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SMGT - Sustainable Management


2012-2014 Catalog

SMGT - Sustainable Management

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SMGT 115Environmental Science and Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is admission to the Sustainable Management major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 220Systems Thinking3.00
In this course students will use systems thinking to apply the concept of sustainability in various business, social, and scientific contexts. Rather than looking at problems by analyzing their component parts, students will learn to analyze whole systems. Students then model the relationships and behaviors to identify leverage points for change. No Pass-Fail.
SMGT 230Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers3.00
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 will 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). No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed College Algebra (MATH 102 or equivalent) and admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on a space-available basis.
SMGT 235Economics in Society and Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed College Algebra (MATH 102 or equivalent) and admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on a space-available basis.
SMGT 240Technical Writing for Sustainable Management3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is admission to the Sustainable Management major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 310Ecology and Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed BIOL 123 or equivalent, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 315Global Environmental Chemistry3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
General Chemistry (CHEM 105 or equivalent) and admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or Program Advisor permission, and on a space-available basis.
SMGT 320Energy for Sustainable Management3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
General Chemistry (CHEM 105 or equivalent) and admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or Program Advisor permission, and on a space-available basis.
SMGT 325Natural Resource Management3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 330Marketing for a Sustainable World3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SMGT 235, and admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 331Sustainable Organizational Finance3.00
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). No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Statistics (MATH 130 or its equivalent), SMGT 230, and SMGT 235, and admission to the Sustainable Management Major; or permission of the program advisor. Offered on space-available basis.
SMGT 332Economics of Environmental Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Statistics (MATH 130 or its equivalent), SMGT 230, and SMGT 235, and admission to the Sustainable Management Major; or permission of the program advisor. Offered on space-available basis.
SMGT 335Management and Environmental Information Systems3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 130 and SMGT 230, and admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, on space-available basis.
SMGT 340Organizational Behavior and Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Admitted to DBE.
SMGT 350Operations Management and Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
MATH 102 (or its equivalent) and MATH 130 (or its equivalent), admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor on space-available basis.
SMGT 360Environmental and Sustainability Policy3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SMGT 115 and admission to the Stustainable Management Major, or consent of Program Advisor, on a space-available basis.
SMGT 370Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SMGT 350 and admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, on a space-available basis.
SMGT 430International Management for a Sustainable World3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 435International Development and Sustainability3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 460Environment and Society3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Admission to the Sustainable Management Major, or consent of the Program Advisor, and on space-available basis.
SMGT 495Sustainable Management Capstone3.00
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. No Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Senior standing, advisor consent and must be admitted to SMGT major, or have program advisor consent, on space-available basis.
SMGT 700Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability3.00
The changing relationships of humans to the natural environment; changes in dominant scientific perspectives and the process of scientific debate. The quest for understanding, manipulating, and dominating the natural world. Cultural and organizational structures; the role and impact of technology; the systems approach to problem solving and its implications for the future.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 710The Natural Environment3.00
Natural cycles, climate, water, energy, bio-systems, eco-systems, the role of humans in the biosphere; human impacts on natural systems. Use of case studies; some pre-reading, carbon cycle as a unifying theme. Disturbance pollution and toxicity; carrying capacity; natural capital.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 720Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line3.00
Document and project internal and external costs resulting from the inseparability of the natural, social and economic environments. Assess sustainability issues using basic modeling techniques; cause and effect, root cause analysis, regression analysis and business scenario based cases.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 730Policy, Law and Ethics of Sustainability3.00
The Law and Ethics regarding sustainability of Economic development and emerging environmental challenges at national and international levels; including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Carbon Footprints, Kyoto protocol, and Brundtland Commission. The policy and role of government and its agencies such as Army Corps of Engineers; Department of Interior, etc., in building a more just, prosperous, and secure environmental common future.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 740Economics of Sustainability3.00
Understand the economy as a component of the ecosystem within which it resides, with natural capital added to the typical analysis of human, social, built, and financial capital. Explore traditional micro, macro, and international trade theory and policy and the implications of sustainability. Topics include: history of economic systems and thought; globalization and localization; distinguishing between growth and development; the nature and causes of market failure; consumption, consumerism, and human well-being; emerging markets; technological change; business organization and financial market alternatives; demographic change; and the global food economy.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 750The built Environment3.00
Explore how the built environment came to be and the intersection of human needs: water, air, food, water, waste, transportation, healthcare and education. Evaluate community design: what does a sustainable community look like? Study related technologies and evaluate alternatives, discuss unintended consequences. Course will include case studies.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 760Geopolitical Systems3.00
An examination of decision making and public policy for sustainability at the national, state, and local level, with emphasis on the social, economic, political factors affecting decisions within both the public and private sectors. Attention is given to formal American policy making processes, informal grassroots activities and consensus building, public engagement with sustainability decisions, corporate sustainability actions and reporting, the promise of public-private partnerships and collaborative decision making, and practical examples of how decision making fosters effective transitions to sustainability goals at all levels.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 770Leading Sustainable Organizations3.00
A macro-level perspective on leading sustainable organizations. Topics addressed include: organizational change and transformation processes, strategic and creative thinking, organizational structures and their impacts, conflict management and negotiation, stake holder management and situational leadership styles and behaviors. Focuses on how organizational leaders develop and enable sustainable organizations, especially in times of environmental change.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 780Corporate Social Responsibility3.00
Corporate social responsibility and an organization. Evaluation of risks and potential impacts in decision making recognizing the links between the success of an organization and the well being of a community. Integrating corporate social responsibility throughout an organization, creating metrics and communicating CSR policies internally and externally. Development of best practices in an organization pertaining to corporate social responsibility.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 782Supply Chain Management3.00
Planning, organizing and controlling the organization's supply chain is examined in context of the triple bottom line. Total cost analyses or product and process life cycles are considered in the context of strategy and operations. Topics include: sourcing, operations, distribution, reverse logistics and service supply chains. Process measurements and the impact on organizational performance in the context of footprints (e.g. carbon, water, pollution). Discussion of existing and potential software systems.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 784Sustainable Water Management3.00
This course addresses practical applications of sustainability in aquatic environments. Topics covered include water and health, water quality and quantity, governance, assessing the aquatic environment, water treatment technologies, environmental mitigation, and impacts of climate change. Emphasis will be on selected areas of interest from the perspective of public health, engineering, and municipal conservation management.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 785Waste Management and Resource Recovery3.00
Topics include the generation, processing, management and disposal of municipal, industrial and agricultural waste with an emphasis on the technical, economic and environmental aspects of various recovery processes. Additional topics will include producer responsibility, design for environment and life cycle analysis.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.
SMGT 790Capstone Preparation Course1.00
Research, data analysis, scholarly inquiry resulting in project proposal.
SMGT 792Capstone Project3.00
Completion of approved project utilizing concepts from coursework.
SMGT 795Special Topics in Sustainable Management3.00
Various specialized areas of sustainable management will be examined. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.
Prerequisites:
Admission to M.S. in SMGT Program.

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