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Woods College Graduate Summer Courses

Please note: Master of Science courses are not offered on an open enrollment basis. You must be accepted into the Master's program prior to registration.

SUMMER 2015 Course Offerings

MS in Applied Economics

First Session

ADEC 731001  Data Analysis
This course is designed to go beyond the topics that are typically covered in a one-semester introductory statistics course. Topics include: statistical inference concerning the comparison of means as well as variance, ANOVA, regression analysis, and an introduction to forecasting techniques. Another objective of this course is to ensure that students acheive competency with a statistical software package such that they will be able to implement the methods taught in the subsequent Econometrics course.
May 13–June 17, M W, 6:30-9:45 p.m.
No Class Monday May 11; Meets on Friday May 15
No Class Memorial Day; Meets on Friday May 29
The Departmen

ADEC 733001  Health Care Economics
The purpose of this course is to demonstrate how economists think about and analyze health and medical care issues. The course emphasizes the distinction between health as an output and medical care as one input into the production of health. This distinction leads to a discussion of models of the production of health, the demand for health and the demand for medical care. Specific topics include the economic, social, and demographic factors determining the demand for medical care, the production and supply of various kinds of medical care services, the financing of medical care services and alternative systems of health care delivery and financing. The role of and economic justification for government involvement in the medical care system will be analyzed.  The course includes in-depth analysis of the structure, conduct, and performance of the markets for private health insurance, physician services, hospital services, and pharmaceuticals.
May 12–June 18, T TH, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
The Department

Second Session

ADEC 732001  Econometrics
This course focuses on the application of statistical tools used to estimate economic relationships. The course begins with a discussion of the linear regression model, and then proceeds to examine common problems encountered when applying this approach, including serial correlation, heteroscedasticity, and multicollinearity. Models with lagged variables are considered, as is estimation with instrumental variables and two-stage least squares.
June 22–July 29, M W, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
The Department

ADEC 734001 Advanced Urban and Regional Economics
This is an advanced course in urban and regional economics. The field of urban and regional economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. The course will use microeconomic models to address general and interesting questions about the existence and emergence of cities: why do cities exist and why do some grow more rapidly? Why do people live in cities? How do firms and households decide where to locate within given metropolitan areas? What determines the growth and size of a city? Which policies can modify the shape of a city? The course will also analyze the economic issues that arise because people and firms locate in cities. It will focus on many specific urban economic issues such as firm location, crime, transportation, housing, education, inner-city economic development and local government economics.
June 23–July 30,T TH, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
The Department

MS in Administrative Studies

ADGR 770001  Research: Methods and Data
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 and the WWW expand options.
NOTE: This course is required for all students who entered the MS Administrative Studies program prior to June 1st, 2014. Please see an academic advisor to ensure appropriate placement in course.
June 22–July 29, M W, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah

ADGR 770301  Research Methods and Data Analysis
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 Administrative Studies program AFTER June 1st, 2014. Please see an academic advisor to ensure appropriate placement in course.
May 13–June 17, M W, 6:30-9:45 p.m.
No Class Monday May 11; Meets on Friday May 15
No Class Memorial Day; Meets on Friday May 29
Thomaseo Burton

ADGR 770801  Project Management
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.
June 1–June 5, M T W TH F, 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Charles Coakley and Aza Chirkova

ADGR 771601  Managing Life’s Transitions: Facilitating Growth
Understanding and successfully managing life's inevitable transitions offers opportunities for professional and personal growth. Course examines transitions through the lifespan: graduations, career choices and changes, moving, marriage, raising children, caring for aging parents, economic disruptions. Examines specific behavioral, cognitive, and social factors influencing motivation, goal setting, self confidence, making decisions, and risk taking. Addresses practical skills for creating a life balance.
June 22–July 29, M W, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
Cathy Utzschneider

ADGR 772801  Public Relations
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.
June 23–July 30,T TH, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
Donald Fishman

ADGR 774301  Mastering the Media: Social and Psychological Effects of Mass 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.
May 13–June 17, M W, 6:30-9:45 p.m.
No Class Monday May 11; Meets on Friday May 15
No Class Memorial Day; Meets on Friday May 29
Bernard Farwell

ADGR 777501  American and Global Business
Global business has been shaken by anti-globalization movements, the new era of terror, climate change, and a deep economic crisis. This course explores the causes of the 2008 global crisis, the economic and political forces explaining the severity of our financial meltdown, and policy solutions. We examine US and global business and the meaning of globalization in the new climate. Focuses on how corporations can develop strategies that help to create new jobs, alleviate poverty, climate change, and bolster peace. We will look at how ideas of socially responsible business in the US may help in a global context and what their limit is.
June 22–July 29, M W, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
Charles Derber

ADGR 777701  Evolution of Marketing Strategies in the Digital Era
A practical overview of the role and potential of marketing. Developing a market strategy to reach new and evolving markets depends on understanding emerging communication activities and styles, the accurate identification of needs, and expertise in generating and converting inquiries. Elements of a marketing strategy, including pricing, promotion, product decisions, and distribution are included. Creative development of the marketing mix utilizing traditional and interactive components. Strategy formulation and control of the marketing function in a digital world are emphasized.
June 23–July 30,T TH, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
Nick Nugent

ADGR 778201  Law and Society
Radical changes in the basic social fabric that dictate how people live, interact, communicate and work with one another create new demands for a legal system obligated to interpret and establish law. Examines emerging challenges to freedom of expression, public and private communication: cyberspace, bullying, the disparity of access to resources, family protection, national security and individual rights, and different ways of representing justice. It also explores how the balance of emotion and reason in our idea of justice “shifts” over time, corporate responsibility/irresponsibility, new definition of guilt and innocence, what is just/unjust social behavior, can citizens depend on the legal system, what holds society together.
May 12–June 18, T TH, 6:30–9:45 p.m.
Kevin Powers

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