Business Analysis (BUS)

BUS 101. Introduction to the BQ Model of Business Decision-Making and Execution. (2)

One of four courses that students will complete as part of the eight-credit hour FSB Integrated Core that provides a foundation for the BQ model of business decision-making and execution. The BQ model identifies the critical skills needed to secure in business - Critical thinking, Creative thinking, Communication and Collaboration - the external forces that shape the business environment, and work skills needed to succeed within a rapidly-changing business environment. Each course within the integrated core will focus on one of the four C skills. BUS 101 provides students with an overview of business and introduces them to the BQ model of business decision-making and execution. It will provide students with a specific focus on Collaboration skills.
Co-requisites: BUS 102, ESP 103, and BUS 104.

BUS 102. Foundations of Business Communication. (2)

As part of the Farmer School of Business;s first-year integrated coure curriculum, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of business rhetoric, laying the foundation for effective oral and written business communications.
Co-requisite: BUS 101, ESP 103, BUS 104.

BUS 104. Introduction to Computational Thinking for Business. (2)

As part of the Farmer School of Business first-year integrated core curriculum, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of computational thinking as an aid to data-driven business problem-solving. Topics include: computational thinking as problem solving, representing data through abstractions, and thinking in terms of algorithms (loops, conditions, reusable code, functions and events) to automate finding solutions. The course lays the foundations for students identifying, analyzing, and implementing solutions for data-driven business problems and the communication of results.
Co-requisite: BUS 101, 102, 103.

BUS 151. Exploring International Business. (1)

This course introduces topics of interest to first-year students exploring international business. Focus is on globalization, cultural differences, and essentials for working in an international business context.

BUS 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BUS 203. Business Writing Consulting. (1)

Students will learn principles and practices of writing center consulting for business communications. Students will review key genres of business communications, including memos, letters, executive summaries, reports, proposals, and visual presentation aids. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply to be paid writing center consultants in the Howe Writing Initiative in the Farmer School of Business. Admission by application only.
Prerequisite: BUS 102.

BUS 206. Exploration for Business Majors. (1)

This course will explore the diverse career paths available to students studying the field of business, from public and private corporate settings to nonprofit and government sectors. Students will explore personal and academic strengths, identify/confirm possible business majors and potential career paths, and develop their Philosophy of Work. In addition to developing career related documents and job search/interview skills, students will have the opportunity to engage and network with FSB employers and alumni.

BUS 241. China Business Seminar I. (2)

This course contains lectures, guest speakers who focus on the historical, geographical, cultural, economic, political, legal and religious environments and how these factors influence companies doing business in China. This course will provide students a basic understanding about the issues, challenges, and problems faced in China and also prepare students for the advanced course --- "BUS 341, China Business Seminar II.

BUS 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BUS 301. Macro Concepts in Contemporary Business. (3) (MPT)

An introduction to the macro nature of the business environment. It is designed for students without academic preparation in business and who have majors outside the School of Business. Topics include the business environment, the history of commerce, corporate governance, business and public policy. Business processes including finance, accounting, operations, and supply chain management are also identified and placed in context. One to three mandatory half day field trips are also included in this course which provide context for BUS 301, 302 and 303.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Miami PRIME and co-registration with BUS 302 and BUS 303.

BUS 302. Micro Concepts in Contemporary Business. (3) (MPT)

An introduction to issues related to business processes and their integration at the individual firm level. This course takes the perspective of the individual within a firm. It is designed for students without academic preparation in business who have majors outside the School of Business. Topics include ground level views of the various functional areas of a business such as marketing, finance, operations, human resources, and information systems. It exposes students to these areas in the context of the various processes a business must execute in order to add value to the customer.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Miami PRIME and co-registration with BUS 301 and BUS 303.

BUS 303. Business Process Integration. (3) (MPT)

A project based course where material introduced in BUS 301 and BUS 302 is supplemented with additional material on the strategic planning and supply chain management processes. The course integrates student understanding of business processes through a multidisciplinary and cross-functional team project. This project is coached by a group of instructors from a variety of academic areas. The project simulates the development of a new product within an existing business. This course is designed for students without academic preparation in business who have majors outside the School of Business.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Miami PRIME and co-registration with BUS 301 and BUS 302.

BUS 308. Advanced Business Communication. (3)

As part of the Farmer School of Business’s core curriculum, this course develops advanced rhetoric knowledge and skills needed to write and present effectively in local and global business contexts, including working in intercultural teams and digital networks.
Prerequisites: ENG 109 or ENG 111 and BUS 101, BUS 102 BUS 104 and ESP 103.
Cross-listed with ENG/STC.

BUS 340. Internship. (0-20)

Available to Farmer School of Business (FSB) majors and minors. Available for 0 credit hour during spring, summer and fall terms. Available for 1 credit hour during summer terms only. For one hour of credit, student must secure a sponsoring FSB faculty member within his/her major or minor to supervise the internship and accompanying required internship reflection paper. BUS 340 is not available during winter term. Students are to work through their respective academic departments to enroll in the course. Credit/no credit only. Note: FSB students may earn a maximum 2 credit hours toward graduation for BLS/BUS/ECO/ESP/FIN/ISA/MGT/MKT 340.
Prerequisite: 55 earned hours and permission of department.

BUS 341. China Business Seminar II. (2)

This course contains traditional lectures, guest speakers and cases discussion which focus on integrating all important aspects including historical, geographical, economic, political, legal and religious factors and how these aforementioned factors can be used within a business context to make an effective business decision from a Chinese culture/custom perspective. This course will provide students an opportunity to integrate/combine the knowledge learned from the business disciplines/courses with the issues, challenges, and problems encountered and also the lessons learned in/from China. In addition, this course will help students to deal with the business problems by comparing, contrasting and negotiating different cultures to gain a competitive advantage.

BUS 351. Business in Context: Government and the Law. (2)

Examines issues related to the legal and political environment within which businesses operate. Topics may include: overview of the US court system; constitutional law; tort law; criminal law; property law: real, personal, intellectual; agency law; contract law; regulatory environment and stakeholder theory; admin law; employment law; consumer protection; international business law.
Prerequisite: MGT 111.

BUS 352. Business in Context: Inside the Enterprise -- Investing in Human Capital. (2)

Investigates the structure of the business organization and the role of human resources within the organization. Topics may include: the strategic importance of attracting, developing, and retaining human capital; managing ethics within an organization; staffing and developing a diverse workforce; the impact of job design on workplace productivity & employee attitudes; the use of motivation and rewards in improving employee performance; developing high performance work teams; factors that contribute to effective leadership; the impact of organizational design, structure, and corporate culture on behavior within organizations.
Prerequisite: MGT 111.

BUS 353. Business in Context: Beyond the Enterprise. (2)

Explores issues related to the strategic management of the disparate relationships associated with the creation and marketing functions of firms. Topics may include - segmentation and targeting; buyer behavior; global marketing; marketing research and intelligence; industry structure and competition; technological environment; product; price; distribution and supply chain; promotion and branding; sales; supply chain & operations strategy; manufacturing & service processes; quality; lean manufacturing; forecasting; inventory management; integration of operations, sourcing & logistics.
Prerequisite: MGT 111.

BUS 354. Business in Context: The Role and Importance of Financial Capital. (2)

Develops an understanding of a monetary economy and the role and importance of financial management within firms. Topics may include an introduction to money; interest rate determination; the term structure of interest rates; an overview of financial institutions; an introduction to central banking and monetary policy; an overview of basic financial markets and instruments (Debt v. Equity); financial statement analysis and planning; interest rates; time value mechanics and applications; bond and stock valuation; risk and return (expected returns, std. dev., beta, diversification); cost of capital and capital structure; capital budgeting; calculation of cash flows; capital budgeting techniques (NPV, IRR, etc.)
Prerequisite: ACC 221 and MGT 111.

BUS 371. International Business. (3)

Acquaints students with problems encountered and adaptations required in business operations within foreign environments.
Prerequisites: ECO 201 and ECO 202.

BUS 371L. International Business. (3)

Acquaints students with basic concepts and analysis of environmental factors in which international businesses operate, strategic alternatives and applications, case studies, and country analyses. Credit for graduation will not be awarded for more than one of BUS 371 or BUS 371L.
Prerequisite: ECO 201 and ECO 202.

BUS 373. International Business in Focus. (3)

Survey of the interrelationships of world business operations; an introduction to current conceptual perspectives; cultural, political/legal and economic constraints, the international financial and trade frameworks, and the problems, challenges, and opportunities facing the multinational corporation in a particular country or region of the world.
Prerequisite: enrollment in School of Business summer international workshop.

BUS 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BUS 420. FSB International Studies Programs. (1-3; maximum 6)

The class provideds an introduction to the history culture, geography, business environment, economy, and language of the places FSB students will travel during their summer international experience. Portions of the class are in Oxford prior to departure, and portions are held in the country of the program.
Prerequisite: Admission to FSB International Studies Program.

BUS 450C. Senior Honors Colloquium. (1)

The Senior Business Honors Colloquium will focus on current issues and topics in business. Students will be expected to conduct original research and present findings to the class, as well as actively engage in others' presentations.
Prerequisite: senior standing in the business honors program.

BUS 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BUS 494/BUS 594. Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business. (3) (MPC)

Provides students with interdisciplinary perspectives of sustainability in business and resource management through consideration of the economic, social, and environmental value of organizations. The course covers principles, case studies, and best practices used by organizations in several areas of sustainability, such as energy efficiency and alternatives, waste management and recycling, ecosystem services, product redesign and life cycle management, resource management, and sustainability planning and reporting.
Cross-listed with IES.

BUS 601. MBA Strategy Module. (1)

Introduces the MBA student to concepts, theory, and decisions associated with business strategy. Examines the role and importance of cross-functional integration as it relates to business strategy and competitive success.

BUS 621. New Product & Service Design. (2)

Explores the process of new product and new service design. Coverage of approaches to infuse innovative thinking into organizations, structure new product/service initiatives, evaluate alternative initiatives, and then launch them successfully.

BUS 622. Customer Acquisition. (2)

Introduces students to the basic concepts involved with the customer acquisition process. The topics covered: market segmentation, pricing and profitability analysis, product and service promotion, and customer relationship management.

BUS 623. Internal Process Integration. (2)

Introduces students to internal business processes that span functional boundaries. The focus is on the four dominant processes of financial planning, resource planning systems, the cash-to-cash cycle, and after-sale processes.

BUS 624. Process Design & Improvement. (2)

Examines the technical and human aspects of process design and improvement. Included are process design and improvement frameworks and techniques and how those approaches can be integrated with change management.

BUS 625. Graduate Business Seminar I. (1-2; maximum 4)

A Graduate Seminar in selected business topics. Contemporary theories, research, and application in integrative business topics. Examines topical issues related to content in other courses to extend the curriculum into such areas as business ethics, legal issues, and specific decision-making techniques.

BUS 626. Graduate Business Seminar II. (2)

Spring seminar for full-time MBA students, designed to expose students to critical discussion of integrative topics such as business ethics, legal issues, and problem solving in parallel with topical coverage in other courses. The seminar also provides an opportunity for students to share challenges and problems they encounter in the field study experience.

BUS 629. Graduate Business Field Study. (1-4; maximum 6)

Designed to provide the full-time MBA student experience in applying and researching actual business theory and skills. Students are assigned to 2-3 person teams and given a business project to complete for an area business (Fall/Spring Semesters) or an International Company for the Global Consultancy project.

BUS 633. External Process Integration. (2)

Introduces students to processes that span business boundaries and result in business-to-business relationships. Included are supply chain management, inbound and outbound logistics configuration outsourcing, supplier performance metrics, and customer relationship management.

BUS 637. Managing Competition. (3)

The examination of competitive forces in the marketplace and how they can be managed to deliver winning business outcomes. This course will leverage previous MBA course work to take a wholistic view of the various strategic drivers, both internal and external to a firm.

BUS 638. Global Markets. (2)

Introduces MBA students to the basic concepts involved with global markets. Global markets provide coverage of such macro issues as transitioned vs. transitional economics, regional/global interdependencies and political risk, and financial implications are covered.