, and a systems perspective to help advance students’ understanding of human resource management. The course covers compensation, benefits and related human resource functions such as performance appraisal, job analysis and selection practices.
    [Dual-listed with MGT 4570.]
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    MGT 5620 - Managing the Global Workforce (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    Focuses on the impact of global competition and multinational status of an organization on the management of human assets. Topics include organizational context; global expansion and HR planning; international recruitment, selection, and repatriation; compensation of expatriates; performance management; and HR issues in international joint ventures and alliances.
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    MGT 5630 - Employee and Labor Relations (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    This course explores the historical development of U.S. employment relations, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and the legal framework of labor relations. The focus is on both union and nonunion settings, however special consideration of issues, terms, and strategies of union contract negotiation and administration are discussed. Strong consideration is given to public policy relating to the employment relationship. In addition to these topics, we will explore union governance and structure, collective bargaining and impasse resolution procedures, grievance procedures, employee involvement and opinions, and deviant workplace behaviors.
    [Dual-listed with MGT 4630.]
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    MGT 5660 - Staffing (3)


    When Offered: Fall
    A study of techniques used in employee selection and placement. Emphasis is on job and task analysis and the application of psychology in recruitment, biographical data, interviewing, work samples, assessment centers, rating scales, and testing.
    (Same as PSY 5660 .)
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    MGT 5661 - Performance Management (3)


    When Offered: Spring
    The study of methods used to describe and measure work behavior. Specific attention is given to developing competencies in job analysis and performance management in order to facilitate the evaluation of employee contributions to organizational success.
    (Same as PSY 5661 .)
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    MGT 5671 - Training and Development (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    A study of the roles, functions, and skills of human resource development professionals. Consideration given to such topics as the philosophy and psychology of HRD, the design and implementation of training and development programs, and the major program areas and organizational settings for HRD.
    (Same as PSY 5671 .)
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    MGT 5672 - Advanced Organizational Psychology (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An examination of theory and research focused on individual and social processes in organizations. Topics include organizational research methods, job attitudes, mood, work stress, motivation, leadership, work groups and teams, prosocial behaviors, organizational culture and climate, and organizational theory and structure.
    (Same as PSY 5672 .)
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    MGT 5700 - Contemporary Issues in Management and Leadership (3)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    This course is designed to explore theories and practical applications of management and leadership in organizational settings. The major emphasis is on building the managerial and leadership skills necessary to diagnose and provide remedies for organizational level problems. Subjects covered include: management, leadership, strategic vision, organizational culture and values, motivation and empowerment, teams, leading diversity, and leading organizational change.
    Prerequisite: MGT 3630 (Intro to Organizational Behavior) or MGT 3010 (Survey of Management).
    [Dual-listed with MGT 4700.]
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    MGT 5730 - Small Business Institute (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    The Small Business Institute provides graduate students an opportunity to act in a consulting capacity; under faculty supervision, in an operating small business. The purpose is to provide an experiential learning opportunity generally not available in the classroom. Each student is assigned to a business and is responsible for determining the source of the problem being addressed, proposing alternative solutions, and estimating the costs and benefits associated with implementing the proposed solutions.
    Prerequisites: acceptance into the MBA Program or graduate standing and permission of the instructor.
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    MGT 5770 - Business Ethics (3)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    A study of the economic, political, social and legal environments within which business processes take place and how such environments affect the decisions that businesses and managers make.
    [Dual-listed with MGT 4770.]
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    MGT 5900 - Internship (6)


    When Offered: Summer Session
    A full-time work experience for a minimum of ten weeks in a setting expected to provide meaningful and challenging exposure to issues of human resource management. Prerequisites: admission to candidacy in the interdisciplinary masters program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management, and permission of the internship coordinator.
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    MGT 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master’s and specialist’s levels. MGT 5989 does not count toward a degree

Department of Marketing

Mike Dotson, Interim Chair

marketing.appstate.edu

Courses

Marketing

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    MKT 5045 - Marketing Research and Information Systems (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An examination of the techniques and procedures involved in the collection, processing, analysis and organization of marketing information both in the U.S. and abroad. Emphasis is placed on how information is stored, disseminated, and used in order that the firm can formulate marketing strategies and develop marketing plans. An ethical perspective will be stressed.
    Prerequisites: admission to the MBA Program in the Walker College of Business; MBA 5420 ; CIS 5280 ; FIN 5020 .
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    MKT 5500 - Independent Study (1-4)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
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    MKT 5530-5549 - Selected Topics (1-4)


    When Offered: On Demand
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    MKT 5550 - International Marketing (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An analysis of cultural, legal, political, and economic factors affecting marketing in world markets. Emphasis is placed upon the differences in life styles, beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and their influence upon the marketing decisions of the foreign firm.
    Prerequisite: MKT 3050 (Principles of Marketing) with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).
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    MKT 5610 - Consumer Behavior (3)


    When Offered: On Demand
    An examination of the psychological, sociological, and economic theories of buyer behavior. This is followed by analysis of the major current and classical empirical research studies designed to test the different theories of buyer behavior.
    Prerequisite: MKT 3050 (Principles of Marketing) with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).
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    MKT 5989 - Graduate Research (1-9)


    When Offered: Fall, Spring
    This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master’s and specialist’s levels. MKT 5989 does not count toward a degree.