Tentative Course List

Summer 2017

The following is the TENTATIVE list of courses open to nonmatriculated and undergraduate students as of Mar. 28. Nonmatriculated and undergraduate students may not enroll in independent studies. The available courses are grouped in the following five general areas:

Business

FIN-650608, Quantitative Methods in Finance, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to expose students to modern data analysis with an emphasis on a specific domain of application: finance. Students are expected to have an understanding of basic statistics, since concepts such as random variables, expectation, correlation and statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals) are fundamental to the analyses addressed in the course. It is also expected that students have a basic understanding of linear algebra. The course relies on real financial data and uses spreadsheets and statistical softwares to cover a range of topics, from exploratory data analysis techniques and simulations, to regression analysis methods, with a strong emphasis on their application. 

FIN-651699, Financial Management: Practices and Strategies, 3cr

The learning objective of this course is to build on the foundations of the prerequisite Accounting and Finance course and to integrate the best practices and strategies in the world of corporate finance. Through the analytical use of financial case studies, this course seeks to develop a deeper understanding among students by engaging them with the application of financial models to real-world problems. The pertinent financial topics will include long-term investment and financing decisions, leveraged and optimal capital structure decisions, dividend policy and working capital management, as well as some advanced topics, such as initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, firm valuation and risk management and hedging. Students' grasp and learning will be enhanced through a structured financial analysis of business cases, involving problem identification, scanning the business environment and selection of a financially optimal solution among available options, inculcating vital skills towards professional performance and future career development. Prerequisites for this course are Accounting and Finance, Quantitative Methods in Finance and Investment Analysis.

HCM-651659, Strategic Corporate Connunication and Inter-professional Collaboration, 3cr

This course integrates concepts from health care policy, management practice, leadership and organizational processes. Implications for inter-professional health care are examined and strategies for achieving cross-functional synergy and a collaborative health care environment through effective communication practice are emphasized. The broad landscape of stakeholders in the health care industry is defined and analyzed and concepts relating to effective management of change and communication with stakeholders are explored.

MGT-650606, Strategic Corporate Communication, 3cr

This course covers communication systems required to help support the mission and goals of the organization. Broader topics cover  how managers communicate, communicating corporate culture, effective feedback systems and communicating change across the organization. Within these topics, specific issues, such as how well the formal systems of communication work, directions of organizational communication, type and effectiveness of communication networks, assessment of and methods for overcoming communication breakdowns and ethical dilemmas in managing through communication, are also covered. Students also learn to use audit tools and methods to improve management communication practices.

MGT-650611, Strategic Human Resource Management, 3cr

The role of human resources in organizations today is one of strategic business partner and change agent in which HR members participate in developing the strategic direction for the human capital of the organization. Emphasis is placed on the way in which the global economy, technology, and business activities, such as joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, impact traditional human resource activity, such as recruitment and selection, employee training and development, performance management and career development. Topics covered in this course include developing HR strategy, measuring HR outcomes, applying Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), exploring the role of HR in downsizing and mergers and acquisitions, examining the role of HR in the global environment and examining HR challenges associated with technology-intensive organizations.

MGT-651557, Consumer Behavior, A Global Marketing Perspective, 3cr

This course will focus on the advanced study of the buying behavior of customers in the consumer market. Drawing on previous studies of the role of consumer behavior on marketing strategies, the student will identify the effect on strategy and policy based on the buying process of various market segments. Further in-depth analysis of both internal and external influences on the buying process will be applied to changes in strategy and outcomes in the global market environment. Emphasis will be placed on cultural variations in consumer behavior, changing demographics, the impact of reference groups and prior customer attitudes and learning on the buying process. Case Study Method will be used to apply these concepts to strategy development and subsequent marketing programs. Ethical and legal implications on strategy and policy will also be emphasized in these case studies.

MGT-651602, Ethics and Corporate Social responsibility, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to study theories in ethics and apply them to achieve an understanding of moral philosophy with regard to the social responsibility of business and specific problems and issues facing business today. These issues include, among others, the rights and obligations of employers and employees; hiring, firing and discrimination; gathering, concealing and gilding information; issues in dealing with foreign cultures. Students will consider how organizations can be guided toward fulfilling their social responsibilities.

MGT-651603, Strategies for Marketing Research, 3cr

This course in marketing research will examine the research process as it relates to the specific problems faced in the marketing arena. The course will enable the student to understand and apply the basic concepts of marketing research as a component of business strategic decision making. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the logic and methodology of market research. By the end of this course, the student will be able to design a market research study and evaluate and assess other research studies. Topics include the research process, methods of gathering primary and secondary data from both internal and external sources, designing and testing survey instruments, sample method design, interviewing techniques and presentations of results from tabulating and analyzing data.

MGT-651607, Managing Health Care Systems, 3cr

This course is required for the Certificate in Health Care Management. This course examines the various aspects of managing the complicated modern health care environment. The roles of payers, consumers and suppliers of health care will be examined. Management and allocation of health care resources and the impact of outcomes assessment on care delivery will be discussed. Additional topics for study will include communication in the health care environment, team building and conflict resolution.

MGT-651615, Business Sustainability, 3cr

The overall purpose of this course is to examine issues of business sustainability - the long term, overall impact of a company’s actions on the environment. This course will explore the concept of business sustainability and how to evaluate how it is being pro-actively integrated into core business systems and strategies. The aim of this study is to better prepare managers to deal with this strategic issue. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the state of environmental practice in their functional areas of expertise, e.g. marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and examine the complex environmental issues facing leaders in today’s global marketplace.

MGT-651617, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr

Strategic planning and management are increasingly essential in a world of rapid change and complexity, relentless competition for funding and increasing demands for accountability. In Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, students explore the process by which organizations gain competitive advantage and optimal long-term performance in such an environment. This process is rooted in the organization's mission and values, is dynamic and changes with changing circumstances, integrates plans and actions and leverages strengths and resources to take advantage of the organization's opportunities.

MGT-651620, Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr

This course is required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In this course, students will explore leadership in public and nonprofit organizations. The course begins with a consideration of the nature of leadership, the tasks of leaders and the traits of effective leadership. Next, students examine leadership theories, their particular application to the public and nonprofit sectors and the challenges facing these sectors. Finally, students will complete an independent research project dealing with leadership in public and nonprofit organizations.

MGT-651622, Ethics in the Global Environment, 3cr

This course in Ethics treats a range of ethical topics, including the self-serving notion of Corporate Social Responsibility that multinational managers face on an ongoing basis in their work, building on the tools of ethical reasoning that allow managers to get beyond opinion and ideology and instead evaluate and deduce the correct ethical course of action.  As much of ethical reasoning is contextual, a wide variety of situations are treated, often with competing ethical interests at stake.  Students are expected to employ formal and informal methods of reasoning to evaluate ethical problems and actions of executives and others in a variety of case studies, often having to show how one balances competing tensions on the ethical conduct of managers of such firms.  Examples include assessments of the conduct of a pharmaceutical firm that gives away AIDS drugs in desperately poor parts of the world, of a firm that illegally pays ransom money to save the lives of kidnapped employees, an energy company whose financial manipulations end up costing thousands of people their retirement savings, the employment of 'faith' as both a guide and a constraint (on oneself and on others) in business, as well as public relations scandals and how to conduct oneself ethically in the midst of them.

MGT-651627, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, 3cr

This course will examine the legal environment within which the entrepreneur must operate and evolve. Consequently and more specifically, this study will survey the legal field and the parameters the entrepreneur must be mindful of in order to effectively initiate and develop a new venture, including business ethics and social responsibility, as reflected through rules and regulations; statutory versus common law and its impact on the entrepreneur; dispute resolution; torts, crime and international law and its effects on the entrepreneurial scene; and constitutional law and how it permeates essentially every aspect of American commerce and enterprise. This course will also look at contract law and the UCC (Uniform Commercial Code0, sales and product liability, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency law, employment and labor law, antitrust law and securities regulations, consumer law, intellectual law and the prominent role they play for the entrepreneur. Lastly, this course will explore the legalities revolving around starting a business, the benefits of incorporating versus limited liability partnerships and/or sole proprietorship, as well as the increasingly emerging areas of cyberlaw and environmental law.

MGT-651628, Health Policy and Management, 3cr

This course focuses on the analytical tools necessary to evaluate the economics of health care policy and implementation. Through readings, discussions and written assignments, students will develop a working understanding of federal and state health policy processes; examine critical health policy issues; use analytical models to explain health policy processes and apply those models to the analysis of health care formulation and implementation. This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management.

MGT-651636, Managing Human Capital , 3cr

Beginning with an overview of human resources’ roles in addressing the strategic needs of an organization, students explore topics that include, but are not limited to, workforce planning and talent management, thinking strategically about staffing and selection issues, developing internal talent through training and development, succession planning, employment testing, successful employment interviewing and organizational entry and socialization (on-boarding). This course is required for the Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management.

MGT-651637, Performance Management and Total Rewards, 3cr

This course is required for the Certificate in Human Resource Management. Performance management and total rewards systems provide a value proposition to both the organization and its employees by offering a package that should result in satisfied and productive employees, who deliver organizational goals and objectives. This course examines how managing individual and organizational performance, coupled with a total rewards system, can play a strategic role in organizational effectiveness. The study includes an examination of performance-management systems, compensation structure and systems design, benefit programs and an examination of compensation and benefits legislation. The course will include examination of the contrast between employee and labor relations, employment law and challenges associated with managing a diverse workforce. Managing individual and organizational performance to maximize business results and risk minimization through occupational health and safety will be explored.

MGT-651643, Economics for Global Managers, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to engage students with the challenges of international economics in the modern age of technology and globalization. The course seeks to provide procedures and tools to evaluate impact of these forces on markets, prices and the operations for global managers. Topics include comparative advantage, terms of trade, macroeconomic indicators, theories of trade, gains from trade, tariffs and trade regulation, industrial policies, policies for economic development, regional integration, multinational corporations, capital and labor mobility, balance of payments, exchange rate systems, and current events. This course is required for the certificate in Global Finance and Investment.

MGT-651644, Tools and Processes in Project Management, 3cr

This MBA course introduces modern tools and techniques for planning, scheduling, reporting, controlling and managing business-related projects. The students will study and analyze the project life cycle and the core project-management processes (scope, time and cost). The students will gain knowledge of the concept of Work-Breakdown Structure (WBS) and different approaches to project screening and selection and will utilize those techniques in the project planning process. The students will learn financial analysis to evaluate and select a project using Excel, plan a project, estimate duration and set up of a project schedule, how to allocate resources using MS Project and communicate project information using electronic and e-collaborative tools.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: Management Information Systems or by permission of instructor (POI).

Course materials fee: Graduate Studies is pleased to be able to provide affordable, temporary licenses of the required software (MS Project) for this course for a $12 materials fee, which will be charged at the time of registration.

MGT-651650, Managerial Perspectives of Project Management, 3cr

A true understanding of project management comes not only from knowing all project management knowledge areas and all process groups, nor how to partner with contractors, stakeholders or users, but from understanding how different elements of project-management systems interact to determine the fortune of the project. Project management success is established upon mastering the technical, socio-cultural and leadership dimensions of project management. The course learning activities are about the impact of project management on organizational strategy and decision-making practice; advancement in corporate operations and global competition; and improvement of products and services. The course critically addresses these project success issues and intertwines all nine project management knowledge areas: project integration; scope; time; cost; quality; human resource; communications; risk and procurement management; and all five process groups: initiating; planning; executing; controlling; and closing. The course exposes and addresses the major aspects and issues of the managerial project management process and provides a theoretical foundation and practical solutions to these increasing challenges. 

Prerequisite: Management Information Systems or by permission of instructor (POI). This course is required for the Project Management advanced certificate program.

Course materials fee: Graduate Studies is pleased to be able to provide affordable, temporary licenses of the required software (MS Project) for this course for a $12 fee, which will be charged at the time of registration.

MGT-651651, Strategy and Tactics in Project Management, 3cr

Although project managers can be successful as individuals, organizations will be much more successful in all their projects if they create a systemic, strategic approach to project management companywide. This course integrates the concepts and processes discussed in earlier courses by relating them to evaluating and implementing multiple projects within the framework of portfolio management, project management offices (PMOs), virtual project management and project monitoring and assessment (Lean and Six Sigma). Students will also learn more about the human side of project management, including team building, managing virtual teams and developing and implementing effective project communications. They will do this by completing a variety of individual assignments, class discussions and a final capstone project.

Prerequisites: Management Information Systems, Tools and Processes in Project Management and Managerial Perspectives of Project Management. This course is required for the Project Management advanced certificate program.

Course materials fee: Graduate Studies is pleased to be able to provide affordable, temporary licenses of the required software (MS Project) for this course for a $12 fee which will be charged at the time of registration.

MGT-651701, Strategic Application of Innovation and Planning, 3cr

This course covers the critical skills for strategic leadership, strategy development, including environmental scanning, competitive assessment, entrepreneurial vision and communication and management of human capital. Essential management skills, such as leading innovation teams and building communication strategies from a stakeholder perspective to facilitate the process of technology transfer and strategic planning, will be examined. Assessment of learning outcomes will be through online discussions, an integrative group project that will include the development of a strategic plan for entrepreneurship and assignments identifying the characteristics of a learning organization.

MGT-653500, Healthcare Marketing Services, 3cr

Healthcare managers must have an understanding of various marketing concepts and tools to successfully accomplish organizational goals.  Decisions involving marketing must be based on a manager’s ability to link marketing strategy to the organization's products, services, and overall direction and work with managers throughout the organization in a highly coordinated manner. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the complex processes involved in marketing strategy. Through readings, lectures, discussions, projects and case analysis, students will learn fundamental principles of marketing planning and how to better utilize planning tools in their own organizations. We will review and analyze branding, consumer behavior, customer loyalty, and marketing segmentation strategies involving the targeting of populations and aligning products and services to meet their needs. This course provides methods to evaluate marketing performance and productivity, analyze internal and external resources, and perform a SWOT analysis; various models and methods for the promotion and positioning of health care services and products are presented. We will then focus on the importance of controlling and monitoring the strategic marketing process to ensure success.  The course will also review the importance of marketing research and the analytical tools required to be successful. Students will also learn how to create a marketing plan.

MGT-653502, Healthcare Legal and Regulatory Affairs, 3cr

This course will address legal and regulatory issues and concerns that directly affect healthcare professionals and managers.  It will examine legal issues that arise in medical malpractice and tort reform, and regulatory and administrative issues that are presented in licensing, discipline, staff privileges, and peer review.  The course will also cover the legal/regulatory aspects of hospital mergers, the physician/patient relationship, sharing patient records, filing false claims, conflicts of interest in medical practice, and evidence-based medicine, and, where applicable, the interplay between these areas and patients’ statutory and constitutional rights.  Students will be expected, in the context of case studies, to use their background and skills to identify, evaluate, and work through relevant issues that arise in these areas.

MKT-651654, Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations, 3cr

This course examines marketing from the perspective of nonprofits and government agencies. It examines ethical issues, social responsibilities of marketing professionals and the impact of funding sources on program development, marketing strategies including pricing, legal and ethical issues, regulators, integrated marketing communications, multicultural research, sales and profiles of global managers. This course is required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

ORG-651638, Women Leaders in Global Organizations, 3cr

Women Leaders in Global Organizations explores the fundamental issues about why women managers are not progressing to senior international management positions at the same rate as men. In the course students examine the barriers that must be overcome in their organizations to be recruited, trained, selected, and developed for consideration in international positions. Students explore the unique challenges and competencies needed by women managers in multinational corporations. The course will also focus on such issues as dual careers, cultural norms, home country management, expatriate development, and standards for foreign assignments. Students will also be exposed to and investigate the career progression and success of women managers in various countries. This course will broaden students’ perspectives, emphasize management competencies in global organizations, and validate student experiences.

Education

ADL-680102, Strategies for Effective Adult Learning, 3cr

Grounded in theoretical underpinnings of learning and development, students acquire an understanding of the principles and theories of effective design, pedagogy and curriculum for face-to-face, technology-mediated and blended-learning environments. Students' projects within the course are based on individual goals and will focus on various pedagogical approaches and learning design methodologies, with multiple opportunities to investigate a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

ADL-680105, Adult Literacy and Social Change, 3cr

In this course students will be introduced to the field of adult literacy and explore some of the current themes and issues within the field. We will read, discuss and write about the adult student, our own and society's assumptions about literacy, educational theory, and strategies and philosophies of teaching practice. Students will be encouraged to volunteer in a community based program site as a way to gain some experience about the field. The focus of the course may move between broader issues of literacy, power, privilege and education theory and more specific questions and issues that students are encountering in their sites of practice. This course is intended to be a collaborative project where we will share, question, and explore based on the work and teaching we have each done that week.

ADL-680109, Philosophical Foundations of Adult Learning, 3cr

This course will reflect ways in which practitioners think about their practice as being part of a larger philosophy. Students will look at the six schools of philosophy and place them in a context of their own site of practice and reflect upon the origins and reasons behind the way they do things, meant to bring some clarity and purpose to their everyday activities. The six schools of philosophy are liberal, progressive, humanist, behaviorist, radical and analytical. Students will identify which aspects of their practice are situated in which schools and the implications and worldviews undergirding these schools. Philosophic issues in the field include the definition of adult education, the place of the needs and interests of adults, contrasting views of method and content, the concept and relevance of adult development, programs and objectives, the teaching learning process and education for social change.

ADL-680110, Learning Theory and Practice in Adult Education, 3cr

This course explores established and emergent theories about learning in greater depth. This will include analysis of learning theories and critiques and also applications of theory to practices in teaching or learner support services. This course will examine learning theory as applied in face to face or technology mediated environments.

ADL-680111, Issues in Contemporary Higher Education, 3cr

This course explores the changing nature and function of higher education institutions in a world where the majority of students are adult learners, and as high school graduating classes shrink, institutions will need to increasingly attract adult learners to maintain their enrollments. This course will also focus on critiques of contemporary high education as well as the changing demands on post-secondary graduates. The course will also explore the internal higher education struggle between mission driven versus market driven.

ADL-680112, Adult Learners in the Community College, 3cr

This course explores the unique role of the community college in serving adult learners. Students examine these complex institutions, their role and contributions in the community and in serving adult learners. Students consider the resources required to serve the wide range of students who enroll in community college. The course will consider issues of administration, faculty, instruction and student services- including information technology support.

ADL-680115, Activist Learning and Social Movements in Adult Education, 3cr

This course will explore the field's roots and relationship to social and emancipatory movements. The course will also examine the history and context that connects adult education to social justice movements. Finally, the course will unpack contemporary social movements and the important influences of popular education within those movements.

EDU-660504, EdTPA Support, 1cr

This one-credit course is designed to provide students with review of edTPA  expectations and procedures.  Students of all content areas will study the language and terms of the assessment, the overall structure of it, gather and review helpful resources, and become familiarized with the specific focus priorities for their own content areas as well as the role of academic language as it pertains to each content area. Following preliminary information and discussion, there will be detailed study of the three task areas (Planning, Instruction, Assessment), including task expectations, process, and scoring rubrics.  To be included will be focus on ways to be successful with the student commentaries required for each task. Although there will not be written assignments, the Pass/Fail course will have a checklist of participation requirements, including 2-3 required phone discussions throughout the semester.

EDU-660512, Teaching Diverse Learners, 3cr

This course addresses diversity in contemporary schools, the ways children and families from various cultures are affected by and affect schools, and the role of the teacher and the curriculum in creating an open and tolerant environment conducive to learning. Students understand how to adapt instruction to the needs of diverse learners. Topics include: immigration, global issues and education; cultural, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity; related behaviors, attitudes, family structures and expectations; community contexts of local schools; teaching, curriculum and diversity in the student’s certification area; and equity and cultural issues in computer use. Individuals registering for this course will do so by location. This course includes online work with some scheduled face-to-face meetings held at Empire State College centers in Western NY (Rochester or Buffalo), Syracuse, Latham , New York City (Manhattan) and Hudson Valley (Hartsdale or Newburgh).

EDU-660538, Content Area Study: Science, 3cr

An array of content area topics will be available to enable candidates to strengthen their content area background. While learning new content, students will develop lessons, teaching methods and materials for use with their own pupils. Students are encouraged to link their content across disciplines. This course is fully online.

EDU-661200, Foundations of Literacy, 3cr

This course will focus on psychological, sociological, linguistic, socio-cultural, and historical foundations of current literacy theory and practice.  Theoretical perspectives including behavioral perspectives, semiotic and multiliteracies perspectives, cognitive perspectives, sociocultural perspectives, and critical and feminist perspectives are among those that will inform the integration of literacy and technology as viewed in new literacy studies as well as the global marketplace. Policy related to issues of diversity and literacy, family literacy, and poverty and its relation to development and literacy will be addressed as they relate to literacy and diversity. Quantitative and qualitative literacy research methodologies will be explored in order to conceptualize the power that synergy across reach methodologies makes possible. Students will research sociocultural-historical perspectives on literacy in order to understand the dominant role cultural belief systems, social rules and conventions, and professional opportunities have in the interconnected process of literacy learning.

EDU-661201, US Schools in Social Context, 3cr

This course critically examines the philosophical, historic, social and legal foundations of education, as well as contemporary structures, functions and issues in educational systems in the United States. The course provides additional historical context for the course Understanding Diverse Learners. Topics include: broad historical and social contexts within which American schools developed; present and historical relationships between schools and communities; diversity, equity, individuality, and schooling; schooling and democracy/citizenship; social structures and cultures of schools; teachers as members of learning communities; computer use in schools; rights and responsibilities of education stakeholders; and contemporary debates and alternative visions of schooling.  The culminating project for this course is an analysis and evaluation of community assets for a school or school district of the student’s choice.

EDU-661206, Literacy and Literature, 3cr

This course examines ways in which literature, as the written, digital and visual representation of human experience, enhances our ability to make meaning of the processes and products of human thought, feelings and behavior. Characteristics of various genres are explored throughout the course. Ways in which literature opens a dialogue between writer, reader and responder are analyzed. Learning activities serve to expand the understanding of written expression through a survey of literature that uses the K-12 Common Core Standards as a framework. Students will be able to understand the ways in which different genres influence the reading and writing experience, and they will comprehend how K-12 students make meaning from text. Evaluation will encompass online discussions, written reflections, and projects designed to augment individual learning and professional objectives.

EDU-661207, Understanding Diverse Learners, 3cr

This course addresses diversity in contemporary schools, the ways children and families from various cultures are affected by and affect schools, and the role of the teacher and the curriculum in creating an open and diversity-affirming environment conducive to learning. Students gain understandings in how to adapt instruction to the needs of diverse learners. Topics include: immigration, global issues and education; cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity; related behaviors, attitudes, family structures, and expectations; community contexts of local schools; teaching, curriculum, and diversity in the student’s certification area; and equity and cultural issues in computer use.

EDU-681101, New Media and New Literacies, 3cr

This course is designed to explore the implications of new media and new literacies in social, political, economic and personal spheres. Students will investigate theories and research related to meaning-making in and around the contexts of contemporary social media. In addition, students will work collaboratively and collectively to build their knowledge in how these media are created, used, interpreted and re-used by themselves and others. They will explore how affinities for these media enable us to think differently about what it means to read, write, listen, speak, view and participate in often-overlapping, and at times juxtaposed, communities of practice. Rather than focus on producing new media, this course will explore the impact new media and the resulting new literacies have on membership in existing and emerging communities of practice.

EDU-681102, Social and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era, 3cr

In this course, students will explore major issues related to knowledge production and learning in our digital age. Students will be introduced to pressing issues in the use of technology in various learning environments and reflect on the assumptions we make about knowledge, creativity and social dynamics based on our choices. Any one of the topics raised is suitable for more in-depth study as an elective. Topics will include privacy and security, intellectual property rights, the nature of creative commons, access and equity, ethics and legal challenges and digital democracy. Students will consider these concerns as they move into discussions on future trends by reading a variety of current reports, such as MIT’s Technology Review, Ray Kurzweill’s AI.net site, Jamais Casco’s Open the Future and the New Media Consortium/Educause’s annual Horizon Report and Top Teaching and Learning Challenges Project. In the process, they will investigate various strategies for studying futures, including scenarios, prediction markets, the Delphi method, environmental scanning and crowdsourcing.

EDU-681103, Designing Online Learning Environments, 3cr

The collaborative potential of online tools requires instructors to consider shifts in their pedagogy to more mindfully plan, facilitate and guide. This represents a change in the roles and relationships between teachers and learners and requires more attention to the instructional design and interactive communicative strategies of virtual learning experiences. In this course, students are introduced to instructional and digital design principles in order to apply them in a project that can be used as a component for their advanced design portfolios, or final capstone projects. Consideration is given to effective visual communication in digital environments. The course explores stages of the instructional systems design (ISD) process and strategies for designing and developing multimedia instructional materials. An important aspect of online instructional design is understanding and responding to the context in which instructional materials will be delivered and the needs, expectations and capacities of the participants. Students will explain their thinking during the creation of a project and demonstrate their understanding of these expectations.

EDU-681104, Assessing Learning in Digital Environments, 3cr

Designing, developing, and learning within digital environments presents new challenges to our understanding of knowledge and skills; to the assessment of learning; and to understanding what constitutes effective participation in such environments. Using both collaborative and independent work, within this course, students will study the literature on digital environment evaluation and will seek to explore and define models of interactions and their assessment that can provide direction, support, and insight to designers and instructors of digital environments. Upon studying the rich, diverse, and novel ways in which humans can learn in these environments and the many emerging tools to assess learning, students will consider ways to value, document, capture, analyze, and evaluate the complex formal and informal ways that learners are making meaning within technology-mediated learning-and-communications environments. This will include defining learning goals and objectives, designing plans to document and measure learning, and describing alternative assessment methodologies to increase student access. Students will examine the ways that present systems (schools, game companies, internet-based organizations, and the like) are monitoring and assessing learning, training, and progress within their organizations, gathering insight into their own instructional development and assessment needs from these studies. Emphasis will be placed on students studying, designing, and evaluating the emerging landscape of digital assessment and applying these understandings to their own instructional needs.

EDU-681109, Digital Games, Simulations and Learning, 3cr

Games, simulations, game elements and playful learning provide different ways to think about how, when and what we learn.  Students will explore the research and theory in game and simulation based learning as well as the related fields of game design, psychology, instructional design and education. This will include the analysis and evaluation of when games and simulations are most effective for learning and the associated recommended supportive practices. The theory and practice of game design will be introduced and applied in the development and creation of digital game and simulation prototypes for instruction and learning. Students will have the opportunity to pursue individual areas of interest in digital game or simulation development.

EDU-681110, Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Driven Learning Design, 3cr

Due to shifting and emerging professional standards, educators and administrators will need to use tools that will better allow them to gauge the effectiveness of instruction at the student, course, program and institutional level. This often requires the use of data collection or mathematical models and measures to assess effectiveness and educational activities. This course will address the tools instructors and educational assessment professionals use to assess learning, processes for evaluating educational programs and resources to help make data-driven educational decisions with particular emphasis on technology-mediated learning environments and tools. This course will also provide an overview of the “big data”-driven field of learning analytics and how this may shape the field of educational assessment.

EDU-681113, Assistive Technologies and Learning, 3cr

This course is an introduction to the study of assistive technology. Students will examine the use of assistive technology as it relates to education, communication, vocation, recreation and mobility for individuals with disabilities. Students will investigate types of assistive technologies, functional assessments, resources, ADA compliance, legal issues and school and workplace responsibilities. Students will discover the latest technologies to help individuals who struggle with communication, literacy and learning. The course will feature tools that improve and compensate for challenges relating to speaking, understanding, reading, writing and thinking and remembering, as well as an examination of strategies to help individuals become more organized and efficient. It will present an overview of the uses of technologies to help students explore specific resources they can use to enhance success in the classroom or workplace. The use of tablets and cloud-based products will be highlighted. Online resources and social networking tools are presented to enable students to learn about innovative products, as they become available. Students will culminate their learning by completing a research project demonstrating their understanding of assistive technology.

EDU-681120, Digital Tools for Education and Training, 3cr

Educators and training Professionals have access to an overwhelming number of technologies that offer powerful capabilities for creating high-quality digital learning tools. This course will examine and identify effective digital tools to impact participant engagement, meaning-making and improve learner outcomes for individuals with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities, and disabilities in widely varied learning context. The experience will be hands-on and might include areas such as improving presentations and instructional materials, simplifying record-keeping, performing data analysis and graphic presentation, creating digital stories, use of communications and presentation technology in the classroom or training environment. In addition, digital tools and strategies selected will be assessed in relation to their alignment with standards for teachers and trainers. The students will research, evaluate and analyze digital tools, internet based applications, social media, mobile applications and other technologies that may be adopted for teaching and learning with diverse groups of learners in face-to-face, blended or online learning environments. In addition, students develop a theoretical framework for the adoption of digital tools for teaching and learning, establish a learning design framework for the development of learning activities using digital tools, consider accessibility and ethical issues in relation to the adoption of digital tools for teaching, and develop learning content with digital tools that apply strategies of UDL (consideration of physical, cognitive, intellectual, and organizational barriers to learning) to create a learning environment effective for all learners. Students prepare independent projects and share research.

Labor

SOC-620565, Public Policy Analysis, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and techniques of analyzing, developing and evaluating public policies and programs. Emphasis will be on benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and concepts of economic efficiency, equity and distribution. Methods will include problem solving, decision making and case studies. Examples will come from human resources, environmental and regulatory policy.

 RAM-620591, Research Methods, 3cr

Research in the public sector serves to inform new policies and evaluate existing ones.  Conducting meaningful research is truly a process.  This course will provide a framework for initiating, developing, and implementing research methodologies to answer context-appropriate policy questions. The course will focus on the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative analysis and the elements of research design necessary to conduct policy-relevant public sector research. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches will be examined through the lenses of formulating a research question, research design, the identification of key variables, establishing appropriate measurement devices, and carrying out appropriate methods of data collection.  The course will also discuss research ethics and help students identify and comply with ethical concerns in conducting research with human subjects.

 

Liberal Studies

LIB-640511, Community Performance, 3cr

To engage in this individualized graduate study, the learner should enter having identified a social, cultural, or community topic, issue, or stakeholder constituency’s point of view that she will explore through an embodied performance genre. Learners may enter with the intention of furthering their development and background in the literature from the perspective of organizers, writers/designers, or leaders/performers, whether in the performance disciplines of theater, dance, parades, demonstrations, live installations, or other genres.  Each learner will first complete a combination of directed and self-directed reading selections and participate in discussions or written short commentaries on theory, concepts, and previous work in this area, building to two short essays and then developing a final study project. The project could be a proposal and method design, a realization, or a reflective or comparative commentary as a spectator, participant, or witness. The nature of a second essay and final project depends upon the particular interests, choices, and the competencies that the learner brings to the study. The course cannot be taken as a studio practicum only; critical writing is a required part of the learning activities.

LIB-640512, Performance History: The Twentieth Century, 3cr

This course investigates key figures and movements in 20th-century performance, aesthetics and culture. The course develops chronologically beginning in the late 19th century, addressing alternative strategies to realism including Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Surrealism and Constructivism. Our exploration of modernist and postmodernist performance through the 20th century includes topics such as the evolution of avant-garde theater, Happenings, Fluxus,

LIB-640576, Women and Humor, 3cr

What is women’s humor? Why has humor by women been largely resisted or overlooked? This course will examine women’s use of humor as a form of social protest. In particular, we will look at the movement away from domestic humor of 19th-century writers like Fanny Fern and Francis Miriam Whitcher toward the use of satire by such 20th-century women of wit as Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice Childress, Betty MacDonald, Jean Kerr and Erma Bombeck. Students will gain knowledge of theories of humor and satire, as well as an understanding of the changing role of women in America from the 1850s to the 1960s. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement of the American Studies and the Women and Gender Studies advanced certificates.

LIB-640583, American Women Writers, 3cr

This course will look at the emergence of women writers in late 19th- and 20th-century American literature and the conflicts confronting the figure of women in literature. How do women reconcile traditional social roles of wife and mother with their personal desires as women, as intellectuals and as individuals? How do women resolve issues of class, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity in the formation of identity? We will explore themes of identity and difference, resistance and transformation, silence and voice, self-definition and social identity in works by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison. We will also consider the critical context of such theorists as Elaine Showalter, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Nina Baym, Annette Kolodny, Judith Butler, Nancy Miller, Hazel Carby and Barbara Smith, among others.

LIB-640592, American Modernism, 3cr

This course will examine the rise of modernism in American history with particular attention to issues of art and culture. The student will explore the critical developments of urbanization, technology, political reform, and the expanding role of the United States internationally.  Special attention will be given to issues of American identity and aspects of race, gender, and ethnicity, as Americans embraced or reacted against the currents of modernism and modern social transformation. By focusing on specific key issues in American history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,  and engaging a broad variety of primary and secondary sources, the student will gain an understanding of the complexities of US culture and society, achieve a deeper appreciation of art and culture, and develop the skills of a practicing historian. This course satisfies one 3-credit elective requirement of the American Studies advanced certificate.

LIB-640629, Culture of the Jazz Age, 3cr

This course will look at the culture of America in the 1920s known as the “Jazz Age.”  We will look at the emergence of what Gertrude Stein termed the “lost generation” writers after World War I such as Ernest Hemingway,  F.Scott Fitzgerald, and T.S. Eliot; the flowering of African-American literature and culture known as the “Harlem Renaissance” with such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen; and the artistic contributions of such jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie and blues singers Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker, and Billie Holiday.

LIB-640630, Readings in Material and Visual Culture Studies, 3cr

What does a wooden bowl say about a particular society?  How can a photograph be read?  In this course, students will examine the manner in which objects and images are used as cultural creations and primary source materials.  The theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Material and Visual Culture Studies will be considered, as will the traditions of Culture Studies more generally.  Among the texts to be considered are those by John Berger, Arjun Appadurai, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton, Marianne Hirsch, Kristin Hass, Mike Wallace, and Jules Prown.  Students will be expected to submit a paper reviewing the research and scholarship of the field midway through the term and a final paper analyzing a particular object or image.

LIB-640636, Public History Internship, 3cr

In line with recommendations of the National Council on Public History, the mission of the internships are as follows: “Internships are an important part of public history education that allow students to gain new insights into the nature of public history practice by engaging in meaningful work under the mentorship of experienced and knowledgeable public history professionals. Successful internships provide students with work experience combined with structured opportunities to reflect on their activities and connect their practical experience with the skills and knowledge gained in their public history training.” NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee, May 2008. Students will participate in a one-semester internship of 150 hours with a public history institution such as a museum, historical society, archives or library. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and reflect on public history as practiced and apply skills learned in the certificate program. Students will work with the instructor to identify an appropriate institution, field supervisor, and specific responsibilities for the internship. This course has prerequisites.

LIB-640641, Social Science Research Methodology, 3cr

This course will assist students in designing a research strategy appropriate for a variety of social science questions. The student will examine issues of social inquiry, operationalization of social theory, as well as procedures for gathering and organizing data including surveys, interviewing, focus groups and participant observation. The student will then examine procedures to analyze their data such as hypothesis testing, analysis of data, techniques for generalizing from samples to populations and finally pursue strategies for reporting their results.

LIB-640663, Immigrant Literature, 3cr

This course will look at the development of immigrant literature in 20th-century America. We will consider themes of assimilation and identity, difference and otherness, ethnic, racial and gender identity and American national identity. We will consider various genres, including the novel, short story and memoir, and representative works from different ethnic groups, including Jewish, Irish, Italian, Asian, African, Latino and Dominican immigrants. Writers may include Anzia Yezierska, Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Frank McCourt and Toni Morrison.

LIB-640671, American Art History, 3cr

In this course, we will consider the major works of American art, looking for common patterns and themes.  Through examining paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and buildings, we will determine how artists of various time periods understood themselves as artists and as Americans.

Policy

CAED-611003, Principles of Community and Economic Development, 3cr

This course will incorporate the subjects of two distinct, yet related, bodies of literature. One addresses community development and the other, economic development. The course will highlight the importance of linking these two concepts in a model that integrates the economic development of a community with the development of social capital and community capacity and functioning. Students will examine theoretical concepts in these two domains, as well as real-world economic development models that attempt to move beyond the traditional factors of production and examine ways in which real communities have tried to produce positive economic outcomes through community development.

POL-611001, Public Policy Analysis, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and techniques of analyzing, developing and evaluating public policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and concepts of economic efficiency, equity and distribution. Methods will include problem solving, decision making and case studies. Examples will come from human resource, environmental and regulatory policy.

POL-611005, Workforce Development Policy, 3cr

Workforce development programs that are supported by federal and state funding have become an important resource in advancing community and economic development. Workforce development programs, while most often associated with training for lower-skilled and disadvantaged workers, have served as both an incentive for prospective employers and as an alternative to public assistance. The diverse purposes of workforce development policy offer insights into the complexities of public policy in the U.S. federal system and underscore the important role of state and local governments in responding to the demands of a changing economy and workforce. This course will review the evolution of workforce development policy in the United States with particular attention to key federal legislation, the programs and services that create and deliver workforce programs, and the challenges and opportunities that continue to shape workforce development policy and programs. Today, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) calls for partnerships between local governments and business to identify and provide training to develop regional workforces. National laws emerged early as the driving force in the creation of programs and services to improve the nation’s workforce. However, provisions of WIA differ greatly from earlier legislation, beginning with the Progressive Era and passage of the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917, which established the national role in vocation education. The history of legislation for workforce development points to tensions and challenges that persist today. Workforce development activities depend on myriad programs and providers to achieve locally determined goals. A review of the current delivery system for workforce development programs exemplifies the complexities of public policy in the U.S. federal system. Although based in national legislation, localities have considerable discretion in the design and operation of programs supported by federal funding. However, with declining federal funding, limited state resources, and increased demand for skills employees, workforce development programs face challenges that differ greatly from earlier initiatives to improve the nation’s workforce. The competing demands and opportunities for contributing to regional economies that shape the workforce development delivery system, shed light on the strengths and challenges that are characteristic of federal policies and programs.

POL-623000, Veteran Services and Public Policy, 3cr

This course provides a holistic overview of the policy framework within which federal, state, community-based and other veteran services are offered. Following an exploration of the figure of the warrior in society and culture, students will examine the evolution of public policy concerning veterans, critique current gaps and problems in the system and develop an understanding of how policy frameworks and service delivery interface. The course includes a historical perspective of veterans’ issues and public policy, as well as addressing the need for continued advocacy regarding new policies, benefits and technologies.

POL-623001, Veteran Outreach, Services and Advocacy, 3cr

This course provides grounding in the psychosocial landscape within which veteran services are offered and puts veterans' services within the broad context of the experience of war and the challenge of coming home. It identifies the challenges facing returning veterans, including reintegrating into the community, reconnecting with family, reorienting to the less-structured character of civilian life and, in some cases, adjusting to life with a disability. Special attention is also paid to the family system and the challenges facing the families of veterans, the effects of multiple and extended deployments, specific issues facing women veterans, generational differences among veterans and veterans as they age. Finally, the course identifies strategies for reaching out to veterans, explores existing models for such outreach and service delivery and addresses the question of how to advocate for veterans across multiple communities and multiple political and social perspectives.

POL-623002, Veteran Programs and Benefits, 3cr

This course provides students with broad knowledge of specific veteran benefits and programs, including health care, education, employment, criminal justice and housing. Topics include needs assessment, the mesh of services and service providers and case   and claims management, review and appeal. Students will gain practice in identifying the benefits available to specific veterans and groups of veterans, explore issues concerning access and eligibility and consider both the functional and the challenging aspects of the system of benefits. Following a broad overview of these topics, students have the opportunity to do further work on a topic of particular interest.

POL-623004, Military and Veteran Culture: Developing Cultural Competency, 3cr

This course is highly recommended for students, such as social workers, with prior background and/or training in human services, but with no previous experience working with military or veteran populations. Topics include the reasons for enlisting in the military, the effects of military training, formal and informal military structures, military hierarchy, military terminology, active-duty military and veterans in work and educational environments and the effects of military service on later life.

RAM-620591, Research Methods, 3cr

Research in the public sector serves to inform new policies and evaluate existing ones.  Conducting meaningful research is truly a process.  This course will provide a framework for initiating, developing, and implementing research methodologies to answer context-appropriate policy questions. The course will focus on the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative analysis and the elements of research design necessary to conduct policy-relevant public sector research. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches will be examined through the lenses of formulating a research question, research design, the identification of key variables, establishing appropriate measurement devices, and carrying out appropriate methods of data collection.  The course will also discuss research ethics and help students identify and comply with ethical concerns in conducting research with human subjects.

SOC-620513, Race, Class and Gender in US Public Policy, 3cr

This course is designed to develop understanding of the implications of race, class and gender for U.S. public policy. We will consider both social structural and cultural dimensions of this question and examine a range of policy areas from domestic policy and civil rights to international affairs and foreign policy.

SOC-620540, Ethical Issues in Social Policy, 3cr

This course is designed to introduce students to the ethical principles underlying our social policies and social institutions. Students will read both classical and contemporary works in ethics and social policy and examine how these theoretical models are applied to specific, real-life problems. Students are encouraged to select specific topics of interest related to their own careers or educational goals. Students will locate and read additional texts appropriate to their area of interest.

SOC-620565, Public Policy Analysis, 3cr

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and techniques of analyzing, developing and evaluating public policies and programs. Emphasis will be on benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and concepts of economic efficiency, equity and distribution. Methods will include problem solving, decision making and

SOC-620604, Family Policy, 3cr

In this elective, students examine the institution of family through the lens of cultural values and as an area for policy decisions. Topics raised in the course consider how the family unit has evolved over time; the cultural values that shape not only how family is viewed, but also how that view shapes policy decisions that affect the family; and the impact that these policy decisions have upon both families and the larger society. Students who previously enrolled in Cultural Values and Social Institutions should not take this course, as the content is essentially similar.

SOC-620633, Community Organizing, 3cr

Effective civic engagement often challenges us to work with others at the grassroots level to meet a wide variety of human needs. This online course uses a simulation model to enable students to experience community organizing firsthand. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply key political science and sociological theories to community organizing, use qualitative and quantitative research techniques to discern community needs, work with community volunteers to make important decisions and take the necessary steps to initiate community building. The class will work with real situations in real communities.

SOC-622535, Human Services Policy, 3cr

In this course, students will examine how social policy influences, and is influenced by, how human service functions; service populations; and how outcomes and resources are publicly and privately defined, identified, secured and measured. Students will examine the interactive effects of social policy and human services at organizational and professional levels. By semester's end, students should be capable of effectively analyzing any human services agency or concept in current social policy.

SOC-622536, Health, Aging and Disability Policy, 3cr

This course examines social policy regarding several groups in American society which are labelled by and which receive service from various health care systems. These include the aged, the “disabled” (deaf blind, mentally and emotionally disabled, and even addicted). Students examine the social construction of such labels and current policies applying to these groups at both the federal and local levels. Among specific policies considered are those related to employment and retirement, income maintenance, health insurance, health care, institutionalization and family support systems. Cross-cultural national and historical variations in social policy are also considered. The study also examines intersectionality—how belonging to two or more such labelled groups changes identity and service.

 

 

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