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Sustainable Management (SMGT)


2010-2012 Catalog

Sustainable Management (SMGT)

115 Environmental Science and Sustainability (3) Overview of the interrelationships between humans and the environment. The first third of the course focuses on important ecological concepts. The remainder deals with human influence on the environment and sustainable practices to avoid or ameliorate the negative impacts. The ecological concepts are used throughout to identify, understand, and provide a basis for proposing possible solutions to contemporary environmental problems. Overall, the course provides students with a better understanding of how humans can more positively affect the environment in which they live. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

230 Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers (3) Introduction to the discipline of financial and managerial accounting and how this information is used. Students gain a basic knowledge of the preparation of financial statements and their analytical use. Further, students explore how this accounting information is applied by managers in the decision-making process, helping organizations meet the triple bottom line (strong profits, healthy environment, and vital communities). Prerequisites: College Algebra (MATH 102 or equivalent); Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

235 Economics in Society and Sustainability (3) General introductory course highlighting economic, social, and environmental issues facing society. In addition to covering traditional issues such as markets and prices (microeconomics), government economic management (macroeconomics), and international trade, it introduces economic content into the analysis of selected topics such as poverty and discrimination, the environment, and the provision of government services. Critiques of conventional economic thought, within the context of systems thinking and ecological economics, are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: College Algebra (MATH 102 or equivalent); must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space available basis. No Pass-Fail.

240 Technical Writing for Sustainable Management (3) The psychology and mechanics of written communications are thoroughly explored and widely applied. Also included are non-written applications in such business areas as international/intercultural, nonverbal, and ethical communications related to sustainability. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

310  Ecology and Sustainability (3) Interrelationships of organisms with each other and their environments. Investigation into composition and dynamics of populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere with emphasis on sustainability. Online only. Prerequisites:  Introductory Biology (BIOL 123 or equivalent): must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

315 Global Environmental Chemistry (3) Exploration of chemical environments as interdependent thermodynamics and kinetic systems. The "system/surroundings" perspectives of thermodynamics will be applied to systems of progressively larger size to arrive at the comprehensive view of the global environmental system. Prerequisites: General Chemistry (CHEM 105 or equivalent); must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space available basis. No Pass-Fail.

320 Energy for Sustainable Management (3) Students learn to apply basic engineering principles to existing and emerging energy technologies to provide a better understanding of energy production, consumption, and environmental impact; and how these principles relate to sustainable management. Topics cover a wide range of energy systems, including nuclear, fossil fuels, wind, solar, biofuels and biomass. Prerequisites: General Chemistry (CHEM 105 or equivalent); must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space available basis. No Pass-Fail.

325 Natural Resource Management (3) Examines the interdependence between natural resources associated with land, air, and water. Explores significant environmental issues regarding the policies and problems in the use and management of natural resources related to soils, vegetation, landscape within the context of social needs and sustainability. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

330 Marketing for a Sustainable World (3) An analysis of an organization's opportunities to develop sustainability practices as they relate to the development of product, pricing, supply and distribution channels (retail, wholesale), promotion (advertising, sales promotion, public relations) and target markets. Prerequisites: SMGT 235; must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

331 Sustainable Organizational Finance (3) Introduction to the theory and methods of sustainable organizational finance. Topics include financial statements; discounting and budgeting; uncertainty and risk/reward trade-offs; and assessing the financial implications of the triple bottom line (e.g. climate change, carbon trading, human resource management, and creating environmentally-conscious shareholder value). Prerequisites: Statistics (MATH 130 or equivalent); SMGT 230; SMGT 235; must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

332 Economics of Environmental Sustainability (3) Examines the interaction between market activity and the environment, applies economic analysis to the efficient and sustainable management of environmental goods and resources, and examines how economic institutions and polices can be changed to bring the environmental impacts of economic decision-making more into balance with human desires and the needs of the ecosystem. Prerequisites: SMGT 235; must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

335 Management and Environmental Information Systems (3) Use of the computer as a problem-solving tool, as part of data processing systems; information systems and decision support tools for managers; information systems planning and development; overview of computer hardware, software, database management, networking and web technologies; green data centers; energy efficient trends in information technology; data and information usage in green businesses. Prerequisites: Statistics (MATH 130 or equivalent); SMGT 230; must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

340 Organizational Behavior and Sustainability (3) Management principles and theories underlying human behavior in organizations are investigated. Topics include personality, motivation, communication, decision-making, leadership, teamwork, ethics, power, diversity, and work stress. Constraints and opportunities of an "eco" friendly organization are realized. Prerequisites: Introductory Communications (COMM 110 or equivalent); must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

350 Operations Management and Sustainability (3) Introduction to the role of the operations function in an organization; linear programming; continuous and intermittent production processes; aggregate planning; inventory control; materials management; scheduling; project management; quality assurance; operations for green enterprises. Prerequisites: College Algebra (MATH 102 or equivalent); statistics (MATH 130 or equivalent); must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

360 Environmental and Sustainability Policy (3) Topics include the spectrum of historical, theoretical and technical issues applicable to sustainable management of natural resources, environmental quality standards and risk management. Identifies administrative structures that form the basis for selecting appropriate responses to complex management problems faced by industry, government and non-governmental agencies. The historical development and current framework of public policy are investigated and specific foundational legislation is critiqued. Prerequisites: SMGT 115; must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

370 Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability (3) Introduction to the concepts, functions, processes, and objectives of logistics and supply chain management activities. Covers activities that are involved in physically moving raw materials, inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of use or consumption. Covers the planning, organizing, and controlling of such activities, and examines the role of supply chain processes in creating sustainable competitive advantage with respect to quality, flexibility, lead-time, and cost. Topics include customer service, inventory management, transportation, warehousing, supply chain management, reverse logistics, green supply chains and international logistics. Prerequisites: SMGT 350; must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail.

430 International Management for a Sustainable World (3) Analysis of the theory and practice of managing international organizations. Includes sociocultural aspects and group dynamics of international business and service organizations through the study of sustainable management practices. Implementation of a triple bottom line solution to organizational problems will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail

435 International Development and Sustainability (3) Historical roots of the idea of development, economic theories of growth and their implications for sustainability, and interrelationships between population growth, food security, poverty, inequality, urbanization, technological change, international trade and environmental change at local, regional and global scales. Contemporary issues and alternatives. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail

440 Systems Thinking (3) Students use systems thinking to apply the concept of sustainability in various business, social, and scientific contexts. Rather than looking at a problem by analyzing their component parts, students learn to analyze whole systems. Students then model the relationships and behaviors to identify leverage points for change. Prerequisites: Senior standing; Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail

460 Environment and Society (3) Introduce the fundamentals of human-environmental interaction; a grasp of how these interactions create problems; and how the elements of social, technological, and personal choices combine to overcome them. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail

495 Sustainable Management Capstone (3) An application and study of sustainable management through the solution of an industry-based project. Implementation of a triple bottom line solution to industrial problems will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Senior standing, Advisor consent; must be admitted to SMGT major or have program advisor consent on space-available basis. No Pass-Fail


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