Pre-MBA Requirements for Non-MBA Students


First Semester
  Course #   Course Title LT LB CR
  ACCT 501   Financial Accounting 3 0 3
  ECON 501   Principles of Economics 3 0 3
  MGT 501   Principles of Management 3 0 3
  9 0 9
               
Second Semester
  Course #   Course Title LT LB CR
  MIS 502   Management Information Systems 3 0 3
  FIN 501   Corporate Finance 3 0 3
  OM 502   Statistical Analysis for Business 3 0 3
  MKT 501   Principles of Marketing 3 0 3
  12 0 12
  Total Credits Hours           21
               

Degree Plan for Master of Business Administration


First Semester
  Course #   Course Title LT LB CR
  ACCT 510   Managerial Economics 3 0 3
  ECON 510   Managerial Accounting 3 0 3
  OM 511   Management Science 3 0 3
  MGT 511   Organizational Theory & Design 3 0 3
  12 0 12
               
Second Semester
  Course #   Course Title LT LB CR
  OM 512   Production and Operations Management 3 0 3
  MKT 513   Strategic Marketing 3 0 3
  FIN 510   Management Finance 3 0 3
  MIS 510   Information Resources Management 3 0 3
  12 0 12
               
Third Semester
  Course #   Course Title LT LB CR
  MKT 512   Applied Marketing Research 3 0 3
  XXX xxx   Elective 1 3 0 3
  XXX xxx   Elective 2 3 0 3
  XXX xxx   Elective 3 3 0 3
  12 0 12
               
Fourth Semester
  Course #   Course Title LT LB CR
  MGT 580   Strategic Management 3 0 3
  XXX 592   Independent Research 0 0 3
  XXX xxx   Elective 4 3 0 3
  6 0 9
  Total Credits Hours           45
               



MBA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Prerequisite: ECON 501 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines

ACCOUNTING

   
ACCT 501 Financial Accounting  (3-0-3)

Financial accounting principles underlying accounting statements as they apply to financial statements of business firms, accounting system and records, income measurement and asset valuation. Emphasis on interpretation and uses of financial statements.

   
ACCT 510 Managerial Accounting (3-0-3)

Development and uses of accounting data for management decision-making; cost concepts, behavior, and systems; activity-based costing; pricing, process, and activity decisions; budgeting, planning and control; contemporary management accounting issues. Emphasis on real-world situations.

Prerequisite: ACCT 501 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines

   
ACCT 512 Cost Management Systems (3-0-3)

Problems with traditional cost allocation methods, design of operational control and performance evaluation, non-financial measurement of performance, activity-based costing systems, application of activity-based cost systems in manufacturing and service industries, cost accounting and most management system in high technology business. Readings and cases.

Prerequisite: ACCT 510 or equivalent.

   
ACCT 515 Computerized Accounting Information Systems (2-2-3)

Role of accounting information systems within companies’ operating environments, their capabilities and limitations, accounting information system data for gathering and processing, internal controls in computerized accounting systems analysis and designs, accounting decision support and expert systems, computerized accounting systems in small businesses, service industries, and not-for-profit organizations. A comprehensive project is required.

Prerequisite: ACCT 510 or equivalent.

   
   
   
ACCT 526 Foundation of Internal Auditing (3-0-3)

Concepts and principles of internal auditing, professional standards, internal auditing process; internal control, audit evidence, EDP auditing, fraud; internal audit skills; problem solving, audit communication and behavioral skills, statistical sampling; information technology; administration of internal auditing department. Cases and a project are required.

   
ACCT 527 Operational Auditing (3-0-3)

Operational auditing concepts and techniques, functional audits, control and assessments of management controls, ISO and TQM, operational audits in governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Cases and project are required.

Prerequisite:Prerequisite: ACCT510 or equivalent.

   
ACCT 592 Independent Researches in Accounting (0-0-3)

A research proposal must be submitted in writing by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the MBA Chairman prior to registration. The student is required to conduct research study in the area of accounting that is business related and adheres to all elements of sound business research. The study methods and findings must be presented orally and in writing in a manner that is consistent with acceptable standards of research communication.

Prerequisites: ACCT 510, MKT 512

   

ECONOMICS

ECON 501 Principles of Economics (3-0-3)

Introduction to economic systems and economic analysis. The course is an overview microeconomics covering topics such as supply and demand in individual markets, elasticities of supply and demand, theory of consumer behavior, theory of the firm, theory of production, analysis of cost elements, factors and product markets, and analysis of competitive and monopolistic markets and oligopoly. The course also includes an analysis of macroeconomics covering topics such as aggregate and aggregate supply, national output and income determination, consumption, savings, investment, government expenditures, international trade and restrictions, general price level, theory of money, monetary and fiscal policies, business cycles, unemployment, and inflation.

   
   
   
ECON 510 Managerial Economics (3-0-3)

This course analyzes the role of business in society as well as the role of profits in the allocation of scare resources. It develops the relevant demand and production theories, the theory of the firm, economic optimization techniques, cost/benefits analysis, and pricing policies. Economic forecasting techniques, public policy issues, public regulations, and the role of government in market economy are introduced.

   
ECON 511 The Macroeconomic Environment of Business (3-0-3)

This is an advanced course in aggregate economic theory. The course analyzes the components of aggregate demand and aggregate supply, and factor shares in production functions. It also encompasses the basic structure of the classical. Keynesian, monetarist, and new classical approaches to macroeconomics and their implications for the determination of output (GDP), interest rates, general price level, unemployment, and inflation. Applications of the theory of the business cycle and the use of monetary and fiscal policy for economic stabilization are also analyzed.

Prerequisite: ECON 510

   
ECON 512 Econometrics (3-0-3)

This course stresses the mathematical formulation, estimation, and empirical testing of basic econometric models which can be used for forecasting economic and financial data for future planning purposes. The theory of normal linear (and nonlinear) models, generalized least squares methods, hypothesis testing, specification error, regression diagnostics, and distributed lags reanalyzed in the context of economic and financial theories. Applications include simultaneous equation model, seemingly unrelated regression, pooled data estimation, and single-equation models.

Prerequisites: OM 502 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines, ECON 510.

   
ECON 520 Microeconomic Analysis (3-0-3)

This is an advanced course covering selected topics in utility theory, analysis of demand and supply, production theory, labor market, and capital theory. It also covers price and output determination in different market structures, resource allocation, income distribution, welfare economics, the economics of uncertainty and information, as well as the analysis of partial and general equilibrium systems.

Prerequisite: ECON 510

   
   
   
ECON 522 International Trade (3-0-3)

This course covers advanced analysis of topics such as the gains from trade, sources of the gains from trade, sources of comparative advantage, economic integration, trade policy, the theory of commercial policy, foreign exchange rates, the balance of payments, protectionism and barriers to trade, and the gains from specialization.

Prerequisite: ECON 510

   
ECON 525 Energy Economics (3-0-3)

This course deals with the analysis of energy sources (such as petroleum coal, gas and electricity), and the rates of extraction. The course also covers the analysis of demand for and supply of oil, in particular, under the assumptions of the theory of Cartels. It also includes analysis of short-and long-run costs of investments in such resources under uncertainty, the pricing of exhaustible resources such as oil, and modeling of long-run theory demand. The course includes a case study on the energy sector of the Saudi Economy.

Prerequisite: ECON 501

   
ECON 592 Independent Research in Economics (0-0-3)

A research proposal must be submitted in writing by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the MBA Chairman prior to registration. The student is required to conduct research study in the area of economics that is business related and adheres to all elements of sound business research. The study method and findings must be presented orally and in writing in a manner that is consistent with acceptable standards of research communication.

Prerequisites: ECON 510, MKT 512

   

FINANCE

FIN 501 Corporate Finance (3-0-3)

An introduction to the basic concepts and tools of corporate finance. The course covers financial planning and control techniques such as forecasting financial needs, cash budgeting, operating leverage, ratio analysis, return-on-investment, and fund statement. Other topics include working capital policies, capital budgeting, and the treatment of risk in investment decisions.

Prerequisite: ACCT 501 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines.

   
FIN 510 Managerial Finance (3-0-3)

Managerial finance consists of two inter-related decisions of investment and financing. The former deals with capital theory and its application to capital budgeting under uncertainty. Theater deals with financial leverage, the cost of capital, dividend policy and valuation. Leasing and other instruments of long-term financing, growth through mergers and the holding company, as well as reorganization and bankruptcy.

Prerequisites: FIN 501 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines, ACCT 510.

   
FIN 520 Financial Policy (3-0-3)

A case method analysis of corporate assets/liabilities management and related financial problems stressing financial decisions and formulation of financial policy. The subject coverage includes: working capital management, operating and financial leverage, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, and mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. This course attempts to familiarize the students with practical aspects of financial concepts and theories. It provides the students with the tools and financial models to make decisions in real-life situations. A case based approach is emphasized to give the students ‘hands-on’ managerial financial skills. It is also intended to develop communication and presentation skills and strengthen the students ‘confidence in their own judgment.

Prerequisites:FIN 510

   
FIN 521 International Finance (3-0-3)

The focus is on understanding how multinational corporations make financial decisions in an international environment. Students learn about international money and capital market operations, the determination of exchange rates, and how to analyze the balance payments accounts. Specific skills to measure and manage exposure to foreign exchange risk are developed. The course also covers corporate functions including international capital budgeting, working capital management, direct foreign investment, political risk analysis, and international banking and taxation.

Prerequisites: FIN 510

   
FIN 522 Financial Institutions (3-0-3)

This course has two objectives. The first focuses on understanding the flow of funds across financial markets, the nature and characteristics of these markets, and the determination of interest rates and security prices. Students are exposed to the process of financial product evolution and financial engineering techniques. The second focuses on familiarizing students with the strategic and operational issues involved in the management of financial institutions including commercial banks, Islamic financial institutions, savings banks, finance companies, pension funds and insurance companies. The course also includes a description and comparative analysis of the Islamic financial system, the Saudi financial infrastructure, and Western financial system.

Prerequisites: FIN 510

   
FIN 523 Investment Analysis (3-0-3)

Analysis of investments in financial securities such as bonds, common stock, preferred stock, options, commodities and Islamic financial instruments. Nature, regulation, and operations of securities markets in a western economy and an Islamic economy. Portfolio management theory and implications for capital market theory. Stock price behavior in relation to technical analysis and to capital market efficiency hypothesis.

Prerequisites:FIN 510

   
FIN 525 Options, Futures and Other Derivative Securities (3-0-3)

This course provides a detailed coverage of the organization, structure, and role of the derivative securities market. The course explores the properties of derivative securities (such as futures, options, options on futures, and swap markets) that are commonly encountered in practice and provides a theoretical framework within the values of these securities. Students learn skills required to use derivative securities in hedging and risk-altering investment strategies.

Prerequisites:FIN 510

   
FIN 529 Bank Management (3-0-3)

Examines the nature and operating strategies of banking institutions including Islamic banking institutions. Bank management issues such as liquidity management, investment strategies, capital management and asset/liability management are emphasized. Banking practices in an international environment are also examined. Students work through cases that simulate real world decision-making.

Prerequisites:FIN 510

   
FIN 531 Real Estate Management (3-0-3)

This course deals with the analysis of residential and commercial real estate development, appraisal techniques, real estate financing, real estate market analysis, real estate management and legal environment. It also covers the theory of risk, and management of personal and business risk.

   
FIN 592 Independent Research in Finance (0-0-3)

A research proposal must be submitted in writing by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the MBA Chairman prior to registration. The student is required to conduct research study in the area of economics that is business related and adheres to all elements of sound business research. The study method and findings must be presented orally and in writing in a manner that is consistent with acceptable standards of research communication.

Prerequisites: FIN 510, MKT 512

   

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

MIS 502 Management Information Systems (3-0-3)

Introduction to the concepts of Management Information Systems. Topics include information systems support to organizational activities and functions. Fundamentals of database management and data communication concepts. Strategic applications of information systems. An overview of system development processes and the fundamentals of system analysis and design.

   
MIS 510 Information Resource Management (3-0-3)

Development of a framework for planning the introduction, evolution, and assimilation of information technology (computer, telecommunication, office automation) into the organization. The specific role of middle and top management in designing a long-range information architecture with emphasis on strategic and global issues. Use of case studies is emphasized.

Prerequisite: MIS 502 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines.

   
MIS 512 Data Management (3-0-3)

Introduction of Data Base Management Systems (DBMS). Relational model and Structured Query Language. Logical database design and semantic data integrity. Physical design issues of relational databases. Transaction integrity. Database and data administration functions. Introduction to non-relational data models. Fundamentals of distributed DBMS.

Prerequisite:MIS 510.

   
MIS 515 Systems Analysis Methodologies (3-0-3)

Business information system development covering used requirements identification, feasibility study, system analysis, design, and implementation. Systems analysis and design methodologies including SDLC, JAD, RAD, and prototyping. System analysis and project management tools.

Prerequisite:MIS 510.

   
MIS 525 Management Support Systems (3-0-3)

Study of the decision-making processes. Comparison between Management Support Systems (MSS) and conventional information systems. Decision Support Systems (DSS), Group DSS,Executive Support Systems, Expert Systems, and Neutral Network Systems. Applications of MSS. Integration of Management Support Systems. Behavioral and technical issues in the implementation and operation of MSS.

Prerequisite:MIS 512.

   
MIS 530 Seminar in MIS (3-0-3)

Study of contemporary issues and concepts in Management Information Systems and management of information technology. Use of presentations based on periodicals, book reviews, cases, and student term papers. Students will participate in class presentations.

Prerequisite: MIS 510.

   
MIS 592 Independent Research in MIS (0-0-3)

A research proposal must be submitted in writing by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the MBA Chairman prior to registration. The student is required to conduct are search study in the area of Management Information Systems that is business related and adheres to all elements of sound business research. The study methods and findings must be presented orally and in writing in a manner that is consistent with acceptable standards of research communication.

Prerequisite: MIS 510, MKT 512.

   

MANAGEMENT

MGT 501 Principles of Management (3-0-3)

Fundamentals of managing work and organization, managing people and managing production and operations. Topics include basic management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling and related organizational processes of communication, decision-making and socialization. Other related issues such as globalization, social responsibility, ethics and application to the Saudi business environment are also covered.

   
MGT 511 Organizational Theory and Design (3-0-3)

Analysis of organizations as open systems, with emphasis on maximizing congruency among organizational structure, strategies, and environments; and the understanding of the impact of alternative design configurations and strategies on the individual, group, and inter-group behavior and performance. A primary focus is the influences on organizational performance and effectiveness.

Prerequisite:MGT 501 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines.

   
MGT 513 Managerial Communications (3-0-3)

This course covers various behavioral and technical aspects of the communication processes at different levels and in various contexts in business organizations. Topics include interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication, linguistic skills; communication aspects of interviewing, business meetings, negotiation, conflict, work relationships, and group work; and the planning, organizing, and delivery of different types of business presentations and reports.

Prerequisite: MGT 511.

   
MGT 521 International Business (3-0-3)

The course develops the analytical capability and perspectives to manage a firm’s interaction with its international and global environment. Topics include international economics and political developments, the economics and politics of trade, comparative international strategy, international strategic alliances, foreign exchange and international capital markets, risk analysis, and country culture analysis.

Prerequisite: MGT 511, ECON 510.

   
MGT 522 Organizational Behavior (3-0-3)

Enhancing and developing students’ diagnostic skills by examining individual behaviors (motives, perception, attitudes, and learning), group dynamics (communication, power conflict, productivity and morale), and organizational theory and development (culture, socialization, structure and design). The course also provides the foundation to develop the skills required to work effectively in teams. Globalization and the international dimensions of organizational behavior are also covered.

Prerequisite:MGT 511.

   
MGT 523 Leadership, Motivation, and Power (3-0-3)

Theoretical and practical approaches influencing and motivating people. Effectiveness of various leadership styles, different motivation theories and techniques, and power tactics from a managerial point of view. Cases, experiential exercises, and group discussions are used to enhance the learning of these concepts and managerial actions.

Prerequisite:MGT 511.

   
MGT 524 International and Comparative Management (3-0-3)

The focus is on exploring knowledge and research findings about influences of culture and cultural diversity on management functions and processes. Topics include influences of national cultures on organizational cultures, influences of inter-organizational interactions in cross-cultural contexts, management practices in different social environments, and management perspectives indifferent countries.

Prerequisite: MGT 511.

   
MGT 525 Human Resources Management (3-0-3)

Application of current behavioral science theory, research and techniques to cover how organizations plan, recruit, select, train, evaluate, compensate and develop their human resources. The coverage of these issues includes the international and global aspects of human resources management and dimensions that are specific to Saudi business environment such as the relevant laws and regulations and the Saudization efforts.

Prerequisite: MGT 511.

   
MGT 526 Management of Organizational Change and Development (3-0-3)

Building a set of conceptual and pragmatic skills useful in understanding and managing change within organizations. Topics include theory and management of OD, planned change, business consultation, and interventions such as team interventions, third-party peacemaking interventions, training-based intervention, structural interventions, and comprehensive interventions.

Prerequisite:MGT 511.

   
MGT 527 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3-0-3)

Study and development of analytical and conceptual skills in the management of new ventures and small businesses. Coverage includes nature and importance of entrepreneurial activities and alternatives, launching and start-up issues and challenges, market and financial planning, and the processes involved in the management, marketing, finance, and control of the enterprise.

Prerequisite:MGT 511, ECON 510, FIN 510.

   
MGT 580 Strategic Management (3-0-3)

The objectives of this course are (1) to acquaint students with the viewpoint of top managers in complex organizations; (2) to provide exposure to major strategic issues involved in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling complex organizations; and (3) to integrate a specific analytical techniques and viewpoints of functional fields into larger view of the overall organizational strategies and goals. Included is the coverage and application of certain activities such as long-range planning, environmental analysis, internal analysis, corporate creativeness and development, strategies and strategic choices and so on. Cases from the Saudi and international business environments are used.

Prerequisite:Advanced MBA Standing.

   
MGT 592 Independent Research in Management (0-0-3)

A research proposal must be submitted in writing by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the MBA Chairman prior to registration. The student is required to conduct are search study in the area of management that is business related and adheres to all elements of sound business research. The study methods and findings must be presented orally and in writing in a manner that is consistent with acceptable standards of research communication.

Prerequisite:MGT 511, MKT 512.

   

MARKETING

MKT 501 Principles of Marketing (3-0-3)

The principles of marketing to include marketing’s role in society and the firm, the marketing concept, market segmentation, and target marketing. Emphasis on buyer behavior, market measurement, and elements of the marketing mix.

   
MKT 512 Applied Marketing Research (3-0-3)

Application of research methods for enhancing managerial decision-making in marketing. Includes use of multivariate research methodology and computer software specific to marketing problems in customer analysis, market segmentation, market forecasting, product, positioning, and attribute preference research.

Prerequisite:MKT 501, OM 502; or waiver of these prerequisites according to the waiver guidelines.

   
MKT 513 Strategic Marketing (3-0-3)

Applications of concepts, tools, and processes in marketing decision-making. Analysis of strategic marketing opportunities and problems. Planning, developing and implementation of customer driven strategies.

Prerequisite:MKT 501 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guidelines.

   
MKT 520 International Marketing (3-0-3)

Developing skills, knowledge, and cultural sensitivity necessary to market successfully in an international environment. Critical discussion of contemporary international marketing issues, analyzing marketing opportunities within a global context, evaluating market entry strategies, and developing and assessing international product, pricing, promotional, distribution and purchasing strategies.

Prerequisite:MKT 513 or equivalent.

   
MKT 521 Buyer Behavior (3-0-3)

Study of decision processes and behavior of individuals and organizations as they relate to the purchase and consumption of goods and services. Consideration of concepts and theories of the behavioral sciences, research methods, and applications in marketing management.

Prerequisite:MKT 513 or equivalent.

   
MKT 523 Marketing Communication (3-0-3)

Analysis of the marketing communications process as it relates to the design and implementation of persuasive communications with current and potential customers. Consideration of the full range of contacts between organizations and markets, message and media factors, and program performance evaluation.

Prerequisite:MKT 513.

   
MKT 525 Marketing Channels Management (3-0-3)

Analysis of the dynamics of marketing channel relationships among firms working together to deliver goods and services to markets. Consideration of problems, opportunities, and managerial requirements of building and maintaining supply chain relationships with other firms consistent with marketing strategy.

Prerequisite:MKT 513 or equivalent.

   
MKT 526 Services Marketing (3-0-3)

Analysis of the distinctive aspects of services as they relate to planning, organizing and implementing marketing strategies. Consideration of demand management, customer portfolios, and frameworks to understand and position services in competitive markets.

Prerequisite:MKT 513 or equivalent.

   
MKT 592 Independent Research in Marketing (0-0-3)

A research proposal must be submitted in writing by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the MBA Chairman prior to registration. The student is required to conduct a research study in the area of marketing that is business related and adheres to all elements of sound business research. The study methods and findings must be presented orally and in writing in a manner that is consistent with acceptable standards of research communication.

Prerequisite:MKT 513, MKT 512.

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

OM 502 Statistical Analysis for Business (3-0-3)

The course will employ the application of basic statistical techniques for Management. Basic concepts of probability and probability distributions, estimation theory and test of hypothesis, regression analysis, and analysis of variance.

   
OM 511 Management Science (3-0-3)

Linear Programming: Concepts and Solutions Techniques, Duality and Sensitivity Analysis.Transportation and Assignment Models, Goal Programming Model, Network Optimization Models including PERT/CPM project management models, Integer Programming. Additional topics may be selected from Inventory Model, Decision Analysis, Queuing Theory, Simulation, Quadratic Programming, Dynamic Programming, or Non-Linear Programming, Applications of LP and other models in Business and Industrial Management will be emphasized. Computer optimization packages will be used extensively.

Prerequisite:OM 502 or waiver of this prerequisite according to the waiver guide lines.

   
OM 512 Production and Operations Management (3-0-3)

Process Management; Business Process Re-Engineering; Total Quality Management; International Quality Standards such as ISO 9000, Statistical Process Control; Work Force Management and Scheduling: Capacity Planning; Aggregate Planning; Location Decisions; Layout Planning; Purchasing and Materials Management; Inventory Management Systems:Probabilistic and Deterministic Inventory Models; JIT, MRP and MRP II.

Prerequisite:OM 511.

   
OM 515 Business Forecasting (3-0-3)

Principles and methods of forecasting. Short and long-term industry forecasting. Evaluation of reliability of existing forecasting techniques. National and international business trends. The role of business forecasting in managerial planning. The use of time series models including exponential smoothing and Box-Jenkins (ARIMA) techniques for business and economics forecasting.

Prerequisite:OM 511 or equivalent.

   
OM 516 Decision Analysis (3-0-3)

Topics may include: Decision-making under uncertainty. Decision Trees. Multi-criteria decision making. Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP).

Prerequisite:OM 511.

   
OM 518 Project Management (3-0-3)

Management of development projects. Decision-making environment, economic analysis, network analysis, scheduling and control of development projects, sequential and aggregate development decisions.

Prerequisite:OM 512.

   
OM 519 Business Simulation (3-0-3)

Application of computer simulation to the analysis and design of management decision systems.Design of simulation experiments in business research.

Prerequisite:OM 511.

   
OM 521 Management of Inventory Systems (3-0-3)

Analysis of business organizations as integrated inventory systems. Inventory theory and model building as tools for management decision-making. General discussion of inventory models, with emphasis on characterizing the terms of optional policies and efficient computational methods.

Prerequisite:OM 512.

   
OM 592 Independent Research in Operations Management (0-0-3)

A research proposal must be submitted in writing by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the MBA Chairman prior to registration. The student is required to conduct are search study in the area of operations management that is business related and adheres to all elements of sound business research. The study methods and findings must be presented orally and in writing in a manner that is consistent with acceptable standards of research communication.

Prerequisite:OM 512, MKT 512.

   
   
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