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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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Summer 2014 Course Schedule - Updated Hourly

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Grad General Educ

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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02 07/01/2014 -
08/07/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

04:00PM-
07:30PM
MCB
W203
Jeffrey Lucove Open 3 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 05/20/2014 -
06/26/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

10:00AM-
01:15PM
MCB
E209
Maryellen Cunnion Open 2 No 4.00
03 05/19/2014 -
06/30/2014
Monday, Wednesday

04:00PM-
07:15PM
MCB
W205
Daren Graves Open 7 No 4.00

GEDUC 449 - Individual Study

For graduate students only. Staff.

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02 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Margaret Rodero Open 4 Yes 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 05/19/2014 -
06/30/2014
Monday, Wednesday

04:00PM-
07:15PM
MCB
W203
Gary Oakes 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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02 07/01/2014 -
08/07/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

10:00AM-
01:30PM
MCB
W205
Joy H. Bettencourt Wcls 0 No 4.00

GEDUC 461 - Social Studies, Science & the Arts For the Elementary Classroom

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Stage I. Considers methods and materials for elementary curriculum in social studies, science, music, and art, emphasizing the unit approach to curriculum organization.Incorporates audiovisual materials. Examines experimental models and techniques of observation. Requires field experience in an inclusive classroom or a museum setting. Cormier.

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02 07/01/2014 -
08/07/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

04:00PM-
07:30PM
MCB
W205
Mr. Charles B. Cormier Open 5 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 05/20/2014 -
06/26/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

10:00AM-
01:15PM
PCB
P406
Judith Freedberg Open 10 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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01 05/20/2014 -
06/26/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

04:00PM-
07:15PM
MCB
E209
Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 11 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. Summer 2014 Dates: Evenings 6-9pm: Thursday, June 5th Monday, June 9th Thursday, June 12th Monday, June 16th Thursday, June 19th Monday, June 23rd Fall 2014 - 09/04/14-12/08/14

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B 06/05/2014 -
06/23/2014
Monday, Thursday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M301
Jane Mooney Open 16 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. Fall 2014 - 09/04/14 - 12/08/14 M,Th

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B 05/15/2014 -
08/07/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M222
Gary Gaumer Open 25 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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BL 05/14/2014 -
08/06/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M223
Ms. Mary Finlay Open 10 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. SUMMER 2014 Face to Face: Saturday & Sunday: 5/31 - 6/1: 9-5pm Saturdays: 6/21 and 7/12, 9-5pm Tuesdays, 7/15 & 7/22, 6-9pm Online: 6/2-6/15 and 6/22-7/5 Fall 2014: Saturdays: 9/13, 9/20, 10/11, 11/1, 11/22, 9-5pm; Friday: 11/14, 6-9pm; Online: 9/21-10/4 and 10/12-10/25 Plus online course activities during the semester

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BL 05/31/2014

06/01/2014

06/21/2014

07/12/2014

07/15/2014

07/22/2014

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09:00AM-
05:00PM
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09:00AM-
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09:00AM-
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06:00PM-
09:00PM
06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
Paula Gutlove Open 5 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. Spring 14 Dates: 1/13-5/10

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B 05/12/2014 -
05/12/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
07:00PM
SOMC
M101
Mrs. Patricia H. Deyton Open 42 Yes 3.00
L 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A J. Barry B. Lin Open 4 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. Spring 14 Dates: 1/13-5/10

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B 05/12/2014 -
08/15/2014
N/A N/A N/A Mrs. Patricia H. Deyton Open 50 Yes 3.00
S 05/12/2014 -
08/30/2014
N/A N/A N/A Susan D. Sampson Open 4 Yes 3.00

GSM 503 - Marketing in the Age of Social Media

GSM 503 is a special topics course and therefore the name of the course changes each semester. Please use the elective description document that will be emailed out from the Academic Programs Office. Marketing in the Age of Social Media: Summer 14: Thursdays, 6-9pm plus online work. Description: Social media has changed the way people live and communicate. Businesses are not only reacting and responding to these changes in their marketing plans, but their marketing plans are funding innovation and thus driving a lot of the behavioral change they must in turn adapt to. This course is about how marketing has changed in light of the invention of social media, the role managers play in future change. It aims to arm students with the information every manager needs to compete in the marketing landscape of today and tomorrow. We will address a company's ability to respond, engage, participate and shape the way the customer community they build mobilizes to not only purchase their products and services, but also to behave in the greater world. We explore how companies participate in that discussion, and thereby live up to social, environmental and ethical missions in a greater sense. The overall goal of this course is to expose students to a next generation way of thinking that empowers them to not only leverage new media channels in marketing plans, and measure their effectiveness, but also to advance problem solve and build operating processes that enable them to integrate 'new media mindset' in everything they do. Many of the specific topics we will discuss have business and social implications - from the data that is gathered and how it is stored and used, to the freedom of speech a business grants (or doesn't grant) its customers, to new media integration with traditional methods, to the way feedback gathered through social methods are employed in a company's operations and marketing. Students will discuss cases and review testimonials from real-life practitioners to study online marketing theory from strategic planning to process development to practical application.

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B 05/15/2014 -
08/07/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M104
Michelle Conceison Open 10 No 3.00

GSM 505 - Sustainability and Strategy

GSM 505 - Sustainability & Strategy: This class examines the key themes in sustainability and strategy, with a focus on how leading companies develop long-term strategies that address sustainable design, market creation, branding, reporting, and social media. Students will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the field of sustainability and social innovation, through guest lectures, case studies and direct practical experience with companies who need consulting on sustainability issues. Students will work with companies to develop direct, hands-on experience in the field. This class will use a very comprehensive definition of sustainability, to include social as well as environmental and governance issues.

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B 05/13/2014 -
08/05/2014
Tuesday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M104
Deborah Leipziger Open 13 No 3.00

GSM 511 - Culturally Intelligent Leadership

In today's global economy, the ability to interact effectively across cultures is a fundamental job requirement and critical leadership competence. This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in the areas of optimizing human performance, cultural intelligence, diversity and inclusion, and leading and managing intercultural organizations. This course will explore the implications of culture on managerial and leadership approaches, business practices, communication and interpersonal relations, organizational and individual performances as well as on human resource management dimensions, in both international and domestic settings. Global cultures, subcultures, and domestic cultures will be considered. The ethical and sustainable implications of managing cultures and diversity will be examined. By learning about the dilemmas and opportunities that are presented in international and multi-cultural work environments, students will be better able to function in an increasingly global business world. Students will be positioned to lead in a way that is more culturally competent, effectively addressing critical human resource issues, challenges, and opportunities that will arise and leveraging cultural differences as a competitive talent management advantage. The overall goal of this course is to convey a way of thinking that increases students? abilities to understand the influence of national and cultural boundaries on individuals, organizations, and on organizational practices. Special emphasis will be placed on the management of people, with a particular focus on women, and groups in international organizations. Students will also learn how to apply cultural intelligence (CQ) at all levels of an organization and will take a Global Mindset Inventory to asses personal levels of cross cultural literacy and preparation for overseas assignments. SUMMER 2014 Saturday and Sundays 5/ 17 and 18, 6/7 and 8, 6/28 and 29 and online 10AM-3PM

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BL 05/17/2014

05/18/2014

06/07/2014

06/08/2014

06/28/2014

06/29/2014

Saturday

Sunday

Saturday

Sunday

Saturday

Sunday

10:00AM-
03:00PM
10:00AM-
03:00PM
10:00AM-
03:00PM
10:00AM-
03:00PM
10:00AM-
03:00PM
10:00AM-
03:00PM
SOMC
M105
SOMC
M105
SOMC
M105
SOMC
M105
SOMC
M105
SOMC
M105
Lynda L. Moore Open 16 No 3.00

GSM 520 - Strategic Performance Measures

This case-based course focuses on the measures an organization develops to achieve its stated strategic, financial and operational goals in a business climate that emphasizes achieving ever increasing levels of corporate performance. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to both the elements and the applications of the Balanced Scorecard as an integrative tool to evaluate organizational performance in a variety of settings including completion of a Balanced Scorecard simulation. Besides the Balanced Scorecard, we will briefly examine other ways to measure organizational success through budgeting, responsibility centers, risk assessment and other performance measures. Because the antecedents of many of these concepts lie with some fundamental management accounting concepts and their link to strategy, marketing, operations, organization behavior and finance, this course will focus on the whole organization. SUMMER 2014 May 16-18 and June 6-8 Fridays 6-9pm Saturday/ Sunday, 9-6pm

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B 05/16/2014

05/17/2014

05/18/2014

06/06/2014

06/07/2014

06/08/2014

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09:00PM
09:00AM-
05:00PM
09:00AM-
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09:00AM-
05:00PM
09:00AM-
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SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
SOMC
M222
Ms. Susan W. Hass Open 3 No 3.00

GSM 560 - Financial Management in Non-Profit Organizations

Financial Management in Non-Profit Organizations applies concepts and techniques from financial and managerial accounting to the financial management of nonprofit organizations. The central topics covered in the course include understanding the financial challenges faced by non-profit organizations, using nonprofit financial statements to analyze the financial viability of the organization, developing and evaluating the cash, operational, and capital budgets which underlay the work of nonprofit organizations, analyzing sources of capital and understanding the limitations inherent in the various sources. SUMMER 2014 Mondays, Wednesdays 6-9PM Saturday, June 28, 10-5pm

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B 05/12/2014 -
06/28/2014
Monday, Wednesday

Saturday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
10:00AM-
05:00PM
SOMC
M202
SOMC
M202
Sandi Clement McKinley Open 25 No 3.00

GSM 564 - Project Management

This course examines concepts, tools, and techniques for planning, directing, and controlling projects. It takes a multidisciplinary approach that comprises the quantitative analysis required to meet the technical, budget, and time constraints of projects as well as the behavioral and organizational factors critical to their successful completion. Coursework and class sessions include lectures, readings, case studies, simulations, guest speakers, group exercises, and on-line assignments.

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BL 05/19/2014 -
08/11/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
SOMC
M223
Ms. Mary Finlay Wcls 0 No 3.00

GSM 570 - Creativity Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This experiential, three-weekend course is designed to give you an enjoyable and rigorous introduction to the ideas and practice of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Regardless of the type of organization (profit, nonprofit) or its stage of development (established or new venture), the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals and teams is a key to recognizing and then acting on new opportunities. In the course, we will explore the realm of creativity tools and techniques that can be applied at the individual and team level, including mindfulness and group idea generating techniques. We will put these in context as we think through how organizations innovate new products and industries. Students will then take these ideas to create a first stage business model and learn how to pitch that model in presentation and through an executive summary. Whether or not you are an entrepreneur, think it might be an interesting career path someday, or simply want to understand more about how to bring creativity and innovation to your managerial practice, do join us. All graduate students welcome. This course serves as the first in the concentration in entrepreneurship for those so interested. SUMMER 2014 May 24 and 25 June 28 and 29 August 2 and 3 10AM-5PM

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A 05/24/2014

05/25/2014

06/28/2014

06/29/2014

08/02/2014

08/03/2014

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SOMC
M104
SOMC
M104
SOMC
M201
SOMC
M201
SOMC
M201
SOMC
M201
Teresa Nelson Open 24 No 3.00
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