Course Listings & Descriptions


BU 151101 Organization and Leadership (6 credits)

In this course, students will study organizational effectiveness. Models and theories of leadership will be used to analyze management and organizational behavior and make recommendations for improvement. Some examples of functional and dysfunctional leadership are examined with specific sensitivity to cross-cultural differences. Team development dynamics and performance are reviewed in the context of identifying best practices to improve individual and team effectiveness in pursuing company or group objectives.


BU 151102 Innovation and Technology Leadership (6 credits)

Technical innovation is very important for the success of any individual or business entity in our day and age. We study innovation in three spheres of a business: product, process, and organization. New information-based systems are changing the business landscape with a lightning speed. Students can gain an appreciation of the efficiencies created through the use of information systems and the use of data to analyze and improve business decisions. Operations management principles are used to develop strategies, processes and operations that take advantage of internet-based solutions.


BU 151103 Accounting and Finance (6 credits)

Students learn to understand, develop and analyze corporate financial statements and accounting reports. Alternative costing methods are examined and used in decision making. Business strategy is designed, and financial projections are made based on the information presented in the financial statements from past performance. Sources of financing are studied, and evaluated for existing or new ventures.


BU 151104 Micro and Macro Economics (6 credits)

Students learn basic economic concepts, and analyze individual and economy-wide decisions, using the supply and demand framework. The course also focuses on the theories of firm behavior under different market structures and studies the process of resource allocation through the “invisible hand” of the market, sometimes helped by government regulation to ensure a balance between equity and efficiency. Further, aggregate economic behavior is examined through the study of economic growth, inflation, unemployment, and money supply. A number of policy questions and issues are raised, that relate to the way these variables affect the health of the economy in the near and long terms.


BU 151105 Marketing and Entrepreneurship (6 credits)

Students learn to conduct market analysis through the use of research, historical performance, analysis, and theory. Marketing-related decisions are made, using the study of target markets, feasibility analysis, and media mix options. Students learn to identify new entrepreneurial opportunities and develop plans for new ventures or existing business acquisitions.


BU 151106 Business Strategy (6 credits)

Business policy and strategies are designed by the students to address changes in the business environment and the need for companies to adapt in pursuit of company success in the marketplace. Some key areas of study are the principles of leadership succession and organization growth and development. Organizational structure and strategy are important focal points for leadership in the context of global dynamics and cultural and political differences as in the global competitive landscape.


BU151201 - Research Methodology (6 Credits)

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in research methodology by immersing students in an array of different techniques involving information, data, surveys, interviews, and other methods of data accumulation. Upon completion of this course, students will have a complete understanding of the different ways that specific data and information are used. Many different research approaches will also be discussed to bring students to a better understanding of all of the different ways to analyze many different types of data.


BU151202 - Managerial Accounting and Financial Management (6 Credits)

This course will cover what drives managers and executives to make decisions about all aspects of the business including product costs, when to hire, budgeting, marketing techniques, organizational performance and which direction to take the business. Students will also learn how to use accounting as not only a tool for tax obligation, but as a drive to improve the performance of an existing business.


BU151203 - Entrepreneurship and Leadership (6 Credits)

This course will provide students with a solid foundation to the key components in leading or starting a group, team, organization, business, or corporation. Students will learn necessary entrepreneur skills including how to translate an idea into reality, and which steps are necessary in order to implement the plan, and accomplish goals. In addition to entrepreneur skills, students will learn important leadership skills including how to successfully lead people with a vision.


BU151204 - Human resources Management (6 Credits)

In this course, students will focus on the role of a human resource professional as a strategic partner in today’s organizations. Students will learn the basic concepts of databases, spreadsheet software, and information technology as they relate to managerial decision making and the maintenance of competitive advantage. Key HRM functions such as recruitment, selection, development, performance management, retention, compensation, safety, and labor relations will be examined. Current issues such as diversity training, sexual harassment, globalization, same sex marriages, and the rising costs of benefits will be discussed.


BU151205 - Business Intelligence (6 Credits)

This course will teach students how to navigate and use many different intelligence tools in order to better examine and process raw data that is received. Different areas that will be covered include spreadsheets, reporting & querying software, online analytical processing (OLAP), digital dashboards, data mining, process visualization, data warehousing, and local information systems.


BU151206 - Project Management (6 Credits)

This course will cover the necessary steps to ensure successful project completion. Students will learn about everything from the initial planning, to creating a schedule, to executing the plan, to measuring performance along the way, to understanding the relationships between cost, resources, and timing. Students will also have an excellent understanding of the best communication techniques in regards to project management.


BU151207 - Strategic Marketing (6 Credits)

This course will cover the best practices for strategic marketing. Areas of study that will be covered include choosing the right product, identifying your consumer, planning for the best time, and exploiting available resources when appropriate. Students will also learn in-depth about the different marketing media outlets, as well as which media fits different situations best, and why.


BU151208 - Leadership in International Multicultural Organization (6 Credits)

This course will help prepare students for successful business practices across different nations and cultures. Students will learn different leadership styles, as well as learn about their own cultural limitations, which will help them to understand the bigger picture. This course will also teach students how to work in an international environment in regards to international laws, rules, regulations, and expectations.


BU161201 - Project Management Methodology (6 Credits)

In this course student will learn various project management methods, how to choose methods based on industry and the project terms and nature.  The course will cover Agile, Scrum, Rapid Application Development (RAD), System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Gate Process at a detail level, also discuss advantages for each method. Project control methodology and earned value management.


BU161202 - Project Management Practice (6 Credits)

Setting up and managing a project end to end.  Practice on a real world project of student choice or recommended by instructor.  Prepare the project estimate and scope, the project plan, preparation of the required documents along with instructions on how to prepare project template.  This course describes the set of standard, terminology and guide line on project management and best practice known as “Project Management Body of Knowledge or “PMBOK”.




DISSERTATION (12 credits)

A dissertation is the product of extensive research and presents an original contribution to knowledge in a given field. It documents the candidate’s ability 1) to make substantive contributions to answering a major intellectual question and 2) to communicate research results with professional competence.

In all cases, the dissertation must constitute an integrated, coherent work, whose parts are logically connected. It must have a written introductory chapter that sets forth the general theme and core questions of the dissertation research and that explains the relationship among the constituent chapters or parts. The introduction will typically include, as is appropriate to the discipline, a review of the literature relevant to the dissertation, an explanation of theories, methods, and/or procedures utilized by the author, and a summary discussion of the contribution of the dissertation project to knowledge in the field. In its final deposited form, the dissertation must constitute an achievable product, which meets the standards prescribed by the university.

The dissertation may consist (in whole or in part) of co-authored chapters and articles, but the candidate must be a major contributor to the research and writing of any such papers and must describe her/his ideas, individual efforts, and contributions to the larger work. In order to be in compliance with the university’s policy on plagiarism and academic integrity,* a dissertation that incorporates co-authored work must also include in its introduction an explanation of the role of the candidate in the research and in the writing of the co-authored work.

If a dissertation includes previously published materials (authored or co-authored), the candidate must provide a full referencing of when and where individual papers have been published. Because prior publication and multiple authorship have implications with respect to copyright, DBA candidates should discuss copyright with advisors and obtain copyright clearance from any co-authors well in advance of defending the dissertation. Written permission must be obtained in order to include articles copyrighted by others within the dissertation. It is the responsibility of the student and the student’s dissertation committee to ensure that the dissertation meets all requirements regarding authorship, academic integrity, and copyright, as here outlined.