Course Descriptions - Department of Management



MGS 2030 Principles of Management   

Surveys the various forms of business organization and the methods and principles used in production, marketing, credit, and competition.  Examines the responsibilities of management in the organization of business.

Prerequisite: COMM 1402, GE 2021

MGS 2110 Quantitative Methods in Management Science

The course is an introduction to calculus based optimization techniques with applications to business problems.  Topics include: linear models, linear programming, matrix algebra, introduction to differential calculus, the use of derivatives to solve maxima and minima problems and partial derivatives. 

Prerequisite: Math 1044 or MATH 1054

MGS 2150 Business Statistics & Applications

This course focuses on real world business data and the ability required to use statistical tools to draw meaningful conclusions.  Topics include techniques for summarizing and describing data, the nature of uncertainty and probability theory, central limit theorem, and sampling methodology.  Inferential topics include confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression analysis.  The use of Excel and other computer software for analyzing data is integrated throughout the course.  Attendance and coursework are mandatory.

Prerequisite: MATH 1044 or MATH 1054 and CPS 1032

MGS 3010 Introduction to Sports Management

This course provides the students with a broad overview of the operation of today’s sports industry.  Students will examine sports management beyond the often-inaccurate public perception and gain current knowledge of marketing, sales, and promotion in a sports climate. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2030

MGS 3013 Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this course is to empower students to acquire knowledge, skills, and resources to be an entrepreneur during their careers in a challenging economic environment.  This course will review topics including advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship, identification of ideas for new start-up opportunities, forms of business ownership and franchising, strategic management of financial and human resources, marketing and production plans, and other topics.  Students will develop new business plans as a basis for launching new ventures.

Prerequisite: MGS 2030

MGS 3025 International Business and Trade

A survey course of the essentials of international business and the global forces that affect it.  The course is designed to introduce students to the study of international environments and international business operations in the “global marketplace.”  Emphasis will be placed on the international activities of exporting, importing, licensing, foreign exchange, foreign investment, and foreign trade and their interacting relationships with the world economic, social, and political environments. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2030

MGS 3030 Human Resources Management

An analysis and understanding, from both the theoretical and application perspective, of the human resource management role in contributing to and determining organizational success.  Emphasis placed on concepts and themes related to external environmental considerations and to the major human resource functions within both a national and international labor market context. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2030

MGS 3031 Employment Law

This course provides students with an overview of employment-related law issues.  Legal regulations will be examined related to the relationship between employers and employees, and their rights and obligations during recruitment, hiring, employment, and termination.  Laws will be studied regarding the hiring and firing process, the Fair Labor Standard Act, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, laws on employment discrimination and employment benefits, workplace health and safety regulation, and related topics.

Prerequisite: MGS 2030, BLAW 2051 and MGS 3030

MGS 3032 Organizational Behavior

With the premise that people are the foundation for an organization’s competitive advantage, this course seeks to explain, control, and predict individual, interpersonal, and organizational actions.  Focuses on strategic aspects of human behavior and managerial applications of knowledge and skills of human capital.  Discusses new perspectives of organizational behavior required in the new forms of organizations.  Examines new challenges contemporary organizations face, identifies emerging behavioral issues from the individual human resources to organizational levels with the goal of high performing organizations. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2030  

MGS 3035 International Management

Management practices of multinational corporations; economic, social-cultural, legal, political, and technological constraints faced by managers in multinational companies. 

Prerequisites: MGS 2030

MGS 3040 Management Information Systems

Computer-based information systems for business organizations: management and decision-making; organization and information systems; technology of computer-based systems; systems analysis, design and implementation.  Emphasis on managerial issues. 

Prerequisites: CPS 1032, MGS 2030, Declared Business Majors only or permission from department.

MGS 3041 Advanced Management Information Systems

Systems analysis, design, and implementation of an MIS from a managerial and/or end-user viewpoint.  Details on the design and use of the six building blocks of the MIS: input, models (procedural, mathematical), output, technology, database, and controls.  Students will learn the use of a fourth generation tool (R:BASE System V or dBASE III Plus, etc.) for creating a menu-driven relational database system. 

Prerequisites: MGS 3040

MGS 3045 Commercial Development of the Internet

E-business fundamentals and commercial practices are covered which enhance an organization’s managerial and marketing performance using the Internet and World Wide Web.  These include supply chain, customer relationship, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) management systems and tools that aid in strategic and operational decision-making.  

Prerequisites: MGS 2030, MKT 2500 

MGS 3050 Negotiation Strategies

Negotiation is both an art and science of securing an agreement between two or more interdependent parties through back-and-forth communication.  This course will develop an understanding of the principles, strategies, and tactics of effective negotiation and professional relationship management through a series of simulation exercises, role-playing, and debriefings.  In-class discussions and lectures supplement the exercises.  The course has a strict attendance policy.  Students work with other class members on group negotiation exercises.

Prerequisites: MGS 2030, MGS 3032 

MGS 3120 Advanced Statistical Methods in Management Science

Bayesian decision theory and its relationship to classical statistical inference, analysis of variance, nonparametric statistics, maximum likelihood estimation, sampling designs including Monte Carlo sampling and quality controls.  Applications to problems in business and economics. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2150

MGS 3130 Forecasting Techniques in Business and Economics

Methods of identifying, determining, and analyzing economic and business trends in order to forecast future behaviors. Topics include time-series analysis, cross-sectional analysis, and applications of regression methods. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2150

MGS 4010 Operations Management

Analysis of production operations in manufacturing and service operations.  Production planning, systems, and control introduced and related to such recent methodological developments as inventory forecasting, PERT/CPM, operations scheduling and queuing theory. 

Prerequisites: MGS 2150, MGS 3040, Declared Business Majors only or permission from department

MGS 4030 Management and Unions

An analysis, assessment and understanding, from both a theoretical and practical perspective, of the respective roles of private sector employers and unions in the labor-relations process, with a particular emphasis on the purpose and function of collective bargaining. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2030 MGS 3030

MGS 4045 Compensation Management

This course is to examine, understand, and design compensation system that promotes organizations’ competitive advantages.  Topics include but are not restricted to the following: context of compensation practice, compensations strategy, pay structure, types of compensation, job analysis and evaluation, internal and external compensation equity, indirect compensation, compensation for special groups, international compensation systems, and contemporary challenges in compensation. 

Prerequisite: MGS 2030, MGS 3030

MGS 4090 Career Management

An investigation, employing multi-disciplinary perspectives, of career management as a systematic process and as a series of techniques.  Topics will include: labor market dynamics and trends; career options, stages, paths and strategies; planning, pursuing, advancing and changing careers; organizational hiring, promotion and termination practices; employment search procedures and skills.  Case studies and student experiences will be employed to examine the application of career management techniques and strategies. 

Prerequisite: Completion of 70 credits or more, Business Majors only or permission from department


MGS 4120   Introduction to Supply Chain Management      

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is concerned with the efficient integration of suppliers, factories, warehouses, and stores so that products and services are distributed to customers in the right quantity, at the right time, with lowest costs.  This course explores the key issues associated with the design and management of industrial Supply Chains (SC).  Important concepts, principles, and strategies of SCM as well as tools and techniques to solve real SC problems will be included.  The course will focus on practice-oriented learning process and enhancing analytical and problem-solving skills through discussing and analyzing innovations and cutting edge research as well as real business cases.

Prerequisites: MGS 4010

MGS 4130 Introduction to Total Quality Management

This course examines concepts, tools, techniques used in the management and measurement of quality, productivity, and competitiveness.  The course focuses on the management culture, philosophy, practices, and processes to develop a total quality orientation.  Ideas and topics covered are: process improvement; process orientation; service quality; human resources; customer satisfaction programs; quality function deployment; process control and capability; role of inspection; economics of quality; productivity measurement; learning and organizational performance measures.

Prerequisites: MGS 4010

MGS 4150 Introduction to Supply Chain Sourcing and Procurement Management

This course is an overview of purchasing management in Supply Chains.  Purchasing and procurement relationships exist between internal functional groups, as well as with suppliers and/or customers.  Topics that are covered in this course include: supply market intelligence, relationship assessment and management, negotiation, contracting, and managing conflict in business relationships.  The course emphasizes on collaboration and strategy execution, assessing, establishing metrics/expectations, contracting, and managing external business relationships in Supply Chain sourcing, logistics, and operations. 

Prerequisites: MGS 4120

MGS 4160 Warehousing and Material Management    

This course explores the key issues associated with the design and management of warehousing and material handling.  This is a survey course intended to expose students to a vast array of issues in warehousing and material handling.  Successful students will become familiar with important considerations in warehouse activity profiling, warehouse performance measures, warehouse automation, receiving, order picking, warehouse layout, and warehouse workforce development.

Prerequisites: MGS 4120

MGS 4801-4806 Cooperative Education/Internship – Management (1 to 6 credits on approval)

Selected majors test theories learned in the classroom with on-the-job experience in a career-related area.  Assignments and placements are arranged by the department.  Seminars, student reports, and term papers required.  Credits earned count as free electives.

Prerequisites: Permission of the department, junior or senior status and a G.P.A. of 3.0 

MGS 4700 Global Business Practicum

Student teams consult with area businesses on international market expansion plans.  Students apply skills from prior coursework to identify potential markets and present their findings to the assigned firm. 

Prerequisite: Declared Business Majors only

MGS 4999 Integrative Business Strategy 

Capstone course for business core.  General Management issues and decisions, quantitative and qualitative analysis of external and internal factors affecting firm performance.  Use of case analysis of external and internal factors affecting firm performance.  Use of case analyses and competitive business simulation for integration of functional and strategic decisions. Writing Emphasis course.

Prerequisites: All business core courses, Declared Business Majors only



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