Leadership and Management Elective Options

To earn your master of science in nursing degree with a concentration in leadership and management, you'll choose a total of 8 semester hours from the following list of nursing or business courses taught by the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. Each course is 2 semester hours of credit. Many of these classes can be taken either online or on campus.

Applicability of other graduate courses will be considered on a case by case basis.

Click on a course title to read a description of that class.

SBNM 5030 – Principles of Human Resources
This course examines current theory and practice as it applies to the management of human resources within organizations. Contemporary human resource management issues pertaining to cultural diversity will be stressed throughout the course. Specific focus is given on the effects of organizational mission and culture on human resource management. The processes of recruitment and selection, training and development, performance evaluation, compensation and motivation, and legal influences are examined. The course takes the viewpoint of human resource management as a key responsibility of every manager within the organization.

SBNM 5040 – Managing Diversity and Conflict
The modern organization is diverse with respect to gender, race, age, and cultural background. This course addresses the significance of this diversity and the need to understand and manage it. This course also provides a broad survey of approaches to analyzing and managing conflict. A variety of topics will be covered, including identifying the origins of organizational conflict, how to diagnose and prevent conflict, understanding the dynamics of conflict, and the appropriate role of effective leadership styles in resolving conflict. The relationship between organizational structure and conflict, resistance to change in organizations, factors leading to the escalation of conflict, and conflict resolution techniques will be examined.

SBNM 5041 – Negotiation and Influence
Managers need a conceptual framework in which to explore competitive and cooperative aspects of business situations and the crucial role played by negotiations in alleviating conflict. Negotiation is a fact of daily life and skilled managers must develop the power to ethically persuade others of the right course of action. The development and use of power to influence others will be covered as well as specific negotiating tactics. Students will be afforded opportunities for actual negotiating experiences that will help them become better negotiators, attain improved resolutions for disputes, and reach more mutually beneficial agreements.

SBNM 5060 – Talent Development and Retention
The single most important driver of organizational performance and individual managerial success is talent. This course presents valuable tools and methods that will assist with recruitment and selection of the most qualified people that are also a good fit with the organization. Exercises in coaching and counseling for current and future performance improvement will emphasize the capacity to provide feedback in a way that it will actually be heard, and finally the ethics of termination will be discussed together with looking when and under what circumstances termination should occur. Additionally, this course will assist with the construction of individualized career plans for each student.

SBNM 5070 – Building High Performance Teams
In modern organizations, productivity is dependent upon the ability of employees to interact effectively. While traditional management styles focused on individual motivation, this course explores the advantages of self-directed work teams. Contemporary issues in managing teams will also be examined. Beginning with group dynamics, the course will explore the necessity of teams, how they should be structured for optimal effectiveness, and how a coaching style of management may be used to facilitate team success and efficiency. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the team-building process as it proceeds through the four stages of forming, storming, norming, and producing.

SBNM 5350 – Nonprofit Financial Management
This course provides both basic and advanced financial planning and management skills necessary in today's nonprofit organization. Successful financial planning and business development strategies will be combined to create a financial plan which achieves the goals of the organization. Included are basic principles of managerial accounting. Fund accounting, budgeting, cash flow analysis, expenditure control, long-range financial planning, audits, and grants and contracts are studied, as applied to nonprofit organizations.

SBNM 5420 – Quality Management and Productivity
This course addresses total quality management throughout a service or manufacturing enterprise, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. It takes a comprehensive approach to quality, from product and process development through continuous improvement of ongoing processes. The course presents methods for improving the quality of a firm's goods and services that lead to a better competitive position, higher productivity, and lower operating costs. Topics include product and process design for reliability, vendor and material selection, control of process capability, work force management for defect prevention (rather than detection), and sales and service feedback. The incorporation of ethical considerations with respect to product and service is made throughout the course. Microcomputers will be employed to solve problems throughout this course.

SBNM 5510 – Principles of Healthcare Management
This course explores critical trends and crises in the current and emerging American healthcare industry. The formation of healthcare policy in view of current trends and social concerns is explored from the perspective of the consumer, the provider and society at large. Extensive consideration is given to ethical concerns arising out of these issues.

SBNM 5590 – Organizational Communication
This course emphasizes the importance of communication for all management functions. Based on a foundation of the traditional model of communications, a variety of modes will be explored: written, oral, non-verbal, as well as other visual modes. The process of organizing, imparting, and receiving information will be explored. Students will apply the concepts studied by preparing a variety of written and spoken communications during the course of the class and having each critiqued by colleagues and the instructor.

SBNM 5990 – Change Management
The single constant in today's world is change. This course addresses the application of leadership and management skills to handle change. The nature of change affecting the modern organization will be explored, as well as individual and social responses to change. The course will explore forces that act as stimulants to change and identify sources of individual and organizational resistance to change. Techniques for overcoming the resistance to change and the characteristics of learning organizations will be examined, as will organizational development techniques for bringing about change.

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