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Spring 2013
Apr 24, 2014
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GRBU 504 - Statistical Thinking
This is an introductory level graduate course centered on ways the statistical analysis of data and charts and graphs are used by managers for decision-making. The course is designed to provide the opportunity for students to increase their understanding of how a company manages data, can use statistical methods to interpret data, and use the results of statistical analysis to make managerial decisions. The course teaches students how to communicate statistical results in memos and formal reports that provide answers to questions, how to suggest solutions to problems, and how to ask questions about reports that contain statistics.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 505 - Communication-Written
This is an intensive, cooperative learning lab for honing written communication skills. The focus is on producing concise, professional documents for paper or electronic delivery. Students critically examine written communication principles as they apply to the tools and protocols that organizations use to manage people, processes and resources. Short-term writing assignments include memos, e-mail messages, business letters, resumes, proposals, and executive summaries. The semester project is a formal business report.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 507 - Communication-Presentation
This interactive seminar stresses development of presentation and interpersonal skills. Emphasis is on preparing and delivering business presentations: analyzing audiences and situations, structuring messages, choosing arguments and evidence, preparing visual support, explaining quantitative analyses, and improving platform dynamics. To monitor progress, students critique videotapes of their performances. Secondary course topics include listening skills, group problem solving, meeting facilitation, one-on-one conferences, and peer coaching.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 508 - Applied Business Ethics
This course introduces students to the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business policies on ethical behavior and provides students with the basic ethical decision-making skills necessary to recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical conflicts. Emphasis is on common ethical challenges facing graduate students in the classroom and at work. The course provides an analytical framework for students to use when grappling with course-specific, ethical dilemmas in subsequent core and elective courses in the graduate program and in their professional business careers.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 510 - Understanding the Value Chain
This course is designed to familiarize students with the concept of the value chain. The emphasis will be on the importance of understanding business not as a collection of separate functions but as an integrated set of disciplines that work collaboratively to create business processes delivering value to a firm's customers. The evolution of the value chain concept and the impact of technology on value chain management will also be demonstrated, as well as the value chain's impact on the firm's competitiveness and profitability.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 512 - External Financial Reporting
In this course, students explore the corporate financial statement package (balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flow) and develop an understanding of how to use accounting information to assess the profitability, liquidity and solvency of a business entity. Key emphasis is placed on the measurement of resources, obligations and equities, the concept of accounting earnings and reporting alternatives permissible under generally accepted accounting principles.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 513 - Econ for Decision Making
This course covers selected topics in micro and macro economics. It is not a survey course but instead presents those areas of economic theory that are particularly relevant to the business world. In the area of microeconomics, stress is placed on those tools of analysis that are relevant to business decision making. The macroeconomics emphasis includes behavior of those variables that impact on financial decision-making. Factors influencing behavior of real and nominal interest rates are an example. Depth rather than breadth of coverage is emphasized and particular attention is given to those areas of economics that relate to other fields such as finance and marketing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 514 - Assess Finan Health of Firm
This course builds on the student's knowledge of accounting, stressing the interpretation and application of financial and cost accounting principles to a wide variety of business problems. The course introduces financial tools and applies these tools to managerial decision-making in multi-disciplinary settings. The case method is emphasized.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 515 - Info Systems for Managers
This course examines the strategic importance of information systems and information requirements in today's business environment. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between technology and organizational strategy. Management issues related to organization-wide systems, decision support systems, and electronic business systems are explained. Strategies for data storage and retrieval are also emphasized.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 516 - Strategic Uses of Accntg Info
This course provides an introduction to the use of accounting information for planning operations, controlling activities and evaluating the performance of an organization. Both the advantages and disadvantages of traditional cost systems are explored and then that knowledge is expanded by exploring reasons why traditional cost systems may not provide relevant information for firms to compete in a constantly evolving, global marketplace. Coverage of topics related to traditional cost system design include cost terminology and cost classifications, types of cost behavior, and cost-volume-profit analysis. Topics related to the design of non-traditional cost systems include a brief introduction to both activity analysis and activity-based cost systems.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 518 - Law for Executives
Exploration of areas of legal concern to the executive's relations with employees, competitors, customers and clients, the community and governmental administrative agencies. Special attention is given to the areas of contracts, sales, product liability, employment law and antitrust.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 519 - Mktg Mgmt/Prod Strat
This course deals with the development, evaluation, and implementation of marketing management in complex business environments. The content presents an in-depth analysis of a variety of concepts theories, facts, analytical techniques and models. Contemporary trends and developments will be addressed with a focus on product development, marketing audits, and marketing plans.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 520 - Managing a Diverse Work Force
This course provides a comprehensive, integrated, critical thinking approach to the behavioral issues inherent in managing today's sophisticated and diverse workforce. Philosophically, this course views the employees as a key potential competitive advantage. Utilizing a highly interactive learning environment, this course focuses on hiring a diverse group of capable people, communicating clearly, effectively appraising employee performance, motivating employees to perform at higher levels and leading employees with integrity to ensure organizational success.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 522 - Financial Management
This course develops the advanced theoretical constructs of corporate financial decision making. Students are involved with the fundamental decisions and compromises of financial managers as they face the issues related to capital management. The course presumes that students have a thorough understanding of the concept of the time value of money and have been introduced to the basic techniques of the financial systems and corporate financial management.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 523 - Managing Operations
An organization's operating system converts input , materials, people, knowledge, machines, buildings, technology, cash and other resources into products and services in a scientific, socially responsible and ethical manner. This course will focus on five basic areas: operations strategy and the four dimensions on which businesses compete cost, quality, timeliness and flexibility. Emphasis will be placed on concepts and methodologies applicable to manufacturing and service.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 530 - The Global Economy
The overall goal of this course is to provide students with a disciplined perspective on important international issues and trends that are of particular relevance to the business community. The course is divided into four modules: critical economic concepts; the institutional structure of international trade; the institutional structure of international finance; and industry/country issue case studies in globalization.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 535 - Advanced Financial Prob
Fundamental techniques of financial analysis; examination of the application of these techniques to reporting, planning, controlling and evaluating business activity.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 536 - Taxes as a Basis for Mgr Dec
This course is concerned with business decisions in areas where taxation plays an important role. It deals with the tax background that management must have in order to make its day-to-day decisons, and describes those phases of taxation which are general elective responsibilities.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 537 - Public Affairs Mgmt
This course focuses on understanding the organization's public affairs dimension and the role played by the public affairs manager by enabling students to identify and evaluate key external and internal organizational forces (stakeholders) and environments impacting the organization. Students should become familiar with, and be able to apply, public affairs management tools and skills for dealing with those forces and environments. Public affairs management skills include stakeholder analysis, public issue and crisis management, social responsibility and corporate citizenship evaluation, regulatory and public policy strategies, environmental responsibility and the impact of technology.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 538 - Stgy Form & Implmtation
This course teaches students about the process of planning and implementing business strategies. Students will be challenged to apply their understanding of the business disciplines studied in MBA Foundation and MBA Core courses in order to develop a future direction for an organization. The fundamentals of formulating business strategies will be stressed.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 539 - Equity Portfolio Mgmt
Equity Portfolio Management builds on modern portfolio theory to develop a framework for active portfolio management. Within the context of portfolio optimization, the course provides a general framework for designing, evaluating and implementing a variety of active strategies for selecting common stock portfolios. The essence of active management lies in forecasting abnormal returns and, to this end, the course reviews a number of empirical regularities in stock returns. Using software and data available through the Investments Center, students apply these concepts in the development and evaluation of their own portfolio strategies.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 540 - Derivative Securities
Derivatives are financial instruments whose returns depend on the performance of some other underlying assets. They are used extensively to manage financial risk. This course will study the building blocks of derivatives; futures, forwards and options, and examine their use in a number of applications including hedging, portfolio management and raising capital. The course will also study the securitization process and its role in creating derivative securities. Finally the course will examine organizational issues that are critical to avoiding derivative losses.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 541 - IT Infrastructure
This course exposes students to the various technical elements and managerial issues of the IT infrastructure. The infrastructure includes computer hardware, application software, networking and telecommunications, data management, and physical facilities. Specific technologies covered include Internet applications and protocols, cloud computing, local area network configuration, and web programming. Managerial issues include understanding strategic technology requirements within the context of an organization's business plans, anticipating and managing capacity requirements and growth, and applying appropriate, cost-effective technologies to business problems.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 543 - Enterprise Models
This course provides an overview of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, focusing on the strategic use of these systems to help businesses achieve organizational goals. ERP software is an implementation of best-in-class business processes. It simulates real-world business functions, provides seamless integrated information for business operations and decision-making, and supports the enterprise in linking, utilizing, allocating and controlling its resources on a real-time basis. Students learn how an ERP enhances enterprise performance by streamlining enterprise processes, optimizing its resources, and allowing it to make quick, accurate, and consistent decisions. Through experiential learning, students also learn how to customize an ERP system to ensure that system configurations meet best practices.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 544 - Systems Analysis
This course focuses on systems development life cycle (SDLC) methodologies, techniques, and tools. SDLC methodologies vary, but essentially they include project selection and planning, analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance of IS-based solutions to organizational problems. Interpersonal skill development with clients, users, team members, and others associated with development, operation, and maintenance of systems is emphasized. Both process-oriented and object-oriented modeling techniques are practiced. Specifically, Data-Flow Diagrams (DFD) and Unified Modeling Language (UML) models are used to describe requirements, including the needs of the users, the data elements, and processing logic.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 545 - Database Mngmt and Controls
For many if not most modern organizations, data is their most important asset. With a focus on corporate-level database management systems (DBMSs), this course provides students with the knowledge and skill set needed to create and sustain data resources. Topics covered include the components of a DBMS, and the factors to consider when choosing a particular DBMS implementation. Topics also include the design and development of relational databases, focusing on concepts, principles, issues, and techniques for managing data resources. Students become familiar with the entity-relationship modeling technique for conceptual design and formulation of a database, as well as the business need for normalization and de-normalization of data. Structured Query Language (SQL) is introduced in order to demonstrate how data can queried and manipulated within a database.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 559 - Employment Law
This course will examine the legal dimensions of the employment relationship in a non-union setting. As such, students will become familiar with the employment-at-will doctrine and will understand the exceptions to that doctrine. Several federal laws will also be examined including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the American with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, COBRA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, OSHA, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The course will also cover also issues including privacy in the workplace, employment testing, performance appraisals, and affirmative action.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 560 - Fundamentals of Real Estate
This is the first course in the graduate real estate curriculum and involves study of the problems in financial residential, commercial and industrial real estate. Methods of financing covered include use of individual and business equity; loans secured by mortgages; land contracts; sale-and-leaseback arrangements; cooperatives, syndicates, and real estate servicing; foreclosing loans and mortgage arrangements by principals, agents and mortgage bankers.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 600 - Global Marketing Mgmt
This course, fully incorporating the global point of view in international marketing, provides a conceptual framework for a managerial approach to the field. Emphasis is placed on the view that international marketing effectiveness requires a strategic understanding. The integration of all relevant trends, facts and markets into an overall framework that allows managers to consider many different markets simultaneously rather than on a country-by-country basis is presented. Numerous examples of international marketing situations faced by actual U.S. and foreign organizations are examined. Issues are tackled from the manager's point of view and concepts are included that help students address specific international marketing questions.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 602 - Business to Business Marketing
The focus of this course is on problems dealing with industrial marketing. These include strategic planning, industrial buyer behavior, market selection, vendor-customer relations and the application of the marketing mix to the industrial environment. Case studies and application of marketing concepts are used as managerial tools of analysis and problem solving.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 605 - Sales Management
This course provides a framework for the integration of sales and marketing management while focusing on the goals of the overall marketing organization. Emphasis will be placed on establishing long-run relationships with customers based on ethical considerations, personal selling, customer service and overall sales force management. Attention will be given to both industrial and consumer sales while focusing on sales management practices.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 609 - Future Options/Commodities
This course develops an understanding of the futures and options markets. The use of these markets for arbitrage and risk reduction in portfolio management is discussed. Basic models for option pricing are covered. Pricing of future contracts is covered in considerable detail. Students will comprehend the effects of hedging and speculative activity on the efficiency of the markets.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 611 - Managing Quality
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the philosophy, tools and framework involved in implementing a quality management system. Student will be exposed to the evolution of the quality management movement, related quality and performance measurement systems, the teaching of W. Edwards Deming, the concept of Six Sigma, as well as other organizational change strategies related to quality. The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and various regional and state quality recognition criteria will be emphasized, studied and discussed. Case studies of organizations that have successfully implemented the techniques will be an integral part of the classroom discussion. Students will be introduced to the American Society for Quality and its mission and roles in leading and promoting quality management. Class projects will be used to emphasize the Malcolm Baldridge National Award for Performance in excellence.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 612 - Org Ethics & Gov Intervention
This course provides students with an in-depth look at the formal and informal initiatives, processes and structures developed by business organizations and professional associations to address common ethical problems at work. The applied focus of this course will prepare students for a career in the ethics field or enable them to participate in their organization's efforts to promote ethics at work. In addition, the role of government (primarily in the U.S.) to promote ethical business conduct will be discussed.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 613 - Health Care Delivery
Through lectures, discussions and readings the course will expose the student to an understanding of health care delivery as a system composed of diverse policies, agencies, institutions and professions. The course will focus upon developing intervention strategies for various problems in health care delivery such as rational allocation in planning of services, coordination of services, cost containment, and ethical dilemmas inherent to the growth of medical technology in managing inter-professional conflict.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 614 - Global Ethics
This course identifies and discusses differences and similarities in ethical values and principles found in the practice of organizations conducting business around the world.  In particular, comparisons of culture and religion, and their impact upon business operations, will be explored.  Strategic opportunities emanating from cultural and/or religious differences will be developed to guide organizations conducting business in the global marketplace.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 615 - Case Studies in Gl Bus Ethics
Relying on common ethical decision-making frameworks, this business ethics elective explores and resolves current global ethical dilemmas found in the various functional business areas of accounting, finance, economics, information systems, legal compliance, management, marketing, supply chain management and sustainability. This is a case-based course where students wrestle with real-world business cases found in business ethics casebooks, on the Internet, in business periodicals, and possibly from their own work experience. Pre-requisite: GRBU 508 (or its equivalent)
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 616 - Leadership
This course focuses on culture, vision, strategy and implementation, all as derived from leaders. The emphasis is on top managers of modern organizations.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 618 - Management Consulting
This course will require students to learn and apply the course content to a variety of complex management consulting issues confronting businesses today. We will pay particular attention to consulting business models/concepts, problem solving methods, and intermingled relationships. You will also be expected to develop basic management consulting skills such as framing consulting issues, collecting and analyzing data, and creating then communicating proposed solutions. As you work on the consulting situations presented, the emphasis for development will be on your problem solving and analytical approach and quality of recommended solutions. All of this will greatly assist you as you begin to move toward your prospective careers.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 619 - Strategic Marketing Prob
This is the final course in the graduate marketing concentration. It is a review and integration of all marketing concepts, tools and techniques. This course enables students to apply their acquired marketing knowledge and skills to real world problems and situations. Utilizing the case study method, students analyze business problems from a managerial perspective and suggest practical marketing strategies.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 620 - Security Analysis
Basic concepts of investment policy, analytic techniques, valuation theory and financial markets are examined and models developed for determining the worth of a security.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 623 - Risk Management
The course is designed to introduce the student to the critical fundamentals and principles of risk management. The course has been designed to introduce the student to the changing paradigm of risk management and how critical it has become to position an organization for success as well as navigate through troubled times. The course will concentrate on the different types of risks an organization faces, how these risks are identified, assessed and managed as well as how they interlink from an internal and external perspective. The course will highlight an integrated methodology to approach risk management, emphasize the importance of risk management as a competitive strength and provide the student with a fundamental understanding about the strategic, value-adding and risk-based business decision-making process.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 624 - Marketing Research
This course will focus on helping students identify a marketing problem, develop a research plan including some basic methods to get information from customers, and master research methods. The degree of learning will range from less detailed problem assessment in the marketing mix and project management to more detailed statistical methods. Concepts and their connection to marketing decisions are emphasized. This course is recommended as an elective for students who are concentrating in marketing and need preparation for marketing research.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 625 - Consumer Behavior
A study of the motivation and behavior of the individual consumer, the industrial purchaser, the government and institutional buyer; problems and ramifications of entering and operating successfully in the international market; relation and effect of marketing activities to the successful operation of the firm. Also, consideration of such aspects of the marketing function as pricing, product planning and promotion, market research and analysis.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 626 - Training & Development
Increasing employees' capability to perform more efficiently, effectively and with greater productivity can often differentiate one company from another. The Employee Training and Development course teaches students about the process of improving individual performance in organizations. Students will adopt the perspective of a Training and Development Department that is responsible for the optimum contribution of all employees. Students will be challenged to apply their understanding of competency-based development strategies. Students can expect to learn the fundamentals of how to: conduct job analysis; assess trainees; develop competency-based training and evaluate training effectiveness.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 628 - Org Assessment
Identifying best practices and then surpassing them is the challenge of all business leaders who strive for competitive excellence. Excellent performances almost always require the ability to measure and compare results. This course teaches students about the best practices in performance measurement currently being used in American business. Students will adopt a benchmarking inquiry perspective. Students will be challenged to apply effective research techniques and critically analyze performance measurement systems collected. Students will be expected to work effectively in research teams to perform data collection and analysis. Students can expect to learn about the best practices in the following performance measurement areas: organization results, employee performance, vendor performance and customer feedback.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 630 - Leading Change in Org
This course presents a theoretical and applied treatment of a pervasive and challenging task in the new global economy - continuously and successfully dealing with change. Students will learn the theories, concepts, and applications that will allow them to successfully initiate, analyze, and implement various types of organizational changes.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 637 - Study Abroad
Students who plan to take advantage of study abroad opportunities for a summer, semester, or academic year will register for the appropriate number of credits. All students who register for Study Abroad must receive advance approval from the Graduate School of Business for the number of credits that may be applied to their degree requirements.
1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 641 - IS Security & Risk Management
This course examines the important area of information security and risk management. Essentially, students will explore the tools and methods used to assess a company’s vulnerability to a variety of ‘bad outcomes’ – data theft, data corruption, interruption of service, and so on – as well as the methods used to avoid those bad outcomes. In so doing, students will examine security from a variety of perspectives, including managerial (e.g., formation and enforcement of security policies, related IS governance issues, and personnel training) and technical (e.g., security hardware and software solutions, as well as the development and implementation of controls in applications, networks and operating systems). The technical perspective also includes hands-on use of the tools and techniques employed by hackers to gain access to information systems and confidential data.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 642 - Business Intelligence
The business climate is constantly changing and becoming more complex. To remain competitive, organizations must make decisions based on relevant and timely information. Business intelligence (BI) is a set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information. Simply put, the objective of BI is to support better business decision-making by exploiting relevant and timely information. In this course, students will gain hands-on experience using important BI tools and technologies that underlie contemporary data-driven decision making. Such technologies include data, text and web mining, data warehouses, and business analytics for business performance management.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 643 - Current Topics in IS Mgmt
This course explores current trends in IS management and technologies, focusing on issues of most concern to executives in information management. The primary elements of the course are 1) the opportunity to interact with executives in information systems management, and 2) individual exploration of current IS topics of interest. Given the nature of the class and the need for efficiency during the six-week time-frame, the class will feature a ‘blended’ approach involving a combination of face-to-face and on-line components: Face-to-face: Over the six-week session, students will meet once per week for approximately two hours (6-8PM), during which they will 1) interact with executives in various areas of information systems managements, and 2) give presentations on individual research topics to be determined on the first day of class. Presentations will likely include a formal discussion of a main topic of interest, as well as a less-formal ‘briefing’ on a secondary topic. On-line: In the on-line setting, students will participate in discussions pertaining to their assigned research topic, as well as to other topics that will be assigned. ‘Briefings’ are likely to be a part of the on-line component as well. An objective of the course is to compile a ‘knowledge base’ of current IS topics that will be available to all students at the end. Grading: Grading will be based on the student’s main research project and presentation, secondary topic briefings, and class participation (both face-to-face and on-line).
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 644 - Software Quality Management
While software quality begins when requirements are gathered from a system's users, the importance of software quality management continues throughout the software development cycle. This class concentrates on software quality as it relates to appropriate requirements gathering, graphical and database program development that matches the requirements, development of data test beds, and procedures for insuring overall software quality. In this class, students learn the Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QA) model as it is applied to software development, automated testing development, development constraints and tradeoffs, as they relate to software quality, application development, IEEE standards for software quality assurance. Students also compare and contrast software quality assurance (SQA) and software verification & validation (SVV) methods when ensuring software quality.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 645 - Info Syst Policy and Strategy
Within the context of the current business and regulatory environment, this course presents a high-level business perspective on the management and strategic use of information systems across the enterprise. Students will understand the need to acquire, develop, and implement systems that support the operational, tactical, and strategic needs of the organization. Strategic IS planning, internal IS management, and IS governance are studied focusing on the integrative nature of these functions. Students will gain an understanding of the IS strategic planning process and its relationship with organizational strategic planning. Internal IS management is addressed from an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Management perspective.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 646 - Info Systems Audit and Control
Effective management and monitoring of the information systems control environment is critical to the achievement of business goals. As such, this course provides students with essential knowledge of the concepts and practices of information systems audit and control. This includes an understanding of the fundamentals of auditing, planning and implementation of information systems audits, and the corresponding ability to work in partnership with financial auditors in an assurance engagement. It also includes a detailed understanding of and ability to audit the IT control environment - from operating systems and networks, to application systems and operating procedures. Students also will gain hands-on experience with computer-assisted audit tools and techniques, and will use those tools to conduct tests of system-related processes and data - including fraud investigations.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 647 - Networking & Telecomm Mgmt
This course is a composite course covering two distinct but related areas: networking and telecommunications. Networking generally refers to shared computer programs, data and resources (such as printers, disk space, etc.) and telecommunications generally refers to voice and data communications. They are different in their context and objectives, yet similar in their use of technology and are becoming more closely linked and integrated because of that technology. Thus, the course provides an introduction to these two merging fields.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 648 - Project and Change Management
This course provides an in depth exploration into the tools and techniques of project management for both business and technology projects. The presentation of the course concepts adheres to the Project Management Body of Knowledge® (PMBOK®) description of best practices, and covers the project management life cycle with its processes of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Students are also exposed to the challenges of large-scale program and portfolio management. The course emphasizes the importance of systems, ethics, and organizational cultures in the successful management of projects.Students will gain an awareness of resource conflicts, the impact of changes in requirements, and their impact on schedule, business and cost objectives. Students will learn the importance of a work breakdown structure, and the use of networks in planning, scheduling and controlling projects. The course demonstrates the importance of strategy and prioritizing projects for effective resource allocation, and to achieve earned value for the organization.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 649 - Research Problems
Special and individual study culminating in the submission of a research paper. Subjects are determined in consultation with the instructor. Students should consult the graduate business advisor regarding procedure before registering for this course. No more than three credits in Research Problems will be accepted during any one degree program.
1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 650 - Prac Business Consult
An interactive class in which student teams of two or three provide extensive management counseling to a Pittsburgh area small business owner.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 654 - Data Warehousing
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the technical and managerial issues of data warehousing and data mining. Students will design, construct and implement data warehouses, using established methods and software tools. Students also will explore the use of data mining tools and techniques in the solution of business problems, both within and outside of corporate data warehouses. Data warehouse security, business justifications, and the impact of data mining on individual privacy also are addressed.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 659 - Strat Human Resources
This is an advanced-level course in Human Resources. The focus is on how the organization's Human Resource function can become a strategic partner working with senior management to change the organization. The course is designed to answer the question, "How can the Human Resource Department refine its systems and policies to better help the organization achieve its strategic objectives of being a quality-oriented, customer- driven, innovative, employee-empowered, and successful organization?" The innovative format of the course will feature business executives from well-managed organizations contributing to each class session.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 660 - Product Development/Innovation
The focus of this course is to build a foundation for students to pursue being a marketing manager who knows how to cope with the marketing complexities of new product development (NPD) and product life cycle management. This foundation will stress accomplishment in utilizing computer- based marketing decision support, case study applications on growing markets and developing teamwork skills.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 661 - Seminar
This course will consider special contemporary topics in Finance. The focus of the course will depend on the topics to be covered each time the course is offered. Students should check with the Graduate School of Business Office prior to registration for a summary of course content.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Seminar

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GRBU 662 - Supply Mgmt-Purchasing
This course is an introduction to the principles of effective purchasing and materials management. The course provides an understanding of the important role of the purchasing function in supply chain management, including an overview of the concept of the supply chain. The course's scope ranges from understanding how effective purchasing management contributes to an organization's successful performance and the relationship between corporate strategy and purchasing strategy, to the specifics of sound purchasing practice associated with that performance. The issue of electronic procurement is also explored. The principles discussed are applicable to the purchasing operations of all organizations.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 663 - Entrepreneurship
This course deals with the overall management of the small business enterprise. Coverage includes entering the small business arena, organizing and financing a business, operation of the small firm, growth planning, and problems associated with the small business size. Specific emphasis will be placed on development of the formal business plan.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 665 - Marketing of Technology
This course provides a framework for the marketing of high technology products while focusing on the strategic goals of the organization. Emphasis will be placed on establishing target markets through competitive intelligence and by evaluating current product portfolios, technology platforms, and distribution networks. Attention will be given to new product development, portfolio management, market driven strategy and sales strategy in the industrial, consumer and service sectors.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 667 - Physical Distribution Mgmt
This course explores the traditional functional areas of transportation, warehousing, material handling and packaging, distribution planning, finished goods inventory, order processing and customer service. The responsibilities, processes, and technologies supporting each functional area will be analyzed and the criticality of integrating these functions into the supply chain will be discussed. The frame- work for analyzing these topics will stress the need to develop the integrated view of the supply chain system and to utilize performance measures for evaluating and improving supply chain system performance.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 669 - Strategic Supply Chain Mgmt
The focus of this course will be on the impact of effective supply chain management on the organization's productivity and competitiveness. Students will explore the links between overall business strategy and supply chain strategy, and will develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of supply chain excellence. Field research, combined with Duquesne supply chain management software, will provide students with experience in supply chain management development and integration.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 672 - Electronic Marketing
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad managerial overview of the realities of electronic business and the potential for electronic marketing in the digital economy. The course will cover electronic business models and strategies, the critical success factors behind electronic business, merging traditional and electronic marketing strategies, and the requirements for building an electronic marketing plan.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 673 - Forecasting,Prod/Inv Pln
Forecasting, production planning and inventory planning are central to the success of any firm and have proven to be a major factor in effective supply chain integration. These topics are often thought of as "nuts-and-bolts" operations management issues which have gained visibility for their value to the supply chain process. This course will focus on the strategy behind integrating the critical processes, by developing a working knowledge of the techniques currently used to manage Forecasting, Production Planning and Inventory Planning, and applying that knowledge through, case analysis. Decision support technology for the planning process will be introduced to provide insight into current challenges, opportunities and trends in the management of these disciplines.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 674 - Exec Insights-Global Issues
This course draws on the collective experience and wisdom of expert guest lecturers and distinguished business leaders to provide students with a top-level perspective of important contemporary business issues. These include the impact of terrorism, religion, poverty and other factors that create challenges and opportunities in today's global business environment.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 690 - Special Topics
This course will be offered as needed to address important contemporary issues in business. Specific course content will be provided to students prior to the registration period for the semester in which the course is offered.
1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 691 - Special Topics

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 694 - Special Topics

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 695 - Grad Business Internship
This internship provides the student with a professional work experience in an organizational environment. It is an extension of the curriculum and provides meaningful experience related to the student's area of concentration. The internship responsibilities must be approved in advance by a faculty sponsor. The student is supervised within the work setting and also by a faculty member from the Gradute School of Business Administration.
1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Internship

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GRBU 696 - Grad Business Internship

0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Internship

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GRBU 698 - Thesis-Business & Admin
Writing of the thesis and oral presentation of the results of the research investigation before a faculty board.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 699 - Thesis-Business & Admin
Writing of the thesis and oral presentation of the results of the research investigation before a faculty board.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 801 - Fraud Examination
This course highlights a number of important controls that prevent fraud and abuse, explores the most common asset theft fraud schemes and teaches the detective skills needed to determine if inappropriate events have taken place. Additionally, the course defines computer fraud and exposes students to techniques for preventing its occurrence.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 802 - Advanced Forensic Acctg
This course focuses on detailed financial analysis of various corporate reports to determine if unusual trends appear. Advanced computer tools such as SQL and ACL will be used to extract data and track trends. Bank fraud, money laundering and bankruptcy proceeding will be explained
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 803 - Securities Reg & Corp Law
This course is designed to deal primarily with the Securities Act of 1933, a statute regulating the marketing of securities. Generally stated, the material to be treated encompasses questions of applicability of provision of the act, both with respect to the kind of commodity falling within the definition of "security", the private offering and the type of security seller who may be compelled to make disclosure in registration form. Additionally, the registration statement is analyzed in light of the legislation's requirements of an affirmative disclosure posture and the integrated reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 804 - SEC Reporting
This course exposes students to the various periodic financial reporting requirements for publicly held companies as well as financial statement requirements for companies in the process of going public. Through actual SEC filings and case studies the course illustrates a wide range of SEC reporting requirements. Current SEC developments will also be discussed.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 808 - Practicum in Forensic Acctg
The best way to gain experience in Forensic Accounting is to experience actual investigation. Local FBI and police departments engaging such work and many companies employ internal audit departments to review potential fraud cases prior to turning the investigation over to the authorities. Students are responsible for identifying the organizations with which they would participate and are required to maintain strict confidentiality.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Practicum

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GRBU 811 - Advanced Financial Reporting
Advanced Financial Reporting is a continuation of the two course undergraduate Intermediate Accounting sequence. In this course, students examine major theoretical concepts for some of the more sophisticated topics underlying external financial reporting including income taxes, leases, pensions and postretirement benefits (other than pensions) and derivatives. In addition, students will utilize the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Codification to research guidance on the proper reporting of transactions and events in conformance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Course Prerequisites: Intermediate Accounting I and II (or equivalent coursework).
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 812 - Non-Profit and Government Acct
This is a graduate level accounting course designed to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the accounting and reporting for state and local governments in accordance with pronouncements issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Additionally, the course will also cover the unique accounting and financial reporting needs of governmental and non-governmental non-profit organizations.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 813 - Advanced Cost Accounting
This course is intended to extend the student’s knowledge of traditional accounting techniques for product costing beyond that acquired in an introductory Cost Accounting course. A number of additional, more contemporary approaches to the cost accounting function are also explored. Course Prerequisites: Cost Accounting
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 814 - Accounting Ethics
Ethical judgment is a foundation of the accounting profession. Those core values included objectivity, independence, integrity and professionalism. This course will serve as a general introduction to professional ethics in the accounting and business environments. We will discuss the fundamental ethical issues of business and society, the roles and responsibilities of the accounting and auditing profession, ethical behavior by management, and legal and professional guidelines that address the conduct will be considered within this course. This course is intended to provide the foundations upon which accountants employ ethical reasoning in their professional judgments. The course will further investigate the effectiveness of professional codes of ethics like those ascribed to by self-regulatory organizations (e.g. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York Stock Exchange, and the Financial Accounting Standards Board) and regulatory agencies like Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, the course will consider psychological, sociological, political and economic implications of ethical judgments within the context of accounting and business decisions. Several management and economic theories from agency/contracting theory and stakeholder analysis will be incorporated to evaluate the role of ethics in the business environment.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 815 - Intnl Financial Rept Standards
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have made the convergence of their separate standards a major priority. This course will examine the key differences between IFRS and U.S. GAAP. Beginning with an overview of the conceptual frameworks, students will learn how the ISAB and FASB set their respective standards. This will be followed by an exploration of the substantive differences in the standards themselves as well as the ethical implications associated with each of the reporting systems.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Pharmacy, Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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GRBU 890 - Sptp:Ind Study-Macc

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Independent Study

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GRBU 891 - Special Topics
This course is an introduction to the basic institutions and concepts of the American legal system. Attention is focused upon courts, their law-making capacity and their relationship to other branches of government, particularly the legislature. Procedural concepts such as jurisdiction and joinder are considered as well as basic constitutional standards such as due process and equal protection. The course also examines the role of equity in our legal order.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Pittsburgh Council on HE
Schedule Types: Lecture

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