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Woods College Graduate Spring Electives

Spring 2015

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.   


ADGR 770401  Accounting and Financial Analysis I
ADGR770401 Syllabus
This is the basic accounting course. 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.
Tues, 6:30–9:00, Jan 13–May 5, John Glynn

ADGR 771001  Solving Information Problems: Wide Bandwidth Thinking
ADGR771001 Syllabus
As the creation, communication, management, and preservation of information drive social and economic change, decision makers who understand the far-reaching effects of digital information technology will be highly valued. How to protect privacy and thwart hackers is becoming critical. Topical and current readings and policy guidelines for these ideas lead to the examination of causes and effects of information overload and the need for better information fluency. The course also explores the positive and negative consequences of technological innovation. In this hybrid distance-learning format, students attend six classroom meetings. Distance learning using the class MyFiles site, email and immersive techniques will be applied.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Jan 14–May 6 William O'Keefe

ADGR 772201  High Performers:New Market Leaders
ADGR772201 Syllabus
Today’s high profile performers grab attention, headlines and market-place rewards. What makes a “winner”? Changing models of leadership and authority in American culture have crafted new paradigms of high profile performers. The course looks at individuals living and working in contemporary America, the paradox of success and failure, previous models, and personal pathways of leadership that influence new designs.
Tues, 6:30–9:00, Jan 13–May 5, Bernard Farwell

ADGR 773101  Gender and Generational Barriers in the Workplace
ADGR773101 Syllabus
To succeed in these times of economic uncertainty, organizations must maximize their human capital. The challenge in today’s workplace, where four generations of men and women work side-by-side, is to build from this diversity a stable core of productive employees. Achieving this requires overcoming gender and generational barriers which impede individual and group performance. Course generational topics include improving intergenerational communications; building cohesive teams; and employing targeted strategies for motivation, rewards, recruitment, and retention. Gender topics include strategies for overcoming male and female conversational style differences; leadership development; the glass ceiling challenge; sexual harassment avoidance; and the work-life balancing act.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 15–May 7, Terry Byrne

ADGR 773501  Developing Dynamic and Productive Organizations
ADGR773501 Syllabus
Dynamic organizational cultures spark innovation and productivity. In an age of increasing globalization, an awareness of personal, systemic and national cultures prompts a broader grasp  of the ways individuals and groups view work, leadership and  productivity. This course explores the paradigms and mental models, personal, interpersonal, group and systemic behaviors which weave together to form an organizational culture and how a particular culture impacts productivity. Examining the larger social context with its myriad contemporary issues (immigration, ecology and sustainability, health, mental health and substance use etc), allows us to examine how modern life impacts productive outcomes.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Jan 14–May 6, Loretta Butehorn

ADGR 773601  Accounting and Financial Analysis II
ADGR773601 Syllabus
Prerequisite: ADGR7704 Accounting & Financial Analysis I, Familiarity with Financial Accounting, Finance, Excel and accessing data on the Web.
This course introduces how financial information impacts organizational decision making. Examines accounting theory and practice, information presentation, market valuations of companies, investment decisions relative to debt, budgeting and forecasting. Topics include financial statements, financial condition analysis, present value, time value of money, budgeting, long-term asset and liability decision making as well as the influence of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Case studies expand discussions.
Thurs, 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, The Department

ADGR 774001  Behavioral Economics: Emerging Perspective
ADEC774001 Syllabus
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.
Thurs, 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Robert Anzenberger

ADGR 774601  Organizational Improvement
ADGR774601 Syllabus
Designed to identify and explore current strategies and measures that enhance organization productivity within a healthy workplace environment. The course examines the current literature that focuses on workplace productivity in the public, private and non-profit sectors. A look at the changing roles of the game, the melding of the physical and virtual worlds; the evolution from a more vertical hierarchical design into more collaborative, interactive, and horizontal structures, joining with global endeavors. The course is sensitive to cultural dynamics, new patterns of participation and behavior, and examines personal, inter-personal, and group behavior and suggests practical approaches to better respond. A hybrid course utilizing required classroom attendance on January 21, February 4, 25, March 18, 25 and April 8, 29. 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.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Jan 14–May 6, Elisabeth Hiles

ADGR 774801  Elements of Competitive Performance
ADGR774801 Syllabus
High levels of accomplishment in one area of life can inspire greater accomplishment and satisfaction in other areas of life. This course explores theories of excellence, success, motivation, happiness, adult development and aging that help us achieve and compete. Recognizing the extreme competitiveness of today’s business world as exemplified by Steve Jobs and the growing phenomenon of adult participation in athletics, this course uses athletics as a template to see what is possible in all areas of adult life: the positive physical and emotional outcomes of risking and reaching; the impact on overall life balance, personal relationships and professional success; the benefits of increased self-confidence; and the enhanced ability to set goals, focus, manage time, handle stress, compete in other areas of life and set limits. Offers practical suggestions and strategic designs.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 15–May 7, Cathy Utzschneider

CANCELLED - ADGR 775101  Public Affairs Challenges
One of every seven jobs in Massachusetts is found in the not-for- profit sector. In many ways, our non-profit higher education and health care institutions define our state's economy and help to create entire industries such as biotechnology, green technology, financial services and consulting services to name but a few. This course explores the emerging public relations, government relations, branding and strategic communication challenges faced by not-for-profit entities such as hospitals, universities, and other non-profit organizations, as they work to promote and protect their brand and reputation. Case studies draw on recent crises and management challenges to explore responses in communications, strategic planning, and innovative initiatives designed to advance the non-profit mission and market position.
Mon, 6:30–9:00, Jan 12–May 11, Richard Doherty

ADGR 775301  Laws of the Workplace
ADGR775301 Syllabus
This introduction to the rapidly evolving law of the workplace focuses on how the law works in practice today providing important information for employees and managers. Looks at traditional common law such as “Employment At Will” and areas of employment law topics including hiring, promotion and termination, workplace security, privacy and safety, compensation and benefits, immigration, and labor-management relations. The course also covers the various laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, with a focus on federal statutes and regulations as well as the emerging legal issues around Social Media in the workplace.
Mon, 6:30-9:00, Jan 12–May 11, Katherine Lev and James Horgan


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