Course Catalog - 2013-2014

     

MGMP 500 - MBA-P IMMERSION

Long Title: MBA-P IMMERSION
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: The Rice MBA Program Immersion is composed of a rigorous one week experience intended to help acclimate students to the Jones School Culture, as well as the rapid pace of a top-tier graduate business program. At the end of Immersion students will be better prepared academically, professionally, administratively, and culturally to reap the full benefits of the MBA experience. The Rice MBA Program Immersion is a mandatory activity for all incoming students.
 

MGMP 501 - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Long Title: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Introduction to the preparation, analysis, and use of corporate financial reports. Covers the basic techniques of financial reporting analysis from the perspective of managers as well as external users of information such as investors. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 502 - MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

Long Title: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Introduction to the use of financial and cost information by managers in budgeting, resource allocation, pricing, quality control, and other contexts to help managers set goals and monitor and evaluate performance. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 510 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Long Title: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Study of the many factors, which influence how individuals, groups, and teams behave and function in complex organizations and how they can be effectively managed.
 

MGMP 511 - ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

Long Title: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: .75
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Emphasizes understanding what constitutes effective organizational designs, considers both the macro designing initiatives and the micro execution of those initiatives. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 540 - MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

Long Title: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: We study production and pricing decisions under different assumptions about firm market power. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relevant costs in firm decision-making. Examples are used from marketing and accounting areas. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 541 - ECON ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS

Long Title: ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Examination of the global economic environment that serves as a backdrop for business decision making, with emphasis on the key macroeconomic policy goals and tools and how they affect exchange rates, interest rates, business cycles, and long-term economic growth.
 

MGMP 543 - FINANCE

Long Title: FINANCE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Introduction to the theory and practice of corporate finance, with emphasis on topics such as valuation, capital budgeting, risk and return, and capital structure. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 560 - ETHICS

Long Title: ETHICS
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: .75
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: An exploration of the ethical and legal basis of managerial decision making and the social dimension of the business firm. Required for MBA. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 561 - BUSINESS GOVERNMENT

Long Title: BUSINESS GOVERNMENT
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Study of how public policy influences the private competitive environment of the firm. Examines the major political institutions and actors -- Congress, the President, interest groups, the media, and administrative agencies -- that shape U.S. public policy. Students analyze business political strategies and formulated several of their own. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 570 - COMPETITIVE STRATEGY

Long Title: COMPETITIVE STRATEGY
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Systematic examination of models and techniques used to analyze a competitive situation within an industry from a strategic perspective. Examines the roles of key players in competitive situations and the fundamentals of analytical and fact-oriented strategic reasoning. Examples of applied competitive and industry analysis are emphasized. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 571 - STRATEGIC FORMULA & IMPLEMENT

Long Title: STRATEGIC FORMULA AND IMPLEMENTATION
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: This course focuses on formulating and implementing effective organizational strategy, including competitive positioning, core competencies and competitive advantage, cooperative arrangements, and tools for implementation.
 

MGMP 574 - OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Long Title: OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Introduction to the principles of production management and process improvement. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 580 - MARKETING

Long Title: MARKETING
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Introduction to the key concepts underlying the function of marketing and its interaction with other functions in a business enterprise. Explores marketing's role in defining, creating, and communicating value to customers. Primarily case-based with capstone simulation exercise, providing a foundation for advanced course work in marketing. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 595 - DATA ANALYSIS

Long Title: DATA ANALYSIS
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: The ever-increasing capacity of computers to analyze data and the explosion of the amount of data available have resulted in an increase role for data analysis as an aid to business decision-making. This course exposes the student to most important ideas and methods relevant for data analysis in a business context. Emphasizing practical applications to real problems, the course covers the following topics: sampling, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, and regression analysis. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 596 - LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION

Long Title: LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Introduction to the strategy and practice of management communication. Assignments are based on core courses integrated across the curriculum. Includes individual communication skills assessment and development and team-based oral and written communication instruction. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 597 - ILE

Long Title: INTEGRATIVE COMPETITIVE EXERCISE ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: This course is designed with two major objectives in mind. First, is to thoroughly understand, and be able to competently apply, those statistical methods typically used in the analysis of business data. Secondly, is to affect how you think about problems. If data can help you resolve a business problem, this course should enable you to: structure the problem in a way that facilitates its analysis; specify the data that needs to be analyzed; decide on the statistical technique(s) most appropriate for analyzing the data; apply the technique correctly; and, insightfully interpret the results in terms of their implications for the original problem.
 

MGMP 601 - USING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Long Title: USING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TO EVALUATE FIRM PERFORMANCE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: This course is designed to develop basic skills in financial statement analysis with special emphasis on understanding, organizing and summarizing financial data for decision making purposes related to valuation. The course focuses on financial and accounting analysis which consists of documenting and understanding a firm's profitability relative to past performance and comparable firms. Ratio analysis, accounting quality, and earnings management are the focal points of this portion of the course.
 

MGMP 602 - ACCOUNTING-BASED VALUATION

Long Title: ACCOUNTING-BASED VALUATION
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Prerequisite(s): MGMP 601
Description: This course covers two major topics: 1) Forecasting financial statements based on a complete historical analysis of the firm; 2) Deriving firm value under a variety of approaches including DCF and residual income valuation (RIV). The prerequisite MGMP 601 may be taken concurrently with MGMP 602.
 

MGMP 603 - FEDERAL TAXATION

Long Title: FEDERAL TAXATION.
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Taxes affect most business decisions in the industrialized world. This course provides the body of tax knowledge that corporate executives and professionals need as a part of basic business decision making. The course is designed for those with no formal tax background and for those whose tax work is dated or has not included a focus on business entities. The course emphasizes corporate tax matters and questions to consider in choosing a business entity. Class members should be tax literate at the end of the course.
 

MGMP 627 - ENTERPRISE EXCHANGE

Long Title: ENTERPRISE EXCHANGE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description:  Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 645 - INVESTMENTS / PORTFOLIO MGMT

Long Title: INVESTMENTS / PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Review of classic investment theory, with emphasis on measuring & managing investment risk & return. Includes the development of modern portfolio theory & asset pricing models, an introduction to option & futures contracts, market efficiency, & stock evaluation. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 651 - FIXED INCOME MANAGEMENT

Long Title: FIXED INCOME MANAGEMENT
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Description: The course provides an in-depth analysis of the concepts that are most often encountered in the market for fixed income securities. The goals of the course are twofold: (i) to illustrate the fundamental concepts that are commonly used for analyzing fixed income instruments; (ii) to investigate how the fundamental concepts are related to the institutional structures that are most often encountered in practice. The course will focus on topics that are most likely to have practical relevance for students once they graduate. The goals are accomplished via a combination of case studies, lectures, problem sets (to be handed in). Some of the topics that will be covered include term structure of interest rate, duration-based analysis, inverse floater, corporate bond markets, mortgage-backed securities. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 659 - REAL ESTATE FINANCE

Long Title: REAL ESTATE FINANCE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: This course has two major objectives: First, this course provides an overview of topics related to real estate finance. Specifically, this course provides a detailed description of the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model applied to real estate. The DCF model is the main financial decision tool used in the real estate industry and we use it extensively in this course. In addition, this course also describes the connection between financial markets and real estate. A large part of this course is devoted to the study of public traded securities that have their cash flows tied to real property cash flows, such as commercial mortgage-backed securities and REITs. Second, this course is the first elective related to real estate in a series available to Rice MBA students, and hence it briefly overviews basic concepts commonly used in the Real Estate Industry. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 684 - BRAND MANAGEMENT

Long Title: BRAND MANAGEMENT
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Brand Management is an elective class that addresses important branding decisions faced by an organization. Its basic objectives are: 1) to provide students with a complete understanding of the consumer and of how consumers develop brand attitudes and behaviors; 2) to increase understanding of the important issues in planning and evaluating brand strategies; and 3) to provide a forum for students to apply branding strategies in a variety of domains. Particular emphasis is placed in the course on understanding psychological principles at the consumer or customer level that will improve managerial decision-making with respect to brands. One aim of the course is to make these concepts relevant for any type of organization (public or private, large or small, etc).
 

MGMP 689 - MARKETING DECISION MODELS

Long Title: MARKETING DECISION MODELS
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Successful management requires the ability to recognize a decision situation, understand its essential features, and make a choice. However, many of these situations - particularly those involving uncertainty and/or complex interactions - may be too difficult to grasp intuitively, and the stakes may be too high to learn by experience. This course introduces spreadsheet modeling, simulation, decision analysis and optimization to represent and analyze such complex problems. The skills learned in this course are applicable in almost all aspects of business and should be helpful in future courses. The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, we discuss the use of decision trees for structuring decision problems under uncertainty. In the second part of the course, we discuss Monte Carlo simulation, a technique for simulating complex, uncertain systems. Throughout the course, we will use Microsoft Excel as a modeling environment, using add-in programs as necessary. Familiarity with Excel is an important prerequisite for this course. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 700 - EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Long Title: REEP SUMMER INSTITUTE: EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description:
 

MGMP 701 - COMMUNICATION I ILE

Long Title: COMMUNICATION I ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: .75
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Internal and Interpersonal Communications Students discuss and practice effective ways to communicate both to groups within and organization and one-on-one. Content includes analyzing pitfalls of hierarchical communication; listening skills; productive vs. unproductive feedback; etc. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 703 - ETHICS ILE

Long Title: ETHICS ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: .75
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: This ILE expands on the topics of the first ILE with three learning objectives in mind: 1. Heightened moral imagination defined as the ability to recognize ethical dilemmas / moral problems in business situations. 2. Increased skill at analyzing those dilemmas / problems in terms of economic outcomes, legal requirement, and moral duties through use of ethical decision-making frameworks. 3. Increased skill at ethical leadership as an executive / manager in presenting your moral point of view to others in order to best develop and maintain an ethical climate / culture in all our organizations, communities, and societies. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 704 - COMMUNICATION II ILE

Long Title: COMMUNICATION II ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: .75
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Crisis Communications Students discuss and practice the methodology of managing crisis in business settings. Both proactive and reactive actions are reviewed; historic examples of both good and bad communication in a crisis are studied. Guest lecturer will discuss crisis communications. Repeatable for Credit.
 

MGMP 706 - LEADERSHIP ILE

Long Title: LEADERSHIP ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: .75
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: This course explores perspectives on leadership and management. Considers how leadership and management complement each other and what constitutes effective leadership in business situations. Required for MBA.
 

MGMP 707 - COMMUNICATIONS ILE

Long Title: COMMUNICATIONS ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: .75
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Intercultural Communications Students focus on understanding how to conduct business in cultures different from their own. Content includes cultural and emotional intelligence; cross-cultural exercises; and ways to approach and learn about foreign culture and its related business practices.
 

MGMP 708 - LEADERSHIP ILE

Long Title: LEADERSHIP ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: The purpose of this course is to teach you some skills and give you some hands on practice around leading others in group settings. The course will focus on Fundamental Leadership Skills: Influence and Vision; Fundamental Leadership Skills: Leading a Key Decision; Fundamental Leadership Skills: Interpretive Leading under Crisis; Putting it Together: Climbing Mt. Everest.
 

MGMP 709 - NEGOTIATIONS ILE

Long Title: NEGOTIATIONS ILE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: 1.5
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: Managers and professionals cannot be successful without possessing effective negotiation skills and strategies. The purpose of this ILE is to help one understand the processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. The ILE will cover a broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and professionals. This ILE helps students develop negotiation skills by tackling a series important topics central to effective negotiation.
 

MGMP 798 - FIRST YEAR CAPSTONE

Long Title: FIRST YEAR CAPSTONE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: This core course uses a capstone business strategy simulation conducted in close proximity to the required formulation/implementation course. Student teams operate simulated companies in a highly competitive industry. Emphasis is placed on integrating strategy, financial control, operational excellence, and team building. Teams make presentations at the end of the course.
 

MGMP 799 - MBA-P PROGRAM CAPSTONE

Long Title: MBA-P PROGRAM CAPSTONE
Department: Management
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Intensive Learning Experience
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program(s):
MBA for Professionals
MBA
Description: The MBA-P Capstone course gives students the opportunity to apply their multi-functional (strategy, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, etc.) knowledge that they have gained in the program and their own professional experience to solve a complex, real-world managerial problem. However, this course will provide a unique twist to challenge the students - the real-world problem will be faced by a non-corporate, Houston-based, community organization. Students will work with senior executives at these organizations over the course of the semester to develop actionable solutions to strategic challenges facing these organizations.