CMMK 325 Communication Across Professional Settings (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CMMK 121. This course extends the content and skills of CMMK 121. Practical instruction and experience in developing professional communication skills for conferences, reports, sales, media and other professional speaking situations will be covered. Students will be required to demonstrate presentational skills in a variety of business and professional presentations including crisis briefings, proposals, sales, and technical presentations. There will be specific project-based learning and an increased emphasis on specific communications in business, corporate, and organizational settings.
CMMK 415 Public Relations Principles and Practices (3)
Prerequisites: CMMK 121 and ENGL 400. This course surveys the basic concepts and principles in the multifaceted field of public relations. Students will attain knowledge and understanding of the role and functions of public relations in a global society, including the role of the public relations professional as a liaison between all stakeholders, internal and external. The historical evolution of public relations; career opportunities in the field; and professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities will be discussed. Learning will be reinforced through case study analysis and development, written papers, interactive discussions, and oral presentations.
CMMK 427 Advertising Principles and Practices (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: CMMK 121 and ENGL 400. This course explores the numerous dimensions of advertising--as a business, a creative communication process, a social phenomenon, and a fundamental ingredient of the free enterprise system. Students will have the opportunity to analyze advertising perspectives; develop marketing and advertising strategies; integrate advertising with other elements of the communications mix; and create advertisements and commercials. Ethics and social responsibility will be emphasized throughout the course. Learning will be facilitated through interactive discussions, case analysis, written assignments, oral presentations, and the critical analysis of an advertising campaign.
OSTD 320 Interpersonal Relations in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300. An examination of the knowledge and skill necessary to perform effectively in professional relations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of interpersonal relationships in organizations framed in ethical contexts related to perception, impression management, managing diversity, self disclosure, coaching, conflict management, influence, power, and politics. Students will complete self-assessments and engage in skill-building activities to learn how to effectively manage relationships within organizations while using Communication Improvement Plans.
OSTD 330 Team Dynamics (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300. A study and application of team and small group behavior in organizations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of team structure, processes, and performance outcomes including topics like team types and stages, member roles, leadership, and decision-making. Using a self-directed work team environment, students will complete a team project demonstrating concepts and processes within team dynamics.
OSTD 410 Concepts and Theories of Leadership (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and Senior Status within the OS major. Promotes leadership development through the study of leadership theory and concepts and encourages the practical application of leadership at all levels. It includes analysis of historical approaches to leadership and focuses on influential contemporary leadership perspectives such as Servant Leadership, Situational Leadership, Transformational Leadership, and Principle-Centered Leadership. Through an examination of leadership theory and research, self-assessments and reflection, and application to the work environment, students will create a personal leadership development plan.
OSTD 480 Organizational Theory & Practice (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: ENGL 190, CMMK 121, CST 295, OSTD 300, OSTD 320 or 330, OSTD 410, PST 320, PST 340 or PSYK 425, Senior Status. An overview of how organizations work including theory, research, and application. Students will gain a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes within the internal and external environment. Current trends will also be discussed. Students will complete cases and engage in experiential exercises to facilitate critical thinking and the application of course content to organizational settings. The final course project will integrate knowledge and skills in the area of organizational theory with systematic problem solving skills to assess and diagnose an organizational problem. This course is the Capstone Course for the OS Major.
PST 310 Accounting Concepts for Professionals (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300. An introduction to major concepts in the areas of financial and managerial accounting. Students will gain a deeper understanding of financial statements, accounting mechanics, accrual accounting, financial planning, variance analysis, internal controls and financial analysis. The final course project will require students to utilize knowledge and skills in the area of financial and managerial accounting to manage the financial data of a fictional organization.
PST 320 Human Resources in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and junior status. An examination of human resource management functions. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the legal environment and equal employment opportunities; job design and analysis; recruiting, orientation, and training; performance appraisal; compensation systems; labor relations; collective bargaining and grievance processes; and health and safety in the workplace. The final course project will require students to conduct in-depth research in the area of human resource management (HRM) and apply HRM theory and research to a not-for-profit organization.
PST 330 Legal Issues in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and junior status. An introduction to the nature, formation and application of law in the U.S. legal system. Topics will include American public law; federal/state/local law governing business and industry; torts and contracts; litigation and arbitration; regulatory law; labor and employment law; compensation law; consumer protection; law as it relates to profit/nonprofit and public/private sector organizations. Students will apply course content and case law to a real world legal issue.
PST 340 Marketing Strategies in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and junior status. An analysis of the fundamental principles and strategies of marketing. Students will gain an understanding of the functional role of marketing within an organization and within the expanding global economy. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the external and internal variables that affect Marketing; eCommerce marketing; the roles of advertising, public relations, and sales; Integrated Marketing's role in the 21st century; and Strategic Marketing Planning. Students will integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course with outside sources and information in order to develop an integrated marketing plan for an organization.
PSYK 425 Motivation and Self-Management (3)
Prerequisites: PSYK 101 and CST 295. This course provides an overview of motivation and self-management as it specifically relates to employees in the workplace. Some of the topics to be addressed include: basic theories of employee motivation, rewards and punishments, motivational triggers, emotional intelligence, time management. The course will also emphasize specific strategies, tools, and techniques to assist students in evaluating and improving the way in which they interface with their work environments.
PSYK 445 Personal and Career Development (3)
Prerequisites: PSYK 101 and CST 295. This course focuses on the career development process taking a broad, view of "career", as a means to growth and job promotion, self-discovery, and an evolving series of role-related experiences across the lifespan. Students will learn about definitions of "career", models for career development and the interplay of individual factors such as personality, aptitude and abilities upon career choice. In addition, students will study the impact of early experiences and other environmental factors upon career choice and how individual, social, chance, and environmental factors shape career decisions and choices. Explanations of the origin of individual aptitudes and abilities and the practice of aptitude and ability testing and how to use those techniques in selecting and placing employees will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on skill development in career choice and decision making, career counseling, and identifying best-fit options.
PSYK 476 Training and Development (3)
Prerequisites: PSYK 101 and CST 295. This course focuses on the application of psychological principles to the effective design, delivery, and evaluation of training in professional settings. It introduces a comprehensive approach to training and development including topics like: training needs assessment; learning theory, styles, and environment; training techniques and media; and evaluation design and training effectiveness. The course is interactive consisting of case analysis, experiential exercises and work place applications.
PSYK 477 Occupational Health and Stress (3)
Prerequisites: PSYK 101 and CST 295. This course focuses on issues involved in the development and maintenance of a healthy workforce, with an emphasis on physical, mental, and emotional health. Some of the topics to be addressed include: occupational stress and stress management, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and its role in workplace health, the interplay between employee well-being and organizational effectiveness, and the use of Employee Assistance Programs in organizations. The course will also provide students with specific tools, strategies, and techniques for managing stress and evaluating the health of their organization.