MBA Course Descriptions (legacy program)

The following entries describe the most frequently taught courses offered on-site by UMGC Asia. Requirements pertain only to degrees conferred by UMGC. To determine how these courses may transfer and be applied toward degrees offered by other institutions, students should consult those institutions. Transferability is determined by the receiving institution.

AMBA 600 MBA Fundamentals (3)

An overview of fundamental management concepts across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Topics include the online environment and technologies used in the MBA program; academic requirements; research, writing, and analytical skills; plagiarism issues; and basic management concepts. Assignments focus on statistics and the theory of constraints. Exercises improve skills in the areas of research, writing, critical thinking, and teamwork.

AMBA 610 The Manager in Organizations and Society (6)

Prerequisite: AMBA 600. An exploration of the responsibilities and influence that 21st-century managers have within their organizations and the global society. Essential concepts and theories that provide a foundation for the study of business administration and management—including systems thinking, critical thinking, ethical decision making and leadership, legal concepts, corporate social responsibility, organizational theory and organizations, and holistic approaches to marketing management—are examined. Formerly AMBA 601.

AMBA 620 Managing People and Groups in the Global Workplace (6)

Prerequisite: AMBA 610. An analysis of the challenges and opportunities associated with managing people in today’s dynamic and complex global marketplace. Lessons from research and practice on recruiting, developing, and retaining the talent required to build a high-performing, diverse, and competitive global workforce are examined. Development of personal, group, and cultural skills and knowledge serve as central seminar goals. Leadership and ethical decision making are important seminar competencies. Formerly AMBA 602.

AMBA 630 The Economics of Management Decisions (6)

Prerequisite: AMBA 620. An examination of economic decision making in a wide variety of managerial situations. Topics include financial statement analysis; asset valuation; budgeting; cost management; and performance evaluation of organizations, organizational units, products, and managers. Critical thinking is applied to make connections among concepts from the disciplines of microeconomics, finance, managerial accounting, and financial accounting. Discussion covers the current legal and ethical issues surrounding financial accounting; the valuation of tangible, financial, and intangible assets in a domestic and global context; and activity-based costing. Performance measurement techniques covered include the balanced scorecard. Formerly AMBA 605.

AMBA 640 Managing Projects, Operations, and Information Systems (6)

Prerequisite: AMBA 630. A study of project management, operations management, and information technology management—three key areas of modern business functional management. A guide to the project management body of knowledge is provided. Topics include the dos and don’ts of managing a project, several world-class operations management techniques (such as Six Sigma), and industry best practices in operational efficiency and effectiveness. The mission, goals, and importance of information systems management are assessed, using one’s own work organization as a model. Assignments include the development of an international information systems management plan. Formerly AMBA 604.

AMBA 650 Marketing Management and Innovation (6)

Prerequisite: AMBA 640. An exploration of the essentials of marketing management: setting marketing goals for an organization with consideration of internal resources and marketing opportunities, planning and executing activities to meet these goals, and measuring progress toward their achievement. Focus is on the concept of innovation in business, including the introduction of new market offerings and the use of new technologies, strategies, and tactics for achieving marketing objectives. An integrative approach combines discussions on theory of marketing management with industry analysis and practical implications. Assignments include the design and marketing of innovative products, analysis of the application of modern marketing strategies and tactics using examples from participants’ organizations, and practicing a holistic approach to marketing management. Formerly AMBA 603.

AMBA 660 Managing Global Business (6)

Prerequisite: AMBA 650. A global overview of various types of business organizations and environments that shape organizational decisions. Emphasis is on the regulatory structures, legal systems, governance models, and policy making that define the internal and external functions of business at the confluence of local, state, national, and international affairs. Topics include critical thinking, international ethics, business sustainability, social responsibility, and the impact of economics and technology.

AMBA 670 Managing Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6)

Prerequisite: AMBA 660 . An investigation of strategy, value creation, and value capture in different business contexts. Focus is on developing frameworks and models for understanding the structural characteristics of industries and how companies can achieve sustainable competitive advantage, taking appropriate action in these different, but concurrent, business contexts. An explicitly integrative approach is adopted, building on knowledge of the different functional areas of management gained through previous study. Formerly AMBA 607.