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Courses

Below you will find the current coures offerings listed by semeseter and then alphabetically by department. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@simmons.edu or 617-521-2111.

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Fall 2014 Course Schedule - Updated Hourly

Updated Hourly - Last Updated: 10/31/2014 03:25AM

Gender Cultural Studies

GCS 403 - Seminar in Gender/Cultural Stu

Explores the interdisciplinary nature of gender/ cultural studies and introduces the student to graduate-level research and writing. Draws upon feminist, poststructuralist, and cultural studies frameworks to examine issues of power, body, gender, sexuality, and race. Includes oral reports and research papers. Hager

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
C308
Jo Trigilio Open 10 Yes 4.00

GCS 405 - Contemporary Critical Theory

Introduces graduate students to the concepts and practices of contemporary literary and cultural criticism. Surveys poststructuralist, psychoanalytic, Marxist, new-historicist, postcolonial, feminist, and gender theory, bringing these perspectives to bear on key literary and historical texts. (Also listed as ENGL 405 and SPAN 405.) Bergland.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
C302
Sheldon George Open 17 No 4.00

GCS 410 - Issues in International Studies

In the spring of 2012, the seminar will be comparative look at European and American imperialism, broadly defined, to examine how colonial encounters and societies shaped intersecting discourses of gender and race. The current generation of feminist and postcolonial scholars has reinvigorated the analysis of empire by placing questions of gender and race at the forefront. Thus the seminar will draw from a broad range of readings, including interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks as well as historical scholarship, across a vast geography: from Africa to Latin America, India to Ireland, and the Pacific to the Caribbean. We will not pretend to cover all these areas comprehensively; rather they will provide a sampling of compelling and multifaceted cases for study. Our temporal focus will be on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, to trace the origins and development of what has been called the ?golden age? of Euro-American imperialism. While the chronology of political history therefore plays an important role in our study, we will look beyond political administrators to include the actions and perspectives of less obvious ?agents of imperialism? such as travelers, missionaries, slaveholders, photographers, cultural brokers, and capitalists. We will likewise complicate definitions of colonial subjects by taking into account their diverse identities, positions, and forms of resistance, such as the development of indigenous feminist and nationalist ideologies. At times we will adopt an explicitly comparative perspective regarding the workings of gender and race in metropole and colony; but even then we will consider carefully the specific local, human, and material dimensions of imperialism.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

03:30PM-
06:20PM
MCB
C302
Jyoti Puri Open 10 No 4.00

GCS 450 - Independent Study

Prereq.: Consent of the program director. Offers an opportunity to complete research, internship, or fieldwork projects related to the GCS program. Requires consent of a supervising faculty member; approval of the program director; and a brief proposal outlining the focus, purpose, and projected outcome, to be submitted to the program director during the semester prior to registration. May not be taken more than twice. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 2.00

GCS 455 - Thesis

Prereq.: Consent of the program director. Involves a year-long independent research and writing project culminating in a paper of approximately 60-80 pages under the supervision of one reader with expertise in the subject area. Requires permission from the GCS director and advisory board and a proposal approved during the semester before the course is taken. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 24 Yes 4.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
N/A N/A N/A Laura Prieto Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 455A - Thesis Extension

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 0.00

GCS 460 - Project

Involves a research and writing project culminating in a paper of substantial length (30-40 pages) that may include an exhibit, film, media presentation, etc. Entails integration of materials relevant to the students specialization. Requires a proposal approved during the semester before the course is taken. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 460A - Master's Project Extension

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 0.00

GCS 465G - Grad. Consortium of Wom. Studs.

This course investigates theories and practices of feminist inquiry across a range of disciplines. Doing feminist research involves rethinking disciplinary assumptions and methodologies, developing new understandings of what counts as knowledge, seeking alternative ways of understanding the origins of problems/issues, formulating new ways of positing questions and redefining the relationship between subjects and objects of study.We shall be especially attentive to epistemological issues -- pre-suppositions about the nature of knowledge. Renee Bergland & Frinde Maher.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 24 Yes 4.00

GCS 466G - Grad. Consortium of Wom. Studs.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 21 Yes 4.00

GCS 470 - Internship

Offers students a work experience of five to ten hours per week under the direction of a workplace supervisor and a Simmons advisor. Serves as a source of information for inquiry and research. Culminates in a final paper of 20-30 pages that studies and analyzes an aspect of the work experience or site (e.g., an institutional ethnography). Requires a proposal approved during the semester prior to the internship. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

GCS 480 - Gender/Cultural Fieldwork

Offers an opportunity to conduct field research for five to ten hours per week under the direction of a Simmons advisor. Involves gathering empirical information for a study of approximately 20-30 pages. Requires a proposal approved during the semester prior to the fieldwork and may require approval from the institutional review board for research involving human subjects. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Jo Trigilio Open 25 Yes 4.00

Grad General Educ

GEDUC 400 - Pre-Practicum Seminar:

Prereq.: All required education courses Accompanies GEDUC 488. Addresses topics and issues that align with students classrom experiences. Covers topics including the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks; development of lesson plans; development of curriculum and curriculum units, classroom organization, routines, and procedures; classroom management, behavior and discipline; formal and informal assessment; issues around grading, record keeping, communication, and conferences with parents; developing professional portfolios, school culture, and teaching strategies; modifying and adapting curriculum; and techniques for children with special needs. Staff.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
MCB
C416
Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 10 No 4.00
04 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
MCB
W203
Joy H. Bettencourt
Daren Graves
Open 15 No 4.00
05 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
MCB
W201
Joy H. Bettencourt
Daren Graves
Open 10 No 4.00

GEDUC 401 - Practicum Seminar: Elementary

Develops integrated curriculum units and explores different models of curriculum design, lesson plans, and interdisciplinary teaching; teaches strategies to modify curriculum to accommodate different developmental levels and learning styles; and addresses issues of classroom management and parent communication. Develops appropriate assessment and evaluation procedures, measuring student progress. Requires practicum placement. Cunnion, Davidson, Johnson.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
MCB
C416
Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 12 No 4.00

GEDUC 402 - Practicum Seminar Middle/High

Analyzes the structure and organization of middle and high schools and considers models of effective classroom management. Discusses methods of individualizing pedagogy; planning and implementing curricula; assessing student performance; and making best use of parents, colleagues, community organizations, and administrators. Uses case studies and role-play exercises, many from internship experiences. Requires a practicum placement. McKenna, Rocci, Rooney.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
MCB
W201
Joy H. Bettencourt
Daren Graves
Open 16 No 4.00
02 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
MCB
W201
Joy H. Bettencourt
Daren Graves
Open 15 No 4.00

GEDUC 420 - Teaching for Content Area Literacy

Focuses on providing secondary teachers with research-based, pragmatic strategies to help their students develop content area literacy. Utilizing a standards-based lesson and unit planning framework, students will learn and apply reading, writing, speaking, listening and presenting tools and techniques to their respective content areas. Additionally,students will learn and apply instructional strategies for the 'new literacies' associated with the Internet. In turn, these tools,techniques, and instructional strategies will help their students to better access, understand, and communicate content, as well as become independent learners.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
LEF
L004
Jeffrey Lucove Open 13 No 4.00

GEDUC 444 - Research & Evaluation in Schools

Introduces students to basic quantitative research for their own use and for the interpretation of published research. Includes both diagnostic assessment and formal and informal classroom evaluation. Studies qualitative/ethnographic research and the skills necessary for accurate classroom observation. Involves framing a research question and proposing an investigation generally completed during clinical teaching. Abraham.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

04:00PM-
06:50PM
LEF
L008
Paul F. Abraham Open 12 No 4.00

GEDUC 445 - Educational Psychology

Examines the implications of psychology for teaching children and adolescents, emphasizing cognitive, social, and emotional development. Also covers learning styles, motivation, assessment, and evaluation. Requires individual presentations and papers that emphasize integration of students educational experiences, theory, and practice. Cunnion, Shwedel.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
MCB
W205
Theresa Perry Open 7 No 4.00

GEDUC 455 - Issues in Teaching and Learning for Middle and High School Teachers

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers professional issues for middle and high school teachers and students, including current school reform efforts; the multicultural debate; and other issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Examines the effect of school culture and the influence of television. Requires fieldwork if not taken concurrently with subject area methods course. Davidson, Oakes, Rocci.

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01 09/19/2014

09/20/2014

10/17/2014

10/18/2014

10/31/2014

11/01/2014

11/22/2014

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07:50PM
09:00AM-
03:20PM
04:00PM-
07:50PM
09:00AM-
03:20PM
09:00AM-
03:20PM
MCB
W206
MCB
W206
MCB
W206
MCB
W206
MCB
W206
MCB
W206
MCB
W206
Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Wcls 0 No 4.00

GEDUC 460 - Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: EDUC 156 and consent of the department. Not open to first-year students. Examines a variety of teaching strategies applicable to students in heterogeneous classrooms: techniques to individualize instruction and promote mastery learning; development of cooperative learning strategies; and consideration of specific classroom and behavior management procedures. Requires fieldwork. Bettencourt, Dean, Nam.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
MCB
W203
Taryn Anne Snyder Open 2 No 4.00
30 09/26/2014

09/27/2014

10/25/2014

11/22/2014

12/06/2014

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04:30PM-
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Jonathan S. Anderson Open 8 No 4.00

GEDUC 464 - Reading & Language Arts for the Elementary Classroom

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers methods of assessment and instruction in creating comprehensive literacy programs with reference to the ELA Frameworks throughout; decoding strategies including phonemic awareness and phonics skills; comprehension strategies; guided reading; literature circles; the writing process; and the integration of children's literature and poetry. Requires two mornings a week of fieldwork if taken concurrently with GEDUC 467. Scotto, Rodero.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
PCB
P210
Judith Freedberg Open 16 No 4.00

GEDUC 467 - Math for the Elementary Classroom

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers basic topics of elementary mathematics from contemporary viewpoints to reinforce mathematics learning. Examines varying pupil responses and techniques of instruction and construction of curriculum units. Requires field experience in an inclusive classroom. Includes two mornings a week of fieldwork if taken concurrently with GEDUC 464. Davidson, Hamel.

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BL 09/21/2014

09/28/2014

10/05/2014

10/26/2014

11/09/2014

11/23/2014

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Sunday

Sunday

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12:30PM-
05:20PM
12:30PM-
05:20PM
12:30PM-
05:20PM
12:30PM-
05:20PM
12:30PM-
05:20PM
12:30PM-
05:20PM
MCB
W203
MCB
W203
MCB
W203
MCB
W203
MCB
W203
MCB
W203
Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 8 No 4.00

GEDUC 471 - English Curric At the Middle/Hs Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers issues in the teaching of high school and middle school English, including selection and justification of content, models of curriculum design, lesson and unit planning, history and structure of English language, and language acquisition theories. Includes observation and aiding experiences in inclusive English classrooms. Rooney.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
MCB
W205
Thomas F. Rooney Open 4 No 4.00

GEDUC 472 - Modern Foreign Language Curriculum @ Hs

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I and one course in advanced composition or stylistics. Considers major pedagogical issues in modern language instruction with specific attention to theories of language acquisition; the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; selection and justification of content; models of curricular design; and construction of lesson plans and units. Includes observation and aiding experiences in inclusive language classrooms. Nelson.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
MCB
C415
Sally C. Nelson Open 17 No 4.00

GEDUC 473 - City on a Hill Seminar

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30C 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

N/A
N/A
Christine Gentry Open 1 No 4.00

GEDUC 474 - Hist & Poli Sci At Middle/Hs Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers major pedagogical issues in teaching history and the social sciences, emphasizing selection and justification of content, models of curriculum design, modes of inquiry, and construction of lesson plans and units. Includes observation and aiding experiences in inclusive social studies classrooms. Bettencourt.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
MCB
W201
Joy H. Bettencourt Open 3 No 4.00

GEDUC 476 - Science Curriculum At High/Mid Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Introduces middle and high school science teaching: specific problems, instructional materials, and teaching techniques. Emphasizes observing and aiding inclusive science classes.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
OFF
SITE
Jill Sifantus
Ms. Barbara Weiffenbach
Open 8 No 4.00

GEDUC 478 - Math Curr. At the Middle/High Level

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Explores contemporary issues and problems in middle and high school level mathematics teaching, including curriculum projects and materials and their origins, rationales, and uses. Emphasizes the teacher's role as a generator of knowledge and curriculum and the formulator of instruction. Includes appropriate field experience. Deily.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
OFF
SITE
Mr. Bruce C. Mallory Open 11 No 4.00

GEDUC 479 - Practicum: World Language 5-12

Prereq.: Consent of the department. Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in a world language classroom. Involves planning and implementing daily class lessons for at least 150 hours of direct teaching, as well as development of curriculum materials and demonstrated service to a student who falls short of classroom instructional objectives. Requires papers, attendance at seminars, and documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instruction. Chumley, Guttentag.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Ellen M. Davidson
Joy H. Bettencourt
Open 19 No 4.00

GEDUC 480 - Practicum: Elementary Education (1-6)

Prereq.: Consent of the department. Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in an inclusive classroom at the first-grade to sixth-grade level. Involves demonstrating effective classroom management procedures, implementing daily class lessons, developing long-range curriculum materials, and demonstrating effectiveness in serving students who are below the expected classroom instructional level. Requires documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instructional time. Guttentag.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Helen Guttentag Open 12 No 4.00

GEDUC 481 - Practicum: Middle School (5-8)

. Prereq.: Consent of the department. Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in an inclusive classroom at the fifth grade to ninth grade level. Involves demonstrating effective classroom management procedures, implementing daily class lessons, developing long-range curriculum materials, and demonstrating effectiveness in serving students who are below the expected classroom instructional level. Requires documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instructional time. Rocci.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Ellen M. Davidson
Joy H. Bettencourt
Open 17 No 4.00

GEDUC 482 - Practicum: High School (8-12)

Assigns supervised teaching responsibilities in an inclusive classroom at the ninth grade to twelfth grade level. Involves demonstrating effective classroom management procedures, implementing daily class lessons, developing long-range curriculum materials, and demonstrating effectiveness in serving students who are below the expected classroom instructional level. Requires documentation of a minimum of 135 hours of direct instructional time.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Ellen M. Davidson
Joy H. Bettencourt
Open 15 No 4.00

GEDUC 488 - Pre-Practicum: Elementary

Prereq.: Requires students to observe, assist, and teach in a 1-12 classroom under the supervision of a professionally licensed supervising practitioner at the field and level of the license sought. Offers an opportunity to develop and teach lesson plans and a mini-curriculum unit, provide service to one student requiring modification in his/her educational program, and demonstrate effective classroom management skills. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Helen Guttentag Open 10 No 4.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Ellen M. Davidson
Joy H. Bettencourt
Open 15 No 4.00
03 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Ellen M. Davidson
Joy H. Bettencourt
Open 10 No 4.00

MBA

GSM 401 - Pre MBA Math Boot Camp

This workshop is designed to refresh and strengthen your business math skills. Topics include percentages, decimals, fractions, ratios and basic algebra. You will work on problem solving skills, test taking skills, and building math confidence. This course will refresh and strengthen business math skills.

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B 10/01/2014 -
11/12/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
LIB
L223 ALDEN TRUST ROOM
Sunshine Greene Open 22 No 0.00

GSM 403 - Foundations of Business

Foundations of Business (Foundations) is a non credit, intensive orientation program and the first required course at Simmons. Foundations will provide you with an opportunity to learn about academic standards, as well as become acquainted with the SOM, and all the resources that are available to you. It is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow classmates and our faculty members.

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B 08/26/2014 -
09/03/2014
N/A N/A N/A Indra J. Guertler Open 36 No 0.00

GSM 411 - Economic Analysis for Managers

This course covers the major topics of Microeconomic theory and allows students to apply that theory to problem solving related to managerial decision making. The purpose is to make students aware of the way economic thinking is practiced, how the market economy works, the utility of economics in understanding the business environment, and the situations when markets can fail. The intent is to provide students practice in using an economic framework and the behaviors created by economic forces for analyzing markets, business strategy, poor business performance and other management issues. As a component in the MBA curriculum, this is also a course that gives students conceptual and analytical tools which support other higher level courses.

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A 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday, Thursday

10:00AM-
11:50AM
SOMC
M105
Gary Gaumer Open 32 No 3.00

GSM 412 - Business,Gov, Global Economy

This course explores international and macroeconomics in applied settings including countries and businesses. BGGE begins by reviewing monetary and fiscal policy and their impact on economic performance from GSM 411 and continues with coverage of basic international economic concepts. These are: GDP components, their real world referents and their relationship to key macroeconomic variables; the theory of comparative advantage from trade; balance of payments categories, their real world referents and their relationship to key macroeconomic variables; and exchange rates and their determinants in the arenas of international trade and international finance. The second part of the course examines how business leaders might use basic international economic concepts, familiarity with foreign countries and regions and insight into international economic governance institutions such as the IMF to help their decision making. In the final section of the course students consolidate their grasp of international and macroeconomic analysis by developing a regional growth forecast and examining its impact on a particular corporation.

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A 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
SOMC
M104
Cathy E. Minehan
Robert F. Coulam
Gary Gaumer
Open 36 No 3.00

GSM 415 - Quantitative Analysis

We designed this course to provide students with a foundation in quantitative analysis techniques widely used in organizations in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings. Topics include an introduction to statistics, managing data, and analyzing data using descriptive statistics, chi-square test, correlation, t-test, analysis of variance, and linear regression. The focus is on creating, interpreting, and reporting results. We teach the course from an applied perspective and include a software-use component to enable students to gain hands-on experience with conducting statistical analysis using spreadsheets & statistical software. This course will support other MBA coursework, as you will be able to apply the skills and theories discussed in a variety of disciplines.

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A 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
SOMC
M222
John M. Lowe Open 27 No 3.00

GSM 420 - Financial Reporting & Analysis

This is an introductory course in financial reporting which focuses on the vocabulary and fundamental concepts of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This course is the basis not only for other required and elective accounting course, as well as other business courses here at the GSM. Accounting is often called the 'language of business.' Managers must appreciate the assumptions and complexities that underlie accounting information so they can make good, ethical business decisions and communicate financial information to others. As the intricacies of financial reporting increase, managers who develop financial statement literacy will find themselves in possession of an increasingly valuable business tool. Those who do not develop this skill run the risk of being victimized by their lack of knowledge. Financial accounting information is not only used as a basis for decision-making by management; it is also used by those outside an organization, such as lenders, investors, and regulatory agencies.

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A 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
MCB
C104
Jiang Du Open 11 No 3.00
B 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
SOMC
M223
Jane Hughes Open 4 No 3.00

GSM 421 - Managerial Accounting

This is an introductory course in cost management and control. Managerial accounting is concerned with generating, using, and interpreting financial and other information for use by managers in making decisions. These decisions include planning and control, budgeting, resource allocation, cost measurement, pricing, and performance evaluation. Financial accounting is externally oriented and governed by fundamental concepts of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). In contrast, managerial accounting is internally oriented. Managerial accounting is very context driven. Some students find it more intuitively accessible than financial accounting, but it is no less rigorous. Starts 1/27

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B 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
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06:00PM-
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M201
Ms. Susan W. Hass Open 29 No 3.00

GSM 425 - Marketing Management

Marketing is essential to all kinds of organizations. Whether you are selling to consumers or to businesses, whether you are for-profit or not-for-profit, whether you are selling tangible products, services, experiences, people, or ideas, strong marketing helps you achieve your mission. Coca-cola, Google, Barack Obama, and UNICEF: all of these brands have been built through innovative marketing. Marketing, when done well, simultaneously delivers value to firms, their consumers, and society at large. Marketing is focused on understanding customers and their needs, creating products or services that meet those needs, and delivering them to customers in a way that delights them and keeps them coming back for more. Marketing guru, Philip Kotler, once said, 'Marketing is not the art of selling what you make but knowing what to make. It is the art of identifying and understanding customer needs and creating solutions that deliver satisfaction to the customers, profits to the producers, and benefits for the stakeholders.' Starts 1/29/15

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B 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
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M222
Susan D. Sampson Open 21 No 3.00

GSM 427 - Strategic Thinking & Analytical Decision Making

This required one credit class, Strategy I, is designed to be the first part of a two-course sequence (to include Strategy II in your last semester) to 'book end' your MBA experience. This course will help you develop a thorough overview of Strategy, and you will learn and apply the core frameworks and analytical tools required for strategic analysis of any organization and its industry, and the crafting of winning and sustainable competitive strategy. This will provide you with a context and foundation for your other SOM MBA courses in the functional areas of management. This foundational course is designed to help you integrate and apply the knowledge you gain in these courses specialized in the functional areas of business: marketing, operations management, finance, managerial accounting, and human resources, etc, in the context of competitive strategy formulation and implementation Fall 2014 09/10/14 - 12/10/14 W 1:00-3:50

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A 09/10/2014 -
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M104
Laurie Pascal Open 0 No 3.00

GSM 430 - Technology & Operations Mgmt

Operations Management is a broad and multi-dimensional area. Drawing on the skills and knowledge of a variety of management disciplines - accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing - operations management answers the 'how' question for a firm. How will the product be manufactured or delivered? Where? By whom? What level of service is offered? How is performance measured? Operations management is both an art and a science, marrying quantitative and analytical skills with cognitive problem solving and human relations capabilities. Operations Management encompasses the process whereby goods & services are created and delivered, associated systems and tools, and the people who make it all happen. At the most basic level, the operations function is turning inputs (resources in the form of materials, people, or even knowledge) into outputs (a finished good or delivered service). As operations functions utilize the bulk of a firm's resources, efficiency is a key concern for operations managers. Other aspects include measurement, control, and quality. Operations management has evolved in concert with changes in the economy. In the early 20th century operations management was firmly rooted in manufacturing; it now also deals with the vast area of service operations. This course will draw upon your previous coursework in a variety of disciplines and apply those skills and theories to operations management decisions. Starts 1/27/15

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B 09/11/2014 -
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M222
Yulong Li Open 19 No 3.00

GSM 435 - Finance

Finance provides students with a set of analytical tools to use in financial decision making, and for a better understanding of an organizations interaction with the financial markets. Topics include: return and risk relationships in the capital markets, time value of money and capital budgeting techniques, capital structure and cost of capital, leasing, mergers and acquisitions, duration, asset allocation, and options and futures pricing. This course provides a rigorous treatment of key financial concepts and analytical approaches, and thus builds the students appreciation of the role of financial theory and models in business. Spring 2015 will begin on Febuary 2

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B 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
SOMC
M201
Jiang Du Open 39 No 3.00

GSM 440 - Strategic Management Capstone

Our strategic management course is designed to give you a training ground to learn and practice the tools, techniques, mental models and frameworks of strategic decision making and managerial implementation. To be a strategic manager is to move an organization with a goal or goals in mind, to integrate information across sources, motivate co-workers, to use and collect data, and to be cognizant and engaged with the past and the future, the big picture and the operational under conditions of uncertainty and complexity. Strategic managers operate in all organizations whatever their form (profit, non-profit, government, cooperative, B-Corp, etc.). This course is designed to accompany, educate, and support you as you encounter and practice strategic thinking and collaboration. We will be experiential in our approach. You will use and hone your critical thinking skills to include synthesis (combining to make a whole) and analysis (separating into components). You will collect and use data applying all the knowledge you have acquired to date in your MBA sharing your thoughts and recommendations with others through team and individual work, orally and in writing. Strategic management is a dynamic and growing field demanding rigor, flexibility and creativity of its members. It is exciting to be engaged as there are no 'right' answers - only, perhaps 'better' answers. Strategy marshals approaches and frameworks that when adopted into action by leaders, can result in success -more or less - sooner or later. Uncertainty, turbulence, complexity, intense competition, and opportunities for innovation are all hallmarks of the strategic arena.

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A 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

01:00PM-
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SOMC
M101
Teresa Nelson Open 24 No 3.00

GSM 442 - Financial Capstone

The MBA Financial Capstone course prepares students for any professional career by focusing on issues that are relevant to all organizations: principled leadership, governance, and past financial performance and future expected financial goals. Students will practice leadership and financial analysis, and then share their recommendations through written analysis, dialogues and presentations. Critical thinking skills will be used for the choice and justification of the assumptions underlying all forecasts - most forecasting will be done with prepared spreadsheet models that students will be allowed to augment and improve.

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A 09/08/2014 -
12/10/2014
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M105
Indra J. Guertler Open 25 No 3.00

GSM 455 - Leading Individuals and Groups

Leading Individuals and Groups focuses on the function, role, and responsibility of the manager in an organizational context. Emphasis is placed on understanding the organizational culture and on developing skills needed for the manager in middle- and senior-level management positions; the transition that must be taken into account in moving from supervisory positions to middle management and from middle management to senior management; the management of relationships with subordinates, peers, and supervisors; managing change and conflict; leading a group; and valuing and managing a diverse workforce. The course also explores the more intangible management issues that may confront women in higher level management positions and examines the increasingly strategic need to identify and negotiate both formal and informal sources of support for implementing decisions within the organization.

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A 09/09/2014 -
12/16/2014
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03:50PM
SOMC
M222
Stephanie Joyce Creary Open 25 No 3.00
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12/16/2014
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06:00PM-
08:50PM
SOMC
M223
Stephanie Joyce Creary Open 2 No 3.00

GSM 465 - Leading Organizational Change

Organizational change may be required for a number of reasons including innovation in technology, work processes, or organizational structures; internal politics; changes in the markets for products and services an organization provides; the changing workforce; the changing regulatory environment in which the organization operates; or the changing expectations of various stakeholders. While the necessity for change may seem obvious, the vast majority of organizational change efforts fail. Spring 15 dates T, W, TH and Friday-1/20, 1/21, 1/22, 1/23, 9-5pm M-1/26, 9-5pm Fridays-2/20 and 4/17, 9-5pm

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B 09/10/2014 -
12/17/2014
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06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M223
Spela Trefalt Open 32 No 3.00
BL 09/26/2014

09/27/2014

09/28/2014

10/24/2014

10/25/2014

10/26/2014

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M222
Spela Trefalt Open 22 No 3.00

GSM 470 - Negotiation & Problem Solving

Negotiation and conflict resolution are becoming more important in organizations today. In the past, you probably would use negotiation and conflict resolution skills only if your job entailed formal dealings with unions, suppliers, and customers or as a financial deal maker. In other words, negotiation was a skill needed only by people who did it for a living. All that has changed in most organizations today. If you analyze an organization through a political lens, all interactions are basically negotiations. That means that as a leader, at whatever level, you are frequently operating in a situation where your responsibility exceeds your authority. You will need to negotiate with a range of internal and external stakeholders in order to get your job done. In network and team structures, you are but one voice among many. To get your agenda accomplished, you will need to negotiate to build alliances among different stakeholders and constituencies. As organizations become more diverse demographically and culturally, the potential for conflict increases, requiring even more attention to ways of dealing with it. And in these challenging times, the need to negotiate resources and support for yourself and your group becomes even more critical. Saturday date: 1/24. 9-5pm

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BL 09/13/2014

09/20/2014

10/11/2014

11/01/2014

11/14/2014

11/22/2014

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M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
Paula Gutlove Open 36 No 3.00

GSM 501 - Internship

Individualized Schedule Prerequisites: Faculty Advisor or Concentration Advisor approval Organizations in a variety of industries may offer formal or informal internship programs in a variety of functional areas. Internships are a great way to develop/enhance your skill sets while providing exposure to an industry or function that you are interested in from a career standpoint. Choose your internship strategically ? answer the question: is it going to make you more marketable to target employers upon graduation? -tInterns will meet with a faculty advisor regularly over the semester. -tInterns will be expected to work 225 hours over 16 weeks for 3 credits. -tInternships should be paid but may be unpaid. Hourly rates can span from $12 - $20/hour on average, and some organizations pay students in a lump sum. -tInternships are graded on a pass/fail system. Internship credit is determined based on hours worked over the course of the semester. -tInternational students on an F or J visas should inquire about additional requirements.

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BL 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Mrs. Patricia H. Deyton Open 50 Yes 3.00

GSM 502 - Independent Study

Individualized Schedule Prerequisites: Faculty Advisor approval Independent study will vary depending on topic chosen and requires faculty consent to register.

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B 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Mrs. Patricia H. Deyton Open 50 Yes 3.00
S 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Susan W. Hass Open 4 Yes 3.00
T 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
N/A N/A N/A Teresa Nelson Open 5 Yes 3.00

GSM 504D - Special Topics

Human rights issues are a growing area of concern for companies and investors worldwide. This course provides a context for how companies can address political, social, and economic rights in their value chain and within their spheres of influence. The instructor will provide an in-depth look at tools to assist companies to comply with human rights, including several UN frameworks. Students will analyze case studies of good practice with a view to understanding management tools such as human rights policies, due diligence efforts, and grievance mechanisms. The course will examine human rights through a gender perspective, looking at instruments that promote the rights of women. This course will be open to both graduate and under-graduate students in the following areas of study: political science, management, history, social work, communications, gender studies, and public policy. The semester-long course will address the following topics: I. What are human rights and how do they apply to business? II. The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Framework III. Corporate policies on human rights IV. Human rights due diligence V. Managing in areas of conflict

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B 09/11/2014 -
12/11/2014
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M201
Deborah Leipziger Open 13 No 3.00

GSM 526 - Market Research & Design Analysis

Effective strategic planning and decision making relies on management's ability to acquire and interpret relevant market-related information and have the skills to carry out sound research. This course will provide MBA students with an in-depth understanding of the research methods used by management researchers to obtain information to guide decision making. The goal is to provide students with sufficient knowledge about research methods to allow them to become sophisticated users and clients of marketing research services. Emphasis will be on how to: (1) specify information needs and design a research study to meet those needs; (2) collect, analyze, and use research data to make effective strategic and managerial decisions; (3) communicate the research findings and their implications to various stakeholders. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze data using SPSS software and create professional surveys using Qualtrics, a leading online survey platform.

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B 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
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M202
Mr. Edward T. Vieira, Jr. Open 41 No 3.00

GSM 536 - Investments

Investments is an applied practitioner's class that will give you the skills to determine future goals for the risk and expected return of financial assets, choose appropriately to achieve these goals, and then monitor the actual performance of your assets relative to your expectations/benchmark and the overall market's returns. By the end of the class you will be able to select investments, create portfolios and evaluate their performance for either your professional or personal goals. Topics covered include the risk-return tradeoff, U.S. stock market alternatives, stock valuation, stock price behavior, stock options, mutual funds, bonds, and futures contracts. Simulation trading will be used. Fall 2014: Wednesdays, 6-9pm & Saturdays:

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B 09/10/2014

09/13/2014

09/17/2014

09/20/2014

09/24/2014

10/01/2014

10/08/2014

10/15/2014

10/18/2014

10/22/2014

10/29/2014

11/15/2014

11/19/2014

12/03/2014

12/10/2014

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M301
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M301
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M301
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M301
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M301
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M301
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M301
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M301
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M301
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M301
Indra J. Guertler Open 0 No 3.00

GSM 563 - Philanthropy, Policy, and Fundraising in Non-Profit Sector

This course explores the history and development of philanthropy in the United States, the impact of evolving public policy and the spread of philanthropy throughout the world. The course provides an in-depth review of the major areas of fund raising in the 21st century, including the development of fund raising plans and campaigns, working with donors, corporations and foundations, and trends for the future.

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B 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
SOMC
M105
Mrs. Patricia H. Deyton Open 33 No 3.00

GSM 571 - Entrepreneurship: Business Plans & Prop

Prerequisites: GSM 425, GSM 570, GSM 421 or GSM 435 (co-req ok), or permission of professor This course is the nuts and bolts of thinking through, testing, and presenting a creative plan for launching your own venture, whether that be a new business or social enterprise, or a venture with line authority in an existing organization (for-profit, non-profit, government). Students will use and add to their knowledge of finance, marketing, operations, and strategy to craft a plan thereby integrating their MBA training into a finished, professional product proposing a scalable, sustainable venture with impact (the SOM entrepreneurship program mission). (Note: Many graduates have said this is the best exercise they were given to truly capture the full MBA learning path.) Students will work on an idea of their choosing, or if they do not have a scalable idea at the ready, can develop an idea with the professor or work with a local entrepreneur. For the latter, students must be in touch with the professor at least a month before the first day of class. Three other critical elements of the class beyond development of the plan are presentation skill development, cohort building, and interaction with guest speakers and advisors. Students will refine their skill in presenting a business idea in short (30 second), mid (2-3 minute) and long (10 minute) form. Each student will also be linked with a professional advisor to review the plan and comment before our final, public presentation day, entitled the Raw Business Plan Competition. While Business Plans and Proposals is the second course of the concentration in entrepreneurship for the MBA, it is also an MBA elective and all MBA students and alumna are welcome to participate, given satisfaction of pre-requisites.

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B 09/10/2014 -
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M101
Teresa Nelson Open 0 No 3.00
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