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Business Course Descriptions

Required Courses

889-60100 Accounting: Financial Reporting and Control

Preparation for accountants and managers who must communicate complex financial transactions, events, and status. Integrates perspectives of accounting, corporate finance, and economics. Students examine the process of financial reporting and the incentives that drive firms' reporting choices, as well as analyze financial statements and footnotes, to understand not only how the numbers are produced and what they mean, but also how to recognize when nmbers fail to reflect the underlying economics and how to adjust them so the distortion is removed. Required. 3 credits.

889-60200 Advanced Auditing and Research

Case and research-oriented study of topics in auditing. Through a series of cases and related research, students will engage in the practice of auditing using real-world situations as the foundation for technical and theoretical discussions of issues facing the modern auditor. Cases will be chosen to reflect current and emerging topics in the practice of public accounting, financial auditing, fraud investigation, and forensic accounting. Auditing communications tools will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: 880-40600. Required for M.B.A. in professional accountancy. 3 credits.

889-60300 Taxation for Managers

Study of income tax provisions relating to individuals, corporations, partnerships, exempt entities, gifts, and estates, including sophisticated tax provisions such as corporate liquidations, international transactions, and tax planning for managers. Students will solve complex tax problems through the use of a tax service and obtain practical experience in locating applicable code sections, regulations, IRS rulings, and court decisions. Prerequisite: 880-22500. Required for M.B.A. in professional accountancy. 3 credits.

889-60400 Advanced Financial Reporting

Detailed study of special topics in financial reporting, including business combinations, partnerships, branches, foreign currency transactions, and government and not-for-profit accounting. Other topics will vary to reflect recent professional pronouncements and emerging financial reporting issues. Prerequisites: 889-60100 or 889-34600. Required for M.B.A. in professional accountancy. 3 credits.

889-60500 Accounting Practicum

Supervised work experience in tax return preparation or audit/tax work in the Ithaca or surrounding communities. To volunteer to prepare tax returns, students must successfully pass the IRS VITA volunteer tax preparer exam; students will become part of the staff at various tax preparation sites around the community, meet with clients, file returns electronically, and interact with VITA supervisors who review their work. For audit/tax experiences in CPA firms, students will become audit/tax team members under the direct supervision of a firm manager or partner. Professional skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: 889-60300. Required for M.B.A. in professional accountancy. 3 credits.

889-61000 Managing in a Global Economy

Examination from a global strategic perspective of the management of companies with operations in multiple countries. Lectures, discussions, and analyses of cases are used to study the characteristics of global vs. non-global industries, sources of competitive advantage for companies and countries, advantages and disadvantages of "multi-domestic" versus global strategies, links between strategy and structure in international operations, mode of entry decisions, and the firm as a network of subsidiaries and strategic options. Required. 3 credits.

889-62000 Strategic Management

Development of skills for thinking strategically about an organization from a general-management perspective. Examines how organizations can gain and sustain competitive advantage in a global environment and how business and corporate strategies can be implemented and executed successfully. Integration of functional areas of business through the case method is an integral component of the course. Required. 3 credits.

889-63000 Industry Analysis I

Analysis and forecast for a selected industry, employing concepts of industrial analysis and competitive strategy. Aspects of the selected industry are introduced through readings, lectures, and class discussions. The role of industry economics, organization, and history are studied to lay the intellectual groundwork for Industry Analysis II, in which a formal industry analysis will be written. Required. 2 credits.

889-63100 Industry Analysis II

Analysis and forecast for a selected industry, employing concepts of industrial analysis and competitive strategy. The evolution of the competitive environment and the development of competitive strategies and future trends are studied through readings, lectures, cases, and class discussions. Culminates in a formal industry analysis and presentation addressing the historic and strategic trends in the industry. Prerequisite: 889-63000 Industry Analysis I. Required. 3 credits.

889-63200 Corporate Financial Management

Valuation techniques and capital budgeting, risk analysis and capital market theories, capital structure policies, advantages and limits of leverage, nature and scope of long-term financing, financial planning and short-term financing techniques, mergers and acquisitions, financial distress, and international corporate finance. Lectures and analyses of cases are employed to discuss theories and test their applications. Required. 3 credits.

889-64000 Marketing Management

Fundamental marketing topics, including marketing research, product design, distribution, pricing, and promotion of goods and services. Ethical considerations and issues in multinational marketing are emphasized. The marketing environment is also covered as it affects decision making. The course combines theory with applications through required readings, analyses of cases, and research projects. Required. 3 credits.

889-65000 Organization and Management

The development and use of human resources and examination of how managing relationships becomes more important than performing tasks as managers gain increasing responsibility for leadership. Examines leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, organizational structure, processes, teams, networking, and behaviors involved in the operation of the business enterprise and the management of change. Required. 3 credits.

889-66000 Operations Management and Advanced Technology

An integrated view of the operations function in organizations. Covers scheduling models as well as traditional topics such as demand forecasting, material-requirements planning, total quality management, just-in-time systems, inventory management, and project management. Special focus on improving students' analytical skills through problem solving and case analysis using Excel, SPSS, and STORM. Required. 3 credits.

Elective Courses

889-51500 Marketing Research

Introduction to the design and application of research methodology and the most common and practical problems associated with marketing research. Emphasis is on survey methods focusing on questionnaire construction, data collection, and analysis. Graduate students are required to complete an extra course requirement. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Elective. 3 credits.

889-54400 Employment Law

A survey of employment law, including employment discrimination, equal pay, workers' compensation, occupational safety and health, and relevant judicial decisions. Graduate students are required to complete an extra course requirement. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Elective. 3 credits.

889-59000 Seminar in International Business

A capstone course in international business that analyzes a number of cases using knowledge and skills from previous courses in international business or those with global/comparative content. The main objective is to develop a clear understanding of problems and practices of decision making in international business operations. Graduate students are required to complete an extra course requirement. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Elective. 3 credits.

889-59700 Selected Topics in Business

Topics of current interest to faculty and students. Experimental courses are offered under this number and title. May be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Graduate students are required to complete an extra course requirement. Offered on demand only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 credits.

889-59900 Independent Study in Business

Intensive study under the supervision of a faculty adviser. It is designed to allow graduate students to study wholly new subject matter or to greatly expand the subject matter of a regularly scheduled course. Requires a written proposal and approval of the director of the M.B.A. program. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 credits.

889-64100 Marketing: Electronic Commerce

The growth of the Internet, its emerging role as a marketing medium, and, in light of marketing-mix variables, its advantages and disadvantages relative to traditional marketing practices. Several industries where the World Wide Web shows the greatest potential for growth are studied in detail: news, entertainment, travel, tourism, and financial services. Students learn how to create web pages, how to design online survey forms, and how to analyze survey responses using statistical software. Most of the information needed for this course is available directly from the Internet. Elective. 3 credits.

889-67000 Commercial Law

Introduction to the concepts, rules, and principles that form the foundation of Uniform Commercial Code law. Students become aware of potentially serious legal situations; learn legal language to discuss such situations; learn how and when to contact an attorney; and learn specific rules and regulations of laws governing negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bulk transfers, bankruptcy, principal agency (employment law), warranties, product liability, contracts, and business formation. Elective. 3 credits.

889-67100 Applied Business Law

Preparation for managers to recognize and understand major legal issues they will confront in business. Aspects of law are introduced through comprehensive reading and discussion. Applied aspects include learning negotiation, mediation, and arbitration techniques; learning how to hire and work with legal counsel; and preventive-law approaches to discrimination, criminal, and corporate issues. Elective. 3 credits.

889-69600 Selected Topics in Graduate Business

Special courses may be offered that include topics of interest to faculty and students. This arrangement permits offerings to be responsive to evolving faculty and student interests. This course may be repeated for different selected topics (for a total of no more than 6 credits of selected topics courses). Elective. 3 credits.

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