2017 - 2018 Academic Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

COM701 - Communication, Ethics & Society

This course is designed to present students with a graduate-level overview of contemporary mass communication. We focus on the relationship between mass media and society and the ethical issues inherent in that relationship; in the process, we identify current trends, particularly in technology, that are changing the nature and function of traditional mass communication. Students gain insight into the influences of mass communication on business, government, politics, education, the home environment, and non-profit institutions, as well as related ethical issues.

COM702 - Organizational Communication

This course focuses on both theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of the context and applications for organizational communication. Topics include: leadership, new technologies and their impact on organizations, organizational climate and culture, ethics, formal and informal channels of communication within organizations, management of diversity and conflict, relational communication (with interpersonal and group work), and issues of power and politics within the context of organizational settings

COM703 - Communication Research

This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts, roles, processes, techniques, and strategies of communication research. The course examines research conducted in both the professional and academic settings, and includes quantitative (surveys, experiments, content analyses) and qualitative (focus groups, etc.) methods. The main goal of this course is to help students become intelligent "consumers" of research -- to provide the tools needed to evaluate and interpret research, as well as the ability to make knowledgeable decisions about the uses and benefits of research.

COM704 - Corporate Communication

This course is designed to present an overview of corporate public relations in contemporary society. The rapidly changing nature of global markets and the convergence of new information technologies are influencing the ways that communication professionals achieve their goals. The course explores the trends and issues affecting corporations, crisis management, public affairs communication, consumer affairs, employee relations, environmental issues, investor relations, issues of multinationals, ethics, and governmental relations.

COM705 - Media Relations

Managing media relations for organizations is the focus of this course. The course is intended to increase knowledge of the principles and methods of generating publicity as well as the basics of planning and writing media relations campaigns. The rapidly changing nature of global companies and the convergence of new information technologies are influencing the ways that communication professionals achieve their goals. Students work individually or in teams to plan a comprehensive media relations program, to communicate a clear message, and to evaluate the effectiveness of public relations strategies for a chosen client. Lectures, readings, group work, guest speakers, and class discussions focus on techniques useful in such areas as local & national publicity, special events, and in community and government relations for organizations.

COM706 - Global Media

This course introduces students to theory, trends, and issues in the global media landscape. Students are exposed to a number of topics including: theoretical perspectives of global media, global media development, challenges and barriers of global media, ethical considerations in global media, the role of advertising and public relations in global media, and case studies from regions around the world.

COM709 - Negotiations & Conflict Resolution

This is a communication skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence.

COM713 - Writing for Public Relations

Public relations writing focuses on multiple aspects of communication such as client needs, target audiences, and various formats. In this course, students learn how to craft effective written and visual messages for press releases, speeches, brochures, newsletters, broadcast outlets, web pages etc., and they develop strategies for soliciting and evaluating feedback from designated target audiences.

COM721 - Principles of Public Relations

This course is in-depth study of the profession of public relations with a focus on contemporary issues, problems, and challenges using guided discussion and analysis of case studies. The course examines public relations and its role in mass media and in society and the challenges facing public relations professionals today. Upon completing this course, each student should: 1) understand what the field of public relations is and how to recognize best practices for public relations professionals; 2) be able to evaluate the effectiveness of public relations strategies; 3) be familiar with issues and concerns public relations professionals face in today’s increasingly global society; and 4) understand the importance of ethical behavior in public relations.

COM722 - Crisis Communication

This course prepares students for anticipating the seven major types of crises faced by communication managers in organizations (skewed values and ethics, deception, management misconduct, natural disasters, technological crises, confrontations and boycotts, malevolence, and disinformation) and how to make preparations to deal with them effectively and competently. The course examines appropriate leadership styles, management actions, and communications strategies before, during, and after a crisis. Students review issues such as leadership initiatives, management monitoring, crisis analysis, action strategy and determination, and implementation of communication strategies.

COM724 - International Corporate Communication

This course focuses on the major role of multinational corporations in the global arena. They must interact with one another, with national and supranational governments, and with non-governmental organizations.  Their concerns revolve around issues such as resistance to globalization, anger abroad toward the United States, climate change, human rights, sustainability, transfer of technology, and recruitment of human resources. These issues will be reviewed and strategies discussed that guide management thinking for strategic communications. The strategies are drawn from the fields of public relations, public affairs and marketing.

COM725 - Advertising

The emphasis in this course is on the role of strategic thinking about promotional elements in the field of advertising. The development of an integrated marketing communications program requires an understanding of the overall marketing process, including how organizations plan for advertising and determine their advertising goals and objectives. Students in this course examine the process of planning, developing, and executing an advertising campaign and related integrated marketing communications programs, as well as the various factors and considerations that influence this process. Advertising starts with research, and moves through analysis, planning, action and evaluation; hence, this course requires students to undertake the kind of strategic thinking, planning, and execution that is done by marketers, researchers, media planners, and copywriters. Throughout the course, students learn how advertising is regulated and about the key social issues and consumer problems with advertising.

COM730 - Graphic Design for the Marketplace

This course is designed to engage students historically, theoretically, and practically in terms of Graphic Design and its relationship to the consumer marketplace. The goal is to introduce student's to new ways of thinking about consumer driven Graphic Design principles by reading a wide range of texts, exploring and researching contemporary design solutions, and presenting original design marketing strategies.

COM731 - Video Production

This course teaches graduate students the techniques of video production from an EFP (Electronic Field Production) perspective. Students learn both the functionality and art of digital videography and nonlinear editing. The course also provides a genuine understanding of the business of video production. By the end of the semester, students should be able to: Successfully operate a JVC GR HD-1 digital camcorder to shoot quality EEP on the fly - Differentiate between quality shots and poor videography - Produce short narrative through story boarding, directing, shooting, and editing - Perform basic nonlinear editing using Avid Xpress Pro - Converse in "TV Talk," using standard media vocabulary

COM738 - Persuasion & Public Opinion

This course introduces students to the dynamics of social influence. Students learn the theories, strategies, and techniques of persuasion as a means of shaping public opinion and attitudes. The course examines how individuals, business, government, and institutions craft messages and communicate through the press, entertainment media, advertising, and public relations. Primarily through public opinion research, students can ascertain and understand the beliefs, attitudes, and values of groups and society. Students learn how to craft persuasive messages, how to evaluate the attempts of others to persuade audiences, and how to recognize and avoid unethical attempts at persuasion.

COM742 - Integrated Marketing Communications

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of integrated marketing communication (IMC) and provide an overview of developments in the field. Students learn about the profession of corporate communication and its interface with society. Some of the topics addressed in the course include the relationship between public relations (PR) and marketing, the history and development of advertising and public relations, public opinion and its role in IMC planning, media relations, research for campaign design, global communication, and crisis management.

COM743 - Integrated Marketing Com & the Internet

This course introduces students to web based public relations and marketing strategies and emphasizes the effectiveness of the Internet as a direct and interactive communication channel with target audiences. Emphasis is placed on the role of the Internet as a critical element of the marketing communications mix with a focus on how the web has altered traditional marketing and public relations strategies.

COM744 - Integrated Marketing Com Planning

This course introduces students to the four-step process in planning and solving corporate communication problems. Students learn to apply course concepts to hypothetical situations through individual and group work on IMC cases. Group project assignments enable students to (1) gain experience in doing collaborative work and (2) develop a problem-solving approach to on-the-job situations that an IMC professional is likely to encounter. An important aspect of working on problems in class is an introduction to the various techniques and strategies of communicating with target audiences. In addition to the assigned reading material, the course also features guest speakers from the advertising and public relations professions to bring a real world dimension to the material.

COM750 - Intercultural Communication

This course examines communication issues that arise from contact between people from different cultural backgrounds in everyday life, social service encounters, and business transactions. The course uses interdisciplinary approaches to study how verbal and nonverbal presentation, ethnic, gender, and cultural differences affect communication. The course provides exercises in participation, analysis, and criticism of interethnic and interracial communications in small group settings. Students examine factors of international communication, such as the cultural, economic, political, and social influences and the role of communication in affecting social change in a wide variety of cultures and countries.

COM751 - Health Communication

This course provides students with an understanding of how to design and deliver media support services for health media productions, health communication campaigns, and organizations developing their health communication capacity. Focused activities reflect health and science themes to benefit the public at large, as well as special populations and health care institutions, such as hospitals. Students learn to use and value the media in its potential to be a resource for lifelong learning, health promotion, and positive social change through educating the population about health messages and wellness themes.

COM754 - Governmental Relations

This course aims to assist students with their understanding of the complex ideas associated with the role of the media in our democracy. Because the media have become a central force in American political life, students need to become aware of how the governance of our country is influenced by the intersection of the media and politics. Through a variety of activities, cases, and readings, students learn how to work with elected officials who have made their media strategies a key component of their leadership on public policy issues that affect citizens, corporations and non-profit organizations.

COM755 - Communication Law

This course presents a study of the laws that apply to communication practitioners. Topics include the First Amendment; defamation; invasion of privacy; copyright; regulation of advertising, obscenity and indecency; and the emerging field of Internet Law.

COM756 - Health Promotions & Campaigns

This course takes an applied approach to researching, planning, implementing, and evaluating health communication efforts. Through exposure to rich health communication campaign cases, students learn where and why some campaigns worked and others failed. Students design their own heath campaigns informed by theory and health models.

COM758 - Branding Health Services

Students in this course learn about branding as a marketing tool applied to health products, services, and campaigns. This course integrates theory with applications through the analysis of multiple case studies and branding strategies.

COM761 - Communicating in Groups and Teams

This course focuses on communication skills needed to lead teams and groups in interpersonal communication contexts. It examines leadership skills and communication strategies necessary for developing and maintaining effective professional relationships. Leading teams involves the use of communication skills in facilitating different personalities, cultures and competing agendas. Topics include enhancing professional relationships, attitudes and values, nonverbal communication, language, and methods of conflict resolution in group interactions.

COM762 - Communication Strategies for Leaders

This course provides a foundation for understanding the significance of communication strategies and skills and their application to developing capabilities for leadership in today’s complex and multi-faceted organizations. Students are exposed to many different styles of communication used by effective leaders, including contemporary collaborative models. The theoretical frames for communication and leadership provide students with perspectives that assist them in developing their own personal model for effective communication in their leadership roles.

COM795 - Thesis: Research Design

In this elective course, students work on completing their Thesis Proposal. Students will work independently, under the guidance of their professor, on identifying a research topic, completing a comprehensive literature review, and designing a research study on the topic. Accordingly, students will prepare a Thesis Proposal. Prerequisites: COM701, COM703, and having completed 18 graduate credits.

COM796 - Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination provides evidence of student knowledge of key concepts, skills, and other important materials related to the communication field. Preparation throughout the semester includes regular study group meetings with faculty and peers focused on reading and discussing case studies related to the major, as well as preparing written analyses of issues and concepts found in the case studies. The full-day exam requires analyzing case studies in the major and in the area of concentration, and developing written responses that integrate skills and understandings derived from coursework and other educational experiences in the degree program. Prerequisite: COM 703, can be taken concurrently

COM797 - Thesis

Students completing a master’s thesis design, conduct, and report original research related to their concentration, working closely with a faculty advisor in the department and following detailed guidelines provided by the department. Prerequisites: COM795

COM798 - Special Study Project

The project can be a document, a video, or a multi-media presentation developed under the guidance of a Lasell College faculty member to applying communication skills and professional expertise derived from the student's program of graduate study. Such projects are designed to solve some problem in communication that is relevant to the student's area of concentration in public relations or integrated marketing communications.Prerequsite: COM703

COM799 - Professional Internship

The internship is a hands-on working experience in the student’s field of concentration requiring a minimum of 150 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student identifies what type of organization they desire for their internship. The student holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites. Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. This course is taken during the student’s final graduate semester.

ED711 - Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners

This course considers research, principles, and strategies for effective instruction and classroom organization, particularly in the context of supporting diverse learners and teaching in diverse settings. Topics include differentiated instruction, curriculum planning and resources, formal and informal assessments of student progress, modifications appropriate to meet linguistic and cultural differences, and accommodations for special needs learners. Requires classroom observations at multiple locations.

ED712 - Literacy Instruction: Elementary

This course explores literacy learning and teaching in grades 1 – 6. Topics include the role of phonemic awareness, phonics, and word analysis in reading and writing; the relationship among vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency; formal and informal assessments to measure literacy development and guide classroom instruction; and effective instructional strategies and materials to support elementary learners in reading and writing. Includes focus on differentiating instruction for readers and writers with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Requires a pre-practicum.

ED713 - Reading Supports for Elementary Learners

This course examines formal and informal assessments of reading difficulties, especially those currently in use, and their analysis, interpretation, and application to classroom instruction and placement. Students explore strategies, materials, and modifications appropriate for classroom teachers, as well as specialized programs. Requires classroom observations. Prerequisite: ED 712.

ED720 - Mathematics Concepts & Curriculum

This course explores central areas of mathematics in the elementary classroom, as well teaching strategies and methods appropriate for learners at various stages of understanding. Topics include number and operations; functions and algebra; geometry and measurement; statistics and probability; and problem solving. Requires classroom teaching.

ED721 - Science & Technology Concepts/Curriculum

This course provides understanding of essential concepts in the physical and life sciences, including technology and environmental science. Reviews standards for teaching and learning science and technology, as well exploring area resources for teachers and elementary students. Integrates technology appropriate for elementary classrooms.

ED722 - Social Studies Concepts & Curriculum

This course provides understanding and critical examination of major events and eras in American and world history through varied perspectives. Includes strategies for integrating social studies and other content areas, including literacy and arts. Students explore local resources for teaching social studies and become familiar with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

ED751 - Research, Policy, Practice in Education

This course explores critical issues in education, with particular focus on policy and practice implications. Specific topics vary, including both perennial concerns (for example, inclusion and accommodations for special needs learners; assessment goals, strategies, and instruments; literacy instruction and assessment; school choice) and emerging concerns related to legislative initiatives, budget considerations, and major research findings.

ED752 - Collaboration for Student Success

This course emphasizes effective communication skills in a variety of contexts, both within and outside of school settings, related to elementary student success. Students develop strategies for collaborating with a variety of professionals, including school professionals in general education and special education and professionals in medical and mental health agencies; and for engaging families/caregivers, particularly from diverse backgrounds, community members, and outside agencies.

ED753 - Literacy Across the Curriculum

This course provides principles, strategies, and resources for teaching and using literacy skills in content-area subjects in elementary grades. Focuses on comprehension of narrative and informational texts, text types, integration of literature in content areas, study skills, and vocabulary development.

ED754 - Phonics & Spelling in Elementary Grades

This course focuses on language processes, including phonological and orthographic language systems related to literacy development. Research and theory related to letters, sounds and their relationship, word analysis, and spelling are used to critique and evaluate reading programs and design customized assessment and instruction.

ED761 - Sheltered English Immersion

This course provides a grounding in current theory and practice related to teaching English Language Learners. In particular, students learn to effectively shelter their content instruction, so that ELL students can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy. Course includes a pre-practicum in license-appropriate classrooms. Prerequisite: ED 713 or Department permission. (3 credits) Formerly - ED773

ED771 - Understanding/Using Educational Research

This course explores major paradigms of educational research, including concepts, methods, and terminology related to each. Students read, analyze, and discuss both seminal and current research in relevant areas; study trends in educational research; and apply findings to their own practice by designing a classroom-based research project. Prerequisite: completion of at least 21 credits in the graduate education program.

ED772 - Teacher as Researcher

This course focuses on refining, completing, and reporting the research project designed in ED 771. Requires presenting findings in symposium setting. Prerequisite: ED 771.

ED773 - Teacher as Leader

This course explores various aspects of leadership and change in education, business, and other professions. Includes theories and models of leadership, organizational change and behavior, and policy analysis, as well as approaches to mentoring and coaching. Helps participants identify their own leadership styles and goals.

ED796 - Practicum: Elementary

This course provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching experience in an elementary classroom under the supervision of a qualified professional. Includes a weekly seminar to discuss issues such as management, planning, professional development, and moral and ethical aspects of teaching. Prerequisites: Pass all required MTEL; cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0; complete at least 27 credits in the graduate education program.

MBA705 - Org Development,Theory & Leadership

This course emphasizes application of behavioral science knowledge to major organizational issues such as performance, decision making, communication, conflict, and leadership. Students will explore organizational development as a process of continuous diagnosis, action planning, implementation and evaluation, with the goal of transferring knowledge and skills to organizations to improve their capacity for solving problems and managing future change.

MBA706 - Ldrships Role in the 21st Century Org

Examines the role of managers as ethical and responsible thought leaders, problem solvers and change agents. The complexities of, and challenges associated with, managing and leading change in a rapidly changing, international, diverse and information-based environment are emphasized. Through discussion, case analysis, role playing, decision-making simulations, and experiential exercises, students explore the responsibilities of contemporary business and the complex issues of leading and guiding organizations in a turbulent environment.

MBA707 - Org Role in Ethics & Social Justice

This course deals with the roles and responsibilities of business in a global society; teaches models of ethical decision-making that incorporate multiple points of view, including diverse cultural worldviews and legal perspectives; and addresses those factors that contribute to and constrain ethical behavior in and by organizations. Students will then apply these concepts to current business problems, such as anti-trust, accounting fraud, deceptive advertising, and environmental dumping.

MBA708 - Quant Anlys for Manag Decision-Making

Quantitative and statistical skills provide managers with more confidence in dealing with uncertainty in spite of the flood of available data. The course encourages students to think analytically and to reason logically using available information and appropriate technology in order to solve problems and make decisions. Course topics include decision making under uncertainty, time series forecasting, linear programming and the transportation method.

MBA709 - Stat Tech & Analysis for Decision-Making

This course covers basic statistical techniques in a managerial setting featuring case studies and conceptual exercises. Statistical topics include effective use of numerical and graphical summaries, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression. A few more advanced topics such as data mining, the Bayesian paradigm and principles of model building may be encountered during projects.

MBA710 - Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics is the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision making problems within various organizational settings such as a firm or a government agency. The emphasis in this course will be on demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis under different market conditions, forecasting and decision making under uncertainty. The course provides an understanding of the microeconomic forces that influence firm decision making. Topics include competitive markets and market failure, benefit-cost analysis, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, production and cost estimation, and market structure analysis

MBA711 - Accounting for Managers

As the language of business and the cornerstone of our capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to analyze and understand the financial consequences of business activities. This course explains the basics of accounting, links accounting to financial statements, analyzes financial statements and works through economic analysis of investments. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging. The course highlights how managers use cost, cash flow and financial reporting information in their decisions. Pre-requisites: PMBA 708, 709, 710 with a grade of B- or better

MBA712 - Financial Analysis for Managers

The primary purpose of this course is to help you develop a high degree of financial statement, financial analysis, and financial management expertise in order to enhance your capabilities as an informed manager and decision maker. In addition, this course has a global perspective which examines the operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

MBA713 - Strategic IT Alignment

This course provides an enterprise-wide perspective on IT management, focusing on how IT professionals, non-technical managers, and external service providers work together to ensure that applications, data, and knowledge align with organizational strategy and business processes (i.e., Strategic IT Alignment). Cases and readings examine how companies in various industries use IT to serve customers well, manage operations efficiently, coordinate with business partners, and make better business decisions. The course places equal weight on technical and managerial skills. Our primary objective is to help students prepare to be effective contributors to IT initiatives in partnership with IT professionals, including external service providers here and abroad.

MBA714 - Entrepreneurial Strat & Venture Creation

Entrepreneurship is the process of creating and growing new businesses and is fundamentally concerned with the identification and exploitation of opportunities for wealth creation (profit). Successful entrepreneurs generate wealth by identifying opportunities for value creation and then develop competitive advantages to exploit them. The broad objective of this course will be to apply insights from the fields of strategic management and economics to the process of entrepreneurship in order to understand what differentiates successful from unsuccessful entrepreneurial firms.

MBA715 - Glb Mrkt Strat & Dynamic Supply & Chain

This course covers the processes involved in the creation, distribution and sale of products and services, and explores the tasks and decisions facing marketing managers. It focuses on market and competitive analysis, customer behavior, and the design and implementation of marketing strategies in domestic, international and global markets, including product, price, promotion, distribution and customer service decisions. It also focuses on the successful navigation of multinational free trade agreements the knowledge of which is required for success within the global business sphere.

MBA716 - Global Strategy for Continual Success

This course focuses on how multinational companies and other firms create and sustain competitive advantage in a highly competitive, networked economy. Students learn about models of competition such as Porter's Five Forces model and D'Aveni's Hyper-Competition. Strategic innovation, the resource-based view of the firm, and new business models are other important topics. Emphasis is placed on formulating strategy at the corporate and business levels and on implementing strategy at all levels of the firm. The macro global environment, ethics, risk management and government regulation are covered.

MGMT700 - 21st Century Global Leadership

This course is to help students obtain in-depth understandings of organizations through the comprehension of theoretical perspectives. The course will focus on determinants of an organization's success, focusing on structure and design issues, as well as external environmental factors that impact organizational structure and functioning. Formerly - MGMT701

MGMT702 - Research Methods

This course introduces both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, providing the student with an overview of the different steps in the research process. The course evaluates common methods of data analysis, develops skills in critical thinking, and provides experience in data analysis using SPSS.

MGMT703 - Strategic Information Management

This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches

MGMT704 - Financial Management

This course focuses on understanding the fundamental principles of finance, including financial statement analysis, present/future value/ NPV/discounted cash flows, capital budgeting, and risk analysis.

MGMT705 - Organizational Theory

This course is an introduction to the significant theoretical frameworks that have emerged over time to describe and explain organizations. There is no single theory of organization but rather a body of theory relating to organizational development. Examining this body of theory will enable the student to 1) better understand human activity in an organizational environment from a theoretical perspective, and 2) use the knowledge as a guide for future managerial applications.

MGMT706 - Marketing Management

This course provides a decision-oriented overview of marketing management in modern organizations. The emphasis is on developing skills in identifying marketing opportunities, utilizing segmenting, targeting and positioning, and planning and communicating integrated marketing strategies.

MGMT707 - Operations Strategy

This course involves the study of concepts relating to the operations function in both manufacturing and service organizations. Students study how the operations process is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling resources in order to effectively and efficiently produce goods and services. Formerly - Operations Management

MGMT708 - Aging & Technology

This course identifies and explores aging demographic trends as they relate to technological products, prototypes, and processes and the effect of technology on healthcare, long term care facilities, and the home.

MGMT713 - Fundraising & Development

This course examines the critical role of fundraising and development in successful non­profit organizations. Students learn to analyze, plan, and evaluate a comprehensive fundraising program and to create elements of a professional fundraising portfolio. The course explores management and leadership issues associated with the rapidly changing field of development and philanthropy.

MGMT714 - Principles of Project Management

This course focuses on the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.

MGMT721 - Elder Care Policy & Politics

This course examines the environment in which elder care services are delivered. The course examines legal, regulatory and public policy issues, as well as some of the resulting financing options (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, and private long-term care insurance).

MGMT722 - Housing & Long-Term Care Options

This course introduces issues related to housing and long-term care options for older adults. The course examines the continuum of care available, including home care, adult day care, assisted living, CCRCs, nursing homes, and general retirement communities.

MGMT724 - Marketing to Seniors

This course utilizes a combination of family life cycle and cohort marketing frameworks to understand the issues in marketing products and services to elderly consumers. Students prepare detailed marketing plans and implementation programs for firms or organizations specializing in senior customers.

MGMT726 - Services & Programs for Older Adults

This course examines the theory and practices relevant to the management and administration of programs for the elderly. Deficiencies in current programs and alternative modes of care for the elderly are explored.

MGMT728 - Human Resources Management

This course examines the staffing function of management including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager including the changing work force and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.

MGMT730 - Health Management for Seniors

Health management for older adults is a major issue in contemporary society. This course pro­vides the knowledge base and skill set necessary for interdisciplinary professional practice. The course is conducted in collaboration among Harvard Medical School, Simmons School of Social Work, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy.

MGMT731 - Human Resource Law

This course introduces students to individual employment law, which is concerned with rules that govern the relations between employers and employees, primarily as applicable to non-unionized workers. The course includes such subject areas as identifying a contract of employment, creation and modification of the employment relationship, the common law obligations of employee and employer, the employer’s statutory obligations to its employees, privacy in the workplace, human rights legislation in the workplace, and the termination of employment.

MGMT734 - Aging in American Society

This class audits the historical views of aging, contrasting earlier perspectives with current ones. Students discuss the position of the elderly in today's American society, with an emphasis on status, heritage, and culture. In addition, students examine the current trends and practices affecting the elderly in American society, including work habits, retirement, and long-term care options.Formerly - MGMT720

MGMT736 - Leadership & Operations in Lodging Mgmt

This course explores successful leadership practices and evaluates organizational models of service and operations within various lodging settings. Leadership principles and management methodologies are assessed and market positioning and operational structures are examined as they related to each segment including hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, campsites, and other lodging properties. Topics covered include: best practices of lodging managers, service design and development, organizational structures, and service system procedures.

MGMT740 - Consumer Behavior

This course explores how and why consumers behave the way they do. Consumers can be indi­vidual households buying goods and services for their own consumption or they can be buyers in industrial and other business-related markets. The course takes an interdisciplinary, in-depth approach to the study of buyer behavior.

MGMT741 - Marketing Research

This course provides an understanding of the theory and the methods of marketing research through class discussions and project work. The emphasis in this course is on marketing research as an aid to management decision making.

MGMT743 - Fundraising Concepts & Practices

The world of fundraising has become increasingly complex, and knowledge of the various components of fundraising is now essential for anyone wanting to work and advance in this field. This online course introduces students to every major facets of fundraising: the annual fund, working with volunteers, writing successful proposals and grants, capital campaigns, special events, board relations, donor research, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of nonprofit organizations.

MGMT744 - Global Marketing

The purpose of this course is to explore the nature of marketing in a global context. This includes the decision of extending or adapting domestic marketing strategies for use abroad and the special demands of managing the marketing functions globally. Major emphasis is on devel­oping global marketing strategies. However, the course also addresses issues of importance to entrepreneurs just entering global markets.

MGMT745 - Marketing Strategy

This course emphasizes the development of analytical skills for marketing decision making, strategic marketing management concepts, and the effective formulation/implementation of strategic market plans. A variety of teaching methods are used, including cases, lectures, discussion and a computerized marketing simulation. Prerequisite: completion of at least two marketing courses.

MGMT746 - E-Commerce

This course addresses issues related to developing an Internet strategy for both pure play e-tailers and existing brick and mortar organizations. In particular, the course investigates opportunities and threats created by e-commerce, driving Web traffic and developing a customer focus, dealing with disruptive technologies, implementation strategies for new technologies, building trust through security, electronic payment systems, and the international, ethical and public policy challenges raised by electronic commerce.

MGMT747 - Event Management Operations

This course presents a detailed look at operations within the major segments of the event industry including meetings, expositions, special events, and conventions. The course highlights the role of the event manager, whose responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, and controlling various types of events as well as it’s relationships with outside vendors, contractors, and clientele. Students will explore advanced procedural methodologies as they relate to successful practices within each segment.

MGMT748 - Social Marketing

This course is an application-based course that concentrates on marketing plans for non-profit organizations and marketing plans to implement changes in social policy.

MGMT749 - Ethical Theory & Management

This introduces the discipline of ethical analysis and its application to management. The course examines different methods of value clarifications, the sources of ethical conflict in management practices, the structure of ethical argu­ments, as well as the ethical theories and principles associated with management. The course also explores how these concepts are concretely applied in organizations and professional life.

MGMT750 - Ldrship & Ops in Casino & Resort Mgmt

This course explores successful leadership practices and evaluates organizational models of service and operations within casino and resort settings. Leadership principles and management methodologies are assessed and market positioning and operational structures are examined within resort, cruise, and casino properties. Topics covered include: best practices, service design and development, organizational structures, and service system procedures.

MGMT751 - Business Strategy

This course studies strategy formulation and implementation in international and domestic business enterprise. Case analysis and other appropriate methodologies are used to develop the skills and judgment necessary to provide overall direction to the organization. In particular, the course emphasizes the translation of strategy formulation to strategy implementation.

MGMT752 - Change Management

This course focuses on how organizational change can be managed. In order to survive in rapidly changing and highly competitive operating environments, organizations must learn how to continually adapt, evolve, contract, expand, and innovate. Organizational change management is about implementation of business strategies, and more generally, new ideas and practices.

MGMT754 - Revenue Management in Hospitality

This course provides an advanced overview of the revenue management function in the hospitality industry. Revenue management is a method for managing capacity profitably. This course offers an integrated approach to maximizing revenue that includes capacity analysis, demand forecasting, variable pricing, and distribution technology. The objective of this course is to allow students to learn how to apply the principles of revenue management to maximize profitability within the hospitality and events industries. Topics covered include forecasting, overbooking, reservations systems, information technology, process design, pricing, and management and marketing issues.

MGMT755 - Sustainability in Hosp & Event Mgmt

This course takes a progressive look at sustainability issues as they relate to the hospitality and events industries. Students will examine current statistics and environmental problems created by the tourism and events industries, best practices for operations and hospitality business development, and the greening and greenwashing of current hospitality business operations. Students will learn to develop and analyze impactful sustainable practices within the various segments of each industry.

MGMT756 - Policy & Brand Management in Hospitality

This course focuses on management strategies, policy formulation, and strategic operations at upper management levels and explores the importance of customer service as it relates to the organization's brand and service environment. Students will spend the semester learning to analyze consumer feedback to create methods of measuring and assessing customer satisfaction, using critical thinking to examine the significance of organizational branding, consumer trends, and government regulation, and learning to manage a global market in order to operate hospitality businesses with continuous profitability.

MGMT757 - Hosp & Event Law, Ethics, & Risk Mgmt

This course examines how ethical business making decisions effect others, the codes of law relating to the foodservice, travel, event management, and lodging industries, and other relevant topics such as labor relations, security, loss prevention, safety, and risk management. Students will learn about strategic planning and ethical decision-making tactics, why laws are important to the hospitality industry, and the possible consequences of not adhering to these laws and regulations. Repercussions of legal issues are assessed and current issues such as diversity training, sexual harassment policies, and safety and security are examined. Students will study legal procedures, contract law, negligence, consumer relationships, franchise law, and liabilities related to food and alcohol service.

MGMT758 - Service Quality Management

This course explores the application of advanced quality management theories and techniques in lodging, events, and tourism operations with a focus on organizational effectiveness. Case studies and real-life examples facilitate students’ synthesis of previous knowledge with the principles of service quality, and excellence. Students will design and complete a service audit of a local hospitality organization. This is a research-intensive course.

MGMT798 - Research Project Capstone

In this course, students undertake comprehensive research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. The project is an intensive study based on action research models from the behavioral sciences enabling the student to demonstrate the mastery of the concepts, ideas, knowledge, and insights implicit in the Master of Science in Management curriculum. No later than the semester preceding the undertaking of the Research Project, the student should present to the designated faculty mentor a two-page summary of the proposed research. Each student makes a public and professional presentation of their Capstone Project findings. This course is taken during the student's final graduate semester.

MGMT799 - Internship Capstone

The internship is a hands-on working experience in the student’s field of concentration requiring a minimum of 150 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student identifies what type of organization they desire for their internship. The student holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. This course is taken during the student’s final graduate semester

NHP701 - Chemistry of Nutrition

This is an integrated lecture/lab course presenting the principles of food chemistry. Lectures focus on the fundamental and relevant chemistry and functionality of major and minor food constituents including water, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Laboratories provide the opportunity to study improve applied science skills in the area of food chemistry.

NHP702 - Nutrition Assessment

This course will educate the student on nutritional assessment to include health, diet and lifestyle history, anthropometric measurements, computerized dietary intake analysis, and biochemical measures The course will integrate use of these measurements in the design of an appropriate nutritional protocol for the client. The student will also learn effective client management and follow-up.

NHP710 - Dietary Supplements & Human Health

This course explores the use, evidence, and adverse effects of the most commonly used dietary and performance supplements This course will help students gain the knowledge necessary to critically appraise supplements using peer-reviewed research and national guidelines and recommendations in order to evaluate the validity and efficacy of supplements. Students will also learn how to manage an encounter with a client taking supplements.

NHP711 - Advanced Nutrition & Metabolism

Nutritional biochemistry and physiology as it relates to establishment of nutrient requirements and Dietary Reference intakes. Digestion, absorption, metabolism, storage, and excretion of nutrients and other markers of nutritional adequacy or excess will be addressed with emphasis on micronutrients. Course content will include functions of nutrients, in bone, muscle, blood, growth and development, and communication. Pre-requisite - NHHP701

NHP712 - Nutri Counseling Strat & Behavior Change

Examines the principles of design and presentation of nutrition education for individuals and groups including developing goals and objectives, communication style selection, selection of components including activities, visual aids, and specifications of evaluation processes. Students will also explore principles of communication, written and oral, in presenting nutrition education including learning styles, cultural competence, literacy levels, including, working with the media.

NHP713 - Current Topics in Nutrition for Health

This course will explore current nutrition topics that take center stage in mainstream media outlets and become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance. Critical evaluation of the popular media claims will be the focus in developing evidence-based recommendations for clients.

RSCI701 - Advance Kinesiology and Biomechanics

The course involves a study of joint structure, joint function, and the biomechanical principles underlying the kinetics and kinematics of human motion, including normal gait and human movement. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between biomechanical and physiological factors in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function, and the application of kinesiological principles to clinical rehabilitation practice.

RSCI702 - Pathokinesiology

The student will be introduced to a systematic evaluation approach based on the pathokinesiological model. The pathokinesiological model will examine human movement systems and it significance to regions of the human body. These regions will be recognized as potential sites for integrated pre-habilitation and rehabilitation exercise programs.

RSCI703 - Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment

The emphasis of this course is on the assessment of functional orthopedic conditions and musculoskeletal screening. The course emphasizes the application of systems analysis principles to clinical situations. The course goal is to improvethe clinician's ability to evaluate the patient's complaint as related to movement andidentify those patients who require additional orthopedic evaluation & referral whileassessing patient complaints in a logical deductive manner. Screening and assessment tools will be demonstrated as part of the process. In addition, the student is able to assess clinical scenarios as illustrated by relevant case studies.

RSCI704 - Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy

This hands-on course provides the theory and clinical application of current best practices in manual therapy techniques utilized in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that limit functional movement. The skills acquired in this course intend to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; mobilize soft tissues and joints; improve muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue inflammation or restrictions in movement. A certification in a manual therapy technique will be acquired at the completion of the course.

RSCI705 - Evidence Based Rehabilitation

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various rehabilitation issues facing America and the world today. This course focuses students toward the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect client care.

RSCI706 - Rehabilitation Program Design for Human

on limit function and dysfunction. The student will receive detailed insight into the design of corrective exercise programs. The systematic approach of an integrated corrective exercise design uniquely blends the variables of available flexibility, isolated and integrated strengthening, and exercise design to provide the student with the necessary foundation in designing and developing safe prevention and corrective exercise programs.

RSCI708 - Applied Nutrition Across the Lifespan

This course provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary issues nutrition for active individuals across the life span. Course topics will include: nutrition timing, caloric expenditure, performance enhancement dietary supplements, dietary lipids and heart disease, dietary fiber and health, and influence of life +style factors on nutrition. Controversies in nutrition, ergogenic aids and cultural aspects of food are also discussed. In addition, the course covers energy and nutrient needs for physical and athletic activities. Common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance as well as appropriate dietary approaches for specific activities and active people will be addressed. Pre-requisite: Course in Exercise Physiology

RSCI712 - Field Experience

This course is designed for students interested in completing a field experience in their area of study. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 150 hours of supervised experience in an approved setting. For students in New England, the department will facilitate the placements at an approved affiliated site. For students outside of New England, the department chair must approve the field experience site prior to enrolling in the course.

RSCI713 - Pharmacology

This course serves as a foundation to general pharmacology, focusing on categories of medications and their interaction with body systems. At the completion of this course, students will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and patient assessment finds to formulate an impression and implement a pharmacologic management plan.

RSCI715 - Advanced Pathophysiology

This course involves an in-depth evaluation of disease and injury processes across the lifespan and their relevance to therapeutic rehabilitation are presented. Attention is given to all major physiological systems and their significance in the rehabilitation sciences.

RSCI716 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions

This course is a study of the application of ethical principles, which includes the legal factors and professional behavior, which impact patient management and the rights of the consumer in the provision of medical and rehabilitation services. Ethical issues explored include: human value development, decision making, basic principles of health care, the nature of rights, confidentiality and management of health care information, professional gate keeping as a function of role fidelity, autonomy and paternalism, and justice and the allocation of scarce resources.

RSCI717 - Healthcare Leadership & Decision Making

This course is intended to prepare students for the leadership decisions and actions that are inherent in performance enhancement management and fitness practice. Professional and personal growth will be discussed. Principles and applications of leadership will be explored, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, and leadership opportunities in shaping fitness policy. Techniques for managing change and empowering others are included in this course. Topics related to effective leadership are issues of power, motivation, delegation, team building, persuasion and negotiation, and total quality improvement. Topics related to business management include management theory, financial management, personnel management, record keeping, risk management and technology issues.

RSCI780 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research

This course provides an overview of foundations of research design and the uses and interpretation of results. Content includes: reviewing the literature, developing research problems/questions; hypothesis testing, experimental, quasi-experimental and other research designs; and evaluating research studies as they relate to evidence-based practice in the health professions. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.

RSCI781 - Capstone

Through the completion of a research project, on a topic within the field, this course serves as an essential outcome component to augment the professional development and new learning that occurs in didactic course work and demonstrates the ability of the graduate to make significant contributions to their professions. Pre-requisite: must be taken in final semester of program.

SMGT701 - Historical & Current Issues in Sports

This course analyzes contemporary issues including the use of performance enhancing drugs, gambling, escalating salaries, violence, and institutional cheating in sports. Case studies are investigated and students engage in critical thinking and discussions to understand what has created these issues.

SMGT702 - History & Function of Sport in Society

This course provides a historical, sociological, and operational analysis of sport and how it shapes our world. The effect that sport, as a microcosm of society, has on the moral, ethical, economic, social, political, and religious landscape of society is investigated.

SMGT703 - Sport Sponsorship & Marketing

This course gives students a thorough overview of the multi-billion dollar sport sponsorship and marketing industry. In this era of globalization, all facets of this growing industry are analyzed including advertising, promotions, sponsorships, product licensing, and market segmentation. Principles of marketing and marketing management and how these relate to the global sport industry are introduced.

SMGT704 - Sport-Recreation-Tourism & the Law

This course introduces the fundamental tenets of the law and familiarizes students with legal structure and basic legal terminology. Various aspects of law are examined including negligence, tort law and risk management, and how they impact the sports industry. In addition, legal issues that relate to professional sport leagues and amateur governing bodies are analyzed.

SMGT705 - Financial Mgmt in the Sport Industry

Financial Management in the Sport Industry is a study of the principles, theories, and competencies essential for working with the fiscal and economic conditions and factors involved in global sport organizations. This course will provide students with basic fiscal and economic principles, strategies, and techniques essential for the leadership, management, and administration of global sports programs. Course activities and requirements have been designed to familiarize the student with the fiscal, economic, budgeting, sources of funding, and impact analyses issues associated with sport in a global society.

SMGT706 - Introduction to Sport Management

This course provides a graduate level overview of general principles and practices of the sport industry, covering all facets of sport management, including management, leadership, marketing, laws, finance, and governance in the context of both professional and amateur sports. Students identify the unique features that help distinguish sport management from other similar disciplines. Students will gain an increased awareness of various career opportunities in the sport industry.

SMGT707 - Exec & Strat leadership in the Sport Ind

Executive and sStrategic leadership is often referred to as the highest level and most complex planning activity in any organization. This is also true for sport organizations. This course introduces students to the executive and strategic leadership processes in the sport industry and does so by placing them in the role of Commissioner, Athletic Director or Sport manager. In this role, students will be required to make and defend a broad range of strategic decisions. This class will focus almost exclusively on comprehensive case analysis, or the strategic analysis and decision-making processes used in the sport industry.

SMGT709 - Managing Diversity in Sport Organization

Managing Diversity in Sport Organizations offers an overview of various diversity and inclusion theories and examines the applications of these theories to sport organizations. Students will study the impact and interconnectedness of diversity issues, social responsiveness, and the financial performance of professional, sport organizations. Student will also discuss practical strategies to address diversity and inclusion faced by sport managers.

SMGT710 - Principals of Athletic Administration

This course provides the graduate student with an overview of the role and responsibilities of interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics; human resources; this course is designed to assist athletic directors enhance the operation of the athletic department. The training will serve as a valuable tool for new and veteran athletic administrators. Topics include rules and regulations, organization, health and safety, emergency procedures, athletic eligibility, office management, scheduling, officials, personnel evaluation, gender equity, budgeting/ finance; governance; operations and the management, planning, organization and administration of interscholastic/intercollegiate and recreational athletics.

SMGT711 - Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future

Examines the role of managers as ethical and responsible thought leaders, problem solvers and change agents. The complexities of, and challenges associated with, managing and leading change in a rapidly changing, international, diverse and information-based environment are emphasized. Through discussion, case analysis, role playing, decision-making simulations, and experiential exercises, students explore the responsibilities of contemporary business and the complex issues of leading and guiding organizations in a turbulent environment.

SMGT712 - Intercollegiate Rules & Procedures

This course explores the policies and procedures of intercollegiate governing bodies. Areas discussed are bylaws, rules, compliance, and athlete eligibility that apply to member institutions in America.

SMGT713 - International Sport Management

International Sport Management provides for the study of the principles, theories, and competencies essential for working with and in global organizations and leadership roles and responsibilities in the administration and management of programs across the international/global sports industry. Since material in this course deals with sociological, cultural, political, and economical issues subject to frequent change, the student should be able to identify contemporary national and international positions on these issues in sport.

SMGT714 - Administrative Procedures

his course addresses management practices and procedures within the sports and entertainment industry, with an emphasis on sports management procedures and operational scenarios. Students in this course explore professional and amateur athletics, organizational structures, sports operations and logistics, and sports business models

SMGT720 - Case Studies in Parks & Recreation

The overall objective of the course is to provide a broad survey of the roles of parks and recreation in our global society. We will focus primarily on issues related to the management of wild-lands (national parks and forests) as an environment for outdoor recreation.Current and historical relationships between recreation visitors, the resource base, and management policies are explored within the United States and as a global phenomenon. Issues related to recreation planning on multiple-use forest lands, parks, wilderness, protected areas and private lands are discussed. Understanding these roles provides the necessary intellectual footing to professional development and conveys to others how we got to where we are. More specifically, the course is designed to address the following questions:1. How do societies view the evolving roles and purpose of recreational spaces?2. How does recreation make a difference to our social, individual, & environmental lives?3. What types of recreation opportunities and experiences are valued in American society?4. What forms and structures does recreation and tourism take, domestically and internationally?5. What are the fundamental issues associated with managing visitors to wild-land settings and how do we address those issues?

SMGT721 - Intro to Sport Tourism & Hospitality

This course provides an overview of the basic organizational and business structure of the sport hospitality industry. Students examine the role hospitality plays in professional and collegiate sports, with particular focus on hosting patrons of sporting events.

SMGT722 - Managing Sport Facilities/Special Events

This course examines the processes for planning and managing major sporting events and their specific venues. Topics include crowd management, concession and alcohol management, medical emergency/evacuation plans, and facility design and maintenance.

SMGT723 - Sport Sales Strategies

This course provides an overview of strategies for premium seating, season ticket, group ticket and luxury suite sales. Box office ticket operations and database management as well as customer service and client retention principles are presented.

SMGT725 - Nature Based & Sustainable Tourism

This graduate level course covers the basics of nature tourism, a broad category that covers ecotourism, adventure tourism, and a variety of activities and programs involving the outdoors. An emphasis is placed on New England nature tourism and its multifaceted impacts.

SMGT726 - Trends & Issues in Recreation Management

This class will use current events and issues to examine the current state of the Parks and recreation field. The class will begin by setting the historical backdrop for the industry and then moving into current trends and issues to show how the industry got to its present state before moving on to potential solutions for the issues grounded in this knowledge.

SMGT727 - Trends & Theories in Sport Tourism/Hosp

The interconnections of sport and tourism will be analyzed from behavioral, historical, economic, management, marketing, environmental and policy perspectives.

SMGT731 - Ethical Non-Profit Sport Management

In this course, leaders in the sport non-profit sector demonstrate best practices by being cognizant of legal mandates, as well as ethical and fiscal responsibilities within the strategic organizational framework.

SMGT732 - The Use of Psychology in Leisure Studies

One of the major fields of study that influence social science is psychology. Psychology is the study of the way the human mind works and how it influences behavior. We all use the principles of psychology daily without realizing it. This class will link the principals of psychology to a multitude of leisure activates as well as the leisure industry.

SMGT780 - Research & Design in the Sport Industry

Research in Sport Management requires students to identify, describe, analyze, and report on a sport industry issue or problem at their own workplace by drawing on the relevant literature. The issue could be related to collective bargaining, the introduction of new technology in sport, sexual harassment, sport marketing, employment equity, overtime working, worker motivation and productivity, seniority, discipline, or management rights. Final product for the course is a research paper/project covering an in-depth analysis of a sport industry problem or issue, including a review of the literature, data analysis, and findings/recommendations.

SMGT781 - Writing & Reporting Research in Sport

The purpose of this course is to provide students with tools for effective writing and reporting of research and projects in the sport industry. The prerequisite for this course is SMGT 780, Research & design in the Sport Industry, an introduction to research methods and designs in the sport industry. SMGT 781 will briefly review some important issues relating to writing and reporting of data and information across the sport industry. Writing and publication practices will be examined in relation to grant funding, publication, and professional presentations in Sport Management education and the Sport Industry.

SMGT797 - Internship

This three (3) credit course is designed for students to acquire field experience in the Sport Industry. 797 includes supervised work for 150 hours in a sport management setting. Practical experience can be gained in any number of positions including sales, marketing, public relations, operations, facilities, athletic administration (in schools or higher education), event management, or other segments of the sport industry. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minimum of 27 credit hours & Instructor Approval

SPED711 - Learners with Special Needs

This course provides information on characteristics of special needs learners, including physical, emotional, and learning disabilities, with a focus on how these needs may affect classroom organization, planning, and instruction. Introduces assessment, models of special education delivery, and multiple perspectives on educating special needs learners. Requires classroom observations.

SPED712 - Curriculum & Resources in SPED

This course provides experience in curriculum planning and instruction that meets the needs of special education learners with specific disabilities. Requires classroom observation and teaching.

SPED721 - Inclusive Education

This course provides knowledge and resources related to teaching special needs learners in an inclusive classroom. Topics include collaborating with other professionals to plan and deliver instruction, co-teaching, classroom management techniques, behavior interventions, assistive technology, and appropriate modifications, adaptations, and accommodations. Requires classroom observation and teaching.

SPED722 - Policy, Law, & Disability

This course provides in-depth understanding of federal and state laws and regulations related to special education. Introduces resources for special needs learners, parents or care-takers, and teachers, including school professionals, services available in area communities, advocacy groups, professional associations, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals. Includes focus on collaboration among these various groups to support special needs learners and their families. Recommended prerequisites: SPED 711, SPED 712.

SPED753 - Assistive Technology in Education

This course is an in-depth exploration of current technology available for adaptive, assistive, and instructional applications. Students research and evaluate available applications and develop a professional resource file.

SPED754 - Advanced Assessment & Modification

This course explores selection, administration and interpretation of assessments related to special needs learners, particularly those used to assess intelligence, aptitude, and achievement; communication of results to school professionals, students, and parents/caregivers; and applications to classroom settings. Students should be generally familiar with assessment and referral processes. Includes field assignments.

SPED795 - Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PK - 8

This course provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching in two different classrooms under the supervision of qualified professionals. May be full time in an inclusive general education classroom or 75 hours in an inclusive general education classroom and 225 hours in a classroom for students with moderate disabilities. Includes a weekly seminar to discuss issues such as planning, teaching, collaboration, and moral and ethical aspects of teaching. Prerequisites: Pass all required MTEL; cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0; complete at least 27 credits in the graduate education program.