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FALL 2017 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 Fall 2017 Course Listings below for specific dates and times.


(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.)
 

LEADERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION CORE COURSES - FALL 2017

ADGR 7703  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 in Administrative Studies Program AFTER June 1, 2014. Please see an academic advisor to ensure appropriate placement in courses.
ADGR 7703 01 Wed, 6:30–9:00, Aug 30–Dec 13, Susan Bradley
ADGR 7703 02  HYBRID  Wed 6:30–9:00, Aug 30–Dec 13 (In-Class meetings will be held in McGuinn 011)

This section is HYBRID, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
Diletta Masiello

ADGR 7704  Accounting and Financial Analysis
ADGR770401 Syllabus - Prof. Williams
ADGR770402 Syllabus - Prof. Guenther
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.
ADGR 7704 01 Mon, 6:15–9:15, Aug 28–Dec 11, Jason Williams
ADGR 7704 02 ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS, Aug 28–Dec 16,

FULLY ONLINE SECTION - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.
Lori Guenther

ADGR 7708  Project Management
ADGR770801 Syllabus - Prof. Coakley
ADGR770802 Syllabus - Prof. Chirkova
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.
ADGR 7708 01, Tues, 6:30–9:00, Aug 29–Dec 12, Charles Coakley
ADGR 7708 02,  FIVE SATURDAYS , 9:00 am–4:00 pm, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, Aza Chirkova


ADGR 777701  Evolution of Marketing Strategies in the Digital Era
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, Aug 28–Dec 11, Scott Madden

ADGR 778501  Leadership & Decision Making: Ignation-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 becuase 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, Aug 28–Dec 11, James Burns, I.V.D.

ADGR 9902  Applied Research Project
ADGR990201 Syllabus - Prof HILES
ADGR990203 Syllabus - Prof. Sarkodie-Mensah
The Applied Research Project for Leadership and Administration is designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge they have acquired throughout their graduate education to real-world situations and to encapsulate the learning objectives of their MS specialization through in-depth, individualized research. A capstone course is a culminating experience – a course that provides opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from their core and concentration courses, to gain insight into the meanings of professionalism and professional practice, and to produce research projects that are showcased through an academic essay and a visual presentation.
ADGR  9902 01 - Wed, 6:30–9:00, for FIVE WEDNESDAYS:  Sep 6, Sep 27, Oct 25, Nov 15, Dec 13
Elisabeth Hiles
ADGR  9902 02 - Thurs, 6:30–9:00, FULLY ONLINE
Jennie Gumm

ONLINE - This is a completely on-line section, with LIVE, synchronous sessions every other week, and virtual asynchronous classes the remainder of the weeks. This on-line class will take place in our virtual classroom on Canvas. Attendance is required at ALL LIVE, synchronous sessions due to the highly collaborative nature of the course. The class will require monitoring and posting to Canvas 2-3 days each week.
ADGR  9902 03 - Tues, 6:30–9:00, for FIVE TUESDAYS:  8/29, 9/26, 10/31 /, 11/21, 12/5 
Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah
ADGR  9902 04 - By Arrangement
James Burns




LEADERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION ELECTIVES - Fall 2017

(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 800601  Communication in a Global Work Environment
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
ADGR800601 Syllabus
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 8/30, 9/20, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29, and 12/6. 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, Aug 30–Dec 13, Elisabeth Hiles

ADGR 802801  Public Relations
ADGR802801 Syllabus
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 2–Oct 21, Donald Fishman

ADGR 804401  Leadership: Theory and Practice
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day and time are specific; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor; students must adhere to course schedule and submit all course work on time.
ADGR804401 Syllabus
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.
Tues, 6:15–9:15, Aug 29–Dec 12, Eric Bean - ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON TUESDAYS

ADGR 805301  Employment and Labor Law
ADGR805301 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.
Mon, 6:15–9:15, Aug 28–Dec 11, Richard Zaiger

ADGR 809001  Workforce Planning and Employment
ADGR809001 Syllabus
ONLINE - This is a completely on-line course, with LIVE, synchronous sessions every other week, and virtual asynchronous classes the remainder of the weeks. This on-line class will take place in our virtual classroom on Canvas. Attendance is required at ALL LIVE, synchronous sessions due to the highly collaborative nature of the course. The class will require monitoring and posting to Canvas 2-3 days each week.
Workforce Planning should take a broad view of the organization’s systems to assure the right people and right skillsets are in place to drive the strategy and reinforce the culture. Key stakeholders must be partners in the process to ensure adoption and acceptance within the organization. To be successful there must be collaboration  to ensure the alignment of people, process and technology. Workforce planning must consider the appropriate balance between the current state in the organization, where it is evolving to, and the desired/required future state. Finding that balance requires measurement and monitoring of the system, and looking at the internal strategy and culture of the organization and the external realities the organization operates in. This course will start by helping you think about how to assess where organizations are, and the forces influencing them.  It will help you learn to work with the organization’s strategy and desired culture to determine the key factors driving Workforce Planning, how to apply different frameworks and strategies, and to create a gap analysis between the current state and the desired state.  From this framework, you will look at ways to implement the strategy, and learn to use data to inform your thinking.
Thurs, 6:15–9:15, Aug 28–Dec 16, ONLINE, Jennifer Gumm

ADGR 820101  Applied Techniques: Software and Reporting
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
ADGR8201 Syllabus
The objective of the Course is to provide students with deeper dive in subjects of Planning and Scheduling, Monitoring, and Reporting. Building on the Project Management Fundamentals. This Course will also provide a hands-on learning of a Critical Path Method (CPM) based software such as Microsoft Project. The students will be introduced to various techniques on how to develop a Schedule step-by-step. Students prepare and present sample work to the instructor and to the classmates. The students are introduced to the terminology used in the software as well as the terminology referenced in the PMI PMBOk® Guide. This Course is a hybrid delivery of a combination of in-class sessions and online asynchronous work. Other Project Controls functionalities are introduced such are Status Reporting, Earned Value Management, Resource and Cost Loading the Schedule.
Tues, 6:15–9:15, Aug 29–Dec 12, Nadim Daou

ADGR 820301  Stakeholder Management
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
ADGR820301 Syllabus
Course provides students with deeper dive in subjects of Managing the various Stakeholders who affect Project progress. Stakehoholders are not just the team members, they are also people with the company at all levels and all functions, including the executive management and the executive Champion. Students are alerted on how to identify, enhance or minimize the impact and the support of external Stakeholders be it clients, business partners, Government agencies at the local, state, and Federal levels. Stakeholders may also be members of the general public and/or public organizations either in support of or in opposition of the Project. The students will be introduced to various Communications methods and techniques to improve the Stakeholder support and keep them engaged. Course is a hybrid of in-class sessions and online asynchronous work.
Thurs, 6:30–9:00, Aug 31–Dec 14, Nadim Daou

ADGR 7505  Business Writing
ADGR7505 Syllabus
Effective writing is a critical skill in the world of administration. This course will help you learn how to write effective business communications; learn fundamental editing and proofreading skills; and learn how to write for both local and global markets. Whether writing simple communications or twenty-five page business reports, you will learn to analyze, write and revise multiple forms of business documents.
ADSA 7505 01, By Arrangement, Aug 28–Dec 15, Cathy Utzschneider
ADSA 7505 02, By Arrangement, Oct 17–Dec 14, Cathy Utzschneider