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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Corporate Systems


Professors: Joseph W. Chevarley, M.P.A. Massachusetts; Carol Fallon, B.S. Salem State, Verizon Professional Certification; Robert Herbstzuber, B.S., Cand. M.B.A., Boston College; Anna Nielsen, A.B. Boston College, M.S., Ph.,D. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Brendan Rapple, A.B. Dublin, A.M. Chicago, M.B.A. Boston College, Ph.D. Alberta; Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah, Ph.D. Illinois.

AD 140  Research: Methods and Data
AD14001 Syllabus - Prof. Rapple

AD14002 Syllabus - Prof. Nielsen
Recommended as the first course, it examines the logic of research design and explores how data are approached, collected and analyzed in an interactive information age. Practical applications across disciplines introduce both the electronic and traditional tools and techniques necessary to interpret and utilize findings. Cases and presentations prepare students to analyze, evaluate and challenge specific applications and to suggest alternative interpretations. Online databases, the WWW and the internet expand options.
AD14001 Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Rapple
AD14002 Spring, Tues 7-9:30, Jan 14-May 6, Professor Nielsen
*Note time change for Prof. Nielsen*

AD 14101  Information Systems: Collaborative Computing
AD14101 Syllabus
MT34901/AD14101 website
Prerequisite: Facile knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, data management, graphics, and the Internet.
An immersive education course extends knowledge and improves skills in the use of industry standard business software, supplemented with a detailed overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art applications. Topics include proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup schematics, network applications and protocols, including SSH, HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3/IMAP Mail Transfer Agents, and client/server remote connect applications, web publishing, compression utilities, collaborative document concepts, and the design and structure of data files. No auditors.
Fall, Mon 6:30-9, Sept 9-Dec 16, Professor Hantzis
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Hantzis

AD 14201  Organizational Communication
AD14201 Syllabus
To thrive in constantly transforming organizations, it is important to understand the factors which influence performance and satisfaction, and the dynamics critical to interacting with and managing others effectively. Reviews the major theories of management and considers how personality, motivation, communication, perception, group dynamics, leadership style and organizational culture affect productivity and personal and professional success.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Prof Anzenberger

AD 14301  Corporate Communication
AD14301 Syllabus
In a globally competitive and technologically advanced world, the ability to convey ideas and persuade diverse audiences is critical to professional success in every organization. Course provides a learning environment which develops proficient communication skills. Focusing on business writing and oral presentations with particular attention to purpose and audience, the curriculum offers strategies for effective business communication in letters, memos, email, reports, proposals, resumes, meetings, and presentations. Classroom interaction, written assignments, collaborative media design, and team presentations provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate and enhance skills and to receive feedback on your professional communication style.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Fallon

AD 14401  Computer-Mediated Presentations
AD14401 Syllabus
Computer graphics, presentation software, the World Wide Web, and other emerging technologies change the way we structure and present professional and personal information. Creating, interpreting and revising data are highly desired skills. Competitive environments demand persuasive professional presentations that match medium and message, combine clear organization, succinct organization and attractive design. Explores the use of color, graphic design, electronic photography, web interactivity digital and other media. No auditors.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Herbstzuber