BIFS 618 Java for Biotechnology Application

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BIFS 618 Java for Biotechnology Applications (3)
A study of basic concepts in Java and object-oriented programming in bioinformatics application development. Emphasis
is on Web-based, graphical, and database-driven application
design. Review covers the function and design of some Javabased bioinformatics tools. Some commonly used libraries
in the BioJava project are introduced, and developments of
reusable modular application objects are examined. Basic
problem-solving skills in the field of biotechnology using
Java programming are developed through practical projects.
BIFS 619 Gene Expression Data Analysis (3)
A study of high-throughput technologies for transcriptome and
genomic aberration profiling. Topics include statistical theories,
algorithms and data analysis tools for microarray experiments,
array comparative genome hybridization, SNP array experiments, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning
technologies for class discovery and classifier identifications.
Practice is provided in the preprocess of empirical gene expression profiling and the postprocess of microarray data analysis
for identifying differentially regulated genes related to biological functions. Several legacy databases and data integration
strategies in gene expression profiling are explored through data
mining and functional annotation of interesting genes; statistical principles and theories are illustrated.
BIOT (Biotechnology Studies)
BIOT 601 Molecular Biology for Business Managers (3)
A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of biology, including a broad review of the life sciences with emphasis on molecular biology. Topics include the basic concepts and processes of
cell biology, molecular biology, and immunology. The components of a cell, the processes occurring in a single cell, and the
functioning of a multicellular organism are explained. Discussion also covers the use of model organisms to understand basic
and applied biology.
BIOT 630 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3)
(Formerly BIOT 610.) An introduction to bioinformatics.
Emphasis is on the interpretation of data. Topics include new,
sophisticated DNA, RNA, and protein sequence analyses and
pattern recognition and DNA computing, as well as more
traditional mathematical modeling (using Bayesian probability
and basic algorithms, machine learning and neural networks,
and Markov models and dynamic programming). Discussion
also covers the analysis of tridimensional structures, phylogenic
relationships, and genomic and proteomic data.
BIOT 640 Societal Issues in Biotechnology (3)
An examination of current societal issues in biotechnology
from several perspectives. Topics include the commercialization
of biotechnology; biohazards; managerial views of legal issues
and bioethics; the need for public scrutiny; environmental and
cultural issues; and the role of governmental regulatory agencies
in researching, developing, and commercializing biotechnology.
An overview of the early history and modern developments of
biotechnology is provided.
BIOT 643 Techniques of Biotechnology (3)
(Formerly BTMN 643.) A comprehensive review of current
techniques in biotechnology research and applications. The
development and use of some of the techniques are placed in
historical context. Discussion covers techniques used in genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics and the applications of
these techniques. Current plant and animal transformation
methods are explained. High throughput technologies, including sequencing, real-time RT-PCR, SAGE, and microarrays,
are explored. Topics also include therapeutic applications of
biotechnology, such as gene therapy, stem cell technology,
and RNA interference. Emerging technologies in this field are
introduced.
BIOT 645 The Business of Biotechnology (3)
(Formerly BTMN 645.) An introduction to the range of
businesses associated with biotechnology, including medical
procedures, self-testing procedures, pharmaceuticals, reagents,
agriculture, environmental bioremediation, energy production,
material and mineral recovery, veterinary medicine, and sensors.
Discussion covers various alliances and funding sources, as well
as global and international issues.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
80 U N D E R G R A D U A T E C A T A L O G | 2 0 0 9 – 2 0 1 0
BSBD (Biosecurity and Biodefense)
BSBD 640 Agents of Bioterrorism (3)
An examination of the probable weapons of biowarfare,
including biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons, from
several perspectives. Topics include their mechanism of action,
biological impact, detection and recognition, epidemiology, and
treatment. Their potential dangers and effectiveness are evaluated, and strategies for defense against attacks by such weapons
are investigated. Discussion covers the bioethical challenges of
anti-bioterror research.
BSBD 641 Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (3)
(Formerly BIOT 681.) A review of bioterrorism, biosecurity,
and government biodefense strategy, including the history and
science of biological agents in agriculture and society. Discussion covers surveillance; public health preparedness; response;
and recovery at the community, state, and federal government
levels. Various aspects of the law, including the Posse Comitatus
Act and federal and state quarantine powers, are introduced.
The mental health consequences of bioterrorism are also
discussed. A case study of a hypothetical biological attack is
analyzed in detail.
BSBD 642 Advanced Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (3)
(Formerly BIOT 683.) Prerequisite: BIOT 681 or BSBD 641.
A thorough examination of special and advanced topics in
bioterroism and biosecurity issues. Topics include the hidden
biological warfare programs of the 20th century; advances in
biotechnology and molecular microbiology and the dilemma of
dual use research; domestic and foreign terrorist groups, including rogue states; state-of-the-art microbial forensics; ethics and
civil rights; and current trends in policy development, consequence management, and public health responses to new threats
to homeland security. Discussion also addresses special topics
of the students’ choice. Future challenges in biosecurity are also
discussed as part of a comprehensive bioterrorism exercise and
the analysis of case studies of hypothetical threats.
BTMN (Biotechnology Management)
BTMN 632 Commercializing Biotechnology in Early-Stage
Ventures (3)
(Formerly BIOT 641.) An overview of the methods for planning and organizing biotechnology ventures. The elements of a
business plan are considered, as are methods for assessing various needs, such as capital, personnel, technology, and marketing. Emphasis is on approaches to marketing technology and
developing joint ventures. The advantages and disadvantages
of forming international ventures are weighed. Discussion also
covers the importance of maintaining relations with external
constituents and the need for managing public awareness.
BTMN 634 Selection and Evaluation of Biotechnology
Projects (3)
(Formerly BIOT 642.) A study of the applications of technology forecasting, technology assessment, project management,
and data auditing to the selection and evaluation of biotechnology projects. The underlying rationale, principles, procedures,
and cost effectiveness of data auditing are examined. A systems
approach to performance evaluation is presented. Emphasis is
on managing the safety aspects of biotechnology.
BTMN 636 Biotechnology and the Regulatory Environment (3)
(Formerly BIOT 644.) A comprehensive review of the role of
regulation in biotechnology products and services development
and commercialization. Emphasis is on the roles of the federal
government, state government agencies, international bodies,
and professional groups, especially the regulatory roles of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration. Discussion covers
human subject protection, good laboratory practices, and good
manufacturing practices.
BTMN 670 Capstone in Biotechnology (3)
(Formerly BIOT 671.) Prerequisite: Completion of 27 credits
of program coursework. The application of knowledge gained
from previous study to real-world business, technical, and ethical issues. Topics include entrepreneurship and new venture
creation, progress in biotechnology and prediction of future
trends, and ethical development and management. Discussion
also covers professional goals and an action plan to put knowledge and experience gained in the program to use. Focus is on
demonstrating analytical, communication, and leadership skills
through case analysis of promising technologies and teamwork
through group development of a strategic product development
plan for a start-up biotechnology venture.
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CIOC (Information Technology Leadership)
CIOC 610 The Strategic Management of Technology (6)
A study of how technology, especially information technology,
can be used as an essential component of the global strategy of
an enterprise. Emphasis is on linking technology policy with
corporate strategy and identifying technology options that will
ensure the most effective execution of organizational strategy.
Electronic commerce is examined as a strategic technology
application. Topics also include external and internal strategic analysis, technology forecasting, benchmarking, corporate
intelligence, knowledge management, and planning and control
strategies. Strategic technology planning is examined from a
historical perspective; concepts essential to technology security
and information assurance are introduced.
CIOC 620 Leading Change and Innovation in Technology (6)
Prerequisite: CIOC 610. Analysis of the role of the chief
information or technology officer in leading the new fast-paced,
information age organization. Practical study of leadership
provides the foundation for the application of decision-making
strategies, systems thinking, teamwork, and knowledge management and the allocation of human capital within an intercultural framework. Readings, conferences, exercises, case studies,
and simulations provide an introduction to research in cognitive weaknesses and bias in management and decision making.
Leading-edge thought in innovation and the process of change
is explored. Characteristics of the high-performing organization
within the technology function are appraised. The interaction of
people, processes, and technology is a cross-cutting theme.
CIOC 630 Information Security and Finance (6)
Prerequisite: CIOC 620. A critical analysis of risk assessment
and security within cyberspace and technology. Focus is on the
people, processes, and technology used in securing an information infrastructure. A risk-based framework involving threats,
vulnerabilities, and countermeasures for the evaluation of
information security needs is highlighted. Discussion covers the
Sarbanes-Oxley and Federal Information Security Management
Acts and their costs, as well as the practical financial management skills of the technology officer: general accounting, capital
planning, asset and contract management, and activity-based
costing. Exercises and assignments address the practical implications of an integrative strategy focus on concepts of total cost of
ownership, balanced scorecard, and performance measurement.
CIOC 640 Program Management (6)
Prerequisite: CIOC 630. A study of the concepts, processes,
and theory of program and project management, as well as their
organizational application within program management offices.
Various programs, program offices, projects, and executive roles
within an organization are assessed. Discussion covers the ability
of the executive to analyze program and program office issues
and the relationship of the program to the strategic goals of the
organization. Legal and ethical ramifications are also examined.
Emphasis is on acquiring skills in developing effective outcome measures for programs and projects and understanding
the implications of program and project management on the
information needs of internal managers. Topics also include the
mechanisms necessary to effectively manage both internal and
external stakeholders and forces.
COMM (Communication Studies)
COMM 600 Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3)
The development of the writing and critical-thinking skills
needed for effective academic writing. Emphasis is on developing well-organized, well-supported, and clear arguments; demonstrating the appropriate use of sources; and refining grammar
and mechanics. Discussion covers the writing process, including
planning, drafting, revising, and completing a final project that
demonstrates advanced writing and critical-thinking skills.
CJMS (Criminal Justice Management)
CJMS 600 Critical Analysis of the Criminal Justice System (3)
An analysis of the U.S. criminal justice system. Topics include
the role of criminal justice agencies and personnel in the prevention and response to crime, as well as interagency cooperation
and coalition building from a manager’s perspective.
CJMS 610 Perspectives in Law Enforcement Management (3)
A study of law-enforcement philosophies and techniques to
reduce crime commonly applied at the organizational level.
Topics include the politics of policing, police/community
relations, police research, professionalization of personnel, and
emerging problems in policing from a domestic and international perspective.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
82 U N D E R G R A D U A T E C A T A L O G | 2 0 0 9 – 2 0 1 0
CJMS 620 Issues in Correctional Administration (3)
An in-depth study of current challenges for managers in correctional environments. Topics include the privatization of
corrections, intelligence sharing, re-entry and community
corrections, security threat groups, assessment techniques and
empirical evaluations of treatment methods, special populations,
growth rates, the political environment, and interagency and
community cooperation.
CJMS 630 Seminar in Security Management (3)
A study of the management of security operations within a
private setting. Discussion covers vulnerability assessment;
emergency planning; interagency cooperation; threat assessment; use of technology; and information gathering, sharing,
and storing. Topics also include personnel management, budgeting, reporting requirements, and current trends.
CJMS 640 Criminal Justice Intelligence Systems and
Approaches (3)
An in-depth examination of the principles that guide the
gathering and sharing of intelligence in the United States.
Emphasis is on interoperability between crime-fighting agencies
within the criminal justice system. Topics include analytic methodologies, interview and interrogation techniques, open-source
and proprietary data sources, criminal organization analysis,
criminal conspiracy, enterprise theory, trial testimony, and witness protection.
CJMS 660 Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership (3)
Prerequisite: 30 credits of coursework, including all core and
specialization courses except MGMT 670. A discussion of
case studies involving successful leaders in the criminal justice
system. Analysis covers the various characteristics and leadership
styles that have proven most effective in the profession. Various
theories, models, historical examples, and practical applications
are reviewed. Senior criminal justice leaders discuss issues via
videoconferencing. Topics include ethics and virtue in criminal justice; navigating the political environment (e.g., being
politically savvy without being political); staff development; and
labor relations, media relations, and working effectively with
various advocacy groups.
DBST (Database Systems Technology)
DBST 651 Relational Database Systems (3)
(Formerly CSMN 661.) An introduction to relational databases, one of the most pervasive technologies today. Presentation covers fundamental concepts necessary for the design, use,
and implementation of relational database systems. Focus is on
basic concepts of database modeling and design, the languages
and facilities provided by database management systems, and
techniques for implementing relational database systems. Topics
include implementation concepts and techniques for database
design, query optimization, concurrency control, recovery, and
integrity. A foundation for managing databases in important
environments is provided. Assignments require use of a remote
access laboratory.
DBST 652 Advanced Relational/Object-Relational Database
Systems (3)
(Formerly CSMN 662.) Prerequisite: CSMN 661 or DBST
651. A continuation of the study of relational database systems,
exploring advanced concepts. Topics include logical design,
physical design, performance, architecture, data distribution,
and data sharing in relational databases. The concepts of objectrelational design and implementation are introduced and developed. Assignments require the use of a remote access laboratory.
DBST 663 Distributed Database Management Systems (3)
(Formerly CSMN 663.) Prerequisite: CSMN 661 or DBST
651. An introduction to the development of distributed database management, focusing on concepts and technical issues.
Survey covers distributed database management systems, including architecture, distributed database design, query processing
and optimization, distributed transaction management and
concurrency control, distributed and heterogeneous object management systems, and database inoperability.
DBST 665 Data Warehouse Technologies (3)
(Formerly CSMN 665.) Prerequisite: CSMN 661 or DBST
651. An introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to
successfully design and implement a data warehouse. Topics
include data model approaches such as the star schema and
denormalization, loading the warehouse, performance challenges, and other concepts unique to the warehouse environment. Assignments require use of a remote access laboratory.
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DBST 667 Data Mining (3)
(Formerly CSMN 667.) Prerequisite: CSMN 661 or DBST
651. An overview of the data mining component of the
knowledge discovery process. Data mining applications are
introduced, and algorithms and techniques useful for solving
different problems are identified. Topics include the application
of well-known statistical, machine learning, and database algorithms, including decision trees, similarity measures, regression,
Bayes theorem, nearest neighbor, neural networks, and genetic
algorithms. Discussion also covers researching data mining
applications and integrating data mining with data warehouses.
DBST 668 Database Security (3)
(Formerly: CSMN 668.) Prerequisite: CSMN 661 or DBST
651. An overview of both the theory of and applications for
providing effective security in database management systems.
Topics include conceptual frameworks for discretionary and
mandatory access control, data integrity, availability and performance, secure database design, data aggregation, data inference,
secure concurrency control, and secure transactions processing.
Models for multilevel secure databases for both relational and
object-relational databases are analyzed. Assignments focus on
database security concepts and require use of a remote access
laboratory.
DBST 670 Database Systems Administration (3)
(Formerly CSMN 666.) Prerequisite: CSMN 661 or DBST
651. An introduction to the knowledge, skills, and tools needed
to successfully administer operational database systems. The
conceptual and operational tools for analysis and resolution of
problems such as performance, recovery, design, and technical
issues are provided. Tools used to assist in the administration
process are also included.
DEPM (Distance Education Policy
and Management)
DEPM 604 Leadership in Distance Education (3)
(Formerly OMDE 604.) An introduction to the organization,
management, and administration of distance education systems.
Topics include management theory, organizational behavior,
leadership roles, human resource management, employee
relations, the impact of information technology, faculty/staff
development, interinstitutional collaboration, planning, policy,
and change. Both education and training environments, as well
as the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in
either type of organizational setting, are explored.
DEPM 609 Distance Education Systems (3)
(Formerly OMDE 609.) Prerequisites: OMDE 601, 603, and
608 and DETT 607 (or OMDE 607). An introduction to
frameworks for analyzing the nature of distance education from
a functionalist, interpretive, or emancipatory systems approach.
Appropriate diagramming techniques are used as a means to
examine the organization and management of distance education systems.
DEPM 622 The Business of Distance Education (3)
(Formerly OMDE 622.) An examination of the highly competitive global business environment for distance education and
training. Topics include the supply and demand of education
services in emerging and existing markets, the competitive positioning of organizations, and increasing reliance on collaborations. Emphasis is on the skills distance education managers
need in planning and developing programs, products, and
services that are targeted to specific markets and cost-effective.
DEPM 625 Distance Education, Globalization, and
Development (3)
(Formerly OMDE 625.) A study of distance education from
an international perspective, highlighting developing countries.
Processes are explored through concrete case studies in the areas
of higher education and internationalization; teacher education, school networks, and mobile learning; alternative routes to
schooling; nonformal education, community radio, telecenters,
and radio browsing; and vocational education and training. Topics also include national and international policies on distance
education, including the role of the state; international organizations (such as the World Bank or UNESCO) and their policies
(e.g., the Millennium Development Goals); telecommunication
infrastructure; transnational corporations and the commercialization of education; and the World Trade Organization (WTO)
and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
84 U N D E R G R A D U A T E C A T A L O G | 2 0 0 9 – 2 0 1 0
DETC (Distance Education Technology)
DETC 620 Training and Learning with Multimedia (3)
(Formerly OMDE 620. Developed by Joachim Hasebrook of
Germany.) An examination of the use of digital media in a variety of educational settings to identify properties, strengths, and
weaknesses of multimedia in different learning contexts. Basic
psychological processes of perception, understanding, and learning are introduced. Focus is on multimedia and instructional
design for online learning systems, such as Web-based training.
Hands-on experience with several multimedia and online learning and information systems is provided. Topics also include
groupware and collaborative learning technologies, intelligent
systems, instructional simulations, and virtual reality systems.
DETC 630 Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Systems
in Distance Education (3)
An examination of synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous
(non-real-time) tools and technologies used in online education. Topics include synchronous functions such as text chat
and audio/video conferencing and asynchronous functions such
as e-mail, threaded Web discussions, blogs, and wikis. Each
communication model is examined critically in both a research
and applied context. Review also covers how synchronous and
asynchronous modes of communication are incorporated in
learning management systems.
DETT (Distance Education Teaching
and Training)
DETT 607 Instructional Design and Course Development in
Distance Education (3)
(Formerly OMDE 607.) An examination of the instructional
design process, its history and place in today’s course development efforts, and the use of instructional design components in
practice. Emphasis is on the nature of learning and the requirements for effective instruction. The theoretical underpinnings
of learning are explored and applied to the design of a prototype
classroom. Management issues surrounding course and curriculum development efforts are discussed, and a comprehensive
curriculum management plan is developed.
DETT 611 Library and Intellectual Property Issues in Distance
Education (3)
(Formerly OMDE 611.) An overview of the development and
delivery of digital resources for distance education. Discussion
covers the intellectual property issues affecting the use of copyrighted works in distance education, developing and delivering
library resources online to a faculty and student population,
and the future of digital information delivery and the impact
of digital rights management (DRM) technologies and social
networking.
DETT 615 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Distance
Education (3)
A study of quality assessment and quality assurance in distance
education within the context of quality in education in general.
Discussion covers the diverse meanings of quality in different
contexts, the multidimensional nature of the concept of quality,
personal reflections on quality, and the importance of quality as
an emerging leitmotiv in the educational debate. Various methodological approaches (including quality assessment techniques,
quality evaluation, quality criteria and guidelines, quality
benchmarks, and quality management approaches) are introduced and applied to distance education. Topics also include the
connection between accreditation and quality. Quality models
are applied to distance education, and case studies are used to
reveal good practice in quality assessment and quality assurance
in distance education today.
DETT 621 Training at a Distance (3)
(Formerly OMDE 621.) An examination of the role of distance
training in business, nonprofit, and government organizations.
A wide variety of issues, problems, and solutions in Web-based
training are explored. Topics include the economics of distance
training, distance technology in the business organization,
synchronous versus asynchronous interactive tools, collaborative
and problem-solving tools, authoring tools, insourcing versus
outsourcing, and the role of multimedia in distance training.
Emphasis is on the concept of the corporate virtual university
and its design and operation.
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DMBA (Business Administration—
Dual Degree)
DMBA 610 Ethical Leadership in Organizations and
Society (6)
Prerequisite: Completion of all requirements for the first degree
of an approved dual-degree program. An examination and
application of core knowledge and skills for managerial and
organizational success in the competitive global marketplace.
Emphasis is on effective ethical decision making for optimal
organizational performance. A foundation in systems and critical thinking is provided. Topics include the legal environment
of business, forms of business and nonprofit organizations,
employment issues and practices, workforce recruitment and
retention, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, management of diverse virtual teams, ethical and legal
conduct of domestic and international business, and corporate
social responsibility.
DMBA 620 Effective Financial and Operational Decision
Making (6)
Prerequisite: DMBA 610. A study of sound decision making in business, focusing on financial analysis and operational
issues found in every enterprise. Discussion covers economics, financial reporting and analysis, information systems, and
project management in an international context. The goal is to
understand and apply the principles and techniques of effective
management planning, control, and decision making in the
global environment.
DMBA 630 Marketing and Strategy Management in the
Global Marketplace (6)
An investigation of marketing and strategy and how they lead to
value creation and value capture in different business contexts.
Discussion covers marketing strategy and customer orientation in the context of strategic frameworks for industry analysis
and achievement of sustainable competitive advantage. Global
business and technology environments are assessed to determine
strategic options for growth and profitability, leading to specific
marketing plans and strategic decisions. Examples from personal
work situations are applied to the concepts of both marketing
and strategy management.
DMCC (Community College Policy
and Administration)
DMCC 801 Leadership in the Community College
Environment (6)
A study of leadership in higher education, specifically in the
community college environment. Focus is on the needs of
today’s community college students and the development of the
academic programs that will help them achieve their personal
and professional goals. Discussion examines the importance
of effective leadership in dealing with the myriad academic,
economic, and political challenges facing community colleges
nationwide by identifying and analyzing theories and concepts,
assessing the applicability of classic works and current perspectives, testing ideas using case studies, and developing various
scenarios and strategies. Topics include the knowledge and abilities needed to lead a highly diverse group of students, faculty,
and staff and the roles and skills needed for developing new academic programs and the organizational models to deliver them.
DMCC 811 Foundations of Management Theory, Academic
Governance, and Strategic Thinking (6)
A comprehensive foundation in the history of management and
the structure and function of organizations with an emphasis on
academic governance issues facing community colleges. A new
way of understanding and managing operational and strategic
issues in community colleges in the face of accelerating social,
economic, and technological change is provided. Topics include
organizational theory, strategic thinking and strategic management, theories of decision making, leadership, organizational
culture, and management in a postindustrial society. Problem
solving, application, and evaluation skills are used to analyze the
theories and practices of current and emerging challenges and
opportunities in the community college environment.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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DMCC 821 Higher Education Policy (6)
An examination of national, state, and local education policy
formation, as well as an analysis of the educational policy
process, including antecedents, framing of problems and
solutions within policies, policy implementation, and policy
consequences in the context of the community college environment. Topics include issues of financial stewardship, enrollment
management, external stakeholder relationships, educational
outcomes, market-driven innovation and change, organizational
development, student-centric culture, and technology leadership. Key leadership competencies, including strategic planning, decision making, resource management, communication,
collaboration, and advocacy, are considered as they support
effective policy development.
DMCC 831 Research Methods (6)
An applied study of how to plan, conduct, interpret, and
critique both quantitative and qualitative research. Methods are
grounded in the philosophy of science to provide a solid foundation that will support the identification of researchable questions, as well as the selection and application of a methodology
to a dissertation topic. Case study and survey research methodologies are studied. Assignments include analyses representative
of the different methodological traditions.
DMCC 841 Institutional Assessment in the Community
College Environment (6)
An exploration of institutional assessment as it contributes to
continual improvement in student learning and faculty development by collecting, analyzing, and reporting research data on
academic programs, student learning outcomes, and curricular
development in community colleges. Assessment activities cover
a wide range of topics, from academic programs and faculty
activities to student retention, graduation rates, and employer
satisfaction. The role of regional and specialized accreditation
is examined. Focus is on how community college leaders can
engage a broad array of organizational and administrative activities to build an effective student assessment and faculty development culture.
DMCC 851 Community College Advocacy and
Accountability (6)
An exploration of the process that creates effective leaders who
are enthusiastic advocates for the mission, vision, and goals of
the community college. Discussion covers promoting equity,
open access, teaching, learning, and innovation as primary goals
for the college; understanding how these change over time; and
facilitating discussion with all stakeholders. Focus is on advancing lifelong learning and supporting a learner- and learning-centered environment. Skills needed to represent the community
college in the local community, in the broader educational
community, at various levels of government, and as a model of
higher education that can be replicated in international settings
are developed.
DMCC 890 Dissertation Concept Paper (4)
Production of a focused concept paper on an important community college management topic chosen from a select group
of emerging issues in the community college environment.
Focus is on improving conceptual fluency and skills in literature
research.
DMCC 891 Dissertation Analytical Paper (4)
Production of a paper that expands the concept paper developed
in DMCC 890 and develops critical thinking and analytical
skills to evaluate research in the community college management and administration literature.
DMCC 892 Dissertation Integrative Paper (4)
Production of an integrative paper that links the scholarship
of community college management research and develops the
future implications for community college administrative practitioners. Emphasis is on analytical research.
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DMGT (Doctoral Studies in Management)
DMGT 600 Foundations of Doctoral Studies (3)
An overview of doctoral studies in management. Topics include
the purpose and context of the doctoral degree program; the
role and value of research and statistical analysis in the practice
of management; and key concepts in management, leadership,
change, and organizational theory. Degree requirements and
the dissertation process are explored. Exercises, including the
development of an individual journal, are used to evaluate skills
in critical thinking, argumentation, and writing expression.
DMGT 800 Foundations of Management Theory and
Strategic Thinking (6)
A comprehensive foundation in the history of management
and the structure and function of organizations. A new way of
understanding and managing operational and strategic issues
in public and private organizations in the face of accelerating
social, economic, and technological changes is provided. Topics
include organizational theory, strategic thinking and strategic
management, theories of decision making, leadership, organizational culture, and management in a postindustrial society.
Problem-solving, application, and evaluation skills are used to
analyze the theories and practices of current and emerging organizational challenges and opportunities. The goal is to be able
to critically assess the ideas of others and defend one’s own ideas
through the application of scholarship.
DMGT 810 Leadership, Enterprise Change, and Virtual
Management (6)
A study of leadership—not just for survival but for sustainability—in environments where external pressure for change is the
dominant feature. Discussion examines change and leadership
issues in varied industries, as well as one’s own organization, by
identifying and analyzing theories and concepts, assessing the
applicability of classic works and current perspectives, testing
ideas using case studies, and developing various scenarios and
strategies. Topics include the knowledge and abilities needed for
managing change, such as improvisation and reinvention; the
roles and skills needed at all levels for leading in new organizational models involving virtual teams; and the impact of change
(particularly frequent change) on individuals and organizations.
The goal is to recognize the link between leadership, change,
and organizational resilience and apply the lessons.
DMGT 830 Research Methods I (6)
An applied study of how to design, interpret, and critique both
quantitative and qualitative research. Methods are grounded in
the philosophy of science to provide a solid foundation that will
support the identification and analysis of researchable questions.
At least one qualitative and one quantitative methodology is
studied. Assignments include short analyses representative of the
different methodological traditions.
DMGT 835 Research Methods II (6)
A practical study of critical analysis techniques, applied to both
foundational and contemporary management scholarship.
Analyses are conducted in the critical realist tradition, in which
objectivity arises from the continued scrutiny and critique of
published research by peers. Assignments include comprehensive analyses of published management research and encompass
critique of initial assumptions, conceptual frameworks, methodological choice, design and execution, and conclusions.
DMGT 850 Innovation and Sustainable Development (6)
A study of how technological innovation drives the long-term
competitiveness of global organizations. The objective is to
acquire skills in developing conceptual frameworks for managing sustainable organizational growth in both private and
public sectors. Focus is on critically evaluating the actors and
factors for technological innovation and developing concepts
for managing technological innovations to improve the creation
and delivery of new goods and services in a productivity-based
international competitive environment. Discussion covers
issues related to technology resources, technological capacities, capabilities and competencies, and technology strategies
for sustained competitive advantage in the global marketplace.
Decision-making roadmaps are developed and applied to ensure
that technological and socioeconomic/ethical/legal considerations are integrated for desired results.
DMGT 860 Postdoctoral Seminar and Practicum
in Teaching (3)
(Open to UMUC Doctor of Management graduates and to
graduates of other terminal degree programs by permission.
Designed for those interested in teaching at the college level.)
An interactive study and application of fundamental theories,
concepts, methods, and strategies for successfully teaching adult
learners in postsecondary classrooms, both online and on-site.
Focus is on weaving discipline content with teaching methods
that support learning in a discipline. Activities include observing classes, applying model practices, and designing and implementing course components.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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DMGT 880 Dissertation Part I (4)
The first part of the practitioner dissertation process, in which
a management topic area is selected and research literature
relevant to the topic area is critically reviewed. A concept paper
that comprehensively explicates the chosen topic is completed.
DMGT 881 Dissertation Part II (4)
The second part of the practitioner dissertation process, in
which analytic scrutiny is applied to the research topic according to the research methods previously studied. An analytical
paper that includes revisions to the concept paper is completed.
DMGT 882 Dissertation Part III (4)
The third part of the practitioner dissertation process, in which
a future-oriented perspective is incorporated to identify management practice implications for the chosen topic. An integrative
paper that combines the first two parts of the dissertation is
completed.
DMGT 899 Continuing Registration (1)
Continuing refinement of the dissertation to prepare for final
submission and defense.
EBUS (E-Business)
EBUS 610 Introduction to E-Business (3)
(Formerly ECOM 610.) An overview of the managerial, strategic, and technical aspects of e-commerce functions, processes,
and interactions. Topics include an introduction to the economics of information and information products; definitions of
e-commerce retailing, e-tailing, and portals; a brief history of
e-commerce; e-commerce business models; the roles of e-supply
chains, corporate portals, and public business-to-business
exchanges; e-support services, auctions, and e-commerce
security issues and processes; the impact of e-commerce on
organizational strategy and industry structure; in-depth assessment of successful e-commerce strategies; social, ethical, and
other emerging issues related to e-commerce; and innovative
e-commerce systems. Overviews of the technologies that enable
e-commerce, including telecommunications technology, portals
and search engines, Web site design and management, electronic
payment systems, security, e-publishing and digital download
features, and mobile commerce and pervasive computing, are
presented.
EBUS 620 E-Marketing (3)
(Formerly ECOM 620.) An exploration of e-marketing
approaches, research methods, and technologies, as well as
21st-century advertising strategies used online and offline by
organizations, corporations, and innovators worldwide. Focus is
on analysis and creative development of effective global marketing strategies using the Web—one of the most significant forces
to affect marketing since the emergence of mass media. Topics
include understanding demographic research strategies, comparing international Web site e-marketing features, attracting and
managing Web site traffic, understanding effective online business marketing strategies, and developing a final e-marketing
plan that addresses the components of market research and
online/offline advertising to drive traffic to a Web site.
EBUS 630 Social, Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues (3)
(Formerly ECOM 670.) A study of the protection of intellectual property on electronic networks through trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Privacy and liability issues are examined in
areas that include the handling of e-mail, the electronic dissemination of data, and the regulatory requirements for safeguarding the confidentiality of information. Society’s responsibility
to provide universal availability of Web-based technologies is
considered, and an ethical framework for the development and
implementation of e-commerce applications is developed.
EBUS 640 E-Technology (3)
(Formerly ECOM 640.) A study of the broad range of
online technologies currently available and in development,
designed to develop understanding of how information
security, e-business, and networking technologies interrelate.
Topics include networking and internetworking basics; wireless technologies; e-business integration; Internet infrastructure
providers; and e-business network, encryption, and Web site
security. Focus is on integrating cutting-edge technology with
tactical and strategic e-commerce skills. Discussion covers
security, networking, communications, wireless advances, and
various development tools. Examples of how major advances
in computer technology, networking capabilities, and Webenabled applications and wide area networks have placed data,
security, and privacy at risk are presented. Effective managerial
approaches toward understanding and dealing with current and
future challenges of technology are evaluated.
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EBUS 650 E-Development and Management (3)
(Formerly ECOM 680.) An examination of application software
for business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce.
Topics include several fundamental e-commerce application
software tools, including programming languages (e.g., Java and
Perl/cgi-bin), search engines, and Web authoring tools (e.g.,
HTML, HTTP, and XML). Transaction processing software
tools, including intelligent agents, are also explored. Review
covers business-to-business transaction exchange methods,
including Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Electronic
Funds Transfer (EFT).
EBUS 660 E-Business Economics (3)
(Formerly ECOM 660.) A study of the economics of online
business. Focus is on evaluating the impact of the Web and
related technologies on the creation and transformation of
goods and services and on organizations, industries, and society
in general. Analysis covers concepts drawn from economics,
including information asymmetries, efficient markets, transaction costs, switching costs, network externalities, adverse selection, and contracts. Topics include auctions, digital cash and
e-payment systems, innovation and intellectual property rights,
taxation and public good issues, and valuation and financing of
e-business investments.
EBUS 670 Capstone Course in E-Business (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 27 credits of program
coursework. A study of cross-cutting issues in e-business,
such as trends in technology, intelligent and customer-focused
design, and the nature of society and work in the networked
environment. Emphasis is on the completion of two major projects. The first requires the use of scenario planning techniques
to analyze and create distinct scenarios depicting alternative
futures for an industry or technology. The second requires a
thorough academic literature review of research on some aspect
of e-business with the goal of producing a paper that could be
presented at an academic or professional conference.
EDRS (Education: Reading)
EDRS 600 Reading in the Secondary Content Areas I (3)
(Formerly OMAT 607.) A study of the selection and evaluation
of materials and resources for the effective teaching of reading. Emphasis is on the effective use of text and other media to
best meet diverse reader needs. Discussion also covers the role
of the parent and community in fulfilling the goals of literacy
programs.
EDRS 605 Reading in the Secondary Content Areas II (3)
(Formerly OMAT 608.) Prerequisite: EDRS 600 or stateapproved equivalent. An examination of how to implement a
coherent literacy program that supports content area learning
as well as literacy. Focus is on the use of effective instructional
methods and materials in designing reading programs to meet
the diverse needs and backgrounds of students.
EDRS 620 Processes and Acquisitions of Reading (3)
(Formerly OMAT 620. For secondary content area, special
education, and pre-K–12 teachers.) A study of the theories,
processes, and acquisition of reading and language arts skills in
the elementary school. Emphasis is on the cognitive, linguistic,
social, and physiological factors involved in oral and written
language development. Concepts central to emergent literacy
and the relationship between language and reading acquisition
are explored.
EDRS 625 Instruction of Reading (3)
(Formerly OMAT 621. For secondary content area, special
education, and pre-K–12 teachers.) An examination of the
selection and application of strategies for developing oral reading, comprehension, and literacy skills. Various techniques for
building word recognition, integrating reading and writing, and
enhancing understanding of text are addressed. Emphasis is on
the development of a balanced literacy program that is attentive
to early identification of reading difficulties and meeting diverse
reader needs.
EDRS 630 Assessment for Reading Instruction (3)
(Formerly OMAT 622. For secondary content area, special
education, and pre-K–12 teachers.) An examination of the
techniques, processes, and instruments for assessment of reading
performance. Topics include the administration of assessment
tools, interpretation of assessment data, and diagnosis of reading deficiencies. Discussion also covers the appropriate use of
national, state, local, and classroom data for selecting instructional methods, facilitating instructional decisions, and monitoring student performance.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
90 U N D E R G R A D U A T E C A T A L O G | 2 0 0 9 – 2 0 1 0
EDRS 635 Materials for Reading (3)
(Formerly OMAT 623. For secondary content area, special
education, and pre-K–12 teachers.) An examination of the selection and evaluation of materials and resources for the effective
teaching of reading. Discussion covers the effective use of text
and other media to best meet diverse reader needs. The role of
the parent and community in fulfilling the goals of the literacy
program also is explored.
EDTC (Education: Instructional Technology)
EDTC 600 Foundations of Technology in Teaching and
Learning (3)
(Formerly OMED 600.) An introduction to the integration of
technology in the schools focusing on how instructional technology affects and advances K–12 learning. Topics include principles of integrating technology to strengthen standards-based
curricula, instruction, and assessment; selection of software and
other technological materials; uses of technology for collaboration with school-related audiences; issues of digital equity and
ethics; and strategies for using digital technology with special
needs populations.
EDTC 605 Digital Information Literacy for K–12 Educators (3)
(Formerly OMED 610.) A study of the use and evaluation
of a wide array of electronic information resources, including
numerous subject-specific databases and educational resources
on the World Wide Web. A portfolio of electronic references
is developed for use in curriculum design. Age- and contentappropriate exercises and assignments are created to help
build K–12 student information literacy skills. Emphasis is on
information resources in the field of education and in specific
content areas to assist in future curriculum development and
research activities. Criteria to evaluate the usefulness and validity of different types of education resources are developed and
critically assessed.
EDTC 610 Web-Based Learning and Teaching: Design and
Pedagogy (3)
(Formerly OMED 620.) An examination of the theory that
informs technology-enabled and Web-based education, with
special attention to best pedagogical practices. Unique challenges related to original design and/or adaptation of Web
courses are explored. Knowledge and skills in creating individual
assignments, special classes, units, and entire courses that take
full advantage of synchronous, asynchronous, and/or multimedia technology are developed. Emphasis is on creation of age-,
content-, and context-appropriate exercises for students in a
diverse array of classroom situations. Criteria and specific evaluation tools are developed to assess student learning outcomes
with different pedagogical approaches, delivery techniques,
core content areas, and technologies. Current and emerging
technology-enabled curricular innovations are also examined.
EDTC 615 Using Technology for Instructional Improvement:
Research, Data, and Best Practices (3)
(Formerly OMED 640.) An overview of how to plan effective
technology use to enhance curriculum, instruction, assessment,
and day-to-day classroom administration and management.
Topics include electronic grade books, presentation programs,
database programs, spreadsheets, electronic portfolios, and
various types of educational software. Research (empirical,
qualitative, and mixed method) and assessment data are evaluated for their use in promoting student learning and technology integration. Emphasis is on practical applications for the
contemporary classroom.
EDTC 620 Technology in K–12 Education: Synchronous,
Asynchronous, and Multimedia Technologies (3)
(Formerly OMED 630.) A foundation in educational technologies designed to enable K–12 teachers to employ appropriate
technologies in classrooms and schools. The capacity of a variety
of technologies to meet specific content, delivery, and learner
goals and objectives is critically assessed. Particular attention
is paid to Web site construction. Knowledge and skills are
developed in the application of real-time technologies such as
satellite broadcasting, audio conferencing, videoconferencing,
synchronous chats, streaming audio and video, and asynchronous technologies such as e-mail and list servers.
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EDTC 625 Hardware and Software in Instructional
Development (3)
(Formerly OMED 650.) A study of the application of hardware
and software programs in K–12 classroom settings. Various
operating systems commonly found in schools are examined.
Also investigated are a wide range of instructional software
packages related to specific subjects, with a cross-disciplinary
emphasis on software for reading instruction and remediation. Discussion covers compatibility with curricular goals,
appropriateness of use, and student learning outcomes. Assignments include a project in which a specific software program is
integrated into the classroom, experiences of students with the
software are assessed, and the effectiveness of the software in
achieving teaching goals and objectives is evaluated.
EDTC 630 Administration of Technology Initiatives: Planning,
Budgeting, and Evaluation (3)
(Formerly OMED 660.) An overview of the administration of
technology in K–12 school systems. The impact of technology
in schools is explored from a variety of perspectives, including
access, planning, budgeting, maintenance, and life-cycle management at the classroom, school, and district levels. Criteria for
making financial and instructional decisions about technology
are developed and evaluated. Emphasis is on knowledge and
skills teachers can use to acquire classroom technology, including grant writing and public-/private-sector partnerships.
EDTC 640 Technology Change Management in Schools (3)
(Formerly OMED 670.) An overview of the theories,
approaches, and strategies that help teachers assume leadership
roles in implementing technology change in K–12 schools.
Specific topics include the role of change agents in K–12
schools, strategies to meet the needs of technologically unskilled
teachers, tools and techniques to respond to diverse competency
levels, and various training models and approaches for adult
learners. Structured observation is employed to critically assess
the effectiveness of various technology training formats. In a
guided project, a technology-training seminar is designed, developed, and implemented for delivery to colleagues.
EDTC 645 Integration of Technology: Global Perspectives (3)
(Formerly OMED 690.) Exploration of global perspectives on
advancing K–12 student learning through technology. Investigation covers how schools design innovative units and programs
that take full advantage of technology’s ability to reach beyond
national borders and promote global understanding and how
various nations approach the challenge of technology integration in the schools. Focus is on evaluating best practices in the
United States and other nations and on analyzing the role of
policy in shaping the way resources are deployed to advance
effective technology integration. Projects include designing
models for integrating global understanding into curriculum
and instruction, developing case studies of technology integration in various countries, and evaluating relevant research.
EDTC 650 Special Topics in Instructional Technology (3)
An exploration of current topics in instructional technology,
which are offered on a rotating basis. Individual topics focus
on advanced instructional multimedia for the K–12 classroom
(including building interactive multimedia materials that meet
the learning needs of diverse K–12 populations while developing skills using animation and other multimedia technologies)
or on teaching and learning in the K–12 virtual school (including policies and structures of K–12 virtual schools, teaching
and course development strategies appropriate for elementary
and secondary school online courses, and emerging issues in the
K–12 virtual enterprise).
EDTC 670 Integrative Capstone Project (3)
(Formerly OMED 680. A self-directed project, in which teachers collaborate with colleagues within or across grade levels or
departments to incorporate innovations into their curricula. A
portfolio is built to demonstrate the development, implementation, and outcomes of the project. Study is designed to provide
teachers the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained
from previous coursework.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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EDTP (Education: Teacher Preparation)
EDTP 600 Professional Fundamentals of Teaching and
Learning (6)
Preparation for effective entry into the classroom as a teacher.
Topics include teaching in the contemporary school; human
development; approaches to learning, diversity, and collaboration beyond the classroom; learners with exceptional needs;
curriculum, instruction, and assessment; teaching in the content
area; and synthesis and application. Course materials and assignments focus on documents created and/or typically utilized by
school systems and incorporate current school district initiatives. School district personnel may participate as guests.
EDTP 610 Adolescent Growth and Development (3)
(Formerly OMAT 602.) Prerequisite: EDTP 600. An overview
of the key concepts and theories related to human growth and
development across the life span, with emphasis on the development of the adolescent. Discussion covers the social, emotional,
cognitive, and physical growth of adolescent learners. Theories of
human development are applied to the secondary school setting.
EDTP 620 Subject Area Methods (3)
(Formerly OMAT 604.) Prerequisite: EDTP 610. An overview
of teaching methodology for effective instruction in secondary classrooms and in the content area. Emphasis is on the
development of learning objectives, preparation of instructional
plans, selection of instructional techniques, assessment of
student learning, and use of resources appropriate for secondary content/curricula. Principles of classroom management are
explored, and theories of learning and teaching are applied to
the organization and presentation of secondary lessons in the
content area.
EDTP 630 Learning for All Students: Diversity, Inclusiveness,
and Exceptionality (3)
(Formerly OMAT 605.) Prerequisite: EDTP 610. An examination of the diverse needs of students and the application of
appropriate instructional adaptations. Topics include strategies
necessary to promote learning for all students, in the contexts
of differentiated instruction, culturally competent practice, and
the most current applications of science-based understanding
of special/exceptional needs. Legal and historical overviews of
legislation, as well as the histories of related societal movements,
are provided, and their implications for classroom practice are
explored.
EDTP 640 Testing, Measurement, and Evaluation (3)
(Formerly OMAT 610.) Prerequisites: EDTP 620 and 630. An
examination of the principles, concepts, and tools of educational measurement. Topics include the application and analysis
of diverse assessment measures and processes in the secondary
school environment.
EDTP 650 Professional Internship and Seminar (9)
(Formerly OMAT 606.) Prerequisites: EDRS 600 and 605 and
EDTP 640. An opportunity to apply the concepts, techniques,
methods, and theories learned in previous coursework and fieldbased experiences through a professional internship. Internship
activities require completing observations, activities, and clinical
practice in an approved secondary classroom appropriate for
the selected subject area certification, under the supervision of
a school-based mentor and university field supervisor. Weekly
seminar meetings establish a learning community that assures a
continuing support system and provides a forum for feedback
and discussion of common readings, experiences, questions, and
issues. An electronic portfolio is developed.
EDTP 660 Teacher Action Research and Building Learning
Communities (3)
(Formerly OMAT 612.) Prerequisite: EDTP 650. An introduction to research/inquiry to promote student learning and build
learning communities to improve professional practice. Focus
is on the identification and selection of a problem, possible
interventions, and implications for solving the problem. Topics
include collecting and analyzing data to inform practice and
improve student learning. Strategies to facilitate peer, classroom,
and community learning communities/communities of practice
are developed.
EMBA (Business Administration—
Executive)
EMBA 610 Leadership for Global Operations (6)
(Formerly XMBA 602.) An exploration of leaders’ roles and
responsibilities in the global marketplace, with an emphasis on
personal leadership development. A systematic framework is
employed to examine leader, follower, and situational factors that
are important for modern organizations. Topics include leader
personality traits, behaviors, styles, and values; cultural competence; motivation theories and practices; teams; goal-setting,
decision, and contingency theories of leadership; leadership of
change and innovation; and transformational leadership.
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EMBA 620 Strategy in the Global Environment (6)
(Formerly XMBA 601.) Prerequisite: EMBA 610. A study of
the dynamic forces driving globalization, how they are shaping
competition, and the critical role of strategy in the success of
enterprise operations and governance. Tools for assessing the
global logic of industries are provided. How they are evolving
under globalization and ongoing technological innovation and
what this means for their competitive structure are examined.
Topics include changes occurring in international trade and
financial systems, the effect of country and regional diversity
on competition, and market capitalism.
EMBA 630 The Economics of Strategic Decision Making (6)
(Formerly XMBA 605.) Prerequisite: EMBA 620. An examination of the process of managerial decision making in a
broadly strategic framework. Discussion covers the dynamics of
individual and collaborative decision making, especially in the
context of financial decisions. Focus is on decision making as it
relates to corporate governance and major corporate restructuring such as mergers, acquisitions, and downsizing. The strategic
effectiveness of managerial decision making is evaluated through
organizational performance measures, based on the development of financial and nonfinancial metrics, scorecards, and
dashboards.
EMBA 640 Strategic Global Marketing (6)
(Formerly XMBA 603.) Prerequisite: EMBA 630. A study
of business development strategies from the perspective of
customer needs and preferences. Focus is on the primacy of the
customer in the marketing process. Marketing is considered
holistically as an organization-wide process driving the marketing mix, marketing ethics, innovation, competitive analysis,
marketing information systems, pricing, global initiatives,
e-commerce, customer profitability analysis, and marketing
return-on-investment.
EMBA 650 Managing Business Operations in a Global
Environment (6)
(Formerly XMBA 604.) Prerequisite: EMBA 640. An examination of the key strategic processes that allow modern global
organizations to function effectively. Focus is on how an organization is efficiently managed with the optimum utilization
of resources (operations management and enterprise resource
planning), how vendors and suppliers are integrated seamlessly
into the production process (supply chain management), and
how customer interactions are facilitated effectively (customer
resource management). Discussion covers how these strategies
and information technology developments are being utilized
to operate the modern organization. Topics also include the
importance of project management and managing change as
key ingredients to an organization’s success.
EMBA 660 Risk and Opportunity in Global Business
Development (6)
(Formerly XMBA 606.) Prerequisite: EMBA 650. The development of effective risk mitigation strategies for a sponsoring
organization to enter new international markets. External audits
are conducted to identify and assess the relative risks and opportunities of expanding operations into specific country markets.
Emphasis is on how the political, regulatory, and economic
policies of specific countries affect business operations. Topics
include the business impact of international trading systems,
regional trading relationships, and overseas country environments. A required international study trip, focused on trade
agreements and overseas operations, is designed to increase
knowledge of and comfort with the new international markets.
EMBA 670 Business Development Strategy and Capstone
Project (6)
(Formerly XMBA 607.) Prerequisite EMBA 660. The development of an international business development plan for a
sponsoring organization that integrates management techniques and methodologies gained in previous study. Focus is
on strategic decision making in a globally competitive environment. Concepts, tools, and techniques from economics and the
many other functional business disciplines are used. Although
the framework and concepts applied are geared toward creating business success in a global environment, they are equally
applicable to strategic leadership of nonprofit organizations and
public agencies.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
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ENER (Energy Resources Management
and Policy)
ENER 603 Energy Infrastructure Management (3)
An overview of U.S. and world energy infrastructures from
the wellhead to the consumer. Topics include drilling, refining, transportation, and power generation and how the various
energy grids fit together in a vast network of energy delivery
services. The vulnerabilities in the system of energy delivery
are identified, and methods to reduce these vulnerabilities
are examined. Discussion covers energy infrastructure issues
in developing countries and the means to leapfrog over existing technologies in order to develop an energy infrastructure.
Energy infrastructure risk and security issues are explored, and
measures to safeguard these infrastructures and minimize risk
are introduced.
ENVM (Environmental and Waste Management)
ENVM 641 Environmental Auditing (3)
An examination of methods for attaining statutory, regulatory,
and permitting compliance. The protection of workers and
other stakeholders is also examined in the context of organizational, budgetary, and other constraints. Emphasis is on methods of defining auditing objectives to meet organizational goals
and of designing auditing programs for effective compliance
under each of the 12 major environmental statutes—including
air, water, solid, and hazardous waste management laws and pollution prevention initiatives.
ENVM 643 Environmental Communications and Reporting (3)
An overview of the range of communication practices required
by environmental managers in the fulfillment of legal, regulatory, ethical, and organizational responsibilities. The various
populations with whom environmental managers must communicate and interact—including plant supervisors, corporate
executives, regulators, the legal community, civic groups, labor
unions, and the media—are identified and examined. Discussion covers various types of communication, from decision
memoranda to environmental impact statements, presentations
of corporate environmental policies before affected communities, and development/conveyance of technical evidence for
obtaining permit variances.
ENVM 644 New Technologies in Environmental
Management (3)
An overview of new waste management and waste minimization
technologies, including treatment technologies such as physical and chemical treatment of hazardous wastes, bioreactors
and bioremediation, and reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration.
Review covers disposal technologies, such as landfill design and
operation, incineration, and encapsulation methods. Pollution prevention technologies, including process redesign and
computer-aided process control, as well as the substitution of
toxic materials, are also presented.
ENVM 646 Environmental/Energy Law and Policy
Development (3)
An examination of U.S. environmental and energy law and
policy, including its development, implementation, and enforcement; legislative, executive, and judicial perspectives; and the
roles and impact government institutions have made on environmental and energy law and policy. Leading laws and their
ensuing policies, such as the National Environmental Protection
Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the 1992 National Energy Policy
Act, the FDR-Era Federal Policy Act, the Public Utility Holding
Company Act, and the Carter-Era Public Utility Regulatory
Policy Act, are examined.
ENVM 647 Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
An overview of the basic concepts of risk assessment. Topics
include the four core parts of a risk assessment, as denoted
by the National Academy of Sciences: hazard assessment,
dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk
characterization. Methods of measurement and modeling are
discussed, along with key questions concerning uncertainty.
Differences in the risk characterizations of substances under
different use conditions and legal requirements are studied.
Significant case studies serve to illustrate the assessment process.
ENVM 648 Fundamentals of Environmental Systems (3)
(For students lacking a strong science background or experience in the environmental field.) An introduction to the basic
concepts of environmental chemistry, physics, geology, and
risk. Topics include the gaseous, liquid, and solid effluents from
various industrial activities, as well as management methods
and the statutory and regulatory requirements of major federal
environmental laws affecting this management. Discussion also
covers fundamental principles relating to the transport and fate
of contaminants and industrial wastes and the basic vocabulary
of the field.
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ENVM 649 Principles of Waste Management and Pollution
Control (3)
An introduction to various methods of waste management,
including waste collection, transportation, recycling, treatment, and disposal and environmental monitoring. Focus is
on hazardous and municipal solid waste, pollution prevention
techniques, and waste minimization. An introduction to the
process of disposal, including facility site selection, design, and
operation, is also provided.
ENVM 650 Land and Water Resource Management (3)
An introduction to the development of multiple-use resource
management strategies and the role of public policy in land
and water resource management. Topics include free markets,
market failure, and distributional equity issues; the public
trust doctrine; Native American Trust responsibilities; land use
regulations; and enforcement of land and water restrictions,
ex post liability schemes, and public purchase of private land
and water rights.
ENVM 651 Watershed Planning Management (3)
An introduction to the concepts of watershed management and
the development of watershed-related management planning
documents. The physical characteristics of watersheds and their
role in maintaining healthy environments and providing a
natural resource to society are examined. Focus is on examining
management techniques for the conservation and maintenance
of watersheds.
ENVM 652 Principles of Air Quality Management (3)
An overview of management techniques for addressing air quality issues and managing air quality programs. Topics include
air pollution law; air pollutants and their sources; effects of air
pollution on health and welfare; sampling and analysis of air
pollutants; standards, regulations, and enforcement systems; and
quality assurance principles.
ENVM 653 Land Use Management (3)
An introduction to the powers, process, and practice of managing the patterns and land use implications of human settlement
and the built environment. Topics include where to build,
where not to build, how to build, and when to build. Discussion also covers the settlement history of the United States, as
well as the constitutional and legislative mandates for government, private-sector participants, and institutions that shape
land use policy. Emphasis is on the role of local government.
Land use and environmental community planning, as well as
best practices in land use management, are examined.
ENVM 670 Seminar in Environmental Management (3)
A capstone study of environmental management that integrates
knowledge gained in previous study for the solution of environmental management problems encountered in industrial,
commercial, institutional, and military organizations. Focus is
on management guidelines, such as ISO 14001, that provide
an organizational framework for developing an environmental
management system that can be integrated with other management requirements to help organizations support environmental
protection in balance with socioeconomic goals. Case studies
are used to illustrate applications of environmental management
systems to various types of organizations. The capstone project
requires assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of an
environmental management system at an organization and the
development of recommendations for improvement.
FIN (Financial Management)
FIN 610 Financial Management in Organizations (3)
(Formerly ADMN 631. For students in an accounting or
financial management specialization or program.) Prerequisite:
MGMT 640. An investigation of financial management theory
and applications in business, government, and not-for-profit
organizations. Discounted cash flow and rate-of-return analysis
are used to evaluate projects and financial instruments. Discussion covers the role of the cost of capital and the Capital Asset
Pricing Model (CAPM) in capital investment analysis and
selection. Capital budgeting, capital structure analysis, breakeven analysis, scenario analysis, sensitivity analysis, real options,
short-term financial management, and international finance are
introduced.
FIN 615 Financial Analysis and Modeling (3)
(Formerly ADMN 632.) Prerequisite: FIN 610. An exploration
of how financial managers use financial modeling, analysis, and
research to build forecasts and projections, evaluate financial
alternatives, and support financial decision making in both
operational and strategic contexts. Models are developed using
Microsoft Excel; exercises and extended case studies are utilized to interpret and employ results. Topics include financial
statements and ratio analysis, cash flow forecasting, operations
budgeting, breakeven and leverage analysis, time value of money
applications, and capital budgeting and risk assessment.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
96 U N D E R G R A D U A T E C A T A L O G | 2 0 0 9 – 2 0 1 0
FIN 620 Capital Markets, Institutions, and Long-Term
Financing (3)
(Formerly ADMN 633.) Prerequisite: FIN 610. An exploration
of the long-term capital needs of an organization and the roles
of capital markets and institutions. Topics include the financial
environment of organizations, the role of the Federal Reserve
and financial intermediaries, capital and money markets,
options and futures markets, the capital budgeting decision
process, capital structure management, dividend and share
repurchase policy, and investment banking and restructuring.
Various types of long-term funding sources—including term
loans, derivatives, debt and equity securities, and leasing—are
analyzed. Alternate policies related to financial leverage, capital
structure, dividends, and the issuance of preferred stock, warrants and convertible debt are evaluated. Mergers, leveraged
buyouts, and divestitures are examined as special situations to
create value.
FIN 630 Investment Valuation (3)
(Formerly ADMN 634.) Prerequisite: FIN 610. An in-depth
exploration and application of valuation models to support
managerial decision making in a strategic framework. The
theory, concepts, and principles underlying the valuation of
firms, business/product lines, and mergers and acquisitions
are addressed using extended exercises and applications. The
discounted cash flow model is used as a tool. Discussion covers
the financial drivers of value, including assessing and determining risk, competitive advantage period, and sales and earnings
growth estimates. Other valuation techniques using earnings,
revenues, and price/earnings multiples are also discussed and
applied in selected examples.
FIN 640 Multinational Financial Management (3)
(Formerly ADMN 639.) Prerequisite: FIN 610. A study of
financial management issues in multinational organizations.
Topics include the environment of international financial
management, foreign exchange markets, risk management,
multinational working capital management, and foreign investment analysis. The financing of foreign operations, international
banking, and the role of financial management in maintaining
global competitiveness are also considered.
FIN 645 Behavioral Finance (3)
Prerequisite: FIN 630. A study of the key psychological
obstacles to value-maximizing behavior and steps that managers can take to mitigate their effects, using the traditional tools
of corporate finance. Focus is on understanding the underlying factors and processes that result in nonoptimal decision
making by financial managers. Topics include perceptions
about risk and reward and financial decision making in the
areas of valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend
policy, agency conflicts, corporate governance, and mergers and
acquisitions. Readings and exercises explore the psychological
basis of nonoptimal decision making from the perspective of the
individual investor.
FIN 660 Strategic Financial Management (3)
(Formerly FIN 670.) Prerequisites: FIN 610, 620, and 630. An
integrative study of financial management through readings,
discussion, applied problems, and case studies. Topics reflect the
changing environment around the role of financial management
in organizations and include corporate performance management, the role of intangibles in value creation, the restructuring of financial processes, corporate governance and ethics,
value-based management, strategic cost management, and the
impact of information technology on the organization’s financial
systems. A business finance simulation is used as an integrating
mechanism.
HAIN (Health Administration Informatics)
HAIN 661 Health Administration Informatics (3)
An integrative study of how information technology (IT) can
be used by health care administrators to optimize individual
practice and promote organizational effectiveness. Emphasis
is on the strategic value of data and how the management,
synthesis, and transformation of data affects both tactical and
strategic decision making throughout the health care and IT
enterprise. Topics include data structure, management, and
manipulation and their implications for decision making; strategic information systems planning; e-health; local, national, and
global IT policies and practices that affect the delivery of health
care services; and the legal and ethical issues related to IT and
their implications on practice for the health care administrator.
Evolving industry and global initiatives that affect the practice
of health care administration are considered.
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HAIN 670 Health Administration Informatics Capstone (3)
Prerequisite: 30 credits of program coursework. A capstone
study that integrates the fields of health care administration
and informatics and applies them to the delivery of health care
services in the rapidly changing health care environment. Focus
is on practical, theory-based learning experiences. Key elements
are examined from the perspectives of both health care administration and informatics. These include issues and challenges in
U.S. and global health care systems, potential new health care
delivery models, approaches to strategically shaping local and
national policy, and the role of information technology (IT) in
supporting the full continuum of care in health organizations.
Tools and methods for strategic planning, implementing, and
evaluating the efficacy of IT systems are explored.
HCAD (Health Care Administration)
HCAD 600 Introduction to Health Care Administration (3)
An introduction to the principles of management and leadership as the foundations for the administration of health care
products and service delivery. The evolution of management
principles and practices is traced, and the basis for health care
administration is analyzed. Emphasis is on the management
of global health care systems in technological societies and the
need for innovation and creativity in health care administration.
Focus is on mastering graduate-level critical thinking, writing,
and ethical decision making skills.
HCAD 610 Information Technology for Health Care
Administration (3)
(Formerly ADMN 669.) An overview of the management
perspective of information technology (IT) and how health
care administrators can use IT to maximize organizational
performance. Fundamental principles of IT and data management and their implications for health care administrators are
reviewed. Discussion explores the use of technology, databases,
and other analytical tools to structure, analyze, and present
information related to health care management and problem
solving. Topics also include strategic information systems planning, systems analysis, system design, evaluation, and selection.
Current applications, such as patient care, administrative and
strategic decision support, managed health, health information
networks, and the Internet are examined to determine how they
may be used to meet the challenges facing health care administrators today and in the future. Focus is on the legal and ethical
issues related to IT and their practical implications for the
health care administrator.
HCAD 620 The U.S. Health Care System (3)
(Formerly ADMN 670.) A comprehensive examination of the
complex, dynamic, rapidly changing health care system in the
United States. The health care system’s major components and
their characteristics are identified. Emphasis is on current problems in health care financing and delivery. Social, economic,
and political forces that have shaped and continue to influence
the system are traced. The health care system in the United
States is compared with systems in industrialized and developing nations. Analysis covers current trends in health care and
prospects for the future.
HCAD 630 Public Health Administration (3)
(Formerly ADMN 671.) An in-depth study of the field of
public health, emphasizing leadership and management. The
current U.S. public health system is analyzed, focusing on
federal, state, and local public health entities and their management issues. Connections and relationships between the system
of public health and the private personal health services market
are also analyzed. Topics include the history and current status
of public health, core functions, legislation, ethics, accountability (including assessment and evaluation), and the politics and
financing of public health, particularly in light of the increased
utilization of evidence-based budgeting. Contact with a public
health agency to analyze a public health program or policy may
augment text and lecture presentation.
HCAD 635 Long-Term Care Administration (3)
(Formerly HCAD 670 and ADMN 675.) A study of the management of skilled nursing, intermediate care, and long-term
care facilities; day care, residential care, social HMOs, and
community-based programs; and home health services. Longterm care administration is examined as encompassing all
of those activities that relate to caring for and satisfying the
essential needs of the aging population, including housing,
health care, nutrition, education, and recreation. Textbooks and
readings are supplemented by case studies in management of
long-term care services and facilities.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
98 U N D E R G R A D U A T E C A T A L O G | 2 0 0 9 – 2 0 1 0
HCAD 640 Financial Management for Health Care
Organizations (3)
(Formerly ADMN 672.) Prerequisite: MGMT 640. An
in-depth study of health care economics and the financial
management of health care organizations. The economic
principles underlying the American health care market and the
financial management of health services organizations within
that market are examined. Analysis covers free market and
mixed market economies; barriers to free market economies;
health care industry regulation, licensure, and certification; and
various coverage and health care payment mechanisms. Topics
also include reimbursement mechanisms and their effect on
health care provider organizations, managed care, capitation,
and per case or per diagnosis payment, as well as how these
financial strategies are utilized by third-party payers. Focus is
on financial challenges such as uncompensated care, cost
increases, increased competition, and increased regulation
and how health care providers should respond to them.
HCAD 650 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3)
A comprehensive analysis of the more significant legal issues
encountered by health care administrators and the ramifications
of those issues. Both theoretical and practical applications of law
are addressed with an analytical focus on the prompt identification of legal and bioethical issues arising from and affecting
various health care employment settings. The intersection of
law, ethics, and bioethics is scrutinized in various contexts. The
principles of health care law in a complex constitutional system
are examined in relation to current proposals and policy developments in areas such as privacy, contracts, tort reform, and the
regulation of the health care marketplace. Topics include legal
and regulatory constraints imposed on the health care industry, the liability of health care providers, the rights of patients,
employment law and labor relations, and administrative law for
health care organizations.
HCAD 660 Health Care Institutional Organization and
Management (3)
(Formerly ADMN 674.) A study of the nature of management
and how it is applied in various health care settings. Critical perspectives, tools, and techniques needed to successfully manage
in the health care environment are examined. Discussion also
addresses the management of the complex human and organizational relationships that exist both internally and externally in
today’s health care settings.
HCAD 670 Health Care Administration Capstone (3)
(Formerly HCAD 690.) Prerequisite: 30 credits of program
coursework. A capstone study of health care administration that
integrates knowledge and skills gained from previous study in
the development of a systems approach to health care administration. Focus is on public and private health care delivery
systems, alliances with internal and external environments, and
strategic decision making and implementation in the rapidly
evolving global arena of health care administration.
HRMD (Human Resource Management
and Development)
HRMD 610 Issues and Practices in Human Resource
Management (3)
(Formerly ADMN 662. Strongly recommended as the first
course in the human resources management specialization.)
An overview of the human resource management profession,
including the theories, research, and issues related to human
resource management within modern organizations. The roles,
responsibilities, relationships, functions, and processes of
human resource management are discussed from a systems perspective. Expectations of various stakeholders, such as government, employees, labor organizations, staff/line management,
and executive management, are explored. Particular attention is
given to the general legal principles and provisions that govern
human resource activities. The specialty areas of employee relations, staffing, human resource development, compensation,
and organizational development are described. Current topics,
such as human resource information systems and globalization,
are addressed.
HRMD 620 Employee Relations (3)
(Formerly ADMN 661.) An investigation of the rights and
responsibilities of employees and organizations in union and
nonunion environments in the United States. The legal framework is reviewed, primarily at the federal level, and the strategic
fit of employee relations programs/services within the organization is examined. Discussion covers current issues such as
equal employment opportunity, privacy, drug testing, wrongful
discharge, health and safety, and pension and benefit plans, as
well as public-sector and global issues.

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