Merrimack Summer Session Courses

Check back this spring to see Merrimack’s summer session 2024 classes available. Please email us with your questions

Course Format

Most summer session courses are online and asynchronous. Please review course details to determine if your course is offered on-campus; online and asynchronous; or online and synchronous. Unsure about what these modalities mean? Here’s a summary:

  • On-campus – At least part of the coursework must be completed in person on Merrimack’s campus in North Andover, MA. All courses with an on-campus component involve either labs or experiential learning.
  • Online and Asynchronous – Online course materials can be accessed and completed at any time within the parameters set by your professor. There’s no real-time interaction. Students complete the work when their schedule allows, keeping in mind due dates set by faculty.
  • Online and Synchronous - Online, live classes that meet on a specific day and time with the faculty (specific day/time are noted on the course).

  • Summer Schedule

  • Summer I: May 22-June 30, 2023
  • Summer II: July 10-August 18, 2023
  • Summer III: May 22-August 18, 2023
  • Summer VIII - 8 Week: May 22-July 21, 2023

  • Summer Courses Available

    Accounting

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    ACC3303CIntermediate Accounting IOA4Online - AsynchronousSusan Kennard7/10/2023-8/18/2023The Intermediate Accounting course sequence constitutes the "keystone" of the accounting curriculum for accounting concentrates. The central theme of the Intermediate Accounting course sequence is financial accounting and the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) by which it is governed. The objective of the course sequence is to allow the students to develop a sophisticated comprehension of GAAP, the related theory underlying these GAAP and the corresponding practices, procedures and techniques employed in their application. Intermediate Accounting I concentrates on their application to economic resources (assets). Prerequisite: BUS 2203 and MTH1003 (or course equivalent: MTH1016, 115 or 1217.

    Biology and Chemistry

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    BIO1106CHuman BiologyOA4Online - AsynchronousDave MacLaren7/10/2023-8/18/2023An introduction to the structure and function of human body at the level of cells, tissues organs and organ systems. A special emphasis is placed on the functions of the nervous and endocrine systems and their role in homeostasis and the integration and regulation of the functions of the other tissues and organs. The course will also consider molecular, Mendelian and population genetics. This course is designed primarily for students who intend to major or are majoring in psychology. Prerequisite: none. Not open to BIO/HSC majors. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.

    Communications

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    COM1020CPublic CommunicationOA4Online - AsynchronousBrian Zager7/10/2023-8/18/2023This 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.
    COM2801CIntroduction to CommunicationOA4Online - AsynchronousMiranda Na7/10/2023-8/18/2023Having a great idea is not enough; you have to be able to effectively communicate your idea to others. This course will examine principles of interpersonal, organizational, and community-based communication as a means of shaping how individuals respond to advocacy efforts. The critical skills discussed will help you both understand how people are influencing you, and how you can more successfully influence others. This course will prepare you to be a competent communicator in a variety of contexts. Fulfills SOSC in LS core.

    Criminology

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    CRM1100CThe Criminal Justice SystemOA4Online - AsynchronousElizabeth Brault7/10/2023-8/18/2023This course provides an overview of the US Criminal justice system, with a focus on this case processing of adults. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the historical development of the criminal justice system, how police, courts, and the correctional system operate, and how these branches work together to form a single justice system. Current policy issues and reforms will be assessed, with a focus on evidence based policies to produced desired outcomes (e.g., crime control, proportional punishment, equitable treatment). Overarching themes investigated throughout the course include discretion among criminal justice actors, disparities in justice processing, balancing the various objectives of criminal punishment (e.g., crime control, just deserts, rehabilitation), decentralization of decision-making, and "best practices" for a criminal justice system in a democratic society. Required for majors. Fulfills the Social Science requirement in LS Core.
    CRM3500CDomestic ViolenceOA4Online - AsynchronousAlyssa Yetter7/10/2023-8/18/2023This course explores the social character and the causes of domestic violence. Various forms of abuse and violence are addressed on both a micro and a macro level. Each form of abuse and violence is discussed using sociological theories of causality. The objectives of this course are to enhance students' abilities to: (1) gain knowledge and refute myths about domestic violence; (2) to understand the impact of social and cultural factors on violence; (3) to become familiar with the literature on domestic violence; (4) to become familiar with current controversies in the area of domestic violence; and, (5) to develop skills in discussing and dealing with controversial and sensitive topics. Prerequisite: A C- or better in CRM1000. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.

    English

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    ENG1050CIntroduction to College WritingOB4Online - AsynchronousSarah Hartman07/10/2023-8/18/2023Introduction to the rhetorical practices of college-level writing. Emphasizes the foundations of academic discourse, with attention to language, purpose, and context. Students will read and analyze texts to prepare them to write for different audiences. Will include library instruction, research, and documentation. Fulfills first year writing requirement in LS Core. Does not count toward English major or minor.
    ENG2050HIntroduction to Literary Studies-HonorsOA4Online - AsynchronousEllen McWhorter07/10/2023-8/18/2023This course introduces students to such traditional literary genres as fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as newer and emerging forms such as the graphic novel, creative non-fiction, digital storytelling, and film. Emphasis is given to teaching students to read closely and to write analytically. The course also familiarizes students with a variety of interpretive strategies. Students leave the course recognizing the value of close reading and self-conscious interpretation. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL in LS Core. This is an honors level course - Instructor permission is required, please contact Professor McWhoter - mcwhortere@merrimack.edu before registration.
    ENG2150CIntroduction to Creative WritingOA4Online - AsynchronousEmma Duffy-Comparone07/10/2023-8/18/2023Introduces the main genres of creative writing, including poetry, memoir, and fiction. In addition to producing their own creative forms such as poems, song lyrics, literary memoir, and short stories, students will study the works of contemporary and canonical authors in each genre. Classwork includes the workshopping of both short and longer projects and will culminate in a portfolio of revised work. Fulfills an AL requirement in LS Core.

    Exercise Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    EXS3311CExercise Physiology with Integrated labOA4Online - AsynchronousAlvin Morton07/10/2023-8/18/2023A detailed examination of cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic physiology, responses to acute exercise, and exercise training adaptations. Laboratory will emphasize exercise testing procedures and techniques as well as research principles. Prerequisites: HSC 1122 and HSC 1123.
    EXS1104CIntroduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and WellnessOC4Online - AsynchronousLeah Poloskey07/10/2023-8/18/2023This course is a survey of the discipline of health and fitness, including knowledge derived from performing physical activity, studying about physical activity, and professional practice centered in physical activity. It includes an analysis of the importance of health and wellness in daily life, the relationship between physical activity and the discipline of kinesiology, and the general effects of physical activity experiences. The course surveys the general knowledge base of the Health Science discipline as reflected in the major sub disciplines and reviews selected concepts in each, showing how they contribute to our understanding of the nature and importance of physical activity. The students will learn about the fitness components of wellness; flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, nutrition, weight management, and cancer. Fitness and other positive life style habits that lead to better health, improved quality of life, and total well-being will be discussed. Students will be responsible for developing a self-paced fitness program that will be followed for the duration of the semester. In addition, the course introduces students to the general and specific characteristics of the health and wellness professions. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.

    Foreign Language

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    SPA1020CIntroductory Spanish IIOA4Online-Synchronous, T/W/TH - 6:00pm-8:30pmWanda Ocasio-Rivera07/10/2023-8/18/2023Formerly: SPA1120 Introductory Spanish II This course is offered for students with little or no background in Spanish. This course is not open to heritage speakers. Oral-aural Proficiency is acquired through speaking and role playing in class plus audio and visual practice outside of class, including mandatory language lab. Students learn basic strategies for reading and writing in the language. Prerequisite(s): Placed at this level by Placement Test or SPA 1010 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. Fulfills: FL in LS Core

    Health Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    HSC1123CAnatomy and Physiology II w/ Integrated labOB4Online - AsynchronousDesiree Jubinville7/10/2023-8/18/2023This course continues the human anatomy and physiology topics and includes the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The laboratory is a required component that will provide an opportunity for the student to further develop and apply the practical skills necessary to comprehend the structure and function of the human body. Prerequisite(s): HSC 1122.
    HSC1500CIntroduction to Public HealthOB4Online - AsynchronousPaul Fierimonte7/10/2023-8/18/2023Public 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.
    HSC2300CIntroduction to Nutritional SciencesOB4Online - AsynchronousDeanna Pomfret7/10/2023-8/18/2023Nutrition, Diet and Health will introduce the student to the science of nutrition. The fundamentals of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamin, and mineral requirements and metabolism will be explained as a basis for the study of the relationship between diet and health in both a personal and global perspective. The impact that human nutrition and industrial agriculture have on environmental quality, food resources and energy consumption will be explored. Nutrition, Diet and Health has a mandatory civic engagement component related to important public and environmental issues in human nutrition, health, and fitness that are considered in the course. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.

    History

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    HIS1106CU.S. History IOA4Online - AsynchronousWalker Robins07/10/2023-08/18/2023U.S. History I: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction This course offers an introduction to American history from the beginning of European expansion through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Drawing upon the methods and insights of social, political, and cultural history, the class lectures and discussions will explore a range of topics, including: the colonial encounter, labor systems, racial formation, the movement for independence and the formation of the American Republic, religion and reform movements, the democratic and market Revolutions, the transformation of gender roles, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H in LS Core.
    HIS1106CU.S. History IOB4Online - AsynchronousWalker Robins07/10/2023-08/18/2023U.S. History I: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction This course offers an introduction to American history from the beginning of European expansion through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Drawing upon the methods and insights of social, political, and cultural history, the class lectures and discussions will explore a range of topics, including: the colonial encounter, labor systems, racial formation, the movement for independence and the formation of the American Republic, religion and reform movements, the democratic and market Revolutions, the transformation of gender roles, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H in LS Core.

    Human Development and Human Services

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    HDE3500CIntroduction to AudiologyOA4Online - AsynchronousTBD7/10/2023-8/18/2023This course is for students who are considering careers in areas such as speech-language pathology, audiology, social work, dentistry, and medicine. It provides students with an overview of the profession of Audiology and an introduction to human anatomy and physiology for functions related to hearing and balance across the lifespan. Disorders or diseases that interrupt functions of the ear, as well as topics in assessment, illness prevention and rehabilitative techniques will be addressed. Students will participate in the course through recorded lectures, on-line discussions, video observations and on-line meetings with their instructor. Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status, or permission of the instructor is required.

    Management

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    MGT3110COperations ManagementOA4Online - AsynchronousThomas Collins07/10/2023-8/18/2023The course is designed to provide students majoring in business administration with an overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of operations management (OM). The focus of operations in the process of converting or transforming resources into products and services. The principal responsibilities of operations managers lie in making sound, cost-effective decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of both manufacturing and service organizations. The process of planning, implementing and monitoring the production allows operations managers to continuously improve in providing high quality goods and services at low cost thereby adding more value for the customer. Prerequisites: MGT 1100, ACC 2203 & MGT 2120. Fulfills X in LS Core.
    MGT4100WCStrategic Analysis + Decision Making - WIOB4Online - AsynchronousRich Benedetto07/10/2023-8/18/2023MGT4100 is a capstone course that exposes students to issues that concern the firm as a whole. Through the use of "real-world" case studies and sophisticated practitioner journal articles, students will be called upon to grapple with such strategic issues as sizing up an organization's standing in the marketplace, differentiating between winning and mediocre strategies, and spotting ways to improve a company's strategy execution. In this course student teams will meet with the teaching team one hour per week to discuss their analysis of the assigned readings and cases. Prerequisite: MGT1100 and all required MGT2xxx courses. Fulfills X and W in LS Core.
    SPM3005CSport MarketingOA4Online - AsynchronousTaesoo Ahn07/10/2023-8/18/2023Marketing is a critical function in the sport organization. Sport marketing exposes students to the dynamics of marketing a sport organization. Topics include promotion, public relations, event sponsorship, strategic marketing, consumer behavior, and brand management. Prerequisites: MKT2205.

    Marketing

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    MKT3400CSocial Media MarketingOA4Online - AsynchronousJames Frackleton07/10/2023-8/18/2023The basic principles of advertising, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, publicity and personal selling,as well as other forms of promotion are studied. The course will examine the factors affecting promotional decisions as well as the development of effective marketing communication strategies. Topics include establishment of objectives, identifying target audiences, budgeting, formulation, design and testing of message, media selection, and analysis of effectiveness in the context of an integrated marketing plan and ethical considerations. Students will have an opportunity to apply their analytical and creative skills by developing actual TV, radio, and print ads as well as write press releases using real world, practical and contemporary communication case studies. Prerequisite: MKT2205 or permission of the instructor.
    MKT3303CAdvertising and PromotionsOA4Online - AsynchronousPatricia Clarke07/10/2023-8/18/2023Businesses are currently facing a fundamental change in the ways that consumers interact with brands and each other. Social media has connected consumers with family and friends while also giving them considerable power over marketers and brands. This course offers an overview of how marketing has changed due to the increasing prominence of social media as a digital marketing tool. The curriculum of this course is designed to equip students with the relevant knowledge, perspectives, and practical skills required to both develop and present an effective social media marketing strategy. Prerequisite: MKT2205.

    Mathematics

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    MTH1505CApplied Statistics and Probability for EngineersOA4Online - AsynchronousPaula Bordogna07/10/2023-08/18/2023An introduction to applied statistical and probability methods in engineering dealing with discrete and continuous variables, joint distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, regression, design of experiments and control charts. Statistical computer packages will be used in connection with some of the material studied. Graphing calculator is required. We recommend TI-84+. Prerequisite: MTH 1217. Fulfills Q in LS Core.

    Philosophy

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    PHL1000CIntroduction to PhilosophyOB4Online - AsynchronousPeter Ellard07/10/2023-8/18/2023A 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.
    PHL1000HCIntroduction to PhilosophyOB4Online - AsynchronousPeter Ellard07/10/2023-8/18/2023A 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. This is an honors level course - Instructor permission is required, please contact Professor Ellard - ellardp@merrimack.ed before registration.
    PHL2060CBiomedical EthicsOB4Online - AsynchronousBrian Hanley07/10/2023-8/18/2023A critical examination of moral issues in medicine and bioethics. Topics will be selected from among the following: the physician relationship; informed consent; research ethics; issues at the end of life including euthanasia and physician assisted suicide; the allocation of scarce medical resources; race and gender in medicine; reproductive and genetic control, etc. Ethical theories and principles will be introduced to help analyze the chosen issues. Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills E in LS Core.

    Political Science

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    POL1100CPolitics of the USOA4Online - AsynchronousMary McHugh07/10/2023-08/18/2023An introduction to the American political system, this course examines (1) the Constitutional basis of American politics, (2) the national institutions that are involved in decision-making and public debate (for example, the Presidency and the bureaucracy, the Federal Courts, the Congress, political parties, the media), (3) issues that Americans argue about (rights and liberties, economic benefits, foreign policy), and the processes by which those arguments are conducted and resolved (campaigns and elections, administrative action, legislation, lobbying, publicity). Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and X in LS Core.

    Psychology

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    PSY1000CIntroduction to PsychologyOB4Online - AsynchronousLauri Kurdziel7/10/2023-8/18/2023Introduces classical and contemporary thinking on the concept of 'personality'. Explores the contributions of several important theoretical frameworks in personality theory including psychoanalysis, phenomenology, trait theory, and learning. Prerequisite: PSY 1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
    PSY2280COrganizational PsychologyOA4Online - AsynchronousJoanna DePena7/10/2023-8/18/2023Explores the psychology of trauma and human resilience. This course explores the range of posttraumatic reactions to a variety of situations as they affect cognitive, emotional, somatic and interpersonal aspects of functioning. Students will be exposed to an overview of the etiology of and prevailing theories about PTSD. Factors contributing to the resilience to trauma as well as societal, cultural, and historical influences on views of trauma will also be discussed. Pre-requisite: PSY1000, Introduction to Psychology.
    PSY2400CPersonalityOA4Online - AsynchronousDawn Sime7/10/2023-8/18/2023Analyzes current theories and research on culture, race and ethnicity; and explores the ways in which the individual, social relations and culture mutually constitute each other. The course analyzes the rich interconnections between language and culture, and the role of culture in the construction of self and higher-order psychological processes. Students will examine cultural groups within and outside of the United States. Also includes consideration of cultural issues in the interpretation of personal experience and the role of cultural diversity in contemporary society. Prerequisite: PSY 1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core.
    PSY2470CThe Psychology of TraumaOA4Online - AsynchronousAleksandra Plocha7/10/2023-8/18/2023Explores psychological disorders that affect children. Topics include depression, autism, suicide, hyperactivity, mental retardation and learning disabilities. Also investigates treatment modalities and theories of etiology. Prerequisite: PSY 1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
    PSY3340CDevelopmental PsychopathologyOA4Online - AsynchronousGwyne White7/10/2023-8/18/2023Examination of basic issues in psychopathology. Focus on description, etiology and treatment of neurosis, character disorder, and psychosis from varying theoretical and clinical perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.

    Religious and Theological Studies

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    RTS1010CWorld ReligionsA4Online - AsynchronousNicholas DiSalvatore7/10/2023-8/18/2023This course is an introduction to a variety of the world's religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Indigenous Traditions, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism. We examine origins, beliefs, practices, sacred texts, and historical and cultural aspects. Special attention will be given to Christianity and Catholicism. We will also examine St. Augustine's life and ideas using various sources. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core.

    Sociology

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    SOC1400CStress: A Social Psychological PerspectiveA4Online - AsynchronousRob Koegel7/10/2023-8/18/2023This course will analyze the causes, effects, and untapped possibilities of getting better at stress, individually and collectively. As we draw on and fuse together insights from sociology, psychology, and health science, we will explore several key questions: * What in our society - in our cultural beliefs/values, social norms, social practices, and social structures - has made the U.S. the most anxious, depressed, and distressed industrialized nation in the world? * How does immense wealth inequality generate a toxic social environment that affects and infects our hearts, minds, and relationships? * What can we do to hone our ability, as individuals and as a society, to more resourcefully, resiliently, and joyfully meet life's challenges? * How can we connect these timely issues to your questions and beliefs, your challenges and dreams?

    Visual and Performing Arts

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    MUS1320CHistory of Rock & RollOB4Online - AsynchronousAndrew Cote07/10/2023-8/18/2023This course covers the history of rock music in Western culture, focusing mainly on British and American contributions to the style. It begins with an overview of the musics that were predecessors of rock, including early blues, jazz and rhythm and blues, continues through the birth of rock 'n' roll in the 1950, and traces developments throughout the second half of the 20th century and beyond, culminating in a review of current trends. Fulfills AL and X in LS Core.

    Womens and Gender Studies

    NumberNameSectionCreditFormatInstructorDateDescription
    WGS3300CUS Women's HistoryOA4Online - AsynchronousKate Turner 7/10/2023-8/18/2023An 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.
    WGS2010CRace and Ethnic StudiesOA4Online - AsynchronousMarybeth Salerno7/10/2023-8/18/2023The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the academic field of Ethnic Studies, and the interdisciplinary questions it poses about the way that race, ethnicity and racism structure our world. Our focus is within a framework analyzing a range of themes and topics including the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; issues of power and privilege; immigration; popular culture and representation. The experiences of various communities of color will be explored including: African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos, Latinas, Native Americans and others. This course will also introduce major debates and issues facing Ethnic Studies in the 21st century such as immigration rights, Diaspora and globalization. A variety of mediums will be used in the course including historical and theoretical texts, newspaper articles, online postings, film and cultural analysis. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC and D in LS Core.
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