Summer I 2013 Graduate Courses - Online Registration Closed
Registration for matriculated students begins March 4th. Non-degree students may register as of March 11th. Courses begin the week of April 8th, and continue through June 27th. All courses meet from 6:00 to 9:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Hybrid online courses meet live on select dates, and online the remainder of the semester.
ED551 Seminar in American Schools - Wally Alexander
This class will provide a broad background for thinking about issues of education in historical and philosophical context. As the introductory course in the Thomas College Masters of Education Program, it will help prepare students for subsequent courses in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment of learning. Students will have the opportunity to begin to identify questions about teaching and learning that will help focus their research throughout the remainder of the program.
1.) "Shame of the Nation" Kozol, Jonathan. ISBN: 978-1-4000-5244-8. Crown Publishers
2.) "Tinkering Toward Utopia" Tyack, David B. ISBN: 978-0-674-89283-5. Harvard University Press.
3.) "Global Achievement Gap" Wagner, Tony. ISBN: 978-0-465-00230-6. Basic Books, Inc.
ED598 Capstone in Education - Philomena McPhee-Brown
This capstone course is designed to give students opportunities to take on the role of researcher by reflecting and applying theory to practice, a process known as action research. According to SAPP, action research is "a practical experience in systematic problem-solving designed to result in positive change" (1994). This type of research method requires the student to identify and document the existence of a problem in his/her own setting. Based on a scholarly review of current literature, the student must then propose and implement a plan to solve or improve the problem. This results in the researcher developing a system to evaluate the effectiveness of his/her solution. Prerequisite: All core classes must be completed and this must be one of the last three courses. *On campus dates TBA
Required text: "Action Research, 3ed." Mertler, Craig A. ISBN: 978-1-4129-8889-6. Sage Publications, Inc.
FN551 Financial Management - Bruce Harrington
This course focuses on financial decision-making by the firm. Topics include financial analysis and planning, valuation and the cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, long-term financing, and working capital management. Emphasis is placed on case studies of practical business problems using computer electronic spreadsheet programs. Prerequisite: AC551 *On campus dates: 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4 and 6/18
Required text: "Financial Management, Principles & Practice, 6ed." Gallagher, Timothy J. ISBN: 978-1-93078915-9. Freeload Press
HR561 Compensation and Benefits - Tony Nedik
This course introduces students to the planning, administration, and design of compensation programs, including legal compliance fundamentals. The course also provides a fundamental overview of the design and administration of private-sector benefits programs. Prerequisite: MG551 *On campus dates: 4/9, 5/21 and 6/25
Required text: "Strategic Compensation, 7ed." Martocchio, Joseph J. ISBN: 978-0-13-262075-8. Pearson
MS552 Operations Research - Lorne McMillan
This course concentrates on the application of quantitative decision-making to business problems. Emphasis is placed on linear programming, transportation problem analysis, waiting line theory, PERT/CPM project management, and inventory control techniques.
Required text: "Introduction to Management Science" with DVD 13ed rev. Anderson, D ISBN: 978-1-111-53222-2 South-Western Publishing Co./Cengage
ED572 School Law for Administrators - Chris Toy
This course provides a working knowledge of Maine and Federal school law as it applies to major issues that have affected and continue to impact public education. Discrimination, first amendment rights, due process, and academic freedom will be addressed. Through class activities, conversations, weekly assignments and research of relevant case law, students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of social reform and public policy. *On campus dates: 4/10, 5/1, 5/15 and 5/29
Required text: "Teacher's Pocket Guide to School Law, 2ed." Essex, Nathan L. ISBN: 978-0-13-509418-1. Allyn & Bacon, Inc./Pearson
MG695 Strategic Planning - John Kenneally
Complex business situations are analyzed in this course, with particular attention given to the development and analysis of strategic business plans. Prerequisite: all core courses must be complete and be one of last three courses. *On campus dates: 4/17, 5/1, 5/29, 6/12 and 6/26
Required text: "Crafting and Executing Strategy, 19ed" Thompson, Arthur ISBN: 978-0-07-802950-09 Richard D. Irwin Inc.
THURSDAYSED565 Children's Literature - Gayla LaBreck
The purpose of Children's Literature is to examine the literature, including the historical perspective, used for pre-kindergarten to the early adolescent (grades pre-K to 8). This course will emphasize current children's literature and award-winning prose and poetry, using best practices in literacy along with instructional strategies and techniques that motivate students. In addition, participants will plan the literature curriculum, use literature within content areas, and analyze the current research in children's literature.
1.) "Shattering the Looking Glass" Lehr, Susan Stewart. ISBN: 978-1-933760-12-4. Christopher-Gordon Publishing
2.) "Essentials of Children's Literature, 7ed. -Text Only" Lynch-Brown/ Tomilson/ Short. ISBN:978-0-13-704884-7. Pearson
MK551 Marketing Management - Donald Cragen
This course analyzes marketing functions, institutions, and policies dealing with consumer and industrial products and services in both profit and non-profit organizations. Strategic marketing plans are formulated by students through the use of case analysis. Decision-making, dealing with product/service development, pricing strategies, distribution methods, and promotional activities are stressed. *On campus dates: 4/11, 5/23 and 6/27
Required text: "Framework for Marketing Management, 5ed." Kotler, Philip. ISBN: 978-0-13-253930-2. Prentice Hall, Inc./Pearson
AC652 Managerial Cost Analysis - Andrew Grover
This course investigates management control systems as they relate to the accounting and profitability goals of an organization. Topics include analysis of controls relating to goals, information, responsibility centers, transfer pricing, budgeting, financial performance reporting and special situations. A management case approach will be used. Prerequisite: AC551
Required text: "Management Control Systems, 12ed." Anthony and Govindarajan, ISBN: 007-310089-7. McGraw/Hill-Irwin
EC551 Economic Systems - Eric Kruger
This course presents a survey of relevant current economic trends in the rapidly changing modern world. The subject matter is divided into three broad areas including macroeconomic issues, microeconomic issues, and analysis of emerging global systems. The method of analysis combines the use of economic history, theory, and development with a critical analysis of current economic issues and events. The objective is to learn to assess the impact of regional, national and global economic trends on business and society.
Required text: "Managing in a Global Economy." Marthinsen, John E. ISBN:978-0-324-39550-1. South-Western /Cengage
HR568 Managerial and Organizational Ethics - John Lemire
This course examines the ethical issues individuals face in organizational and managerial settings. Questions of economic policy and business practices intertwine with ethical, moral, legal, social and psychological issues. Emphasis is places on dealing with ethical dilemmas.
Required text: "Managing Business Ethics, 5ed." Trevino, Linda K. ISBN: 978-0-470-34394-4. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
MG566 Advanced Leadership - Donald Cragen
The purpose of this course is to study leadership behavior and its effects on the organization and environment. Historic and contemporary theories and issues will be explored.
No required text
MG571 Enterprise Development - Michael Davis
This course explores the journey of a new venture from drawing board to boardroom. Whether entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial in nature, most significant projects follow a similar path and face similar hurdles to completion. This course will examine current strategic issues, such as developing a blue ocean strategy and shifting paradigms from closed innovation to open innovation. This course will also address the importance of supporting ideas with appropriate business models, as well as accessing venture capital to fund them. It is designed to develop knowledge and skill in starting and growing a business.
Required text: "Small Business Management, 16ed." Longenecker, Justin G. ISBN: 978-1-111-53287-1. South-Western /Cengage