Undergrad Coursework

IST 110 – (A) Information, People, Technology – Spring 2006

The mission is to deliver an action-oriented course that engages students to learn by doing, participate in forming and solving problems embedded in professionally-relevant and realistically messy scenarios, detect errors and recover from them, and be involved in reading, studying, and locating materials that support these actions. Students will accomplish this by participating in team-based learning.

Course Objectives

  • Describe how digital data is stored, transmitted, and retrieved
  • Create a narrative of how some specific information was transformed into knowledge
  • Describe how information and communications technologies organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises
  • Predict how information and communication technologies can improve the quality of human life through their impact on individuals, communities, markets, cultures, and society
  • Evaluate whether IT applications can meet human needs, facilitate rapid adaptation, and encourage creativity
  • Describe the distinctive features of an IST education to future employers and their recruiters
  • Anticipate the expectations they will face in IST courses and the intellectual and technical skills necessary to meet them

ECON 004 – (D) Macroeconomic Analysis – Spring 2006

Introduction to the basics of macroeconomics: national income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems. Throughout this class, we develop economic models and frameworks to examine the main problems of a macroeconomy: business cycles, unemployment, and inflation.

*This was not a good choice for my first semester.  I learned a valuable lesson and was determined to never earn a grade like that again.  I was successful and never earned a grade below a B for the rest of my program*


ENGL 015 – (B) Rhetoric & Composition – Summer 2006

Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.


PSY 002 – (A-) Psychology – Summer 2006

PSYCH 100 is a survey course which introduces general psychology in terms of principles of human and animal behavior and their applications.


IST 250 – (A) New Media & the Web – Fall 2006

What you will come away with is not just a basic understanding of the technologies associated with the WWW, but a fundamental appreciation for the broader issues associated with analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating web-based media. In order to prepare yourself to be an information technology leader, you will be forced to look at these issues from a technological perspective, a social perspective, a business perspective, an ethical perspective, a legal perspective, and a governmental perspective. Be prepared to work, interact with teams, and learn a lot!

Course Objectives

  • Internet Introduction
  • The End User and Design
  • Design Considerations
  • Overview of HTML
  • Layouts, Forms, Scripts
  • Graphics on the Web
  • Site Management
  • Dynamic Interactivity
  • Security and E-Commerce
  • Advanced Design
  • Multimedia and the Web

PSY 231 – (A-) Industrial Psychology – Fall 2006


LIR 100 – (A) Industrial Relations – Spring 2007

Introduces students to the process of employment relations in the United States, and to the institutions that participate in this process.

Course Objectives

  • Trace the evolution of labor management relations in this country
  • Discuss the process of employment relations
  • Define Human Resources policies and practices
  • Describe globalization and its impact on the workplace

LIR 201 – (A-) Employment Law – Spring 2007

An exploration of the legal regulation of the employment relationship in the United States. The course will examine the source of employment law, the policies behind the development of the law, and the systems that may be used by employees and employers to resolve employment law disputes.

Course Objectives

  • Gain a general understanding of the principal statutes, regulations and case law which govern the employment relationship, and the public policies underlying them.
  • Be able to critically read and understand legislative statutes and court cases, and effectively research legal materials to assist in resolution of legal problems related to employment
  • Be able to anticipate and recognize issues at the workplace that can lead to legal problems, so that they can be avoided or resolved without costly litigation.

INART 115 – (B) – Popular Music – Summer 2007

An examination of the roots, development, and significance of popular music in our culture.


IST 210 – (A) Organization of Data – Summer 2007

Brings databases to life with a unique approach that focuses not only on constructing databases and using database tools, but also the implications of data uses and issues. This is an introductory course used to teach the fundamentals and basic principles of databases and their related technologies. Throughout this course, students will explore the areas that are fundamental to the design, development, and implementation of enterprise wide information systems. Throughout their exploration, students will develop an understanding of the social, ethical, and legal issues surrounding such implementations.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of data, databases, and database management.
  • Describe the various types of databases and database management systems.
  • Create a conceptual database design.
  • Refine a conceptual database design.
  • Implement a database design.
  • Design SQL queries that will be used to create and manipulate data from within a database.
  • Describe how database data is stored.
  • Discuss the major issues revolving around database management systems.
  • Explain the role of a database administrator.
  • Discuss the major uses and issues around using databases.
  • Summarize how the World Wide Web utilizes databases.
  • Identify future trends in database management systems.

IST 220 – (B+) Networking & Telecommunication – Fall 2007

IST 220 will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the telecommunications and networking industry, as well as the basic concepts inherent to the application of data communications and computer networks in a digital age. This course focuses on the design and development of data communication networks using problems and labs to facilitate student learning. The content provides an introduction to and history of data communications, an overview of different types of networks and network layers, and the future of the industry with a focus on the relationship to e-business and the digital global economy.

Course Objectives

  • Introduce the role and application of data communication networks hardware and software.
  • Describe the network architectures, components, and other key terms associated with the physical layer.
  • Discuss the foundational concepts associated with data transmission.
  • Discuss networking terms and characteristics, motivations for networking, and the major network applications.
  • Implement multiple network designs.
  • Discuss LAN and WAN Hardware and Software alternatives and selection.
  • Describe LAN and WAN topologies, protocols, and transmission services.
  • Discuss WAN implementations and international and global networks.
  • Describe network interconnections, shared media technologies, and interconnection utilities.
  • Define network management issues, the operations of a network management system, and management tools.
  • Discuss the issues related to network security, error detection, backup systems, and recovery plans.
  • Discuss distributed file systems, remote file systems, and some distributed data storage architectures.
  • Identify future trends in data communications and networking.

HIST 020 – (B) American Civilization to 1877 – Fall 2007

An historical survey of the American experience from its colonial beginnings through the Civil War and Reconstruction.


LER 424 – (A-) Employment Compensation – Spring 2008

Upon completing this course you should feel comfortable assessing a corporation’s compensation plan and be able to offer advice and observations should you be asked for input from the organization.

Course Objectives

  • Comprehend the factors and laws that affect compensation. These are referred to as the black and white issues that are the basis of your knowledge of compensation.
  • Be comfortable with the gray areas in the subject of compensation; i.e., be able to combine the black and white issues to create a compensation plan that recognizes what works best for the organization based on its corporate culture, mission and vision.
  • Acknowledge that there is no magic answer, but that all companies require tailored compensation plans—that a “one size fits all” compensation solution is never a solution.

ENGL 050 – (B) Introduction to Creative Writing – Spring 2008

Practice and criticism in the reading, analysis and composition of fiction, nonfiction and poetry writing.


STAT 100 – (B-) Statistical Concepts – Fall 2008

Introduction to the art and science of decision making in the presence of uncertainty.


BIOL 120A – (A) Plants, Places, Y People – Fall 2008

Useful and dangerous plants; historical (archaeological), cultural (ethnological), and economic (anthropocentric) aspects, including structural and chemical characteristics of botanical importance.


ENGL 202D – (A) Business Writing – Spring 2009

Writing reports and other common forms of business communication.

Course Objectives

  • Discover and understand the discourse features that distinguish their disciplinary and institutional communities from others.
  • Develop a range of writing processes appropriate to various writing tasks.
  • Reveal the organization of their communications by using forecasting and transitional statements, headings, and effective page design.
  • Observe appropriate generic conventions and formats for letters, resumes, memoranda, and a variety of informal and formal reports.
  • Design and use tables, graphs, and business illustrations.
  • Collaborate effectively with their peers in a community of writers who provide feedback on each other’s work.

CAS 283 – (A) Communication & Information Technology I – Spring 2009

Introduction to communication technology and information management.  Provides a broad overview of Microsoft Office and research skills as they relate to the Internet.


LER 136 – (A-) Race, Gender, Employment – Fall 2009

focus on providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the “how” and “why” of employment inequities in order to better assess potential solutions. The content of this course touches on theories of employment, stratification, empirical studies of inequality, labor legislation, worker organizations, and current events to begin to develop a picture of work inequality as it exists today and where it may be going in the future.

Course Objectives

  • Explain how inequality arises in society generally;
  • Use a working vocabulary for the social study of employment inequality;
  • Describe the varieties of employment inequality;
  • Assess the extent of employment inequality by race and gender;
  • Assess the relative strength of competing theories about employment inequality;
  • Identify and discuss race and gender inequality in a variety of occupations and employment settings;
  • Describe and assess avenues for changing employment inequalities.

PSYCH 485 – (B) Leadership in Work Settings – Fall 2009

Review of research and application of behavior principles in the areas of management and supervision.

Course Objectives

  • Leadership as an Active Process
  • Contingency Theories of Leadership
  • Assessing Leadership and Measuring Its Effects
  • Power and Influence
  • Ethics and Values
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Leadership Behavior
  • Charisma and Transformational Leadership
  • Groups and Teams
  • Motivation, Satisfaction, and Performance
  • Characteristics of the Situation
  • Leadership Interviews

LER 425 – (A-) Employee Benefits – Spring 2010

This course will provide you with a broad overview of benefits, specifically exploring social insurance (benefits granted through entitlement programs), group benefits (broadly defined as “healthcare benefits”, generally offered in the workplace to employees) and retirement plans, or financial protection plans. While the course will be primarily focused on U.S. benefits and benefit laws and regulations, there will be some discussion and comparison with benefits offered in other countries as well. Additionally, the focus of the course will be on the practical application of the concepts.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe various basic benefit programs and their structures
  • Demonstrate how benefits are used strategically in the workplace to support the employment relationship, e.g., as recruitment and retention tools
  • Understand benefits in a larger, societal construct and as a business and personal imperative

LER 426 – (B+) Staffing and Training – Spring 2010

This course explores the end-to-end talent management lifecycle as well as the impact talent has in creating a competitive advantage for an organization. The course provides a broad overview of the talent management lifecycle and explores its relationship to an organization’s overall business strategy. At its core, the talent management lifecycle is comprised of three pillars: attract, develop, and retain.

Course Objectives

  • Know and communicate the talent management lifecycle, its implications within an organization, and the key elements within the three pillars (attract, develop and retain).
  • Translate practical knowledge into tangible action steps for an organization.
  • Articulate the major U. S. laws and regulations surrounding the talent lifecycle.
  • Recognize how the talent lifecycle links to and compliments the overall organization strategy.
  • Apply job analysis techniques and be able utilize them in the recruitment process.
  • Define an employment branding strategy and describe the importance it plays in the talent lifecycle.
  • Identify recruiting sourcing strategies and be able to employ these techniques to actively recruit.
  • Identify and apply assessment tools in the talent acquisition process.
  • Describe how employee development and career management programs can serve to improve employee retention.
  • Define and discuss special issues in talent management, such as diversity, global mobility, and succession, and the implications within the talent lifecycle.
  • Describe the fundamental importance of onboarding and offboarding programs and their implications within the talent lifecycle.

ART 201 – (A) Introduction to Digital Arts: Computer Graphics – Fall 2010

Introduces digital art, design, and new media concepts using graphic applications on the computer uses Adobe CS5 Design Standard Software – specifically Photoshop and Illustrator using specified Lynda.com tutorials.


HPA 057 – (A-) Consumer Choices in Health Care – Fall 2010

Introduction to consumers’ role in health-care decisions, including health benefits, physician and hospital choice, and end-of-life choices.


CAS 100C – (A-) Effective Speech – Spring 2011

Principles of communication, implemented through analysis and evaluation of messages, with some attention to formal speaking and group discussion.


FRNSC 200 – (A-) Crime Scene Investigation – Spring 2011

This course offers an exploration of the science, management, and investigative techniques for the field of crime scene investigation.


MATH 004 – (B-) Intermediate Algebra – Spring 2011

Algebraic expressions; linear, absolute value equations and inequalities; lines; systems of linear equations; integral exponents; polynomials; factoring.


SPAN 131 – (A) Ibero-American Civilization – Spring 2011

Spanish American and Brazilian life from the Conquest to the present; literature, art, the indigenous heritage, and contemporary problems.


LER 458Y – (B+) History of Work In America – Spring 2011

A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877.


SPAN 001 – (B) Elementary Spanish I – Spring 2011

Audio-lingual approach to basic Spanish; writing.


SPAN 002 – (B+) Elementary Spanish II – Summer 2011

Audio-lingual approach to basic Spanish continued; writing.


MATH 034 – (A) Mathematics of Money – Fall 2011

Simple interest, simple discount, compound interest, annuities, investments, retirement plans, taxes, credit cards, and mortgages.


LER 312 – (B+) Research Methods – Fall 2011

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to be critical of research.
  • Practice developing a research question.
  • Develop research designs that produce relatively appropriate answers to research questions.
  • Know the limitations of your findings.
  • Report your findings in writing.
  • Report your findings through public presentation.

ASTRO 010 – (B+) Elementary Astronomy – Fall 2011

Introductory survey of modern astronomy from planets and stars to galaxies and the universe.


ASTRO 011 – (A) Elementary Astronomy Lab – Fall 2011

Selected experiments and explorations to illustrate major astronomical principles and techniques.

This is a link to a screencast that I produced for a final project in Astro 011 explaining the North Star’s Position depending on your location on Earth.  I received 100% for that project.

Another screencast that shows how Polaris (North Star) seems to stay in the same spot in the sky.


SPAN 003 – (A-) Intermediate Spanish – Fall 2011

Audio-lingual review of structure; writing; reading.


ECON 102 – (B) Microeconomic Analysis – Fall 2011

Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.


LER 444 – (A-) Occupational Health & Safety – Fall 2011

This course will introduce students to the three interrelated fields of occupational safety, occupational health, and environmental protection.  Students will be provided with an overview of key issues within these fields and gain an appreciation for their importance within the workplace.  Students will also become familiar with the fundamental concepts involved in the management of occupational safety and health hazards.

Course Objectives

  • The importance of occupational safety and health within an organization.
  • The role of employers, employees, unions, and government in addressing work-related safety and health issues.
  • The scope of occupational safety and health challenges within the United States.
  • Key legal requirements relating to occupational safety and health.
  • Approaches for effectively managing safety and health in the work setting.
  • Methods for identifying, evaluating, and controlling workplace hazards.
  • Specific safety and health issues which have broad implications across many workplaces.

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