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Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program

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IDST 495 - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES CAPSTONE

As part of the Capstone experience, students will define a complex, real world problem, possibly in their local communities. Then, using skills and knowledge of interdisciplinary practices, and leveraging information and approaches from their own specific focus areas, students will study a problem from the perspective of several disciplines, generate interdisciplinary insights, illustrate discipli

Accounting

ACCT 310 - INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I
The first of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, the conceptual framework, development of generally accepted accounting principles, and applications are stressed. Topics include the income statement, the statement of cash flows and the balance sheet, specifically asset accounts.
ACCT 320 - INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II
The second of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, concepts and applications are stressed. Topics include time value of money, current and non-current liabilities, leases, deferred taxes, retirement benefits, stockholders? equity, earning per share, accounting changes and errors, and statement of cash flows.
ACCT 390 - FEDERAL INCOME TAX I
An introduction to the federal income tax structure with emphasis on the individual taxpayer, including employee, sole proprietor and investor. This course also provides exposure to basic concepts that apply equally, or with slight modification, to taxpayers other than individuals. Major topics include filing status, exemptions, excludable and includable income, business and non-business deduction
ACCT 425 - ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS
This course creates a framework for accounting information systems by combining knowledge about business as it relates to information systems, information technology, and accounting. Students will examine the REA enterprise ontology as it relates to databases which can be used to store and retrieve information for decision-making within an organization. Students learn that in the competitive organ

Applied Psychology

PSYC 310 - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
This psychology based course provides evidenced-based information and application strategies for improving personal and professional adjustment and effectiveness. The purpose of this course is to enable students to address and utilize more of their inherent potential. Students will use a self-coaching model to apply principles and methods taken from a variety of current sources, i.e. emotional and
PSYC 315 - APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY: THEORY TO PRACTICE
This course is an exploration of the expanding field of Applied Psychology. The framework of inquiry incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the current state of the field and its career possibilities. The principal focus is on applying scientific and humanistic perspectives derived from psychology to individual, social, and institutional opportunities.
PSYC 325 - COACHING IN ORGANIZATIONS
This course is designed to introduce students to the use of coaching skills for improving the adjustment and performance of individuals in an organizational setting. Topics to be covered include: the scope of coaching practice, optimal practitioner characteristics, benefits for coaches, related organizational dynamics, and coaching interventions and resources. This course also includes an emphasis
PSYC 420 - ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION IN ORGANIZATIONS
This course explores the use of psychological instrumentation as a means for improving individual and organizational performance. The emphasis is on the assessment of strengths and positive psychological functioning. Students will become acquainted with various psychological instruments including their selection, construction, and administration. Additionally, students will gain experience with th

Business Administration

BSAD 320 - QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING
This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.
BSAD 460 - BUSINESS ETHICS FOR LEADERS
This course focuses on the application and evaluation of scholarly articles, case studies, and real-life ethical dilemmas using an ethical decision-making model. Students will evaluate personal value systems; individual, leadership driven, organizational, and community ethical issues; and the social responsibilities of global organizations. The course will culminate in an in-depth analysis of a re
MGMT 312 - PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function and required in today's competitive environment.

Business Economics

ECON 321 - INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS
This course provides a further examination of profit maximizing strategies by firms and individuals. Evaluation of consumer behavior, firms? production decisions, and market power are at the core of the analysis. Special attention is given to the asymmetric information considerations, game theory, and externalities.
ECON 322 - INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS
This course examines the differences between the economy in the short run and in the long run. A number of macroeconomic models are considered, and the results are used to conduct macroeconomic policy discussion on stabilization policies and government debt.
ECON 340 - MONEY,BANKING & FINANCIAL MARKETS
This course provides an overview of the financial system. The roles of money, financial intermediaries, financial markets, and central banks are discussed in the context of global economy.
ECON 420 - FORECASTING
This course provides a hands-on experience for creating working econometric models to forecast business activities, including revenues, costs, and profits. Trends, seasonal and cyclical fluctuations, as well as error term dynamics, are analyzed.
ECON 450 - HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT
This course provides a broad introduction to the development of economic thought through time. The ideas and concepts are considered in their historical perspective. Contributions by leading economists, emergence of a variety of schools of economic thought, their relevance to the current economic problems constitute the core of the analysis.

Business Forensics

BSAD 460 - BUSINESS ETHICS FOR LEADERS
This course focuses on the application and evaluation of scholarly articles, case studies, and real-life ethical dilemmas using an ethical decision-making model. Students will evaluate personal value systems; individual, leadership driven, organizational, and community ethical issues; and the social responsibilities of global organizations. The course will culminate in an in-depth analysis of a re
BSFR 341 - FRAUD EXAMINATION
This course provides an overview of the behavioral research associated with occupational fraud and the methodology of fraud examination (i.e., obtaining documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses and potential suspects, writing investigative reports, testifying to findings, and forensic document examination). The majority of the course is focused on detecting the most common types of occupationa
BSFR 342 - INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES FOR FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS
This course provides an overview of techniques and strategies useful in interviewing and interrogating occupational fraud suspects and other parties of interest. These techniques and strategies include interpreting the verbal and nonverbal cues of an interviewee, as well as planning, conducting, and documenting the findings from investigative interviews.
BSFR 343 - LEGAL ELEMENTS OF FRAUD
This course explores the legal issues associated with occupational fraud investigations with a primary emphasis on the proper preparation of a fraud report. Related topics addressed include analyzing relevant criminal and civil laws, the rights of the parties involved in an investigation, rules of evidence, and expert witnessing.
BSFR 344 - CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & INTERNAL CONTROL ASSESSMENT
This course starts with an overview of key legislation and guidelines associated with corporate governance. This includes analyzing the components of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations? (COSO) internal control framework, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 99, and the role of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). However, the primary fo

Communication Arts

COMM 315 - COMMUNICATION ETHICS
This course examines the strategies involved in effective, ethical communication in professional contexts. Students examine principles of ethical organizational communication and the temporal/cultural/social forces behind those principles, as well as apply reasoning and critical thinking in individual and group assignments. Comparing values and perspectives from diverse cultures, students will res
COMM 321 - ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
The course examines the role of communication in organizations. Students will learn the major theories of organizational communication, identifying and defining primary concepts, and applying them to discussions of real-world situations. The role of technology, corporate culture, leadership, teamwork, ethics, and diversity in communication is examined. Effective communication in global organizatio
COMM 335 - COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS
The course examines current theories and best practices of working collaboratively in professional contexts. Students apply these concepts to analyze their own work experience, generating strategies for how to improve their performance in work groups. Students will learn basic project management skills and work in online virtual teams to complete a final communication project.
COMM 400 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
This course provides an overview of issues, processes, and theories involved with communicating with individuals from different cultures. Topics include thinking and communicating in global contexts and professional relationships in diverse environments.
GRPH 310 - ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN
In this course students will apply the fundamentals covered in Fundamentals of Graphic Design (DCOM/GRPH 210). A strong focus is placed on preparing students to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences through graphic design. Students will learn to apply these principles using traditional methods supported by computer technology.
GRPH 317 - DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Digital Photography is a course covering the basics of photography. The focus will be on taking and critiquing photographs with an emphasis on creating professional images for use on the Web. Topics covered include photography and camera basics on how a camera works, lighting, composition, and special types of photography, such as portraiture, nature, landscape, motion, etc. The goal is to shoot p
MIS 320 - TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
This course will prepare students for the bi-directional technical communication demands specific to computer and information systems. Topics include technical research methods and approaches, critical analysis of technical documents, synthesis of data, information and knowledge gained through research and critical analysis, creation of accurate technical documents, and effective delivery of techn
PBRL 350 - MEDIA RESEARCH AND WRITING
This course explores approaches and techniques for conducting research and writing within key public relations contexts. Students in this course will examine and utilize research techniques and methodologies that are essential for public relations professionals. Components of this course will include: journalistic research, copywriting, research and writing for broadcast, web research, writing for
PBRL 450 - RHETORIC AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE
This course examines how text, images, sound-bites, speeches, and other media operate to influence, define, and change public identity and thought. Students in this course will look at these verbal and non-verbal influences and how they mold and shape public discourse, cultural understanding, and our day-to-day life. Additionally, this course will examine the role of persuasion and attitudinal cha
PF 355 - INTRODUCTION TO GRANT WRITING FORyNON-PROFITS
This course will enable students to recognize when a grant might be appropriate as a source of funds for a non-profit organization or project, identify and understand non-profit status, adhere to conventions and standards associated with successful grant applications, locate grant opportunities, analyze grant requirements, prepare metrics for success, and develop a written grant proposal. This course will provide an opportunity for students to extend and apply their communication skills. Students pursuing this course will also leverage interdisciplinary insights to solve a real-world problem.
WRIT 320 - BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING
This is an advanced composition course for juniors and seniors which focuses on business, technical and professional writing. Skills taught include audience analysis; research methods; questionnaire, interview and survey techniques; letters; data collection, interpretation and documentation; graphic illustration; and composition of reports in special formats. Instruction and practice are provided
WRIT 360 - INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
This course introduces the student to the world of creative writing, presenting the power of the written word, cultivating the individual's style in interpreting and writing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as drama. Participants will create a portfolio of work, mastering techniques employed by studied authors. Students also will learn strategies for generating ideas, becoming members of
WRIT 460 - ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING
This advanced creative writing course enables students to dive more deeply into an understanding of the written word, using their own poetry, fiction, and drama pieces to engage readers through the original work produced by members of the class. An advanced community of writers will be developed to sharpen each member's craft by participating in writing workshops. Students will be introduced to av

Criminal Justice Administration

CJAD 310 - COURTS AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
This course addresses the requirements for processing criminal offenders through the court system. Topics include structure of the court system in the U.S., evidentiary standards, constitutional protections, the role and importance of case law, and the role of the prosecutor and defense attorney in the courts.
CJAD 330 - JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY
This course will address the history of the U.S. juvenile justice system and the nature and extent of youth crime. It will focus on the correlates and theoretical perspectives used to explain juvenile delinquency all within a framework of current research and strategies used to prevent, treat, and control youth crime. Students will analyze and apply these concepts to the structure within which juv
CJAD 425 - PROBATION AND PAROLE
This course addresses the role of probation, parole and community corrections in the U.S. corrections system. Topics include management and supervision of a full range of intermediate alternatives to prison and jail including pretrial release, diversion, economic sanctions, probation, residential supervision, and other unique alternatives. Philosophies and theories of offender treatment and punish
CJAD 430 - JUVENILE CORRECTIONS
This course will present students with an introduction and history of juvenile corrections. More in-depth coverage will focus on contemporary sentencing and correctional strategies including alternative sanctions. Students will be exposed to treatment and rehabilitative programmatic trends both inside and outside secure institutions. Additional topics will include correctional staff training, risk
CJAD 440 - SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
Students will become familiar with the various theories of deviant behavior and discuss deviance in terms of both criminal and non-criminal behavior. Topics covered in this course will include types of deviance, deviance and crime, stigma, physical disabilities, mental disorders, and recent forms of deviance.

Emergency Management & Homeland Security

PSMT 440 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
This course is a study of administrative legal issues within the context of Public Safety Management. The topics include constitutional limitations, rule-making authority, licensing and standing, evidentiary rules, informal proceeding, ethics regulation and contractual law.
SEMT 326 - SECURITY OPERATIONS THEORY AND PRACTICE
This course will provide insight into the history, theory, and principles of security operations in private and industrial settings.
SEMT 328 - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT THEORY & PRACTICE
This course will focus on Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the Post 9-11 era. Emphasis will be on mitigation and preparedness related to international and domestic terrorism as well as natural disasters.
SEMT 424 - LABOR RELATIONS AND PUBLIC SECTOR BARGAINING
This course will involve the study of collective bargaining in the public sector, including management and labor relations, public sector bargaining law, and related labor issues particular to public safety agencies.
SEMT 432 - HOMELAND SECURITY - THEORY AND PRACTICE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
This course will study the impact of Department of Homeland Security requirements on local public safety agencies. Focus will be on interoperability as it relates to planning and responding to terrorist threats or actions at the local level.
SEMT 436 - RISK MANAGEMENT AND THREAT ASSESSMENT
This course will involve the study of risk management techniques and methods for safety and security purposes. Threat assessment will be studied in terms of private and corporate security concerns.
SEMT 438 - PRINCIPLES OF SECURITY MANAGEMENT
This course examines the principles involved in leading and managing private security operations. Areas covered in this class will include leadership, supervision, and a range of personnel issues, including staffing and training, as they pertain to private security operations.

Financial Management

FINA 340 - MONEY, BANKING & FINANCIAL MARKETS
This course provides an overview of the financial system. The roles of money, financial intermediaries, financial markets, and central banks are discussed in the context of global economy.
FINA 403 - ADVANCED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
An introduction to advanced concepts and methods of financial management. Topics include risk and return, asset evaluation, capital budgeting, capital structure, business financial planning and working capital management.
FINA 405 - INVESTMENTS
An examination of investment markets, transactions, planning and information. Topics include investment risk and return measures, debt and equity instruments, evaluation techniques, hybrid and derivative securities, mutual funds, real estate investments, tax planning and the investment process, and portfolio management.
FINA 450 - GLOBAL FINANCE
An examination of financial management in the global economy. Topics include international financial markets, exchange rates, interest rates and inflation, exchange rate risk management, working capital management, capital budgeting, country risk analysis, long-term financing, and global strategic planning.

Financial Planning

FPLN 405 - INVESTMENTS
An examination of investment markets, transactions, planning and information. Topics include investment risk and return measures, debt and equity instruments, evaluation techniques, hybrid and derivative securities, mutual funds, real estate investments, tax planning and the investment process, and portfolio management.
FPLN 430 - INCOME TAX PLANNING
An introduction to federal income taxation and the role of the tax code in financial planning for individuals, businesses, and business owners. Topics include the tax environment, fundamentals of income tax planning, the measurement of taxable income, the taxation of business income, individual income taxation, and the tax compliance process.
FPLN 450 - RETIREMENT PLANNING
An introduction to retirement planning concepts, procedures, and issues for individuals, businesses, and business owners. Topics include understanding and evaluating client retirement objectives, qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, tailoring retirement plans to client needs, funding retirement plans and investing plan assets, retirement planning for individual clients, post-retirement mo
FPLN 460 - ESTATE PLANNING
An introduction to the principles and techniques in estate planning. Topics include the use of living and testamentary trusts, joint ownership of property, life insurance, charitable dispositions, inter vivos gifts, and the marital deduction to efficiently conserve and transfer wealth, consistent with the client's goals.

Global Business

BSAD 476 - GLOBAL BUSINESS ISSUES
This course focuses on global economic integration and emerging market economies and the effects these trends have on both service and manufacturing industries in the short- and long-term. Other global business issues will include: the European Union (EU), North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO); environmental considerations in business operations; the
COMM 400 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
This course provides an overview of issues, processes, and theories involved with communicating with individuals from different cultures. Topics include thinking and communicating in global contexts and professional relationships in diverse environments.
FINA 450 - GLOBAL FINANCE
An examination of financial management in the global economy. Topics include international financial markets, exchange rates, interest rates and inflation, exchange rate risk management, working capital management, capital budgeting, country risk analysis, long-term financing, and global strategic planning.

Healthcare Management

HCM 300 - HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
This course provides students with an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare leadership. It is generally a required course for any subsequent healthcare management courses. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare lea
HCM 320 - HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I
This is the first of two healthcare finance courses. Healthcare Financial Management I begins with an introduction to healthcare finance and a description of the current financial environment in which healthcare organizations function. It then will explore the basics of financial and managerial accounting, presenting concepts that are critical to making sound financial decisions to better the cost
HCM 442 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, a
HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop r

Healthcare Information Management

HCM 340 - COMMUNITY HEALTH
Declining reimbursement impacts the role healthcare organizations play in community health and disease prevention. This course focuses on specific strategies healthcare managers can use to benefit the health of communities. Topics include the role of healthcare stakeholders in promoting community health, connecting with the community, and community benefit standards.
HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop r
HIM 320 - HEALTH DATA
This course introduces students to various types, definitions, relationships, uses, and interpretations of data derived from healthcare functions and processes. Students will explore information standards and representations of health data that are commonly used for patient care, reporting, reimbursement, and quality improvement programs.
HIM 470 - HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS
This course examines healthcare organizations from the perspective of managing the information systems that exist within the enterprise. Identifying the clinical and healthcare delivery processes and how they relate to information systems is a main focus. The intent of the course is to identify the key issues confronting the management of healthcare information systems today, examine their causes,

Human Resources Management

HRM 300 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
An introduction to the human resources function and related elements and activities. The course outlines the roles and functions of members of the human resources department, as well as educating others outside human resources, in how their roles include human resources-related activities. The student will learn about the evolution in human resources management as we know it today. Emphasis is pla
HRM 301 - STAFFING
This course examines all aspects of getting employees into organizations. Recruitment and selection are the foci. This course covers scientific and legal issues from a managerial perspective and examines the usefulness of various methods used in job analysis, testing and measurement, and internal and external market analysis. Legislation regarding EEO and affirmative action programs are discussed.
HRM 302 - TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
This course covers the theories and techniques of training and development from strategic and operational perspectives. Emphasis is placed on employee needs assessment, program design, implementation and evaluation. Learning theories and long-term development for global competitiveness are discussed.
HRM 401 - COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This course is an in-depth examination of pay and benefit theories and practices. The course analyzes job evaluation techniques, salary surveys, individual and group performance-based pay, as well as insurance and pension plan administration.
HRM 402 - EMPLOYEE AND LABOR RELATIONS
This course evaluates the current environment of employee and labor relations. Students will compare and distinguish the differences between employee relations and labor relations environments. Topics such as handbooks versus contracts, employee discipline versus grievance procedures, and workplace compliance laws, such as ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment, and the Civil Rights Act are discussed.

Information Technology

ITEC 275 - COMPUTER NETWORKS: SWITCHING, ROUTING, & WANS
This course covers both the design and basic configuration of computer networks. Using Cisco Systems CCDA© certification as a guide, students will learn about the OSI model, network topologies, Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies, wireless LAN, IP addressing, routing protocols, and network security mechanisms. This course also utilizes simulation software to create a small virtual network on the
ITEC 350 - WINDOWS ADMINISTRATION
This course provides the student with an introduction to Windows Server 2008 administration and is structured to assist a network manager or planner in planning, configuring, installing, running, and repairing networks that include a Windows Server 2008. As such, it provides an introduction to server installation, Active Directory, printer management, domains, network clients, security, disaster r
ITEC 430 - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of information technology project management and techniques for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling of resources to accomplish specific project goals. Both technical and behavioral aspects of project management are discussed. While the focus is on information technology projects, the principles follow the nine project man
ITEC 450 - DATABASE ADMINISTRATION
This course covers a breadth of subjects in Database Administration. Building on the database management systems course, this course covers topics about the configuration, administration and performance of the database engine itself. Using Oracle 10g as a platform, students will learn about installation, configuration, performance tuning, security, disaster planning and recovery, and network conne

Interactive Media Design

IMD 300 - DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN
This course explores current trends in digital media design and production. The focus will be on creating media that can be used in interactive media projects, web sites, and social media contexts. The course examines common practices and methods of creating professional quality media using current technologies. Students work individually and in teams to design, develop, and implement digital medi
IMD 330 - INTERACTION DESIGN
This course explores the semantic connection between digital technologies, form, and function. It emphasizes the complex connections between human behavior and technology and examines design as a form of communication between the two. The course explores interaction from the perspective of a user's experience and how design affects the experience. Students work on real world projects to apply the
IMD 400 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA FOR TRAINING AND INSTRUCTION
This upper-level Interactive Media Design course provides practical application and experience in the creation of digitally mediated communication for training and instructional purposes. Students work individually and within teams to produce professional quality media used for interactive training and instruction. The course provides hands-on experience in conducting a training needs analysis, fo
IMD 430 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA FOR ENTERTAINMENT
This upper-level Interactive Media Design course provides practical application and experience in the creation of digitally mediated communication for entertainment. Students work individually and within design teams, filling the necessary roles to produce professional quality entertainment media. The course provides hands-on experience conducting a needs analysis, followed by the design of a suit
IMD 450 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA FOR ADVERTISING
This upper-level Interactive Media Design course provides practical application and experience in the creation of digitally mediated communication for advertising purposes. The course provides students with the knowledge and experience to design interactive media used in advertising to satisfy marketing objectives. The course provides hands-on experience conducting a needs analysis, followed by th
IMD 490 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN PRACTICUM
In this course, students create interactive media products for actual clients, thus gaining the most practical experience possible in an education setting. The practicum is organized like an actual design firm with the instructor as the organizational leader and students filling different roles in the organization. Students are placed in design teams based on their experience and talents. Within t

Internet Marketing

EMKT 340 - INTERNET MARKETING
Common strategies for the marketing of goods and services via the Internet range from public relations and corporate communications to advertising and electronic commerce. Students investigate and evaluate various marketing and communication strategies and tactics for the World Wide Web. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation skills as well as website planning, development, design, and other fa
EMKT 345 - SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
In this course students will explore and utilize techniques for integrating social media marketing as an integral component of marketing campaigns, serving as listening and outreach tools for building brand awareness and promoting business. Through an investigation of tools which include internet forums, message boards, blogs, wikis, podcasts, picture sharing, video sharing, and social networking,
EMKT 415 - SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING
In this course students will use search engine optimization to evaluate the processes that bring websites to the top. It will also show students how to choose the best keywords and phrases to target and how to monitor and maintain successful search engine rankings for those keywords.
EMKT 430 - WEB ANALYTICS
In this course, students will learn how to quantifiably measure and define client interaction through web analytics. Successful companies today are leveraging the power of web analytics to realize the full potential of their websites, and are able to develop and maintain client relationships that create measurable value to business. In this course students will be introduced to key concepts, tools
EMKT 460 - E-COMMERCE
Electronic commerce is the exchange of information and transactions between organizations via computers. While e-commerce has been with us for a while, its more recent implementation via the Internet has enormous implications for marketing and communication. Students will evaluate the strategic implications of e-commerce as well as issues of planning, developing and implementing e-commerce solutio

Management & Leadership

BSAD 320 - QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING
This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.
HRM 300 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
An introduction to the human resources function and related elements and activities. The course outlines the roles and functions of members of the human resources department, as well as educating others outside human resources, in how their roles include human resources-related activities. The student will learn about the evolution in human resources management as we know it today. Emphasis is pla
MGMT 325 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, mot
MGMT 470 - ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
This course focuses on the development of leadership theories from trait, skill, style, situational, and contingency constructs and their utilization by managers and leaders. The primary emphasis of the course is the importance of the Full Range Leadership model and the role transformational leadership performs in the interaction with organizational culture and performance.

Management Information Systems

MIS 310 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE & TECHNOLOGY
This course provides a conceptual survey of general systems theory followed by a conceptual and technological survey of the structure of distributed information systems architectures, operating systems, network operating systems, peripheral technology and user interfaces. Interoperability between these architectural components will be explored and current technology and trends in each architectura
MIS 330 - SYSTEMS INTEGRATION CONCEPTS & PRACTICES
Systems integration permeates the information management landscape, operating conceptually on three levels: the strategy of achieving enterprise-level information systems (IS) integration, the process at the IS department-level to achieve integration and the selection of technologies needed to achieve integration. This course examines these levels of systems integration, emphasizing realistic solu
MIS 360 - ENTERPRISE-WIDE ELECTRONIC COMMERCE
This course is designed to familiarize individuals with current and emerging business processes that utilize electronic data transmission technologies including the Internet. Topics will include network and Internet technology for business advantage, enterprise-wide business functions and processes, re-engineering of legacy processes through electronic commerce, and Internet-based business-to-cons
MIS 484 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY
Students will review and analyze the control and security concerns in the information systems environment. The security challenges created from the emergence of new technology and the changing internal and external environments will be analyzed. The effect of legal, regulatory, and current security technology on policy development will also be reviewed.

Marketing

MKTG 300 - MARKETING
A general course in marketing theory and methods. Among topics discussed are the importance of marketing, the interrelationship of the different phases of marketing, the differences between the marketing of goods and services, wholesaling, retailing, pricing strategies, analysis of markets, and distribution.

Operations & Supply Chain Management

OSCM 390 - OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
This course instructs students on how manufacturing and service operations contribute to organizational strategy. Concepts such as productivity, economies of scale, vertical and horizontal integration, and push vs. pull will be explained. Implications of applying "Green" policies to materials and processes will be explained.
OSCM 440 - QUALITY MANAGEMENT
This course provides students with understanding and knowledge of the philosophies and methods used to improve effectiveness and efficiency of organizational processes. Quality concepts from Juran and Deming will be discussed along with more current quality concepts such as six-sigma, black-belt quality associates, and total quality management (TQM). In addition, issues applying quality concepts t
OSCM 450 - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
This course will expose students to topics related to design and management of supply chains, from incoming raw materials to final product delivery. Course topics will include supply chain network design, facility planning, capacity planning, globalization and outsourcing, information technology, and global issues in supply chain management.
OSCM 455 - TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
This course explores the transportation and logistics concepts within supply chains. Topics covered will include tools and techniques used in the design and operation of transportation and logistics systems and global issues in transportation and logistics management. In addition, "Quick Response" scenarios used to handle transportation and logistics issues, in the event of natural and non-natural
OSCM 458 - PURCHASING AND INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
This course will provide students with the concepts of purchasing and inventory management. Topics covered are purchasing and inventory planning processes, supplier selection, contract negotiations, "Green" policies, and procurement.

Performance Management

HRM 400 - PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
This course uses a systems perspective to identify, select, develop, and evaluate solutions to document and improve the performance of individuals, groups, and organizations. Students will learn how to analyze performance problems and make recommendations at the employee, job, and organizational level that will assist the organization and its employees in achieving organizational goals and managin
HRM 420 - PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
This course provides students with an overview of the emergence and development of organizational development as a field, processes for diagnosis and intervention, and basic skills needed to facilitate individual, small group, and organizational change. The course will also cover key concepts in organizational transformation, organizational development in global settings, and future directions in
MGMT 325 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, mot
MGMT 425 - ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
This course analyzes the forces that drive organizations to change, examines impediments to change, and surveys a range of approaches for making organizational change more effective. Students will develop an understanding of change processes and develop practical skills for becoming an organization change agent.

Process & Project Analysis

AMGT 440 - PROJECT AND TEAM MANAGEMENT
The focus of this course is on the effective management of projects and the teams responsible for project implementation. This course covers the fundamental theory and practice of project management in an organizational setting. Students learn to apply knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques necessary for effective functioning in a project environment. The course will also provide insights into t
BSAD 320 - QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING
This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.
MGMT 312 - PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function and required in today's competitive environment.
MGMT 325 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, mot
OSCM 491 - INTEGRATED PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This course will instruct the student to manage multiple organizations and projects. Concepts on how to deal with organizational obstacles, risk, and project development will be covered.

Public Administration

PUAD 305 - INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Students are introduced to the field and profession of public administration. Students learn to think and act as ethical public administration professionals by developing a broad understanding of the political and organizational environment in which public administrators work and by applying fundamental analytical, decision- making, and communication skills. The professional knowledge and skills e
PUAD 350 - ANALYSIS FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
Students learn core concepts and techniques for analyzing and improving the programs, operations, and performance of government and nonprofit organizations. Students also examine the risks and benefits of undertaking performance improvement efforts within mission-driven organizations operating in political environments.
PUAD 450 - LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Students learn fundamental leadership concepts and skills for managing the day-to-day administration of government and nonprofit organizations. The course emphasizes action-orientated leadership and problem solving for common political and organizational challenges faced by government and nonprofit leaders and managers.

Public Relations

COMM 315 - COMMUNICATION ETHICS
This course examines the strategies involved in effective, ethical communication in professional contexts. Students examine principles of ethical organizational communication and the temporal/cultural/social forces behind those principles, as well as apply reasoning and critical thinking in individual and group assignments. Comparing values and perspectives from diverse cultures, students will res
PBRL 325 - PUBLIC RELATIONS
A general course in the technique of establishing and maintaining public relations. Activities span a variety of media to influence public opinion and manage an organization's reputation.
PBRL 350 - MEDIA RESEARCH AND WRITING
This course explores approaches and techniques for conducting research and writing within key public relations contexts. Students in this course will examine and utilize research techniques and methodologies that are essential for public relations professionals. Components of this course will include: journalistic research, copywriting, research and writing for broadcast, web research, writing for
PBRL 425 - MEDIA AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION
Today's public relations professionals have entered a new era where preparedness to respond rapidly to various levels of crisis is essential. Building a positive reputation through the strategic management of communications with internal and external audiences during good times is a necessary foundation for withstanding negative press. Utilizing analysis techniques, public relations tactics, and h
PBRL 445 - PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROMOTIONAL STRATEGY
Students research, develop and implement persuasive and promotional campaign strategies appropriate to corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations. This advanced course is designed for those who desire specialized skills in public relations and promotional communication. Emphasis is placed on various tactics including investor relations and employee communications.
PBRL 450 - RHETORIC AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE
This course examines how text, images, sound-bites, speeches, and other media operate to influence, define, and change public identity and thought. Students in this course will look at these verbal and non-verbal influences and how they mold and shape public discourse, cultural understanding, and our day-to-day life. Additionally, this course will examine the role of persuasion and attitudinal cha

Public Safety Management

PSMT 315 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC SAFETY MANAGEMENT
This course provides an overview of selected topical areas of continuing interest and importance to public safety agencies.
PSMT 440 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
This course is a study of administrative legal issues within the context of Public Safety Management. The topics include constitutional limitations, rule-making authority, licensing and standing, evidentiary rules, informal proceeding, ethics regulation and contractual law.
SEMT 322 - ETHICS & LEADERSHIP IN SAFETY, SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES
This course will study ethics and leadership theories in the context of public safety agencies. Consideration of leadership skills and traits in both the strategic and tactical settings will be considered. Ethics will be considered in terms of creating a culture of ethics within a public safety agency.
SEMT 335 - INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & HOMELAND SECURITY
This course analyzes emergency management from a historical perspective. Disaster planning and disaster management in the post 9-11 environment are analyzed. The impact of Homeland Security on local public safety agencies is examined as are selected Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD #5 and HSPD #11 in particular). The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Respon

Social Media Design

EMKT 340 - INTERNET MARKETING
Common strategies for the marketing of goods and services via the Internet range from public relations and corporate communications to advertising and electronic commerce. Students investigate and evaluate various marketing and communication strategies and tactics for the World Wide Web. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation skills as well as website planning, development, design, and other fa
PBRL 325 - PUBLIC RELATIONS
A general course in the technique of establishing and maintaining public relations. Activities span a variety of media to influence public opinion and manage an organization's reputation.
PBRL 350 - MEDIA RESEARCH AND WRITING
This course explores approaches and techniques for conducting research and writing within key public relations contexts. Students in this course will examine and utilize research techniques and methodologies that are essential for public relations professionals. Components of this course will include: journalistic research, copywriting, research and writing for broadcast, web research, writing for
SMD 400 - APPLIED THEORY OF SOCIAL INTERACTION IN MEDIA
This upper-level course examines social media from an interdisciplinary perspective that explores human behaviors, motivations, and engagement from the psychological and sociological points of view. These aspects provide the basis to support the construction of strong theoretical foundation of social media design. The course is structured around three foundational considerations: theory, motivatio

Sociology

SOCL 310 - DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
This course explores the spectrum of cultural diversity and its consequences within the workplace. While the focus is on the American workplace, some cross-cultural material is examined in relation to current trends toward globalization and multinational corporations. Important themes running throughout the course relate to recognizing and actualizing the benefits of cultural diversity in the work
SOCL 335 - APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS
Applied Research Methods introduces students to foundational issues of social scientific research - that is, research entailing the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of major quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques as well as the processes involved in planning and executing such projects and the s
SOCL 345 - SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS
This course examines the mutual influence of social arrangements, on one hand, and business structures and processes on the other. The course begins with a study of pre-business-oriented social life in the earliest human societies with special focus on typical biography, values, assumptions about reality, and norms regulating desires and needs within the limited marketplace. The course will follow
SOCL 400 - SOCIAL JUSTICE
This course explores the types of cultural diversity in society and the effects such diversity has on attitudes, values, beliefs, behavior, and life chances. Human beings vary by many dimensions including race/ethnicity, national origin, sex and sexual orientation, gender and gender orientation, social class, age, religion, and more. Students will explore the nature of inequality as a socially con

Social Sciences

PSYC 310 - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
This psychology based course provides evidenced-based information and application strategies for improving personal and professional adjustment and effectiveness. The purpose of this course is to enable students to address and utilize more of their inherent potential. Students will use a self-coaching model to apply principles and methods taken from a variety of current sources, i.e. emotional and
PSYC 315 - APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY: THEORY TO PRACTICE
This course is an exploration of the expanding field of Applied Psychology. The framework of inquiry incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the current state of the field and its career possibilities. The principal focus is on applying scientific and humanistic perspectives derived from psychology to individual, social, and institutional opportunities.
PSYC 325 - COACHING IN ORGANIZATIONS
This course is designed to introduce students to the use of coaching skills for improving the adjustment and performance of individuals in an organizational setting. Topics to be covered include: the scope of coaching practice, optimal practitioner characteristics, benefits for coaches, related organizational dynamics, and coaching interventions and resources. This course also includes an emphasis
PSYC 420 - ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION IN ORGANIZATIONS
This course explores the use of psychological instrumentation as a means for improving individual and organizational performance. The emphasis is on the assessment of strengths and positive psychological functioning. Students will become acquainted with various psychological instruments including their selection, construction, and administration. Additionally, students will gain experience with th
SOCL 310 - DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
This course explores the spectrum of cultural diversity and its consequences within the workplace. While the focus is on the American workplace, some cross-cultural material is examined in relation to current trends toward globalization and multinational corporations. Important themes running throughout the course relate to recognizing and actualizing the benefits of cultural diversity in the work
SOCL 335 - APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS
Applied Research Methods introduces students to foundational issues of social scientific research - that is, research entailing the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of major quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques as well as the processes involved in planning and executing such projects and the s
SOCL 345 - SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS
This course examines the mutual influence of social arrangements, on one hand, and business structures and processes on the other. The course begins with a study of pre-business-oriented social life in the earliest human societies with special focus on typical biography, values, assumptions about reality, and norms regulating desires and needs within the limited marketplace. The course will follow
SOCL 400 - SOCIAL JUSTICE
This course explores the types of cultural diversity in society and the effects such diversity has on attitudes, values, beliefs, behavior, and life chances. Human beings vary by many dimensions including race/ethnicity, national origin, sex and sexual orientation, gender and gender orientation, social class, age, religion, and more. Students will explore the nature of inequality as a socially con

Web Design

EMKT 415 - SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING
In this course students will use search engine optimization to evaluate the processes that bring websites to the top. It will also show students how to choose the best keywords and phrases to target and how to monitor and maintain successful search engine rankings for those keywords.
EMKT 430 - WEB ANALYTICS
In this course, students will learn how to quantifiably measure and define client interaction through web analytics. Successful companies today are leveraging the power of web analytics to realize the full potential of their websites, and are able to develop and maintain client relationships that create measurable value to business. In this course students will be introduced to key concepts, tools
GRPH 310 - ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN
In this course students will apply the fundamentals covered in Fundamentals of Graphic Design (DCOM/GRPH 210). A strong focus is placed on preparing students to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences through graphic design. Students will learn to apply these principles using traditional methods supported by computer technology.
WEBD 234 - WEB DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
This advanced course in web page construction builds upon the basic concepts of HTML and CSS. In this course, students learn to construct robust and highly interactive web sites using the latest features of CSS and HTML. Other skills taught in this course include implementing web pages that use advanced CSS, integrating user-generated content, and employing CSS visual properties. In addition, stud

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