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MBA Program & COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

MBA Program The MBA program is a 48-credit curriculum that offers a comprehensive framework for providing knowledge, tools and skills of entrepreneurship and initiative ability of today’s business leaders to manage business organizations in an increasingly competitive business environment. It is offered as a masteral degree in General Management or a degree with options in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business Administration, Marketing and Supply & Operations Management, Management Information System.
The MBA program with options is structured around the two interrelated course structures: 36 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of option courses. The MBA general management program is structured with 36 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of mixed courses of choice.

Core Courses: (12 Courses, 36 credit hours) Regardless of the MBA option, all students are required to complete the following courses:

1

FIN 511        Financial Management

3 credit hours

2

ACCT 512     Managerial Accounting

3 credit hours

3

HRM 511      Organizational Behavior

3 credit hours

4

MIS 511        Management Information System

3 credit hours

5

ECON 511    Managerial Economics

3 credit hours

6

MKT 511      Marketing Management

3 credit hours

7

MGT 511      Advanced Quantitative Business Analysis

3 credit hours

8

IBM 511        International Business Management

3 credit hours

9

EPR 511        Entrepreneurship

3 credit hours

10

OPM 511      Operations Management

3 credit hours

11

HRM 512      Human Resource Management

3 credit hours

12

MGT 581      Business Strategies

3 credit hours

 

Course Description

MGT 511 – Advanced Quantitative Business Analysis                                      Credits 3.00

This management course has the primary purpose to introduced advanced modeling techniques used in operations management.  Students will learn how to use models such as principles of probability theory and statistics, regression analysis, linear programming, simulation, and other appropriate models to solve practical decision problems utilizing computer software available for the models.

 

ECON 511 - Managerial Economics                                                                Credits 3.00

 

This course includes the development of basic economic concepts and their application to managerial decision-making. Major topics include Demand and Cost Analysis, forecasting, Pricing Decision, Capital Budgeting and Capital Management, And Decision-Making under Conditions of Risk and Uncertainty.

Pre-requisite:  ACCT 531

EPR 511 Entrepreneurship                                                                               Credits 3.00

 

This interdisciplinary course focuses on all aspects of starting a new business with emphasis on the critical role of recognizing and creating opportunities. Topics include Attributes of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Careers, Evaluating Opportunities, Writing Business Plan, and Venture Financing.

MGT 518 – Business Strategies                                                                                    Credits 3.00

This capstone course investigates the methods and techniques used to formulate competitive strategy through the analysis of industries, competitive dynamics, the general management process, and the achievement of sustainable competitive advantage.  Students will also be exposed to growth strategies comparative management, impact of taxation, technology strategies; product development and new market strategies.  The course heavily emphasizes the use of case studies and in-class simulations.

Pre-requisite:  Econ 511, Fin 511, MKT 511, MIS 511 & OPM 511

 

In addition to the Core Course (ACCT 512), a student interested in this area of concentration must take all the four listed below in Accounting.

 

Core Course Descriptions

 

ACCT 512 – Managerial Accounting                                                                Credits 3.00

The aim of this course is to study current issues and approaches to solving comprehensive problems in the area of managerial accounting. This course emphasizes the use of accounting information for internal planning and control purposes through readings and case studies. Some of the topics covered are Budgetary Planning, Responsibility Accounting, and Performance Evaluation through Standard Costing, Activity Based Costing, Profit Planning, Segment Reporting, Decentralization, Balanced Score Card, Target Costing and Capital Budgeting.

(Pre-Req.:  ACCT 531)

 

 

Elective Course Descriptions

 

1.  ACCT 531 - Cost Accounting                                                                       Credits 3.00     

This course provides the basic information for Management Accounting and Financial Accounting. Cost Accounting measures and reports financial and non-financial information relating to the cost of acquiring or utilizing resources in an organization. This course covers Accountant’s Role in Organizations, Introduction to Cost Terms and Purposes, Cost Volume Profit Analysis, Job Order Costing and Process Costing. It also covers how costs behave and relevant information for decision-making. (Pre-Req.: ACCT 512)

 

2.  ACCT 533 - Advanced Financial Accounting                                               Credits 3.00

This course discusses advanced issues in the area of Financial Accounting. It helps students to advance their information through readings and case studies. It provides information about Financial Accounting Theory as well as debatable issues in this area. Some of the topics covered are accounting for Partnership, Organization and Capital Stock Transactions, Long Term Liabilities, and Consolidated Financial Statements.  (Pre-Req.:  ACCT 511)

 

3.  ACCT 534 – Auditing                                                                                  Credits 3.00

This course aims to familiarize students with Principles and Procedures of External and Internal Auditing, Auditing Standards, Ethics of the Profession, Internal Control Evaluation and Testing. Students are exposed to real cases from business life to show the effect of auditing and whether or not auditing can improve the quality of accounting reports.  (Pre-Req.:  ACCT 533)

 

4.  ACCT 536 - International Accounting                                                         Credits 3.00

The aim of this course is to discuss issues from the perspective of companies that have internationalized their finance and/or operations. It also has a comparative aspect, comparing accounting across countries. It deals with harmonization of the worldwide diversity in financial reporting. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the significant issues in international accounting as well as provide a clear view of the work of the leading standard-setting bodies such as Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB).

(Pre-Req.: ACCT 511)


In addition to the Core Course (FIN 511), a student interested in this area of concentration must take all the four listed below in Finance.

 

Core Course Descriptions

 

FIN 511 - Financial Management                                                                     Credits 3.00

This course is a broad survey of finance for all business students, which emphasize fundamental valuation concepts and their applications. It explores a set of key financial theories. The course examines theories associated with five key topics of Corporate Finance: The Efficient Market Hypothesis, Agency Theory, theories regarding the Market for Corporate Control, Capital Structure Theories, and Dividend Policy Theories. (Pre-Req.:   ACCT 511)

 

Elective Course Descriptions

 

1. FIN 531 -Financial Planning                                                                         Credits 3.00

This course is designed for Corporate Financial Planning, Forecasting, Budgeting, Quantitative Techniques and Practices. The Importance of Ethics and the International Aspects in Financial Decision Making will be considered.  The course conveys a thorough understanding of the range of Financial Management concepts that are used for planning, control and decision-making purposes by business executives, financial analysts, investors, and business owners. (Pre-Req.: FIN 511)

 

2. FIN 532 - International Finance                                                                   Credits 3.00

This course introduces the analysis of theories and practices of international finance from internal and external perspectives. It emphasizes the International Monetary System, Foreign Exchange Markets, Foreign Risk Exposure, International Banking, Foreign Trade Financing, and The Management of Multinationals (MNC’s).  (Pre-Req.: FIN 511; IBM 511)

 

3. FIN 533 - Risk Management                                                                        Credits 3.00

There are two specific aims associated with this course: To achieve a sound appreciation of the theory and practical aspects of Risk Management and to develop an understanding of the main theories and frameworks associated with the Management of Different Types of Risk.

(Pre-Req.: FIN 511)

 

4. FIN 534 - Security Analysis and Portfolio Management                               Credits 3.00

This course introduces the Analysis of Risk and Strategies for Developing Efficient Portfolios; Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Stocks and Fixed Income Securities, Theories, and Techniques of Security Valuation; Examination of Securities Markets and Interest Rate Behavior in the Context of National and International Economic Trends. (Pre-Req.: FIN 511)


In addition to the Core Courses (HRM 511 & HRM 512), a student interested in this area of concentration must take all the four listed below in Human Resource Management.

  

Core Course Descriptions

 

HRM 511 - Organizational Behavior                                                                 Credits 3.00

This course introduces the students to concepts and applications of understanding individual behavior in the work place. Various behavioral processes are also discussed such as motives, cognitive process and learning, interpersonal process: (perception, communication), small group dynamics (power, productivity, and organizational culture). The course also emphasizes work ethics and the legal environment that influences organizational behavior.

 

HRM 512 - Human Resource Management                                                     Credits 3.00

This course helps firms to develop employee talent as source of competitive advantage. The course will cover strategic implications of contemporary practices in recruitment, selection, work systems, training, and compensation and performance evaluation. The course also covers the process of developing Human Resource Information System (HRIS). Also covered will be new approaches in HRM to motivate employees at the executive and worker levels. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to the learning process by the use of case analysis and other active learning methods.

 

Elective Course Descriptions

 

1.  HRM 531 - Human Resource Planning                                                       Credits 3.00

The aim of this course is to study and analyze the various methods and techniques of M.P. at the macro and micro levels. Of particular importance is the study of forces of work force supply and demand as they affect the process of Saudisation and the determination of surplus or deficit by the use of advanced quantitative models and other analytical tools.  (Pre-Req.: HRM 512)

 

2.  HRM 533 - Human Resource Development                                                Credits 3.00

The aim of this course is to acquaint the student with current methods of H.R. development and training. Concepts such as setting training policies, determining training needs, evaluating training outcomes, determining career paths and many others will be discussed and analyzed. The course focuses on the establishment of a balance between the individual and organizational needs

(Pre-Req.:  HRM 512)

 

3. HRM 534 - Compensation Management                                                      Credits 3.00

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the various approaches of Compensation Management.  The concepts of equality and efficiency are fully analyzed in depth. The focus is placed on developing student’s skills in building a viable wage structure for the company based on accurate job specification and job description. Legal and ethical issues are also discussed.

(Pre-Req.:  HRM 512)

 

4. HRM 535 - The Legal and Ethical Environment of HRM                            Credits 3.00

The objective of the course is to study the legal environment of the firm and its effect on the various functions and processes of HRM from recruitment to retirement. The emphasis is placed on how the legal environment influences strategies and decision making of HRM. A special attention is devoted to the study of the Saudi Labor Law and its amendments. Ethical issues and work ethics are also emphasized.  (Pre-Req.:  HRM 512)

In addition to the Core Course (IBM 511), a student interested in this area of concentration must take all the four listed below in International Business Management.

 

Core Course Description

 

IBM 511 - International Business Management                                               Credits 3.00

Students study the economic environment of business and international forces influencing the firm in order to achieve improved awareness/understanding of economic, institutional, and cultural issues pertinent to business, markets, policies, laws and trade in international business.

 

Elective Course Descriptions

 

1.  OPM 531 - Global Supply Chain Management                                             Credits 3.00

International successful businesses attribute one of the major reasons for success to their strategy is Global Supply Chain Management. This Global Supply Chain Management course provides an intensive and coordinated approach to study the flow of goods and services from raw material suppliers to the final customer. This product flow will be reviewed from a global perspective, thus providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the international business process. The increasing role-played by information flows in integrated planning and managing the supply chain will be emphasized.   (Pre-Req.: IBM 511& OPM 511)

 

2.  FIN 532 - International Finance                                                                  Credits 3.00

This course introduces the analysis of theories and practices of international finance from internal and external perspectives. It emphasizes the international monetary system, foreign exchange markets, foreign risk exposure, international banking, foreign trade financing, and the management of multinationals (MNC’s).   (Pre-Req.: IBM 511 & FIN 511)

 

3.  MIS 534 - International E-Commerce                                                          Credits 3.00

This course describes the issues related to international e-commerce and reviews the possible solutions that lead to a successful international e-commerce. Topics include Standards for International e-commerce, Security, Payment Systems and Policy issues for International e-commerce such as Taxation, Privacy, Regulation, and Law.  (Pre-Req.: IBM 511 & MIS 511)

 

4.  MKT 536 - Global Marketing                                                                      Credits 3.00

 

The emphasis of the course is to explain how planning, implementing, and controlling marketing in the global arena is different from domestic marketing. This includes the design of the global marketing strategy, the global marketing mix, emphasizing the different international environments of global marketing, and how intercultural differences influence the international marketing strategy of international companies. (Pre-Req.: IBM 511& MKT 511)

In addition to the Core Course (MIS 511), a student interested in this area of concentration must take all the four listed below in Management Information System.

 

Core Course Description

 

MIS 511 - Management Information Systems                                                  Credits 3.00

 

The course covers the role of information systems that affect the decision-making processes and the overall organizational performance. It focuses on the characteristics and structures of management information systems, management techniques and the decision-making styles. It also covers the information systems and their relations with the organizational structures, the MIS planning, the MIS applications and other managerial aspects of information systems.  Topics include Management Information Systems Types, IS Strategic Alignment, Information Intensive Business Processes, Decision Making, Telecommunication and Network, Marketing Information Systems, Human Recourse Information Systems, Accounting Information Systems and Finance Information Systems. Business Analysis Techniques Are Emphasized For Systems Such As Transactions Processing Systems (TPS), E-Business, Management Reporting Systems And Data Warehouses.

 

Elective Course Descriptions

 

1.  MIS 531 -Database Management Systems                                                   Credits 3.00

This course acquaints students with the techniques involved in determining database requirements, designing databases, components and architecture of databases, and database management systems. Topics will include the Context of Database Management: The Database Environment, and Development Process, Database Analysis: Modeling Data In The Organization, The Enhanced E-R Model and Business Rules, Database Design: Logical, Database Design and The Relational Model, Physical Database Design and Performance, Implementation: SQL, Advanced SQL, The Client/Server Database Environment, The Internet Database Environment, and Data Warehousing. (Pre-Req.: MIS 511)

 

2.  MIS 532 - Systems Analysis and Design                                                       Credits 3.00

In this course, methodologies of systems analysis and design are introduced, including conducting feasibility studies, analysis, and designing application of software through the SDLC, prototyping, and rapid application development.  (Pre-Req.: MIS 531)

 

3.  MIS 534 - International E-Commerce                                                         Credits 3.00

This course provides an understanding of the information technologies that enable business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce while focusing on the strategic, operational, management, and societal issues associated with such technology-based commerce. In addition, topics include Standards for International e-Commerce, Security, Payment Systems and Policy Issues for International e-Commerce such as Taxation, Privacy, Regulation, and Law.  (Pre-Req.: MIS 511)

 

4. MIS 535 - Strategic Information Systems                                                    Credits 3.00

This course examines the use of information technology to achieve competitive advantage, effective decision-making and efficient operations. The course will explore the usage of many kinds of information systems and technology in organizations and analyze their role, functions, and effects on competitive strategy and organizational operations.  (Pre-Req.: MIS 532)

In addition to the Core Course (MKT 511), a student interested in this area of concentration must take all the four listed below in Marketing.

 

Core Course Description

 

MKT 511 - Marketing Management                                                                 Credits 3.00

 

The objective of the course is to provide a clear picture of the marketing concepts and practice. It includes the major activities in managing marketing strategy and the marketing mix; including marketing analysis, planning, implementation, and control.

 

Elective Course Descriptions

 

1. MKT 531 - Consumer Behavior                                                                     Credits 3.00

The objective of the course is to examine and understand how consumers make decisions to spend their available resources on consumption-related items. Concepts developed in other scientific disciplines such as psychology, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and economics are presented to explain consumer behavior. In addition, it includes the personal, social and cultural influences on consumer behavior; including opinion leadership, reference groups, family, and culture.

 

2. MKT 532 - Marketing Research                                                                   Credits 3.00

The objective of the course is to provide the students with the required research skills to conduct marketing research. The emphasis is on the different steps of the marketing research process including defining the research problem, the research design, and methods to collect the required data, selecting the sample, analyzing data, and how to prepare and present the research results, conclusion and recommendations.  (Pre-Req.:  MKT 511 & MGT 511)

 

3.  MKT 535 - Strategic Marketing Management                                             Credits 3.00

The objective of this course is to help improve the effectiveness of marketing practice. So this course emphasizes making the student aware of the major aspects of the planning and controlling of marketing operations; locating marketing planning and control within a strategic context; demonstrating how analytical models and techniques might be applied to marketing planning and control to produce more superior marketing performance; and giving full recognition to the problems of implementation and how these problems might be overcome.  (Pre-Req.: MGT 581)

 

4.  MKT 536 - Global Marketing                                                                      Credits 3.00

The emphasis of the course is on explaining how planning, implementing, and controlling marketing in the global arena is different from domestic marketing. This includes the design of the global marketing strategy, the global marketing mix, emphasizing the different international environments of global marketing, and how intercultural differences influence the international marketing strategy of international companies.  (Pre-Req.: IBM 511& MKT 511)

In addition to the Core Course (OPM 511), a student interested in this area of concentration must take all the four listed below in Operations Management.

 

Core Course Description

 

OPM 511 - Operations Management                                                                Credits 3.00

This foundation course is designed for students who have not had sufficient exposure to the subject before. At the end of the course, students will have learned all the basic concepts typically taught in a first course in Operations Management. They will also have gained a working knowledge of several Operations Management techniques that are used in manufacturing and service industries. These techniques will cover such topics as production and inventory control, scheduling, project management, and quality control. (Pre-Req.: MGT 511)

 

Elective Course Descriptions

 

1.  OPM 531 - Global Supply Chain Management                                             Credits 3.00

 

International successful businesses attribute one of the major reasons for success to their strategy in Global Supply Chain Management. This Global Supply Chain Management Course provides an intensive and coordinated approach to study the flow of goods and services from raw material suppliers to the final customer. This product flow will be reviewed from a global perspective, thus providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the international business process. The increasing role-played by information flows in integrated planning and managing the supply chain will be emphasized.  (Pre-Req.: OPM 511; IBM 511)

 

2.  OPM 532 - Total Quality Management                                                       Credits 3.00

Students will learn how the concepts and applications of TQM are helping millions of businesses throughout the world in achieving their goals of meeting and exceeding customer requirements. Emphasis will be on studying how companies to become world-class are applying Dr. Deming’s philosophy along with the latest TQM methodologies such as Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), Six-Sigma and Lean Thinking. Students will be challenged to find opportunities to apply the concepts to local business environment.  (Pre-Req.: OPM 511)

 

3.  OPM 533 - Project Management                                                                 Credits 3.00

The objectives of this course are to provide needed skills and tools for managing variety of projects. High rates of introduction of new products, technology changes and continuous improvements make project management skills essentials for all managers. The course will focus on how to initiate, scope, plan, schedule, control and terminate a project. At the end of this, students will be able to use special techniques such as CPM and PERT and related software programs.  (Pre-Req.: OPM 511)

 

4. OPM 535 - Business Forecasting and Demand Planning                              Credits 3.00

This course offers the students to acquire hands-on experience on developing and applying multi-dimensional forecasting models for use in operations management. Topics include a statistical review, data considerations, model selection, moving averages and exponential smoothing, regression analysis, time-series decomposition, Box-Jenkins (ARIMA) models, Optimal forecast combination, and forecast implementation. The students will be introduced to using software products such as SAS – widely used in Business Forecasting.  (Pre-Req.: OPM 511)