Spring 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INBM 100-01 Fundamentals of Business
Instructor: C Helen Takacs
Course Description:
This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 201
INBM 100-02 Fundamentals of Business
Instructor: C Helen Takacs
Course Description:
This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 201
INBM 100-03 Fundamentals of Business
Instructor: David Sarcone
Course Description:
This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.
1500:MR   ALTHSE 201
INBM 110-01 Fundamentals of Accounting
Instructor: Joy Middaugh
Course Description:
This is a core course designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the "language of business" and its applications for decision-making purposes. The course is organized into three sections. In the first section students learn about the accounting cycle- essentially the analysis and recording of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The second section of the course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of financial statements. This section emphasizes the use of financial information by external stakeholders for decision making. The third section of the course concentrates on the fundamentals of management accounting. This section centers on the use of accounting information for operational performance evaluation as well as operational and capital decision making. By the end of the course, students will understand the basic principles and concepts of accounting, the business and economic activities that generate accounting information, how accounting information is used by internal and external stakeholders for economic decision making, and how accounting affects society and individuals. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 204
INBM 110-02 Fundamentals of Accounting
Instructor: Joy Middaugh
Course Description:
This is a core course designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the "language of business" and its applications for decision-making purposes. The course is organized into three sections. In the first section students learn about the accounting cycle- essentially the analysis and recording of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The second section of the course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of financial statements. This section emphasizes the use of financial information by external stakeholders for decision making. The third section of the course concentrates on the fundamentals of management accounting. This section centers on the use of accounting information for operational performance evaluation as well as operational and capital decision making. By the end of the course, students will understand the basic principles and concepts of accounting, the business and economic activities that generate accounting information, how accounting information is used by internal and external stakeholders for economic decision making, and how accounting affects society and individuals. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 204
INBM 200-01 Global Economy
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 200-01.
0930:MWF   ALTHSE 08
INBM 200-02 Global Economy
Instructor: Shamma Alam
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 200-02.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 08
INBM 220-01 Managerial Decision Making
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description:
Students must register for one of the two labs offered with this course - INBM 220-LA Friday 11:30-12:20pm or INBM 220-LB Friday 12:30-1:20pm.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 204
INBM 220-02 Managerial Decision Making
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description:
Students must register for one of the two labs offered with this course - INBM 220-LA Friday 11:30-12:20pm or INBM 220-LB Friday 12:30-1:20pm.
1500:MR   ALTHSE 204
INBM 220-LA Managerial Decision Making
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description:
Applies the principles and methods of economics to analyze problems faced by managers in a business or other type of organization. This course emphasizes how managers can (and should) use economic tools to further the objectives of the organization. Emphasis is on application of theory to actual business decisions. Many applications will require students to build economic models using spreadsheets, just as they will be required to do in a business setting. Prerequisite: ECON 111 and INBM 110. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1130:F   ALTHSE 204
INBM 220-LB Managerial Decision Making
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description:
Applies the principles and methods of economics to analyze problems faced by managers in a business or other type of organization. This course emphasizes how managers can (and should) use economic tools to further the objectives of the organization. Emphasis is on application of theory to actual business decisions. Many applications will require students to build economic models using spreadsheets, just as they will be required to do in a business setting. Prerequisite: ECON 111 and INBM 110. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1230:F   ALTHSE 204
INBM 230-01 International Organizational Behavior
Instructor: Dengjian Jin
Course Description:
This course looks at how human systems function within the structure of the organization and how individual and group behaviors affect collective organizational culture and organizational effectiveness. Students study individual, interpersonal, and group processes; the relationship between attitudes and behavior; ethical decision-making; and the management of organizational conflict and change. Approaches for developing leadership, managing conflict, communicating effectively, enhancing efficiency, and encouraging organizational adaption to changing environments are explored. Examples taken from domestic and international organizations are used throughout the course. Prerequisite: 100 or permission of the instructor. This course may fulfill Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement, depending upon topic.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 109
INBM 250-01 Finance
Instructor: Won Yong Kim
Course Description:
Knowledge of finance will allow students to adopt the perspective of financial officers in both for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations. This knowledge is needed to evaluate the health of an organization using key performance indicators and making ethical decisions that involve both short-run and long-run planning horizons. In the short run, this knowledge helps to effectively carry out business functions such as managing cash flow, borrowing money for short periods of time, and keeping control over inventory. In the long run, it helps to choose among competing investment projects and alternative, efficient methods of raising capital. Also, as individuals, knowledge of basic finance will help students to make better-informed decisions concerning their personal financial situations. Apart from covering the fundamentals of financial markets, instruments and institutions, this course will emphasize critical thinking based on quantitative reasoning and decision-making skills. This will include the use of elementary statistical and algebraic methods to investigate fundamental principles of theoretical finance such as the relationship between risk and reward and the pricing of capital assets. Apart from basic theory, knowledge of the hands-on aspects of financial modeling will be imparted via use of spreadsheet software packages such as Microsoft EXCEL; whereby students will be encouraged to create and analyze computational models to test and demonstrate some of the theoretical concepts taught. Prerequisites: ECON 111 and INBM 110.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 08
INBM 300-01 Business & Climate Change
Instructor: C Helen Takacs
Course Description:
Our climate has changed dramatically since manufacturing activity powered by coal increased rapidly during the industrial revolution. Where are we now? The IPCC report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability assesses the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. We will study these risks and opportunities in the context of business activity and strategy. Further, we will explore the innovative products and services that some companies are developing to simultaneously grow their business and mitigate climate change forces.
1330:W   ALTHSE 110
INBM 300-02 Applied Empirical Analysis of Middle School Obesity
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description:
Obesity and chronic diseases associated with obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Fully one-third of School-aged children in Pennsylvania are overweight or obese. PA Department of Health instituted the Active Schools Program during the 2009-10 school year with middle schools to require daily physical activity and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded a control school analysis of this program in the 2010-11 school year. This course will analyze the date obtained from this program. Pre- and post- activity and stature measures on 10,000 middle school students will be available for analysis as well as data sets that allow the analysis of spatial variation in obesity and academic performance. Students will learn how to use SPSS and Arc-GIS throughout the course of the semester. The class culminates in presenting your own findings in a poster presentation that is open to the public.
1230:W   ALTHSE 204
INBM 300-04 Topics in Corporate Finance
Instructor: Won Yong Kim
Course Description:
A topics course examining important issues in international management. Examples of course possibilities include issues in cross-cultural communication and ethics, issues in international marketing, issues in international dimensions of financial reporting, issues in government regulation of business, and issues in financial decision-making. Prerequisite dependent upon topic/topic area.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 08
INBM 300-05 Introduction to Cost Accounting
Instructor: Joy Middaugh
Course Description:
The primary objective(s) of cost accounting are to: (1) calculate the information necessary for GAAP inventory costing and (2) provide the information necessary for managerial decision-making. In the internal management accounting function, as opposed to the public accounting function, the managerial accountant is a very important and active player in the management team. The information necessary for decision-making must be gathered, analyzed, presented, and communicated in order to serve the varying decision-making needs of various managers. This course introduces accounting concepts for planning, control, motivation, internal reporting, and evaluation. Topics included are product cost determination procedures, analysis of cost behavior, budgeting, costs for decision making and control, and responsibility accounting. Emphasis will be on the internal decision makers uses of information generated by the accounting system.
1330:MR   STUART 1104
INBM 300-06 Business Law
Instructor: Ivo Otto
Course Description:
Business law (Transactions & Organizations) will provide the student with (1) an introduction to the nature of legal problems and the process of legal reasoning, (2) a basic knowledge of contract law and the legal principles governing business organizations, (3) exposure to the legal rules governing the organization of the business enterprises, as well as sales, secured transactions, and commercial paper and (4) an awareness of public policy issues relating to the law of business organizations and transactions.
1030:TR   STERN 103
INBM 300-07 Human Resources Management
Instructor: Steven Riccio
Course Description:
Sustained organizational success is directly related to the effective management of human resources. Leaders widely acknowledge the challenges associated with developing this competency, particularly from a global perspective. This course will examine human resource practices that organizations face regularly while attempting to remain competitive in the current global economy. These include strategic initiatives such as: Human Resource Planning Employment Law Workplace Diversity Employee / Career Development Performance Management Compensation and Benefits Organizational Health and Wellness Global Human Resources This course will be interactive providing students with real-life activities including case studies, assessments, and a variety of application exercises. It is important throughout the course to examine each topic from the perspective of a human resource professional and operational manager. Learning Outcomes After completing all of the required components of this course, students will be able to: 1. Identify the value of the human resource function within the organizational structure. 2. Recognize how a successful partnership between organizational management and human resources can yield an empowered, motivated workforce. 3. Give examples of harassment and discrimination in the workplace while appreciating the vital role supervisors must exercise within the organization. 4. Compare and contrast human resource management practices in the United States and other countries. 5. Outline techniques that support the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified, well-diverse workforce. 6. Design a compensation model that supports the strategic goals of an organization. 7. Determine appropriate methods to address employee relations issues from both a performance and legal perspective.
1630:MW   ALTHSE 207
INBM 400-01 Seminar in International Business Policy and Strategy
Instructor: Dengjian Jin
Course Description:
This capstone course focuses on the challenges associated with formulating strategy in multinational organizations. The course will examine multinational business decisions from the perspective of top managers who must develop strategies, deploy resources, and guide organizations that compete in a global environment. Major topics include foreign market entry strategies, motivation and challenges of internationalization, the analysis of international industries, building competitive advantage in global industries, and the role of the country manager. Case studies will be used to increase the student's understanding of the complexities of managing international business operations. Prerequisite: Completion of at least four of the five 200-level courses (200, 220, 230, 240, 250). This course will not fulfill distribution requirement.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 206
INBM 400-02 Seminar in International Business Policy and Strategy
Instructor: Dengjian Jin
Course Description:
This capstone course focuses on the challenges associated with formulating strategy in multinational organizations. The course will examine multinational business decisions from the perspective of top managers who must develop strategies, deploy resources, and guide organizations that compete in a global environment. Major topics include foreign market entry strategies, motivation and challenges of internationalization, the analysis of international industries, building competitive advantage in global industries, and the role of the country manager. Case studies will be used to increase the student's understanding of the complexities of managing international business operations. Prerequisite: Completion of at least four of the five 200-level courses (200, 220, 230, 240, 250). This course will not fulfill distribution requirement.
1500:MR   ALTHSE 206
INBM 500-01 Real Estate Investment Analysis
Instructor: David Sarcone
Course Description:
 
INBM 500-02 Risk Management on a Local Scale
Instructor: Won Yong Kim
Course Description:
 
INBM 500-03 Commercial Real Estate Analysis
Instructor: David Sarcone
Course Description:
 
INBM 550-01 Abnormal Returns of Initial Public Offers
Instructor: Stephen Erfle
Course Description: