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Business Course Details

Kelley School of Business offers a four-term calendar - fall, winter, spring, and summer. All IU courses must be completed within 2 years (ex: start of Fall 2019 through to the end of Summer 2021). View the Academic Calendar for IU course availability throughout terms.  Below are short descriptions of each course taken through IU. 

It is suggested taking all classes prior to the last semester as IU semesters ended after the Purdue semester is final.

BUKD-C521 Managing Accounting Information for Decision-Making (winter, spring, summer)

Provides a user-oriented understanding of how accounting information should be managed to ensure its availability on a timely and relevant basis for decision making. The first part of the course reviews financial accounting and reporting while the second part of the course focuses on cost-benefit analysis for evaluating the potential value-added results from planning, organizing and controlling a firm's accounting information. The use of cases, forum discussions, and computer support are used extensively.  This class is beneficial for students without a strong finance background, a primer session may be needed.

BUKD-C570 Strategic Marketing Management (fall, winter, spring)

An introduction to the process of creating a market-driven organization. Specific topics include marketing strategy, market research and analysis, and the development of products and services, pricing, distribution, and promotion. The course employs lecture, classroom discussion through threaded discussion forums, case analysis and field research projects.

BUKD-C580 Operations Management (fall, winter, spring, summer)

Surveys the management of operations in manufacturing and service firms. Diverse activities, such as determining the size and type of production process, purchasing the appropriate raw materials, planning and scheduling the flow of materials and the nature and content of inventories, assuring product quality, and deciding on the production hardware and how it gets used, comprise this function of the company. Managing operations well requires both strategic and tactical skills. The topics considered include process analysis, workforce issues, materials management, quality and productivity, technology, and strategic planning, together with relevant analytical techniques. The course makes considerable use of business cases. Most classes will be spent discussing the cases assigned. For each case, students will be asked to review actual company situations and apply technical and managerial skills in recommending courses of action. Most cases will be taken from manufacturing, but some will be service-oriented. Several of the cases will focus on international companies or issues.

Choose either BUKD C560 or BUKD C562n (BUKD C521 & BUKD C580 are prerequisites for the below classes. Both classes must be taken prior to starting either of the below courses.)

BUKD-C560 Strategic Management and Business Planning (fall, winter, summer)

This course introduces students to strategic management and planning. In the course, you are asked to develop and execute a business strategy in a business simulation. In the Kelley Direct Online MBA Program, you are asked to develop a wide variety of skills and competencies in management. Developing and executing a business plan is only one of these skills. In addition, many of the skills and competencies addressed in this course will receive progressively greater refining in subsequent courses. As a result, this course should be viewed as in introduction to many issues that you will address again from different perspectives throughout the remainder of the MBA program.

BUKD C562 Developing Strategic Capability (fall, winter, spring, summer)

This course offers an introduction to tools for strategic management. It provides an introductory review of the complexities involved in determining long-term strategies. Rather than assessing the firm's environment in terms of broadly defined opportunities and threats, we will examine the dynamics of the competitive environment, how both the pace and direction of industry change are influenced by the resources, capabilities, and competitive interaction of rivals. The course uses discussion forums, team projects, and an interactive simulation.