Examines organizational, human resources, operational, and functional aspects of ethically managing activities of diverse workforces in organizational settings. Analyzes traditional managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling within the context of changing demands in organizations that compete effectively in an interconnected, global environment. (3 credits)

This course explores the field of data visualization. Topics cover the expanse of visualization from data preparation and cleaning to visualization types such as time-series, box plots, and violin plots. Included in our study are visualization tools, online interactive visualizations, and other issues related to the display of "big data."

This course provides a comprehensive and inclusive overview of federal, regional, and state mandates for accountability and compliance; systems and processes for the assessment and evaluation of institutional and student learning outcomes; and patterns and standards in regional and professional accreditation. The course also presents methods and models for assessing the strategic plan, and links these models to institutional effectiveness and success. (3 credits)

This course is designed to help students to develop greater facility in academic writing, which will enable them to assess writing situations across the curriculum and to develop practical strategies to accomplish each task effectively. Students will develop an understanding that clear thinking and specific objectives are fundamental to clear writing, as well as learn techniques of style and tone that will result in fluent and appealing prose. Assignments emphasize skills of interpretation, persuasion, and analysis, which are essential to good writing. Students will further sharpen their analytical, critical thinking, and editing skills by interacting with other students about their own writing and about the writing of professionals. They will also use standard written English and develop a sensitivity to sentence structure and diction. English 101 is not a literature or creative writing class; however, this course will encourage an appreciation of effectively written prose and teach students to recognize the characteristics that make such prose effective.


This class, individually and as a group, learn how to read, analyze, interpret, and write about short stories. Focus is on plot, character, setting, point of view, and theme, and students read and discuss stories by a variety of authors—traditional and contemporary, majority and minority, American and world.

Because this is the only literature course required in the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies, the aim is to achieve both breadth and depth in the reading of short fiction. Texts will be discussed and analyzed online and written about in a way that requires critical engagement.

Explores human caring science as a foundation of the discipline and profession of nursing. In this course RN-BSN students have the opportunity to reflect on lived practice experiences through multiple ways of knowing and examination of caring as a way of being. Implications for transformational practice, education, and research are addressed.

This three-credit course is designed to explore various aspects of professional nursing practice. Learning experiences will include caring ways of being present to our patients, peers, and families. Students will also engage in the exploration of practice standards, ethical ways of being, linkages between theory/practice, multiple ways of knowing, reflective practice, and current trends in nursing. Upon completion of the course, students will have had the opportunity to refine their abilities to communicate through scholarly writing and informative presentations.

This course provides an introduction to professional writing, also referred to as scholarly writing. This course is designed for students to develop basic proficiency in information access and evaluation skills. The principles and techniques of scholarly writing along with other types of writing used by professional nurses will be introduced. Students will transform information into clear scholarly narratives. This course forms the foundation for all future academic writing.

RIS 502: Risk Assessment provides an introduction to a generic risk assessment model as well as to several qualitative risk assessment techniques. Students learn to apply qualitative techniques.

RIS 602: Quantitative Risk Assessment introduces learners to epistemic and aleatory uncertainty and the most common ways of quantifying and otherwise addressing uncertainty encountered in their work. Methods for expressing uncertainty are introduced, probability concepts and the Monte Carlo process are reviewed and a method for choosing a probability model to represent quantitative uncertainty is presented. Students learn to represent uncertainty using probability distributions. (Requires student version of Palisades @RISK software—a free student version of the software is available with the purchase of the text book.)