Course Descriptions


Courses offered at IAU have been identified by course codes and numbers that are comparable to accredited institutions’ numbering system. The course code is a 3 or 4 letter identifier for a major division of an academic subject. The course code is related to the content of the course, rather than the department in which it is taught. Courses are typically worth 3 units unless otherwise stated.

100-299 Undergraduate lower division courses
300-499 Undergraduate upper division courses
500-999 Graduate courses

ACC | Accounting

ACC 100 Principles of Financial Accounting
This course is designed to provide an introduction to financial accounting from the user's perspective. Its primary purpose is to promote understanding of financial accounting information for decision-making purposes and to focus on financial accounting's role in communication business results.

ACC 200 Principles of Managerial Accounting
This course introduces the student to the use of accounting information by managers. Topics include the use of accounting information for planning and control, capital investment, performance evaluation, decision-making and the statement of cash flows, along with financial statement analysis. (Prerequisite: ACC 100 Principles of Financial Accounting)

ACC 210 Cost Accounting
This course is an advanced treatment of managerial accounting/cost accounting. Emphasis is on budgeting and cost control systems including a detailed study of manufacturing cost accounts and reports, job order costing, and process costing.  Includes introduction to alternative costing methods such as activity-based and just-in-time costing.  Emphasis is on decision-making and performance evaluation techniques in management/cost accounting utilizing case studies.  (Prerequisite: ACC 200 Principles of Managerial Accounting)

ACC 300 Intermediate Accounting I
This course is the first in a series of three intermediate financial accounting courses which provide a comprehensive study of financial accounting theory and financial accounting reporting. The course will concentrate on the foundations of financial accounting and include an in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles and concepts. Emphasis will be on a deeper understanding of financial statements, earnings management, and the revenue/receivables/cash cycle. (Prerequisite: ACC 100 Principles of Financial Accounting & ACC 200 Principles of Managerial Accounting)

ACC 310 Intermediate Accounting II
This is the second in a series of three intermediate financial accounting courses which provide a comprehensive study of financial accounting theory and financial accounting reporting. The course will concentrate on revenue recognition as well as operating assets and liabilities. Later emphasis will be on accounting for stockholder’s equity. (Prerequisite: ACC 300 Intermediate Accounting I)

BUS | Business

BUS 100 Introduction to Business (formerly BUS 105 Introduction to Business)
This course is designed to provide a foundation in general business areas such as accounting, finance, economics, marketing, business law, and other business subjects.

BUS 110 Business Communication
This course is an introduction to business and professional communication. Individual-level topics cover organizational communication, business vocabulary, speaking and writing, preparing and delivering presentations, and career management.

BUS 150 Business Math
This course involves mathematics calculations in the context of business applications. Topics include basic numbers facts, equations used in business, simple and compound interests, payroll, financial instrument value determination, bank loans, taxes, insurance, determining depreciation, and financial statements and ratio.

BUS 200 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This course is an introduction to entrepreneurship and will focus on identifying opportunities and putting useful ideas into practice. The process will include deciding to become an entrepreneur, developing successful business ideas, moving from an idea to an entrepreneurial firm, and managing and growing an entrepreneurial firm.

BUS 300 Business Ethics
This course confronts a number of morally and legally thorny issues that arise on both a domestic and international scale. It will present arguments raised by partisans of conflicting viewpoints, sorting out the competing interests that motivate them.

BUS 310 Business Law
This course introduces students to the legal concepts that influence business relationships, decisions, and practices. Topics covered are contracts, property rights, torts, financial transactions, and business related crimes.

BUS 320 Introduction to International Business
This course introduces the concept of international business as a system, and the theories which underlie it; institutions which are visual evidences of it; production, marketing, financial, legal and other subsystems which comprise the total system. It also examines national governmental and international institutional controls and constraints, which impact the environment in which the system operates.

BUS 330 Introduction to E-Commerce
This course is designed to create a comprehensive awareness of e-commerce (e-business), beginning with the “basics”, i.e. terms, concepts and definitions, working toward and facilitating a wide understanding and appreciation of e-commerce (e-business) applications, and the vital role they play in modern business practice.

BUS 400 Business Strategy and Policy
This course focuses on giving students the opportunity to develop and apply the theories, tools, and concepts they have accumulated throughout the program. Emphasis will be on problem-solving and decision-making.

BUS 440 Internship (1 unit)
This course is an internship for undergraduate students which represents an educational strategy that links classroom learning and student interest with the acquisition of knowledge in an applied work setting. The internship can be on-campus with IAU or through companies with which IAU has an established cooperative agreement. Students will be responsible for completing weekly discussion questions and submitting the Internship Completion Form by the end of the course. This course is PASS/FAIL.

BUS 530 Management Information Systems
This course provides an overview of information technology and its application in a business. By simultaneously examining business cases and the capabilities of relevant technologies, students will develop an understanding of how information technology is the primary enabler for improved business processes. Systems and technologies that are examined from this dual business and technology perspective include relational databases, the Internet and networks, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and supply chain systems.

BUS 540 Business Law for Managers
This course examines the key components of the business environment and legal choices with regard to corporate decisions. In today’s business world, legal and regulatory environments directly impact an organization’s strategic operation and performance. Environmental controls reflect a series of ever changing issues that are frequently reviewed, revised or eliminated. The emphasis in this course is on current regulatory environments and their impact on organizational directions.

BUS 560 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
This course is intended to help students make ethical choices in a business context. It investigates ethical issues and decision-making problems facing contemporary leaders. Emphasis is on ethical approaches to problem solving, communication, and managing people. The impact that various leadership styles have on organizations and communities will also be presented.

BUS 590 Business Strategy
This course examines the conceptual and practical aspects of business strategies and policy decision-making through the utilization of business concepts, theories, and tools. The course covers current business issues and developments and involves the use of case study analysis.

BUS 640 Internship (1 unit)
This course is an internship for graduate students which represents an educational strategy that links classroom learning and student interest with the acquisition of knowledge in an applied work setting. The internship can be on-campus with IAU or through companies which IAU has an established cooperative agreement. Students will be responsible for completing weekly discussion questions and submitting the Internship Completion Form by the end of the course. This course is PASS/FAIL.

BUS 680 Sustainability and Innovation
This course is designed to familiarize students, who are not environmental specialists, with relevant facts and analyses on the recent environmentalism evolution. The focus is on enabling future leaders to provide guidance, leadership, and support to business organizations in the development and successful execution of initiatives to promote sustainability.

BUS 700 MBA Capstone: Strategy and Competition
This course is designed to develop the student's ability to think constructively about the pursuit of sustainable competitive advantage through the systematic identification, evaluation, and creation of attractive business and corporate opportunities. Issues presented are developing a sustainable competitive advantage through strategy formulation and execution, understanding of the elements needed in a worldwide economy, assembling and organizing resources to execute strategies, and competing across multiple markets.

COM | Communications

COM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
This course introduces students to modern journalism and mass communication, mass communication media and effects, role and influence of journalistic media such as newspapers, magazines, broadcast media, photojournalism, computers and related fields of advertising and public relations.

COM 200 Public Speaking
This course helps students build confidence in preparing and delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Topics include subject selection, audience analysis, research, organization, and the use of voice and body in speech delivery.

COM 500 Public Speaking for Managers (1.5 Units)
This course helps students build confidence in preparing and delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Topics include subject selection, audience analysis, research, organization, and the use of voice and body in speech delivery.


DOC 800 Colloquium I: Scholarly Writing (0.5 units) (formerly DOC 800 Consortium I: Scholarly Writing)
This colloquium introduces students to the principal elements of research and scholarly writing. Students explore approaches to synthesizing literature and the application of the major components of APA convention, and learn to coordinate literature searchers. Learners also learn how to discern principal arguments, analyze research questions, and clearly identify the key scholarly attributes to journal articles and other sources of scholarly data. This colloquium also introduces learners to the University's over-arching Christian values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility of scholars to continue a tradition of contributing to an ever-expanding body of knowledge.

DOC 810 Colloquium II: Research Techniques (0.5 units) (formerly DOC 810 Consortium II: Research Techniques)
This colloquium allows students to begin developing their skills as academic researchers. Addressed topics include research question development, design, item generation, subscale development and analysis, and basic hypothesis testing.

DOC 820 Colloquium III: Project Development (0.5 units) (formerly DOC 820 Consortium III: Project Development)
Students complete a research prospectus as the foundation for their project research proposal. Emphasis is placed on fully articulating a study design and methodology that is aligned with their research questions and hypotheses.

DOC 901 Comprehensive Examination (4.5 units)
This course is a continuation of the Comprehensive Examination portion in the DBA program. This course involves the examination itself.  This examination is designed to ensure that candidates are adequately prepared to undertake the research required for a doctoral project/dissertation and to teach university level courses in their chosen field. They are meant to test candidates’ competencies. Course may be repeated but not for additional credit. (Prerequisite: All required doctoral courses. NOTE: RSC 810 Literature Review may be taken concurrently with this course.)

DOC 910 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination I (4.5 Units)
Once all coursework has been successfully completed, doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive examination. This examination is designed to ensure that candidates are adequately prepared to undertake the research required for a doctoral project/dissertation and to teach university level courses in their chosen field. They are meant to test candidates’ competencies. Course may be repeated but not for additional credit. (Prerequisite: All required doctoral courses. NOTE: RSC 810 Literature Review may be taken concurrently with this course.)

DOC 915 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination II (4.5 Units)
This course is a continuation of the Comprehensive Examination portion in the DBA program. This course involves the examination itself.  This examination is designed to ensure that candidates are adequately prepared to undertake the research required for a doctoral project/dissertation and to teach university level courses in their chosen field. They are meant to test candidates’ competencies. Course may be repeated but not for additional credit. (Prerequisite: DOC 910 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination I)

ECN | Economics

ECN 200 Introduction to Microeconomics (formerly ECN 100 Introduction to Microeconomics)
This course studies business enterprises, institutions, market specialization and exchange, pricing and output, competition and monopoly, and government regulations. Additional topics include current economic problems and international economic development.

ECN 210 Introduction to Macroeconomics (formerly ECN 110 Introduction to Macroeconomics)
This course covers economic activity and growth, determination of income, employment, output, inflation, aggregate demand and supply, money and banking, monetary and fiscal policies, and international economic issues.

ECN 300 Money and Banking
This course addresses classical and contemporary issues in the theory of money, banking, and financial institutions. The course will focus on the money creation process, to endogenous money versus exogenous money, and to the ability of the Federal Reserve to stabilize the economy.

ECN 500 Managerial Economics
This course is intended to help students make ethical choices in a business context. It investigates ethical issues and decision-making problems facing contemporary leaders. Emphasis is on ethical approaches to problem solving, communication, and managing people. The impact that various leadership styles have on organizations and communities will also be presented.

ECN 510 International Economics
This course will introduce both the micro-economic and macro-economic issues relevant to the economic relations among countries via international trade. The first half of the course deals with the microeconomic issues of international trade, and covers such issues as why do countries trade, what do they trade, how are the gains from trade distributed, and protectionism vs. free trade and regional economic integration. The second half of the course deals with issues in international finance and macroeconomics, and covers such issues as the markets for currencies and exchange rates (fixed vs. flexible), balance of payments, adjustment processes, and open economy macroeconomics (role of monetary and fiscal policies) in a general equilibrium framework. (Prerequisite: ECN 500 Managerial Economics)

ECN 520 Money, Banking & Financial Systems
This course is designed to help students understand the connections between money (the Federal Reserve), financial markets, and the macro-economy. Topics include how the Federal Reserve determines interest rates and conducts monetary policy. Also discussed are the economic factors that drive the curves in different bond markets. There is an in depth study of the banking system as to functions and their importance. The course is designed for students to gain a macro-economic perspective on capital markets, from investors to bankers, or those simply interested in the linkages between interest rates, banks and the economy. There also is an analysis of the cause and effects of the 2007-2009 financial crisis in the United States.

ECN 800 Economic Theory and Policy
This course is an advanced course in economics with a focus on the relevance and applicability of economic concepts, and how these concepts can be used to analyze and explain events in the business environment. The course involves the use of economic and mathematical models and their application in the business world.

ENG | English

ENG 100 English Composition
This is a course in composition and English language studies. The two goals of the course are to achieve competency in the use of spoken English and fluency in written English. To accomplish the first goal, the focus will be on the structure of the English language, and to accomplish the second goal, students will study how several writers create their work.

ENG 200 World Literature I
This course introduces the perspective of world fiction including authors from the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Students are exposed to a broad range of literary texts organized around a central theme, topic, or genre. (Prerequisite: ENG 100 English Composition)

ENG 300 Critical Thinking (formerly HUM 300 Critical Thinking)
This course introduces the student to critical thinking and argumentation. It involves getting ideas, using sources, evaluating kinds of evidence, and organizing material. There is an emphasis on contemporary arguments.

ENV | Environment

ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Science
This course is intended for students interested in understanding how humans and other species interact with one another and with their surrounding physical environment. Students will investigate how different ecosystems function and respond to changes in various biological, chemical, and geological processes.

FIN | Finance

FIN 300 Fundamentals of Finance
This is an introductory course integrating concepts of corporate finance, investments, and capital markets. Topics include the time value of money, role of money in the economy, financial analysis, ratio analysis, capital budgeting, security valuation, capital market theory, and working capital management. Focus is on value maximization and risk/return tradeoffs in financial decisions. (Prerequisite: ACC 100 Principles of Financial Accounting)

FIN 400 Intermediate Financial Management I
This course builds on and reinforces concepts that were introduced in previous finance courses. Among the topics covered are risk measurement and management, capital market theory, capital budgeting, valuation, capital structure theory, and dividend policy. The course concentrates on quantitative techniques and financial theory and their application. (Prerequisite: FIN 300 Fundamentals of Finance)

FIN 440 Financial Statement Analysis
This course studies the basic principles of accounting and the assumptions of the financial accounting model and applying general purpose financial statements and related data to derive estimates and make inferences useful in business decisions. Involved are analyzing financial statements in detail, interpret ratios, and trend analysis. Students will analyze the effects of earnings management, financial shenanigans, choice of accounting methods and variations in level of firm disclosures on financial statement analysis.

FIN 450 International Finance
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the international markets in which firms operate, and to give an understanding of the important international economic factors and relationships that can affect a multinational firm. The material covered in this course will be used to assess the risk of the economic environment in which multinational firms operate, and examine the decisions facing financial managers in a global environment and the tools used in making those decisions. The topics include foreign currency exchange rates, arbitrage and parity conditions, currency risk management, financing in the global market, and cross-border valuation and international investment.

FIN 500 Financial Management
This course explains financial control at the corporate management level with special reference to policies and practices required to plan and control the sources and uses of a firm's funds. Emphasis on working capital management and selection of alternative investment opportunities, funds acquisition, dividend policies, optimal debt-equity mix, and budgetary and related procedures as basic tools which provide data used by management for decision-making purposes.

FIN 510 Advanced Financial Management
This course is designed as an advanced course in financial management and analysis. Studies include capital budgeting, cost of funds, and capital structure and valuation. Selected topics include real options, derivatives and risk management, bankruptcy and reorganization, lease financing, takeovers, mergers, and multinational financial management. The course is a combination of problem-solving and case study methodologies that are used to illuminate theories and techniques in financial analysis and planning. (Prerequisite: FIN 500 Financial Management)

FIN 530 International Financial Management
This course focuses on the environment in which the international financial manager operates. Topics include foreign exchange risk, political risk, working capital management, long-term investments and financing, and accounting and control. The focus is on foreign versus domestic operations. (Prerequisite: FIN 500 Financial Management)

FIN 540 Financial Markets and Institutions
This course explores the role of commercial and investment banks, as well as non-bank financial institutions such as insurance companies, mutual funds, and pension funds; asset/liability and risk management in banks and non-bank financial institutions; organizational management of financial institutions; and the relationship between the macroeconomic environment, financial markets, and financial institutions. (Prerequisite: FIN 500 Financial Management)

FIN 550 Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring, and Corporate Governance
This course explores how powerful, long-term change forces have been driving M&A activity, and how the role of mergers and acquisitions assists firms and economies in adjusting to opportunities and change. The course also will examine corporate governance including internal control mechanisms, the role of board of directors, ownership concentration, executive compensation, and outside control mechanisms. The course will also examine corporate restructuring and divestitures. (Prerequisite: FIN 500 Financial Management)

FIN 560 Financial Statement Analysis
This course deals with the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of financial reports from various viewpoints including creditors, owners, investment firms, and other stakeholders. Topics include the impact on general business and industries, financial market behavior, credit criteria, ethics, and investment standards and how they relate to financial reports. (Prerequisite: FIN 500 Financial Management)

HCA | Healthcare Administration

HCA 500 United States Health Care System
This course examines an overview of the U.S. health care system, causes and characteristics of health service utilization, nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and nonfinancial resources used and needed, measurement of quality of care, and current issues in delivery.

HCA 510 Health Care Law and Ethics
The course presents an overview and critical evaluation of the legal principles of federal law on health issues as well as other issues regarding social and private insurance. Emphasis is placed on medical law and ethics, health care professional—patient relationship, public duties of health care professionals, and professional liability and malpractice.

HCA 520 Dynamic Health Care Leadership
The course examines elements of health care management and leadership from a nursing perspective. Particular attention is focused on management principles, motivation, organizational structure, and leadership. The course further explores the role of the health care nursing administrator in an organizational and community setting.

HCA 530 Healthcare Human Resource Management
This course covers concepts in human resources management as applied to health service organizations. Students will explore the relationship between human resources management and general management; nature of work and human resources; compensation and benefits; personnel planning; recruitment and selection; training and development; employee appraisal and discipline; and labor relations. Also discussed is the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the key quality standards that impact healthcare HR management.

HIS | History

HIS 100 World History I
This course interweaves stories of human interactions with nature and each other. This is an environment-centered approach about humans distancing themselves from the rest of nature and searching for a relationship that strikes a balance between constructive and destructive exploitation, and how human cultures have become mutually influential yet mutually differentiating. This is the first of two courses and begins with 5000 BC and ends at the Renaissance.

HIS 110 World History II
This course is a continuation of HIS 100 and begins with the Renaissance up to the 21st century.

HTT | Hospitality, Travel, & Tourism

HTT 500 Global Hospitality and Tourism
This is a graduate-level course to hospitality and tourism. The content consists of an in-depth analysis of the dynamic and diverse hospitality and tourism industry. The hospitality and tourism industry encompasses lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, resorts, restaurants, and food beverage service. Students will learn about the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in various positions within this multifaceted industry.

HTT 510 Restaurant & Culinary Management
This is a graduate-level course to hospitality and tourism. Managing a restaurant is an exciting and challenging endeavor. This course focuses on the management of this highly competitive business in the commercial and non-commercial aspects of food service. The approach is multidisciplinary covering food science, the culinary arts, accounting, law, marketing, beverage management and cost control.

INT | Information Technology

INT 100 Introduction to Information Technology
This course is a historical and practical introduction to computer and network terminology, applications, and concepts. Students will be exposed to a variety of tools available to find and access information on the Internet, to exchange information between computers, and to perform basic web design. Students will explore applications (such as browsers and spreadsheets) as well as different computing environments (such as Windows and UNIX).

INT 150 Computer Applications
This course provides students with intermediate-level proficiency in the core software applications of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It also familiarizes students with the following Microsoft applications: SharePoint, Visio, OneNote, Access, and Project.

MGT | Management

MGT 200 Supervision
This course introduces the student to the functions and responsibilities of the supervisor as a first-line manager directing the work of others. Includes supervisor-subordinate relationships, developing worker motivation and cooperation, employee training, development, performance appraisals, absenteeism, tardiness, and complaints and grievances.

MGT 300 Principles of Management
This course is an introduction to the management function. It will focus on the theory and fundamental concepts of management including planning, organization, leadership, and control. This class will review the evolution of management thought, function and practice and will stress current approaches and emerging concepts.

MGT 310 Principles of Human Resources Management
This course studies the relationship between management and employees, principles of dealing with the human factor to maximize the individual’s fulfillment and the production efficiency of the firm through sound procurement, development, and utilization of the firm’s human assets, and labor –management relations.

MGT 320 Organizational Theory and Behavior
This course is an introduction to individual and group processes involved in management-employee relationships, leadership, group dynamics, management, communications, motivation, culture, and conflict resolution. Modern topics of participatory management, emotional intelligence, organizational change, and theories of leadership will be explored.

MGT 400 Operations Management
This course provides an introduction to the topics and mathematical techniques for solving problems in the design, planning, and controlling of manufacturing and service operations and quality. It concentrates on the technological issues of business activities and presents a systematic study of managerial and mathematical techniques for making goods and services.

MGT 500 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course focuses on the behavior of individuals and groups within diverse organizations and on organizational structure and processes. There is heavy emphasis on leadership, change management, team development and continuous improvement practices and experiences. Topics include management, leadership, change, team development, dynamics and teamwork, transforming business processes, and process improvement.

MGT 510 Human Resource Management
This course explores the effective utilization of personnel and emphasizes the skillful merging of human talents, needs and aspirations with the requirements of the organization which can result in over-all benefits to society.

MGT 600 Organizational Theory and Design
This course provides an overview of the organizational theory and design as a part of the management system. The course integrates contemporary problems about organization design with classic ideas and theories.

MGT 605 Materials Management
This course covers all the basics of supply chain management, manufacturing planning and control systems, purchasing, physical distribution, lean and quality management. Essentially, materials management includes all activities in the flow of materials from supplier to the consumer. Such activities include physical supply, operations planning and control, and physical distribution.

MGT 620 Operations Management and Supply Chain
The course provides an overview of the history and evolution of thought in Operations and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). This includes theories and methods of Deming, Juran and Crosby. Practical application of quality management, operations processes, planning, design, forecasting and tools are presented for the continuous improvement of organizational quality. Through the use of critical thinking and case studies, this course applies planning and controlling concepts to increase the value of the supply chain.

MGT 630 Quality Management in Supply Chain
This course involves providing a framework for organizing and managing a continuous improvement program in the supply chain. Key points are development of key elements of effective quality control and improvement in the supply chain. The idea behind this course is to provide a framework for organizing and managing a continuous, provides students with the knowledge and techniques required to improve product quality and process efficiency by identifying and measuring production process variability which, if not successfully addressed, leads to inconsistent product quality, costly wastage, non-standardization and other reliability and productivity problems.

MGT 800 Leadership in Organizations
This course has a primary focus on managerial leadership and presents a broad survey of theory and research on leadership in formal organizations. The course deals with both theory and practice of leadership.

MGT 810 Leading Innovation and Change
This course combines theory with practice to introduce students to the main concepts of innovation and change. It will explore the crucial importance of innovation and change to individuals, organizations, and the entrepreneurial process. Students will learn various tools to promote creativity within themselves and others, processes to increase innovation, how to contribute to a creative team, how to manage innovation, and how to establish a culture of creativity and innovation within an organization.

MGT 820 Global Strategic Management
This is an advanced course addressing global strategic management and the challenges reflected by dynamism and the increasing unpredictability of global economic and political events; and how today's managers face the continued growth of emerging markets that are reshaping the global balance of economic power. This course emphasizes a balanced approach between theory and application of strategy, culture, and behavior in a global setting.

MGT 830 Global Leadership
This course is designed for students who potentially will be leading and managing in a global context. Course material will concentrate on developing a global perspective, dealing with diverse cultures, building relationships and partnerships, understanding elements of international human resources management, and developing personal competencies in global leadership practices.

MGT 840 Knowledge Management
This course is focused on developing a general framework for the effective development and utilization of an organization’s knowledge competencies. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories and practices of knowledge management (KM) by examining the theoretical understanding of knowledge management to real life situations and by integrating different dimensions of knowledge management arising from human resource management, information systems and strategic management.

MGT 860 Managerial Decision Making 
This course has a primary focus on managerial leadership and presents a broad survey of theory and research on leadership in formal organizations and the theory and practice of argumentation. This course In decision-making emphasizes the process of argument construction, evaluation, and decision-making. Further, this course explores the important public dimension of argumentation and advocacy, recognizing skill in advocacy as a fundamental element of effective leadership and decision-making.

MGT 880 Managing Team Dynamics
This course examines the design, management, and leadership of teams in organizational settings. The focus is on the interpersonal processes and structural characteristics that influence the effectiveness of teams, the dynamics of intra-team relationships, and sharing of knowledge and information in teams. The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of group and team behavior so that leaders can successfully work with teams. Students who take advantage of everything this course has to offer will become comfortable and adept in leading and managing groups and teams. The focus is not only on leading and managing teams but also on being a productive team member.

MIS | Management Information Systems

MIS 550 Managing Enterprise Resource Planning
This course focuses on managing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems concepts, and the importance of integrated information systems in an organization. The focus of this course is on illustrating how financials, sales, distribution, procurement, payment, collections and other  areas are seamlessly integrated to run an organization using an ERP system.   SAP and QuickBooks will be used as examples of ERP systems.

MIS 555 Business Analytics
The course is designed to enable managers to make data-driven decisions. It provides a conceptual and practical overview of business analytics, including business intelligence, data visualization and dashboards, data warehousing, data mining, and multidimensional databases. This course will also provide an overview of different Cloud platforms and Big data processing.

MIS 560 Database Management Systems
The course covers understanding of relational database theories, design techniques and their implementation. Students gain extensive hands on experience on SQL Server as they learn the database design, implementation and Structured Query Language (SQL). Students implement a term project as part of the course work.

MIS 565 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management
This course helps managers understand concepts that enable them to secure a company’s Information systems and processes. Securing and managing Information systems of an organization has never been more critical than in the current times. The course is designed to help students learn and apply various tools that can safeguard a company’s IT assets and data from different threats, both external and internal. The course delves into latest methodologies and best practices followed by various industries in the current market.

MIS 570 Applied Decision Making
This course offers a profound understanding of different components and stages involved in managing a complex IT project. The course will help students identify different stakeholders and activities that are involved with a given project and how to manage them. The project will also discuss the industry best practices and risk areas.

MKT | Marketing

MKT 300 Marketing
This course studies the character and importance of the marketing process, its essential functions, and the enterprises that use these functions. The course will focus on marketing management, distribution channels, selling trends, consumer behavior, pricing, promotions, and marketing research.

MKT 310 Pricing Strategies
The course will establish a foundation for effective pricing decisions by teaching key economic, analytical and behavioral concepts associated with costs, customer behavior and competition. The course will also introduce students to advanced pricing techniques that aim to create additional value, including dynamic pricing, segmented pricing, pricing structures, and promotions and highlight practical applications of these approaches within a variety of specific industry contexts. (Prerequisite: MKT 300 Marketing)

MKT 320 Small Business Marketing and Strategy
The course addresses the unique aspects of marketing a small business. Students examine market definition, product development, and diversification strategies designed to help small business owners expand their business reach. Students study effective ways small businesses can leverage technology such as e-commerce, social media, and other online marketing methods. (Prerequisite: MKT 300 Marketing)

MKT 400 Public Relations
This course studies public relations and practices as an integral part of information gathering. It includes the role of public relations in developing favorable external public opinion toward an organization, corporation, institution, or individual. (Prerequisite: MKT 300 Marketing)

MKT 410 Advertising
This course introduces advertising in terms of its relationship with marketing, economics, management, and behavioral sciences and includes the planning, staffing, directing, and controlling of advertising and its economic and social impacts. (Prerequisite: MKT 300 Marketing)

MKT 420 Consumer Behavior
This course introduces a wide range of behavior concepts, and explores the strategic implication of customer behavior for marketers. The course challenges students to explore the realities and implications of buyer behavior in traditional and e-commerce markets. (Prerequisite: MKT 300 Marketing)

MKT 430 Marketing Research
The main objective of this course is to equip students with the key concepts and methods of marketing research, and allow students to understand how to apply those tools to solve real-life business problems. This course focuses equally on (i) technical competence and (ii) application to real-life problems. Covered will be the technical aspects of marketing research (both qualitative and quantitative research methods) through the lectures and seven (short) individual homework assignments. Also discussed are real life applications using various mini-cases.

MKT 500 Marketing Management
This course is a managerial approach to the study of marketing. There is an emphasis on the nature and scope of the marketing managers' responsibilities and on marketing decision making.

MKT 510 Marketing Channels Strategy
This course is a managerial approach to the study of marketing channels. Students will learn how to employ an end-user analysis to segment markets, in accordance with end-user needs, and the selecting of certain segments to market. Students will understand some of the most common channel structures and strategies: retailing, wholesaling, and franchising. There will also be a focus on channel management to ensure ongoing channel success.

MKT 520 Strategic Brand Management
This highly interactive course is a hands-on, practical exploration of product, service, and enterprise-wide brand building and management. The course is structured along the daily responsibilities and challenges faced by working brand/marketing managers. As such, the course will provide experience with proven strategies for building successful brands in the competitive marketplace, the decisions and options faced by brand managers, and the tools to effectively manage brands. (Prerequisite: MKT 500 Marketing Management)

MKT 530 Strategic Retail Management
This course involves developing knowledge of contemporary retail management issues at the strategic level. Students will analyze the way retailing works, specifically its key activities and relationships. The focus is to provide an academic underpinning to the above through the application of retailing theory and research. (Prerequisite: MKT 500 Marketing Management)

MKT 550 Global Marketing Management
This course’s focus is on developing students to become effective marketing manager in overseeing global marketing activities in an increasingly competitive environment. This approach reflects the growing importance of global corporations. Global Marketing is a dynamic area with critical events happening continuously around the world. The course also will be considering current changes that affect international business relative to marketing. (Prerequisite: MKT 500 Marketing Management)

MKT 560 Marketing & Consumer Behavior
This is an advanced course that explores the strategic implication of customer behavior for marketers. The course provides an in-depth examination of the realities and implications of buyer behavior in traditional and e-commerce markets. A focus is on the application of insights and techniques in creating consumer value through communication.

MKT 580 Luxury Brand Management
This course will provide students with an understanding of the elements of the luxury industry and will help students gain an understanding of the essential ingredients of effective marketing of luxury brands and services.  The primary focus will be on the multi-billion dollar market for luxury goods and services as the prototype for brand strategy. The course will help students understand the demands and challenges faced by those seeking to become marketers in this sector and will provide them with a unique ability to understand and analyze luxury markets.

MKT 590 Social Media and Digital Marketing
This course examines the role of social media and digital marketing in the 21st century. Discussed will be the most prevalent types of tools, their purposes and their effectiveness in relation to the entertainment industry. Comparison to traditional marketing tactics and examples of current marketing mixes are addressed. Students will build understanding of search engine optimization and social media marketing tools as well as the marketing application of social media and other newly emerging media channels. The course covers the planning and integration of social media into marketing plans. Students will learn to set objectives, develop social marketing plans, integrate social media into overall marketing and communication plans, measure program results, utilize new media technologies and about the macro-environmental issues affecting social media.

MKT 595 Event Management
This course offers an introduction to the researching, planning, coordinating, marketing, management and evaluation of special events. The subject matter will enable students to acquire a general knowledge about the "event management" and to become familiar with management techniques and strategies required for successful planning, promotion, implementation and evaluation of special events. The course content will explore the theories and practices relevant to successful event planning.

MKT 805 Marketing Research and Competitive Strategy
This course provides an overview of the marketing research process as part of an organization's decision support systems. Topics include research design, attitude measurement, along with data sources, collection and analysis of a real-world marketing research project. (Prerequisite: MKT 500 Marketing Management)

POL | Political Science

POL 100 Introduction to Political Science
This course is a study of the scope and methods of political science, including such topics as systems analysis, political culture, political behavior, governmental structures, and governmental processes.

POL 300 Comparative Political Ideologies
This course surveys major political ideologies and links them to political realities. The course will cover various classical political ideologies and modern political ideologies, and how they have been manifested in various political systems today. The course will involve readings from classical political philosophers and modern political thinkers.

PSY | Psychology

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the current body of knowledge and methods of the science of psychology. Topics will include the historical foundations of psychology, cognition, emotions, learning, human development, biological bases of behavior, personality, psychological disorders, psychotherapy and behavior change, and social behavior.

PSY 230 Personality Psychology
This course serves as an introduction to personality theory with an aim to help students begin to think usefully and critically about human behavior through review of some of the most important concepts and findings of personality theory. The Six Domains of Personality (i.e. dispositional, biological, intrapsychic, cognitive/experimental, sociocultural, and adjustment) as well as several well-known personality models (e.g. MBTI, Five-Factor Model, Enneagram) will be explored.

REL | Religion

REL 100 Introduction to Religion
This course takes a thematic and comparative approach to the study of religion. It gives equal weight to theoretical issues and practices reflected in the major world religions. The course identifies the theoretical issues surrounding the study of religion and focuses on fundamental topics such as ritual and sacred language.

REL 105 Christianity: History and Tradition
In this course, you will explore the major sources, methods, and insights into the Christian history and tradition. The course focuses on the background of early Christianity, the beginning methods by which Jesus and His disciples founded the faith, and the consequent spread of His followers throughout the world. The course will examine key historical figures and events as it tracks Christianity’s progression from the time of Christ until today.

REL 110 Introduction to the Bible
This course serves as an introduction to the nature and origin of the Bible, as well as a preparation for more advanced theological studies. Students will learn about the Bible’s overall structure and storyline, its divine inspiration and authority, the development of the canon, and the transmission of the Biblical text. An overview of basic doctrinal categories is presented, with special emphasis on Theology and Christology, and students are introduced to important theological terminology.

REL 200 Religions of the World
This course examines most of the major religious traditions of the world in terms of their history, worldviews, practices, goals and ideals. These include the religions of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and Europe (Protestant Christianity), commonly identified as “Western,” and the religions of South Asia (Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism) and East Asia (Confucianism and Daoism), commonly identified as “Eastern.” Primary emphasis is placed on historical and geographical origin, though we will also discuss later adaptations and developments (e.g., Buddhism in East Asia and world religions in America). Tracing the contours of nine major “world religions,” students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the diversity of religiosity in various cultures and contexts. In addition, this class will contextualize world religions within the larger contours of human history and relevant issues from comparative religious studies.

REL 300 Global Perspectives on the Old Testament
The course is a study of Old Testament history, literature and theology with emphasis upon the historical development of key concepts of Old Testament biblical theology. Among other essential themes, students explore the meaning of “image of God”, blessing and abundance, stewardship of cultural and redemptive mandates, covenant community and social ethics, justice and grace. This survey covers Genesis through I & II Samuel.

​REL 310 The New Testament
This course provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. Although theological themes will occupy much of our attention, the course does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture. Rather, the importance of the New Testament and other early Christian documents as ancient literature and as sources for historical study will be emphasized. A central organizing theme of the course will focus on the differences within early Christianity.

RSC | Research

RSC 500 Research and Writing (1.5 Units)
This course is designed to provide students the technological skills needed in order to access and use printed as well as electronic resources found in libraries and on the internet. Students will develop critical thinking abilities required in finding, evaluating, synthesizing, and managing information in order to answer a research question or address an information need.

RSC 810 Literature Review
This is a continuing course in the doctoral program. The purpose of this course is for the candidate, in conjunction with his/her mentor, to develop a literature review for the doctoral project/dissertation.

RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods
This course is designed for the practitioner-researcher, looking to develop their research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills to the highest level and become innovators in their chosen fields of expertise. This course focuses on a working knowledge of the principles that will assist the student in any type of scholarly inquiry including a doctoral project/dissertation. Additional focus will be on the students’ acquisition of substantive, foundational knowledge of research and its methodologies. Quantitative and qualitative frameworks for inquiry will be introduced.

RSC 905 Quantitative Analysis
This course will provide an introduction to statistical methods for students of business using SPSS. The course will provide an introductory foundation in statistical inference enabling the student to become a competent producer of basic statistical research. In addition the skills acquired will enable the student to become a somewhat more sophisticated consumer of more advanced research methodologies. The course includes a general introduction to quantitative research methodology, descriptive statistics, their use and interpretation, the essential elements of probability, the foundations of statistical inference, and an overview of selected hypothesis tests. (Prerequisite: RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods)

RSC 910 Qualitative Analysis
This course introduces students to qualitative methods and design in the context of business research. Particular attention is given to the indications of the use of qualitative research and design relative to the topic and nature of the research. Students will be introduced to models of qualitative analysis including narrative research, phenomenological research, grounded theory research, ethnographic research, and case study research. (Prerequisite: RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods)

RSC 955 DBA Project I (4.5 Units)
The candidate will begin the doctoral project, which demonstrates the candidate’s ability to design and conduct an independent, albeit guided, research project producing an original piece of research and making a significant contribution to solving a problem and expanding the knowledge base in the specific discipline. The course may be repeated but no further credit will be awarded. (Prerequisite: DOC 915 Comprehensive Examination II)

RSC 960 DBA Project II and Oral Defense (4.5 Units)
This is a continuation of the doctoral research project. The focus will be on the literature review and the appropriate methodology to be used in the project. The DBA Project Proposal will continue to be developed. (Prerequisite: RSC 955 DBA Project I)

SOC | Sociology

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
This course introduces students to the core concepts in sociology, including sociological perspectives on culture, social structure, socialization, social institutions, personality and the self, prejudice and discrimination, the significance of race, class, and gender, political and social change, demography, human ecology, and crime and deviance.

SOC 110 Art and Culture (formerly HUM 100 Introduction to Humanities)
The course will cover significant ideas, art forms, philosophies, and scientific developments in Western culture since the Renaissance. Through examining such ideas and events, students will see the traditional ways in which humans viewed their relationship with the past, the future, God, nature, other humans, and themselves.

TAP | Teaching Assistant Program

TAP 700 Teaching Assistant Program
IAU has established the teaching assistant program to assist in teaching on-ground and on-line courses. The goal of the program is to assist in the development of graduate school students and foreign tutors for teaching roles. As such, teaching assistants play a crucial role in IAU's efforts to ensure academic success among the institution's undergraduate population.