BMGT Course Listing

Introduction to Business and Management (BMGT 110, 3 Credits)

(For students with little or no business background. Recommended preparation for many other BMGT courses.) An introduction to the fundamental concepts of business management and leadership. The objective is to understand the interrelated dynamics of business, society, and the economy. Discussion covers business principles and practices in the context of everyday business events and human affairs and from a historical perspective.

Franchising (BMGT 302, 3 Credits)

Recommended: BMGT 335. A thorough review of franchising in a global business environment. The objective is to explain how a franchise works and fits in the global business economy, differentiate the key roles in franchising, and evaluate small business concepts for franchise potential. Topics include the history of franchising, legal and regulatory environment, business life cycle, franchise relations, social franchising, and the future of the franchise model.

Knowledge Management (BMGT 305, 3 Credits)

A practical approach to knowledge management. The aim is to understand the value of knowledge management and the roles of knowledge workers and knowledge managers. Discussion covers how organizations capture, acquire, and share knowledge to maintain corporate memory and to develop collaborative energy. Topics include both formal and informal approaches to knowledge sharing and ways in which organizations use knowledge management techniques for competitive advantage. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 305 or BMGT 388C.

Decision Making (BMGT 317, 3 Credits)

A practical examination of decision making. The goal is to use a proven decision-making framework to generate potential solutions for effective decision making. Discussion covers the cultural impact of decision making, including stakeholders' expectations. Topics also include root cause analysis, risks and uncertainty, critical success factors, key performance indicators, psychological traps, and the steps to assure effectiveness before and after decision implementation. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 317 or TMGT 310.

Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning (BMGT 330, 3 Credits)

(Formerly FINC 310.) Recommended: BMGT 364 and BMGT 302. An overview of entrepreneurship and planning new business ventures for aspiring entrepreneurs and managers. The objective is to create and present a high-quality business plan for a new venture using marketing research and financial analytical techniques. Topics include profiles of entrepreneurs; benefits, risks, and challenges; financial management; access to capital; and franchising. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 330, FINC 310, MGMT 330, or SBUS 200.

Small Business Management (BMGT 335, 3 Credits)

Recommended: BMGT 317.A comprehensive review of the management principles underlying organizational development and growth and business life-cycle segments of emerging enterprises. The goal is to demonstrate an understanding of small business management in a global context, differentiate between micro- and macro-organizational structures, and identify the critical elements of business sustainability. Topics include entrepreneurship, financing/capitalization, innovation, and human resource and strategic planning. Core components of small business management are explored and evaluated through a multifaceted approach.

Introduction to Federal Contracting (BMGT 339, 3 Credits)

An overview of the federal contracting process, including the requirements and techniques of federal contracting. The objective is to document needs in writing, develop evaluation criteria, and review and assess contractor performance. Activities include planning, evaluating award criteria, and assessing performance. Discussion also covers critical contract issues. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 339, MGMT 220, or MGMT 339.

Management and Organization Theory (BMGT 364, 3 Credits)

Recommended: BMGT 110. An examination of the four functions of management planning, organizing, leading, and controlling with emphasis on the application of management concepts and theories to achieve organizational goals. The aim is to develop strategies, goals, and objectives to enhance performance and sustainability. Topics include ethics, social responsibility, globalization, and change and innovation. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 364, TEMN 202, TEMN 300, TMGT 301, or TMGT 302.

Organizational Leadership (BMGT 365, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: BMGT 110 or BMGT 364. An exploration of leadership as a critical skill for the 21st century, when change occurs rapidly and consistently. The objective is to use leadership theory and assessment tools to evaluate one's own leadership skills. Focus is on the leadership skills needed to develop committed and productive individuals and high-performing organizations. Topics include vision, values, culture, ethics, and the interaction between the organization and the external environment. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 365, MGMT 300, MGST 310, or TEMN 310.

Supply Chain Management (BMGT 372, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: BMGT 364. An examination of supply chain management systems, with a focus on maximizing the value generated by an organization. The goal is to explain the implications of supply chains for customer expectations and the competitive advantage of the organization. Discussion covers effective practices and tradeoffs among separate supply chain functions and the use of performance measures to monitor outcomes. Topics also include logistics, forecasting, negotiating, trust and collaboration, and supply chain status reporting.

Purchasing Management (BMGT 375, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: BMGT 364. A study of purchasing management and the roles of purchasing specialists in medium to large organizations under the guidance of the chief purchasing officer. The aim is to understand how organizations use purchasing for competitive advantage; how suppliers are evaluated, selected, and managed; how metrics and models are used to make purchasing more effective; how cross-functional collaboration is vital to achieving economic efficiencies; and how important ethics and integrity in purchasing is to good business practices. Topics include the duties of a buyer, the ways information technology supports purchasing, materials management, controlling costs, best practices, outsourcing and insourcing, and measuring purchasing effectiveness. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 375, MGMT 375, or TEMN 360.

Business Law I (BMGT 380, 3 Credits)

(Strongly recommended for students seeking careers as CPAs, lawyers, or managers.) A conceptual and functional analysis and application of legal principles and concepts relevant to the conduct and understanding of commercial business transactions in the domestic and global environments. The aim is to evaluate sources of law, legal process, procedures, and remedies and to analyze tort, criminal, and contractual rights, obligations, liabilities, and remedies in the business environment. Topics include the legal, ethical, and social environments of business; civil and criminal law; agency; types of business organizations; and contracts and sales agreements.

Business Law II (BMGT 381, 3 Credits)

(Strongly recommended for students seeking careers as CPAs, lawyers, or managers.) Prerequisite: BMGT 380. Further conceptual and functional analysis and application of legal principles relevant to the conduct and understanding of commercial business transactions in the domestic and global environment. The aim is to evaluate sources of law, legal process, procedures, and remedies and to analyze tort, criminal, and contractual rights, obligations, liabilities, and remedies in the business environment. Topics include personal and real property, leases, antitrust, business insurance, accountants' liability, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, government regulation affecting consumer protection, environmental protection, debtor/creditor relationships, and bankruptcy and reorganization.

Global Business (BMGT 392, 3 Credits)

Recommended: BMGT 110. An overview of key concepts and issues relevant to conducting business in the global environment. Emphasis is on applying fundamental knowledge of global business and analyzing and evaluating global business variables for informed decision making. The objective is to analyze property rights, obligations, liabilities, and remedies; evaluate regulations in the business environment; and assess implications of transactions and negotiable instruments in the business environment. Topics include the nature and scope of global business; cultural, political, legal, and economic environments; marketing; trade; and foreign investments. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 392, MGMT 305, or TMGT 390.

Special Topics in Business and Management (BMGT 398, 1 Credits)

Intensive inquiry into special topics in business and management that reflect the changing needs and interests of students and faculty.

Process Improvement (BMGT 411, 3 Credits)

A hands-on, project-based introduction to process improvement. The objective is to assess the root cause of a problem, gain buy-in for the improvement, map the process, establish internal controls, and apply a variety of metrics to improve processes, test improvement solutions, and implement the process improvement. Emphasis is on process improvements that are cost-effective and add value to organizational missions. Topics include meeting customer expectations, flowcharting, selecting approaches to change management, acquiring resources, and sustaining improvements. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 411 or TMGT 411.

Managing Across Cultures and Borders (BMGT 456, 3 Credits)

Recommended: BMGT 110. An examination and analysis of international management across cultures and borders. The aim is to apply critical thinking and analytical skills in global management settings. Focus is on the roles of business managers in today's complex global environment. Topics include cross-cultural strategic planning, multinational organizational structures, global leadership, cross-cultural communication, environmental factors, decision making, and negotiations. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 456 or BMGT 498R.

Organizational Behavior (BMGT 464, 3 Credits)

Prerequisites: BMGT 364 and BMGT 365. Recommended: BMGT 110. An examination of research and theory on the forces underlying the way members of an organization behave and their effect on employee and organizational productivity and effectiveness. The aim is to participate, lead, and manage teams and maximize individual contributions to an organization. Topics include the impact that individual characteristics, group dynamics, and organizational structure, policies, and culture have on employee behaviors and organizational outcomes (i.e., productivity, absenteeism, turnover, deviant workplace behavior, satisfaction, and citizenship).

Organizational Development and Transformation (BMGT 465, 3 Credits)

Prerequisites: BMGT 364 and 365. Recommended: STAT 200. An introduction to organizational development (OD)--a systematic process of data collection, diagnosis, action planning, intervention, and evaluation aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the organization and developing the potential of all individuals. The goal is to identify and diagnose organizational problems and opportunities and apply management principles to support organizational change. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 465, MGMT 398K, MGMT 465, or TMGT 350.

Global Public Management (BMGT 466, 3 Credits)

Recommended: BMGT 110. A comprehensive study of public management. The aim is to analyze, design, and evaluate solutions to public-sector problems, both domestic and global, based on an understanding of public-sector management concepts and the different types of organizations involved. Topics include development and implementation of public-sector projects and the finance, human resources, and marketing activities that support them. Discussion also covers public management in diverse regions of the world, as well as the purpose and management of intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 366, BMGT 466, or TMGT 305.

Advanced Federal Contracting (BMGT 482, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite:BMGT 339. Recommended: BMGT 110. An in-depth examinationof the procurement life cycle. The objective is to assess the intricate relationships between the contracting activity and contractors involved in ongoing contract performance and see how these relationships can become mutually beneficial instead of adversarial. Topics include ethics, socioeconomics, key decision points, terminations, modifications, and related performance issues. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 482 or TMGT 340.

Managing Teams in Organizations (BMGT 484, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: BMGT 364. A theoretical and practical investigation into the factors involved in building and managing effective work groups or teams in organizations. The aim is to lead and manage teams--establishing goals, roles, and processes; managing resources and relationships; and using effective interpersonal communication and team-building practices to enhance team members' individual and collective motivation, productivity, and performance. Topics include the conscious and unconscious dynamics of team development, conflict and decision making, commitment and trust, assessment and rewards, and other factors that foster team cohesion and performance. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 484, BMGT 498H, or MGMT 498H.

Leadership for the 21st Century (BMGT 485, 3 Credits)

(Intended as the final, capstone course for management studies majors, to be taken in the last 15 credits, but appropriate for anyone who aspires to a leadership position.) Prerequisites: BMGT 364, 365, and 464 (or BMGT 465). An examination of leadership in organizations, with a focus on issues pertinent to the 21st century. The goal is to develop the skills necessary to achieve individual and organizational excellence. Discussion covers the leadership qualities and behaviors that help organizations thrive: valuing employees, having a clear vision, acting ethically, relying on core values, and building positive relationships.

Project Management I (BMGT 487, 3 Credits)

Recommended: FINC 330. An introduction to project management principles, concepts, and software applications. The goal is to manage a project through all phases of the project life cycle. Project management is examined in terms of practical applications and practices. Appropriate organizational structures, such as collegial and matrix types, are described and assessed. Discussion also covers the practical considerations of designing a project management system. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 487 or TMGT 430.

Project Management II (BMGT 488, 3 Credits)

(The second course in the two-course series BMGT 487-488.) Prerequisite: BMGT 487. An examination of project management processes and applications beyond introductory principles and concepts. The goal is to manage a project through all phases of the project life cycle. Emphasis is on the practical applications of project management principles and processes in real-world situations. Projects depict real-world situations, such as information systems implementations; service business/e-commerce projects; and consulting projects that occur in research, information systems, manufacturing, and engineering firms. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 488 or TMGT 430.

Strategic Management (BMGT 495, 3 Credits)

(Access to spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software required. Intended as a final, capstone course to be taken in a student's last 15 credits.) Prerequisites: BMGT 364 and 365, FINC 330 (or BMGT 340), and MRKT 310. A study of strategic management that focuses on integrating management, marketing, finance/accounting, production/operations, services, research and development, and information systems functions to achieve organizational success. The aim is to apply integrative analysis, practical application, and critical thinking to the conceptual foundation gained through previous study and personal experience. Emphasis is on developing an organizational vision and mission, developing and implementing strategic plans, and evaluating outcomes. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 495, HMGT 430, MGMT 495, or TMGT 380.

Business Ethics (BMGT 496, 3 Credits)

A study of the relationship of business ethics and social responsibility in both domestic and global settings. The aim is to explore ethical and moral considerations of corporate conduct, social responsibilities, policies, and strategies. Emphasis is on the definition, scope, application, and analysis of ethical values as they relate to issues of public and organizational consequence and business decision making in the domestic and global business environments.