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Research Method

The main purpose of the Research Methods, Data Analysis, and Reporting to introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research. They will gain an overview of research intent and design, methodology and technique, format and presentation, and data management and analysis informed by commonly used statistical methods. The course will develop each student’s ability to use this knowledge to become more effective. These tasks include:

  • Developing a hypothesis, a research problem and related questions
  • Framing the problem with the correct research methodology
  • Collecting data that accurately addresses the research problem
  • Measuring the effectiveness of a program
  • Using data to make decisions
  • Providing technical guidance to contractors for inclusion in contract documents related to research projects
  • Evaluating feasibility of research proposals
  • Presenting data to support programs to decision makers and other consumers.

The course will provide an overview of the important concepts of research design, data collection, statistical and interpretative analysis, and final report presentation.

Each week students will work through lessons that present Finance & Banking -specific readings and research and/or statistics-related concepts that bring to life examples of how the weekly topic applies to Finance & Banking. This will allow students to clearly understand how the course material relates to their jobs as a banker. The main objective of this course is to give student good theoretical and practical research methods. The student will take courses introduce the nature methodology fundamental to conduct research in the banking and financial science field. More emphasis will be laid upon “survey method “to conduct quantitative research. A basic knowledge in statistical theories will be required to integrate and apply them to survey research methods. Emphasis will be on research design, questionnaire design, fieldwork procedure, data analysis and presentation of result including web publishing. This course therefor serves as training in the scientific method and its application to decision making.

Organizational Behavior

The course has a great importance for the students in Business Administration department in which it enable them to better understand the human behavior in different organizations across different cultures to avoid conflicts and assure better performance.

This course will emphasis on declaring the concept of organizational behavior critically and will clearly explain the importance and the aim of studying the human behavior in nowadays complex organizational environment.

The course is framed in a way that enable students to become successful HR officers in the future. The basic aim behind teaching this course in Business Administration Department is to direct students toward a critical and out- of- box thinking through analyzing and understanding human behavior through different organizational phenomenon that enable them to connect this course outcomes with other managerial functions for better performance. by the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the meaning and importance of organizational behavior.
  2. prevent perceptual distortions and organizational conflicts.
  3. motivate employees in proper ways and maximize their performance.

Governmental Accounting

In this course students learn about accounting and reporting requirements used by government entities. The class focuses on the categorization of the major government fund types and the terminology associated with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). this course is intended to: 

  • Define fund accounting terms and concepts.
  • Describe the budgetary process in government.
  • Identify the objectives of accounting and financial reporting in government and not-for-profit entities.
  • Apply governmental accounting procedures.
  • Apply accounting principles for various governmental funds.
  • Develop and analyze worksheets and financial reports related to governmental organizations. Upon completing this course,students will have an understanding of:
  • The characteristics and differences of the government environment that necessitate the unique accounting and financial reporting.
  • The process of setting accounting and financial reporting standards for government entities.
  • The bases of accounting and measurement focuses used by governments.
  • Fiscal accountability.
  • Exchange and no exchange transactions.
  • Budgeting in government.
  • Accounting and reporting in local governments, including: 
  • Determining the financial reporting entity.
  • Fund accounting and reporting.
  • Government wide accounting and reporting.
  • Accounting and reporting for specific transactions.

Production Management I

Production/operations management involves the integration of numerous activities and processes to produce products and services in a highly competitive global environment. Many

companies have experienced a decline in market share as a result of their inability to compete on the basis of product design, cost or quality. Most now agree that world class performance in operations, i.e., in product design, manufacturing, engineering and distribution, is essential for competitive success and long term survival. This course considers the operations from a managerial perspective. We will consider key performance measures of operations (productivity, quality and response time) as well as

important concepts for improving the performance of operation  along these dimensions. At the end of the course students will have a fair understanding of the role Production/Operations Management plays in business processes. Emphasis is given both to familiarization of various production processes

and service systems, and to quantitative analysis of problems arising in the management of operations.

Insurance Industry

The course covers the risks that are faced by an individual or firm and the various methods for their treatment. Methods of treatment include, but are not limited to, insurance, loss prevention, surety ship, simple retention, and self-insurance. Topics include personal and business insurance. This course is intended to:

  • define the nature of risk and identify the risks facing both individuals and organizations today;
  • describe the principles of risk management and the role of the risk manager;
  • outline the risks associated with loss of income, ownership of property, and legal liability;
  • classify the various types of insurance, which are used to reduce the chance of loss and identify other loss prevention/reductions mechanisms, which may be appropriate; and
  • explain our society's treatment of fundamental risks, the concepts of social insurance used to treat these risks, and surety ship. Learning activities of the course are: define different types of risks, hazards and perils, and explain the adverse effect of risk on economic activity
  • understand the basic statistical principles of insurance and identify the situations where insurance may be used as a risk-sharing or risk-transfer device
  • differentiate between private and social insurance and recognize the respective needs for each
  • understand the structure of the insurance industry and the unique facets of an insurance company, including its financial operations
  • describe the general principles of contract law with a particular emphasis on those principles that are peculiar to insurance
  • understand the traditional forms of whole life, endowment, and term insurance, as well as some of the innovative life policies, which are now available
  • describe the annuity contract and understand the various uses of annuities today
  • understand the need for disability income insurance and the provisions of the disability income policy
  • identify the various types and appropriate uses of medical expense insurance contracts
  • review the concept of the Social Security system, including the coverage it provides, the soundness of the program, and proposals for future changes
  • explain the Workers Compensation and Unemployment Compensation programs
  • understand the concept of estate planning and discuss the various tools, which are used to minimize estate shrinkage
  • understand the unique characteristics of group insurance and identify the types of group insurance most frequently used
  • understand the nature of pension plans and other retirement plans and outline the requirements for pension plans established under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
  • review the concept of property insurance with a particular emphasis on the various forms of Homeowners and Inland Marine insurance policies
  • discuss the legal concepts of negligence and identify methods of dealing with legal liability
  • understand the nature and need for automobile insurance, the types of automobile coverage, and a review of the computation of auto insurance costs
  • discuss commercial property and liability coverage available for businesses
  • understand the principles behind surety and fidelity bonding
  • recognize how government functions as an insurer
  • identify the need for regulation of the insurance industry, explain the methods by which the industry is currently regulated, and discuss proposals of future regulation
  • understand surety ship

Financial Management I

This resource is intended for new students and young leaders looking to learn about the fundamentals of financial management. Topics include planning and cash management, financial statements, cost cutting and financial analysis. Lessons include links to various resources, and users gain access to a list of recommended books related to financial management. While the resource does not offer assignments or tests, it does serve as a source of information for those looking to learn more about financial management. Financial management provides a foundation of the main topics in financial economics covering selected topics in corporate finance and asset pricing. In corporate finance we will be discussing capital budgeting, valuation, capital structure, and payout policy. In asset pricing, we will be studying the risk and return trade off, the Capital Asset Pricing Model, market efficiency, and derivative securities.

The course objectives are to provide a theoretical framework for considering corporate finance problems and issues and to apply these concepts in practice.

I have three primary goals for the course: 

  1. to give everybody the ability and confidence to tackle common financial problems in practice, 
  2. to give everybody a base level of financial knowledge that an MPA from a top business school should possess, and 
  3. to provide adequate preparation for future finance classes, especially the advanced corporate and investment classes at the Cihan School of Business.