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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Woods College Graduate Spring Electives

Spring 2015 - TBA


AD 71001  Solving Information Problems: Wide Bandwidth Thinking
AD71001 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 design and display such technologies 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. 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 BBvista site, email and immersive techniques will be applied.
Spring, Wed, 6:45–8:30, Jan 15–May 7,
Tuition $2058, Professor William O’Keefe

AD 71801  Effective Listening: Techniques & Applications
AD71801 Syllabus

We spend at least 80 percent of our time in communication situations listening, and only 20 percent of the time speaking. Effective listening is a learned technique, a critical component in the communication process, and a career and personally enhancing dynamic. Course views major listening theories and research including significant components of the learning process: hearing, understanding, remembering, interpreting, evaluating and responding. It also examines the impact of listening filters such as voices, personal biases, gender and culture. Specific listening contexts: non verbal, interpersonal, organizational, health communication and media are explained to better understand how to maximize opportunities. Explores the myth of the “Good Listener”, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in professional and personal listening skills.
Spring, Tues, 6:45–8:30, Jan 14–May 6,
Tuition $2058, Professors Rosenthal and Weintraub

AD 72201  High Performers: New Market Leaders
AD72201 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. 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. Students can choose to read from among all of or excerpts from Moneyball, Michael Lewis; Winning: The Answers, Jack Welch with Suzy Welch; i-Con Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in American Business, Jeffrey Young and William Simons; A Testament of Hope, Franklin; Personal History, Graham; Ragged Dick, Alger; The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama; and selected articles on Oprah Winfrey and others.
Spring, Tues, 6:45–8:30, Jan 14–May 6,
Tuition $2058, Professor Bernard Farwell

AD 73101  Overcoming Gender and Generational Barriers in the Workplace
AD73101 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.
Spring, Thurs, 6:45–8:30, Jan 16–May 8,
Tuition $2058, Professor Terry Byrne

CANCELLED - AD 73501  Developing Dynamic and Productive Organizations
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. 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.
CANCELLED - Spring, Wed, 6:45–8:30, Jan 15–May 7,
Tuition $2058, Professor Loretta Butehorn

AD 73601  Accounting Information & Statement Analysis
AD73601 Syllabus - Preliminary
Prerequisite: Familiarity with Financial Accounting, Finance, Excel and accessing data on the Web
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.
Spring, Thurs, 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8,
Tuition $2058, Professor John Donnelly

AD 74101  Imaging: Brands, Personality and Persuasive Communication
AD74101 Syllabus

In our culture, image is about conveying success. It is what makes us want to buy a brand or vote for a candidate. Course explores the powerful role of imaging, the use of trademarks as a vehicle to convey a corporate image, and how a “marketable personality” (for a product, service, organization or individual) is defined, developed and communicated. Examines strategies for balancing the emotional and rational factors of a message, finding a position with “soul,” and using research to full advantage in relation to image failure and crisis management. A look at how imaging is affected by the exploding world of media and how it influences the corporate bottom line. Video and audio presentations and case studies provide stimulating examples. Students will better understand the imaging process and develop the know-how to evaluate and use it.
Spring, Tues, 6:45–8:30, Jan 14–May 6,
Tuition $2058, Professor Donald Fishman

AD 74601  Continuous Organizational Improvement:
A Dynamic Psychosocial Perspective

AD74601 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. Course is sensitive to cultural dynamics, new patterns of participation and behavior, examines personal, interpersonal, and group behavior and suggests practical approaches to better respond. A hybrid course utilizing required classroom attendance on January 22, February 5, 26, March 19, 26 and April 9, 30. The other weeks will require monitoring and posting to the virtual classroom on Blackboard Vista 2-3 days each of those on-line weeks to submit work and engage in on-line discussion.
Spring, Wed, 6:45–8:30, Jan 15–May 7,
Tuition $2058, Professor Elisabeth Hiles

AD 74801  Elements of Competitive Performance
AD74801 Syllabus
High levels of accomplishment in one area of life can inspire greater accomplishment and satisfaction in other areas of life. 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.
Spring, Thurs, 6:45–8:30, Jan 16–May 8,
Tuition $2058, Professor Cathy Utzschneider

AD 75101  Public Affairs: New Challenges for the Non-Profit Sector
AD75101 Syllabus
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. 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.
Spring, Mon, 6:45–8:30, Jan 13–May 5,
Tuition $2058, Professor Richard Doherty

AD 75301  Laws of the Workplace
AD75301 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. 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.
Spring, Mon, 6:45-8:30, Jan 13–May 5,
Tuition $2058, Professors Lev and Horgan