Fall 2013 Course Descriptions
Fall 2013 Course Descriptions
An examination of the manufacturing function from the view of the cost accountant. Managerial control of the elements of product costs will be studied with an emphasis on cost accumulation systems, both historical and estimated. Topics covered will include standard (estimated) costs, variance analysis, profit planning, cost-volume-profit analysis, and relevant cost analysis for problem solving. Prerequisite: BUS 2203. Four hours a week.
ACC 4406 Advanced Accounting 4 cr.
This course examines and analyzes complex accounting topics not previously covered in Intermediate Accounting. Topics covered include: organization, structure, aims and process used by the FASB; basics of consolidated financial statements; current value accounting; basics of consolidated financial statements; accounting for not-for-profit organizations; governmental accounting; and other topics current in the field of accounting. Prerequisite: ACC 3304. Four hours a week.
Essentials of Business Analysis & Decision Making 4 cr.
Primarily for freshmen, the course provides students with an integrative approach to learning the functional areas of business while emphasizing oral and written communication and effective group interaction. Students will learn various technical, organizational and operational aspects of business through active learning opportunities, case discussions, technological applications and outside activities. Open only to business majors, business minors, students who have this course as a requirement in their major (e.g., Environmental Studies & Sustainability majors), or permission of Dean. Fulfills W in LS Core. Four hours a week.
BUS 2203 Accounting for Business 4 cr.
A computer and project based course designed to develop the students’ ability to read and interpret internal and external financial reports, understand their underlying concepts, use their information in making informed decisions, and understand the effects of management decisions on these reports and the financial performance of the business. Topics include the basic concepts of the accounting process, preparation of the financial statements, analysis and application of the generally accepted accounting principles used to account for the various elements of the balance sheet and income statement, accounting for manufacturing operations, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costing, budgeting, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, BUS 0091, BUS 0092, BUS 0093. Four hours a week.
BUS 2210 Management Information Systems 4 cr.
Management Information Systems presents a core of IS principles with which every business student should be familiar. Information technology has become a key component in accomplishing strategic and operational goals in organizations today. It is necessary to understand how a company utilizes information technology to gain its competitive advantage in business. This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental concepts and principles of information systems. Therefore, it focuses on breadth of coverage rather than the depth of any specific IS area. Topics include: the role of IT in organizations, computers and information processing, hardware and software, managing data resources, telecommunications and networks, electronic commerce, security, IS ethics and leading information technologies and applications. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, BUS 0091, BUS 0092, BUS 0093. Four hours a week.
BUS 2213 Business Statistics 4 cr.
This course provides an introduction to fundamental statistical principles and procedures. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions and sampling distributions, statistical inference and estimation, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, MTH 1003 or MTH 1115 (must take either course), BUS 0091, BUS 0092, BUS 0093. MTH1111 cannot be taken to satisfy this requirement. Fulfills Q in LS Core. Four hours a week.
BUS 3302 Advanced Business Analysis & Decision Making 4 cr.
The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the proper tools to excel at analyzing business issues in a creative and innovative fashion. It requires a broad based knowledge of the various functional areas of business and how they are inter-related. Students are expected to develop improved decision-making skills based upon operational analysis and will work in teams to develop a business plan for a new or existing business. The course serves as a foundation for the senior capstone course in Strategic Analysis and Decision Making. Prerequisites: BUS 2205, BUS 2210, BUS 2215, BUS 2220. Fulfills X in LS Core. Four hours a week.
COM 1020 Public Communication 4 cr.
This course focuses on the concepts and practices associated with effective public communication. A central aspect of this course entails the mastering of public speaking through the process of researching, preparing, and delivering presentations in a variety of formats (e.g., informative, persuasive, and impromptu). The classroom is a laboratory in which to develop the skills needed for effective public communication. In addition, students will also analyze public speaking events as a means of developing a critical understanding of the public communication process. No prerequisite. Three hours a week.
CSC 2620 Object Oriented Programming 4 cr.
A study of object oriented design and its key concepts: data abstraction, inheritance, information hiding, polymorphism, and encapsulation. Object oriented design and analysis concepts will be introduced and implemented using UML. Programs illustrating key concepts will be written in Java. Prerequisite: CSC 1610 with a minimum passing grade of C or consent of the instructor. Four hours a week.
ECO 1201 An Introduction to Economics 4 cr.
This course is an introduction to how people in society confront the economic problem; i.e., how societies provision themselves. Stress is given to how markets work. Topics include supply and demand analysis, consumer choice theory, cost functions, market structures and aggregate economic relationships. Prerequisite: MTH 1000 or placing out of MTH 1000 on Math placement test. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.
EEN 1177 Renewable Energy and the Environment 4 cr.
This course combines both theory and nuts and bolts experience with electricity, energy production, and renewable energy topics. Students first learn the very basics of electricity - voltage, current, Ohm’s law. Power and the generation of power will be covered. The amount of coal needed to generate electricity to carry out various everyday tasks is explored. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are introduced. The cost of power is discussed. Real world applications are incorporated - student homes become “lab areas” where energy use of appliances is evaluated, along with actual analysis of electric bills. As the course progresses, issues pertaining to the impact of fossil fuel dependence on the environment are explored. Prerequisites: None. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science Distribution Requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. NOTE: Credit cannot be awarded for both EEN1065 and EEN1177.
FAA 1270 Basic Painting I 4 cr.
An introduction to the principles of painting through direct studio experience with an emphasis on the plastic nature of painting and basic pictorial values. Attention to the needs of individual students. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL in LS Core. Three and one half hours a week.
HSC 3302 Introduction to Public Health 4 cr.
Public health aims to understand the occurrence and causes of disease within populations with the goal of prevention and health promotion, through changes in individual behavior, control of infectious disease and environmental health factors, and social and political organization for health improvement. The aim will be to describe the patterns of selected diseases in populations, to explain the causation of disease at the cell/physiological to social levels, to predict disease occurrence and to control disease through prevention strategies aimed at individuals, communities and governments. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement and X in LS Core. Four hours a week.
MGT 3310 Organizational Behavior 4 cr.
This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed through the Business Enterprise core courses. The course will focus on individual and group level organizational behavior within domestic and international contexts, with specific emphasis on leadership, power, communication, negotiation, organizational change and self-managed team processes. This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of behavioral theories and provide them with opportunities to apply that learning to inter-personal, group and organizational problems. This is an experiential course and it is recommended for students planning to apply to graduate school in business or related areas. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission. Fulfills X in LS Core. Four hours a week.
MGT 4415 e-Business 4 cr.
The Internet and World Wide Web have fundamentally changed how we transact business both domestically and globally. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the following topics that pertain to the business of electronic commerce: Technology infrastructure— overview of electronic payment systems, authentication, security, privacy issues, network infrastructure and media convergence; Organizational applications—overview of metrics, branding, customer interfaces, supply chain and electronic commerce business models: B2B, B2C, G2G, m-commerce, etc; Policy Issues—overview of legal and policy issues underlying electronic commerce, such as privacy, intellectual property rights, tax implications, the impact of international EC laws and policies. The course format combines lectures, seminar presentations, classroom discussions, and research. Emphasis is placed on shared learning through web-based and in-class exchanges of contemporary e-commerce issues. Prerequisite: BUS 2210. Fulfills X in LS Core. Four hours a week.
MTH 1111 Basic Statistics 4 cr.
Basic methods of statistical inference including the organization and analysis of data, sampling theory, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analysis, and analysis of variance. MTH 1111 is not open to students with credit for MTH 2527, MTH 1505, BUS 2213, BE 213, or ST 211. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills Q and a STEM requirement in LS Core. Four hours a week.
PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy 4 cr.
A first course in philosophy focusing on classic questions that have stirred the perennial human quest for wisdom. We will explore such questions as: Are humans free or determined? How do the mind and body interact? Is ethics just relative to each person or society? Should there be any limits to the political freedom of citizens? Does God exist? The course will introduce students to the methods and culture of philosophy: sympathetic understanding, critical analysis, fair argumentation, and a persistent desire to know the truth whatever it is. The focus and questions covered will be determined by each instructor. Fulfills PHL in LS Core. Three hours a week.
PHL 3040 Philosophy of Religion 4 cr.
Grappling with questions of ultimate religious import: Does God exist? Is there a life for us after we die? If God made the world, how come there is so much evil? Do you have to be religious to be moral (or vice versa)? Do faith and reason contradict each other? Do mystics have a special knowledge of these matters? Is there only one true religion? Students will write a term paper researching a major question and then present their own reasoned position. Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement. Three hours a week.
PSY 1000 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr.
This course provides students with a general overview, from a scientific standpoint, of this wide-ranging field. Explores major issues and concepts in the study of human behavior including biological foundations, perception, motivation, learning, developmental processes, personality, social factor, psychological disorders and therapy. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology. This course provides a general overview of the wide-ranging field of psychology. Students will explore major concepts and issues in the study of human thinking, feeling and acting. These include biological foundations of behavior and experience, how people learn and develop, how individuals perceive the world, what prompts people to act the way that they do, individual differences in behavior, social relations, the difference between normative and non-normative behavior, and approaches to therapy. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS core. Three hours a week.
PSY 2400 Personality 4 cr.
This course introduces classical and contemporary thinking on the concept of “personality.” Explores the contributions of several prominent paradigms in personality theory including psychoanalysis, phenomenology, trait theory, and learning. Prerequisite: PSY1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.
RTS1100 Christianity in Context 4 cr.
As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the “contexts” in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core. Three hours a week.
RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives 4 cr.
This course offers an examination of the Christian sources and methodologies used for addressing social, political and economic issues (e.g. peace, war, violence, economic justice, environmental justice, criminal justice, political justice, racism, sexism, homophobia and social justice). In particular, emphasis will be placed on the ethics of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures; Catholic social thought and how other religious traditions approach various issues of social justice. Students will be encouraged to explore the intersection of ethical theory and real-life issues of social injustice. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills E, D and X in LS Core. Three hours a week.
SOC1001 Principles of Sociology 4 cr.
The objectives of this introductory course are: (1) to cultivate the sociological perspective by acquainting students with basic sociological theories, methods, concepts and findings; (2) to use the basic concepts and principles of sociology to examine the various sectors of social life; and, (3) to develop an awareness of how and why social forces influence the experiences of everyday life. The course usually begins with a brief review of sociology’s historical origin, its major theoretical perspectives and its various research methodologies. The nature of culture, social interaction, group dynamics, bureaucracy, socialization, deviance, crime, urbanization, collective behavior, and social change are some of the topics studied. The course also explores some of the institutions of society, such as the family, the political economy, religion, education, and the medical system. A central focus of the course is understanding the nature of social inequality as it exists in the United States and across the globe in terms of age, gender, race, and social class. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.
SOC 4725 Social Theory 4 cr.
Both Classical and Contemporary Theory will be studied and discussed in this class. The class begins with an intensive study of the origins of sociological thought in the nineteenth century as a response to the conditions of modernity. Students will study the social analysis of thinkers who sought to make sense out of the dramatic shift from traditional to modern society. Students will read the original texts of such sociologists as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber, who are considered responsible for establishing the theoretical foundation of the modern discipline of sociology. The class will build on the foundation of these theorists, as students learn current day theoretical perspectives. Students will read original texts of the current theories in major sociological perspectives such as functional theory, conflict theory, interaction theory, rational choice, theory, and postmodernism. Prerequisite: SOC 1001 or consent of the instructor. Three hours a week.
WGS 3300 U.S. Women’s History 4 cr.
This course offers an examination of the history of women in America. It will include history prior to colonization, beyond and to the present. A look at women’s roles in US Society and the intersection of class, culture and ethnicity in shaping women’s historical experiences across time. The course will examine the transformations and continuities in women’s lives as well as the political, social, economic and cultural factors that inspired, infused or inhibited women’s changing roles. This class also explores the ways in which race, class and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H and D in LS Core. Three hours a week.
WLC1000 International Customs, Cultures and Languages 4 cr.
This course explores the culture (or cultures) of a non-English-speaking country. The course aims to stimulate cultural curiosity and cross-cultural communication, along with providing practical knowledge of the customs and culture(s) of the specfic country that will be covered each semester. The aspects of the country’s culture that will be covered include Culture and Arts, Social values, Food and other customs, Economics, Geography, History, Politics, Demographics and other social issues such as immigration/emigration, the environment, and mass media. There will also be a language component at the introductory level to provide students with the tools to navigate the target culture. Fulfills FL in LS Core for GPS students.
WRT 2790(W) Public and Private Writing from the Civil War Era 4 cr.
This course examines selected Civil War era works from a rhetorical perspective (i.e., analysis of the use of language to convey attitudes, beliefs, and positions). Focus on letters, diaries, speeches, public documents, fiction, and poetry. Extensive formal and informal writing assignments. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement or the Institutional Writing Intensive requirement. Fulfills AL and W in LS Core. Three hours a week.