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GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

(course pre-requisites shown in parentheses)

 

BDA 6300 Business Analytics …………………………………………………………………… 3 cr.

This course provides students with an overview of business analytics software and how business analytics provide performance and competitive advantages to business through the use of data base queries, data mining, and predictive analytics. In addition, the course will focus on the use of data to find patterns of relationships between data elements, which can lead to actions by the organization to exploit business opportunities and solve problems.

 

CER 5000 Foundations in Graduate Certificate Studies ……………………………… 0 cr.

The Cleary University graduate program places unique demands and expectations on the student. Students will become familiar with Cleary University’s learning management system and on-line library. Successful completion of this course is required for continuation in the certificate program.

 

ECO 6450 Managerial Economics ……………………………………………………………… 3 cr.

Micro- and macroeconomic theories are taught to help students understand the effect of these theories on the firm’s goals. The student’s ability to analyze the economic constraints within which the firm operates and the implication of government monetary and fiscal policies will be discussed in this course. Practical application of economic theory to business cases are integrated into the course.

 

ECO 6500 International Economics and Risk Management ………………………… 3 cr.

Students will gain skills in international investment and financing techniques as well as in exchange risk management, including accounting and taxation topics. Students will discover how companies use banks, markets such as the Eurobond and currency option markets, and techniques such as currency swaps and hybrid bond structures. The goal is to apply state-of-the art techniques to the international firm’s investment, financing and risk management decisions.

 

ENT 6500 Global Strategy and Innovation …………………………………………………. 3 cr.

This course provides a framework for formulating corporate objectives, assessment of global markets opportunities, development of short and long term strategies, and the coordination of the activities of the total enterprise. A strong emphasis is placed on the role of innovation in the global environment.

 

FIN 6050 Financial Management (MAC 6100) ……………………………………………… 3 cr.

This course provides a foundation to financial management, which will enable students to understand and use financial information. Students will learn to apply risk and time value of money concepts in capital budgeting, capital structure, and lease financing. Topics such as dividend policies, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions also will be taught.

 

FNP 6100 Investment Planning …………………………………………………………………. 3 cr.

This course covers topics in the investment planning section of the educational requirement for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ examination. Topics include investment theory, risk, return, quantitative analysis, portfolio management, asset pricing models, stock valuation, bond valuation, and trading strategies. Case studies will be used extensively in this course.

 

FNP 6200 Insurance and Risk Management ………………………………………………. 3 cr.

This course covers topics in the insurance planning and risk management section of the educational requirement for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ examination. Topics include: principles of risk and insurance; analysis and evaluation of risk exposure, property, casualty, and liability insurance; health, disability, and long-term care insurance; and life insurance. Case studies will be used extensively in this course.

 

FNP 6300 Retirement and Employee Benefits Planning ……………………………… 3 cr.
This course covers topics in the retirement and employee benefits planning section of the educational requirement for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ examination. Topics include social security, qualified retirement plans, group life insurance, group disability insurance, deferred compensation, and employee stock plans. Case studies will be used extensively in this course.

 

FNP 6400 Income Tax Planning …………………………………………………………………. 3 cr.

This course covers topics in the income tax planning section of the educational requirement for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ examination. Topics include income tax law fundamentals, income taxes of business entities, income taxation of trusts and estates, alternative minimum tax, and tax implications of charitable contributions and deductions. Case studies will be used extensively in this course.

 

FNP 6500 Estate Planning …………………………………………………………………………. 3 cr.

This course covers topics in the estate planning section of the educational requirement for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ examination. Topics include wills, trusts, gifting strategies, tax implications in estate planning, business and inter-family transfers, incapacity planning, postmortem techniques, charitable giving, use of life insurance in estate planning, and the role of fiduciaries. Case studies will be used to illustrate estate-planning principles.

 

FNP 6600 Capstone Financial Plan Development Course (FNP 6100-6500 or equivalent)…… 3 cr.

This is a capstone course and is to be taken by the student only after completion of FNP 6000, FNP 6100, FNP 6200, FNP 6300, FNP 6400, and FNP 6500 or equivalent. In this course, the student is required to demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply his or her knowledge of financial planning topics. This course prepares students not only with technical financial planning knowledge, but also with the skills to integrate, apply, and communicate this knowledge to their clients. Through this course students will demonstrate their ability to apply the financial planning process to real-life situations, as well as their ability to communicate their planning recommendations to a client.

 

HCM 6040 Health Policy, Law, and Ethics ………………………………………………….. 3 cr.

This course provides an overview of factors that drive health care economics and policy. Issues covered in this course include the role of innovation in health care, the role of insurance companies, and the role of government in the financing of health. In addition, current legal and ethical issues are reviewed.

 

HCM 6150 Quality Management in Health Care ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

This course will explore quality theories in health care, with particular emphasis on the Lean Six Sigma and the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Initiative, and the impact of quality improvement applications on health care systems. Different approaches to performance improvement, including models and standards, will be explored. Students will demonstrate an ability to apply these theories to improve health care organizational performance.

 

LAW 6050 Law and Ethics …………………………………………………………………………. 3 cr.

Law, ethics, and social responsibility often have important influences on business operations, and managers have the ability to influence them. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of basic business legal and regulatory principles; how federal, state, and local regulatory agencies work; how societal forces affect businesses; and how managers can take a proactive lead in the process.

 

LED 6500 Survey of Global Leadership ……………………………………………………… 3 cr.

This course will address various ways to demonstrate effective leadership. A survey of important theories will be the foundation of this course. The focus will be on leadership in dyads, groups, and strategically across hierarchical levels, as well as beyond organizational boundaries. Traditional approaches, as well as emerging approaches, such as transformational and values-based leadership, will be highlighted. Leadership will be considered in a global context, including how effective leadership practices can differ across cultures.

 

MAC 6100 Financial and Managerial Accounting (MGT 6250) …………………….. 3 cr.

This course introduces the fundamental concepts in financial accounting that are used to create corporate financial statements for external users. Major topics include accrual accounting, transaction analysis, construction of the balance sheet and income statement, and statement of cash flows. Students will then apply their knowledge of financial accounting to analyze and interpret financial statements.

 

MAC 6150 Managerial Accounting (MAC 6050) ……………………………………………. 3 cr.
Managerial accounting emphasizes the use of accounting information for decision making, planning, controlling, and performance evaluation. Topics include: product costing, activity-based costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, and performance evaluation techniques.

 

MBA 5000 Foundations in Graduate Studies I ……………………………………………. 0 cr.
The Cleary University MBA program places unique demands and expectations on the student. Computer and Internet technologies to help students learn more efficiently and effectively are emphasized. In addition to the content presented in this on-line course, students are also invited to an on-campus component of this course. Overall strategies for academic success, such as graduate-level approaches to secondary research, and writing at the graduate level are reviewed. This class familiarizes students with the University’s learning management systems, graduate academic policies, on-line library, and other resources. Successful completion of this course is required for continuation in the MBA program.

 

 

MBA 5000 Foundations in Graduate Studies II …………………………………………… 3 cr.
This course prepares the student to be successful in Cleary University’s graduate academic programs. Students learn how to utilize Cleary’s course management software, acquire a working knowledge of Cleary’s electronic research tools, and are introduced to the University’s library services. In addition, students are familiarized with Cleary’s academic policies and protocols.

 

MGT 6360 Management and Organizational Behavior ………………………………… 3 cr.
This course focuses on the skills and techniques necessary to help organizations operate more effectively in today’s fast-changing, competitive environment. An effective organization is one that fosters teamwork and partnerships, both internally and externally, with the goal of improving quality and productivity. From this perspective, organizational success requires attention to behavioral, structural, planning and human resource components. In addition to behavioral topics such as leadership and motivation, this course will also focus on key issues associated with organizational structure and planning, including systems thinking, change management, planning, control and service management. Human resource management topics such as recruitment, selection, employee training and development are also included.
MGT 6750 Global Business ……………………………………………………………………….. 3 cr.
This course provides the student with the concepts and tools for evaluating and improving the operations of a global enterprise. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, process analysis, queuing techniques, quality management, inventory management and supply chain management within the context of the global enterprise.

MIT 6400 Management of Information Technology …………………………………….. 3 cr.
This course provides a thorough understanding of the foundation of modern information systems and provides key insights into IT architecture, networks, databases and processes in a business context. Focus will be placed on current and emerging technologies and the latest IT trends such as the use of social media. Learners will also develop an understanding of how alignment between IT goals and organizational goals can be achieved and will develop an understanding of the tools and processes to achieve the alignment through identifying key components such as the stakeholders, and core business processes. Learners will gain insight into how to manage IT personnel within business organizations.
MKT 6050 Strategic Marketing Management ……………………………………………… 3 cr.
This course prepares managers to deal with core domestic marketing issues in the consumer/industrial and private/public/nonprofit sectors, by providing a strategic way to think about the firm’s products, services, and markets, including marketing strategy and implementation. Central to managing a business, marketing provides intelligence about customers, competitors, and the general business environment to ensure long-term viability of the enterprise.

 

MTH 6250 Quantitative Managerial Analysis ………………………………………………. 3 cr.
This course uses case studies as a method to analyze data using descriptive statistics and basic inferential techniques such as hypothesis testing. Students will also learn to analyze relationships between variables through predictive modeling and time series analysis, design of experiments, and methods for quality improvement. Microsoft Excel access is required, including Excel Add-Ins.
OPM 6550 Operations Management (MGT 6250). ……………………………………….. 3 cr.
The effective management of operations, processes, and systems of a business enterprise can provide a competitive advantage. This course addresses key operational issues in service and manufacturing organizations and their strategic and tactical implications. Basic concepts and issues, as well as how computer technology can provide powerful decision models that can assist in solving managerial problems in operations management, will be introduced. In addition, a particular emphasis is placed on the development and assessment of the critical work processes used to deliver products into the marketplace. Students examine how restructuring and improving business processes can increase overall organizational performance. Current applications of lean operating systems and Six Sigma will be studied.
PJT 5890 MBA Directed Study …………………………………………………………………… 1-3 cr.
This is a directed study course that allows a student to complete an individual project on a selected topic, and is planned with an assigned graduate faculty member. Projects undertaken in this class may take the form of a literature synthesis, primary or secondary research, feasibility study, project implementation, or process improvement. Content can be customized to the student’s interest. PJT 5890 may meet graduate degree academic requirements with permission of the student’s academic advisor.

 

STR 6060 Strategic Management ………………………………………………………………. 3 cr.
This course synthesizes and integrates the concepts and techniques developed in prior courses for developing business objectives and strategic plans. This course incorporates the external and internal events that influence strategic direction of the firm through the use of cases and computer simulation. An important element of this course is a course-long project in which students examine a specific industry from a strategic success perspective.

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