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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEB6865
Tracking Number - 2520

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2012-03-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Assign a permanent number.
Comments: deleted/audit; reactivated. Need catalog. COB emailed 10/12/11, email 11/28/11. To GC for review - assign perm number for course. Listed as Variable, Ok. GC 1/23/12. to USF Sys 1/24/12. SCNS 2/1/12. Appd eff 3/15/12. 6895 appd 6865. Pending Pre-req

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-03-25
  2. Department: Information Systems and Decision Sciences
  3. College: BA
  4. Budget Account Number: 142500
  5. Contact Person: Grandon Gill
  6. Phone: 44511
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GEB
  9. Number: 6865
  10. Full Title: Business Problems Analysis
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Bus Prob Anlysis
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: ACG 6025; ACG 6075; FIN 6406;ECP6702; ECO6708;MAN 6055;MAR 6815; QMB 6305; QMB 6603; GEB 6445; MAN 6147
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This is a capstone class that is delivered using case method. Business cases can be written or life. The delivery of the class can include but not limited to book reports, discussions, debates and lecture.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Serve the whole cohort of each EMBA class (20 - 40 students each year).
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Has teaching experience in an MBA program with very higly sophisticated students.
  29. Objectives: The purpose of this course is to help students refine their “real world” problem solving skills. Upon completing this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Identify and apply some of the more commonly used strategy tools

    2. Recognize the types of situations where human decision makers routinely fail

    3. Appreciate the role played by complexity in business environments

    4. Present arguments on either side of some of today’s most contentious business debates

    5. Integrate knowledge, theory and experience from other classes in the MBA curriculum

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate both an understanding of the global economic, socio-cultural, political-legal, technological, and competitive environments in which business and non-business organizations seek competitive advantage and a global perspective/approach to a variety of business decisions

    2. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze an organization from various stakeholder perspectives, effectively using financial, quantitative, and qualitative tools to identify business problems and opportunities, assess performance, formulate appropriate and workable strategies and plans, and devise comprehensive evaluation measures

    3. Demonstrate the ability to develop strategic and operating plans under conditions of dynamic change and competitive uncertainty

    4. Demonstrate a mastery of as well as the ability to integrate and apply business concepts, tools, and techniques in a problem-solving environment, drawing on both program foundation knowledge coursework and business experience

    5. Understand and incorporate into their decision-making the social, ethical and legal responsibilities of organizations as they pursue economic goals and objectives

    6. Demonstrate effective leadership and collaboration skills both in classroom settings and in project/team environments

    7. Demonstrate oral and written communication competencies that support and enhance managerial effectiveness

  31. Major Topics: Business Strategy, Investments, Operations, Economics and Marketing.
  32. Textbooks: Various current books and articles related to the course topics. Various Business Cases.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: See above.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Case Discussions - 50% of the grade

    Debates - 25% of the grade

    Book Reviews - 25% of the grade

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Case Discussions: Business cases will be discussed by the class, facilitated by the instructor. Participation in these discussions with account for 50% of each student’s grade.

    Debates: Each group will participate in one debate (two groups assigned to each debate topic). Immediately prior to each debate, one group will be required to take the PRO side, one group the CON side. Debate performance will account for 25% of each student’s grade.

    Reviews: Six recent business books have been assigned to the class as a whole, one per group. Each group will prepare a ½ hour presentation on the key lessons learned from its assigned reading, accounting for 25% of each student’s grade.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Case by case negotiation with each student as necessary.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MBA/EMBA
  39. Course Concurrence Information: MBA and othe MS in Business related degrees.

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