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Summer 2018 Graduate Courses

For the most up-to-date course information, please use the Course Information and Schedule.

Boston College offers students two Summer Sessions:

Summer Session I: May 15, 2018 - June 22, 2018
Summer Session II: June 25, 2017 - August 3, 2018

Undergraduate Students

Woods College undergraduate students may enroll in undergraduate summer courses through the Boston College Summer Session.  Please speak with your advisor about course selection before registering.
 

Graduate Students

Most Woods College of Advancing Studies graduate courses are available only to students in a WCAS Master's program.  A few graduate courses are available to non-degree students; please see course descriptions below for courses which may be taken by non-degree students.  Non-degree students registering for WCAS graduate courses must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Non-degree students may register in St. Mary's Hall South beginning April 11, 2018.
 

THE FOLLOWING WOODS COLLEGE GRADUATE COURSES ARE AVAILABLE TO DEGREE and non-degree STUDENTS.

ADGR 770301  Research Methods and Data Analysis
* This course may be taken by non-degree students.*
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. Addition-ally, 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 16–June 20, M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Susan Bradley


ADGR 770801  Project Management
* This course may be taken by non-degree students.*
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.
July 9–July 13, M T W TH F, 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Aza Chirkova and Charles Coakley


   

Graduate students enrolled in a degree program in another BC school must receive the permission of their own school to register for a WCAS graduate course.
 

ADEC 731001  Data Analysis
This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and data-based tools of statistical analysis commonly employed in Applied Economics. In addition to learning the basics of statistical and data analysis, students will learn to use the statistical software package Stata to conduct various empirical analyses. Our focus will be on learning to do statistical analysis, not just on learning statistics. The ultimate goal of this course is to prepare students well for ADEC 732001, Econometrics.
ONLINE  May 15–June 22, T , 8:00-10:00 p.m., Larry Fulton
FULLY ONLINE COURSE -Both Synchronous AND Asynchronous. Day and time are specific; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time. MEETS ONLINE SYNCHRONOUSLY ON TUESDAYS. Please refer to the course syllabus on the course Canvas page in AGORA and on the Summer Session website for more detailed information.

ADEC 732001  Econometrics
Pre-requisites: Applied Microeconomic Theory, Applied Macroeconomic Theory, and Data Analysis
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 examination of 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, two-stage least squares, models with limited dependent variables, and basic time-series techniques.
ONLINE  June 11–Aug 3, Nathaniel Bastian
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - 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.

ADEC 736001  Financial Economics
This course teaches the practical application of finance theory to decisions made in industry. We will learn how individuals and firms choose investment portfolio decisions under uncertainty with a particular focus on topics such as the capital asset pricing model, market imperfections, borrowing constraints, market efficiency and security valuation. Understanding how interest rates, exchange rates, and risk work will aid your understanding of multiple firm problems such as why does a firm chooses a specific investment or place of manufacturing. In addition, studying term structures and discounted cash flows are important to understanding the decision to invest over time.
ONLINE  May 15–June 22, Danielle Zanzalari
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - 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.

ADEC 737001  Applied Stress Testing for Economists
Pre-requisite: ADEC 731001 Data Analysis or department approval.
Since the financial crisis of 2008, banks and bank holding companies in the United States have faced increased regulation. One of the recent changes to these regulations is known as the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). At the core of these new regulations, specifically under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the stress tests it mandates, are a series of “what-if” or “scenario analyses” requirements provided by the Federal Reserve. In this course we will examine these new regulations and build models which help to satisfy these requirements. In the course will build both “bottom-up” and “top-down” models which incorporate external economic scenarios. We will also spend time with the creation of these scenarios. The final project will involve presenting results to experienced banking professionals. Experience with some statistical computing software is required (R, Stata or eViews).
ONLINE  June 25–Aug 2, Danielle Zanzalari
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - 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.

ADEC 739001  Empirical Money and Banking
Pre-requisites: Applied Microeconomic Theory, Applied Macroeconomic Theory, Data Analysis, and Econometrics, or approval of the instructor.
This course focuses on a study of money, banking and financial markets with a clear emphasis on central banking and conduct of monetary policy.  An in depth analysis of fixed income markets in addition to equities and other financial instruments in this course provides students with the opportunity to master intricacies of financial markets and investing in them. Additionally, the connection between movements in the financial markets and monetary policy is examined on a daily basis. An extended use of Bloomberg Professional LP in this course makes this very applied class particularly valuable to anyone interested in bridging the gap between the economic theory and practice.  
June 26–Aug 2, T TH , 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Hossein Kazemi

ADEC 743001  Big Data Econometrics
Pre-requisite: ADEC 731001 Data Analysis or department approval.
This course demonstrates how to merge economic data analysis and applied econometric tools with the most common machine learning techniques, as the rapid advancement of computational methods provides unprecedented opportunities for understanding “big data”. This course will provide a hands-on experience with the terminology, technology and methodologies behind machine learning with economic applications in marketing, finance, healthcare and other areas. The main topics covered in this course include: advanced regression techniques, resampling methods, model selection and regularization, classification models (logistic regression, Naïve Bayes, discriminant analysis, k-nearest neighbors, neural networks), tree-based methods, support vector machines, and unsupervised learning (principal components analysis and clustering). Students will apply both supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques to solve various economics-related problems with real-world data sets.
ONLINE  May 15–July 8, Nathaniel Bastian
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - 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.

ADEC 746001  Predictive Analytics / Forecasting
Pre-requisite: ADEC7320 Econometrics
This course will expose students to the most popular forecasting techniques used in industry. We will cover time series data manipulation and feature creation, including working with transactional and hierarchical time series data as well as methods of evaluating forecasting models. We will cover basic univariate Smoothing and Decomposition methods of forecasting including Moving Averages, ARIMA, Holt-Winters, Unobserved Components Models and various filtering methods (Hodrick-Prescott, Kalman Filter). Time permitting, we will also extend our models to multivariate modeling options such as Vector Autoregressive Models (VAR).  We will also discuss forecasting with hierarchical data and the unique challenges that hierarchical reconciliation creates. The course will use the R programming language though no prior experience with R is required.
ONLINE  June 25–Aug 2, T , 8:00-10:00 p.m., Larry Fulton
FULLY ONLINE COURSE -Both Synchronous AND Asynchronous. Day and time are specific; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time. MEETS ONLINE SYNCHRONOUSLY ON TUESDAYS. Please refer to the course syllabus on the course Canvas page in AGORA and on the Summer Session website for more detailed information.

ADEC 791001  Software Tools for Data Analysis
The course provides students with an overview of popular software packages used for data exploration, analysis and visualization. The first part of the course offers an overview of the non-programming tools spreadsheet/Excel and Tableau. In Excel we will cover basic method, tools, charts, with the emphasis on pivot tables. In Tableu students will be introduced to data collection, exploration and visualization methods. The second part of the course will provide an intro to using SQL databases, where students will learn how to create SQL queries to select, filter and arrange data. The third part of the course will cover basic data analysis in statistical software packages Stata and R. Here students will learn how to write their own code for importing, cleaning and exploring large datasets, as well as how to create, modify and export complex charts and summaries for visual, qualitative and quantitative analysis of the data.
May 15–June 21, T TH, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Anatoly Arlashin


ADEC 794001  Environmental Economics
This course examines where the tension between economic activities and environment stems from, how economic activities cause environmental degradation and what kind of regulatory actions should be taken in order to maintain the balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability. The course has two main parts, theory and applications. We will start with analyzing the underlying economic theory of market failures, economic valuation, economic incentive instruments, and then move onto the applications of the economic theory to real world cases, i.e. air pollution control and climate change mitigation policies, water quality management and waste management.
May 16–June 20, M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Richard McGowan


ADEC 888001  Directed Practicum
Permission required from the Program Director.
Directed Practicum course allows students in the MS in Applied Economics program to apply their coursework in a working environment either via internships for full time students or special projects at their place of employment for part-time students who work full time.
By Arrangement

ADCY 620001  International Cybersecurity
Course provides an in depth global perspective of international networking and communication, including foreign government and industrial espionage, global economies, international privacy and liability laws, sovereign threats, non-US government agencies, international security standards, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, and import/export requirements. Course also examines the requirements for data location, international policing, and the role of Global Security Operating Centers (GSOCs) in monitoring and responding to international security events.
May 17–Aug 2, W , 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Nathan Kearns


ADCY 6900​01  Ethical Issues in Cybersecurity and the Ignatian Paradigm
Course provides “real life” complex, ethical situations for students to evaluate, as both decision-maker and advisor, by addressing the various issues confronted by senior government and corporate professionals, nation states, and other parties of significance, involving the receipt and protection of critical and sensitive data. Specific topics include standard professional ethical frameworks of beneficence and non-maleficence; rights and justice; and issues related to privacy, intellectual property, and corporate espionage and fraud, while contrasting same with freedom of information and intellectual creativity. The course compares and contrasts global governments’ and cultures’ differing approaches to ethics, and enhances, from a framework of dialogue, discernment of action, and deliberation, the ability of students to make reasoned and responsible business decisions in a global economy. The course also examines aspirational versus mandatory ethical standards (i.e., the “right thing to do” vs. what is “legal” or “compliant”), through additional frameworks of reference, including review, reflection, and refinement of decisions.
May 28–July 30, M, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Deborah Hurley



CORE

ADGR 770301  Research Methods and Data Analysis
* This course may be taken by non-degree students.*
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. Addition-ally, 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 16–June 20, M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Susan Bradley


ADGR 770401  Accounting and Financial Analysis I
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.
May 15–June 21, T TH, 6:00–9:30 p.m..
Jason Williams


ADGR 770801  Project Management
* This course may be taken by non-degree students.*
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.
July 9–July 13, M T W TH F, 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Aza Chirkova and Charles Coakley


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 course Canvas page in AGORA and on the Summer Session website for more detailed information. The Tuesday class sessions will be conducted in person, and the Thursday class sessions will meet ONLINE.
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 26–Aug 2, T TH, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Patricia Clarke

ADGR 778501  Leadership & Decision Making: Ignatian-Based Applied Ethics
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the course Canvas page in AGORA and on the Summer Session website for more detailed information.
What role can ethics and morals play in influencing leaders? Too often, decisions are made based solely on numbers or shareholder value, and without reflection. Any collateral damage is then justified as being just the "cost of doing business." We have an obligation to each other and to ourselves to personally engage and make decisions in a moral context. Using Ignatian discernment and values as a guide, this course will explore strategies and options for integrating values into leadership decision-making. Applying those strategies to real world case studies, we will develop tools to help navigate those situations where there is pressure to compromise values or disengage from our moral compass.
May 16–June 20, M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
The Department


ADGR 9902  Applied Research Project
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.
HYBRID ADGR 9902 01  May 15–Aug 2, Monday 4:30–6:00 p.m., David Goodman
HYBRID ADGR 9902 02  May 15–Aug 2, Tuesday 4:30–6:00 p.m., Elisabeth Hiles

Sections 01 and 02 are HYBRID sections, which combine some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the course Canvas page in AGORA and on the Summer Session website for more detailed information.
ONLINE ADGR 9902 03  May 15–Aug 2, Jenny Gumm
Section 03 is FULLY ONLINE - Synchronous AND Asynchronous.
Asynchronous course with 5 synchronous sessions through the summer, exact dates TBA; students must ALSO participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

 

Summer 2018 ELECTIVES

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.

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 specific dates (see syllabus). 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.
May 15–June 21, T TH, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Elisabeth Hiles


ADGR 801501  Business Strategy
Strategy is how leaders distinguish the organizations advantage in competitive markets. It is a set of guidelines that help direct decision making and the allocation of resources to accomplish the company’s key business goals and objectives. To succeed in the future, leaders must develop the means and capabilities needed to gain and sustain these advantages. This course introduces the concepts of strategic management by using readings, discussion and case studies.  The key components the course will cover are: the three horizons of strategy; external environments (social, political, technological and economic); global markets; internal Factors and Implications (capabilities, talent, resources); the role of Culture and Change Management.
ONLINE June 25–Aug 1 M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Both Synchronous AND Asynchronous. Day and time are specific; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time. MEETS ONLINE SYNCHRONOUSLY ON MONDAYS AND ASYNCHRONOUSLY ON WEDNESDAYS. Please refer to the course syllabus on the course Canvas page in AGORA and on the Summer Session website for more detailed information.
Jenny Gumm

ADGR 804501  Public Relations/Crisis Communication
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.
June 26–Aug 2, T TH, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Don Fishman


ADGR 805301  Employment and Labor Law
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.
May 15–June 21, T TH, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Katherine Lev


ADGR 805501 Human Resources Development   
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. The Wednesday class sessions will be conducted in person, and the Monday class sessions will meet ONLINE but will NOT be synchronous. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Course Information and Schedule page in AGORA for more detailed information.
This course focuses on employees and how to get the highest level of performance out of employees. What motivates your employees? What makes them want to stay? How do you prevent attrition? This course will start with an introduction to organizational design and relevant organizational development theories. It will then move to talent acquisition and employee training, where use of analytics and metrics will be introduced. Next, students will learn performance management methods and appraisal, including use of instruments and rating scales. The course will then move to career development and leadership development including assessing talent, developing career paths, and succession planning. The course will conclude by helping students understand the differences between coaching and mentoring, and how to effectively manage organizational talent.
May 16–June 20, M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Heather Williams


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 course Canvas page in AGORA and on the Summer Session website for more detailed information.
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?
June 25–Aug 1 M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Letizia Affinito


ADSA 750301  Sports Finance
(TBD)
June 25–Aug 1 M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
The Department


ADSA 758501  Sports Leadership and Ignatian-Based Ethics
Sports leadership based on Ignatian ethics helps individuals, teams and organizations realize high achievement with integrity and compassion. In this course coaches, managers in sport, and student athletes study Ignatian values and how they inform leadership tasks: determining mission, values, and goals; communicating for positive impact; developing and motivating teams; identifying individual and organizational strengths; and in times of constant change, adapting to it and managing organizations through it. Assignments will include a leadership log and a paper and presentation about leaders whom the students identify as role models. Students will also initiate a leadership goal that they will present to the class and then write a paper applying concepts from the course. Students will also practice a range of leadership exercises and discuss current case studies.
May 15–June 21, T TH, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Cathy Utzschneider


ADSA 801501  Sports Analytics
(TBD)
May 16–June 20, M W, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Stephen Shea


ADSA 900101  Sports Administration Internship
(TBD)
May 15–Aug 2, By Arrangement.
Vaughn Williams and Jade Morris


ADSA 990201  Applied Research Project
(TBD)
May 15–Aug 2, By Arrangement.
Cathy Utzschneider