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The mission of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies is to prepare adult students for success in emerging global, corporate or industrial environments. The School is committed to creating and offering programs designed to serve the adult population with a particular focus on mid-career adults desiring to advance their professional careers and/or fulfill personal achievement goals. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies offers faculty experience in real-world application of their subjects, academically trained professors, blended learning environments for an integrated approach, small group classes with individual attention and weekly meeting schedules that work with your busy life.
Professional Studies Communication Courses
PSCM 326. Inter-Cultrual Communication. 3 Credits.
This course will introduce students to the cultural factors that affect workplace and professional communication in a variety of settings. Students will learn to identify differences in cultural communication patterns. The course also covers strategies for dealing with cultural differences at the organizational, team and interpersonal levels.
PSCM 371. Visual Communications. 3 Credits.
This module explores the principles and practices behind the clear and efficient transmission of visual information and data. It also provides the adult learner with programming tools that will allow them to create effective visual presentations.
Professional Studies Economics Courses
PSEC 231. Economics. 3 Credits.
This module focuses upon the principles of economics as they need to be understood and used by managers and supervisors in all fields. In this era of 'downsizing' or 'rightsizing' brought on by international competition and globalization of every part of our American way of life, it is crucial that managers at every level understand and use the principles of economics to aid them in making sound decisions.
Professional Studies Elective Courses
PSEE 207. Public Speaking. 3 Credits.
This course treats the issues, problems, and techniques in effective public speaking. Students will emerge will a heightened sense of self and a greater confidence in their own ability to communicate to others in business and social situations. The course will focus on how to organize ideas, how to make a speech, examples of good communication and bad communication, poor listening and good listening skills, protection of self, shyness, how to jog your memory and how to feel more secure and in command at business meetings.
PSEE 233. Coping with Stress. 3 Credits.
This course teaches students how to select the correct response when managing life's challenges. It also covers techniques for building stamina when faced with stressful situations. Attitude and behavior as well as physical and emotional health are assessed and explored while finding approaches to properly managedaily and event driven stress.
PSEE 237. Managerial Finance & Acctng. 3 Credits.
This module covers the organization-wide use of financial planning within a firm. Other topics include financial tools available for planning and analysis, and their use in managing cash flows and financial resources, and evaluating future investment opportunities. In addition, three primary topics will be developed; the importance of short-term finance for current operations , the use of capital budgeting tools for investment analysis, and the foundation of long-term finance for defining the organization cost of capital and optimal structure. This module explores external, financial accounting topics: balance sheet accounts and related revenue and expense accounts.
PSEE 238. Personal Finance. 3 Credits.
Students explore personal financial planning, banking, consumer credit, explore housing alternatives, mortgages and sale of a home; discuss types and insurance and risk management; investment fundamentals, the range of investment vehicles, estate planning and retirement planning.
PSEE 239. Managerial Accounting. 3 Credits.
This course covers activity-based costing, budgeting, flexible budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, cost estimating, and the costs of outsourcing. Students are also introduced to topics including standard costing, variance analysis, responsibility accounting, and performance evaluation. There is also some focus on cost terminology (the wide variety of costs), cost behavior, cost systems, and the limitations concerning the use of average costs. This course teaches students how to extract and modify costs in order to make informed decisions.
PSEE 246. Managerial Marketing. 3 Credits.
Through assigned readings, case studies, Web-site connections, class discussion, writing assignments and the team project, adult learners will be exposed to basic marketing theory and terminology. They will be given the opportunity to apply these principles and concepts to real world, domestic and international situations. This exploration provides adult learners with an appreciation of the role of marketing in organizational strategic planning; an awareness of how customer behavior and decision data are collected and analyzed in the marketing planning process; and the confidence to participate with other organizational members to "connect with customers" in a variety of effective and meaningful ways.".
PSEE 291. Career Development. 3 Credits.
The fast paced and ever-changing global environment demands the working individual to understand and adapt to numerous challenges in planning a successful career path within their present or future organization.Topics to be considered will be dual career issues, emotional intelligence, balance of professional and personal life, building a network, career development skills, assessment, and midlife career change.
PSEE 3. Managerial Finance. 3 Credits.
This course is an introduction to the major financial concepts, principles, and analytical tools of corporate finance. The course covers financial statement analysis, forecasting, the risk/return tradeoff, the time value of money concept, valuation, the cost of capital, and the capital budgeting process. The course assists students in understanding how to utilize these concepts, principles, and techniques so that they can make well-reasoned decisions.
PSEE 306. Arbitration. 3 Credits.
Arbitration is a relatively informal, quasi-judicial process through which parties in a dispute seek a solution with the efforts of a neutral third party. This course acquaints students with the procedures of arbitration through the enactment of actual arbitration through the enactment of actual arbitration cases and partcipation in a mock arbitration.
PSEE 308. Advanced Public Speaking. 3 Credits.
This course is a continuation of the Public Speaking course. Students will refine their skills by the continuous practice of speech making and engaging in debate. The course concentrates on persuasive and extemporaneous speech making, Prerequisite PSCM 407.
PSEE 330. Launching/Mngng a New Business. 3 Credits.
This will include a series of practical seminars for the new or prospective business owner. The course will be on identifying and developing the entrepreneurial skills required to start and manage a successful business. The instructor has years of business experience, and as a part of a SCORE Business Advisory Group, an SBA affiliate, has assisted many people as they transition into new business. One of the instructor's specialties is starting a Security/Investigative Industry.
PSEE 350. Christian Reflections on Leadership. 3 Credits.
This is an intensive seminar course that engages leadership theory from a Christian perspective. The goals of the course are to engage in critical reflection leadership theory; to demonstrate a knowledge of secular concepts essential to leadership theory and reflect on a biblical knowledge that supports or challenges secular leadership theory.
PSEE 402. Public Policy. 3 Credits.
Contemporary society is in the middle of a dynamic environment. This course examines the interrelated actions of business, government and society and how the needs of each are satisfied, or hope to be satisfied. We look at the role and importance of business in society, the ethics of business, how globalization presents challenges for business and how government influences business through the legal system and how corporations influence government. Also, we examine the effects of business on the natural environment, how technology has changed business organizations and the business and its various stakeholders. Using various media, we apply the principles of this course to real-world examples.
Professional Studies English Courses
PSEG 110. Writing in the Workplace. 3 Credits.
This module is an intensive writing workshop with occasional lectures by the facilitator. Students are expected to complete a variety of writing exercises and assignments, both in class and as homework, by compiling a portfolio of work to be submitted at the completion of the module. The aim is for students to write fluent, logical, and grammatically correct Standard English.
PSEG 226. Organizational Communication. 3 Credits.
This course investigates the role of communication in creating a productive organizational environment. It aids adult learners in developing and strengthening their communication skills focusing on interpersonal, group and presentation skills.
Professional Studies Environmental Studies Courses
PSEV 490. Environmental Issues. 3 Credits.
This course will explore the significant environmental issues facing the nation and the world today and the search for solutions. The adult learner will investigate issues in Global Climate Change, Energy, Human Population, Air Pollution, and Sustainability and Protection of the Environment. Ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course as well as selected environmental science foundations to support intelligent discussion of the issues. Learning activities includes viewing videos, "taking sides" discussions on various environmental issues, and performing 'labs. A course paper will be required.
Professional Studies Law Courses
PSLW 365. Legal Aspects. 3 Credits.
This module provides a general overview of the Business Law system including the Constitution, laws, regulations, case studies, common law, treaties and the interplay between Federal and state systems. Particular emphasis is placed upon contracts, agency, torts, professional liability, products liability, intellectual property, cyberlaw, business litigation, partnerships and corporations.
Professional Studies Leadership Studies Courses
PSLS 101. Adult Development. 3 Credits.
This module introduces adult learners to adult development theory and links these concepts to life through a process of individual reflection. Both classical and contemporary adult development theories are examined. These theories then provide the paradigm for self-analysis and life assessment.
PSLS 102. Learning in Adulthood. 3 Credits.
This foundational course is designed to build and/or enhance the requisite skills needed for academic succes. Students will identify their individual learning styles and devise strategies for maximizing their effectiveness. The course also introduces students to theories on adult and career development.
PSLS 111. Organizational Change. 3 Credits.
Adult learners examine the formal and informal functions of organizational and analyze an agency or organization based on a systems model. Students will also analyze and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to adult learners' work related Research projects.
PSLS 141. Motivating Yourself and Others. 3 Credits.
This course will explore issues which have been identified by research as impacting workplace motivation. It will introduce an approach to managing which has been found to enhance intrinsic motivation in employees. Readings and discussions will focus on creative strategies for intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
PSLS 151. Conflict Mgmt & Team Building. 3 Credits.
This course will explore what conflict is and how it is identified. Understanding the reactions to and the behaviors of conflict will allow the student to explore strategic options to better manage their own conflict as well as those who work with or for them. This course will help the adult learner understand what a conflict competant organization with a working action plan. The course will utilize research, inquiries, videos and case studies to help the student apply the principles of a conflict competant leader.
PSLS 187. Research Project I Seminar. 3 Credits.
This is an introductory seminar covering the basics of research. The seminar includes library and online research techniques.
PSLS 275. Teams & Group Dynamics. 3 Credits.
This module is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and conflict resolution. Adult learners develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are handled by groups or by individuals.
PSLS 285. Capstone Project Preparation. 1 Credit.
The Capstone Project Preparation Seminar is designed to prepare students for research and execution of the final project. Among the topics covered are best practices in research as well as effective use of the library and databases.
PSLS 286. Research Project II. 2 Credits.
One session course followed by several individual meetings. Students will review progress on their thesis and receive feedback and guidance on this major project. PSLS 187 is the required pre-requisite for this course.
PSLS 287. Capstone Preparation Seminar. 3 Credits.
The thesis is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This in-depth seminar prepares students for research and execution of the final thesis. Among the topics covered are best practices in research, effective use of the library and databases, crafting, a useful thesis outline and draft guidelines.
PSLS 300. Special Topic. 3 Credits.
An introduction to a topic, theme or issue related to leadership, mediation. The subject will vary from semester to semester.
PSLS 321. Self Development Through Reflct Prac. 3 Credits.
This course is a guided journey into self-reflection. From a list provided by the instructor, each student will select and read a different book on leadership. Students will share their interpretations and perspectives on the author's approach to leadership as well as discern how it applies to their own personal development.
PSLS 351. Organizational Leadership. 3 Credits.
Adult learners examine major leadership theories and research and explore their application to individual and group functioning in work and home settings. Leadership styles are covered through readings and class practice.
PSLS 368. Leadership & Literature. 3 Credits.
Through intense discussion each work of literature will be examined; particular attention will be given to issues which resonate with the modern-day business world and the leadership it demands. Students are expected to complete a weekly two-page typewritten reaction paper along with the formulation of questions for class discussion. A final paper will be assigned.
PSLS 375. Organizational Ethics. 3 Credits.
This module begins by assisting students in discovering and articulating who they are and what they believe by reviewing several religious traditions, philosophical thinkers and scientific theorists. In addition, the module adds the theory of business ethics, social responsibility, and an ethical decision-making framework. Within the context of domestic and international case studies, students analyze complex issues, apply principles, and view alternative approachers and perspectives.
PSLS 386. Capstone Proposal. 1 Credit.
This seminar is designed to provide a hands-on experience in research outlining and draft writing that will conclude with students submitting a Capstone Project proposal. The seminar will also provide students with a refresher on research and data collection essentials.
PSLS 399. Independent Research. 1 Credit.
Individual study and/or research under faculty supervision. Repeatable.
PSLS 401. Social Issues in the Workplace. 3 Credits.
This module presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems. Particular attention is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and illiteracy and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration is given to diverse sociological perspectives regarding the causes, consequences, and solutions to these problems.
PSLS 420. Contemporary Issues in Mgmt. 3 Credits.
In this course students read and analyze contemporary, popular business literature. Through discussions and assignments students will review successful business practices and important managerial precepts, explore current career and financial strategies, and grow as leaders who are better able to handle complex management issues.
PSLS 450. Strategic Planning. 3 Credits.
This module introduces students to various management planning models and techniques and applies these to business cases. It stresses the concepts of business planning and strategic management.
PSLS 487. Capstone Project-Final Thesis. 1 Credit.
The Capstone Project is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This course is the culmination of a final oral presentation in class and the submission of the final written thesis. Pre-requisite: All core courses must be completed.
PSLS 489. Capstone Research Project. 3 Credits.
Students will work with thesis advisor to complete project and make final presentation.
Professional Studies Math Courses
PSMT 195. Modern Mathematics for the Organizational Leader. 3 Credits.
This course is a general overview of mathematical concepts used in quantitative reasoning. This course places quantitative skills and reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonable determined.
PSMT 221. Statistical Research Methods. 3 Credits.
This module is an introduction to research and its tools for the adult learner as both a consumer and producer of statistics and research. Specific emphasis is placed upon helping students to complete the Research Project and understand managerial decision-making.
Professional Studies Psychology Courses
PSPY 249. Industrial Psychology. 3 Credits.
This module is an exploration of the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and procedures relating to recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation of employees.
PSPY 280. General Psychology. 3 Credits.
A survey course that explores the fundamental concepts of human and animal behavior. We will emphasize human development, learning and memory, psychological testing, personality and abnormal behavior.
PSPY 316. Ten Theories of Human Nature. 3 Credits.
A course to help students understand how humanity has struggled to comprehend its nature by exploring the ideas of major philosophies and thinkers from ancient eastern traditions to theories of modern psychology. Students will critically examine each theory on four points - the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity, the ills of humanity, and the prposed cure for these ills. Participants will consider who we are, what motivates us, and how we can understand and improve the world.
PSPY 381. Applied Psychology - Managers. 3 Credits.
Topic outline for this course includes: adjusting to modern life; theories of personality; stress and its effects; coping processes; social thinking and social influence; interpersonal communication; careers and work; psychology and physical health; the self; friendship and love; marriage and intimate relationships.