Business Administration and Accounting Department.

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College requirement courses (18 credit hours) compulsory:

These courses are common and compulsory for study plans of Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Banking and Human Resource Manage

1-BCGE 001: Arabic Language

This course aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge of Arabic. It also motivates them to appreciate the different styles of Arabic. They acquire grammatical skills and learn the rhetorical expression of the language. The focus is on developing the student’s oral and written skills.

2-BCGE 002: Islamic Culture

The course aims to define the Islamic identity of Muslim students and the main characteristics of this identity so as to be able to build up his/her own Islamic independent personality. The course is intends to acquaint students with the dangers that threaten the Islamic identity and with problems and constraints that the Islamic society encounter.

3-BCGE003: Oman Society

The course includes some of the topics, which aims to develop the values of loyalty and belonging.  This course aims to state the efforts done by the Sultanate of Oman in various areas of social and economic development. The student will learn that the nature of the Omani society is based on tolerance and advancement in systems and laws and also recognize the efforts of the Sultanate in the development of human resources. Students will use the knowledge and skills they possess in developing their creative thinking, being aware of the cultural role of Omani society. It also aims to develop within students how to communicate effectively with other people from other cultures and civilizations, and how to interact with them in a globalized world.

4-BCGE004- Study Skills

The course helps students to improve their English and gives them skill and practice in using English as a language of instruction; in this case they can improve their study habits in English. The course stresses the fact that once the skill has been introduced, it is the student’s responsibility to continue practicing it on his/her own until it is mastered efficiently.  Therefore, the course deals with topics such as using an English dictionary, learning vocabulary in English, outlining, improving your reading, using a library and preparing for examinations.

5- BCGE009 Entrepreneurship

The course aims at imparting basic knowledge about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. Topics covered include entrepreneurship process, business planning process, project financing and valuation, business models and strategies, phases of entrepreneurial growth. An overview of business practices in the world with special emphasis on GCC and Sultanate of Oman in Particular is covered.

6-COMP100: Computers: Their Impact & Uses

This course aims to give the students a general understanding of what computers are , how they are organized , how they work, how data is presented and how computers are programmed. Emphasis is also put on problem solving.

7-ENGL002: General English

It is a course in English as a foreign Language. It provides practice in the Language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a review of structures, vocabulary and registers appropriate to the student’s field.

Department Requirement Courses (33) Credit hours Compulsory:

1-ACCT220: Introduction to financial accounting

Course Description:

The course introduce basic theory and techniques of contemporary financial accounting, including accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements for single- owner business organizations that operate as service companies or merchandisers. This course give the student a basic understanding of how debit and credit entries affect the five basic accounts (assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenses) and demonstrate how financial statements are created and used in the business environment, particularly the service and merchandising industries. Topics also include adjusting entries and completing the accounting cycle. The student will also study the role of internal control and accounting for receivables.

2-ACCT230: Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Prerequisite ACCT 220

Course Description:

This course covers basic topics of management accounting and introduces a business management approach to the development and use of accounting information. In today’s competitive market place, an excellent accounting information system is essential for organizations to make better decisions. The main concern of this course is to supply students with the basic concepts and principles of managerial accounting. This course covers firms’ internal accounting systems and their use in decision-making, planning and control. Major topics include cost classification, cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, flexible budget, capital budget and variance analysis and decision making.

3-BLAW: 280: Business Law 1

Course Description:

This course provides a base for the students to know the importance of law in the business world. The purpose of this course is to inculcate knowledge to understand how to operate business legally. This course covers the many sources of law that create rights, duties and obligations, law of contracts. Also a significant emphasis is put on Oman Legal structure, Oman companies’ law and Oman labor law.

4-BUS105: Business Communication

Prerequisite ENGL002

Course Description

The course focuses on providing knowledge of communication process and forms of communication by developing skills of written and oral communication. The learners will understand the concepts and techniques used for developing skills in writing and interpersonal communication. Emphasis is on learning of writing and creating documents such as letters, reports, memos and emails.

5-ECON 160: Microeconomics Principles

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce basic economic concepts related to individual decision makers in the economy -households, business firms, and governments- and how they interact. Meaning, nature, and methods of economic study are introduced. Supply, demand, and elasticity are used to analyze consumer and firm behaviors in different types of markets. Rationale for various public policies designed to modify the workings of markets will be examined.

6-ECON 161: Macroeconomics Principles

Prerequisite ECON 160 

Course Description

Macroeconomics introduces students to basic theory of the whole economy and how business firms and household interact in a circular frame. How Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is calculated.  Topics of consumption function and saving function, and other problems like inflation and unemployment and recession are introduced together with the role of money and its functions, fiscal policy and monetary policy shall be also explained.

7- FIN 303: Financial Management

Prerequisite: ACCT 220

This course is an introductory course in financial management. It exposes students to the techniques of financial analysis and financial decision making. The topic covers financial analysis, financial forecasting, operating and financial leverage, and current assets management, time value of money in a domestic and international.

8-MATH 103: Mathematical Methods for Business

Course Description

This course covers basic mathematical operations, applications of straight line equation in business and economics. Topics include linear equations, solution of linear equations by various mathematical methods, matrices, percentages, derivatives and the evaluation of various methods of calculation of interest adopted by business organizations on regular basis.

9-MGT 100: Introduction to Management

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the management functions. It will focus on the theory and fundamental concepts of management including planning, organization, leadership and control. This course will review the contemporary management theory and practices are changing rapidly and those changes will be discussed during the course. Case studies, problems and discussion of relating articles, studies will help the deeper understanding of the discussed areas

10-MKT 100: Principles of Marketing

Course Description

This course covers the business activities of marketing functions. Students learn the basic concepts of marketing and developing marketing strategies. Emphasis is placed on giving understanding of consumer behavior, marketing business environment and marketing mix.

11-SOM 120: Basic Business Statistics

Prerequisite: MATH 103 

Course Description

This course provides a descriptive and inferential statistical methods in a clear, concise and accurate manner. Dealing with the difficulty in analyzing many phenomena, be they business, economic, social or otherwise. In addition, understand the essential concept of the probability of an event occurring to help make decisions in situations of uncertainty. Recognize the relationship between variables and the precision of an estimate derived from it. Moreover, carry out hypothesis tests for a variety of statistical problems.

Major requirements (51 cr. Hrs)

1-BUS 402: Graduation Project

The purpose of graduation project is to enable the students to apply the knowledge and skills through research to evaluate real life business issues. The course gives the students an understanding of analyzing data and present information and findings in a formal report. The program will provide an opportunity to students to apply concepts learned and to apply research techniques to find business solution.

2-MKT 304: Introduction to Marketing Management

Prerequisite: MKT 100

The emphasis of this course is to provide students with knowledge of marketing management aspects for choosing target markets for creating value and satisfaction for customers. Marketing management seeks to meet organizational objectives by effectively satisfying customers in a dynamic environment. This course provides an overview of marketing processes, product development, pricing and distribution strategies, and provides students with the opportunity to apply the key concepts to practical business situations.

3-MGT360: Management and Organizational Behavior 

Prerequisite: MGT 100

The syllabus is organized into five parts, of which first part focuses on foundations of Organizational Behavior. Part two introduces the individual perspective. Part three discusses the Group Dynamics. Part four focuses on Dynamics of Organization.  Part Five pay specific attention to Stress, Org.Change and Development, International Org. behavior.

4- MGT 370: Management Skills 

Prerequisite: MGT 100

The course aims at providing you with the core management skills and competencies required to be an effective supervisor/manager. The course helps to develop your personal, interpersonal and group skills, specifically, to develop your leadership, decision making and problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills. The course provides many opportunities to strengthen your ability to exercise leadership and to work collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals. Through this course, you will gain an understanding of your personal strengths and weaknesses.

Decision making and problems solving, communication, leadership, delegation, motivating and managing high performing teams, training and coaching are essential skills included in this course

5-MGT 450: Organization Change and Development

Prerequisite: MGT 360

Course Description:

The syllabus is organized into five parts, of which first part focus on over view of Organizational change.  Part two introduces the Resistance to change. Part three discusses the Theory and management of Org. development. Part four focuses on OD interventions. Part Five pay specific attention to Key considerations and issues related to Org.development.

6-FIN431: Risk Management

Prerequisite: FIN 303

This course explains the principles of risk management. The course provides the foundation of risk management application in terms of defining risk and uncertainty, explaining the objectives and goals of risk management. The course provides a learning of analysis of the methods and procedures of dealing with risk in the firm, including the theoretical basis of insurance and self-insurance mechanisms. Emphasize would be given on risk management in the banking industry, risk management and mitigation via derivatives and equity market. The focus will be on Omani context.

7-PHIL 305: Business Ethics & Public Policy 

Business ethics has become one of the strongest news stories of the last decades.  Previously renowned companies linked to growing trend of unethical business behavior.  The constant pressure to deliver on increasingly challenging productivity targets or sales quotas often creates an environment where their organization proclaims the highest standards of business ethics, but their manager provides clearer direction, do whatever it takes to hit that target/quota.  This course examines business ethics from both an organizational, managerial and employee’s perspective, by examining issues and scenarios that relate directly to the work environment, students will examine the goal of business organizations, as well as individual conduct in business settings. Ethical reasoning and ethical leadership will guide debate on topics such as: creating an ethical climate in an organization, honesty, affirmative action, environmental ethics, ethics in advertising and sales, financial management, personnel management, corporate social responsibility and the role of character and virtues in effective leadership.

8- SOM 306: Operations Management

Prerequisite: SOM 120

Course Description

This course serves as the introduction to the operations function of business. All organizations – for profit, not-for-profit, manufacturing, processing or service – have operations as their central function. Despite their diversity, these organizations share common objectives and problems. In most cases, the same principles can be applied to help manage their operations. Major topics include determining operations strategy and objectives, planning the operations process, controlling operations and managing their quality. The course is designed to introduce concepts to help student understand how operations are organized and how operations decisions affect virtually every aspect of the firm.

9- MKT348: Consumer Behavior

Prerequisite: MKT 304

Course Description:

The course includes the comprehensive study of behavioral models and concepts to understand evaluate and predict consumer behavior in terms of marketing implications. Determinants of consumer behavior are explored to gain understanding of complex forces as they affect the market place.  Emphasis is upon understanding the processes that influence the acquisition, consumption and disposition of private and public sector goods and services.

10- ECON 320: Labor Economics

Prerequisite: ECON 161

Course Description

This course is designed to examine:

  • Labor markets, focusing on the determination of labor demand and labor supply, and the resulting equilibrium wages and employment levels.
  • The effect of job characteristics and investments in human capital, such as education, on wages.
  • The effects of different compensation schemes on productivity, labor market discrimination based on gender and race, and unemployment will also.
  • This course will study these issues both theoretically and empirically. The course will stress the application of economic theory to important policy issues such as minimum wage laws, manpower policies, welfare policies, occupational health and safety standards, immigration laws, and anti-discrimination policies.

11- MKT 346: Marketing Research

Prerequisite: MKT 304

Course description

The goal of this course is to provide the students with practical understanding of marketing research methods. The course emphasizes on the use of the skills for systematic problem analysis to translate management problems into the appropriate marketing research problems. This course will also focus on qualitative and quantitative aspects of marketing research and how it helps managers in addressing marketing problems and estimating market potential, forecasting, developing advertising and pricing policies and designing and positioning new products.

12- ECON 330: Money and Banking

Prerequisite ECON 161 

Course Description

This course provides the students knowledge about the evolution of money, functions of money in the economy and the role of commercial banks in the development of a country. Topics covered include demand for money, Keynesian theory of demand for money, quantity theory of money. Emphasis is placed on banking, monetary policy, central banks and its functions, money creation and the role of central bank in this regard.

13- ECON309: Economics for Managers

Prerequisite: ECON 160

Course Description:

This course is designed to examine:

  • Labor markets, focusing on the determination of labor demand and labor supply, and the resulting equilibrium wages and employment levels.
  • The effect of job characteristics and investments in human capital, such as education, on wages.
  • The effects of different compensation schemes on productivity, labor market discrimination based on gender and race, and unemployment will also.
  • This course will study these issues both theoretically and empirically. The course will stress the application of economic theory to important policy issues such as minimum wage laws, manpower policies, welfare policies, occupational health and safety standards, immigration laws, and anti-discrimination policies.

 14-mgt460: Strategic Human Resource development

Prerequisite: MGT 360

Course Description:

This course introduces the key concepts, tools, and principles of strategy formulation implementation and evaluation. The course covers the basic business models used in formulating and selecting strategies including value chain analysis, PEST, Porter’s five forces model, SWOT analysis, etc. Students are required to conduct a strategic analysis of a firm and its lines of business. The course emphasizes the impact of strategic management and strategic thinking on organization’s competitive advantage. The course highlights the influence of ethics, social responsibility and global trends on the firm’s strategy and competitive advantage.

15- MGT 380: Employment Practices

Prerequisite: MGT100

Course Description:

Analysis of the procedures involved in the human resource function in light of the legal and socio-demographic environment. Why and how employees are recruited and retained, employees health and safety necessities , importance of social responsibility and managerial ethics, effects of organizational culture and environment on performance of organization  is evaluated as current issues and trends.

16- ACCT350: Intermediate Financial Accounting 1

Prerequisite: ACCT 220

Course Description

This course expands upon the underlying framework and concepts of Financial Accounting in the context of how accounting fits into the overall business environment of contemporary society. This course is the first in a three-course sequence of Intermediate Accounting. It provides a comprehensive review of the accounting process that was initially discussed in Financial Accounting. Students will study the conceptual basis of accounting, deepen their understanding of the preparation and understanding of classified financial statements and related information and apply analytical tools in making both business and financial decisions.

17- ACCT 289:  Strategic Cost and Profit Management

Prerequisite: ACCT 230

This course aims at presenting and explaining the basic concepts of strategic cost and profit management in business organizations, and how strategic cost management helps organizations to adopt the most suitable strategy leading them to the realization of their objectives.

Elective Courses (18 Credit Hours)

1-BUS 401: Research Methodology

Prerequisite: SOM 120

The course helps the students to gain insights into how the scientific research is conducted. It is important to know how research is used in decision making and understanding a wide variety of research methodologies as well as basic skills in applying them.

2-MGT 464: International Business Management 

Prerequisite: MGT 100

The syllabus is organized into five parts, of which three parts focus on strategies. Part One introduces the world of international business. Part Two discusses the environment of international business.  Part Three focuses on international business strategies. Part Four Deals with functional area strategies. Part Five pay specific attention to regional strategies. In addition, cases have been given to match with the real life context.

3-MGT 662: Strategic Planning and Implementation

Prerequisite: MGT 100

This course introduces the key concepts, tools, and principles of strategy formulation implementation and evaluation. The course covers the basic business models used in formulating and selecting strategies including value chain analysis, PEST, Porter’s five forces model, SWOT analysis, etc. Students are required to conduct a strategic analysis of a firm and its lines of business. The course emphasizes the impact of strategic management and strategic thinking on organization’s competitive advantage. The course highlights the influence of ethics, social responsibility and global trends on the firm’s strategy and competitive advantage.

4-SOM 316: Quantitative Analysis in Business

Prerequisite: SOM 120

This course is a study of Quantitative Methods and Business Analysis approaches in organization. The objective of the course is to familiarize the student with advanced quantitative approaches and mathematical optimization techniques used to address managerial, business and economics problems. In addition, the student will gain insight and an understanding of mathematical modeling and rational approaches to decision-making and their contribution to organizational effectiveness. Topics in this course include decision theory, linear programming and model building, , transportation problems and assignments problems.

5-MGT 458: Decision Making & Creativity 

Prerequisite: MGT 100

We all make decisions, all the time. Some of them are not particularly important, but others are. Imagine how much better your life would be        if all of your important decisions were as good as they realistically could be. Although this is an unattainable goal, we can all learn to improve our decision making. And if we improve by even a small amount, we will be better off and so will many other people. That is what this course is about: making your decisions better so that you and everyone else can benefit. As your career grows, your decisions will become more and more important. Many of them will entail considerable risk. Many will also involve potential competition. We have designed this course to give you the opportunity to make a variety of risky, competitive, and difficult decisions in a safe context so that you can learn (1) how you make decisions and (2) how you can make them better. My goal in the course is to open your eyes both to yourself and to a variety of methods than will allow you to improve your decision making, a lot. All this comes from the enormous amount of research in the last few years about how people make decisions and how they can make their decisions better.

6-MKT 445: International Marketing Management

Prerequisite: MKT 304

Course Description:

The objective of this course is to highlight international marketing conditions and constant changes. Topics include foreign market research trade promotion political, legal economic and cultural environments product and service adaptability and multinational competition.

7-MGT 201: Human Resource Development

Prerequisite: MGT 100

This course provides an introductory overview of the theory and practices of human resource management in the organization to help people and manage changing environment. This course also provides future human resource manager with an understanding of managerial activities such as: Human resource planning, job analysis, staffing, developing, evaluating, disciplining and maintain a qualified workforce in ways that contribute to an organization's effectiveness.

8- ENGL 007:  English for Business

Prerequisite: ENGL 002 

Course Description

This course is designed for students majoring in Business and Management to increase their proficiency in English within the context of business affairs and needs. It focuses on reading in the content area, managing technical data and utilizing varied forms of communication for the purpose of transmitting information.

9- FIN 442: Theory and Practices of Financial Planning

Prerequisite: FIN 303

Course Description:

Introduces the role and importance of personal financial planning in society, Helps in understanding the financial planning process and how decisions are interrelated. The course introduces the personal financial planning process, time value of money, household finance, financial statement analysis and cash flow planning.

10- BLAW308: Business Law II

Prerequisite: BLAW280

Course Description:

This course continues the s<span style='font-size:12.0pt;'><span style='font-size:12.0pt;'>tudy of the role of law in business including the study of legal institutions and their role in facilitating and regulating business, it includes  Oman company law, Intellectual Property Laws, Agency and Employment law, the various forms of business organizations, their formation, management, legal status, winding up.