May 2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 07, 2020  
May 2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Course Descriptions


 

Graphic Arts

  
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    GA 286 - Portfolio Assessment


    This course provides an introduction to the concepts and practices associated with the preparation of portfolio creation and its importance in gaining employment in the design field. During this course, students have the opportunity to enhance their design skills by developing a visual identity and brand. They will also review and rework projects from previous classes and create a student portfolio. Emphasis in this course is placed not only on the content of the portfolio, but also on the preparation and presentation of the portfolio so that it meets professional standards. Student portfolios and presentations will undergo single-faculty review. Students will use this course to enhance their presentation and interview skills. Students who choose to continue their studies in the bachelor’s-degree programs will build upon these topics in their upper-level courses. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 245  or final semester (in the bachelor’s programs, this course is taken after completing GA 245 . In the associate’s degree programs, this course is taken in the final semester). Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 294 - Career Internship


    This is an elective course in the associate’s program that students may take in their final semester. The career internship course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in graphic design. The outcome of the internship is an informed student fully apprised of the opportunities his/her degree program offers for professional growth. During the internship phase of training, the student will experience various aspects of working in the actual field in which the student has been educated. The internship is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience and participate in duties typical of a contemporary workplace setting. Student learning will center on observing experienced personnel as well as participating in actual hands-on procedures under close supervision of trained professionals. Note: Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions. Semester Credit Hours 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 180.00 Prerequisite: Final semester, PGPA of 2.50, and PD 214 AS/AAS/BS/Diploma Internship Preparation . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 307 - Advanced Digital Imaging


    This course offers the opportunity for advanced studies of pixel-based images and digital photo manipulation. Students will study the different usage requirements needed when an image is created for web, animations, repeating backgrounds, and print. They will use previously defined design methodology to create detailed computer-generated graphics for print, web design, and animations. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 220 Pixel-Based Images . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 310 - Print Production


    This course focuses on the print industry language and methods to ensure that the printing process with vendors is smooth and cost efficient. It gives the students a real-life experience in print specification and markup as well as the graphic steps in preparing a file and releasing it for print. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 201 Color Theory in Design . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 315 - Advanced Dynamic Websites


    Students will learn to develop powerful websites that are easy to build and even easier to update. This course will teach advanced techniques in layering, text formatting, dynamic graphics, hyperlinks, templates, tables, frames, style sheets, and forms. Metadata tags and creating URLs, movies, videos, and slide shows are also included. Templates are created to reduce editing when managing a growing website. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 245 Web in Motion . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 322 - Managing Web and Interactive Media


    This course covers the process of conceptualizing, researching, implementing, and managing Web and interactive media. Emphasis is not based on production details. Rather, students will focus on managing a project by breaking the process into individual tasks, documenting and working through the planning and development stages, and proceeding and completing the project relative to the initial proposal and brief. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: GA 215 Web Design Fundamentals , GA 245 Web in Motion , and GA 315 Advanced Dynamic Websites . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 325 - Corporate Campaigns


    This course is a continuation of Corporate Identity Design. Students will focus on advance design of the corporate identity including annual reports, corporate brochures, and product brochures. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 235 Corporate Identity Design . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 335 - Web Design II


    This course covers intermediate studies in Web design and development. Emphasis will be placed on the further study of XHTML, CSS, HTML5 and CSS3, JQuery (JavaScript), site management, and organization. Students will develop sensitivity to usability issues through the study of technical computer considerations and the needs of the user via user-centered interface design. Using their own design methodology, the student will create a fully functional, integrated, and cohesive multi-paged website. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 315 Advanced Dynamic Websites . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 342 - Rich Media


    This course covers intermediate studies in animation, video, and interactivity in web pages, production, and Action Scripting. Using rich media (audio, video, and animated graphics), students will create an interactive final project. Emphasis is based on the student’s own design methodology. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 322 Managing Web and Interactive Media . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 345 - Vector Graphic Design


    Designers will work with practical software applications to organize information and solve the design challenges in the hierarchy levels of visual communication. This advanced vector-based graphics program gives the students the opportunity to continue to create professional information system graphics while expanding on skills learned in Diagrammatic Design. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 205 Diagrammatic Design . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 405 - New Media Design Studio: Across Mediums


    Student will use previous skills and multiple applications to create static, interactive animation and motion graphics. Using Flash and Dreamweaver, as well as non-linear and other bitmap- and vector-based software, students will learn the importance of media convergence. This course simulates a real-world digital design and production studio. Through their own design methodology, students will conceptualize, research, design, and produce multimedium-based projects. This gives students the opportunity to explore the concept of designing an interface for print, new media, and the Internet. Projects can take on the form of individual or group projects. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: GA 322 Managing Web and Interactive Media  and GA 342 Rich Media . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 410 - Portfolio in Print Design


    Taking all projects developed up to this point, students will have projects reviewed, edited, and selected by the instructor. These selected projects will be reworked to develop a consistent and well-rounded portfolio. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 325 Corporate Campaigns . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 415 - Web Design III/Advanced Coding


    Using server-side scripting and MySQL database techniques, students will develop a complex, functional website. This course will focus on the usability of the site, eye tracking, the user experience, and managing the content of the site. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 335 Web Design II .
  
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    GA 420 - Online Portfolio Design


    This course will use advanced web techniques to build the student’s own website URL, which consists of the portfolio developed in the Portfolio in Print Design course. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GA 315 Advanced Dynamic Websites . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 490 - Capstone Project


    Students will work in a variety of disciplines on an instructor-approved project. It will include designing and building a marketing base for client needs, including production costs resulting in a final project presentation. Semester Credit Hours 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.
  
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    GA 494 - Internship


    This is an elective course in the bachelor’s program that students take in their final semester. The career internship course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in graphic design. The outcome of the internship is an informed student fully apprised of the opportunities his/her degree program offers for professional growth. During the internship phase of training, the student will experience various aspects of working in the actual field for which the student has been educated. The internship is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience and participate in duties typical of a contemporary workplace setting. Student learning will center on observing experienced personnel as well as participating in actual hands-on procedures under close supervision of trained professionals. Note: Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions. Semester Credit Hours 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 180.00 Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.

Game Development

  
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    GD 105 - Introduction to Game Development


    This course introduces students to appropriate and professional topics in game development. The course is hands-on, with a main focus of creating and fostering ideas and concepts related and used in mainstream game development industries. Students will be expected to develop basic, single-player games and create game content and story. The course is designed to be interactive, fun, and immersive. Students will be exposed to many industry-related topics in a fast-paced learning environment. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 115 - Illustration for Games


    In this course students will look at illustrating concepting and prototyping ideas using traditional drawing techniques. They will learn the draftsman technique of using blue lead and inking and take this style to concept ideas for games. They will also learn and compose a character using the iterations to strengthen their design. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 185 - Pixel Mapping for Game Development


    This course covers practical and broad applications for creating art and textures for games. Students will be required to learn various techniques of pixel manipulation to apply art to 2D and 3D game engines. Students will learn about transferring 2D information from a 3D package to start creating textures for 3D animatable meshes. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 215 - Level Design I


    This course provides an overview of current industry standard game development level design production techniques and processes. Students will use industry standard design software to create working game levels using design processes. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 225 - Game Modeling I


    In this course, students will start to understand and expound upon the artistry and flow of polygonal mesh modeling. Mesh modeling is now the norm of modeling done for games (and modeling in general). All levels of game designers, programmers, and artists must have a fundamental understanding of how a 3D modeling program works in their daily workload. This class is hands-on-students will be expected to be diligent in spatial problem solving to create elegant yet dynamic models. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 235 - Game Team Development


    This course introduces and reinforces methodologies used and the interactive necessity of the game development team. Students will learn the fundamental roles and applications that are used in both the indie and AAA game team-based development cycles. Concepts used include critical path methodologies, milestone deliverables, team formation, team functionality, hiring and termination, proper use of critiquing for game development, and application of proper game development team etiquette for industry. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 247 - Game Programming I


    This course serves as an introduction to game programming using C++ and OpenGL or DirectX as its platform. Concepts introduced here will include learning the fundamentals of C++ (such as data types, classes, inheritance, polymorphism, and basic algorithm implementation and design) and practice using a graphics library, with a major focus on applications in 2D space. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: GD 215 Level Design I  and IS 122 Programming Logic . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 255 - Serious Gaming


    This course examines topics associated with the game development industry in relation to serious games. Topics covered include new opportunities for game developers, serious games defined, serious games design and development issues, serious games markets, serious games design documentation, and pros and cons of serious games development. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 265 - Script Writing and Storyboarding


    This course examines the nature of script writing and storyboarding. Topics include organizational skills necessary to take a project efficiently from idea to presentable script or storyboard. Students will be expected to develop their creative writing skills as well as their story-telling ability, including working in groups. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 275 - Game Apps I


    This course explores introductory topics for the design and development of interactive games for mobile devices. Topics include the mobile game development life cycle, best practices when developing games for mobile platforms, and designing games for mobile platforms. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 247 Game Programming I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 285 - Game Development for the Web


    This course is an introduction to game development applied directly to web-based design. Students will be required to learn various techniques and methods of creating websites for the game development industry. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 305 - Game Development I


    This course examines appropriate topics in game development. Topics include the use of industry standard software and APIs. Students will be expected to develop basic, single-player games on the PC platform using skills and concepts from previous coursework. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 247 Game Programming I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 315 - Animation I


    This course provides an overview of current industry standard animation. Topics include 2D and 3D animation, emphasizing both black and white and color. Students will be exposed to the basic processes of creating simple animations. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 355 Game Modeling II . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 347 - Game Programming II


    This course serves as a continuation of Game Programming I. Using C++ and OpenGL or DirectX, this course will cover some of the more advanced concepts of game programming, including 3D object creation, advanced collision detection, model loading, and path finding via artificial intelligence, in addition to strengthening the fundamentals acquired in Game Programming I. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 247 Game Programming I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 348 - Game Apps II


    This course is a continuation of Game Apps I. Students will explore more advanced topics for the design and development of interactive games for mobile devices. Topics include publishing a game to a well-known distribution network (i.e., Google’s Play or the Apple AppStore) and updating and maintaining a published app. Additional advanced topics include strengthening the fundamentals acquired in Game Apps I. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: GD 275 Game Apps I  and GD 347 Game Programming II . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 355 - Game Modeling II


    This course applies the current industry standard of 3D modeling by extending the modeling techniques from Game Modeling I. This course explores advanced 3D modeling including environment modeling, character modeling, character skinning, character UV unwrapping, character rigging, and the basics of animation in a 3D package. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 225 Game Modeling I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 365 - Game Development Production


    This course provides an overview of current industry standard game development production techniques. The main emphasis is on Agile Development, commonly applied and accepted in the game development industry. Students will be exposed to, and learn, basic processes of Agile and Scrum software development. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 305 Game Development I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 385 - Cinematography


    This course provides the foundation for understanding and critiquing production and design techniques used in television or film production. We will look at a range of visual media, analyze storytelling techniques, and look at how stories are structured. We explore the entire production process, looking at photography, lighting, editing, sound, and set design. While this is not a hands-on production class, students are expected to carry out or think through pre-production work for many of the assignments, films, and labs. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    GD 405 - Game Development II


    This course examines advanced topics in game development. Topics include the use of industry standard software and APIs. Students will be expected to develop complex, multi-player games on multiple platforms using skills and concepts from previous coursework. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 305 Game Development I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 425 - Advanced Topics in Game Development


    This course explores relevant advanced topics in game development. These topics include coordinate systems, using polynomial roots, vector spaces, matrices, eigenvectors, 3D file formats, scaling, translations, rotations, collisions, 3D simulation, and rendering techniques. Additional topics will include cell shading, shadows, textures, and other advanced programming topics. At the completion of this course, students will be able to apply the skills gained in this class to advanced game development. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 405 Game Development II . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 426 - Web Portfolio for Game Development


    This course is an introduction to portfolio website creation. Students will be required to learn various techniques and methods of creating and publishing a portfolio website. Students will refine and polish their work from previous courses to develop a web presence before graduation. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 425 Advanced Topics in Game Development . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 435 - Games Business


    This course examines topics associated with the game development industry as a business entity. Topics covered include business operations, contracts, marketing, PR plans and programs, intellectual property, international sales, taxation, project deliverables, and project workflow. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 305 Game Development I . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 447 - Game Programming III


    This course is an advanced project-based course geared towards code creation for an electronic portfolio. This course will build off previous courses and push students to create fully functional, completely playable simple games. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: GD 347 Game Programming II . Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 495 - Game Development Capstone Project


    Students work in project teams on an industry-sponsored or instructor-approved project. The project teams perform all facets of product and process design from inception to marketing the product. Students will be required to perform the following: problem identification, formulation of design specifications, and integration of criteria based on customer needs, production costs, and marketing issues. Project teams are expected to provide interim reports to the sponsor or to the class, a final project report, and a final presentation. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: Final semester and approval of the program chair. Corequisite: None.
  
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    GD 497 - Game Development Internship


    This internship course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in game development. The outcome of the internship is an informed student fully apprised of the opportunities his/her degree program offers for professional growth. During the internship phase of training, the student will experience various aspects of working in the actual field that the student has been educated for. The internship is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience and participate in duties typical of a contemporary workplace setting. Student learning will center on observing experienced personnel as well as participating in actual hands-on procedures under close supervision of trained professionals. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 135.00 Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.

Healthcare Management

  
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    HC 101 - Medical Terminology


    This course introduces common medical terms through the analysis of word components. Emphasis will be placed on the structure of terms-Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. A medical vocabulary will be developed through the study of the anatomical structures, physiological functions, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and pathologies of the body systems. Terminology will be practiced through the use of common abbreviations, spelling, pronunciation and definitions. Semester Credit Hours 1.00 semester credit hr. Contact Hours: 15 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 114 - Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals (Clock Hour Course)


    This course introduces the foundations of the language of medicine and develops medical vocabulary through the study of the structures, functions, diagnostic procedures, pathology, and treatment procedures of the body systems. 30.00 clock hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    HC 115 - Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals (Semester Credit Hour Course)


    This course introduces the foundations of the language of medicine and develops medical vocabulary through the study of the structures, functions, diagnostic procedures, pathology, and treatment procedures of the body systems. Semester Credit Hours 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    HC 120 - Introduction to Healthcare Management


    This course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the roles healthcare managers perform within varied settings in the healthcare field.  Using the theories and principles of healthcare management, the student will examine the responsibilities of a healthcare manager as well as how they work with other healthcare professionals.  Students will explore different types of job opportunities and conduct a talent inventory to identify their strengths. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 150 - US Healthcare Systems


    This course is designed to focus on diverse healthcare systems found in the U.S.  The course will examine how healthcare systems are created, managed, and the type of care they provide.  Students will be introduced to hospital ownership as well as how healthcare is delivered in the U.S.    Semester Credit Hours 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 210 - Medical Billing Procedures for Managers


    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the management of billing and insurance reimbursement operations in a medical office setting. The most frequently employed billing procedures and insurance forms are reviewed. It also acquaints students with accounts receivable processes most often used in traditional business offices including medical offices. The various reimbursement methodologies will be emphasized with medical compliance strategies being stressed. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    HC 220 - Delivery of Healthcare; Public and Private


    This course introduces students to the delivery of public and private healthcare. The course explains past, present, and future influences in U.S. healthcare delivery.  Students will be introduced to causes, characteristics, and key components of healthcare delivery including: financing, insurance, delivery, and payment. Curriculum will cover provider organizations and settings in healthcare; processes enabling effective delivery of healthcare services to patients; and coordination of healthcare services.  Students will also explore key components of healthcare utilization in the Unites States. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 230 - Health Policy


    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction into health policy.  This course will explore the complexity of health policy making process, policy influences on health care costs, and current health policy as it applies to the US health care system. This course will also explore how stakeholders influence the policy making process. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 233 - Essentials of Managed Care


    This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of strategic, tactical, and operational aspects of managed care.  This course will examine the history of managed care.  Additionally, students will review the various sectors of managed care and how managed care provides the basis for accessing health care services in the U.S.  Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HC 220 Delivery of Healthcare; Public and Private . Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 250 - Conflict Resolution


    This course is designed to introduce students to concepts and principles of managing and resolving individual and group conflicts in the healthcare industry. Students will explore conflict, human/social interaction, and group theories to develop skills and knowledge needed to analyze complex conflict and dispute situations at work places.  Students will understand how to involve the appropriate parties in resolution of conflict, conduct constructive negotiations, and determine dispute resolution policies and interventions. Students will explore constructive alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes and procedures. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 266 - Fundamentals of Health Care Regulations and Compliance


    This course will examine how health care organizations navigate complex federal and state regulations. Topics covered include reform initiatives of the past, present, and future as well as the process taken to create new regulations. Students will also understand the importance of regulation compliance. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45 Prerequisite: MA 320 Statistics   Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 301 - Epidemiology and Applied Healthcare Statistics


    This course introduces concepts of epidemiology, basic biostatistics, vital statistics, data collection, and data presentation. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: MA 320 Statistics . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HC 305 - Healthcare Human Resource Management


    This course focuses on the links that exist among strategy, organizational design, behavior, and human resource management in the healthcare environment. Students will learn about diversity, recruiting and retaining staff, job analysis, training and development, leadership development, physician practice management, medical staff relations, and labor relations. Semester Credit Hours 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    HC 306 - Healthcare Finance


    This course introduces the unique aspects of healthcare finance, including payment sources and reimbursement methodologies, emerging industry trends, resource management, cost, benefit analysis, case mix management, compliance and reimbursement audit processes, and charge-master management. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: AC 107 Accounting I  and MA 320 Statistics . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HC 310 - Medical Law and Ethics


    The course will emphasize both legal questions and ethical considerations in the modern medical organization. Contracts and physician patient relationships will be addressed. Legal proceedings, such as interrogatories and depositions, will be described. In the area of medical ethics, the issues of patient confidentiality and standards will be addressed. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    HC 311 - Management of Patient Records


    This course covers the structure and content, technical evaluation and completion, and retention and storage of patient health records in acute care and non-acute care settings. Best practices in health record documentation will be reviewed. Semester Credit Hours 1.00 semester credit hour Contact Hours: 15.00 Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    HC 333 - Insurance and Managed Care


    This course will discuss how managed care plans impact health care from the perspective of the patient, the provider, and the insurance company.  Students will explore managed care concepts as they pertain to quality and cost saving efforts.  Managed care plans will be examined to understand how they provide coverage. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45 Prerequisite: HC 233 Essentials of Managed Care   Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 366 - Change Management


    This course will examine the skills needed for managers to successfully prepare, be equipped for, and support the organization during change.  Students will examine the roles that individuals, teams, and organizations play when focusing on a change and how to better prepare for change. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45 Prerequisite: HC 266 Fundamentals of Health Care Regulations and Compliance   Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 401 - Current Issues in Healthcare


    This course is designed to provide a forum for the contemporary issues related to healthcare. Improving access, ensuring quality, and controlling costs are addressed. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    HC 402 - Organizational Development and Leadership in Health Care


    This course introduces benchmark leadership and management skills needed in today’s health care organizations. Key topics include: leadership practices, human resource management, strategic planning, systems management, quality improvement, and professional communication and ethics. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HC 305 Healthcare Human Resource Management  or BU 600 Organizational Behavior. Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 405 - Healthcare Quality


    This course covers the latest trends in healthcare quality control and performance improvement and serves as a solid base of performance improvement foundations, fundamentals, and core principles. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: MA 320 Statistics . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HC 433 - Mechanisms of Insurance and Reimbursement in Managed Care


    This course will examine the role managed care plays in health care insurance and reimbursement.  Students will explore payment based strategies used to reduce the costs of treatment for patient groups under a managed care plan.  Students will understand the three main payment mechanisms of managed care which include capitation, fee schedules and economic incentives. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HC 333 Insurance and Managed Care   Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 450 - Healthcare Information Systems


    This is a course in the design and implementation of information systems specifically designed to store and process healthcare data information, file structures, systems development, human factors, user/interface design, data warehousing, data storage and retrieval, and systems life cycle. Basic security principles of effective security policies, including HIPAA’s security rule, risk assessment, user tracking, permissions, audit and control systems, and data recovery, are also addressed. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 345 Project Management  and HC 311 Management of Patient Records . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HC 466 - Strategic Planning and Leadership


    This course will focus on the role strategic planning plays in an organization.  Students will examine how organizational philosophy is used to create the strategic plans.  Students will analyze the role organizational leadership has in creating and executing the strategic plan.  Students will evaluate strategic planning models used to help improve current processes. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HC 402 Organizational Development and Leadership in Health Care   Corequisite: None
  
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    HC 490 - Healthcare Management Internship


    This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare management. The outcome of the internship is an informed student fully apprised of the opportunities his/her degree program offers for professional growth. During the internship phase of training, the student will experience various aspects of working in the actual field in which the student has been educated. The internship is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience and participate in duties typical of a contemporary workplace setting. Student learning will center on observing experienced personnel as well as participating in actual hands-on procedures under close supervision of trained professionals. Note: Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 135.00 Prerequisites: All didactic work, final term of study, and PGPA 2.0 Corequisite: None.
  
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    HC 492 - Capstone Project


    Students work in project teams on an industry-sponsored or instructor-approved project. The project teams perform all facets of product and process design from inception to marketing the product. Students will be required to perform problem identification, formulation of design specifications, and integration of criteria based on customer needs, production costs, and marketing issues. Project teams are expected to provide interim reports to the sponsor or to the class, a final project report, and a final presentation. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: All didactic work, final term of study, and PGPA of 2.00. Corequisite: None.

Health Information Management

• (HI) Health Information Management courses are only available for students that are enrolled in the AASHIM/ASHIM/BSHIM programs

  
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    HI 105 - Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems


    This course provides an overview of the health information practice, health care delivery systems, organization and structure of health care systems, professional associations, health care providers, and health care disciplines. The student is introduced to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and ethical issues pertaining to the contents of the health record. Semester Credit Hours 1.00 semester credit hour Contact Hours: 15.00 Prerequisites: EN 104 English Composition I , (HIM students only). Corequisites: None.
  
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    HI 210 - Principles of Health Information Management


    This course introduces the student to the contents and structure of the health record in paper and electronic formats.  The student will analyze and evaluate the contents of the health record to gain an understanding of documentation requirements and  the use of health care data sets. The student will comprehend the difference between data and information and primary and secondary data sources.  The student creates policies pertaining to the contents of the health record, privacy, confidentiality, and security.  The student gains comprehension of health care data integrity, data security, data collection, and data management.  Through hands-on experiences, the student will gain a detailed understanding of health information specialty systems for release of information (ROI) and chart management. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites:  HI 105 Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 215 - Fundamentals of Healthcare Law and Ethics for Health Information Management Professionals


    This course introduces the student to important legal and ethical guidelines within the health care profession. The student is introduced to patient confidentiality and information security, as identified and enforced through various federal health care laws. Additionally, the student will learn legal and ethical guidelines as they relate to documentation, content, and structure of health care data, risk management, and various health laws and regulations. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 210 Principles of Health Information Management . Corequisites: None.
  
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    HI 216 - Information Technology and Data Management


    This course introduces the student to the principle of data governance and data management. In this course, students will expand their knowledge of data sources, data models, data stewardship, data storage, data security, and data exchange. The concepts of data exchange standards will be covered as well as data disaster and recovery planning. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 210 Principles of Health Information Management . Corequisites: None.
  
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    HI 217 - Health Information Management and Leadership


    This course provides a foundation in management and leadership principles in the health care industry with a focus in health information. The course will emphasize organizational resource management including human resource management, financial management, physical resource management, and strategic planning. Additionally, this course will cover communication skills and team development. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 210 Principles of Health Information Management . Corequisites: None.
  
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    HI 221 - Health Sciences for ICD-10


    This course will examine the International Classification of Diseases as it relates to medical terminology, pharmacology, and anatomy and physiology. The student will recognize body systems and understand specific components relating to how ICD-10-CM and PCS is used to identify the appropriate diagnosis/condition. Concepts such as surgical approach and terminology specific to ICD-10 will be covered. Semester Credit Hours 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 30.00 Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology II. Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 222 - Diagnostic Coding


    This course introduces the student to various classification systems used to collect, maintain, and retrieve diagnostic clinical data including ICD-10-CM, DSM-IV, Snomed, and ICD-O. In this course the students gain an understanding of the relationship between coding process and the reimbursement process. Emphasis is placed on compliance and adherence to guidelines. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: HI 210 Principles of Health Information Management  and HI 221 Health Sciences for ICD-10 . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 223 - Procedural Coding


    This course introduces the student to various classification systems used to collect, maintain, and retrieve procedural clinical data including ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS. In this course the students gain an understanding of the relationship between coding process and the reimbursement process. Emphasis is placed on compliance and adherence to guidelines. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: HI 210 Principles of Health Information Management  and HI 221 Health Sciences for ICD-10 . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 225 - Foundations of Classification, Compliance, and Reimbursement Methodologies in Health Information Management


    This course provides an overview of the health information practice, health care delivery systems, organization and structure of health care systems, professional associations, health care providers, and health care disciplines. The student is introduced to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and ethical issues pertaining to contents of the health record. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: HI 215 Fundamentals of Healthcare Law and Ethics for Health Information Management Professionals , HI 222 Diagnostic Coding , and HI 223 Procedural Coding . Corequisites: None.
  
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    HI 230 - Foundations of Healthcare Quality, Statistics, and Performance Improvement


    This course provides an overview of the health information practice, health care delivery systems, organization and structure of health care systems, professional associations, health care providers, and health care disciplines. The student is introduced to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and ethical issues pertaining to contents of the health record. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 216 Information Technology and Data Management , HI 217 Health Information Management and Leadership , and HI 222 Diagnostic Coding , and HI 223 Procedural Coding . Corequisite: None.
  
  
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    HI 301 - Epidemiology


    This course introduces concepts of epidemiology, basic biostatistics, vital statistics, data collection, and data presentation. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: HI 296 Professional Practice Internship  and MA 320 Statistics . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 310 - Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle Methodology


    This course introduces the unique aspects of healthcare finance, including payment sources and reimbursement methodologies, emerging industry trends, resource management, cost, benefit analysis, case mix management, compliance and reimbursement audit processes, and charge-master management. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: AC 107 Accounting I  and HI 296 Professional Practice Internship . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 320 - Healthcare Data


    This course provides students with an advanced understanding of the management of data in healthcare organizations including uniform data sets and healthcare informatics standards for health data collection, evaluation of coded and statistical data and quality assurance of data, case mix systems, data collection for enterprise, reportable and specialized databases, data mining of healthcare data, and the design of data collection tools. In addition, this course will include all aspects of data content and collection including structure and use of health information, clinical and healthcare data sets, data quality assessment and integrity, National Healthcare Information Infrastructure (NHII), and primary and secondary data sources. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 296 Professional Practice Internship . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 330 - Coding Management and Compliance


    In this course, the student will add to their knowledge of coding and reimbursement processes to prepare for management of the coding, auditing, and revenue cycle. Concepts such as benchmarking and documentation requirements will be covered with a focus on strategies for compliance in coding/auditing services in multiple healthcare settings. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 310 Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle Methodology . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 410 - Epidemiology and Research Methods


    This course introduces concepts of epidemiology, research design, and research methodologies. This course will cover knowledge-based research techniques, evaluating resource credibility and research protocol management. National guidelines regarding human subject research and other healthcare-related regulations pertaining to the development of health information systems will also be covered. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 320 Healthcare Data . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 455 - Healthcare Information Management Systems


    This is a course in the design and implementation of information systems specifically designed to store and process healthcare data information and file structures, systems development, human factors and user/interface design, data warehousing, data storage and retrieval, and systems life cycle. Basic security principles of effective security policies, including HIPAA’s security rule, risk assessment, user tracking, permissions, audit and control systems, and data recovery, are also addressed. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HI 330 Coding Management and Compliance  and HI 410 Epidemiology and Research Methods  
  
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    HI 470 - Health Information Management Strategic Planning


    This course will discuss current issues of strategic planning and development of strategic alliances for business decision-making in health care organizations. Current and future trends in data governance, structure of health IT, and consumer trends in health care will be discussed. Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: HI 410 Epidemiology and Research Methods   Corequisite: None.
  
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    HI 491 - Management Affiliation


    This course provides a 90-hour supervised internship in the field of health information management, focusing on managerial responsibilities. Students will be supervised by someone with the credentials of registered health information administrator (RHIA), registered health information technician (RHIT), or other qualified personnel to whom they are assigned. The PPE is designed to enable students to obtain actual work experience in theoretical and application-based procedures previously studied. Students will also receive university faculty consultation and are expected to complete other course requirements such as completing all assignments, participating in discussion threads, and completing a capstone project. Semester Credit Hours 2.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 90.00 Prerequisite: All didactic coursework, PGPA of 2.00, and final term of study. Corequisite: None.

Human Resources

  
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    HR 100 - Introduction to Human Resource Management


    Students in this course explore contemporary concepts and techniques essential to managing corporate human resources. Topics include resource planning, staffing, and rewards as well as developing and maintaining positions and people. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
  
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    HR 220 - Human Resource Information Systems


    This course provides a foundation for the data entry, data tracking, and data information needs of human resources, payroll, management, and accounting functions within a business. Topics covered include managing employee records, technology portals, employee orientation, and compensation management. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: HR 100 Introduction to Human Resource Management .  Corequisite: None.
  
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    HR 230 - Employment Law and Labor Relations


    Students in this course explore collective bargaining and labor relations, with an emphasis on real-world situations. There is also a strong emphasis on the historical and legal basis for labor relations and collective bargaining in the United States. Topics include labor relations, the collective bargaining process, and labor contracts. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: BU 206 Business Law I  and HR 100 Introduction to Human Resource Management . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HR 310 - Compensation and Benefits


    This course will examine compensation models and discuss how to design and administer a compensation system that permits the organization to operate profitably. Topics include employee benefits, benefits administration, pay and compensation, and legislation. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HR 100 Introduction to Human Resource Management  or HR 230 Employment Law and Labor Relations . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HR 320 - Training and Development


    This course will provide an overview of training and development within the business enterprise. Topics include measurement, design, identifying employee and management development goals, developing employee advancement plans, employee retention, mentoring, and coaching. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HR 100 Introduction to Human Resource Management . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HR 330 - Risk Management


    This course focuses on how risks are managed by organizations. Topics include identification and quantification of risks, key legislations, legal principles of insurance and risks, methods of handling risks, common contracts for managing risks, and safety and security as they relate to organizational risk and ethical concerns. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HR 100 Introduction to Human Resource Management . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HR 340 - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Essentials


    This course provides an overview of ADR principles. Topics include how to use principled and ethical negotiation to mediate disputes as well as how to develop practical skills and techniques needed to resolve disputes effectively and with confidence. Students will be given tools for managing conflict constructively in the workplace and at home. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: HR 100 Introduction to Human Resource Management . Corequisite: None.
  
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    HR 410 - Strategic Staffing


    This course provides strategies for managing human resources. Students will discuss techniques for human resource planning, recruiting and selecting, training, and retaining employees. Topics include human resource measurement, managerial ethics,  sustainability, job analysis techniques, and personality assessments. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites: HR 230 Employment Law and Labor Relations , HR 310 Compensation and Benefits , and HR 320 Training and Development . Corequisite: None.

Homeland Security

  
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    HS 100 - Introduction to Homeland Security


    This course provides a basic overview of homeland security, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the homeland security transformation, homeland security strategies and initiatives, and legal issues related to homeland security. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None
  
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    HS 150 - Introduction to Cybersecurity


    This course introduces students to the world of cybersecurity and its significance in protecting our nation. Special attention is given to cybercrime investigations, hackers, viruses, and prevention techniques. This course is designed for students working or seeking employment in the fields of homeland security and criminal justice. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None.
  
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    HS 205 - Domestic and International Terrorism


    This course provides an introduction to the methods utilized by a terrorist or a terrorist group, including the hierarchical structure, an introduction to the methods utilized for training, funding, and gathering intelligence, the operational phases of a terrorist attack, and the process of target selection. Students will examine foreign and domestic terrorist organizations and the organization’s primary spheres of influence and ideologies, methods of funding, past terrorist attacks, and the potential for attack against U.S. interests, both domestically and globally. Semester Credit Hours 4.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 60.00 Prerequisites/Corequisites: None
  
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    HS 211 - Domestic Terrorism


    This course examines domestic terrorism and extremist groups operating within the United States. Special attention is given to the topics of boarder security, jihadist networks, government organization and communication, and domestic policies. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: HS 100 Introduction to Homeland Security . Corequisite: None
  
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    HS 220 - International Terrorism


    This course examines international terrorism and counter-terrorism techniques. Students will explore current issues relating to the war on terror, understand jihadi influences, and explore reputable threats to the United States. Special attention will also be given to the Department of Homeland Security and their ongoing challenge in combating and preventing terrorist threats. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours. Contact Hours: 45.00. Prerequisite: HS 100 Introduction to Homeland Security . Corequisite: None
  
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    HS 320 - Critical Incident Stress Management


    This course covers both basic and advanced knowledge and the suggested skills required to provide effective group crisis intervention services. Students are introduced to the methods and techniques of crisis intervention employed by law enforcement officers. Semester Credit Hours 3.00 semester credit hours Contact Hours: 45.00 Prerequisite: PS 101 Psychology . Corequisite: None.
 

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