The Notre Dame MBA

Two-Year Core Courses (required)

Two-Year MBA Program Overview (2012-13) 

ACCOUNTING

ACCT 60100 Financial Accounting I

2 credit hours

This course addresses the accounting process used to measure and report economic events to outside stakeholders. The course focuses on fundamental concepts, required financial statements, and key relationships. The course emphasizes the role of accounting in contracts and in decision-making by investors, creditors, and regulators.

ACCT 60120 Financial Accounting II

2 credit hours

This course continues the study of financial accounting.  It discusses additional issues related to revenue recognition, inventory, long-lived assets, investments, and debt.  The course emphasizes the role of accounting in contracts and in decision-making by investors, creditors, and regulators.

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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 60400 Finance I

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.

FIN 70600 Finance II

2 credit hours

This course covers topics that the Finance Department faculty believes are important for all MBAs to understand. These topics include theory, empirical results, and institutional aspects of finance. Because this is a core course taken by almost all two-year MBAs, the intention is to focus on principles and fundamentals rather than details. The course covers some of the most important and powerful ideas in finance.  For example, it covers three sets of ideas that each earned the Nobel Prize in economics for their authors. By understanding these principles and how to apply them, you will be more effective business professionals no matter what your area of specialization.

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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

2 credit hours

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 60700 Process Analytics

2 credit hours

Business and government leaders are increasingly recognizing the importance of involving the whole organization in making strategic decisions in order to compete globally. Because an organization usually commits the bulk of its human and financial assets to operations, operations is an important function in meeting global competition. Successful firms have demonstrated that operations can be an effective competitive weapon and, in conjunction with well-conceived marketing and financial plans, these firms have made major penetrations into markets worldwide. This course is designed to address key operations and logistical issues in manufacturing as well as service organizations. Students will understand the role of operations managers in the overall business strategy of the firm and be able to identify and evaluate the key factors in the design of effective operating systems for the production of products or services. The course also covers a range of tools appropriate for the analysis of operating systems and offers an opportunity to discuss and compare various approaches to operations management in an international context.

This course introduces a framework to understand the way materials and information flow within and between businesses. This course also introduces tools and concepts that can be used to make the flow of information and materials more efficient and effective. Firms today compete on multiple dimensions – they must align their processes to whatever competitive choices they make. Managers must be familiar with the many issues and concepts within this area as all functional areas follow processes of some sort and the best companies will continually improve these processes efficiencies or effectiveness in order to win (and retain) customers. Because the course deals with the management of "processes," it applies to both for-profit and non-profit organizations, to both service and manufacturing organizations, and to virtually any functional area or industry. The aim of this course is to (1) familiarize students with the problems and issues within processes, and (2) provide students with language, concepts, insights and tools to solve these issues in order to gain competitive advantage through more efficient and effective processes.

MGT 60900 Strategic Decision Making

2 credit hours

The scope and role of strategic management encompasses a general management perspective that involves internal and external analysis, complex decision-making, and implementation of these decisions. The course has four goals: (1) to develop an awareness of the strategic decisions that organizations must make and the factors on which they depend; (2) to provide a conceptual framework for identifying, evaluating, and formulating strategies; (3) to integrate material learned in the basic functional courses; (4) to convey an understanding of the formal and informal processes involved in formulating and implementing strategies. A strategy consultation project, a key component of the course, provides an opportunity for students to work with local businesses and apply tools and skills developed in this course as well as other core courses.

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MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION

MBCM Management Communication

2 credit hours

A Fanning Center faculty member will place you in a management communication course based on an assessment, during the Spring of your first year. You may select any of the following communication courses during the fall of your second year.

  • Conflict Management
  • Corporate Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Management Speaking
  • Management Writing
  • Persuasion
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MARKETING

MARK 60100 Marketing Management

2 credit hours

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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