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Woods College Graduate Core Courses

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 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.
Wed, 6:30–8:30, Sept 3–Dec 10, Brendan Rapple

ADGR 770101  Strategic Communication
ADGR770101 Syllabus
Success at every level in today’s competitive environment requires strong and sophisticated communication skills. Course offers the knowledge and expertise to effectively tailor your writing style to your message; produce effective business reports, proposals, letters, and memorandums; create and deliver professional presentations; contribute successfully to team meetings and team writing projects through interactive applications of communication technology.
Mon 6:30–8:30, Sept 8–Dec 15, 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, 6:30-8:30, Sept 4–Dec 11, Peggy Connolly

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, 6:30–8:30, Sept 3–Dec 10, 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.
ADGR770801 Tues, 4:40-6:50, Sept 2-Dec 9, Charles Coakley
ADGR770802 Fri night and Sat for FOUR WEEKENDS:
9/12-9/13, 10/10-10/11, 11/7-11/8, 12/12-12/13,
Fridays 5-8pm and Saturdays 8:00am-3:30pm, Aza Chirkova