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Summer/Autumn 2013
Catalog update:
May 15, 2013

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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0. 

Planning & Integration

Liberal Learning

Individualized Areas of Focus

Students design and implement learning strategies for enhancing their understanding and competence development in each of the following aspects of their individualized areas of focus.

Individualized Program Culmination

Students culminate their graduate study through either four supplemental competencies or an integrating project (proposal and final artifact).

AP 502

LEARNING PLAN REVIEW

Throughout the second quarter, students finalize their Learning Plans, convene their Academic Committees (comprised of themselves, their Professional Advisor, and their Faculty Mentor) to review their Learning Plans, and upon initial approval, submit their Learning Plans to the Graduate Student Program Review Committee (GSPRC) for approval.

AP 528

ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION 1

This session provides opportunity for students to meet with their Faculty Mentors for purposes of ongoing assessment and integration regarding all aspects of the program. Prior to each session, the Faculty Mentor informs students regarding the agenda for the upcoming session, its assignment and the criteria for assessment by which the assignment and session participation will be evaluated.

AP 548

ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR 2

This session provides opportunity for students to meet with their Faculty Mentors for purposes of ongoing assessment and integration regarding all aspects of the program. Prior to each session, the Faculty Mentor informs students regarding the agenda for the upcoming session, its assignment and the criteria for assessment by which the assignment and session participation will be evaluated.

AP 558

ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR 3

This session provides further opportunity to integrate and apply dynamics of reflective practice, self-assessment, liberal learning, and ongoing collaboration.

AP 578

ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR 4

This session provides opportunity for students to meet with their Faculty Mentors for purposes of ongoing assessment and integration regarding all aspects of the program. Prior to each session, the Faculty Mentor informs students regarding the agenda for the upcoming session, its assignment and the criteria for assessment by which the assignment and session participation will be evaluated.

LLS 425

EXPLORING MODES & PROCESSES OF SYSTEMATIC INQUIRY

This seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning Skills through exploring modes and processes of systematic inquiry. Students develop researchable questions and use these questions to gather and critically evaluate information and identify appropriate research methodologies. In addition, students practice searching, managing and analyzing information sources and building integrative literature reviews.

LLS 435

UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE SEMINAR

This seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning facilities through understanding personal and organizational change. Multiple dimensions and dynamics of change and the roles and responsibilities of professionals as change agents are explored. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing change processes using both linear and systems models and formulating interventions to facilitate productive change in the workplace (profit and nonprofit).

LLS 445

IMPROVING INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS

This seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning Skills through improving interpersonal dynamics. Students are introduced to various models for working collaboratively with diverse constituents over multiple contexts. In addition, students are provided opportunities to strengthen their interpersonal relations and communications skills (per context) by learning and practicing strategies and techniques that foster skill development.

LLS 475

EXERCISING EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

This final seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning facilities through exercising effective leadership. Major themes of each of the previous seminars are integrated within the concept of effective leadership in a changing world. Key theories and principles relative to the management/leadership continuum are examined as well as the implications of current trends for the future of leadership both in general and within students' personal/professional contexts.

AP 510

MAIN THEORIES

This area addresses knowledge and understanding of theories, models and/or theoretical frameworks - including implications for practice - that are most relevant to the student's focus area.

AP 520

METHODS OF RESEARCH

This area addresses the systematic gathering of data and interpretation of findings as practiced within the student's focus area and/or related fields.

AP 530

SPECIALIZED SKILLS

This area involves identifying skills that are particular to the student's focus area and the context(s) in which these skills are applied. The emphasis is on actual demonstration of specialized skills used in practice.

AP 540

COMMUNICATION MODES

This area involves facility with communication modes relevant to professional practice in the student's focus area. It requires an understanding of the relationship among key communication variables (the message, the method, the audience, and the context), a repertoire of communication strategies, and a dexterity or ease of access permitting the professional to adapt communication strategies to changing situations as necessary.

AP 550

ORGANIZATIONAL AND INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS

This area addresses the human and structural issues that professionals encounter within practice (work) environments, providing students with the opportunity to consider how their professional role in the focus area affects and is affected by systems, technology, structure and other people within their practice settings.

AP 560

LARGER CONTEXTS

This area addresses the issues and problems of the student's focus area within a context that includes at least one of the following: the historical development of the profession over time and its future direction (temporal); the relationship between the profession and the society within which it exists (social, multi-cultural); and/or, the nature of the profession globally (international).

AP 570

ETHICAL ISSUES

This area addresses the relationship between beliefs and assumptions regarding humanity, good/evil, right/wrong, etc., and behavioral outcomes (including conflicts) relevant to the student's focus area.

AP 574

REFLECTION ON PRACTICE

This area addresses the interplay between thinking, doing and reflecting in the often-ambiguous and complex contexts of daily practice in the student's focus area.

AP 585

SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE I

Student selects a second area from among Theories, Research, Skills, Communication Modes, Organizational/Interpersonal Dynamics, Larger Contexts, Ethical Issues, and Reflection on Practice in which to develop and demonstrate competence.

AP 586

SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE II

As an option to the Integrating Project, student may elect to develop and demonstrate an additional four areas of professional competence from among Theories, Research, Skills, Communication Modes, Organizational/Interpersonal Dynamics, Larger Contexts, Ethical Issues, and Reflection on Practice.

AP 587

SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE III

As an option to the Integrating Project, students may elect to develop and demonstrate an additional four areas of professional competence from among Theories, Research, Skills, Communication Modes, Organizational/Interpersonal Dynamics, Larger Contexts, Ethical Issues, and Reflection on Practice.

AP 588

SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE IV

As an option to the Integrating Project, student may elect to develop and demonstrate an additional four areas of professional competence from among Theories, Research, Skills, Communication Modes, Organizational/Interpersonal Dynamics, Larger Contexts, Ethical Issues, and Reflection on Practice.

AP 589

SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE V

As an option to the Integrating Project, student may elect to develop and demonstrate an additional four areas of professional competence from among Theories, Research, Skills, Communication Modes, Organizational/Interpersonal Dynamics, Larger Contexts, Ethical Issues, and Reflection on Practice.

AP 591

INTEGRATING PROJECT PROPOSAL

A concise, well-honed document that clearly delineates the student's readiness to engage in the Final Integrating Project as well as the project's nature and scope. The topic under investigation should be supported by relevant literature in the field and the use of appropriate methods of inquiry.

AP 592

FINAL INTEGRATING PROJECT

The Integrating Project is an original, independently-conducted project that incorporates elements of theory and practice and demonstrates integration of liberal learning and graduate focus area competencies. It severs as the culminating learning activity of the program and is intended to make an original contribution to the student?s professional field. The topic of the integrating project is chosen by the student with the approval of the Professional Advisor and the Graduate Students Program Review Committee (GSPRC).

LLS 410

PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

This domain examines the physical, cognitive and spiritual dimensions of personal development and performance. Central questions include: Who am I and what should I become? What habits of mind, attitude, and behavior might I improve upon? How can I construct personal meaning and inform future actions from my experiences? Embedded in these questions are the core concepts of learning and change, choice and consequence, identity, and various dimensions of self. Seminars in this domain might address topics such as awareness, agency, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, motivation, reflection, resilience, and self-discipline.

AP 501

LEARNING PLAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

This course explores the aims of graduate education with particular focus on the program of study leading to the Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies: its purpose, scope, philosophy, key roles, and processes. Special emphasis is placed on developing a working draft of the Learning Plan for the individualized portion of the program (i.e., the Focus Area), attaining a fuller understanding of individual fields of professional study, and applying Liberal Learning skills and perspectives in professional practice. The process is initiated for establishing an academic committee consisting of the student, the Faculty Mentor, and a Professional Advisor (an established practitioner in the student's professional Focus Area).
Prerequisites:
Status as a MAAPS student or departmental permission is a prerequisite for this class.

LLS 420

INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

This domain focuses on one's ability to both communicate effectively and understand the meaning of others' communications. To develop interpersonal effectiveness, one must overcome the barriers that result from differences in culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and socio-economic status. Interpersonal effectiveness requires self-awareness, cultural competence, and skills in active listening, building trust, dialogue, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Central questions include: How can we improve interpersonal relationships in both personal and professional domains? How can we make decisions and solve problems together? What are the dynamics of and processes for collaboration? How do we understand and use the human/computer interface as tool to enhance communication? Seminars in this domain might address topics such as intercultural communication, valuing human similarities and differences, interpersonal communication, and 21st century human-computer interfaces and interactions.

LLS 430

ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

This domain explores the larger systemic contexts within which individuals function. As the world grows increasingly complex and interconnected, the ability to understand and navigate people-in-groups (organizational, societal, and global) becomes increasingly critical. In this domain, students broaden and deepen their capacity to make a difference at ever-widening levels of system. Central questions include: How do we engage as organizational resources, community participants, members of society and global citizens? How do we get along? How do we get work done? How do we both fit-in and remain unique? Seminars in this domain might address topics such as project management, leadership, organizational culture, career management, performance improvement, context scanning, global citizenship, trend analysis, cross-cultural agility, and future visioning.

LLS 440

VALUES EFECTIVENESS

This domain examines the ability of individuals to recognize and analyze their own values and those of others in order to find effective ways to translate those beliefs into effective action. When individuals expand awareness of their own choices and recognize the choices of others, they can live their own lives more effectively and successfully mediate conflicts with others. Central questions include: What should I do in this situation? Why did he/she/they decide to do things that way when it seems so clearly wrong to me? Seminars in this domain might address topics such as ethical reasoning, decision-making, values-clarification, priority setting and courage in action.

LLS 450

INQUIRY EFFECTIVENESS

This domain focuses on developing methods and processes of inquiry that can be applied in any of the other domains. Adults must be able to engage in self-directed inquiry in order to understand and act effectively in their personal, professional, social, and civic lives. In this domain, students learn methods for systematically and strategically exploring questions, problems, ideas, and experiences. Central questions include: How do I formulate viable questions? What information do I need to understand a problem and what is the best way to obtain it? What are different ways to analyze an idea? How can I make sense of what I have experienced? Seminars in this domain might address strategies and methods to generate and engage primary research; to gather and manage information; to organize, analyze and present data; and to pursue targeted methods of inquiry.