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Managerial Communication Degree - Master of Arts

Curriculum

Core (24 credit hours)

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  • MMC 520 Writing and Presenting with Authority and Purpose

    The beliefs and behaviors of leaders and societies are influenced by effective writing. This course offers student leaders best practices in business communication with special emphasis on business writing and presentations. Students focus on composing written messages—emails, memos, letters, blog postings, and presentations—with and without Power Point and other visuals that communicate with purpose, persuasion, confidence, and credibility.
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  • MMC 540 21st Century Communication Technologies

    New communication technologies enable a shift from static information for clearly defined stakeholders to dynamic communities of interest with blurred lines of responsibility and leadership. Students in this course investigate organizational changes fostered by electronic collaboration, social networking, idea sharing, and knowledge building. Students experiment with new communication tools and analyze readings about the impact of rapidly changing methods of communication on organizational cultures.
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  • MMC 560 Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

    In this course, students focus on higher level communication skills necessary to understand and resolve both individual and group issues in a multicultural /gendered workforce. Students will research and discuss best practices for professional behavioral expectations and for confronting problems and misconceptions whether conducting business locally or globally.
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  • MMC 580 Leadership and Organizational Communication

    In this course, students examine organizational culture and the process of developing appropriate leadership skills within diverse situational contexts. Students will explore how effective leaders communicate within an organizational climate, and how business, societal and personal expectations can impact the development and practice of leadership.
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  • MMC 610 Conflict and Negotiation

    Students in this course address the mediation of change, and how one confronts challenges through problem solving, resolution strategies, human management and personal skill. In addition, participants examine the appropriate and varying mediums for conflict resolution and skilled negotiation.

  • MMC 620 Critical Thinking Case Studies

    In this course, students learn to assimilate and analyze communication research and organizational case studies. Participants focus on problem solving communication issues and how those issues may fit in the context of daily operations or larger strategic plans.
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  • MMC 640 Ethics and Decision Making

    Students examine the principles and practices of ethical behaviors at individual, organizational and social levels, and how decision making reflects ethical principles. In addition, students address appropriate organizational response to ethical dilemmas and effective modes for communicating such response.
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  • MMC 680 Managerial Communication Capstone

    This capstone course requires students to communicate a comprehensive understanding of accumulated knowledge and skills by identifying, analyzing, and proposing solutions to a managerial communication problem in the workplace. Students will make a multi-media presentation of their findings. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 18 credits in the Managerial Communication core.
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Concentrations

Business Concentration

  • MBA 600 Survey of Accounting

    This course is designed to provide students with an overall understanding of the manner in which a business gathers, processes, and uses information. Students are introduced to basic accounting and computer concepts and procedures through case studies and computer projects. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of basic accounting processes and principles, on data management in a computerized environment, and on basic financial statements. Students also are expected to develop an appreciation of the needs for internal controls in a business. Issues relating to internal control procedures, computer security, privacy issues and ethics will be introduced through readings and case studies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
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  • MBA 612 Financial Strategy

    Fundamental principles and practices relevant to a firm’s financial strategy are addressed. Emphasis is on conceptual foundations and analysis of how financial fundamentals impact corporate financial strategies and the efficient allocation of wealth resources. Topics include: key elements of financial environments, market efficiency, financial analysis, cash flow, incentive theory and practice, agency problems, time value of money, security valuation, risk analysis, portfolio theory and practice, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policies, options, global financial concerns, and contemporary financial issues. Prerequisites: MBA 600, 605, 606, 608 and 610. For MSBAN students – MBA 600, MBA 608, and MBA 610 or BAN 600.
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  • MBA 633 Advanced Organizational Behavior

    This course encourages the application of advanced conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the analysis and control of behavior in organizations. Students will practice diagnosing and resolving behavioral and organizational problems related to management functions, individual differences, group and interpersonal conflict, and work/life interface. Includes emphasis on perception, motivation, leadership, influence, work/family conflict, stress, decision making, diversity, organizational learning, ethics, global issues and change. Prerequisites: For MAQC students - MBA 600 and MBA 610.
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  • MBA 652 Marketing Strategy

    This course examines the key concepts and issues in developing and selecting a marketing strategy. Developing and implementing dynamic marketing strategies that are adaptable to changing conditions are emphasized. It examines processes that enable the domestic and/or international organization to continually learn from competitors, customers and other stakeholders with the objectives of developing marketing strategies that are essential to both obtaining and sustaining a competitive advantage. Students can gain career experience in marketing by analyzing various corporate dilemmas and developing strategies throughout the course along with creating marketing plan. Prerequisite: MBA 605, 606, and 608. For MSBAN students – MBA 608.
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Computer Information Systems Concentration

  • CIS 608 Information Security Management

    This course addresses the issues relating to successful information security management. Topics include access control systems, network and software security, management practices, risk management, protection mechanisms, business continuity planning, and legal and ethical issues. The course allows for analysis of current security management models.
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  • CIS 620 Management Information Systems

    This course presents an overview of contemporary information systems challenges and possible responses to those challenges. The course surveys technologies related to computers, telecommunications, office systems, knowledge management, and computer-aided collaborative work. Emphasis is placed on the discussion of topics directly related to the effective provisioning of information services within organizational contexts, and focuses on areas with the greatest potential for application of current and emerging technologies to contemporary problems.
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  • CIS 631 E-Commerce Management

    This course explores key business and technology elements of electronic commerce. It discusses issues of identifying opportunities for electronic commerce, strategies for conducting electronic business, and Internet technologies. This course also addresses legal, ethical, and security issues in an E-Commerce environment.
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  • CIS 633 Information Technology Project Management

    This course addresses the complex and unique issues related to effectively managing projects in an Information Technology context. Emphasis is placed on the nine knowledge areas specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Team-based and discovery-based learning methods are stressed. Development projects reflect actual problems provided by industry. A formal software project management plan detailing the process groups of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing will be developed.
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Executive Coaching Concentration

  • MCL 650 Ethical and Professional Principles of Executive Coaching

    This course covers the ethical guidelines for professional coaches and professional practice standards. Topics covered include record keeping, dual relationships, and the current professional context and dynamics of the coaching field. Requirement - Must be taken concurrently with 1 credit hour of either MCL 654, 655, or 656.

  • MCL 651 Executive Coaching Communication Skills and Assessment

    This course addresses the academic theories upon which executive coaching is founded. These include the coaching relationship process and associated communication skills. It will also cover various assessment tools utilized in executive coaching. Requirement - Must be taken concurrently with 1 credit hour of either MCL 654, 655, or 656.

  • MCL 652 The Role and Relationship Dynamics of Executive Coaching

    This course will cover the role of executive coaches, as well as coaching relationship dynamics. A general model of executive coaching will be introduced and utilized throughout the course. Requirement - Must be taken concurrently with 1 credit hour of either MCL 654, 655, or 656.

  • MCL 653 Executive Coaching Internship

    This course provides an opportunity for students to expand their learning by gaining experience in the actual workplace. The learning objectives and specific program of study must be developed in consultation with and approved by the course instructor and the site supervisor of the intern prior to the start of the internship. Requirement - One credit hour must be taken concurrently with each of MCL 650, 651 and 652.
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Human Resource Management Concentration

  • BA 636 Compensation and Performance Management

    This course examines current theory, research, and practice necessary to make effective strategic decisions in managing compensation and performance issues. Included in this course is a detailed look at contemporary compensation systems and strategies, job analysis, and performance evaluations. Also includes how to design wage and salary structures and benefit packages in order to be competitive in today’s organizations. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
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  • BA 638 Human Resource Law

    This course describes, analyzes, and evaluates legal foundations, cases, and applications of human resource law. Areas of law covered will include, but are not limited to, equal employment opportunity law, labor relations law, fair employment practices law, and compensation-benefits law. Human resource management practices will be considered within analysis and evaluation of laws, cases, and settlements. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610

  • BA 646 Strategies for Recruitment and Selection of Human Resources

    This course is designed for students who desire to understand and master the intricacies associated with the recruitment and selection of human resources and practices, validity and reliability in testing, legal and regulatory factors affecting selection practices, making employment offers, and practices to ensure equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610

  • MBA 633 Advanced Organizational Behavior

    This course encourages the application of advanced conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the analysis and control of behavior in organizations. Students will practice diagnosing and resolving behavioral and organizational problems related to management functions, individual differences, group and interpersonal conflict, and work/life interface. Includes emphasis on perception, motivation, leadership, influence, work/family conflict, stress, decision making, diversity, organizational learning, ethics, global issues and change. Prerequisites: For MAQC students - MBA 600 and MBA 610.
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Project Management Concentration

  • Students must take CIS 633 and select a minimum of 9 credit hours from the courses listed below.
  • CIS 633 Information Technology Project Management

    This course addresses the complex and unique issues related to effectively managing projects in an Information Technology context. Emphasis is placed on the nine knowledge areas specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Team-based and discovery-based learning methods are stressed. Development projects reflect actual problems provided by industry. A formal software project management plan detailing the process groups of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing will be developed.
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  • CIS 644 Managing Project Risks

    This course is designed to teach the importance of risk management in projects and provide information about the tools needed to effectively assess and monitor risks throughout the project lifecycle. Emphasis is placed on managing risks associated with project changes and risks associated with information technology projects. Topics covered include recurring issues that lead to failure in IT projects, methods for addressing recurring issues, and assessing risk impact. Prerequisite: CIS 433 or CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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  • CIS 663 Project Communications Management and Leadership

    This course explores communication and leadership techniques in order to equip project managers with the skills they need to deal effectively with issues relating to resources, stakeholders, global teams, and changing technology. Topics covered will include learning how to manage conflict, creating a positive team environment, running effective meetings, and managing successful projects. Prerequisite: CIS 433 or CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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  • CIS 664 Project Management in Global and Virtual Workplaces

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of relevant topics in the area of global and virtual workplaces, challenges and issues in global project management, methods and tools for effective global project management and managing effective virtual teams. Students will engage in a virtual group project in order to experience key aspects of project management in a way that simulates real project management in a global organization. Prerequisite: CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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  • CIS 665 Defining and Managing Requirements and Project Success

    This course is designed to explain the process of gathering requirements with emphasis on the successful management of requirements and its relationship to project success. Topics covered include requirements gathering techniques, identifying success criteria, and common reasons for project failure. Prerequisite: CIS 433 or CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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Transnational and Cross-cultural Communication

  • PS 505 Comparative Intelligence Cultures

    Examines in comparative perspective the intelligence communities of various important states around the globe, including both allies and adversaries of the U.S.
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  • PS 515 Comparative Foreign Policy

    This course defines, analyzes, and compares foreign policies in global perspective. It will examine internal and external factors that influence and complicate the formation of foreign policy as well as consider the various norms and theories that exist about foreign policy construction within the global environment. Finally, numerous case studies will be reviewed to examine in detail how there is divergence and variety across states and regions.
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  • PS 625 Analyzing Anti-Americanism

    This course examines the various and diverse forms, philosophies, and political arguments made around the globe for going against American policy and interest. It will analyze the different theoretical approaches used to study anti-Americanism and delve into the various international and domestic factors impacting the phenomenon.
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  • PS 690 Democracy, Gender, and Reform Across the Middle East

    This course examines the greater Middle East (from Morocco to Iran), aiming to expose the issues of democratization, gender relations, and economic/political reform. It will analyze various democratization projects ongoing across the region, comparing similarities and divergence along with strengths and weaknesses. The evolving and complicated role of women in this transformation will be important, across economic, political, and cultural lines.
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