Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Course Description

INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES (IDIS)

IDIS 3612. Management of the High-Technology Firm Seminar
Identify and analyze business issues and problems that are particularly important or unique to innovative high-technology companies. Topics vary from seminar to seminar, and include a selection from project management, production, marketing, personnel, investment decisions, expansion to international markets, banking, venture capital, pricing, technological transfer, relationships with government bodies and the media, and legal issues related to patents and trade secrets. The seminar is divided into segments of one or two sessions taught through case studies by executives and public officials. Prerequisite: MBA students–completion of a minimum of 10 MBA courses; MSIS students–completion of 8 courses (4 business courses and 4 IS courses). (3 units)

IDIS 3622. Global Agribusiness Challenges
The focus of this course is on encouraging students to develop a sound understanding of key supply, demand and technological innovation drivers which food and agribusiness managers must address and the distinctive strategies which they use to deal with them. This course is intended to complement MGMT 3540, so that the two courses cover the core requirement for the MBA agribusiness concentration. Prerequisites: None. (3 units)

IDIS 3695. Global Business Perspective
Through company sites and cultural visits, students learn to appreciate how business operates outside the United States. Country visits are bracketed by class sessions and pre-work followed by project presentations. Content varies based on the expertise of the faculty and the country visited. Past locations include Germany, France, China, New Zealand, Brazil, and India. Prerequisites: Varies by course. (3 units)

IDIS 3696. Experimental Course
Covers special topics; offered on an occasional basis. (3 units)

IDIS 2700/3700. Effective Business Communications
Intensive practice in forms of communication specifically for business settings, geared to the student’s level of prior preparation. The focus will be primarily on oral communication and writing to support the oral communication. Emphasis on communicating complex issues and quantitative data to inform, advocate or persuade.Prerequisite: None. (1 unit)

IDIS 3701 Critical Business Presentations
This course is designed to equip the student with speaking and presenting facility in both formal and informal business settings. The class centers around multiple presentations on a variety of topics. Focus will be on learning to shape messages and presentations to different audiences and purposes. This one-unit course will afford an introduction to effective presentation skills that should then be implemented into later coursework and workplace interactions. Business Communication theory, presentation practice and critique, interpersonal interaction in both traditional and social media forums, and conveying qualitative and quantitative information will serve as components of the course. Prerequisite: IDIS 3700. (1 unit)

IDIS 3799. Managing Transitions (endcap experience)
The course is based on critical transitions, formative experiences, and personal conflict that characterize the common challenges MBAs are likely to face as they progress in their careers. One objective is to help students gain a more robust understanding of some of the pitfalls they may encounter as they make transitions within or across organizations. Research demonstrates that career failures are often associated with individual failures to successfully make these transitions. Blending theory and practice sessions will illustrate the lessons learned by others (such as SV executives) that have sometimes stumbled in making what seem to be straightforward transitions. Why are transitions challenging? Typically transitions require learning new skills and strategies for managing people who have different responsibilities, needs, goals and expectations than the individual has led in the past. For example, the role as individual team member vs. managing a team requires a shift in mindset from getting a job done through personal skills and effort to getting work done through others; shifting from a manager to a leader requires a shift in attention from focusing on doing things right to doing the right things. Such transitions often mean letting go of the very things that have made us successful in the past and deriving satisfaction from others’ accomplishments. Although easy to understand conceptually, this marks a fundamental shift in individuals’ identities. Prerequisite: All core courses. Must be taken in last quarter of residence. (1 unit)

IDIS 2697. Experiential Learning
Open only to MSE students. Prerequisite: All other MSE requirements. (1 unit)

IDIS 3697. Practical Training
In accordance with SEVIS regulations, practical training for international students is available exclusively for students with F-1 visas. This 1-unit practical training internship allows MBA/MSIS students to apply techniques and methods learned at Santa Clara University as they acquire work experience. Course is graded pass/no pass and does not count toward degree requirements. Prerequisites: One year of full-time course work and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. (1 unit)

IDIS 3704. Women in Leadership
Presents the best practices of successful women technology leaders. Features a series of in-depth discussions and case studies where experts share the principles upon which they have created their businesses. Includes topics on vision, value creation, branding, product development and testing, recruitment and team building, management, financing, communication skills, networking, exit strategy and social impact. Prerequisite: None. (1 unit)

IDIS 3711. Leadership: Vision, Deals and Process
Explores three distinct perspectives on leadership: vision, deal making, and process. Features experts with extensive experience in their area. For each perspective, presents a solid overview of the topic, specific skills needed to succeed in the arena, examples of business leaders who have translated ideals into action, and resources for continued learning. Prerequisite: MGMT 501 or MGMT 3500. (1 unit)

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