Explores communications contexts within organizations and refines written and oral communications skills used in business and professional settings. Emphasizes appropriateness, effectiveness, and nuance while taking into consideration situation, audience, and delivery mode. Learners use common business communications tools and technologies as well as social media. Prerequisite: ENG-101 or IDS-100 (honors section).

Cultivates oral communication skill for non-majors, with emphasis on improving speaking and listening skills. Analyzes factors affecting oral communication with self, in dyads, small groups, the public arena, organizations, mass media, and among members of differing cultural backgrounds. Practical experience in delivering speeches and briefings. Fulfills the general education requirement in oral communication.

Provides an overview of the data mining and warehousing components of the knowledge discovery process. Data mining applications are introduced, and the application of statistical algorithms and techniques useful for solving problems are identified. Students will study development issues such as identification, selection, acquisition, processing, search and retrieval. [3 credits]

RIS 601: Uncertainty 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.)

RIS 603: Risk Communication prepares students to respond professionally to the special challenges of coordination among risk managers and risk assessors and focuses primarily on risk and crisis communication where there is considerable uncertainty. Students learn how to map risk communications messages.

This course is fully online. It introduces the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures of the Christian tradition, exploring their historical and literary contexts, as well as interpretations of religious meaning. The course presents modern methods of biblical study, including Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish scholarship. The course fulfills the general requirement for 200-level Religious Studies course and is worth 3 credits.