Summer 2013 Course Descriptions
Summer 2013 Course Descriptions
Intermediate Accounting II 4 cr.
The second course in the Intermediate Accounting sequence. The central theme of the course is financial accounting and the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) by which it is governed. The objective of the course is to allow students to develop a sophisticated comprehension of GAAP, its underlying theories, and corresponding practices, procedures, and techniques employed in their application. Intermediate Accounting II concentrates on student application to sources of economic resources (liabilities and equity). Prerequisite: ACC 3303.
Principles of Biology II 4 cr.
The Unity and Diversity of Life: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution. An introduction to biological principles centered on organisms, adaptation and evolution. The course will focus on the process of evolution and the diversity of higher organisms. The course will explore how and why all living organisms must deal with the transmission of information, with the capture and expenditure of energy, with transport of materials, and with self-regulation. Animal behavior will also be considered. The course will have an integrated lecture and laboratory and will stress the relationships between organismal adaptation, form, function, ecological relationships and evolution. Prerequisites BIO 1027 or consent of instructor. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core (pending approval).
Managerial Finance 4 cr.
This course introduces the basics of a standard finance course. The goal is to provide a comfortable level of understanding of financial markets and securities for all business majors. The course will develop the financial skills and knowledge that will help them interact with the other functions of the firm to make good managerial decisions. The main topics included in the course are outlined under six main areas: (1) financial markets and institutions in a global environment; (2) financial ratios, budgeting, a firm’s pro forma financial statements, and cash flows determining firm value; (3) time value of money tools and concepts (compounding, discounting, annuities, and perpetuities); (4) relationship between risk and return; and (5) the basics of bond & stock valuation. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, BUS 0091, BUS 0092, BUS 0093, BUS 2203 & BUS 2213.
Operations Management 4 cr.
The 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: BUS 1100, BUS 0091, BUS 0092, BUS 0093, BUS 2203 & BUS 2213. Fulfills X in LS Core.
Strategic Analysis and Decision Making 4 cr.
BUS 4402 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: BUS 3302. Fulfills X in LS Core.
General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Science and engineering students will take this course. A continuation of CHM 1110. Topics include aqueous solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium calculations, kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: CHM 1110. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. Offered every spring semester.
Organic Chemistry II 4 cr.
A continuation of CHM 2210. The chemistry of aromatic compounds is introduced, and strong emphasis is given to the chemistry of organic compounds containing the carbonyl and amine functional groups. The application of organic reactions in multistep synthesis and the biological applications are emphasized. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy is introduced. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: CHM 2210.
ENG 1050 (Also offered as WRT 1050)
Introduction to College Writing 4 cr.
Introduction to the rhetorical practices of college-level writing. Emphasizes the interaction of writer, audience, language, purpose, and situation. Fosters an understanding of the ways in which writing, thinking, and learning are related. Sections limited to 15 students each. Intensive concentration during the semester on the student’s own writing examined in class and in conference with the instructor. Satisfies the Institutional requirement in first-year writing. Fulfills FYW in LS Core. Equivalent to WRT 1050. Cannot be taken in addition to WRT 1050. Does not count toward English major or minor.
Introduction to Literary Studies 4 cr.
Study of literary genres (poetry, fiction and drama) and development of informed approaches to reading through various interpretive methodologies. Focus on various assumptions, goals and strategies that inform the reading process. Satisfies Institutional Writing Intensive requirement. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL and W in LS Core
History of Rock & Roll 4 cr.
This 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. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL and X in LS Core.
Introduction to Human Disease 4 cr.
The course will offer an introduction to human disease appropriate for students of all majors. The human body is a masterpiece of art. The more one understands the functioning of the body, the greater appreciation one has for it. Disease states, the body’s natural attempts to right what is wrong and the compensatory actions involved will be discussed. The general mechanisms of disease as well as specific body systems will be discussed from a human-interest point of view. The course focuses on basic medical concepts that are useful to every student and encourages them to become a medical advocate for themselves or for family members. It is so important to understand doctors and your health care plan, to be able to ask important questions, and to know what questions to ask. In addition, the course will cover many diseases that are ‘in the news’ and allow the student to gain some knowledge and insight into the myths and facts surrounding these diseases. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core.
HSC 1123/HSC 1123L
Anatomy and Physiology II 4 cr.
Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
This 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: HSC1122
Nutrition, Diet and Health 4 cr.
Nutrition, 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.
Global Public Health 4 cr.
Global public health is a study of the biological, socioeconomic and environmental contributors to health and disease in populations around the world. Students will investigate the determinants of health, how health status is measured, and will review the burden of disease, risk factors and approaches to global cooperation to address health problems within and between nations for successful interventions. Specific issues underlying strategies and organization for health care delivery and health services will be discussed, and linked to community service projects that aim to develop social responsibility through civic engagement and humanitarian activities. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement.
International Management 4 cr.
This course focuses on the basic elements that one must understand when doing business across borders. The primary purpose of the course is to create awareness of and sensitivity to the decisions confronting the multinational business in order to prepare individuals to support companies’ moves from domestic to foreign environments. Students analyze the various external forces faced by geocentric leaders/managers. They examine operational issues and develop business strategies necessary for success in the global race for profitable growth. Lectures, class discussions, and case analyses help students to explore management and economic issues critical to the success of a geocentric employee/manager. Prerequisites: ECO 1203 and ECO 1204, or ECO 1201.
Precalculus 4 cr.
This course develops students’ mathematical problem-solving skills and prepares students for courses in calculus and science. Emphasis is on the creation and use of functions and graphs to explain the relationship between quantities in applied problems. Types of functions investigated include linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and their inverses. Graphing calculator is required. We recommend TI-84+. Fulfills Q in LS Core.
Introduction to Philosophy 4 cr.
A first course in philosophy focusing on classic questions that have stirred the perennial human quest for wisdom. We will explore such questions as: are humansfree 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 what ever it is. The focus and questions covered will be determined by each instructor.Fulfills PHl in lS Core.
History of Ancient Philosophy 4 cr.
From the beginnings of their literature, the ancient Greeks displayed a steady concern and even preoccupation with what human beings may know and what may lie concealed from our knowing. This course will provide a survey of Greek philosophical thought organized around the theme of the problem of human knowledge, beginning with the Presocratics, then turning to dialogues by Plato and Aristotle’s comprehensive approach to nature and human knowledge, and concluding with the Stoics, Epicureans, and Sceptics. Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement.
PHY 2201, 2202
General Physics I, II 4 cr. each
A one-year introduction, without calculus, to the elements of physics. Topics include mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, waves, and (time permitting) thermodynamics and modern physics. Prerequisite: MTH 1000 or equivalent. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills Q and a STEM requirement in LS Core.
Public Administration and Public Policy 4 cr.
This course is an examination of the structures and functions of the federal, state and local governments of the United States. Special attention will be given to the public policy process at the federal level. Students will complete in writing and present orally in class a detailed research project on a contemporary public policy issue. Prerequisite: POL 1100 or consent of the instructor. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
Developmental Psychology 4 cr.
Introduction to theory and research related to the development of psychological processes from infancy to adulthood. Analyzes the concept of development, the nature-nurture issue and the epigenetic nature of human development. Also examines cognitive, social, and personality development in their social and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: PSY 1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
Cognitive Psychology 4 cr.
This course examines major empirical and theoretical work on human information processing. Focuses on basic processes including sensory storage, pattern recognition, attention and memory. Also addresses complex cognitive processes including language, problem solving and decision making. Laboratory work will demonstrate principles discussed in class. Prerequisite: PSY1100W. Corequisite PSY2110. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
Christianity in Context 4 cr.
As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the “contexts” in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core.
Alternative Approaches to Criminal Justice 4 cr.
This course covers various alternative approaches to the practice of criminal justice that are being developed and implemented around the world. The dominant model of criminal justice in the United States with its strong emphasis on punishment and deterrence is being challenged by approaches based on notions of restoration and re-integration. These newer models are being applied to individual criminal cases as well as to reconciling violent situations at community, national and international levels. For example, there are a growing number of community-based restorative justice programs focused on juvenile delinquency issues and also larger nation-wide efforts such as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in South Africa and Peru. This course examines how these approaches critique and can potentially transform various stages of a criminal justice system. We will discuss how notions of rehabilitation, empowerment, forgiveness, accountability, victim’s rights, reconciliation and restoration are defined and utilized. How can a criminal justice system help to promote a sense of community and wholeness in individuals (both victims and offenders) and the larger communities where violence has occurred in more widespread ways? What role do these approaches currently play in established criminal justice systems? These and other questions will be addresses in class: Prerequisite: SOC 1001 or consent of the instructor. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.
Intermediate Spanish II 4 cr.
A continuation of the intermediate course, with an emphasis on the in-depth study of grammar. Readings will consist of short texts from Hispanic literature and civilization, along with articles of contemporary relevance. All instruction in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 2010 or the permission of the department chairperson. The intermediate language sequence (2010, 2020) satisfies BOTH Humanities distribution requirements. Fulfills FL in LS Core.
U.S. Women’s History 4 cr.
An examination of the history of women in America. It will include history prior to colonization, beyond and to the present. A look at women’s roles in US Society and the intersection of class, culture and ethnicity in shaping women’s historical experiences across time. The course will examine the transformations and continuities in women’s lives as well as the political, social, economic and cultural factors that inspired, infused or inhibited women’s changing roles. This class also explores the ways in which race, class and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H and D in LS Core.