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DBA Course List

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Semester 1

DOC 850 (B):  Doctoral Dissertation Project I – Prospectus/Concept Development
Identification of a potential project; analyze and synthesize research on the topic; produce a concept paper for the project to be presented to the DBA Dissertation Committee.  (3cr)

QSM 840 (O):  Research Methodologies and Scholarly Writing
Leaders in the specialized field of study are invited to share their insights on leadership and best practices that led to success or failure of themselves or their organizations. Students will visit the organizational web site and complete extensive electronic research before each lecture. (4cr)

SSM 874 (O):  Statistical Principals, Lean, Six Sigma and Project Management
Principles of statistics for quality professionals including probability distributions, sampling, and hypothesis testing are covered to focus on the design of experiments for Six Sigma and Lean methodologies in diverse industries.  (4cr)

QSM 850 (O):  QSM in Business Research and Application
This course presents current management practices using Quality Systems Management Tools and Methodologies to drive continuous improvement and performance excellence in For-Profit Business organizations. In addition to researching and analyzing “best practice” strategies adopted by Business entities, doctoral students will research and build a foundation of knowledge on current societal, economic, legal and ethical issues affecting quality in the Business Sector. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of how quality has influenced and continues to evolve within the Business Sector at small, medium, and large business enterprises. (4cr)

Semester 2

DOC 862 (O):  Doctoral Dissertation Project II – Proposal Development
This Doctoral Dissertation check point ensures program studies project integration, facilitating the transition from data gathering to final output for the project, including the appropriate selection, application and interpretation of data and metrics.  Emphasis placed on quantitative doctoral research.  Presentation to the DBA Dissertation Committee will be required.  (3cr)

QSM 884 (O):  Organizational Assessment/Baldrige and Strategic Planning Research and Application
This course presents both an internal and external view of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Through the analysis of case studies and extensive literature research, students will identify how the criteria have evolved over the past 20 years from its initial focus of quality control in manufacturing to the current comprehensive application to all areas of business in all sectors: Business, Healthcare, Government, and Education. Emphasis is placed on using the criteria model both as an award assessment tool and as a management tool driving both day-to-day operational decision making and strategic planning for the future sustainment of organizations. (4cr)

QSM 858 (O):  Benchmarking & Reengineering
Discussions include benchmarking strategies with benchmarking principles presented to lead students to make practical applications to doctoral dissertation projects.  (4cr)

QSM 886 (O):  Business Intelligence
The demand for analytical and process talent is experiencing unprecedented growth. This course includes how to find key information, interpret it using qualitative analytical software (NiVivo), and use it to refine organizational strategies, drive more informed decision-making and process mapping the execution. (4 cr)

Semester 3

DOC 866 (O):  Doctoral Dissertation Project III – Original Research Execution
This Doctoral Dissertation check point ensures project progress and targeted research.  Presentation to the DBA Dissertation Committee will be required.  (3cr)

QSM 872 (O):  Financial Management/Cost of Quality  
Advanced principles of finance and accounting are taught with applications to business management.  (4cr)

QSM 860 (O):  Global Quality Systems & International Standards 
This course examines whether two contemporary nations utilize quality systems principles and best practices. There is extensive online research and the accumulation of annotated references. Organizational leaders appear online or through Pod Casts.  (4cr)

QSM 869 (O):  QSM in Government Research and Application
This course presents current management practices using Quality Systems Management Tools and Methodologies to drive continuous improvement and performance excellence in Government and other Non-Profit Organizations. In addition to researching and analyzing “best practice” strategies adopted by Government Agencies at the Federal, State, and Local Levels and other Non-Profit Organizations, doctoral students will research and build a foundation of knowledge on current societal, economic, legal and ethical issues affecting quality in government and non­profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of how quality has influenced leadership practices and continues to evolve within government and non-profit organizations. (4cr)

Semester 4

DOC 867 (B):  Doctoral Dissertation Project IV – Final Report/Oral Defense 
This capstone course in the DBA program prepares students for the final presentation to the DBA Dissertation Committee which will include steps taken to test results over time for sustained results.  (3cr)

QSM 847 (O):  QSM System Design
This course provides a checklist of success elements required for systems thinking and implementation. Antithetical movements such as smokestack thinking are introduced through case studies. Student exercises involve creating organizational alignment between voice of the customer and voice of the process. (4cr)

QSM 808 (O):  Integrated Studies in Quality Systems Management I
This course provides additional opportunity for faculty to introduce and lead discussion on QSM related topics of special interests. Students should prepare for extensive online research and will create a benchmark list of annotated bibliographies in the subject area.  (4cr)

DOC 854 (O):  Colloquium
Students must present at a recognized Quality Conference or Forum.  All presentations must receive DBA Dissertation Committee approval prior to presentation.  The colloquium can be taken at any time during the DBA program.  (4cr)

Curriculum is subject to change.

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