John’s Undergraduate Courses – Management (14 courses)


Jan 1998 – Feb 1998, Grade: A

An introduction to the basics of the accounting process and its underlying concepts. The course covers the basic techniques of analyzing financial transactions, journalizing and posting them, summarization of data onto trial balances, and preparation of financial statements. The course seeks to explain the role of accounting within the firm, and to show the distinctive purposes of record-keeping, planning and control. Topics presented include: generally accepted accounting principles, classifications within the balance sheet and operating statement, consolidated financial statements, and an overview of accounting data processing. Upon completion of the course, the student should have acquired a sound understanding of how internal accounting techniques help with the accumulation, classification and interpretation of information which assists firm owners and managers to set and attain goals for the firm.


Mar 1998 – Apr 1998, Grade: A

This course is intended to familiarize the student with the wide variety of ways in which accounting data are used by management as a tool for the attainment of predetermined organizational objectives. The emphasis of the course is on the application of accounting data, rather than on its preparation, and particular attention is given to the use of financial data both in controlling day-to-day activities and planning future operations. Principal topics include: master budgets, cost analysis and classification systems, cost-volume-profit analysis, standard cost accounting and an introduction to capital budgeting. Recommended background: the student should be familiar with the basic principles of financial accounting and fully acquainted with the preparation and interpretation of the fundamental accounting statements.


Oct 1998 – Dec 1998, Grade: A

An analysis of the financial decisions of the firm: the questions of what assets to acquire, the level of investment in each asset, the advantages and disadvantages of alternative sources of funds. This course is designed primarily for business and management majors, for whom it is virtually indispensable. All business students should have some familiarity with an area of management as important as finance. This is also a good choice for engineering students who plan to get a graduate degree in business and/or who anticipate becoming involved in management at some stage of their careers. Ideally students should have had introductory accounting and micro- and macroeconomic theory at least at the introductory level. Students will be particularly handicapped if they have not had accounting. Such students will be expected to do outside reading to familiarize themselves with double entry bookkeeping and financial statements. Students without economics should read the chapters in an introductory text dealing with capital theory, the equilibrium of the firm, competition, the money supply and its velocity of circulation, the role of interest rates in determining the level of economic activity. Topics include: financial analysis‹ratio analysis of financial statements; accounts receivable management; inventory management; capital budgeting and investment evaluation; cash budgeting and cash management; factors to consider in the overall planning of methods of financing; the cost of capital and its determinants; the alternate sources of short-term financing; trade credit, bank loans, secured loans, etc.; intermediate-term loans; capital markets (an overview); the mechanics of raising long-term funds; financing with long-term debt; financing with new equity; dividend policy.


Aug 1998 – Oct 1998, Grade: A

This first course in organizational science provides the foundation for an understanding of organization and management. It is a survey of the social science of work, describing the basic knowledge and processes required of managers, including: motivation, communication, supervision, managerial control, leadership, the group processes of decision making, conflict, labor relations, management development, work and organizational design, and reconciliation of the goals of individuals and organizations. Lecture, video presentation, group discussion and group mini-projects will be employed to introduce and illustrate the basic elements of management.


Jan 2000 – Feb 2000, Grade: A

This course is designed to provide an introduction to a variety of tools and techniques found useful by modern industrial engineers, operations researchers and managers. They are oriented toward the creation and use of mathematical models to assist in managerial decision making in business and other organizations.  The models discussed in this course deal with deterministic decision-making problems where there are constraints on available actions. Discussion centers on “classical” methods of optimization and basic methods of linear programming. It is hoped that the student will develop an ability to recognize situations in which a given technique is appropriate. The conference portion will be devoted to student participation in studies of actual situations, where the student will analyze existing procedures, set up and solve the model, and provide a critique of his or her (and others’) studies.  The mathematical techniques used are introduced and developed to the extent needed. The student is not required to have prior familiarity with these subjects, although knowledge of basic calculus is presupposed.


Aug 1998 – Oct 1998, Grade: A

This course provides an introduction to business computer hardware architectures and their operating systems. It enables students to assess the capabilities of different computer architectures for effective use in a business environment and to allow coherent development of an efficient business computing infrastructure. The course covers the basic components of different microcomputer platforms for use as personal workstations and information servers in a connected environment of networks: CPUs, memory, busses, peripheral devices: disks, displays, device controllers; basic network components: network adapters, switches, and media; and operating systems. The course includes a laboratory for hands-on design and application such as configuring and installing workstations, servers, and small local area networks.


Oct 1998 – Dec 1998, Grade: A

This course introduces students to the concepts and principles of visual, object-oriented techniques for the development of business applications. Students will use commercial, computer-based development tools and rapid development and prototyping techniques for the design of small business applications for such areas as customer tracking, order processing, and finicial analysis.


Apr 1999 – May 1999, Grade: A

Imparts an understanding of how the legal system, especially the regulatory system, works. Specific topics such as consumer protection, investor protection, environmental law, anti-trust law and management-labor law are covered in detail. Numerous actual court cases are used to illustrate the regulatory system of the business environment. Specific fact problems will be discussed throughout the course to develop the notion that managerial philosophy should be broadened to include moral, social, ethical and human aspects of business activities.


Aug 1999 – Oct 1999, Grade: A

An introduction to the planning, analysis and design of production systems. Designed for students in engineering or management who may wish to assume responsibilities in the production of goods or services.  Topics to be covered will include: microscopic and macroscopic analysis of the production process, facilities location and arrangement, resource allocation and optimization of the use of facilities, work measurement and economic evaluation of alternatives.  A knowledge of differential and integral calculus is assumed. More importantly, knowledge of basic statistics and the ability to think quantitatively are desirable. Intended primarily for third- and fourth-year students.


Aug 1999 – Oct 1999, Grade: A

Designed to give the student a broad appreciation of the fundamentals of marketing management, this course is taught primarily by the case method with several lectures based on behavioral science concepts included for the studentÕs general background. An analysis and discussion of cases and problems are used to study demand advertising, personal selling, channels of distribution, marketing research, pricing, new products policy and the marketing-mix.


Jan 1999 – Feb 1999, Grade: A

This course introduces students to the management of information technology within complex organizations. It covers the range of information technologies employed by business organizations and the manner in which they are deployed. The course places special emphasis on the management of information resources from a user and manager point of view and will help students understand how particular technological arrangements can facilitate achievement of organizational goals. The impact of information technology on management control, organizational structure, individual workers, relationships between organizations, and business transformational will be discussed.


Jan 2000 – Feb 2000, Grade: A

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of database management and the application of database software to implement business inofrmation systems which support managerial and operational decision making. Special topics covered include relational and hierarchical datamodels, query languages, normalization, locking, concurrency control and recovery. The course covers data administration and the design of data tables for computerized databases. Students will use a commercial database package to design and implement a small business database application.


Oct 1999 – Dec 1999, Grade: A

This course addresses itself to the practical problems of starting and managing a small business for profit.  It focuses on the planning required to buy an existing business or to start a small business from the ground up and develop it into a profitable on-going concern. The course uses the case method giving the student an opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge previously acquired in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, production, engineering and business management.


Mar 2000 – Apr 2000, Grade: A

This course integrates students’ bakcground in MIS in a one-term project focusing on development of breative solutions to open-ended business and manufacturing problems. The project will utilize systems analysis and design tools such as systems development life cycle, feasibility study, cost-benefit analysis, structured analysis and design. Students will aquire the skills necessary to analyze, develop, implement, and document real-life information systems. Students must be able to organize themselves and the project to complete their work within a seven week term.