Course Descriptions

The Virginia Tech Evening MBA program consists of 16 courses, 48 credit-hours. There are ten core course, plus an international elective and five courses of your choosing. You may group your electives into Optional Areas of Specialization

Accounting and Information Systems

ACIS 5104 Fundamentals of Accounting (Required Core Course)
This course examines the fundamentals of accounting systems as they relate to decision making. Attention is directed toward accounting for the core of management control and financial reporting systems, and as integrally related to the information system.

ACIS 5194 Financial Statement Analysis
A comprehensive treatment of the analysis of financial statements as an aid to decision making. Primary attention is placed on investing and lending decisions as they affect the financial manager.

ACIS 5294 Management Control Systems
Analysis and design of control systems to facilitate short term decisions in order to allow management attention on long term strategic issues. Such systems integrate financial, marketing, production, and other business policies in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an organization. Accounting techniques are the core of management control systems, and information systems provide necessary links. Includes impact of tax planning, financial reporting, and internal and external auditing systems.

ACIS  5504:  Information Systems Design & Database Concepts
This course is an introduction to design methodologies in information systems. Structured systems analysis and design methodologies are discussed. An introduction to database design methodologies is also included. Topics related to different database models and their implementation is discussed. Students are also required to design and implement information systems using appropriate computer software. Pre: MBA/MACCT standing.

ACIS 5524 Advanced Database Management Systems
This course relates database theories and practices to concepts from other areas, such as programming languages, algorithms, data structures, and information systems. The relational, network, and hierarchical models are introduced. A major portion of the course deals with data manipulation languages for the relational model, design theory for relational databases, and query optimization.

Business Information Technology

BIT 5414 Production and Operations Management in a Global Environment (Required Core Course)
This course deals with the analysis of the role of operations management in modern organizations. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of production and operations management with other functional systems in an organization.

BIT 5474 Computer-Based Decision Support Systems (Required Core Course)
This course covers the development of modern information systems and technological trends in the computer industry, as well as system development, life cycle, and application prototyping. Further topics are: the This course explains the characteristics, use, and development of decision support systems (DSS) within the context of other business information systems. The process of designing and implementing decision support systems in business is discussed from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Students will learn various ways of measuring the success of DSS implementation as well as the difficulties associated with all such measures. Students will learn to use common software tools to develop a simple DSS and will learn to use the Internet as a decision making and productivity tool. Pre: Graduate student standing or instructor's consent.

BIT 5494 International Operations and Information Technology
This course includes concepts and issues critical in the globalization of business operations and information technology. Topics covered include the organization of global operations, cultural and national comparisons, planning global operation, facilities location, product development, technology transfer, global communication links, trans-border data flow, international information systems, and other emerging operation and information technology issues.

BIT 5594 Web-Based Applications and Electronic Commerce
An examination of the concepts, technologies, and applications of electronic commerce. Topics include the world wide web as a platform for electronic commerce; intranets; electronic data interchange; electronic banking and payment systems; security and firewalls; software agents; and the social, legal, and international issues of electronic commerce. Must have completed the first year of the MBA program or the prerequisites to the Master of Accountancy.

BIT 5624 Project Management and Project Leadership
This course introduces the fundamentals of program and project management, beginning with project definition and culminating in the post-project review. Students will learn techniques, terms, and guidelines that are used to manage cost, schedules, risk, group dynamics, and technical aspects throughout the life cycle of a project.

BIT 5724 Managerial Statistics (Required Core Course)
Introduction to basic statistical (inference) tools necessary in managerial decision-making. Topics include, but are not limited to, descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, sampling and sampling distributions, portfolio management, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, quality improvement, and Six Sigma concepts and methodology. Graduate standing required.

BIT 5954 Study Abroad 
The program is unique in that it combines classroom study in international business operations and logistics with two weeks abroad in Scandinavia. Following four weeks of classes at the Northern Virginia Center, the students will travel to Helsinki, Finland, where we will begin our company visits. From there, we will travel to Sweden to visit companies in the Stockholm area, the Kingdom of Crystal, and the Gothenburg area. The tour will continue in Denmark, where we will work our way from Billund to Copenhagen, visiting companies along the way.

Finance

FIN 5024 Principles of Finance (Required Core Course)
This course explores the basic concepts underlying the finance function, relevant to finance and non-finance majors. It provides an understanding of the firm's decision-making framework in the context of the economic environment (financial markets) in which the decisions are made. The specific topics covered, at a basic level, include investment decision making under uncertainty, valuation, risk and return, market efficiency, portfolio theory, asset pricing, cost of capital, capital investment decisions, and futures and options markets.

FIN 5084 Analytical Framework for Business Manager (Required Core Course)
The course provides analytical coverage of the concepts and principles that affect and govern a firm's relationships and interactions with its customers, suppliers (of goods, materials, services, and funds), competitors, employees, other organizations and the regulatory environment. The course is designed specifically for first semester MBA students, and the coverage is from the perspective of a business manager. Topics covered include demand and supply analysis, individual choice, pricing strategies, market structure, monetary policy, and government regulation. Graduate standing required

FIN 5104 Corporate Finance
This course provides a broad coverage of the major policy-making areas of a corporation. The course covers topics in capital investment policy, financing and capital structure policies, dividend policy, financial statement analysis, financial forecasting, and the basics of working capital management.

FIN 5124 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
This course examines the role and functioning of securities markets. Specific topics include the equity market, fixed-income securities market, and mutual funds. The course presents portfolio and capital market theory, the efficient markets hypothesis, institutional organization, and security valuation techniques.

FIN 5134 Investment Banking in a Global Environment
This course examines advanced topics confronting investment banks as intermediaries in capital raising and corporate restructuring. The topics include the domestic and international structure and regulation of investment banking, global market strategies, intermediation theories, taking a company public and raising capital in a global market, corporate restructuring transactions, investment banking innovations, municipal financing, and ethics. The course contains a strong analytical component and uses case studies.

FIN 5164 Advanced Corporate Finance
This course covers advanced topics in the basic policy-making areas of corporations and special topics in corporate finance. Advanced topics are presented in the framework of more current theories of corporate finance. The course also has a strong applied component in the form of case studies and computer applications.

FIN 5184 Currencies and Global Finance (formally International Finance)
This course examines the process of financial decision making in international financial markets. It includes extensive treatment of spot, forward, futures, and options markets for foreign currencies, international monetary systems, and money and capital markets. The course also covers development of the theories of interest rate and purchasing power parity, as well as of international portfolio theory and asset pricing theory. Students learn about corporate financial decision making of multinational firms and investment analysis in world financial markets.

Hospitality and Tourism Management

HTM 5024 International Service Management                       
Overview of the contemporary issues in the international business environment facing multinational service firms in the hospitality industry. These issues include such topics as: global strategy formulation, and implementation; technology challenges; diversity in customers and employees; political and legal concerns; and effective organizational structures for long term survival.

HTM 5464 Franchising in Hospitality Management
Role of franchising in hospitality management. Contemporary issues related to franchising in different segments of hospitality industry, including franchise concept development, franchisor-franchisee relationship, franchise agreements, operational problems, and international franchising.

HTM 5514 Contemporary Problems in the Hospitality Industry
Consideration and analysis of relevant industry problems and issues facing management personnel in the hospitality industries. Computer literacy required.

HTM 5614 Current Issues in Travel and Tourism Management
Current issues in the management of travel and tourism services. Environmental trends, planning and development, policy formulation, social and economic impact, and marketing of travel and tourism.

Management

MGT 5314 Dynamics of Organizational Behavior (Required Core Course
This course examines the determinants and consequences of human behavior in formal organizations. The specific graduate focus is on understanding the individual, interpersonal, and group processes which underlie all human dynamics.

MGT 5384 Ethical Dimensions of Leadership (Required Core Course
This course examines conduct in business within the context of moral philosophy. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of philosophical theories of morality to leadership and decision making in organizations.

MGT 5424 Business Negotiation: Strategies, Tactics, and Skills
Examines negotiating as a process where two or more parties seek to build upon their common interests and manage their divergent ones. Both the context of negotiations and the skills of the parties in rational analysis and interpersonal relationships determine whether an agreement can be reached and the quality of the outcomes for the participants. Extensive use is made of simulated negotiation exercises followed by analysis of outcomes to enable students to practice applying concepts and theories developed by economists and social psychologists to concrete business cases. Pre-requisite: Graduate standing in the MBA program.

MGT 5784 International Management
This course focuses on the management challenges associated with the development of strategies and the management of organizations in business enterprises whose operations stretch across national boundaries. It will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivities that will help them manage more effectively in an international environment.

MGT 5794 Strategic Management (Required Core Course) (Final term students only)
This course examines business policy through a study of general management's task of strategy formulation and implementation. Comprehensive case studies concerning a variety of organizations serve as a basis for analysis. This is the "capstone" course and must be taken in the final term.

MGT 5804 Strategic Leadership in Technology Based Organizations
Takes a general manager’s perspective to examine the challenges of managing innovation and the impacts of innovation upon organizations. Although some companies have developed impressive functional expertise in innovation, integrating their contributions into a coherent whole still remains a significant challenge. But many of today’s most vexing problems in innovation don’t occur within these functions. They arise across the boundaries of functional organizations, in many ways. They are not just engineering, marketing, production, nor finance problems, but relate to the interactions of such experts from across the organizations. These are some of the reasons why this course takes the general manager’s perspective. Only the general manager can mold the resources, processes and values that affect innovation into a coherent capability to develop and launch superior new products and services repeatedly (Christensen, 1999). Prerequisite: MGT 5314 and Third Term Standing.

MGT 5814 Entrepreneurial Leadership
This course discusses the concepts and techniques for providing leadership in the entrepreneurial venture. It provides the theoretical basis for understanding the entrepreneurial process in the economy. It discusses the practical leadership, marketing, financial, and production considerations for entrepreneurial initiatives for new ventures and established firms.

MGT 5824 Advanced Leadership: Skills and Concepts
This cornerstone course provides innovative experiences, skills, and knowledge in leadership for MBA students. Within an historical context that balances military, political, and business perspectives, four types of leadership are examined: self-leadership, dyadic leadership, team leadership, and enterprise leadership. Special emphasis will be placed on the specific skills, such as computer literacy and project management, required for leaders to succeed in modern, technologically oriented organizations.

MGT 5834 Essentials of Management of Technology
This course focuses on providing MBA students with a thorough understanding of the managerial issues, processes, tools, and skills necessary for the effective organization and management of technology (MOT). The goal is to help students develop an awareness and appreciation of the complex task of managing technology at the micro-level of the organization. An in-depth examination of the nature of MOT as both a discipline and a practice will be emphasized. The course will focus on analyzing the central issues involved in managing the four subsystems of MOT: (1) Research and Development (R&D) Management; (2) Product Technology Management; (3) Process Technology Management; and (4) Intellectual Capital Management. The course's domain will be both the service and manufacturing industrial sectors.

Marketing

MKTG 5104 Marketing Policy and Strategy (Required Core Course)
Principles and processes of strategic marketing planning. Emphasis on development and implementation of marketing plans and programs. Comprehensive case studies are used as the basis for analysis.

MKTG 5704 International Marketing Strategy
This course provides the background to make managerial marketing decisions at the international level. It is composed of four sections: macro dimensions of international marketing, e.g., culture, politics, and economics; international comparative marketing systems; international marketing management decisions; and international strategic planning and control.

MKTG 5954 Study Abroad
This program is designed to incorporate an understanding of the international marketing in a highly charged environment in rapidly developing high tech countries.  Students will gain a first had knowledge of a unique cultural, political, and economical environment and relate it to global perspective.  This unparalleled learning opportunity will be a life time experience since UAE and India have a lot to offer.

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