Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can select the Leadership Track, which consists of courses designed to provide broad-based, basic competence in skills and theories necessary to leadership in the 21st century.
This 108-credit-hour program includes 10 core courses, elective courses in liberal arts, and a minimum of 9 leadership courses from the following list:
EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT
In this leadership course, students will use the text, behavior/trait surveys, and case studies to understand leadership theories and models. Participants will learn to create, establish, and reinforce cultural rules of engagement designed to increase communication effectiveness and get the most out the current human dynamic in their respective environments. Understanding these various leadership models allows students to reflect on their own style in today's culturally changing environments.
LEADERSHIP MODELS FOR STRONG ORGANIZATIONS
This course is designed to explore the research, practices, purposes and scope of leadership as a tool to develop leadership skills that will influence and inspire others. Both individual and organizational aspects will be presented and will include such areas as behaviors, ethics, communications, cultures and current practices. Emphasis will be on application of leadership theories and skill building through self-assessment exercises and cases.
PRODUCTIVE APPLICATIONS OF WORK BASED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
In this course, students will learn about work-based information technology by exploring Windows PC and Mac operating systems. Students will be introduced to common work-based applications software in MS Office: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook. Students will learn the basics, intermediate, and advanced level of MS Word, Excel, and Power Point. Students will explore the use and security of Internet applications for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION
This course will examine several aspects of communication. We will examine perception, assumption, language and sensitivity in the workplace and beyond, applying strategies drawn from theory to actual work-place situations. Successful collaboration and teamwork are the result of clear interpersonal communication. Done well, collaborative problem solving stimulates new ideas and more sophisticated approaches. To this end, we will consider the issues of empathy and personal style in the workplace and beyond. The question of conflict will be examined from several angles, and defined in several practical ways. We will analyze the differences and similarities between (among others) status-based, ego-based and issue-based conflicts in the workplace and beyond, and apply the theory of principled negotiation to identify and resolve these conflicts.
ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS
Students will explore various approaches to determining right, morally acceptable, behavior. Epistemology and several ethical frameworks will be examined. Students will write, discuss, and debate case studies from their workplaces or field.
ESSENTIALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This course and provides an overview of the fundamentals of Project Management for non-Project Managers. It introduces the four phases of the project management process (Initiating, Planning, Managing and Closing), the role of the Project Manager, tools, techniques and deliverables associated with successful project management, & troubleshooting techniques.
MAKING BUDGETS: FINANCIAL AND ETHICAL INTERPRETATIONS
This course examines the process and responsibilities of the manager in the budget formation, interpretation and implementation process. Students will learn to read and interpret financial budgets and understand the practical and ethical implications that budget implementation has on managers and workers. The class consists of case studies with analytical problem solving, introductory lectures on basic financial concepts and theoretical frameworks. Students will develop and analyze financial budgets, participate in discussions of current ethical implications of budget implementations, and write reflective papers addressing their competencies.
WORKPLACE LAW: HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS
This course focuses on laws affecting relationships between employers and employees and within the workplace. Students will study the historical and societal aspects of laws on harassment and discrimination within the workplace, with particular focus on the Civil Rights Act and various other legislation regulating harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Students will analyze the case law, the legislation and the legal systems that have evolved to combat social injustice in the workplace and will learn "best methods" for preventing and resolving harassing and discriminatory practices in the workplace.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT
Project Management is an important discipline that can benefit students in their careers as well as personal life. This course will explore project management methodologies, their common steps and tools. The course translates Project Management theory into a practical and effective methodology, starting with working definitions of Project and Project Management, the course examines project initiation, evaluation and organization using analytic techniques such as discounted cash flow and PERT/CPM. In addition, the course examines project execution and control, along with the documentation and communications skills needed to keep a project on track. The course concludes with an overview of project management applied to computer information systems development.