2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin

Business Core (BUS)

 

Courses

BUS 4310 Business Communication for Accounting Professionals (4 Credits)

This course emphasizes critical communications skills for future accounting, tax, auditing and consulting professionals. The course develops written communication skills including but not limited to technical writing, reporting the results of research and explaining complex issues. Oral communication assignments include formal presentations, development of debate skills and boardroom presence. Assignments incorporate business etiquette and teambuilding.

BUS 4330 International Business (2 Credits)

BUS 4400 MBA@Denver Capstone (4 Credits)

The MBA@Denver Capstone Course enables the practical application of key management and leadership competencies, skills and knowledge and is designed to integrate core course learning outcomes. You will integrate what you have learned in the MBA@Denver program to analyze a client problem and provide appropriate recommendations and conclusions prepared for and presented to the client. You are strongly encouraged to work with a small business or not-for-profit organization, completing a social capital project with that enterprise. You will gain an in-depth exposure, perspective and understanding of strategic business processes, opportunities and challenges within an organization. You will work in teams and will select an organization of your choice to work with as the client. The project will end with an oral presentation and written proposal that is delivered to the client organization and the instructor on an assigned date. Project assignments will emphasize the integration of knowledge from multiple academic disciplines and functional business activities. You are required to identify linkages between an organization's external and internal organization environments in the context of its organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). Projects may include new product or technology development, restructuring, relocation, expansion, downsizing, acquisitions, mergers and acquisitions or joint ventures, and/or other relevant operational performance issues. The goal is to increase the organization's ability to sustain and thrive. The final plan/proposal should include an implementation timeline for the proposed solutions as appropriate. Enforced Prerequisites and Restrictions: MBA@Denver student must be within one quarter of graduation or have the Director's permission to take the class. This course is open only to MBA@Denver students (MBA-DEN).

BUS 4444 Global Bus, Governance & CSR (4 Credits)

In an increasingly globalized world, civil society, states and businesses are trying to discern how to govern business conduct across the borders of nation-states. Many of the issues our society faces today—global financial crises, environmental degradation, and corruption, to name a few—are impossible to tackle within a given country. Instead, these issues require collaboration and coordination across a variety of actors spread around the globe. Within this framework, businesses are aware of increased pressure to behave responsibly and adopt a corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach to their conduct. Yet, businesses are unsure how to integrate these goals into their business strategy and engage meaningfully with stakeholders. Likewise, governments recognize the importance of having business at the table, but do not have a clear understanding of how to best engage with the private sector. The response to this conundrum is a focus on global governance, which refers broadly to the way in which global affairs are managed. After a brief overview of economic trends and trajectories around the globe, the course will focus on global governance as a mechanism for change. The class will first explore the opportunities and shortcomings of global governance efforts. The class will build on this scholarship by discussing the role business plays in global governance mechanisms. As society has become aware of, and is acutely concerned with, business conduct, the role of the manager and business strategy in these realms has also changed. Students will analyze these trends and study their implications for government, business, or civil society strategy and practice. The final portion of the course will focus on specific issue areas, including: human rights, labor standards, the natural environment, corruption, and microfinance.

BUS 4445 International Business: Strategy and Practice (4 Credits)

This course focuses on applied issues in international business. Students will learn to think strategically about international business issues, and will in turn be able to apply that thinking to best practices. The following subject areas will be covered: country selection, entry mode theory, exporting, born-global businesses, organizational structures internationally, negotiation, consumption, culture and demand. Other potential topics include global supply chain management/sourcing, country of origin effects, etc. This course focuses on applied issues in international business. Students will learn to think strategically about international business issues, and will in turn be able to apply that thinking to best practices. The following subject areas will be covered: country selection, entry mode theory, exporting, born-global businesses, organizational structures internationally, negotiation, consumption, culture and demand. Other potential topics include global supply chain management/sourcing, country of origin effects, etc.

BUS 4600 Professional MBA Capstone Project (4 Credits)

The Capstone Project enables the practical application of key management and leadership competencies, skills and knowledge designed to integrate core course learning outcomes. You will integrate what you have learned in the PMBA program to analyze a client problem and provide appropriate recommendations and conclusions prepared for and presented to the client. The course integrates Daniels' multi-disciplined learning outcomes and experiences to achieve this goal. The course is a combination of site-based practicum, field project and classroom experiential learning. Through these activities, you will gain an in-depth exposure, perspective and understanding of strategic business processes, opportunities and challenges within a non-profit organization. You will work in teams (4-5 individuals) and will select a non-profit organization of your choice to work with as your client. The project will end with an oral presentation and written proposal delivered to the client and to the instructor on an assigned date. Project assignments will emphasize the integration of knowledge from multiple academic disciplines and functional business activities. Students are required to identify linkages between an organization's external and internal organization environments in the context of its organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). Projects may include now product or technology development, restructuring, relocation, expansion, downsizing, acquisitions, mergers and acquisitions or joint ventures, and/or other relevant operational performance issues. The goal is to increase the organization's ability to sustain and thrive. The final plan/proposal should include an implementation timeline for the proposed solutions as appropriate.

BUS 4610 Leading with Integrity (4 Credits)

Leadership in these uncertain and volatile times is a primary challenge for all who seek success in business. Today's business environment is increasing characterized by complex questions without obvious or clear answers. Managers must now be leaders, whether they are managing just a few people or the entire enterprise. Traditionally taught analytical skills alone will not meet the challenge of our times; leading with integrity requires managers to understand numerous social and environmental challenges facing businesses along with the monetary challenges. Evaluation of your leadership style, and how ethical integrity can be incorporated into that style, will expand your impact as a leader and follower working with others. Leading with integrity places you and business in an interconnected world where success, organizationally and personally, is determined not only by profit, but by personal and organizational integrity. This course draws on the history of business practice and ethical leadership to provide a foundation for personal self-discovery and professional direction.

BUS 4611 Experiential Outdoor Leadership (0 Credits)

Personal development begins with an introduction to your Insights' profile and then moves to focus on self-awareness in Leading at the Edge. Within the first few weeks of your graduate program, all PMBA students are taken to a nature retreat center 9,000 feet up into the Rocky Mountains where you will participate in an intensive three-day exercise in self-awareness, outdoor leadership, team-building, and problem solving. Unlike most "rocks 'n ropes" exercises, this weekend includes an intellectually rigorous component, called Leading at the Edge, which is designed to enhance the classwork in which you engage, and is intended to enhance the experience students have in their life outside of the academic environment.

BUS 4612 Business Domestic Immersion (0 Credits)

MBA@Denver students are required to take two immersion experiences. BUS 4620-X includes domestic experiences, held in a U.S. city, generally including visits with business leaders on various topics, experiential experiences, and/or specific topic discussions led by qualified faculty. Students may not take the immersion course at the same destination more than once.

BUS 4614 Business International Immersion (0 Credits)

MBA@Denver online students are required to take two immersion experiences. BUS 4614-X includes international experiences, held in a non-U.S. city, generally including visits with business leaders on various topics, experiential experiences, and/or specific topic discussions led by qualified faculty. Students may not take the same section number (X) more than once, though they may take the course more than once.

BUS 4615 Leading at the Edge (2 Credits)

Connects values, globalization, and innovation through a mix of classroom and outdoor experiential learning formats. The course is a two credit hour complement to The Essence of Enterprise course. Using the metaphor of the 10th Mountain Division, the course builds a foundation for learning at Daniels through introductory looks at leadership, team building, and creative problem solving. Through metaphor and experience, the course bonds the cohorts to each other and enhance self confidence to succeed under difficult and changing conditions. The 10th Mountain Division was created out of a global crisis and trained at Camp Hale Colorado, located between Leadville and Vail, during the 1940s. This experience resulted in fourteen patents, including predecessors to the snow cat, snowmobile, and various other forms of outdoor equipment. Following WWII, members of the 10th were responsible for building the country's most famous ski resorts, such as Aspen and Vail, along with the 10th Mountain Hut System. Individual members became successful businessmen, social entrepreneurs, and civil servants forming companies such as NIKE, leading organizations like the Sierra Club, and founding the Colorado Outdoor Education Center (where training for this course takes place). The group is renowned for exemplary leadership, passion, team dynamics, innovation, and ethics within a global environment.

BUS 4620 Ethics for the 21st Century Professional (4 Credits)

A fundamental purpose is to engage students in ongoing reflection and dialogue about their responsibilities as managers and leaders. Of particular emphasis are the ethical, professional and social responsibilities of managers and leaders, especially as it relates to numerous stakeholders and communities. This course focuses on the idea of "community" and the social relationships of managers and business organizations in their communities. Roles and responsibilities of managers and business firms are examined by analyzing a variety of issues that managers will face during their careers. These specific issues will be examined in terms of their legal, public policy, and ethical dimensions. The goal is to provide students with generalized understanding and skills that can be employed in dealing with other issues that may emerge in their business careers. Cross-listed with ACTG 4620.

BUS 4630 Creating Sustainable Enterprises (4 Credits)

A sustainable enterprise is defined as any human endeavor with integrity in three interconnected dimensions (environmental, cultural, and economic) and whose collective actions meet the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The fundamental purpose of this course is to help prepare students for careers in which success requires a worldview that extends beyond the enterprise level in order for managers to create sustainable cultural, social, and financial value for the organization and society in a responsible manner.

BUS 4635 Global Enterprise Challenges (2 Credits)

As students complete the integration of material from the Compass sequence, this class provides an opportunity for the students to extensively apply the material through: case analysis, presentation, critique of other presentations, and integration of MBA Compass material and first year MBA Core material as appropriate.

BUS 4640 Innovation Design & Execution (4 Credits)

In the last century, the technologies of the industrial age (telegraph, railroads, electricity, radio, telephone, television, automobiles, airplanes, computers) have dramatically altered not only the way business is conducted, but the way we live and learn. These technologies have also enabled undesirable and unintended consequences: urban sprawl, global warming, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, stress, obesity. Where is technology taking us? In this course, students look at innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and design, and the role each can play in creating a better business world, a business world less driven by science fiction than inspired by social fiction, a business world which begins to shift from an industrial age of ever more encompassing technology to a creative economic environment based less on stuff and more on people and their needs.

BUS 4700 Special Topics in Business (1-4 Credits)

BUS 4701 Special Topics in Business (1-6 Credits)

BUS 4702 Special Topics in Business (1-6 Credits)

BUS 4703 Special Topics in Business (1-6 Credits)

BUS 4704 Topics in Business (1-6 Credits)

BUS 4705 Topics in Business (1-6 Credits)

BUS 4802 Executing in a PM Enterprise (4 Credits)

This course is the second course in a three-part required series. Pre-requisite: Must be a Lockheed employee.

BUS 4804 Kaiser Leadership Edge - People Leadership (4 Credits)

The People Leadership course is part of the Leadership Edge program designed specifically for the Kaiser Permanente Colorado organization. The program grows the internal leadership capacity necessary to reach their goal of becoming the best solution in health care. By exploring topics and cases from multiple perspectives and across business areas, participants develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Kaiser faces. Signature needed to register. Must be a Kaiser employee to register.

BUS 4805 Kaiser Leadership Edge - Financial Acumen (4 Credits)

The Financial Acumen course is part of the Leadership Edge program designed specifically for the Kaiser Permanente Colorado organization. The program grows the internal leadership capacity necessary to reach their goal of becoming the best solution in health care. By exploring topics and cases from multiple perspectives and across business areas, participants develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Kaiser faces. Signature required to register. Must be a Kaiser employee to register.

BUS 4806 Kaiser Permanente Strategy, Innovation, and Execution (4 Credits)

The Strategy, Innovation and Execution course is part of the Leadership Edge program designed specifically for the Kaiser Permanente Colorado organization. The program grows the internal leadership capacity necessary to reach their goal of becoming the best solution in health care. By exploring topics and cases from multiple perspectives and across business areas, participants develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Kaiser faces. Signature required to register. Must be a Kaiser employee to register.

BUS 4980 Internship (0-10 Credits)

Faculty supervised Internship.

BUS 4991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

BUS 4995 Independent Thesis (6 Credits)

BUS 6000 Research Methods in Business (4 Credits)

Business Research Methods introduces students to the nature, scope, and significance of research and research methodologies. Additionally, the course studies primary and secondary research methods with applications to specific problems, using qualitative and quantitative designs for individual investigation on current problems within a student's area of interest. Topics covered include research design, sampling strategy, data types and collections, measurement approach, testing procedures, ethics in data collection and interpreting findngs, and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process.

BUS 6001 Qualitative Research Methods (4 Credits)

Qualitative methods are important for exploring complex social phenomena and developing theories for understanding dynamic relationships and change. This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the methods and process for conducting qualitative research in general, and case study research in particular. Students will learn to use qualitative methods to develop theories and managerial solutions for current and future business problems.

BUS 6002 Quantitative Methods I- Making Discoveries with Data (4 Credits)

As a PhD student you will do original research … making discoveries that nobody else has made before. Data analysis is a key tool that facilitates that. Data analysis tools help you unlock the hidden treasures within your data set. These treasures are knowledge and information that is waiting to be discovered and utilized for your benefit. Specifically, you will become familiar with several of the internationally utilized statistical software packages and with the array of statistical analysis techniques. You will understand which statistical analysis technique to use in which situation, and how to interpret the output from your statistical software packages. These skills support managers for better decision making. Managers in business and industry have the resources to accumulate data, and this course develops the techniques to discover the information that your data provides. You will also gain skills in understanding how data collection and analysis will benefit your research.

BUS 6003 Quantitative Methods II - Making Discoveries with Data (4 Credits)

As a PhD student you will do original research … making discoveries that nobody else has made before. Data analysis is a key tool that facilitates that. Data analysis tools help you unlock the hidden treasures within your data set. These treasures are knowledge and information that is waiting to be discovered and utilized for your benefit. These skills support managers for better decision making. Managers in business and industry have the resources to accumulate data, and this course develops the techniques to discover the information that your data provides. In this course you will learn how these data analysis tools are used for research, and you will plan how you will use your data analysis skills to perform your own research for your doctoral degree.

BUS 6004 Data Analytics (4 Credits)

The main objective of this course is to provide students with a well- grounded understanding and appreciation of the contemporary methods, tools and techniques used to make evidence-based managerial decisions. As managers and practitioners in business, industry and government, you have made substantial investments in putting in place the means to collect and store data, but may not have the basic technical or analytical understanding necessary to chart a road map to discover the full potential of your data. This course intends to provide you with such an understanding and hence help you become a better manager/decision maker.

BUS 6300 Seminar in Cross Disciplinary Decision Making Research (4 Credits)

Leaders are often faced with difficult decisions and the result of these decisions determines their future success. It is important for leaders to understand the cognitive processes which underlie the decision-making process. For example, what factors cause a leader to choose the wrong investment, hire the wrong employee, or select the unethical alternative? This course will provide students with a foundation of seminal theories rooted in Economics, Psychology and Sociology and a comprehensive perspective of organizational decision-making.

BUS 6301 Research Seminar in Innovation and Creativity (4 Credits)

This course is intended to be a multi-disciplinary doctoral seminar investigating the broad questions of innovation and creativity and its application to entrepreneurship. The course will start with an industry-level view of innovation and how technologies evolve and then move from the micro-individual level of creativity to the organizational level while considering the individual, dyadic and group levels.

BUS 6500 Applied Research Practicum Series: I (2 Credits)

ARP I will introduce students to their ARP Instructor’s research area. As such students will work closely with their ARP instructor to begin to understand his/her research area and focus. This serves as the introduction for the three-part sequence of ARPs resulting in a completed research project. By the end of ARP I, students will complete a systematic review paper of a research area and a set of research questions of interest.

BUS 6501 Applied Research Practicum Series: II (4 Credits)

Students will work closely with their instructor to create a theoretically supported and actionable research proposal that uniquely contributes to our understanding of the larger business field. Proposals can be focused on qualitative and quantitative (or mixed) methods. This part of the ARP series will help students develop research questions into carefully crafted predictions grounded in theory while considering execution of the study.

BUS 6502 Applied Research Practicum Series: III (4 Credits)

Students will design an appropriate scientific method (e.g., survey, experiment or interview) including a data collection and analysis plan per the final proposal submitted in ARP II. Once appropriately designed, under the direction of their ARP professor, students will collect data appropriate to test the study’s hypotheses. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be received prior to data collection which should be of publishable quality (broadly defined).

BUS 6503 Applied Research Practicum IV (4 Credits)

Students, along with oversight and assistance from their respective ARP professor, will analyze data consistent with his/her research proposal (ARP II) and analysis strategy (ARP III). The students will then complete an entire research paper that is ready for presentation and/or publication at appropriate outlets.

BUS 6900 Dissertation Research in Business (2-28 Credits)

Dissertation Proposal Defense Following successful completion of the comprehensive exam, each student will prepare a dissertation proposal and defend the proposal to the dissertation committee. A successful dissertation defense qualifies the student to Ph.D. candidacy. The dissertation proposal should be prepared in close consultation with the student’s advisor and should be available to all committee members at least two weeks prior to the exam. It should reflect an extensive critical literature survey, and contain an accurate assessment of the state-of-the-art in the area of research, a precise statement of the research question, motivation for pursuing the research, and the research method design that will be used to answer the research question. The dissertation proposal must be successfully defended within four quarters of passing the comprehensive exam. Successful defense of the dissertation results in agreement between the student and the committee as to what will constitutes successful completion of the dissertation research. The composition of the dissertation proposal committee must comply with the standards specified by the University of Denver Doctoral Degree Requirements and Standards. The dissertation proposal defense is an oral closed exam. If a student successfully defends the dissertation proposal but subsequently switches advisor and hence topic, the dissertation defense must be repeated within one year to ensure capability of the student and feasibility of the project. Dissertation Defense After the dissertation has been completed, the student must defend it in a final oral exam, as specified by the University of Denver Doctoral Degree Requirements and Standards.

BUS 9000 Study Abroad Tongji University (0-18 Credits)

This course facilitates study abroad through an exchange agreement with Tongji University School of Economics and Management in Shanghai China. University of Denver exchange students may take only graduate level courses at Tongji University and only graduate level courses from Tongji are counted for graduate credit at the University of Denver.

BUS 9001 Study Abroad Doshisha University (0-18 Credits)

This course facilitates study abroad through an exchange agreement with Doshisha University, Global Business and Management Studies, Kyoto, Japan.

BUS 9002 Study Abroad University of Stockholm (0-18 Credits)

This course facilitates study abroad through an exchange agreement with the University of Stockholm Business School, Stockholm, Sweden.

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