Course Descriptions

Course catalog descriptions for courses offered in the W10 term.

Business Administration

 
 
BA 201 Business Thought and Action
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Cross-listed with: ENTR 390 
   
  Business Thought and Action --- This course introduces students to business. In this course we foster development of the key skill of learning via reflection on one's own experience. The course will rely heavily on examination of individual organizations or industries from which generalizations can be made. Specific situations will be selected to convey the excitement of business situations, the role of business in society and the global scope of business. The primary purpose of this class is to educate students about the broad range of problems and opportunities that businesses face and the tools and skills that are necessary to face them. A secondary purpose is to show the students the richness of business activity by 'peeling back the onion' via case discussions of situations and companies they have experienced in their lives. Students will gain familiarity with different kinds of information resources: from trade magazines to mass market books to research journals.
 
 
BA 399 Independent Study Project
  1 - 3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
   
  Independent Study Projects --- Independent study projects, supervised by faculty, are available to juniors and seniors in good academic standing. To select a study project, students should consult the appropriate professor about the nature of the project and the number of the credit hours the work would earn. One to three credit hours may be earned. Junior and senior BBAs may elect only one independent study project in a term, and no more than three during the BBA program. No more than seven credit hours from study projects may be counted toward the BBA degree. To register for a project students must submit an approved Independent
Study Project application, available online.
 
 
BA 415 Advanced Business French
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: Three years of university-level FRENCH and pre-screening with instructor 
  Cross-listed with: FRENCH 414 
   
  Advanced Business French --- This course, taught in French, targets undergraduates and graduates with an interest in International Business and Trade. Topic-specific vocabulary is learned and applied in a comprehensive overview of banking, import/export, stock market, e-trade, office matters and business etiquette. Students come away with a strong sense of their ability to perform a job among French-speaking co-workers and with a full understanding of French business systems. Case studies, guest speakers and in-class student presentations in French contribute to the comprehensive nature of this class.
 
 
BA 499 Doing Business in German
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: GERMAN 350 or one 300-level course beyond GERMAN 232, and permission of instructor 
  Cross-listed with: GERMAN 430 
   
  Doing Business in German --- This course introduces students to the language of business German and gives them insight into Germany's place in the global economy. The course is organized around major business and economic topics, such as: the geography of business and industry in German; the European Union and Germany's role therein; traffic, transportation and trade; social structure; economic structure; ecology. In addition to the basic text, students will read actual business, merchandising, and advertising material; newspapers and magazines. There will also be short videos on business and related topics.
 
 
BA 512 Ethics of Corporate Management
  1.5 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10(B)
  Course Prerequisites: No credit in LHC 531 or 421 or BL 531 or 421 
  Cross-listed with: NRE 512 
   
  Ethics of Corporate Management --- This course introduces students to the complex ethical problems associated with the management of large business organizations under conditions of rapid economic change and intense global competition. It focuses on the responsibilities of senior executives to the various constituents of the firm-customers, employees, owners, creditors, suppliers, distributors, local residents, national citizens and global inhabitants-and on the treatment of those constituencies that can be considered to be "right" and "proper" and "fair".

The module is not concerned with the personal moral issues of honesty and truthfulness; it is assumed that the students at this university have already formed their own standards on those issues. Instead, it addressed four major questions in the ethics of corporate management: (1) What are the duties and responsibilities of managers? Are managers responsible only to the owners of the firm, or to the full range of constituencies affected by the firm? (2) How does one determine what is "right" and "proper" and "fair" in the treatment of those constituents? What are the ethical principles of analysis that help to resolve moral problems? (3) How does one convey moral standards throughout an organization? How does one endure that the decisions and actions of the entire organization are "right" and "proper" and "fair"? and (4) Why should an organization be concerned with decisions and actions what are "right" and "proper" and "fair"? Why should a business firm not leave questions of social justice to others?
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BA 523 Comprehensive Health Care Strategies
  1.5 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10(A)
   
  Comprehensive Health Care Strategies --- This course provides a data-driven, rapid-fire, comprehensive survey of health care issues and strategy as seen from the varying perspectives of the industry's primary stakeholders: patients, physicians, other caregivers, health system executives, employers and managed care companies, policymakers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and other vendors. The course begins with the core physician-patient transaction and from this underlying relationship builds a model of health care delivery and financing around which these varying perspectives are framed. For example, we will examine the strategies followed by these different players vis-a-vis a costly new medical technology, such as a cochlear implant or sepsis medication. The course includes brief historical accounts from stakeholders' perspectives, but focuses on today's pressing challenges and future opportunities, including technology and globalization. Much of the course is based on cases and readings, and it includes several industry speakers.
 
 
BA 553 Multidisciplinary Action Projects - MAP
  7.5 hours Core Terms Offered: W10(B)
  Advisory Prerequisites: 1st year MBA core 
   
  Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) --- MAP is a field study program in which teams of students apply structured problem solving techniques to analyze multidisciplinary business problems or opportunities and make recommendations for improvements. It is a unique feature of the Ross MBA program -- the action learning experience it provides is central to the School's curriculum. Students learn how businesses apply and integrate multiple functions and gain an appreciation of the value of teamwork through an intense hands-on project at a sponsoring company. Students are strongly discouraged from taking additional course work while enrolled in MAP due to time obligations and intensive group work. More specifically, participation in international or non-local projects especially requires that no other course work is concurrent in Winter "B"
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BA 591 Map I
  7.5 hours Core Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: Global MBA students 
   
  Map I
 
 
BA 605 Green Development
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Cross-listed with: NRE 605 
   
  Green Development --- The built environment is a major source of society's environmental impact; and is a major opportunity to find solutions. This course explores green development from a variety of perspectives: energy, heating, water use, construction processes, architectural design, site planning, brownfield development and others.
 
 
BA 615 Decision Management
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: MBA ONLY 
   
  Decision Management --- No company can prosper unless the people working in that company consistently make outstanding decisions. And how well a company's people make their decisions is a direct consequence of actions taken by the company's managers - their decision management practices. This course provides principles and practical guidance that will help the student become and remain an excellent decision manager over an entire career.
 
 
BA 685 International Business Immersion: Health care delivery in emerging markets
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: MBA Core 
   
  International Business Immersion --- This course offers an opportunity for students to explore the business and policy environment of a country or region in depth. The course consists of three distinct parts: (1) campus-based learning about the target country's business and policy environment; (2) intensive travel and direct engagement with business and government leaders to gather information for a team-project research topic (travel done over winter break); and (3) analysis and synthesis of your findings in the form of group projects. These will be presented as business/policy briefs, as well as presentations to the Ross community. The campus-based learning, which takes place during Winter A, involves readings, discussions, guest speakers, and research on the focus country. Projects will explore a specific business or policy issue in the focus country.
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BA 750 Independent Study Project
  1 - 3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: Graduate standing 
   
  Independent Study Project --- Independent study projects, supervised by faculty, are available to graduate business students in good academic standing. To select a project, students should consult the appropriate professor about the nature of the project and the number of credit hours the work would earn. Students earn one to three credit hours per project and may elect only one study project in a term. Graduate business students should consult their program bulletins for information
regarding total number of projects and credits that can be applied to their degree. To register for a project students must submit an approved Independent Study Project application, available online.
 
 
BA 830 Teaching Fundamentals
  .5 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10(A)
  Advisory Prerequisites: Doctoral standing 
   
  Teaching Fundamentals --- This course is designed for U of M Business School doctoral students who are preparing for their teaching semester. The course emphasizes three interrelated areas: (1) conceptual understanding of the theory and research related to teaching, (2) awareness of the attitudes associated with effective teaching, and (3) identification of the behavioral skills necessary to facilitate learning in the college classroom and to be an effective participant in the academic community. BA830 meets for three 3-hour sessions in Fall A. All Second year UMBS doctoral students are required to take it at this time.
 
 
BA 831 Teaching Practicum
  1 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: Doctoral standing; BA 830 
   
  Teaching Practicum --- This course is designed for U of M Business School doctoral students who are preparing for their teaching semester. The Practicum focuses on basic instructional techniques. During the practicum, students have the opportunity to practice and evaluate lectures, activities, and discussions. The Practicum meets for five 3-hour sessions. It is taught twice, once is Sept/Oct and again in Aug. All second year UMBS doctoral students are required to take the Practicum prior to their teaching semester.
 
 
BA 840 Seminar in Organizational Studies
  1 - 4 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: Doctoral Student Status 
   
  Seminar in Organizational Studies --- This seminar provides a forum for the discussion of research and theory about organizations and organizational processes. In keeping with its interdisciplinary character, the seminar will consider both macro and micro-processes and their intersection. Presentations will be made by faculty and advanced graduate students from within the university, as well as from other universities and centers for research on organizations.
 
 
BA 850 Empirical Research Methods
  1.5 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10(A)
  Advisory Prerequisites: Doctoral standing 
   
  Empirical Research Methods --- This course is intended as an introduction to the methods of the social sciences and to the particular issues raised by applied business research done outside the laboratory. In addition to covering issues around the design of particular research projects, we will focus on developing research streams, that is, related pieces of research that build around a common theme and that advance its theoretical agenda.
 
 
BA 860 Behavioral Research Methods
  1.5 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10(B)
  Advisory Prerequisites: Doctoral standing 
   
  Behavioral Research Methods --- This course is intended for PhD students who intend to conduct empirical research and publish their work in scholarly journals. It concerns the fundamentals of applied business research, focusing on generalized linear models. The course demonstrates how generalized linear models provide a unifying framework for many commonly used multivariate statistical methods, including multiple regression and analysis of variance for continuous response data, logistic regression for binary responses, and long-linear models for counted responses. The theory for these models is developed using the exponential family of distributions, maximum likelihood estimation, and likelihood ration tests. GLM techniques have now become very popular in business studies and many software packages are available to implement the methods. The course provides a focus on applications. The required level of mathematics is intermediate. Some basic knowledge of statistical methods and inference is assumed.
 
 
BA 865 Asymmetric Information
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: Doctoral standing 
   
  Asymmetric Information --- This course is designed to introduce students to the tools used in modeling asymmetric information and to expose them to applications in different areas. The course begins with an introduction to the main tools used in game theory, Bayesian Nash equilibrium and perfect Bayesian equilibrium. Adverse selection and moral hazard, the two main approaches to modeling asymmetric information is contract theory, are discussed. For much of the course, the focus is on applications of asymmetric information models drawn from different areas, including disclosure of information (accounting), external financing (finance), technology licensing (information technology), pricing (marketing), and auctions (of interest to several areas).
 
 
BA 875 Applied Industrial Economics
  3 hours Elective Terms Offered: W10
  Advisory Prerequisites: Doctoral standing 
   
  Applied Industrial Economics --- This course covers materials from those areas of industrial organization most relevant to business school PhD students interested in economics-based topics and research, as well as graduate students from the Economics Department interested in empirical industrial organization. It is intended for students who have already taken basic microeconomics at the graduate level. We will briefly review important theoretical advances in each subject area, but the emphasis will be on illustrating the variety of approaches used in empirical research in the field. The reason for this focus is empirical advances is to provide a solid foundation for students interested in pursuing empirical work in their own dissertation, but also provide those more theoretically oriented students with a sense of how to interpret existing empirical work and what it can contribute to their research. This IS NOT a methods class: econometric and other statistical tools will not be emphasized. Instead, the focus will be on empirical methodology, namely on understanding the way in which authors have approached the theory, how they derive testable hypotheses, where and how they obtain the necessary data, and finally, how they generate and interpret their results.