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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Woods College Graduate Fall Electives

FALL 2015

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

(all 2015 Fall Applied Economics courses are Core; there are no electives offered)

Most Woods College of Advancing Studies graduate courses are available only to students in a WCAS Master's program.  A few graduate courses are available to non-degree students; please see course descriptions below for courses which may be taken by non-degree students.  Non-degree students registering for WCAS graduate courses must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Non-degree students register at the Woods College office in St. Mary's Hall South.


ADGR 770401  Accounting and Financial Analysis
ADAC770401 Syllabus
Financial statements, fundamental accounting concepts, procedures, terminology and contemporary financial reporting are introduced using state-of-the-art business software. The 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, 6:30–9:00, Aug 31–Dec 14, John Glynn

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.
Tues, 6:30–9:00, Sept 1–Dec 15, Heather Lewis

ADGR 770601  Communication in a Global Work Environment
ADGR770601 Syllabus
Successful organizational leaders recognize the enormous impact of globalization, and the need to communicate and interact effectively within complex, multicultural work environments. Students will begin to think about how their world view is constructed; learn to better understand subtle, cultural dynamics and nuances; and understand the significance of emotional intelligence. Students will address things that get in the way of clear communication like biases, judgments and assumptions about others. Students will also examine changes in how communications occur today through the loosening of grammatical standards and the implications of stripping formerly face-to-face or substantive communications with text or emoji-based symbols. Topics include addressing how we shape our world view, the tension between “culture” as something fixed, and leaders as influencers of a collaborative culture. Media influences, nonverbal cues, and the formation of worldviews are examined. The course explores values, stereotyping and cultural biases through readings, assessment tools, case studies and presentations. A hybrid course utilizing required classroom attendance on September 3, 24,  October 22, November 12, December 3 and 10. The other weeks will require monitoring and posting to the virtual classroom on Canvas 2-3 days each of those on-line weeks to submit work and engage in on-line discussion.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Sept 3–Dec 17, Elisabeth Hiles

ADGR 770701  Conflict Resolution: Negotiation Skills
ADGR770701 Syllabus
Negotiation is a central process in decision making and conflict resolution. 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, 6:30–9:00, Sept 2–Dec 16, Katherine Lev and Trent Sevene

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, 6:30–9:00, Sept 1–Dec 15, William O'Keefe

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, 6:30–9:00, Sept 3–Dec 17, Loretta Butehorn

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 24–Dec 12, Amy Flynn

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 5–Oct 17, Donald Fishman

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, 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Richard Zaiger

ADGR 773001  Leadership and Innovation: 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, 6:30–9:00, Sept 2–Dec 16,  Michael Connolly

ADGR 773901  Accounting: Nonprofit and Public
ADGR773901 Syllabus
Examines nonprofit and state and municipal budgeting policies and practices as well as the fiscal climate within which these organizations operate. Students gain a better understanding of the role of accounting in public and nonprofit organizations and the theories underlying major fiscal policy debates. Topics include constructing budgets and capital improvement plans, and how to successfully generate funds to support nonprofit sector organizations.
Thurs, 6:15–9:15, Sept 3–Dec 17, Paul Recupero

ADGR 774001  Behavioral Economics: Emerging Perspective
Prerequisite: Principles of Economics
ADGR774001 Syllabus
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, 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Robert Anzenberger

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, 6:30–9:00, Sept 1–Dec 15, Bernard Farwell

ADGR 774401  Leadership: Theory and Practice
ADGR774401 Syllabus
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 1, 15, 29, October 20, November 3, 24, December 1, 8. The other weeks will require monitoring and posting to the virtual classroom on Canvas 2-3 days each of those on-line weeks to submit work and engage in on-line discussion.
Tues, 6:30–9:00, Sept 1–Dec 15, Elisabeth Hiles

ADGR 775401  Sports Leadership, Business Management
ADGR775401 Syllabus
From team sports, there is much to learn about team play, leadership, management, and motivation that can be applied to many careers. Events happen so quickly on the playing field that players don't have time to process lessons which can be so valuable for success elsewhere. Including a study of the explorer Ernest Shackleton, this course explores theories of leadership, followership, motivation, effective communication, and goal achievement as well as types of followership. Topics covered include selecting, building, and motivating a team; identifying team leadership qualities and delegating power; and developing strong leadership skills. Team leadership skills include instilling organizational values; setting a positive tone with humor and goal setting; resolving conflict; introducing new initiatives; managing setbacks and failure; refocusing perspective; and effective strategies for improvement and feedback on performance.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Sept 3–Dec 17, Cathy Utzschneider

ADGR 778501  Leadership & Decision Making: Ignation-Based Applied Ethics
ADGR778501 Syllabus
What role can ethics and morals play in influencing leaders? Too often, decisions are made based solely on numbers or shareholder value, and without reflection. Any collateral damage is then justified as being just the "cost of doing business." We have an obligation to each other and to ourselves to personally engage and make decisions in a moral context. Using Ignatian discernment and values as a guide, this course will explore strategies and options for integrating values into leadership decision-making. Applying those strategies to real world case studies, we will develop tools to help navigate those situations where there is pressure to compromise values or disengage from our moral compass.
Mon, 6:30–9:00, Aug 31–Dec 14, Katherine Lev

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