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Fall 2014 Course Descriptions

ACC 3308   Cost Accounting    

An examination of the manufacturing function from the view of the cost accountant. Managerial control of the elements of product costs will be studied with an emphasis on cost accumulation systems, both historical and estimated. Topics covered will include standard (estimated) costs, variance analysis, profit planning, cost-volume-profit analysis, and relevant cost analysis for problem solving.  Prerequisite: BUS 2203.

ACC 4406   Advanced Accounting

This course examines and analyzes complex accounting topics not previously covered in Intermediate Accounting. Topics covered include: organization, structure, aims and process used by the FASB; basics of consolidated financial statements; current value accounting; accounting for not-for-profit organizations; governmental accounting; and other topics current in the field of accounting.  Prerequisite: ACC 3303. 

BUS 1100  Introduction to Business

Primarily for freshmen, the course provides students with an integrative approach to learning the functional areas of business while emphasizing oral and written communication and effective group interaction. Students will learn various technical, organizational and operational aspects of business through active learning opportunities, case discussions, technological applications and outside activities.

BUS 2203   Accounting for Business

A computer and project based course designed to develop the students’ ability to read and interpret internal and external financial reports, understand their underlying concepts, use their information in making informed decisions, and understand the effects of management decisions on these reports and the financial performance of the business. Topics include the basic concepts of the accounting process, preparation of the financial statements, analysis and application of the generally accepted accounting principles used to account for the various elements of the balance sheet and income statement, accounting for manufacturing operations, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costing, budgeting, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisites: BUS 1100. 

BUS 2210   Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems presents a core of IS principles with which every business student should be familiar. Information technology has become a key component in accomplishing strategic and operational goals in organizations today. It is necessary to understand how a company utilizes information technology to gain its competitive advantage in business. This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental concepts and principles of information systems. Therefore, it focuses on breadth of coverage rather than the depth of any specific IS area. Topics include: the role of IT in organizations, computers and information processing, hardware and software, managing data resources, telecommunications and networks, electronic commerce, security, IS ethics and leading information technologies and applications. Prerequisites: BUS 1100. 

BUS 2213   Business Statistics

This course provides an introduction to fundamental statistical principles and procedures. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions and sampling distributions, statistical inference and estimation, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, MTH 1003 or MTH 1115 (must take either course). MTH1111 cannot be taken to satisfy this requirement.  Fulfills Q in LS Core.

BUS 3302   Advanced Business Analysis & Decision Making

The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the proper tools to excel at analyzing business issues in a creative and innovative fashion. It requires a broad based knowledge of the various functional areas of business and how they are inter-related. Students are expected to develop improved decision-making skills based upon operational analysis and will work in teams to develop a business plan for a new or existing business. The course serves as a foundation for the senior capstone course in Strategic Analysis and Decision Making. Prerequisites: BUS 2205, BUS 2210, BUS 2215, BUS 2220. Fulfills X in LS Core. 


COM 1020   Public Communication

This course focuses on the concepts and practices associated with effective public communication.  A central aspect of this course entails the mastering of public speaking through the process of researching, preparing, and delivering presentations in a variety of formats (e.g., informative, persuasive, and impromptu).  The classroom is a laboratory in which to develop the skills needed for effective public communication.  In addition, students will also analyze public speaking events as a means of developing a critical understanding of the public communication process.  No prerequisite.

COM 3201  Gender and Communication

This course explores how gender influences the form, style and content of our communication. In addition, this course considers how gender relates to larger issues in communication such as dominance, violence, the power of language and how that structures our world, influences our culture and our perceptions, and the promotion of dominant ideologies of gender. To accomplish these ends, we will examine popular culture both historically as well as contemporary. Students will be asked to look at the underlying assumptions about what it means to be and behave like one gender or another and what it means to live with intersexuality. Exploration of cultures that recognize three gender categories will be discussed.  Prerequisite: COM 1020 and COM 2201, or consent of the instructor. 

CSC 1510   Introduction to the Science of Computing and Technology
This course introduces students to how Information Technology can be leveraged for storing, managing, and exploring data in the Information Age.  Topics include: how computers work, information management, networks, operating systems, the Web, and a short introduction to computer programming. For Information Technology majors, a minimum grade of a C is required to continue. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. 

CSC 3720   Computer Architecture
The course covers the analysis and design of the major elements of a digital computer. Basic Logic Gates such as AND, OR, NAND, NOR, and XOR along with the D-Latch will be taught and then used to design the computer’s Central Processing Unit.  Control, address and data buses of the register-transfer sequence and pipelining will also be covered using the MIPS assembly language. Prerequisite: CSC 1610 with a minimum passing grade of C and Junior Standing. 

EEN 1177   Renewable Energy and the Environment                     

This course combines both theory and nuts and bolts experience with electricity, energy production, and renewable energy topics.  Students first learn the very basics of electricity - voltage, current, Ohm’s law.  Power and the generation of power will be covered.  The amount of coal needed to generate electricity to carry out various everyday tasks is explored.  Renewable energy and energy efficiency are introduced.  The cost of power is discussed.  Real world applications are incorporated - student homes become “lab areas” where energy use of appliances is evaluated, along with actual analysis of electric bills.  As the course progresses, issues pertaining to the impact of fossil fuel dependence on the environment are explored.  Prerequisites: None.  Satisfies a Mathematics/Science Distribution RequirementFulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.  NOTE: Credit cannot be awarded for both EEN 1065 and EEN 1177.

FAA 2450 Basic Digital Photography  

Students will develop visual ability in a digital context to make, share, and publish photographs.  Examples of photographic work from the history and philosophy of photography will provide for the development of a photographic vision.  Composition, manipulation, restoration, and creating images for other uses, such as Power point, will be stressed.  Students will also develop an on-line portfolio. A Digital  SLR camera is required. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement.  Fulfills AL in LS Core. 


MGT 3310 Organizational Behavior 

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed through the Business Enterprise core courses. The course will focus on individual and group level organizational behavior within domestic and international contexts, with specific emphasis on leadership, power, communication, negotiation, organizational change and self-managed team processes. This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of behavioral theories and provide them with opportunities to apply that learning to inter-personal, group and organizational problems. This is an experiential course and it is recommended for students planning to apply to graduate school in business or related areas. Prerequisite: Junior standing or 16 credits of BUS courses.  Fulfills X in LS Core.  

MGT 3351   Human Resource Management

This is a broad survey course providing a comprehensive overview of several human resource functions, including recruitment and selection, compensation, training, performance evaluation, labor and employee relations. Students will consider HRM topics as they relate to all employees with different roles and perspectives for supervisors and subordinates, and how these topics apply to creating strategic directions for an organization. Using an applied setting focus, instruction methods combine interactive lectures, experiential exercises, current events, case review, and external project analysis and presentation. Prerequisite: BUS 1100. Fulfills X in LS Core. 

PHL 1000   Introduction to Philosophy

This 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

PHL 2020(W) Perspectives on the Good Life 


Before it comes to an end, how shall I spend the life I have? What would make that life genuinely worth living? We will seek the guidance of many masters: East and West, ancient and modern, women and men and from diverse races. We have much to consider, but the main challenge for each of us is to shape a perspective we can each embrace as our own. What could be more important? Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfill E and W in LS Core. 

PSY 1000   Introduction to Psychology

This course provides a general overview of the wide-ranging field of psychology. Students will explore major concepts and issues in the study of human thinking, feeling, and acting. These include biological foundations of behavior and experience, how people learn and develop, how individuals perceive the world, individual differences in behavior, social influence and social relations, the difference between normative and non-normative behavior, and approaches to therapy. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement  in LS core. 

PSY 2400   Personality

This course introduces 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. 

RTS1100   Christianity in Context 

As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the “contexts” in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core.

RTS 2800  Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives

An examination of the Christian sources and methodologies used for addressing social, political and economic issues (e.g. peace, war, violence, economic justice, environmental justice, criminal justice, political justice, racism, sexism, homophobia and social justice). In particular, emphasis will be placed on the ethics of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures; Catholic social thought and how other religious traditions approach various issues of social justice. Students will be encouraged to explore the intersection of ethical theory and real-life issues of social injustice. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies.  Fulfills E, D and X in LS Core. 

WGS 3830   Gender and Global Health

This course will explore the issues surrounding the achievement of health equality around the world, focusing on the intersection of gender, race, class, and location in determining health and well being for global citizens. Using gender-based approach to study, students will examine the status of global health in a variety of areas including: access to care, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, human trafficking, reproductive health, and aging. Throughout the course, students will discover the challenges faced in ensuring global health care equality and analyze the response of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), local governments, and the health care community in addressing these challenges.  Satisfies a Social science distribution Requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core.  

WLC 1000   International Customs, Cultures & Languages

This course explores the culture (or cultures) of a non-English-speaking country. The course aims to stimulate cultural curiosity and cross-cultural communication, along with providing practical knowledge of the customs and culture(s) of the specfic country that will be covered each semester. The aspects of the country’s culture that will be covered include Culture and Arts, Social values, Food and other customs, Economics, Geography, History, Politics, Demographics and other social issues such as immigration/emigration, the environment, and mass media. There will also be a language component at the introductory level to provide students with the tools to navigate the target culture. This course is available exclusively for Degree Completion students who are taking courses through the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies. Fulfills FL in LS Core for GPS students

WRT 3050(W)   Business and Administrative Communication

This course introduces the principles of effective communication in modern organizations, with particular attention to written communication.  Emphasis on analyzing audience, achieving appropriate tone, and developing effective rhetorical strategies to relay information, shape ideas, advise, instruct, persuade, and establish rapport. Prerequisite: WRT 1050. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement or the Institutional Writing Intensive Requirement.  Fulfills W in LS Core.