Course Descriptions

Administration; PREFIX ADM

ADM 511W Graduate Writing & Research (non-credit)
A practical study of academic and professional writing and research for adult learners, focusing on the mastery of the communication skills needed for success in graduate school.

Applicants who have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of BELOW a 3.5 GPA will be required to take the ADM 511W Graduate Writing and Research workshop (non-credit/no cost-workshop). Students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better who have been out of school for more than four years are also required to take the ADM 511W in the first term of enrollment.

505 Human Resources Administration (3)
This course is an overview of Human Resource administrative functions in contemporary organizations, including human resource planning, human resource strategy, performance evaluation, employee benefits, compensation, career planning, labor relations, discipline, and safety and health. This course will examine how organizations meet their objectives through human resource administration and how human resources align with the organization’s mission, vision, and strategy.

515 Information Technology Concepts (3)
This course examines information systems in today’s organizations. Managing computer resources will be discussed with emphasis on the way information technology is used to meet organizational needs.

517 Financial Concepts for Administration (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students in administration and non-financial administrators an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the use and interpretation of basic financial concepts and how they relate to administrative decisions.

521 Applied Organizational Concepts (3)
The course will address the administration and organizational behavior competencies required to succeed in the 21st century workplace. Emphasis is placed on managing and leadership for high performance in today’s dynamic work environment.

525 Administrative Strategies (3)
This course focuses on goal-oriented methods and techniques for developing administrative strategies necessary to lead departments and organizations. Strategy formulation and implementation are complex interactive processes that involve politics, organizational culture, values, vision, mission, and administrative styles which influence administrative decisions and outcomes.

535 Research Methodologies (3)
This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their studies and explore topics that relate to administrative and technical processes using research techniques. They are exposed to various tools and techniques for decision-making and applied research. Students undertake an in-depth
review and critical analysis to begin a proposal for their capstone course on self-selected topics in the field of administration using qualitative and quantitative analysis presented in class.

545 Values and Ethics in Administration (3)
This course is designed to create an awareness and sensitivity to the values and ethical issues inherent in private and public administration decisions. The Judeo-Christian moral basis for the values and ethical practices in government and business today will be presented along with the legal requirements for complying with legislated ethical standards.

553 Administrative Leadership Theory & Practice (3)
This course is designed to develop the understanding and application of administrative leadership theory. The course uses research and analysis of great leaders (however defined) from a variety of domains, social, religious, political, business, athletic, or entertainment…to develop a more sophisticated comprehension of administrative leadership.

568 Changing Environment of Administration (3)
This course addresses the impacts on administrative decision-making from external environments, including the political, natural, international, technical, and societal environments.

652 Diversity in the Workplace (3)
Explores the training and development of a culturally sensitive workforce. Examines and explores innovative techniques for dealing with institutional "isms" (e.g., sexism, ageism, etc.) as they relate to management, training, conflict resolution, career development, mentoring, performance appraisals, team-building, and peer rating methods.

680 Project Management (3)
This course examines the technical and administrative aspects of complex projects. Students will learn the project life cycle and tools and create functional and technical requirements to plan and control projects.

699 Capstone: Applied Project (3)
The Applied Project is a supervised capstone for the Master's program. It is an independent, web- supported study with a graduate faculty mentor/ instructor. The project is designed to build from knowledge gained during the program and to make connections between academic and professional work. Prerequisite:Successful completion of other coursework in the program.

Information Technology; PREFIX: IT

640 E-Technologies (3)
This course presents various cutting-edge technologies and tools used to create e-technology solutions. Students will examine standards and web methodologies for designing and developing e-systems. Extensive discussions of the requirements, issues and infrastructure of e-technologies will be presented. Prerequisite: IT338 or equivalent

675 Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) (3)
This course examines the user interface design, implementation and evaluation with a strong emphasis on practical ways to improve human performance. Students will learn the relation of human-computer interaction (HCI) to other aspects of software engineering and investigate the techniques of interactive systems design (ISD) and the philosophy of user-centered design. Prerequisite IT 200 or equivalent.

Public Administration; Prefix: PUB

501 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
This course introduces the history and practice of public administration in the United States at the national, state, and local levels. Topics include public policy, organizational theory, budgeting procedures, intergovernmental administration, human resources, the ethics of public service, and the impact of the information age. (Offered online only)

622 Non-Profit Administration (3)
This course provides the student with an understanding of the role of non-profit organizations in the scope of public-private purposes. It examines the role of boards and staff, vision and mission, funding and accountability, excellence in operations, and sustainability.

623 Productivity Improvement in the Public Sector (3)
This course examines techniques for measuring and improving productivity in public organizations. Current and historical public management theories will be taught and analyzed.

650 Public/Private Enterprise (3)
This course will review the scope of public/private enterprise structures in the United States. Further, it will review the scope of public purchasing, public/private partnerships, privatization of public services and contracting for public services from the private sector.

660 Public Policy and the Administrative Process (3)
The classic confrontation between “politics” and “administration” will be examined in this course. The historical context of the “Good Government Movement” of the nineteenth century; the rise of the professions in public management; the issues of responsiveness and patronage will be taught and concepts will be applied to current state and local government administrative practice. The political process and public policy-making will be examined