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Summer 2013 Online Program Courses

ACC 110 Financial Accounting Information for Decision Making
This course is designed to help students appreciate the role of accountants in providing information helpful to decisions of investors, creditors, government regulators, and others, and how that information can be used. Emphasis is on understanding the meaning and value of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. The role of the auditor, internal controls, and ethical issues are examined. The annual report is used to explore how corporations apply accounting principles in presentations to the public. Prerequisites: minimum of 12 earned credit hours and evidence of successfully meeting the University's writing and mathematics proficiency requirements.
3 credits.

ACC 211 Managerial Accounting Information for Decision Making
This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn basic concepts and accounting systems involved in the use of managerial accounting information in making planning and control decisions in organizations. Basic concepts include different types of costs (e.g., direct, indirect, fixed, variable, and relevant costs). Basic accounting systems include systems for cost allocation (e.g., job-order costing, activity based costing), planning (e.g., cost-volume-profit analysis, master budget), and control (e.g., flexible budgets, variance analysis, responsibility accounting, performance measurement). Prerequisites: ACC 110 (C- or higher) and sophomore standing.
3 credits.

BUS 275 Applied Business Analysis
This course provides students with an understanding of statistical concepts and tools that are critical in business decision making. The discussion and development of each topic are presented in an application setting, with the statistical results providing insights and solutions to real world problems. The coursework requires extensive use of commercially available statistical software. Prerequisite: ABU 190 (C or higher grade, or test out option), MAT 108 (C- or higher grade) and MAT 210 (C- or higher grade) or other approved statistics course (see www.usm.maine.edu/sb/stats.html for approved courses).
3 credits.

BUS 335 International Business
Introduction to the global economy and the political and cultural environments of international business. Topics include financial, marketing, and human resource issues in international business. Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102, and junior standing.
3 credits.

BUS 340 Managing Organizational Behavior
A survey of the disciplines of management and organizational behavior, and of the practices managers employ in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations. Topics include self-awareness, perception and decision making, individual differences and diversity, motivation, group dynamics, communication, stress, power and politics, organizational design, and change. The environmental context, workforce diversity, the global economy, and managerial ethics are core integrating themes. Prerequisite: junior standing.
3 credits.

BUS 450 Business Policy and Strategy
An in-depth examination of the strategic management process in large complex organizations. This course uses case study analysis, discussion and integrative capstone projects to provide students with opportunities to learn and to apply strategic management theories and concepts. These include competitive analysis, value-chain analysis, generic business strategies, corporate strategy, and global strategy. The course fulfills the capstone requirement of the USM Core. Prerequisites: BUS 260 (C- or higher), BUS 340 (C or higher), FIN 320 (C or higher), GPA 2.0 or higher, and senior standing. Students matriculating fall 2011 and later must fulfill the University Core Requirement of "Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility and Citizenship" prior to enrollment.
3 credits.

CMS 102 Intro to Communication
This course provides students with an overview and brief history of the field of communication, introduces them to theory development and the research process, and illustrates how communication theories can be applied to everyday life. Students will explore communication in a variety of contexts, including intrapersonal, organizational, intercultural, and mass communication.
3 credits.

CMS 103 Intro to Media Studies
This course examines the historical, philosophical, technological, economic, political, and social aspects of print (book, magazine, and newspapers) and electronic media (radio, television, film, sound recordings, and the Internet). In addition, the effect of mass media will be explored.
3 credits.

CMS 200 Research Methods in Communications
This course introduces students to methods of inquiry found in the communication and media studies research literature. These methods include experimental design, survey research, textual analysis, and ethnography. The course examines the underlying philosophical assumptions associated with these methodologies as well as their unique strengths and limitations. Students' conceptual understanding of these methodologies and their ability to become critical consumers of research findings are the major objectives of the course.
3 credits.

CMS 205 Topics in Media Writing I: Writing the Personal Essay
A selection of courses varying in content from term to term. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Students should consult their media studies advisor for detailed descriptions.
3 credits.

CMS 272 Persuasion
A course designed to help students understand the basic principles of persuasion. The course deals with persuasion as a social phenomenon. The perspective from which the course is offered is the analysis of persuasion as a behavioral process. As such, the course will investigate the social science research that relates to persuasion. Students will examine the attempts made by others to persuade them, as well as the attempts they make to persuade others. Further, the course will deal with the issue of ethics in persuasion.
3 credits.

CMS 274 Writing for the Media
This writing-intensive course is designed to provide students with an overview of media writing. Students will be introduced to radio and television commercial writing, broadcast journalism, and fiction and non-fiction scriptwriting.
3 credits.

CMS 284 Film Appreciation
This course will introduce the student to film aesthetics and appreciation. It assumes that the student has no knowledge of cinema beyond the movie-going experience. The aim of the course is to survey the fundamental aspects of cinema as an art form and communication vehicle. The power of moving images and their mass-mediated messages will be analyzed.
3 credits.

CMS 298 Topics in Communication: Social Media
This course focuses on the ways in which social media have influenced and altered patterns of human communication and interaction.  A main theme of the course is the notion of a networked self.  We explore notions of identity, self-presentation, social connection and community as created and facilitated through social media.  In addition, we explore new understandings about the implications of online social networks such as behavioral norms, patterns and routines, privacy, class/gender/race divides, taste cultures online, social networks and social capital, uses of social networking within organizations, as well as uses of social networking around activism, civic engagement and its political impact.
3 credits.

CMS 310 Topics in Media Criticism II: Cinema and Women
A selection of courses varying in content from term to term. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Students should consult their media studies advisor for detailed descriptions.
3 credits.

CMS 350 The Internet and Society
This course explores the worldwide network of computers linked to form a new medium of communication-the Internet. Course content will include the computer as a tool of communication, and how the Internet influences communication in such ordinary areas of life as work, interpersonal relations, and education. Students must have access to the Internet to participate in this course.
3 credits.

CMS 495 Theories of Communication
This course is designed for upperclass students who are majoring or minoring in communication studies. Based on a seminar format, students in this course will explore in depth several advanced theories of communication, mechanistic through interactive, with examples and application for each.
3 credits.

CMS 498 Topics in Communication III: Gender Communication
What social and cultural factors influence gender identity development?  What biological factors?  What role do media play in gender?  How is language and communication gendered?  What does current research say about gender in the workplace, and gender in educational settings?  These, as well as other topics, will be explored with the goal of helping students to develop an increased awareness of gender communication in their lives and to understand the central role of communication in our understanding and enactment of gender in society.
3 credits.

CON 390 Evaluation and Assessment of Older Adults
This course is designed for students who are interested in developing and refining skills in the evaluation and health assessment of older adults. The populations of the world and the United States are aging. The number of older adults in the United States will almost double by 2030. With the unprecedented increase in the number of older adults there is a growing need to understand their unique social and health care needs.  Students will gain insight into the evaluation and health assessment process needed to promote health and well-being in older adults.  Prerequisites:  College Writing and any SOC or PSY course.
3 credits.

ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
This course is designed for students who are interested in developing and refining skills in the evaluation and health assessment of older adults. The populations of the world and the United States are aging. The number of older adults in the United States will almost double by 2030. With the unprecedented increase in the number of older adults there is a growing need to understand their unique social and health care needs.  Students will gain insight into the evaluation and health assessment process needed to promote health and well-being in older adults.  Prerequisites:  College Writing and any SOC or PSY course.
3 credits.

ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to the analysis of individual markets: the functioning of prices in a market economy, economic decision making by producers and consumers, and market structure. Topics discussed include consumer preferences and consumer behavior, production theory and production costs, the monopoly firm, and resource pricing. Additional topics are determined by individual instructors.  This course will satisfy a second-tier Socio-Cultural Analysis Core curriculum requirement.
3 credits.

ENG 245 Introduction to Literary Studies
This is a required course for all English majors. It may be taken concurrently with other 200-level courses in the Department, but is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level courses except those in creative writing. The course will have a double focus. Students will be introduced to a variety of methodologies important to an insightful analysis of literature and other cultural texts. They will also learn research procedures and techniques of effective critical writing.
3 credits.

FRE 293 French/Francophone Cinema
This course introduces students to movements and themes which have marked French/Francophone cinema and acquaints students with aspects of French/Francophone cultures through representative films from the French-speaking world. Prerequisites: ENG 100/104 or permission of instructor.
3 credits.

HRD 310 Aging and the Search for Meaning
This course explores psychosocial and spiritual aspects of successful human aging.  Multidisciplinary perspectives on aging will be examined including historical, psychological, sociological, cultural and religious.  Learners will discuss key issues related to aging and the search for meaning through the lens of various genres (e.g., research, theory, fiction) as well as their own personal experiences.  Prerequisites:  College Writing and any SOC or PSY course.
3 credits.

HTY 101 Western Civilization I
A basic survey and introduction to the heritage of Western society from ancient to early-modern times. Particular attention is given to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Medieval civilization is explored with a focus on the institutions it bequeathed to the modern world. The Renaissance and Reformation and the rise of the great nation-states are studied. Throughout the course important individuals are considered such as Alexander the Great, Caesar, Charlemagne, Michelangelo, and Elizabeth I. The course also introduces students to historical method.
3 credits.

HTY 394 Selected Topics in History: American Popular Culture
An analysis of a selected historical problem not already covered by regular course offerings in history will be offered. The course may be repeated for credit when different topics are offered.
3 credits.

ITP 230 Project Management
This course will present a structured analysis of planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and monitoring resources related to project management by completing a set of well-defined tasks.
Within this course, significant effort will be devoted to understanding the international social, political, economic, environmental and cultural issues in context of the interrelationships, responsibilities, and demands of project management between technologies, resources, project scope, and budget that impact project success in a global, international environment.  Case studies will be used throughout the course to broaden the perspective and understanding of the participant's knowledge and application of project management's best practices, and their ability to create and evaluate projects and project performance in an international, global economy.  The introduction of computer-based tools in the management of projects will also be covered.
3 credits.

ITP 310 Facility Planning
A study of facility and workplace design. Emphasis will be on efficient layout and material flow through manufacturing, warehousing, and service facilities with attention given to the resulting impacts on product and process quality and environmental factors.
3 credits.

LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics
This writing instruction course assists students in articulating and assessing their own values. It examines the range of ethical theories and positions and explores the influence of particular cultural ideologies on ethical beliefs. The course considers the ethical principles implied by democracy, sustainability, justice, and difference. It examines ethical issues and dilemmas faced by individuals, organizations, and nations while exploring personal and collective decision-making processes in a global context. Prerequisite: Core Area C.
4 credits.

LOS 300 Organizational Theory
A foundational course for students of leadership, this course provides a solid overview of organizational dynamics. Current organizational issues are analyzed using structural, human resource, cultural, and political frameworks and the case method. Issues examined include leadership, organizational design, planning, change, decision making, communication, and control. An excellent course for students interested in how organizations work. 
Students in the LOS major must complete this required course with a grade of a B- or better as a condition of their degree.  This course includes writing instruction. Prerequisite: familiarity with the Blackboard online learning community. Completion of College Writing with a C+ or better is required for LOS majors and preferred for all other students.
3 credits.

LOS 301 Group Dynamics
This course gives students an understanding of how people behave in groups and the skills needed by group members to participate effectively in group activities. It provides a theoretical foundation for how groups function, with focus on group process and development; and it discusses how these theories can be applied to a wide range of group settings. This course uses experiential techniques to help students develop critical skills and understanding of group dynamics.
3 credits. 

LOS 330 Leadership in Different Cultures
Students will explore leadership practices in multiple cultures and how our increasing interactions with these diverse leadership styles have changed our conception of leadership in the U.S. This course will help students determine the skills they will need to take on a leadership role in a global society.
3 credits.

LOS 350 Leadership
A foundational course for students of leadership, this course examines the theory, research, techniques, and challenges of leadership in organizations. Organizational culture is studied with emphasis on the leader¿s role in influencing and decision making. An experiential design is used along with traditional classroom techniques to help students reflect upon their personal leadership styles and examine their approaches to leading and managing others in diverse organizational settings.  Students in the LOS major must complete this required course with a grade of a B- or better as a condition of their degree.
3 credits. 

LSH 340 Topics in the Humanities: Media, Culture, & Society
We live in a media saturated environment that many people take for granted.  However, deeper meanings about society, and our place in it, can be uncovered by examining cultural forms of media and communication more closely.   This course introduces students to ways of understanding media, communication, and culture as processes of language and as rhetoric.  Drawing upon approaches of rhetorical criticism, students learn to make sense of images, symbols, words, texts, and other forms of media and communication that surround us daily.  Key concepts covered include: the rhetoric of everyday life, the significance of signs and symbols, basic rhetorical methods and rhetorical criticism, as well as applications of these concepts to cultural forms such as music, clothing, architecture, food, film, and other texts.
3 credits.

MAT 108 College Algebra
A more in-depth study of the topics introduced in MAT 101. The emphasis will be on the study of functions (polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential) and their graphs. Additional topics may include matrices, sequences, counting techniques, and probability. Through the activity-based lab component, applications and modeling will be stressed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the University's college readiness requirement in mathematics.
4 credits.

MAT 210 Business Statistics
This course investigates graphical and numerical methods of descriptive statistics; basic probability; discrete and continuous random variables and their distributions (binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, uniform, exponential, and normal); sampling distributions; estimation; tests of hypotheses; and other selected topics. Applications will be chosen primarily from business. Prerequisite: MAT 108 (may be taken concurrently).
4 credits.

PHI 212 Environmental Ethics
This course analyzes the relations between human beings and the environment in terms of the concepts of justice, the good, and human responsibilities. It attempts to provide a new cosmological model for adjudicating between conflicting rights and duties. Issues to be discussed include animal rights, environmental protection, and ecological harmony.   The course satisfies the Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility and Citizenship requirement of the Core Curriculum.  Prerequisite: any PHI 100-level course.
3 credits.

PHI 230 Philosophy of Religion
Analysis of the nature of religious experience, knowledge, and language. Special attention given to problems, classical and contemporary, exhibited in religious experience and relevant to areas of common concern in the sciences, humanities, and philosophy. Prerequisite: any PHI 100-level course.
3 credits.

PHI 235 Philosophy and Social Media
The course examines the moral dimensions of communicative social interaction in a digital context. The focus is how social media transform traditional ethical issues such as: truth, trust, privacy, autonomy, sexual responsibility, civility and community.  Students will  learn moral and legal frameworks for evaluating the digital dimensions of social life.
3 credits.

RMI 320 Risk Management and Insurance
This course introduces students to the nature of risk, risk identification, general risk management techniques, and the management of risk through insurance. It covers why the individual or corporation purchases insurance, what constitutes an intelligent insurance plan, and what products are available in the insurance marketplace. This course is designed for non-majors and is a prerequisite for more advanced risk management and insurance courses. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and successful completion of the University's Core requirement in quantitative reasoning.
3 credits.

SWO 375 Gender and Aging
A theoretical and practical course that informs students about aging issues affecting women and men differentially. Students will analyze the manifestations of aging and apply concepts drawn from the behavioral and social sciences. Service learning experience may be available. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor.
3 credits.

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