MGT129 Topics in Entrepreneurship

MGT 129: Topics in Entrepreneurship (2 units)

This class fulfills an elective requirement for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor or the Business Minor. Two 2-unit courses can be combined for the equivalent of a 4-unit elective course. Prerequisites: Upper division standing

NOTE: MGT129 is a rotating topics course. Students can repeat MGT129 with different topics 3 times or up to 6 units of credit. 

Course Descriptions and Quarters Offered:

Frontiers in Real Estate

This MGT129 topic will be offered in Fall 2016.

Real estate is a multi-faceted industry that is undergoing important changes. The sector offers tremendous opportunities that extend well beyond vocations as real estate agents, brokers, and developers, and encompasses mortgage companies and banks (involved in financing the real estate deals), appraisers, investment banks, servicers, title companies, city regulators and planners, and various other government agencies. Over the past twenty years, the real estate industry has developed strong linkages with US financial markets and the IT sector, which has led to significant improvements in financing and investment opportunities, risk management, and the diffusion of information. Beyond that, the trend of corporate social responsibility is permeating real estate and is having a transformational effect on most aspects of planning, development and investment. Moreover, recent availability of large datasets and cutting-edge information technology. Technology is opening exciting opportunities for a new breed of real estate tech companies. This class explores the amalgamation of traditional real estate with innovations in finance, IT, and appreciation for social responsible investing to trace out the new frontiers in the industry.

Fundamentals of Residential Real Estate

This MGT129 topic will be offered in Winter 2017.

Real estate ownership represents one of the largest components of wealth in our society.  As such it greatly influences the quality of life of most families and the economic conditions of our local communities.  In addition to providing places for people to live, real estate is a major industry often requiring long-term planning for appropriate commitment of resources.  

This large sector is primarily served by dynamic entrepreneurial firms engaged in planning and design, construction, sales and transfer, and financing of residential real estate.  Each of these areas involves complex processes regarding property rights, zoning, conveyance, valuation, and financing.  This course is about understanding the opportunities and constraints inherent in these processes.  Specifically, we will discuss the legal principles, various forms of ownership, land use controls, market value, market research, mortgage financing, and brokerage and listing of properties.  This would allow you to make informed planning and investment decisions regarding housing.  In addition to reviewing practical applications, we will evaluate important ethical issues as well as discuss exciting emerging trends impacting residential real estate. 

Personal Communications 

This MGT129 topic will be offered in Winter 2017.

Topics in Entrepreneurship: Personal Communications is the study and practice of selective skills for developing and maintaining professional relationships in the contemporary business environment. The course examines principles and characteristics that underlie specific communication skills: listening, speaking, writing and managing conflict with the intent of building relationships and seeking to achieve the mission or objective of the workplace.

Developing an Entrepreneurial Workforce 

This MGT129 topic will be offered in Spring 2017.

This course is intended to equip students with the insights, knowledge and practical tools that will enable them to go forth as entrepreneurs to develop and lead a workforce that will perform at the highest possible level. They will learn to hire, develop and inspire people who can bring the necessary skills and abilities to their workplace, to encourage innovation and initiative by offering meaning and purpose, and to strengthen employee commitment by fostering a sense of personal dignity in each worker as well a sense of community among people who are committed to shared goals.

Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate

This MGT129 topic will be offered in Spring 2017.

In addition to providing places for people to live and work, commercial real estate is a major industry often requiring long-term planning for appropriate commitment of resources.  This large and vibrant sector is mostly serviced by entrepreneurial firms engaged in planning and design, construction, management, leasing, and financing of income properties.  Each of these areas involves complex processes regarding management, development, leasing, valuation, taxation, and financing.  This course is about understanding the opportunities and constraints arising from these processes.  Specifically, we will discuss property management and leasing for the various types of income properties, the income approach to valuation, commercial mortgage financing, taxation and the development of new commercial properties.  This would allow you to make informed planning and investment decisions regarding commercial real estate.  In addition to reviewing practical applications, we will discuss exciting emerging trends impacting each area as appropriate.