Woods College Graduate Fall Electives
* Most graduate classes meet weekly from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
MASTER of SCIENCE IN APPLIED ECONOMICS
(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.
MASTER of SCIENCE IN ADMINISTRATIVE STUDIES
ADGR 770401 Accounting and Financial Analysis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
* THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DEGREE AND NON-DEGREE STUDENTS *
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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