From Seattle University's 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog
All graduate courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.
Syllabi information is for reference only; information may not be current.
This course introduces the quantitative disciplines required for success in the Professional MBA program. These disciplines include: accounting, algebra and statistics. Students will learn the basics of each of these disciplines and how to apply principles from these disciplines in real world business situations. Online PMBA students only.
Introduces principles and concepts of management accounting for strategic decision making and focuses on the use of internal data & information and its impact on business efficiency and effectiveness. The course will describe how organizations articulate their “value proposition strategy” through their structure and operating leverage. Also, we will examine how cost structure informs and affects: outsourcing, production, capital budgeting, make or buy and expansion decisions. We will use advanced data-analytics and statistics to evaluate cost functions for planning, budgeting and performance evaluation. Online PMBA students only.
This course presents basic principles of corporate finance and develops tools for financial decisions and valuation in the presence of uncertainty, imperfect information and conflicting incentives among stakeholders. A series of spreadsheet-based valuation exercises are used to develop firm values using basic financial data for local companies. Online PMBA students only.
The domestic and global economic environment of business and its impact on management planning and decision making. The determinants of business cycles, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, and exchange rates. The effect of economic events and policies on industries and firms. Online PMBA students only.
The course provides broad perspectives on management and people. Covers tools and leadership skills to manage activities and processes, organization design, managing diversity, technology management, and managing work/personal life. Online PMBA students only.
Develops essential knowledge and skills for effectively planning, implementing, and controlling marketing activities of an organization. Focus is on the application of basic marketing concepts and principles as well as strategic decision making for achieving and sustaining competitive advantages in the marketplace. Online PMBA students only.
Focus on tools for effective decision making, and concepts of, and practice in, group dynamics. A retreat component, individual growth, team building and group decision making. Draws on research from economics to inform decision making skill development. Lays a foundation for ethical decision making throughout the MBA program. Online PMBA students only.
Focus on tools for developing effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including employees, customers, regulatory entities, etc. Covers organizational behavior topics (motivation, organizational justice, feedback, goal setting). Online PMBA students only.
This course focuses on how firms create value by paying attention to the critical interaction between marketing and operations decisions. Emphasis on business strategy, targeting, position, value proposition, and strategic operations decisions (cost, quality, sustainability, etc.). Online PMBA students only.
Concepts and principles underlying financial accounting, with emphasis on interpreting the content of published financial reports. Introduction and examination of the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, ratio analysis, and constructing financial statement. Online PMBA students only.
Emphasis on applying core economic and financial principles and models in various decision environments. Principles of scarcity, flexibility and commitment, and uncertainty will find life in models of supply, demand, and markets. The objective is to provide the first elements of the information and decision-making tools used in rigorous analysis of business opportunities. Online PMBA students only.
The focus of this course is on managing known and unknown risks to a firm’s value creation. The course examines intellectual property, litigation, IT investments, contracts (and risk sharing), information architecture as a risk management strategy, privacy risks, etc. Online PMBA students only.
Focus on developing outstanding writing and speaking skills through consultations and real world practice. Emphasis on assessment and feedback on interaction and influence skills in group contexts. Online PMBA students only.
Focus on providing assessments and experiences that allow for reflection on career choices. Provides tools to enable more effective job search or self-leadership in crafting current job to reflect values, skills and interests.
The strategic importance of supply chain management to manufacturing and services. Activities will include case discussions, guest speakers, and simulated negotiations. An overview of the supply chain, supplier selection and development, supplier partnerships, ethics, negotiation, just-in-time methods, legal concerns, international issues, inventory management, new product development, hazardous material procurement and disposal, and transportation/logistics.
This course introduces the management and analysis of corporate data. Topics include conceptual data modeling, relational database systems, data warehousing, and data administration as well as SQL. Students are expected to understand the managerial challenges and solutions of corporate data management. Online PMBA students only.
Investigates the role of management in developing and executing international and global business strategy. Emphasis is on theories of organizational roles in society; how culture shapes both organizational and individual behaviors; how firm-specific and country-specific elements relate to competitive advantages. Online PMBA students only.
Students will use microeconomic principles for making strategic decisions, including deciding when demand or cost conditions support entering (or exiting) a market segment, deciding on pricing strategy, evaluating risks and deciding how to react to changes in competitive conditions when buying as well as selling. The principles will prepare students to understand the forces influencing financial markets, consumer behavior, incentives in compensation structures, and how constraints and tradeoffs affect efficiency in operations and in choices of production methods. Online PMBA students only.
This course introduces a range of approaches to bargaining and conflict resolution. Through interactive exercises students develop negotiation skills for use in a professional context or any interpersonal activity.
This course addresses general management and the tasks of strategy formulation and implementation. It builds on and integrates material from all functional areas. Course to be taken during last two quarters of enrollment. Online PMBA students only.