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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Woods College Graduate Fall Electives

FALL 2014

* Most graduate classes meet weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
* Room numbers were accurate at the time of posting but may be subject to change.
* Refer to the online Course Information and Schedule, accessible through the BCAgora portal, for any changes to course listings.


ADGR 770401  Accounting and Financial Analysis
ADGR770401
Course develops a user perspective to accounting to better understand what the numbers say. Explores the accounting cycle, the various statements that are the product of the process and the implications the data carry. Reviews areas where alternative methods of reporting are allowed. Designed for those using, not preparing data. Little or no formal accounting background needed.
Mon, 6:30–8:30, Sept 8–Dec 15, John Glynn
FULTON 210


ADGR 770501  Law and Social Responsibility
ADGR770501 Syllabus

Laws define and reinforce personal and professional relationships. Course explores how laws influence society and how society influences the law. Considers the broad social and professional contexts connecting individuals,
families and organizations. Presents an overview of the structure of the Federal and Massachusetts Courts as well as the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Examines civil laws applicable to the family, including the legal aspects of marriage, child custody, adoption, divorce and liability for conduct. Addresses issues of ethics, equality and privacy.
Fall, Tues, 6:30–8:30, Sept 2–Dec 9, Heather Lewis
DEVLIN 216


ADGR 770701  Conflict Resolution: Negotiation Skills
Negotiation is a central process in decision-making and conflict reolution. This course examines the theory and practice of negotiation in a variety of contexts, including labor-management relations, buying and selling, mergers and acquisitions, civil liability suits, international diplomacy, and intra-organizational bargaining. Topics include target setting, concession making, power and influence, team management and negotiations, strategy and tactics and phases of competitive and cooperative negotiations.
Wed, 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Richard Nielsen
FULTON 423


ADGR 770901  New Technologies: Forward Thinking
ADGR770901 Syllabus
The speed, mobility, convenience and access to emerging technologies is forcing a shift in the landscape to faster and smaller platforms. Course explores the impact of increased mobility, miniaturization, software systems and the evolving procedures and requirements. Examines how to make acceptance of these changes more efficient to effect a dynamic transition from the traditional to the more advanced technologies. Topical and current readings and policy guidelines for this situation lead to the examination of better methods for understanding, selection and evaluating upgrades as well as the introduction of any new system. The course also explores the positive and negative consequences of such innovation. In this hybrid distance-learning environment, students attend six classroom meetings. Distance learning using the class MyFiles site, e-mail and immersive techniques will be applied. .
Tues, 6:30–8:30, Sept 2–Dec 9, William O'Keefe
STOKES 103N

ADGR 771201  The New Professional
What does it mean to be a professional in the new millennium? Does it mean we can make the tough decisions and justify any collateral damage as being just the "cost of doing business" or do we have an obligation to the world and to ourselves to personally engage and make decisions in a moral context? Do we compromise ourselves by disengaging from our own moral compass? Course explores the difficult struggles professionals face as they try to integrate values and morals into a profession where the bottom line often defines the corporate culture.
Mon, 6:30–8:30, Sept 8–Dec 15, Katherine Lev
FULTON 425


ADGR 771601  Managing Life’s Transitions: Facilitating Growth
ADGR771601 Syllabus

Understanding and successfully managing life's inevitable transitions offers opportunities for professional and personal growth. Course examines transitions through the lifespan: graduations, career choices and changes, moving, marriage, raising children, caring for aging parents, economic disruptions. Examines specific behavioral, cognitive, and social factors influencing motivation, goal setting, self confidence, making decisions, and risk taking. Addresses practical skills for creating a life balance.
Thurs, 6:30–8:30, Sept 4–Dec 11, Cathy Utzschneider
STOKES 103N


ADGR 772401  Consultation
ADGR772401 Syllabus
Every productive member of any organization consults. Sometimes an organization wants a specific problem “fixed”; other times information and expertise is needed; at times personal problems need resolution. Competitive organizations, departments and individuals will ask for assistance. A consultant needs a full compendium of skills: the theory, professional skill building and specific tools. Applies theory to concrete situations, presents practical solutions.
Thurs, 6:30–8:30, Sept 4–Dec 11, Loretta Butehorn
STOKES 117S


ADGR 772701  Career Strategies for Success
ADGR772701 Syllabus

This course examines the critical elements involved in self-assessment, career exploration, goal setting, adult development, decision-making, job search strategies and career progression. Looks at how to integrate career information resources, and explores specific techniques and strategies designed for a competitive job market.
Sat, 9–3:30, Oct 25–Dec 13, Amy Flynn
FULTON 245


ADGR 772801  Public Relations
ADGR772801 Syllabus
Public Relations is a vital and versatile communication tool. This course explores the techniques and media used to influence special publics, including the news media. It reviews the principles and practices of on-line communications, how electronic media differ from traditional media, reaching new audiences, advantages and limitations. Students study examples of public relations campaigns and design their own. Focuses on non-profit public relations, corporate problems and the relationship between management strategies and promotional objectives.
Sat, 9–3:30, Sept 6–Oct 18, Donald Fishman
FULTON 245


ADGR 772901  Labor Relations and Human Resources
ADGR772901 Syllabus
Workplaces are dynamic and fluid environments that are impacted by internal and external forces. This course examines the economic, social, psychological and political factors that influence employee relations systems. Through case studies and role playing, the course examines basic rights under federal and state statutes, the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, and the utilization of alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve conflict in the workplace.
Mon, 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Richard Zaiger
STOKES 105S


ADGR 773001  Leading in Turbulent Times
ADGR773001 Syllabus

Positioning organizations and individuals for success amid volatile global financial, economic, technological and poli-tical uncertainty demands principled, insightful leadership as well as imaginative, innovative and operational expertise. Course examines disruptive sources (including fraud, scandals), the accelerating pace of change which renders past experience and knowledge insufficient, and the need for leaders making decisions about the future to think and behave like innovators. Focus is on creating open optimistic climates that engage employees, develop skills and talents, and promote continuous knowledge sharing, smart work designs and creative problem solving. Explores strategies critical to influencing performance and implementing customized responses to motivation, morale and performance issues.
Wed, 6:30–8:30, Sept 3–Dec 10, Lynda & Michael Connolly
DEVLIN 221


ADGR 774001  Behavioral Economics: Emerging Perspective
Prerequisite: Principles of Economics
Why do people often behave in ways that are clearly not in their best interest? Integrating an understanding of human behavior into the more traditional economic models offers a fuller explanation of how behavior influences seemingly rational choices and suggests ways to optimize decision-making. This course explores the impact of the current economic crisis, competition, procrastination, certainty/uncertainty, investments, emerging technologies, career flexibility, obesity and divorce to explain outcomes and performance.
Mon, 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Robert Anzenberger
GASSON 202


ADGR 774301  Mastering the Media
ADGR774301 Syllabus

In depth knowledge of how mass media shapes and reshapes thoughts, attitudes and behavior brings desired expertise to professional responsibilities and personal opportunities. Course explores the theories and data documenting the impact of mass media and examines the positive and negative effects of different types of media content on different individuals to help tailor decision making and execute solutions. Discusses future innovations and global implications.
Tues, 6:30–8:30, Sept 2–Dec 9, Bernard Farwell
STOKES 109S


ADGR 774401  Leadership: Theory and Practice
Have you ever asked: what makes a great leader? If so, you join countless researchers and practitioners who have been trying to answer this for decades. Are leaders born? Are they bred? What distinguishes them? Course examines a number of theories, and provides a bedrock of leadership practice that can be readily transferred to many different organizations. Focus is on practical applications including an introduction to different leadership theories, case analysis, and hands-on experience with leadership instruments for both the individual and organizations. A hybrid course utilizing required classroom attendance on September 2, 16, 30, October 21, November 4, 24, December 2. The other weeks will require monitoring and posting to the virtual classroom on Blackboard Vista 2-3 days each of those on-line weeks to submit work and engage in on-line discussion.
Tues, 6:30–8:30, Sept 2–Dec 9, Elisabeth Hiles
DEVLIN 227 and Online


ADGR 775001  Geographic Information Systems
ADGR775001 Syllabus

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an information technology used for the management, analysis, and display of geographic--or spatial--data, and is represented by information sets such as common maps and more sophisticated data models. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of spatial technology and the increasing application of GIS in academic research, government, and business. The course provides an overview of spatial analysis as a decision support tool, the use and management of spatial data, an introduction to GIS applications, and the unique demands GIS places on IT. Requires no programming experience.
Wed, 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Donald Brady
DEVLIN 227