GFCB Dean's Office Programs

http://www.wku.edu/business

Bob Hatfield, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research
Grise Hall 434A
(270) 745-6581
bob.hatfield@wku.edu

NOTE: BA courses offered through the Online MBA program may include higher course fees.

BA 500   Management Dynamics    3 Hours

An introduction to organizational analysis and to the understanding and management of behavior in organizations.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 501   Survey of Economic Theory    3 Hours

An overview of basic concepts in micro and macroeconomics. Topics include price and output decisions, cost concepts, aggregate income, the price level, and related areas.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 502   MBA Foundation Modules    4.5 Hours

Preparatory course covering the eight foundational areas required to take courses in the MBA program. Course is offered in a self-paced, online independent learning format.
Prerequisite(s): Approval through MBA office.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

BA 503   Information Systems and Decision Science    3 Hours

A survey of management information systems concepts and decision science theory. Emphasis on using information systems and decision support models to enhance managerial decision making.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 504   MBA Foundation Modules Pt 1    1.5 Hour

Preparatory course (first of a three part series) of the foundational areas in the MBA program. Course is offered in a self-paced, online independent learning format.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

BA 505   Survey of Accounting Principles    3 Hours

Concepts and principles governing financial and managerial accounting. Emphasis on issues associated with the preparation and interpretation of information presented in external financial statements. Includes an introduction to management's use of internally generated accounting information.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 506   MBA Foundation Modules Pt 2    1.5 Hour

Preparatory course (second of a three part series) of the foundational areas in the MBA program. Course is offered in a self-paced, online independent learning format.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

BA 508   MBA Foundation Modules Pt 3    1.5 Hour

Preparatory course (third of a three part series) of the foundational areas in the MBA program. Course is offered in a self-paced, online independent learning format.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

BA 510   Advanced Organizational Behavior    3 Hours

Contemporary theory and research on organizational structure and design that has relevance for practical problems of designing and managing organizations.
Prerequisite(s): BA 500 or the equivalent.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

BA 511   Applied Micro Economic Theory    3 Hours

Fundamental concepts - firm analysis, public policy, and individual decisions. Critical thinking applied to topics like demand and supply, revenue and costs, pricing, and information and uncertainty.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

BA 512   Business Analysis and Research Methods    3 Hours

An applications-oriented course designed to help students envision, design, conduct, interpret, and report statistically oriented analyses applicable to managerial decision making. Topics such as the design of data generation, modeling, regression, process control and evaluation, and survey errors will be covered.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016

BA 513   Information Technology & Data Analytics    3 Hours

Critical thinking in strategic uses of business intelligence; resources (computers, software, data/information, and people); and innovations in effective data analysis techniques. Issues in ethical use of data, teamwork and leadership included.
Prerequisite(s): BA 503 or the equivalent.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

BA 515   Managerial Accounting    3 Hours

A review of the managerial accounting concepts and techniques used by managers in planning, performance evaluation, and decision making. Emphasis on the application of concepts and techniques in the analysis of cases.
Prerequisite(s): BA 500 or the equivalent.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

BA 517   Advanced Marketing    3 Hours

Analysis and application of marketing principles, policies, and operations. Course focuses on marketing strategy and planning, the identification of marketing problems, the development of solutions, and ethical decision-making.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017

BA 519   Advanced Managerial Finance    3 Hours

How corporate entities make investment, financing, and dividend decisions maximizing shareholder wealth. Case studies and critical thinking on topics like corporate governance/ethics, shareholder analysis, and risk and return.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

BA 520   Critical Thinking and Business Ethics    3 Hours

This course studies contemporary ethical issues facing leaders. Emphasis is placed on examining analyzing issues for sound solutions from a variety of perspectives, some grounded in business, some grounded in the Liberal Arts. Students will examine ideas and cases from the business world and gain practice in the application of a variety of approaches to problem solving. Additionally, the responsibilities of business corporations and executives to shareholders and other constituencies will be explored.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MBA Program, or Graduate Leadership Certificate program.
Course Fee: $320
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016

BA 534   Electronic Commerce    3 Hours

Focuses on the current issues of performing business electronically. Topics include web page development, the Internet as an infrastructure, electronic payments and funds transfer, on-line advertising, mobile computing and security issues.
Prerequisite(s): BA 503 or the equivalent.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 535   International Accounting Issues for Management Decision Making    3 Hours

A comprehensive examination from a user perspective of current issues in international accounting and financial reporting.
Prerequisite(s): BA 505 or equivalent.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 536   Metrics in Sustainability    1.5 Hour

Provides an understanding and experience with the processes for identifying and implementing sustainability goals, indicators and metrics in business operations. Explores metrics in the financial, environmental and social aspects of sustainability through approaches such as readings, cases, analysis, and lectures. Focuses on concepts such as triple bottom line, full cost analysis, life cycle assessment, systems-thinking, and carbon foot-printing.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 537   Sustainability & Social Entrepreneurism    1.5 Hour

Combines the resourcefulness of traditional entrepreneurship with a mission to change society. Offers insights that may stimulate ideas for more socially acceptable and sustainable business strategies and organizational structure.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 540   Applied Statistical Methods    3 Hours

Introduction to applied statistics for decision making and research including analysis of variance, process control, experimental design, regression, and forecasting, as well as useful software and data sources.
Equivalent(s): ECON 506.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 542   International Economics    3 Hours

Survey of trade theory and evidence, status and effects of tariffs and other trade restrictions, and balance of payment issues.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015

BA 543   Forecasting    3 Hours

Methods of forecasting changes in the U.S. economy and other economic units. Emphasis on application and evaluation of different techniques.
Equivalent(s): ECON 594.
Prerequisite(s): BA 540 or ECON 506.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 544   Labor and Human Resources Economics    3 Hours

Study of static and dynamic models of labor demand, supply, and human capital investment.
Equivalent(s): ECON 595.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 545   Survey of Business Sustainability Issues    3 Hours

Survey course exploring the definition of and key issues concerning business sustainability. Provides overview of regulations regarding issues of sustainability as applied to business organizations. Introduces international standards and other global issues of sustainability which affect businesses. Explores compliance approaches, important metrics and best practices businesses use in addressing sustainability issues. Discussion of political, environmental, other pressures surrounding these issues especially as related to current and future standards, regulations, and best business practices. Corporate social responsibility.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Student standing with the University.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

BA 546   Sustainable Business Operations    3 Hours

Exploration and development of definitions of sustainability and sustainable operations. The value chain perspective is taken to implement sustainability measures and different motivations for companies to engage in sustainable efforts.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Student standing with the University.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

BA 547   Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship    3 Hours

An examination of the impact of sustainability on global forces that are restructuring the world economy and driving opportunities for related new entrepreneurial ventures in that context.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Student standing with the University.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017

BA 548   Sustainability Marketing    3 Hours

This course integrates marketing fundamentals with the environmental, social, and economic principles of sustainability. In this course, students analyze current sustainability trends that influence marketing applications and the influences of marketing on sustainability trends.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Student standing with the University.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016

BA 551   Investments and Portfolio Management    3 Hours

A comprehensive examination of investment opportunities with emphasis on the risk-return relationships, economic and market forces affecting financial markets, security valuation and analysis, and portfolio formation and management.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MBA program.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

BA 552   International Financial Management    3 Hours

The focus of the course is on financial decision making in the international context. Topics covered include environment of international financial management, foreign exchange risk management, foreign investment analysis, financing foreign operations, and international tax management.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 560   Contemporary Human Resources Management    3 Hours

An advance course focusing on the current critical issues of human resource management. Includes discussions on recruitment and selection techniques, performance appraisals, training and development, compensation, labor relations, occupational safety, and employee rights.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

BA 571   Services Marketing    3 Hours

Focuses on the marketing of intangible products by discussing strategic implications for marketing mixes (product, price, place, and promotion) and consumer perceptions and expectations.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 572   Consumer Behavior    3 Hours

Examines theories and concepts associated with consumer decision making for products and services. Emphasis placed on the development of marketing strategies which will satisfy consumer wants and needs.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 573   International Business    3 Hours

Institutions, organizations, and procedures of international business. Emphasizes problems and decision-making techniques.
Course Fee: $320
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 579   Supply Chain Management    3 Hours

Integrates an organization's operations planning and control with suppliers and distributors through sharing information, managerial and technical talents.
Prerequisite(s): BA 503 and BA 506 or BA 540.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BA 580   Contemporary Issues in Business    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Emphasizes issues pertinent to an understanding of today's business environment. Topics embrace the cross-functional, global, and technical aspects of business.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

BA 590   Strategic Business Concepts and Applications    3 Hours

Concepts and business strategies focusing on viewing the organization as an integrated whole. Use of Integrated Management Exercises (IMEs) involving student teams working on a business simulation or actual business project aimed at challenges and opportunities facing a business.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017

BA 592   Special Topics in Business    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Emphasizes special topics in business.
Course Fee: $60
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; summer 2017

BA 751   Strategic Leadership    3 Hours

This course is designed to improve understanding of strategic planning, implementation, and performance measurements in public and nonprofit organizations. Although they have been adopted from a business sector model, strategic planning and management have become the standard practice of public and nonprofit organizations as a critical tool to reinvent, restructure, and transform the traditional ways of doing business. Students will explore the benefits and limitations of strategic planning and management in the context of public and nonprofit organizations, the role of organizational leaders as a key player in strategic management, managing stakeholders, assessing the organizational capacities as well as the external environments, and identifying the adopting strategies.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

BA 752   Leading Innovation, Creativity and Change    3 Hours

This course is geared towards developing a better understanding of the challenges, techniques, burden, and successes associated with initiating and implementing major changes within organizations. Therefore, the objective of the course is to prepare leaders to meet the challenges of organizational change. The theoretical concepts and practice of leading change in organizational, community, political and social action/social movement contexts are examined. This course explicitly links theoretical concepts, models and processes of leadership and change with the intended purpose of change and its resulting outcomes.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

BA 753   Current Topics in Organizational Behavior    3 Hours

This seminar course extends the material introduced in Leadership 710. Students will examine the many principles of human behavior that effective leaders use when leading individuals and groups in organizations. Current research relating to individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

BA 754   Budgeting and Financial Decision Making    3 Hours

This course is designed to improve understanding of strategic planning, implementation, and performance measurements in public and nonprofit organizations. Although they have been adopted from a business sector model, strategic planning and management have become the standard practice of public and nonprofit organizations as a critical tool to reinvent, restructure, and transform the traditional ways of doing business. Students will explore the benefits and limitations of strategic planning and management in the context of public and nonprofit organizations, the role of organizational leaders as a key player in strategic management, managing stakeholders, assessing the organizational capacities as well as the external environments, and identifying the adopting strategies.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None