Doctor of Business Administration Course Descriptions

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Curriculum Plan

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This course enhances understanding of the relationship between Christian faith, spirituality and the study and teaching of business disciplines. Special focus on the integration of faith and learning, the relationship between religion and spirituality, vocation, and the application of theological and spiritual principles and practices in the workplace and classroom.
This course prepares students to teach and research management and leadership. Participants will survey the historical and theoretical foundations of these related fields and identify emerging trends in management and leadership studies and practice.
This course provides students with a foundation in the concepts and theories of marketing and marketing management. Participants will study marketing theory, market analysis, marketing mix strategy, strategic marketing, digital marketing, and measuring market performance.
This course provides a conceptual framework for the study and teaching of economics through a critical review of historical and current research. Analysis of the underlying philosophies that motivate and guide resource allocation decisions in different political and social systems.
This course provides students with a conceptual framework for the study and teaching of finance through a critical review and analysis of historical and current research. Examination of philosophies that underlie profitability and corporate health.
This course encourages and facilitates the study of major issues facing today's international managers. Theoretical underpinnings of international business will be covered (including international trade, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange markets, and monetary systems) as well as the practical applications and issues of international management (including strategy, structure, financing, and human resource management).
This course examines historical and contemporary research and theory in business and organizational ethics. Special focus on moral reasoning and the application of ethical perspectives to contemporary business issues as well as integration of ethics into instruction and training. Students will complete readings and assignments related to their management, marketing or accounting concentration.

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This course analyses and investigates current research in effective instructional methods and adult development as related to teaching in the college and university classroom.
This course examines contemporary trends and issues in American higher education designed to orient students to issues, ideas, and literature that constitute the study of higher education, with emphasis on underlying social and political issues that shape higher education and organizational change.

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Teaching/training experience supervised by a faculty member and on site supervisor. Can be completed at the student's workplace and taken over more than one semester. Must have permission of course coordinator.
Consulting experience supervised by a faculty member as well as an on-site supervisor. Students will integrate content and skills from the doctoral program into a consulting setting. Possible practicum placements include at a college or university or a community college; acting as a trainer in a business setting of your choice. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

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2 hours. This course is designed to orient students to the basics of research design, research methods, and scholarly writing. Course activities will include exercises in selecting research topics and designs and in writing using APA style. Participants will review and critique the research of others. Includes a residency period.
Students interact online to complete work begun in BUSD 710 and submit a final project.
This course introduces the basic issues of theory and method in qualitative research and provides a structured, supportive environment for learning the essential skills of qualitative research. These skills include negotiating a research relationship with those studied, developing research questions, conducting observations and/or interviews, confronting ethical issues, analyzing data, and communicating the results of research. Prerequisites: BUSD 710 & BUSD 711 Doctoral Research & Writing I & II
This course helps beginning researchers balance the competing demands of formal experimental and survey design principles with the ever-present practical constraints of the real world so that they can conduct quantitative research. Emphasis will be placed on formulating research questions, identifying relevant target populations, selecting respondents for study, and selecting appropriate measures. Prerequisites: BUSD 710 & BUSD 711 Doctoral Research & Writing I & II
Students will take their comprehensive examination and/or start the process of conducting and extended examination of a significant research question in the student’s area of concentration. The dissertation proposal includes an introduction, literature review, and methodology. The Committee Application form must be submitted as well as a Research Outline approved by College of Business faculty. Prerequisite: All 700 level coursework must be completed (or by Department Permission)
An extended examination of a significant research question in the student’s area of concentration. The dissertation proposal includes an introduction, literature review, and methodology. The Committee Application form must be submitted as well as a Research Outline approved by College of Business faculty. Highly desirable - an oral defense before the student's faculty dissertation committee.
An extended examination and analysis of a significant research question in the student's area of concentration. The dissertation includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion, and conclusion with recommendations. College of Business faculty must approve all dissertation proposals. Includes an oral defense before the student's faculty dissertation committee. Prerequisite: Successful completion of BUSD 801 & BUSD 802
An extended examination and analysis of a significant research question in the student's area of concentration. The dissertation includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion, and conclusion with recommendations. College of Business faculty must approve all dissertation proposals. Includes an oral defense before the student's faculty dissertation committee
An extended examination and analysis of a significant research question in the student's area of concentration. The dissertation includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion, and conclusion with recommendations. College of Business faculty must approve all dissertation proposals. Includes an oral defense before the student's faculty dissertation committee
An extended examination and analysis of a significant research question in the student's area of concentration. The dissertation includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion, and conclusion with recommendations. College of Business faculty must approve all dissertation proposals. Includes an oral defense before the student's faculty dissertation committee
An extended examination and analysis of a significant research question in the student's area of concentration. The dissertation includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion, and conclusion with recommendations. School of Business faculty must approve all dissertation proposals. Includes an oral defense before the student's faculty dissertation committee
An extended examination and analysis of a significant research question in the student's area of concentration. The dissertation includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion, and conclusion with recommendations. School of Business faculty must approve all dissertation proposals. Includes an oral defense before the student's faculty dissertation committee. Additional course fee required.

Students must maintain continuous enrollment in doctoral dissertation until completion. BUSD 815 is required for students who do not finish their disseratation research within the minimum 8 hours. BUSD 815 is repeatable until the dissertation is finished.

Designed as a continuing course for those who did not complete the doctoral dissertation in BUSD 801-808. Students are required to remain continuously enrolled through the dissertation process and register for a minimum of eight total hours of dissertation credit. Students who fail to complete their dissertations within the eight hours allotted will need to register for additional credit. Registration for this course is necessary to maintain continuous enrollment until the doctoral dissertation is complete.

Concentrations (select one)

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2 hours. Presentations and discussions of seminal literature dealing with the theory and practice of the accounting discipline. Includes the preparation and presentation of students’ original work. This first class helps students to see the width and breadth of the accounting literature and field. Some topics may include, agency accounting, behavioral accounting, forensic accounting, skepticism, agency theory, etc.
Students interact on line to complete work begun in BUSD 750 and submit a final project.
In-depth study of presuppositions and foundational ethical issues stemming from key philosophies of accounting. Includes exploration of students’ personal values and beliefs as well as the development of a theoretical framework of ethical decision-making that students will apply to a specific issue in accounting. Some areas of study may include epistemology, student’s approach to ethics, worldviews of accounting, justice theory in accounting, transparency in financial reporting, auditor’s role as public servant, accrual accounting, and revenue accounting.
Students interact on line to complete work begun in BUSD 753 and submit a final project.
This course focuses on in-depth analysis of an aspect of current accounting research or particular path of interest to the student. An area of research of accounting theory and practice within a specific area of the discipline that leads to the preparation of students’ original work will occur. This course will allow the students to build off of their first two courses and go deeper into their particular topic of interest. This course can assist in the creation of a literature review for the doctoral dissertation. Some topics may include positive theory of accounting, agency theory, audit theory, behavioral topics like skepticism, conservatism, etc., also things like SOX, the role of regulators, the historical roots of the profession, and it's conceptual roots in economic, finance, and managerial theory.

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This course surveys major theoretical perspectives required for understanding, researching, and developing organizations. Topics will include classical management theories, and organizational culture studies. Emphasis placed on understanding theories for the purpose of improving the design, culture, and effectiveness of modern organizations. Includes a residency period.
Students interact online to complete work begun in BUSD 730 and submit a final project.
This course focuses on aspects of human resources, human resource management, strategic human resource management, and specifically human resource development. Activities relating to these functions, including training and developing, organizational change, performance management, and organizational learning, will be researched and studied. Further, the implications of human resource development, such as leader/follower dyadic relationships, motivation, and variances in localization and globalization as they relate to high performance organizations, will also be investigated.
This course examines the theoretical foundations and major components of the strategic planning process in contemporary business and nonprofit organizations, including, for example, development of a strategic plan, mission statements, change management, and stakeholder analysis. Includes a residency period.
Students interact on line to complete work begun in BUSD 733 and submit a final project.

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This course examines research tools and techniques common in marketing, building on prior coursework in research methods. Students will study experimental design, qualitative techniques, and survey research methodology specific to the marketing context. The course will involve the design of a marketing research study and the critique of others' marketing research. Includes a residency period.
Students interact online to complete work begun in BUSD 740 and submit a final project.
This course explores current topics in marketing, and topics of special interest, that may include marketing for non-profits, cause marketing, social marketing, digital marketing, and the marketing of services. Students will select, research, and present a marketing topic of interest. Marketing faculty will present and discuss topics in their respective areas of expertise.
This course introduces students to behavioral science approaches to the study of consumers and firms, approaches derived from marketing, psychology, sociology, and social psychology. Consumer behavior topics include motivation and information processing, memory processes, attitude formation and change, consumer decision-making, on-line behavior, and the influence of culture on consumption.
Students interact on line to complete work begun in BUSD 746 and submit a final project.