NOTE: Students with full-time employment are limited to two (2) online courses per semester.
Overview of ethics in general, with practical tools for assessing ethical dimensions of professional life, diagnosing or identifying the moral issues at hand, and then developing reasonable options to address particular moral and ethical issues.
The purpose of this course is to assess the impact of globalization on professional life. The course examines globalization as it relates to commerce, information flow, mass media, government, health care and education.
The student and application of research methods appropriate to professional studies. The course will provide a general introduction to research methods, as well as providing practical exposure to Problem Statements, Literature Reviews, Writing the Research Proposal, and Organization of the Research Report. Quantitative and Qualitative Research methodologies will be covered.
Analysis of theories, policies, procedures, practices and regulations relevant to attracting, retaining and directing a competent work force. Analysis of the basic personnel function with emphasis on the fact that all managers are “personnel managers.” Integration of scientific theory, procedures, instruments, and federal regulations into personnel selections, placement, and security programs.
Prerequisite: PRST 6300 - Analytical decision making including statistics, quantitative methods, and other optimization and simulation models.
Students will study leadership from a historical and contemporary perspective. Topics cover historical development, leadership theories, personal assessment, values and ethics, motivation, power, followership, group dynamics, diversity, controversy with civility, change process, and citizenship.
Designed to inform the individual about the structure and behavior of actors at all levels of the organization. Through various exercises such as written assignments and discussion, the student will be able to understand “why” and “how” organizations operate and function under dynamic leadership.
Negotiation and Conflict Management presents negotiation theory—strategies and styles—within an employment context. A different topic will be presented each week. In addition to the theory and exercises presented in class, students practice negotiating with role-playing simulations in threaded discussions and chat. Students also learn how to negotiate in difficult situations, which include abrasiveness, racism, sexism, whistle blowing, and emergencies. The course covers conflict management from two perspectives. From a first party perspective you will be directly engaged. As a third party, you will develop and enhance your skills in helping others deal directly with their conflicts, mediation, investigation, arbitration, and helping the system change as a result of a dispute.
The Professional Project is the last requirement for the MPS Degree, serving as the integrative culmination of the program of study. It should be a substantial piece of independent research or a significant professional project that is logically consistent with the theme and content of the program of study. Student’s work should demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a body of professional literature related to a specific topic. The Project should grow out of the program of study and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the knowledge gained from this program of study.