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SUMMER 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 in Summer each meet for two evenings per week, generally from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday Courses: There is a limited number of courses which meet on Saturdays during each semester; there are no Saturday in Summer Session.

2018 summer tuition is $2508 per 3-credite course; registration fee is $45.

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

LEADERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION CORE COURSES - SUMMER 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 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.


LEADERSHIP and ADMINISTRATION ELECTIVES - Summer 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 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