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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Master's Programs - Core Courses

Fall 2015

(scroll down to see courses which are open to non-degree students)

Most graduate classes meet weekly from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The following Woods College graduate economics courses are available only to MS in Applied Economics degree students.


ADEC 720001  Intermediate Macroeconomics
ADEC720001 Syllabus
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, 6:30–9:00, Sept 3–Dec 17, Sean Mulholland

ADEC 720101  Intermediate Microeconomics
ADEC720101 Syllabus
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, 6:30–9:00, Sept 1–Dec 15, Sasha Tomic

ADEC 731001  Data Analysis
ASEC731001 Syllabus
This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and data-based tools of statistical analysis commonly employed in Applied Economics.  In addition to learning the basics of statistical and data analysis, students will learn to use the statistical software package Stata to conduct various empirical analyses.  Our focus will be on learning to do statistical analysis, not just on learning statistics.  The ultimate goal of this course is to prepare students well for ADEC 7320.01, Econometrics.
Mon, 6:30–9:00, Aug 31–Dec 14, Gustavo Vicentini

ADEC 750001  Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy
ADEC750001 Syllabus
The focus of the course is to ascertain how public policy makers decide to either regulate or legislate how an industry/firm will operate in society. We will examine the process from three different vantage points: ethics, economics, and policy. the first part of the course will be spent examining the role (or lack thereof!) that ethical thinking plays in motivating public policy makers to take action. The second part of the course examines how economic pressure comes into play as policy makers try to establish bounds on an industry or a firm. Finally, we explore the role that social pressures such as the media and various interest groups play in influencing how public policy makers react to various issues that confront an industry or a firm.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Sept 2–Dec 16, Richard McGowan, S.J.



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.
Note: This course is required for all students who entered the MS in Administrative Studies Program prior to June 1, 2014. Please see an academic advisor to ensure appropriate placement in courses.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Sept 2–Dec 16, Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah

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, 6:30–9:00, Aug 31–Dec 14, Elisabeth Brink

ADGR 770201  Mobilizing 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.
Mon, 6:30–9:00, Aug 31–Dec 14, 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.  
Note: This course is required for all students who entered the MS in Administrative Studies Program AFTER June 1, 2014. Please see an academic advisor to ensure appropriate placement in courses.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Sept 2–Dec 16, Brian Becker

ADGR 7708  Project Management
ADGR770801 - Prof Coakley
ADGR770802 - 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, 4:30-6:50, Sept 1-Dec 15, Charles Coakley
ADGR770802  FIVE SATURDAYS , 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Sept 12, Oct 3, Oct 17, Oct 31, and Nov 14, Aza Chirkova


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