The Notre Dame MBA

One-Year Core Courses (Required)

One-Year MBA Program Overview (2012-13) 

accounting

ACCT 60000 Financial Accounting

2 credit hours

All business majors and decision-makers both within an enterprise and external to the enterprise need to have a basic understanding of accounting information. This course deals with the accounting process used to measure and report economic events. It assumes that students have covered the basic material in the MBA accounting workshop. It begins with an overview of how financial statements are constructed and later the emphasis shifts to interpreting and analyzing the financial statements. The course focuses on alternative ways of reporting economic activity and on the different uses that investors, managers, and regulatory agencies may have for financial statement data. The primary focus of the course is a survey of several financial accounting topics. However, it also introduces basic managerial accounting concepts, including cost behavior, break-even analysis, and inventory costing.

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FINANCE

FIN 60210 Managerial Economy

2 credit hours

This course provides a coordination of economic theory and managerial practice. Topics covered include: consumer demand, production functions, cost behavior, output determination, and pricing within various market structures.

FIN 60220 U.S. and Global Economy

2 credit hours

A critical foundation for managing business is an understanding of the global macroeconomic environment in which managers make business decisions. Understanding the linkages between prices, sales, output, interest rates and exchange rates is a necessity in a rapidly changing international economic and financial environment, and the focus of this course.

FIN 60500 Finance

2 credit hours

Creating shareholder value should be the primary focus of the finance function within any organization. Identifying the key value drivers that create shareholder wealth is a critical step in defining and implementing corporate strategy. Additional topics such as financial planning, capital budgeting and capital structure are discussed within a value creation framework.

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MANAGEMENT

MGT 60100 Intro to Business Analytics

2 credit hours

The aim of this course if to start a process of development through which students are better able to handle decisions problems in the area of business. Topics include probability distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, quality control and regression analysis. Applications of statistical techniques to issues in marketing, investment analysis and manufacturing are discussed. Cases involving application in these areas will be analyzed using statistical software.

MGT 60200 Problem Solving

2 credit hours

This course will introduce students to opportunities to integrate the lessons learned from accounting, finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and organizational behavior in order to solve business problems. Frameworks to assist in framing threats/opportunities, problem diagnosis, solution development, and recommendation implementation will also be discussed.

Students will practice using these integrative frameworks to facilitate problem-solving in at least 7 business cases from identification of problem, to recommendation, to implementation plan. Each of the cases chosen emphasizes different aspects of problem solving and integration including: microeconomics, game theory, finance, market estimation and competitor assessment, customer segmentation and economics, product pricing, positioning and branding, and operations.

MGT 60300 Leadership and Organizational Behavior

1 credit hour

It is difficult to picture an upper-level manager who has not mastered the skills of managing people. Executives must be efficient leaders, motivators and team managers. Furthermore, research suggests that these "soft" skills are critical determinants of promotions to the upper echelon of managerial positions. Organizational behavior is about developing these skills. Through lecture, case analysis and class discussion, we develop a deep appreciation for the things that distinguish effective from ineffective managers. Special attention will be paid to the topics of selection, motivation, leadership and managing teams. The overall objective of the course is to apply theories of human behavior to solve day-to-day problems of organizational administration, help students become more aware of their own managerial styles and ultimately become more effective managers.

MGT 60910 Strategic Essentials

1 credit hour

This course reviews the essential principles and models of strategic planning and corporate strategy. The course builds a common theoretical understanding of strategic thinking, organizational positioning and implementation that will provide a foundation for the MBA program of study. An experiential pedagogy is used so that those enrolled in the course have both knowledge of the principles and the ability to apply the tools and models within a variety of contexts.

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MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION

MBCM 60440 Management Communication

2 credit hours

Management Communication is a hybrid discipline that seeks to broaden your perspectives of the managerial profession while deepening your understanding of communication and its central role in the day-to-day lives of business managers. Often, the most useful and interesting approach to these goals is through a case study. These are simply descriptions of circumstances facing a manager and often present business students with choices, limitations, and ambiguity. Case studies are not usually written to demonstrate an effective or ineffective handling of an administrative situation, but rather for the purpose of stimulating classroom discussion.

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MARKETING

MARK 60100 Marketing Management

2 credit hour

This course is designed to provide students with a systematic approach for making marketing decisions and to give students practice in the analysis, design, implementation, and control of marketing strategies. It is an operationally oriented course in which the application of marketing concepts, principles, strategies and methods is emphasized.

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MBA ETHICS

MBET 60340 Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct

2 credit hours

The course objective is to explore the ethical dimensions in the study and practice of business. Students will study and apply the major normative ethical theories to business situations. This course will help students to understand the relevance of stakeholders to business decisions and improve the skills of moral reasoning and ethical decision-making. Another objective is to analyze and discuss case situations presenting ethical dilemmas. Throughout these exercises, analytical and communication (oral and written) skills will be sharpened. This course is intended to encourage ethical behavior and professionalism in all activities.

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MBA GENERAL ELECTIVES

MBGR 60700 Spreadsheets for Business & Finance

1 credit hour

This class is hands-on, focusing on the following:

  • Using Excel to solve business and finance problems.
  • Organizing data for effective analysis and decision making.
  • Making data more interpretable and visible to others.

The following topics will be covered: Excel 2010 Interface, Excel 2010 Basics , Present Value (NPV), Loan Amortization, Break-Even Analysis, Required Rate of Return (RRR), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Sensitivity Analysis, Project Valuation (Forecasting Cash Flows), Beta (β) for Stocks, Graphs and Charts, Named Ranges, Logic Functions and Compound Logic, Lookup Functions , Conditional Formatting, Sorting and Filtering Data, Pivot Tables, Macros – Recording and Simple Editing, and Miscellaneous Tips and Tricks.

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FIN 70690 INVESTMENT PRINCIPLE

 This course is an introduction to investments and is intended to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills within the context of investments. The course covers portfolio theory, asset pricing, bonds, stocks, market efficiency, and basic derivatives. The course is meant to introduce one-year MBAs to investments and to prepare them for other second year investments courses such as Fixed Income, Equity Valuation, Trading and Markets, Options, Futures, and AIM.