MBA670 Special Topics in Business

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MBA 670 Special Topics in Business


UMP 2010 MBD


Koudou, Nicolas


Professor of Marketing



Office Location

Downtown Kansas City

Office Hours


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Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



No textbooks are required for this course

Additional Resources:


·        Standard & Poor

·        Moody’s

·        Industry Survey

·        Advertising Age

·        Value lines

·        National Trade Database

·        Lexis-Nexus etc... 

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Course Description:
MBA 670 Special Topics in Business: In this course, current topics in business will be extensively discussed. These may include business ethics, labor relations, financial planning or any of a wide variety of subjects in the business curriculum. For example: Entrepreneurial Research, Entrepreneurial Education, Entrepreneurial Investments. Prerequisite: MG 352 or equivalent approved by Program Director (Formerly MG 670)

Educational Philosophy:


The responsibilities and role of faculty are to (1) be a role model for your students and an excellent teacher possible. This means that professor must have a foundation of basic knowledge and to be able to starve for the latest findings and theories in the areas of his/her expertise, to be able to prepare and deliver stimulating and informative lectures, for maintaining high standards, guiding and facilitating students learning process in any way necessary. Thus, a faculty member must be able to enhance free expression in and out of classroom toward the pursuit of learning.


  •  Facilitator: be able to assist students to develop interest in the subject matter
  • High Standards: always expect more from students. If students are performing under standards, they will need a particular attention from their faculty to help them raise their level of confidence.
  •  Knowledge of the Subject Matter: an excellent faculty must always be prepared before delivering lectures. This means reading a wide variety of material and use the knowledge acquired to always improve lecture delivery.
  •  Enthusiasm: show passion and enthusiasm about the subject matter to students.
  •  Genuine Concern for students: care about your students and their class performance.
  • Intrinsic Satisfaction with Teaching: an excellent faculty should always be exhausted and please at the end of his/her class.

My classroom philosophy is strongly centered on mutual respect between professor and students.  I highly believe that classroom environment should be friendly and enjoyable to enhance attractive learning conditions. Students and professors should enjoy a cooperative and collaborative relationship based on exchange of information and knowledge that are mutually beneficial. This approach is a remarkable opportunity to help students develop and form their opinions freely in friendly and agreeable atmosphere. In this context, I often think of myself as a mentor, coach, and facilitator, constantly stimulating, challenging and appreciating the achievement of my students. In this role, I am proud and fortunate to be able to contribute to the academic and professional growth of my students.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the importance of ethics in business.
  2. Explain how to use the SWOT analysis to assess a given company and its industry.
  3. Discuss the process of entrepreneurial research.
  4. Demonstrate the knowledge of Michael Porter five-force model.
  5. Develop research and communication skills by writing a group project and presenting the findings.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Team Project (Research/Consulting)
Team Oral Presentation


Team Project (Research/Consulting)                              100 (40%)
Team Oral Presentation                                                   75 (30%)
Participation                                                                     75 (30%)
      Total                                                                        250 (100%)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  Students must attend all two-week session and turn in all their assignments on due date(s). A paper that is not turned in on due date will be assigned a letter grade of “F”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required to attend the session and be active in classroom discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Two meetings with students are required the first week to explain the research project and introduce research tools to them.
In the second week of your session, two other meetings will be held for questions and answers session and project presentation.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

Disability Guidelines:
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