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Master's Programs - Core Courses



* Refer to the online Course Information and Schedule, accessible through the BC Agora portal, for any changes to course listings.

ADEC 720001  Intermediate Macroeconomics
This course covers the theory and practice of macroeconomics. The course focuses on the underlying determinants of economic growth, unemployment and inflation by developing and assessing a variety of simple models. The course will also teach the skills needed for interpreting and using macroeconomic data to formulate macroeconomic policy. A central feature of the course includes understanding the ability and limitations of policy for stabilizing the business cycle and promoting long-term growth.
Thurs 6:00–830, Jan 15–May 7, Hossein Kazemi

ADEC 720101  Intermediate Microeconomics
This course examines the basic models economists use to study the choices made by consumers, investors, firms, and government officials, and how these choices affect markets. The course focuses on both policy applications and business strategies. Topics include optimization, consumer choice, firm behavior, market structures, risk and uncertainty, and welfare economics.
Tues, 6:00–8:30, Jan 13–May 5, Mark Kazerosian



Most graduate classes meet weekly from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
* Refer to the online Course Information and Schedule, accessible through the BC Agora portal, for any changes to course listings.

Core requirements for students admitted before June 01, 2014

ADGR 770001  Research: Methods and Data
ADGR770001 Syllabus
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. Case studies 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.
Tues, 6:30–9:00, Jan 13–May 5, Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah

ADGR 7701  Strategic Communication
ADGR770101 Syllabus - Prof. Fallon
ADGR770102 Syllabus - Prof. Brink
Success at every level in today’s competitive environment requires strong and sophisticated communication skills. This course offers the knowledge and expertise to effectively tailor your writing style to your message; produce effective business reports, proposals, letters, and memoranda; create and deliver professional presentations; contribute successfully to team meetings and team writing projects through interactive applications of communication technology.
ADGR 770101 - Mon, 6:30–9:00, Jan 12–May 11, Carol Fallon
ADGR 770102 - Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 15–May 7, Elisabeth Brink

ADGR 770201  Mobilizing Information for Change
ADGR770201 Syllabus
Material factors (trade, investment, production of goods and services, and resources consumption) are discussed first when the topic of globalization is raised, and prevail over non-economic factors that relate to the human condition. Whereas material factors determine economic success or failure, non-economic factors profoundly affect globalization. Course examines the fundamentals of globalization from an economic and non-economic perspective. Topics range include international trade, finance, aid, migration, ideas, and policy. Looks at where the factors overlap, cause individuals to re-evaluate their trust in and reliance upon governments, non-government organizations, or employers to sustain them, and their loyalties to family, nationality and culture.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 15–May 7, Peggy Connolly

Core requirements for students admitted on or after June 01, 2014

ADGR 770301  Research Methods and Data Analysis
ADGR770301 Syllabus
This course introduces students to basic social science research methods.  The primary objective is for students to learn to read and evaluate research as well as create contributions to their chosen profession or field of research.  By the end of the course, students will be more knowledgeable of basic research design and statistical methods.  Additionally, students will better understand how to use research findings to improve and enhance their professional roles.  
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Jan 14–May 6, Thomaseo Burton

ADGR 7708  Project Management
ADGR770801 Syllabus - Prof. Coakley
ADGR770802 Syllabus - Prof. Chirkova
This course introduces students to the basic tenets and components involved in project management. The primary objective is to provide frameworks that make it possible to track and measure project performance, overcome challenges, and adapt to changes in a variety of professional environments. Specific topics covered in the course include project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and stakeholder management and a variety of other operational issues that emerge during project planning, initiation, monitoring, and execution.
ADGR 770801 - Tues, 4:30-6:50, Jan 13–May 5, Charles Coakley
ADGR 770802 - Sat, 8am-5pm for FOUR WEEKENDS: 01/24, 02/21, 03/14, 04/11,  Aza Chirkova


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