Spring Semester 2014

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School of Graduate & Adult Education

School of Graduate & Adult Education Admissions

540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610.796.5187 or
888.258.3764 X6
Fax: 610.796.8367
eMail: gradandadult@alvernia.edu

Office Hours
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Blended Courses - Main Campus

Not sure if you’re ready to take a class entirely online? A blended class might be the perfect solution for you. This format offers the best of both worlds. You’ll still interact with classmates in person while you enjoy the freedom of studying where and when you want with online learning.

Students are responsible for communications software and internet service. There are both minimum and suggested requirements for computer setup. For more information, please visit our technology requirements. Each blended course requires additional hours of online instruction.

Enjoy the best of both worlds and take a blended class this spring!

Course Selections


Adult Education


ART 105-30: Art Appreciation
An introductory course in art where visual manifestations of ideas are studied from pre-historic times through the present. Students will explore the development of social, political, philosophical, and theological ideas as they relate to art. Does not satisfy the art minor.
January 13th - March 5th
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

BUS 101-30: Financial Accounting
Provides analysis of labor relations process; history, development and structure of unions; impasse resolution; union security; and the role of business and government in wage determination. Student participation in a collective bargaining exercise is required. Prerequisite: BUS 280 and Junior Status or above or permission of department chair.
January 13th - March 5th
Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:20 p.m.

BUS 207-40: Marketing Principles
An introduction to the basic functions of marketing and the marketing concept. Included topics of study are market analysis, consumer behavior, marketing research, the development of the marketing mix, and international and social marketing.
March 10th - May 1st
Monday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.

BUS 311-40: Principles of Management Info Systems
Examines the hardware and software components of information systems and the strategic uses of information. Topics include DSS (decision support systems), Executive Information Systems, AI (artificial intelligence), Expert Systems, and information ethics. The focus is on the Internet as an information tool and on E-Commerce.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:20 p.m.

BUS 320-40: Labor Relations
Provides analysis of labor relations process; history, development and structure of unions; impasse resolution; union security; and the role of business and government in wage determination. Student participation in a collective bargaining exercise is required. Prerequisite: BUS 280 and Junior Status or above or permission of department chair.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

BUS 324-40: Consumer Behavior
An examination of the decision-making processes of consumers and the social forces that influence consumer decisions with an emphasis on the implications of relevant theories and research findings upon the practice of marketing.
March 10th - May 1st
Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.

BUS 342-30: Business Law
Deals with the meaning and functions of business law as applied to negotiable contracts, sales, agency employment, real property, insurance, labor, anti-trust law, consumer protection, and other legal issues such as international, environmental, privacy, tort and criminal law.
January 13th - March 5th
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

BUS 450-40: Org Leadership, Gov & Accountability
Analyzes organizations in terms of structure, authority, culture, managerial philosophy and ethical scrutiny. Students learn theories of human perception, communication, motivation, organization culture and change. Students apply these theories to practice through research, experiential exercises and case studies. Prerequisite: BUS 206
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:20 p.m.

COM 344-40: Writing for the Workplace
Advanced writing course oriented toward communication beyond the academic world. Assignments include correspondence, memos, resumes, proposals, oral presentations, and one or more major reports. Introduce students to current communication software, to familiarize with requirements of writing in their specific disciplines, and to help develop a clear, concise writing style.
March 10th - May 1st
Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:20 p.m.

ENG 207-30: Contemporary Fiction & Drama
Study of selected short novels, stories and plays drawn from world literature of the last 30 years. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
January 13th - March 5th
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

ENG 306-40: Modern American Fiction
Study of significant American novelists and short story writers from 1920s to the present, including Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Salinger, Heller and others.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.

HCS 320-40: Healthcare Science & Cultural Competency
This course focuses on the health care beliefs in a variety of cultures that interact with the health care system in the United States. The myriad of factors presented by diverse individuals and communities will be examined including: geographical, societal, economic, political and spiritual factors. Cultural competency for the Healthcare Science professional will be defined, modeled and practiced. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. -  7:50 p.m.

HCS 330-30: Healthcare Literacy and Advocacy
This course will focus on the value of health literacy as an ideal for our country. Students will discuss the present barriers to that ideal and propose strategies for overcoming them. The requirements for health literacy for patients, providers, communities and society will be explored and strategies propose to contribute to health literacy at each level. Current national, state and local initiatives to address health literacy will be described and explored. The ethical principles of healthcare will be used as course themes to establish this need for literacy, advocacy for individuals and communities and healthcare reform.
January 13th - March 5th
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. -  7:50 p.m.

HCS 340-40: Healthcare Science Management
This course examines the organizational principles, practices, and pertinent management of health service organizations. Topics covered include quality improvement, risk management, strategic planning, financial planning and control, medical terminology, and medical ethics. Managerial implications of emerging issues in health care area also discussed.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.

MAT 208-40: Introductory Statistics
This course in applications of statistics and probability is designed for such areas as sociology, business, economics, medicine and psychology. Topics include descriptive statistics, data organization and graphical methods, laws of probability, rules review of probability, linear correlation and regression, binomial and normal distributions, sampling and statistical inference. Varied computer applications, using the statistical software package SPSS, are required. Not open to math or science majors.
March 10th - May 1st
Tues/Thurs, 5:30 p.m. -  7:50 p.m.

MAT 208-S1: Introductory Statistics
This course in applications of statistics and probability is designed for such areas as sociology, business, economics, medicine and psychology. Topics include descriptive statistics, data organization and graphical methods, laws of probability, rules review of probability, linear correlation and regression, binomial and normal distributions, sampling and statistical inference. Varied computer applications, using the statistical software package SPSS, are required. Not open to math or science majors.
January 13th - May 1st
Friday, 4:30 p.m. -  6:30 p.m.

MUS 322-40: World Music
Study of musical diversity of the world. Emphasis on interrelationship of music and culture. Topics: music of India, Middle East, Indonesia, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Pacific Rim and Pacific Islands, and Australia, including their influence on American music and vice-versa. Lecture, discussion, group project, videos, and extensive use of audio material. Fulfills the human diversity requirement.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

NUR 303-3RN: Preparation for Professional Writing
This course is designed for students to develop proficiency in information access and evaluation skills. The principles and techniques of academic writing along with other types of writing used by professional nurses will be introduced. Students will transform information into clear and concise narratives.
1/25, 2/8, 2/22
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.

NUR 303-4RN: Preparation for Professional Writing
This course is designed for students to develop proficiency in information access and evaluation skills. The principles and techniques of academic writing along with other types of writing used by professional nurses will be introduced. Students will transform information into clear and concise narratives.
March 10th - May 1st
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. -  7:50 p.m.

NUR 307-3RN: Concepts & Theories
The course provides an overview of historical aspects, contemporary issues, and future trends in nursing practice within a legal, moral, ethical, and political framework. The course introduces practicing nurses to multiple nursing theories, philosophies, and conceptual models with application to practice. This course is limited to professional RNs. Pre-or co-requisite "NUR 303: Preparation for Professional Writing".
January 13th - March 5th
Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. -  7:50 p.m.

NUR 316-4RN: Health Assess/Lifespan for Prof Nurses
The nursing process guides the enhancement of skills for the systematic collection, organization, interpretation, integration, and communication of data reflecting the health status of individuals. Building upon skills obtained in nursing practice, learning activities within the classroom and clinical laboratory and designed to facilitate acquisition of theory and skills necessary to perform a holistic assessment of individuals across the life span. This course includes classroom and laboratory components.
March 10th - May 1st
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. -  1:20 p.m.

NUR 318-4RN: Dev Cultural Competency & Global Aware
This course focuses on improving the safety and quality of nursing practice in the light of our country's cultural pluralism. Health care practices and beliefs of selected cultures in the United States, as well as legal, moral, ethical, political, economic, spiritual, and geographical factors impacting health care in a pluralistic society are explored. Client education and nursing research are integrated with accepted anthropological and sociological concepts and theories. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.
March 10th - May 1st
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. -  7:50 p.m.

NUR 320-3RN: Intro to Healthcare Informatics
This course introduces the student to an overview of the basic concepts of healthcare informatics. This course integrates nursing science with computer technology and information science used to enhance the student's use of information technology for developing, evaluating, and disseminating health care information.
January 13th - March 5th
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. -  1:20 p.m.

NUR 411-3RN: Nursing Leadership & Management
Provides the professional nurse with knowledge and skills essential to be a coordinator, manage, and leader within a personal and professional ethical framework. Skills essential to this role are leadership, communication, collaboration, effective time-management, appropriate negotiation, coordination and evaluation of interdisciplinary health care teams for the purpose of outcome based practice.
January 13th - March 5th
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. -  1:20 p.m.

NUR 411-4RN: Nursing Leadership & Management
Provides the professional nurse with knowledge and skills essential to be a coordinator, manage, and leader within a personal and professional ethical framework. Skills essential to this role are leadership, communication, collaboration, effective time-management, appropriate negotiation, coordination and evaluation of interdisciplinary health care teams for the purpose of outcome based practice.
March 10th - May 1st
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. -  7:50 p.m.

NUR 490-3RN: Special Topics - Altered Senses Across Lifespan
This course is designed to provide awareness of clients across the life span exhibiting sensory deficits and/or those with altered senses from disabilities. Current treatment modalities and available resources are explored. Problem analysis and specific nursing interventions to accomplish goals are introduced through case scenarios. Specific sensory alterations will be further explored through review of the literature, current research, and evidence-based clinical practice.
Course Date: 1/25
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

THE 210-30: Medical Moral Theology
Investigation of moral problems which can arise in the area of bioethics. Introductory survey of the basic Christian principles of morality is followed by treatment of various medical moral situations. A natural law methodology is applied throughout the course. Fulfills the Ethics/Morality requirement.
January 13th - March 5th
Monday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:20 p.m.

THE 225-40: Global Issues
Ethical concerns in war, peace, global and domestic policy, and other social issues. Addresses both Roman Catholic teachings and writings from other religions and cultures. This course fulfills the Human Diversity graduation requirement and the Ethics/Morality requirement.
January 13th - March 5th
Monday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

Graduate


COR 520-30: Ethics and Moral Leadership
A discussion and analysis of the ethics and philosophy of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged citizenship and leadership for the community, workplace, society and the world. It will include the study of topics such as: ethical theory and approaches to moral leadership; the relationship between leaders and followers; exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership. The course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership.
January 13th - March 5th
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

COR 600-S1: Ethics and Moral Leadership
A discussion and analysis of ethical issues in organizational environments and the professions. The course is designed to provide an understanding of the practical applications of ethical theory to diverse ethical issues in professional life. It will include the study of topics such as: major theories and principles of ethics; the nature of professional organizations and their contributions to society; the social responsibilities of professions, organizations and corporations; codes of ethics and standards of professional conduct; and decision procedures for resolving ethical dilemmas in the workplace.
1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

MBA 502-40: Accounting for the Workplace
Accounting for the Workplace is designed to introduce students to accounting who have not had accounting courses or accounting experience at the undergraduate level. The course fosters an understanding of the basic concepts of financial accounting, including accounting information systems.
March 10th - May 1st
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

MBA 506-30: Economics and Finance
The purpose of this course is to provide foundations in economics and finance for students who have entered the program with limited exposure to economics and finance. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basis for economic theory and financial decision making.
January 13th - March 5th
Monday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.

MBA 520-30: Marketing Services
This course is designed to provide students with a broad approach to the concepts of various marketing functions including consumer behavior and new product development. Emphasis will be placed on international issues and their impact on the development of strategies for consumer and industrial-based products or services entering the global market. Prerequisite: Prior coursework in marketing or MBA 504 - Management and Marketing.
January 13th - March 5th
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.

MBA 540-40: Labor and Employment Law
This course offers a comprehensive review of employment law. Employment Law explores employee-employer relationships, personnel problems and permissible activities in employee dismissal cases. Case law where legal principles have been changed by the courts is reviewed. Finally, the newest labor statutes are addressed.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

MBA 560-30: Human Resource Management for Leaders
This course is designed to build understanding in compensation and benefit administration utilized in today’s business and government agencies. Emphasis is placed on understanding human resource wage scales, placement development, administrative requirements and remedies and benefit administration. The impact of legislative issues, mandates and discipline practice is identified and reviewed.
January 13th - March 5th
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

MBA 575-40: Investments & Portfolio Management
This is an MBA elective course designed to enhance development of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values required for effective portfolio management. The goal of the course is to increase students capacity to understand asset pricing, equity strategies, stocks, bonds and alternative investment strategies. Increasingly, unpredictable environments now require investment managers to learn, adapt and take advantage of new opportunities.
March 10th - May 1st
Monday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.

MBA 620-30: Managerial Economics
This course examines the use of economic tools for managerial decision-making. Applicable economic, statistical and computer skills will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the microeconomic theory of organizations and its application in businesses, schools, churches and nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: MBA 600 Quantitative Methods.
January 13th - March 5th
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

MBA 630-40: Management Finance
This course presents an overview of financial management and its role within nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and businesses. The focus will be on the prime variables that affect the financial manager within the firm and within the economy. Topics will include financial management and its environment, analysis of the operating budget and its impact on setting priorities, valuation and the cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, analyzing and planning financial performance, and institutional features of long-term planning. Prerequisite: Managerial Economics
March 10th - May 1st
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

MBA 675-30: Strategy Formulation & Implementation
This course integrates the formulation of the organizations strategic plan with the process of implementation of business policies. Students use a culmination of business theories, practices, strategies, financial and economic application learned in this and other courses to design strategic plans to assess a total organization and what it must do to compete successfully in the global environment. Case studies will be used to enhance the understanding of strategy concepts and practices. This course is designed to be taken near or at the completion of the MBA program and the major field test will be administered to students in this class.
January 13th - March 5th
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.

MBA 680-40: Executive Leadership Seminar
This is a capstone course and is designed to enhance development of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values required for one to become an effective, inspirational leader. In addition to case studies, interaction with successful business executives will provide students with realistic models of leadership.
March 10th - May 1st
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.



This course schedule is provided for the information of the student. It is subject to change as deemed appropriate by the University in order to fulfill its role and mission or by regulatory and/or accrediting bodies specifically impacting the programs. Changes may be implemented without prior notice and without obligation, and, unless specified otherwise, are effective when made.


 
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