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Woods College of Advancing Studies

SPRING 2018 Courses

master of science in leadership and administration

The Woods College of Advancing Studies offers a learning community that supports achievement for all students. A positive classroom environment characterized by respect, collegiality and hard work encourages success. Classes invite discussion and interaction between faculty and students. The life experience and maturity brought to class are valued and enrich the learning process. Dynamic and interactive teaching encourages in-depth analysis and a vigorous and questioning attitude.

Evening Courses: Graduate credit is earned by participation in classes which each meet for one evening per week, generally from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday Courses: There is a limited number of courses which meet on Saturdays during each semester.

Please refer to the Course Listings below for specific dates and times.

LEADERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION CORE COURSES - SPRING 2018

(If a student was admitted prior to June 1, 2014, he or she should consult with their academic advisor to determine appropriate course of study.)

ADGR 7703  Research Methods and Data Analysis
ADGR770302 Syllabus - Prof. Masiello
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.  
ADGR770301 - Wed, 6:30–9:00, Jan 17–May 9, Susan Bradley
ADGR770302 - Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 18–May 10, Diletta Masiello

Section 02 is a hybrid section, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.

ADGR 770401  Accounting and Financial Analysis I
ADGR770401 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.
Thurs, 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Jason Williams
NOTE TIME  DIFFERENCE

ADGR 7708  Project Management
ADGR770801 Syllabus - Prof. Chirkova
ADGR770802 Syllabus - Prof. Coakley
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.
ADGR770801 - Tues, 6:30–9:00, Jan 16–May 8,  Aza Chirkova
ADGR770802 - Sat, 9am-4pm for FIVE SATURDAYS:

Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 24, Mar 3, Mar 24, Charles Coakley
NOTE - Saturday class

ADGR 777701  Evolution of Marketing Strategies in the Digital Era
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
ADGR777701 Syllabus
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.
Mon, 6:30–9:00, Jan 22–May 14, Scott Madden

ADGR 778501  Leadership & Decision Making: Ignatian-Based Applied Ethics
ADGR778501 Syllabus
What role do ethics and morals play in influencing leaders? Too often, decisions are made based solely on numbers, shareholder value or some other metric of business, often without reflection. Yet, we have an obligation to each other and to ourselves to personally engage and make decisions within a moral context. Using a Thomistic ethical system and Ignatian discernment and values as our guide, this course will explore strategies and options for integrating virtue into leadership decision-making. Thomistic ethics is to be given primacy of place because it is universally applicable, and is based upon a unified, coherent understanding of the nature of humanity. It is thoroughly grounded in the objective order of things. Thomistic ethics is an eminent expression of philosophical realism. Thomistic ethics is guided every step of the way by the assumption that just as human beings are born into a world which is defined and governed by objective physical laws, so that same world is defined and governed by objective moral laws. Applying those strategies to real world case studies, we will develop tools to help navigate those situations where there is pressure to compromise virtue or disengage from our moral compass.
Mon, 6:30–9:00, Jan 22–May 14, James Burns, I.V.D. and Maurice Ashley, S.J.

ADGR 9902  Applied Research Project
(taken in final semester only)

Prerequisite: ADGR7703 Research Methods and Data Analysis
ADGR990201 Syllabus - Fr. Burns
ADGR990202 Syllabus - Prof. Sarkodie-Mensah
The Applied Research Project for Leadership and Administration is designed to give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired throughout their graduate program to real-world situations. The culmination of such knowledge will be directed at a final presentation and major paper. Also, the learning objectives of their particular MS specialization will be encapsulated through their in-depth, individualized research. An applied research project is meant to be a cumulative experience. As such this course provides opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from their core and concentration courses, to gain insight into the meaning of professionalism and professional practice, and to produce a research project that can be utilized in their current work setting to showcase their skills and talents. Alternatively it can also be used to highlight their background to prospective employers or in fields in which they have an interest but may not be
currently employed.
ADGR990201 - Sat, 9:00–12:00, for FIVE SATURDAYS:
Feb 3, Feb 17, Mar 24, Apr 21, May 5, James Burns

NOTE - Saturday class
ADGR990202 - Thurs, 6:30–9:00, for FIVE THURSDAYS:
Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 19, May 3,  Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah
ADGR990203 - Wed, 4:30–6:15, for FIVE WEDNESDAYS:
Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 28, Apr 11, May 2, Elisabeth Hiles
Section 03 is hybrid which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.

ADGR990204  ONLINE SECTION  Jan 16–May 14, Jenny Gumm
FULLY ONLINE SECTION - Asynchronous - No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

LEADERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION ELECTIVES - Spring 2018

(If a student was admitted prior to June 1, 2014, he or she should consult with their academic advisor to determine appropriate course of study.)

ADGR 801001  Leader as Change Agent
ADGR801001 Syllabus
A leader’s job is to drive change to respond to a changing environment.  The ability to navigate and execute responsive, expedient organizational change is a crucial component for contemporary leaders, yet over 70% of planned change campaigns fail.  This course is a study of successful change processes, and the leader's role in creating a culture conducive to change; establishing vision, buy-in and purpose among the influencers; and implementing sustainable, transformative change within an organization.  Through the examination and discussion of change theory, case studies, and interviews with change agents, this course considers effective approaches to confronting resistance, as well as leading change both vertically and horizontally. This course includes a leadership style assessment to identify personal strengths and challenges as an influencer and change agent.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 18–May 10, Foster Mobley
ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON THURSDAYS

FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day and time are specific;  students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADGR 803001  Talent Management
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
ADGR803001 Syllabus
Companies often describe the people they employ as their most important asset. The best companies view talent as competitive differentiator and one where the acquisition, engagement, development, and retention of talent is a strategic priority. This course exposes you to methods and practices to acquire, engage, and develop talent, focuses on the development of leaders within an organization, and examines how executive succession is managed. Through readings, case studies, on-line and in class discussions students will develop their definition of talent management and perspectives on the most effective practices. The course will culminate with a research project and in-class presentation that allows learning throughout the semester to be shared and reflected with the full cohort group.
Tues, 6:30–9:00, Jan 16–May 8, Brian McDonald

ADGR 804601  Organization Theory and Design
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
Looking at Organizations, and organizational effectiveness, requires one to see through “multiple lenses”. In other words, one cannot simply look at the structure, or view only the humanistic aspects, to determine how well an organization will succeed. Organizations need to be seen and heard through: global perspectives; a multicultural lens; a systems thinking perspective; various organizational models: a collaborative approach; the eyes of the individual. This course will start by helping you think about organizations at the macro level by looking at global perspectives, sustainability and systems thinking across cultures. It will continue by looking at different organizational frames and collaborative research approaches, including highlighting some case studies. The course will conclude by looking at the individual’s role in organizational effectiveness. The course design is a blend of online communication and in-classroom experience. Half of the course will take place in the classroom, the other half in our virtual classroom on Canvas. Attendance is required at all in-class dates due to the highly collaborative nature of the course. Weeks that are desig-nated as “online” will require monitoring and posting to Canvas 3-4 days each week. The opening date each week will be when you post your work, and then another three days to engage in an online dialogue with your classmates.
In-class dates for Spring 2018: Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 25, May 2.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Jan 17–May 9, Elisabeth Hiles

ADGR 811001  Agile Methodoligies
ADGR811001 Syllabus
Companies that produce software are increasingly turning to agile development practices to help them stay competitive. Strategic project management is focused on the rapid and repeatable delivery of software, speed to market and risk mitigation as part of the project management process. Project Managers and project teams need to become well-versed in Agile practices and the highly collaborative and iterative methods which have made Agile and experienced “Agilista’s” in high demand. This course starts with an overview for project managers and project teams on a variety of Agile methods, followed by a deeper dive into the most popular Agile process called Scrum. We will cover a prescriptive methodology for  “Scrumming”, with activities grouped into categories of People, Process and Technology within the 3 recommended phases for the successful implementation of projects with Scrum. For each phase, we will review a set of inputs and outputs, definitions and common terminologies, tips for success, inputs and outputs and the various Scrum ceremonies for a comprehensive course on running a Scrum project. This will be an interactive, hands-on class, so we can practice Scrum principles and not just learn them from a theoretical perspective.
Tues, 6:30–9:00, Jan 16–May 8, Lalig Musserian

ADGR 812001  Marketing Analytics
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
ADGR812001 Syllabus
As industries become increasingly competitive, companies rely more and more on marketing to attract buyers and prove the value of their spend from brand awareness to impact on revenues. Doing so in today’s digital world requires a clear understanding and management of metrics and analytics. The Internet promises to revolutionize the dynamics of international commerce and permits new types of measurement tools that will expand the data available to marketers, including advertising measurement and customer profiling. This course will provide students with the main tools to lead marketing performance and help them answer key questions such as: How can I lead marketing performance by designing the appropriate metrics? What are the most important marketing metrics and analytics for me to use? How can I measure my various marketing programs’ impact on revenue and profit? How can I best communicate marketing results with my executive team and board?
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 18–May 10, Letizia Affinito

ADGR 813001  Risk Management/Quality Management
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
ADGR813001 Syllabus
This course introduces you to the fundamentals of risk and quality management. Managing quality and risks are important elements of effective project management. You will learn how to identify risks, assess probabilities and potential impacts, plan risk response strategies, monitor, control and communicate risks throughout the project life cycle. You will also learn principles of quality management, how to successfully assure quality and ensure customer satisfaction by monitoring results using quality control tools. This hybrid course will consist of in-class sessions and online asynchronous work.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Jan 18–May 10, Aza Chirkova

ADGR 820001  Social Influence
ADGR820001 Syllabus
The Social Influence course is designed to give students a comprehensive approach to understanding social influence marketing. Consumers can be influenced not only for buying products or services but to assume certain attitudes, particular behaviors or decisions. Social media in its different forms employs multiple tools and strategies to impact the social norms, values and beliefs. This new field of marketing encompasses different domains such as culture, consumer behavior, social media,  social phycology and its subset of persuasion. Dividing the course in 5 distinctive modules offers the possibility to first cover the determinants of the system of values and norms that are shared among a group of people. Then, the external and internal factors influencing consumers before focusing on the different techniques employed by different media outlets.  Through lectures, discussions, case studies, and current news; students will learn and apply various theoretical frameworks to analyze the process of influencing an audience.
Wed, 6:30–9:00, Jan 17–May 9, Jorge Riveras